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Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014

Ranking 20 R&B Albums: January – April 2014

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It’s near the end of April, and as a music journalist, I have been privy to listen to a number of albums in differing genres. Even so, I have a soft spot for R&B, but am also very hard on it. Despite my criticisms, R&B and I have a relationship like a Whitney Houston song written by Dolly Parton: “I Will Always Love You”. That said, after listening to a number of R&B albums, I ranked 20 from…

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"Where Is the Love" in R&B Music? 

“Where Is the Love” in R&B Music? 

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Contemporary R&B music has explicit physical pleasure covered, but what about genuine emotion and relationships?

81cg4cMMqIL._SL1500_An up and coming voice in R&B by the name of August Alsina released his full-length debut album entitled Testimony. Testimony is street-savvy, sporting titles including “Porn Star”, “Fml”, “Ghetto”, and “I Luv This Sh*t”. Rightfully, Alsina, a rough-and-tumble artist with a difficult…

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Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’

Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’

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R&B newbie August Alsina shows tremendous potential on full-length debut Testimony

 August Alsina • Testimony • Def Jam • US Release Date: April 15, 2014

August Alsina-PFR-010102The moment has finally arrived for up and coming New Orleans contemporary R&B singer August Alsinato take center stage. Sure, the 21-year old represents the new generation who prefer boldness to subtlety, but ultimately the brasher style suits…

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Frozen Proves to be the Shining Moment on an ‘Ice Cold’ Albums Chart

Frozen Proves to be the Shining Moment on an ‘Ice Cold’ Albums Chart

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Well, another week and another chart and guess who’s on top – yep you guessed it, the Frozen Soundtrack. While sales aren’t exactly hot across the board, the additional 133,000 copies that the unstoppable soundtrack sold are solid, particularly compared to the rest of the albums.   How sound is 133,000 copies? Well according to Billboard, Pharrellascended back to his peak position (no. 2) this…

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Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’

Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’

51Q2c-T9xKL._SL500_AA280_ Derülo’s over-reliance on sex and swagger holds the album back at times

Jason Derülo • Talk Dirty • Warner Bros • US Release Date: April 15, 2014

Jason Derulo2-20140225-49It has been a minute since “Whatcha Say” had this music enthusiast excited about new pop/R&B artist Jason Derülo. Nah, I wasn’t a ‘fan girl’ as any number of YouTube personalities might put it, but I did think ole boy had something fresh about him.…

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Review: Martina McBride, ‘Everlasting’

Review: Martina McBride, ‘Everlasting’

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Martina McBride balances soul music and her country roots soundly on Everlasting

Martina McBride • Everlasting • Vinyl Recordings • US Release Date: April 8, 2014

Martina McBride-LMK-110450Veteran country superstar Martina McBride’s 12th album, Everlasting, is certainly a surprise. No, McBride doesn’t go radical and become a pop artist or anything like that, but rather than opting for new original material, she hearkens…

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Review: The Chewers, ‘Chuckle Change And Also’

Review: The Chewers, ‘Chuckle Change And Also’

chuckle-change-and-also-album-art On Chuckle Change And Also, The Chewers show the beauty of being ‘off-kilter’

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The Chewers are: Travis Caffrey & Michael Sadler

Sometimes, when you hear something wild and whacky in life, you find yourself looking in bewilderment like WTF? My friends, after listening to the 22-track album that is Chuckle Change And Alsoby West Virginian duo

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[Single] Review: Future, “I Won” (ft. Kanye West)

[Single] Review: Future, “I Won” (ft. Kanye West)

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Future Continues Relying on Autotune on Latest Single “I Won”

Future featuring Kanye West“I Won” (Single) • Epic • Release Date: April 8, 2014

Future-20131113-56Futurehas to be one of hip-hop’s more divisive artists – and NO I’m not throwing any shade.  It’s not because of the content of his music, but rather his reliance on such a heavy dosage of autotune.  The use of autotune is a divisive topic in itself,…

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Review: SZA, ‘Z’

Review: SZA, ‘Z’

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SZA leaves a superb first impression on her full-length debut album Z

SZA • Z • Top Dawg Entertainment • US Release Date: April 8, 2014

For many up and coming R&B artists, alternative R&B seems to be a sound choice for establishing artistry. With R&B going through an identity crisis (not unlike other genres to be fair), the more eclectic-based alt-R&B style allows more flexibility and…

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5 Seconds of Summer Settle For No. 2

5 Seconds of Summer Settle For No. 2

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5 Seconds of Summer, the new Australian teen band, has nothing to hang their heads about; debuting at no. 2 with 143,000 copies of a four-song EP (She Looks So Perfect) is definitely notable.  Settling for that no. 2 spot behind the unstoppable Frozen Soundtrack (149,000 copies sold) – well that should boost confidence even more considering no one can end Frozen’s run.  After the slim margin…

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