Category Archives: Album Preview


After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how was born.

Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!

As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog.  I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.

If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with in any way, I humbly thank you!

I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)

See you there!

— Montè

First Listen: Tamia – ‘Beautiful Surprise’ [Album Snippets]


Fans of Canadian R&B songbird Tamia can get a sneak peek of her upcoming fifth album Beautiful Surprise before it arrives on August 28. Preceded by the Salaam Remi-produced title track, which continues to rise on urban AC radio, the album will be her second independent release following 2006’s Between Friends. 

Preview the album and watch the music video for the single “Beautiful Surprise,” co-starring her husband Grant Hill below.

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Album Preview: Tank – This Is How I Feel

Over the years, singer-songwriter Tank has proven to be one of the most consistent artists in R&B. Less than week before it arrives in stores, the Grammy nominee offers snippets of his fifth studio album, This Is How I Feel.  The 10-track disc, the follow-up to 2010’s Now or Never, features collaborations with Chris Brown (“Lonely”), Busta Rhymes (“Nowhere”), and T.I. on “Compliments.”  This Is How I Feel hits stores and online retailers on May 8.

Preview the album below.

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First Listen: Kelly Rowland – “Here I Am” [Album Preview]

Kelly Rowland is having a marquee year. The buzz for her third solo album, Here I Am, is reaching a fever pitch and now fans can preview the set courtesy of Amazon.  Led by the Lil Wayne-assisted “Motivation,” Here I Am features production from Rico Love, David Guetta and Rodney Jerkins, and guest appearances from Big Sean and Lil Playy. Here I Am drops July 26! Listen to the preview below.

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Lady Gaga Announces Release Dates for Single, Album

Lady Gaga’s little monsters received the ultimate New Year’s gift from their idol, who tweeted the release dates for new album, it’s lead single, and the first promo picture for the set.

Born This Way, the eccentric singer’s third studio album, hits stores on May 23, 2011 with the lead single premiering February 13, 2011.

THE SONG 2 13 11 THE RECORD 5 23 11,said the pop superstar. Gaga also revealed lyrics from the album’s lead single. It’s evident Gaga is all about empowerment on her third LP.

Are you ready for the return of Gaga?

Jazmine Sullivan – “Love Me Back” (Album Snippets)

Jazmine Sullivan’s sophomore album Love Me Back doesn’t hits stores until November 30th, but fans can listen to snippets from the disc now courtesy of Amazon. The 11-track set features production from Missy Elliott, Ne-Yo, Chuck Harmony, Toby Gad, Salaam Remi and No I.D. Preceded by lead single “Holding You Down (Going In Circles)”  and second single “10 Seconds,Love Me Back sounds like another solid project from the Grammy nominated songstress from Philadelphia.

Preview Jazmine Sullivan’s Love Me Back here

Album Preview: Trey Songz – Passion, Pain & Pleasure

R&B crooner Trey Songz will release his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, this coming Tuesday. Luckily for his fans, you don’t have to wait to hear the new material because an official album preview is available on the singer’s Myspace page.

The 17 track-set features production from Eric Hudson, Boi-1da, Mario Winans, Tha Bizness and Troy Taylor and guest appearances from Drake, and Nicki Minaj on the disc’s lead single, “Bottoms Up“. Click on the album cover below to listen to the album preview.

Album Preview: Fantasia – Back To Me

Check out Fantasia’s upcoming album Back To Me. Set to hit stores on August 10th, Back To Me can be considered Fantasia’s comeback following her Gold-selling self-titled sophomore album. Listen to the album preview below.