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…

Thoughts: Mariah, Caution

Mariah is known for so many daunting things. She’s had 18 #1 hit singles and is always asked by the critics and fans when the next one is coming (because she needs to “beat” the Beatle’s/Elvis’s record). Someone is always wondering when a hot new single will overtake One Sweet Day’s record of 16 weeks…

The Latino Crossover

I recently asked the general public (aka: twitter and my closest friends) who they considered to be the most successful Latino crossover act and the responses were distinctly split between Shakira and Ricky Martin. The options were vast: Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Thalia, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias, and even Laura Pausini tried. There was…

Thoughts: Ricki-Lee.

Recently, I had sent my friends over at Popchops Podcast a question: “Why isn’t Ricki-Lee bigger?” Ricki-Lee Coulter is an Australian vocal powerhouse who has been active in the recording industry as a solo artist since 2005. If you take a listen to her discography, you will understand why I have such a dubious question. Her…

Thoughts: XTINA a woman unconfined.

“People try to tell you what you should do, how you should act, what you should wear, who you should be with. At the time things started happening for me, it was popular to be the squeaky-clean, cookie-cutter pop singer. But that role didn’t speak to me, because it’s so boring and superficial.” -Christina Aguilera,…

Thoughts: Lily Allen is important.

One of my favorite albums (yes, I’ll go on record) is Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. Even on her debut album, Alright, Still, Lily brazenly entered the pop-music world as a fresh and honest voice with a “no-fucks-given” attitude that called out the British Parliament, the police, other public figures, and her family…

Thoughts: Golden Hour’s Wild Hope

Kacey Musgrave’s new album, Golden Hour, has been on repeat since its release on March 30th, 2018. It’s a wonderfully pensive album that isn’t so introspective that it becomes un-relatable; in fact, it’s extremely relatable. Her voice is stunning throughout and compliments the arrangements perfectly. There’s fun to be had (Butterflies, High Horse, Velvet Elvis),…

Thoughts: My First Gay Heartbreak

I remember seeing him the first time waiting to be seated at the restaurant. I remember sitting across from his table every night that week. He was older. He was handsome. He was definitely gay. We never said a word to each other. We just stared at each other. After that week long cruise, I…

Thoughts: Celebrity & Accountability

The concept of celebrity and idolization has always been a tricky one to balance. For the longest time, I have looked up to singers and have used their music as therapeutic measures for all of life’s events. I have also used their experiences, expressed through songs, as a way to find strength and wisdom in…

Thoughts: The Curse of the Wrong First Single

We’ve all heard about the “sophomore slump”, but such an integral part of creating the perfect storm that is the “slump” is the dreaded wrong first single. When you think of the wrong first single (WFS), you think about the act that really could’ve blown it out of the water with an amazing banger, but…