New Look Country Has Widespread Crossover Appeal 


“The new guard’s so different from the old.” Ah, so true, so true. The context of this “new guard” here is that the country music of old is not what’s dominating the genre’s landscape. Sure, someone like Alan Jackson will always be a king in country music, but his heyday in the limelight have come…

25 Chart Takeaways: Future Takes The Top Spot on the Billboard 200


Yep, let’s just go on and address it – and it isn’t shade (or that much shade)! Future outperformed Ciara, big time. We’ll leave it at that! Here are 25 chart takeaways this week, with Future leading the pack with the biggest album of his career! 1) Atlanta MC Future lands his first career number…

Review: John Fogerty, ‘Wrote A Song For Everyone’


John Fogerty⎪ Wrote A Song For Everyone⎪ Vanguard ⎪⎪US Release Date: May 28, 2013 Featured Artists: Foo Fighters; Keith Urban; Shane Fogerty; Tyler Fogerty; Miranda Lambert; Tom Morello; Zac Brown Band; My Morning Jacket; Kid Rock; Dawes; Bob Seger; Brad Paisley; Alan Jackson; Jennifer Hudson; Allen Toussaint; Rebirth Brass Band  Executive producer: Julie Fogerty John…

Chart Moves: Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne, Blake Shelton, OneRepublic


Timberlake’s ‘Experience’ Keeps On Shinin’ As expected, Justin Timberlake keeps no. 1 locked down, despite releases from the likes of  Lil Wayne (I Am Not A Human Being II), Blake Shelton (Based On A True Story), Alan Jackson (Precious Memories: Volume II), OneRepublic (Native), and Depeche Mode (Delta Machine).  Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience  sold a whopping 968,000 copies last week (Justin Timberlake Starts Atop Billboard…

2013 First Quarter Music Awards: Anyone REALLY Stand Out?


January, February and March make up the first quarter of the year.  Musically, the first quarter is much slower than the fourth quarter (October – December), in which the holiday season propels large sales numbers. January is the slowest of the three months of the quarter, while February gets a spike from the Grammys, and…

Chart Moves: Justin Timberlake, American Idol, Lil Wayne


#Winning: Justin Timberlake’s Very Big Week Justin Timberlake has a lot to celebrate this week.  First things first (and most importantly), his third solo effort The 20/20 Experience dropped last week, March 19.  That is celebration in itself, especially for all those who had been waiting for ‘sexy’ to come back a minute ago.  But now comes the…

Grammy Dissection, Part 5: All The Rest… (Country, Gospel, Producer…)


Introduction So here is the last category analysis for the grammy nominations. Yeah, leftovers.  We are all more concerned about the other categories. Country is blasé this year (and inconsistent nominations), Gospel is not driving many people’s interest and the producer of the year unveils some album of the year clues. Best Country Solo Performance…