58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Pop Categories!


The Grammy nominations will be unveiled before we know it. Before they are, here’s a look at who might snag nominations in the pop categories. Yes, that means Taylor Swift is a factor. Here we go! Best Pop Solo Performance  Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” (1989) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My…

25 Chart Takeaways: Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’ Takes Top Honors


Finally, “There’s A Bright Side Somewhere”… for R&B. Thanks to Tyrese, delivering one/if not the best album of his career, gave R&B that elusive #1 album after a year of struggles. But that’s not the only takeaway on the latest edition of the Billboard 200 – there are 24 more where that came from! 1)…

25 Chart Takeaways: Meek Mill Lands First No. 1 Album  


Unsurprisingly, Maybach Music came through – Meek Mill debuted in the top spot with his highly anticipated, delayed sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Also unsurprising, Miguel debuted in the top two. Interestingly, within the last week, TWO Billboard 200 charts were released, as the music industry has embraced a new global music release…

25 Chart Takeaways: Breaking Benjamin Take The Top Spot


Another musical act has earned a new achievement in their career – Breaking Benjamin scores its first #1 album! That awesome news and even more awesomeness via this week’s 25 chart takeaways! 1) Breaking Benjamin – like James Taylor, Muse, and Florence + The Machine before them – get over the hump, scoring their first…

25 Chart Takeaways: James Taylor’s First No. 1 Album


Finally after a lengthy career, James Taylor does something he’s never done before – topped the Billboard 200! That shocking bit of news and 24 other worthwhile pieces of chart information you’ll probably never use in life but enjoy reading!!! Can’t get a better intro than that, right? 1) Veteran Singer/Songwriter James Taylor scores the…

Progressive Themes Keep Pop Music From Being Post-innovative…


The acceptance of formerly taboo themes in music serves as a contrast to music of the past. An argument could be posed that musically, we live in a ‘post-innovative’ period.  What does  that big, fancy label mean in simple terms? It means that at least a majority of new musical ideas have already occurred and…

Examining American Idol Winner’s (and Some Runner-up’s) Singles


American Idol has produced better talent compared to its competitor shows by a mile.  Sure, I rant about all the issues with the aging juggernaut (there are plenty), but it has been much more effective in charting artists than The Voice or X Factor.  Where is Melanie Amaro’s debut album? How well did that Tate…

Adam Lambert’s Done with 19, Still Signed With RCA


As with the majority of American Idol contestants, the deal seems to go ‘sour’. For Adam Lambert at least, he is fortunate to be remain on RCA‘s roster, only splitting with 19 Records. Now many inquisitive minds probably want to know how Mr. Lambert managed to stay on RCA Records. I wondered the same thing, and will provide…

Genre Series: 30 Pop Songs To Rock Your Sox off!


There were lots of intriguing pop songs this year, as there are every year.  I have assembled a list of 25 that struck me. I’ll even go as far to say some of these may have not been ‘favorites,’ but did stand out.  There are ‘hits’, favorites (in no particular order) included on this list….