The female Hip-Hop movement reached new heights during the 1990s and for a very brief period in the history of the male-dominated genre, women seemed to rule the world. Yet, despite their numerous commercial achievements, the successes of these women were always connected to a web of manipulation by men that eventually resulted in female [...]
Almost every artist, especially those acts who emerged during the last 10 years, seems pitiful when compared to the enormous shadow of Michael Jackson. However, one particular act has become a favourite metaphoric punching bag of the critics who continuously seek ways to slam the younger generation. That artist is Katy Perry.
‘The X Factor (UK)’ came to a shocking conclusion last year when Little Mix took home the gold as the first group to win the competition. However, in addition to the raging debate regarding whether the young ladies were indeed the most deserving of the title, a pressing question was raised: could a girl group [...]
Those of you who paid attention to the 2011 Billboard Year-End charts may have developed the same conclusion as other intelligent consumers of popular culture – most of the year’s successful songs were performed by artists who can’t sing. So, where are all of the powerhouse vocalists? At the bottom of the charts.
Christina Aguilera launched her career in the late 1990s as one of the leading acts of the Pop music revival. Armed with a voice that was often compared to divas Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, she quickly rose to prominence as one of the few artists of that new generation who could actually sing. Yet, [...]
Following the successes of her last three albums, Beyonce’s ’4′ LP was expected to be yet another multi-platinum hit for the entertainer. However, although it has been ranked as the seventh best-selling release of 2011 to date in the US, the sales of the record have been dismal compared to its predecessors.
Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’ entered the Billboard 200 at #3 this week and it became her sixth consecutive album to miss the top spot on the tally. However, what really baffled her fans were the relatively slow sales of the project, despite the record being preceded by its widely successful lead single, ‘We Found Love’.
The highly anticipated Thanksgiving sales week showdown is finally here and three of the music industry’s biggest names – Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson and Rihanna – are about to battle for the top spot on the Billboard 200. However, regardless of hit singles, exciting videos and label propaganda, the only opinion that truly matters [...]
The busiest sales period of the year is about to begin! Many of the most renowned names in Urban music are preparing to release new albums in a effort to capitalise on the fourth quarter – October to December – sales rush, fueling what will likely be one of the most exciting eras of 2011. Yet, who [...]