Written by | October 12, 2015 15:52 | No Comments

I thought The Weeknd was pretty darn good on SNL with Nicki Minaj, and listening to “The Hills” remixes, one with Nicki the other with, ta dah, Eminem, I must admit to really loving both of them. There is always gonna be a problem with diminishing returns here, a verse to a beat and out, but the song itself is one of the best and the two supestars bring, if not their “A” game. absolutely their “B-” game. And they do it at Abel’s tempo.

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Written by | September 28, 2015 15:30 | No Comments

Blame Canada! The Top Four Songs are all Canadians and I gotta go along with Trump here, let’s build a huge wall around the top five songs on the Hot 100 and only allow US artists in. Untill then, is anybody aware of this happening? I mean, the UK we know, but CANADA?

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Written by | September 21, 2015 5:01 | No Comments

Billboard posted the chart at 920p, on Sunday night, just in case anybody who was waiting for it all day could be absolutely certain to miss it. Is there anything more volatile than the US album charts: a handful of huge hits, Taylor, Luke, Ed and now the Weeknd (third week at # 1, or as Billboard insist upon calling it “the penthouse”) and then six hit em and run. Gary? He sold 27L units and 27K equivalent units begging an answer to the musical question: is Billboard’s algorithm screwed?

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Written by | September 14, 2015 16:04 | No Comments

What is it with the singles charts? It’s like watching paint dry, a tiny move at the top (Bieber drops to third, the two Weeknd’s move up a peg) and Ed has his third hit off X… you remember X, it dropped FIFTEEN MONTHS AGO. It might well be a bitch to get anything to hit big in the music world of 2015 but if it does -watch out, folks, because nothing else has moved an inch. Meanwhile, expect nothing but the weekend for months to come.

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Written by | September 7, 2015 8:08 | No Comments

the three neo soul albums, one in the second month of the season, and two as the season bows out, made a case for this being the summer where neo soul got important

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Written by | August 31, 2015 5:39 | No Comments

Sure, this is all over the damn place but that’s because there is no centrifugal force in pop, it is all on the fringes with pop EDM , country and hip hop vying for the charts and EDM winning by a hair. Later on I’ll figure favorites among the favorites but in pure pop for now people form? The Weeknd is unbeatable.

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Written by | August 20, 2015 17:16 | No Comments

I haven’t seen the Weeknd since… well actually since July when he performed a song at Taylor Swift’s Metlife gig. But I haven’t seen him perform a set since he opened for Justin Timberlake in 2013 and while truth be told, there is no way I am going to Jones Beach this weekend for a half hour set, these concert at MSG and Barclay Center?

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Written by | August 18, 2015 13:33 | No Comments

Why has Miguel not hit pop yet? I like the Weeknd fine, and I’ve seen both Miguel and the Weeknd live on stage and the Weeknd was much better. However, Wild Heart is a great album and I really surprised it had no traction. I’ll take “The valley” over “The Hills” and I actually really like “The Hills”.

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Written by | February 16, 2015 0:03 | No Comments

ot the greatest charts you’ll ever see but you can’t have everything, what it lacks in bang zoom it makes up with the Weeknd inching its way up the charts with the best 50 Shades track. Otherwise, the UK is reading more like the US charts every day, the only oddity here is Ella.

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Written by | November 13, 2014 0:03 | No Comments

The one time I saw The Weeknd live, I was shocked at how lively he was, the poster boy for dark and moody new r&b once he hit the stage simply wasn’t any more. The one time I saw Ariana on stage, she was the pits. Put em together and you have a mediocre but popular song.

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Written by | November 11, 2013 0:05 | No Comments

Luscious Jackson made a welcome return to the fray with an album that is shockingly wonderful and fun. The 1990s indie band reformed in 2011 and just released their first new album and it is really great. I know I’m gonna forget about it but I hope you don’t.

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