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Brent Faulkner is a music educator, composer, music journalist, blogger, and all around music enthusiast. Faulkner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education as well as a Masters degree in music theory/composition. Faulkner contributes his pen to several sites.

Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Is The Only Album That Sold More Than 100K Copies

6/11/2014 3:12pm EDT
Miranda Lambert’s time has come – to debut atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart that is! Lambert’s latest LP, Platinum easily outclassed the competition (which was little mind you) selling 180,000 copies. After a sub-100K sales week courtesy of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories last week (83,000 copies) that was shockingly good enough to keep the set number one, Lambert takes the crown this week with more robust numbers. Unfortunately after Lambert, the wheels sort of fall off; the next closes album, Frozen Soundtrack only manages to sell 52,000 copies.

As for other new albums, 50 Cent reaches th...

Review: Miranda Lambert, 'Platinum'

6/10/2014 9:18am EDT
Review: Miranda Lambert, 'Platinum'
Miranda Lambert goes “H.A.M.” on her homerun latest LP Platinum

“I live in Oklahoma / and I’ve got long, blonde hair / and I play guitar, and I go on the road / and I do all the sh-t you wanna do…” Okay then! When one thinks of Miranda Lambert, the first word that comes to mind is ‘attitude’ (or maybe Blake Shelton, LOL). Anyways, throughout her latest, highly anticipated album Platinum, Lambert exudes the upmost confidence, delivering an album that’s as feisty as they come. Fearless, Lambert’s ‘firecracker’ spirit truly makes Platinum a worthwhile listen, 16 tracks deep.

“Girls” opens Pl...

Call It A Flop: Mariah Carey's Latest LP Debuts Unimpressively

6/5/2014 10:23am EDT
Me. I Am Mariah
I’ve been saying it all along, and as much as I hate being wrong, I hoped I’d be wrong this time. Unfortunately (or “just like I told y’all”), I was correct about Mariah Carey’s forthcoming LP Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse being a flop. The album itself is no flop, which was something of a surprise in itself. Sure it is flawed, but Me also shows some superb MC moments as well. However, the numbers don’t lie, particularly first week numbers for an album with no hit single to rely upon. Me only managed to sell 58,000 copies. Not only is that below prognostications (60,000 – 65,000), b...

Review: 50 Cent, 'Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire' Proves To Be A Lukewarm LP At Best

6/3/2014 4:15pm EDT
Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win
“Got them straps and long clips filled up with lead / so when we count on the paper it better be correct”. Yep, this lyric (from “Animal Ambition”) basically epitomizes the attitude that 50 Cent rolls with on his long-awaited comeback album, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win. “Untamed” is a great way to describe 50 Cent’s hunger, seeming to cling upon confidence and cockiness, along with a loaded bank account. There is toughness about Animal Ambition that hearkens back to the MC’s best albums (Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre), yet there seems to be a disconnection between th...

Review: Austin Mahone 'The Secret' Proves To Be An Enjoyable Introduction To Austin Mahone

5/29/2014 1:30pm EDT
Review: Austin Mahone 'The Secret' Proves To Be An Enjoyable Int
Maturity seems to be a portion of formula that burgeoning pop singer Austin Mahone is opting for in both his career and on his debut EP, The Secret. Just examine the cover of the EP; the once diamond-studded Mahone is earring-less and seems focused on his presentation to the audience. After viewing some of Mahone’s YouTube videos throughout the years, the kid always seemed to have maturity, a hunger, and passion about him. In other words, he seems to eschew recklessness in favor of stability and maintaining a wholesomeness – at least at the initial stages of a career. That’s not a bad plan ...

Mariah Carey’s 'The Elusive Chanteuse' Expected To Underperform

5/29/2014 11:30am EDT
Me. I Am Mariah
Unstoppable Ghost Stories…

As much as I hate to say it (and I do) Mariah Carey’s fortunes with latest LP Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse are looking grim… DUN, DUN, DUN! has already practically “signed, sealed, delivered” another chart-topping week for Coldplay, even if the erosion is near the 80% mark. Coldplay sold 383,000 copies this week to easily top the Billboard 200 Albums Charts, meaning even a sub-100K selling week in its sophomore frame is likely to keep it in that number one spot.

Mimi’s Misfortunes…

So how many copies is Carey’s first album in five y...

Review: Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse'

5/27/2014 6:00pm EDT
Me. I Am Mariah
After a five year hiatus, Carey ‘brings the heat’ on comeback LP Me. I Am Mariah…

Nearly five years ago, Mariah Carey released a solid, if not necessarily flashy album in Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Like her previous albums of the 00s, Memoirs featured a quirky title, tailor-made for the prodigiously voiced R&B diva. Despite its quality and a hit with “Obsessed”, Carey found her numbers down tremendously, even missing the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Five years later, and a couple of album delays thrown in there as well, it makes one wonder if Carey’s comeback album and first o...

Single Review: Usher, 'Good Kisser'

5/23/2014 1:40pm EDT
Usher, 'Good Kisser'
Usher’s on ‘autopilot’ on his suggestive, alluring single “Good Kisser”

Usher’s new single “Good Kisser” makes this super fan excited for the contemporary R&B male’s upcoming album. Don’t get me wrong, Looking 4 Myself wasn’t a bad album, but it also wasn’t his best album. Perhaps part of the issue was it was so pop-oriented, where Usher has been known for staying true to R&B circles. Regardless, “Good Kisser” definitely sounds like R&B, a la 2014. Usher gets nasty on “Good Kisser”, even if some of it he is able to pass off as being somewhat innocent. The first notion that he’s playin...

Review: Phillip Phillips, ‘Behind the Light’

5/22/2014 8:15pm EDT
Phillip Phillips, ‘Behind the Light’
Phillips takes a step forward on his sophomore LP, though nothing supplants “Home”

“Searchlight” opens Behind the Light abruptly and somewhat indistinctly. The folk rumination kicks off the track, instantly channeling Phillips’ “Home”and of course one ubiquitous Mumford & Sons. Not long after the layers of acoustic guitar and banjos, Phillips begins singing. The thinking isn’t bad given the scope of the said hit, but also, the likelihood of replicating “Home” is a steep one. “Searchlight” doesn’t end up being a bad joint once it settles in, but I’m not sure that it’s more effective than...

Review: The Roots Continue To Transcend The Confines Of Hip-Hop On '…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin'

5/21/2014 11:34am EDT
The Roots - And then you shoot your Cousin
The notion that “hip-hop don’t stop” is certainly a true statement as the genre hasn’t really ended, but for a while, the trendy thing from more intellectual MCs – notably Nas – was asserting that “Hip Hop is Dead”. Perhaps it was an exaggeration, but Nas definitely had a valid point back in 2006, just as The Roots seem to have a valid claim not completely dissimilar on latest LP, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Cousin definitely finds The Roots in conceptual form, waving the finger at the superficiality and shallowness of the rap industry these days, both musically speaking and as far as ...

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