Turning 10: It’s Not Me, It’s You

By 2009 Lily Allen had become a notable force within the music industry. Her debut album Alright, Still had peaked at number 1 in the UK and went to sell over 1.1 million copies. The album peaked at number 20 in the US and went to sell over 600,000 copies. She had scored 4 top…

Thoughts: We should all be listening to Sigrid.

Recently at a brunch, a friend and I were discussing Sigrid and somehow the topic took a turn when he compared her to Carly Rae Jepsen. He said that Sigrid was a talented artist who will be adopted by the gays and become an underground critical sensation akin to a cult classic (just like Carly)….

Turning 10: The Loving Kind

By the end of 2008 Girls Aloud were 5 albums deep into their illustrious career. 5 albums meant: 5 platinum UK albums 19 top 10 singles 4 number 1 singles Then came 2009. 2009 brought some good and bad. Good including one more top ten single, their first BRIT award (equivalent to Grammys in the…

Turning 10 in 2019.

I’m not sure if I’m a millennial (I’m 32 – please help) or not, but lists that truly exaggerate how old we are or how old things are, have become prime journalistic features. I took some time to research and build a list of singles (mainly UK singles/due to the release structure of UK charts)…

Albums of 2019

So, here we are 17 days deep into 2019 and I’m already looking forward to so many releases. DIDO – STILL ON MY MIND To say that I’ve been waiting for this album for years is an understatement. What we’ve heard so far has been compelling. Friends and Hurricanes are moody, poignant and engaging. The…

New Music Friday – January 2019

On the first single for her third album, La Bella Mafia, Lil’ Kim rapped “I’ve been gone for a minute, now I’m back with the jump-off”. It’s been a minute (or two) but I’m back. In between finishing grad-school, the holidaze, and a trip to Mexico to start the new year, I’ve been all over…

Songs of 2018

It’s crazy to look back on the year and try to even pinpoint a certain set of the “best songs” of 2018. Many songs are on this listen because they’re meaningful to me. Many songs are on this list because they’re expertly produced and vocally executed. Not all of the songs I picked were singles,…

Albums of 2018

When I consider ranking albums, it’s always pretty difficult for me to assign numbers to them. I love albums because of what the music does to me, what the music brings to my life. It’s very personal, which is why I always find Top 10/Best-Of lists written by a select group of critics difficult to…

Thoughts: MC and the Elusive 19th #1

Recently, I wrote about Caution and the massive pressures the public, fans and industry insiders have always put on Mariah achieving her 19th #1 hit. I also wrote that at this point in her career, as a legacy artist (a label I deeply despise and think is ageist) Mariah has no need in investing emotional…

Kylie: Every Day’s Like Christmas

Though I try to be inclusive, I must admit that my favorite holiday is Christmas. Mind you, I’m as gay as all hell and am agnostic to boot; however, the music, the decor, the festiveness of it all is what keeps me coming back for more each year. Kylie Minogue released one of the campiest…