Whitney Houston will always be remembered as one of the greatest singers of our time with a voice matched by only her beauty and commanding stage presence. Yet, despite the magnitude of her many accomplishments, the grand diva’s legacy is marred by one glaring point: she was rarely involved in the making of her biggest [...]
Remember last year when I wrote an article about how many white artists rip off Urban culture when it suits their need to score a hit? Well, now that the Hip-Hop and R&B genres are returning to the forefront of the airwaves and EDM is quickly losing steam, Miley Cyrus provided an ideal example of [...]
We have discussed Janet Jackson’s many contributions to the entertainment industry in numerous articles here on The Lava Lizard but as we celebrate the icon’s 47th birthday today, there is period of her incredible career that deserves particular attention. Yes, as you guessed from the iconic artwork, I’m referring to The Velvet Rope.
In February, the Billboard Hot 100 chart methodology was rightfully changed to reflect online streaming data from authorised YouTube audio and video products. Now, the RIAA has joined the growing list of companies that recognise the rapidly changing patterns of consumer behaviour by announcing a revamped system for the awarding of certifications.
When Fantasia’s Side Effects of You debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week with over 91k copies sold, R&B music fans celebrated the small victory for the struggling genre. Yet, how does her accomplishment really appear in the grand scheme of the music industry? To answer that question, we need to take a [...]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or simply have better things to do on a Wednesday night, then you know that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have been engaged in a bitter feud since the start of this season of American Idol. Yet, the latter and her fans somehow got the idea that she [...]
When Britney Spears first burst onto the music scene, she was heralded as the leading entertainer of the new generation of Pop stars primed to dominate the turn of the century. Of course, beyond her talent as a performer, what propelled her to the top of the pack was her packaging as the next Madonna…or [...]
If you follow The Lava Lizard or my personal Trini Trent page on Twitter, then you should know that I am an avid viewer of American Idol, not because of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s feud, but because of the talent. Although this season of the show has been lukewarm at best, it has presented [...]
When people name the worthy candidates for the “next” Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake are often at the top of their lists. In the early 2000s, however, there was another artist who easily trumped all competition – Usher. So, what changed the public opinion against the former heir to the throne?