The ‘Birthday’ Album: Celebration Playlist

The ‘Birthday’ Album: Celebration Playlist

Rihanna, Talk That Talk © Def Jam

Katy Perry, "Birthday" © Capitol

So… two years ago, I composed a post that was titled Three Songs With The Word “Birthday” In Them To Celebrate My Birthday. Now two years later, also on my birthday, I’m celebrating with an expansion of that brief playlist. Call this the ‘Birthday’ Album – a playlist comprised of 14 songs celebrating my birthday. Some are truly great birthday songs, while others are left field and left of…

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Labor Day (And Beyond): The Playlist

Labor Day (And Beyond): The Playlist

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic © Virgin EMI Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Wale, Ambition © Warner Bros

My working compadres, in the spirit of work (and play), check out my grueling  12 ‘Work’ Songs For Labor Day And Beyond playlist, penned exclusively for starpulse.com.  Happy Labor day!!!  Keeping it short and sweet!

Photo Credits: © Def Jam, © Warner Bros.

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Review: Rob Bass Keeps it Classy on ‘The Detroit EP’

Review: Rob Bass Keeps it Classy on ‘The Detroit EP’

Rob Bass - The Detroit EP © Soulful Child Records

Rob Bass - The Detroit EP © Soulful Child Records

Rob Bass • The Detroit EP • Soulful Child • Release Date: August 6, 2014

Rob Bass keeps things ‘contemporarily old school’ on his soulful, worthwhile EP, The Detroit EP.Yes, the R&B musician could’ve elected for the latest trends within urban circles, which often exclude that archaic element called chivalry, but instead, Bass delivers an EP that is like ‘music to one’s ears’ because of its…

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Music Spotlight: Ranking Maroon 5’s Albums

Music Spotlight: Ranking Maroon 5’s Albums

Maroon 5, It Won't Be Soon Before Long © A&M / Octone

Maroon 5, V © InterscopeMy love for Maroon 5 stands tall. Songs About Jane will always be one of my favorite albums – period. That said Overexposed was a ‘weaker cup of coffee’ where Hands All Over was brewed incredibly strong. But enough about coffee, with their fifth studio album V arriving September 2 (my birthday, holla!), here is how this guy would rank Maroon 5’s four studio albums.

Maroon 5, Songs About Jane © J Records / Octone

1) Songs About Jane (2002)

Maroon 5, It Won't Be Soon Before Long © A&M / Octone

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Check Out The Review for Ariana Grande, ‘My Everything’…

Check Out The Review for Ariana Grande, ‘My Everything’…

Ariana Grande, My Everything © Republic

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" © Lava Music/Republic Records

If you haven’t checked out my thoughts on Ms. Ariana Grande‘s sophomore album My Everything on starpulse.com, well you totally should.  A fan of Grande’s – yes definitely!  That doesn’t mean that my inner music critic doesn’t have some constructive criticism either, but face it, everyone knows Grande can sing her butt off.  Read my commentary –“Pretty please with sugar on top?”

Review: Ariana…

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The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag

The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag

Tank, Stronger © Atlantic

Marsha Ambrosius, Friends & Lovers

R&B sales just aren’t what they once were – there’s just no other way to state it. When a major label R&B album is released these days, the expectation – save for a select few artists – is that it’s not going to sell. Sure, that’s a hella pessimistic view, but what has dissuaded such a viewpoint as of late? Certainly, R&B album sales in 2014, and the last couple of years as a whole, have done…

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