25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Five Weeks At No. 1


The best way to summarizes this week’s charts? Adele. Yep – nuff said! 1) Adele makes it five weeks at #1 with 25. 25’s fifth week gave the album its third million-plus selling week and second best week overall, behind its 3.38 million start. 2) Justin Bieber remains the second most consistent artist on the…

Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two


25 chart takeaways – here goes nothing! 1) It’s all about girl power within the top two spots of the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj keep the #1 and #2 spots warm this week. 2) One Direction’s Four rose from #7 to #4 this week – coincidence? 3) Sam Smith’s In The Lonely…

Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of…

The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 


As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” What pudding you ask – R&B album sales ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing that album sales are down across all genres, but if you examine R&B albums themselves, you’ll see that R&B sales are nothing short of abysmal. Basically, the commercially successful R&B album seems…

Musicians I’m Most Thankful For in 2014


View this post on Instagram #ONLYVideo will be out soon. The Pinkprint arrives on 12.15.14 A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:15pm PST 2014 has had plenty of excellent music released, even if the sales haven’t shown it – understatement. Sure, most CDs weren’t flying off he shelves, but there…

Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title


Don’t call this list profound, call it profane! Corny yes, but true! All of the songs on this list feature every college guy’s (and probably girl’s) favorite expletive in some form – that would be the f-word if you were confused. So, here goes the list! 1) 2Pac, “F*ck The World” (Me Against The World)…

Who Will Be Nominated for Best New Artist at Grammys 2015?


Recently, Billboard published an article where they weighed in on potential Best New Artist nominees at the upcoming Grammys. The list was interesting and eclectic, but being quite opinionated, some of the choices didn’t tickle my fancy. Sure I’m a powerless music journalist/blogger who doesn’t have a say in the Grammy nods, but I have…

The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag


R&B sales just aren’t what they once were – there’s just no other way to state it. When a major label R&B album is released these days, the expectation – save for a select few artists – is that it’s not going to sell. Sure, that’s a hella pessimistic view, but what has dissuaded such…

Mock Grammys – in July!


It’s July, but it is never too early to predict which artists/albums might be nominated for Grammys come December. 2014 has some strong candidates for the big categories, but there is also plenty of uncertainty, meaning that albums released late within the eligibility period could very well ‘change the game.’ But as of July, see…