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…

Mariah Carey – 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…

Dido: Still on My Mind

Let’s break it down: it’s been 5 years since Dido’s last album, Girl Who Got Away, and her Greatest Hits album. It’s also been 15 years since Dido last went on tour. On November 9th Dido announced her upcoming album, Still On My Mind, and also announced a word tour which will take her across Europe…

NMF.

Cheryl – Love Made Me Do It One of my favorite UK socialites and performers, Cheryl (does she even have a last name anymore?), is back after a 4-year hiatus to partner with Liam Payne of One Direction, have a baby, Bear, and raise him. Love Made Me Do It is her return to the…

Thalia – Valiente

Thalia’s Valiente is finally out. The lead up has been quite successful thus far. No Me Acuerdo became a viral hit that resulted in high chart positions and large streaming volumes. The song was eventually certified 4x platinum in the United States. Lento, the second single, also has been a viral and streaming success. Thalia…