“Say My Name” Represents the Maturation of Austin Mahone


Being a teen-pop star can’t be easy.  That should be a laughable, idiotic statement to most folks given the luxurious life afforded to the newfound heartthrob and label cash cow.  The aforementioned statement doesn’t reference the amenities of ‘coming up’ and the lavish life of the teen celebrity, but rather finding a balanced artistic niche. …

Coldplay Dips In Sales, Sits Pretty At No. 1


So let’s get the most boring part of the chart analysis/news over with. Coldplay keep the top spot warm, albeit with only 83,000 copies sold of their latest LP Ghost Stories. 83,000 copies is a far cry from the 383,000 copies the set sold just last week, its debut week. Despite the drop, that was sufficient…

Playlist: 12 Songs to Jam into June


Can you believe that it is June already (Circa June 4th specifically by the time this posts)? My, oh my how time flies these days! What better way to celebrate being a month older – and maybe more importantly summertime – than a playlist, right (do you feel me)? Here are 12 songs that made…

Numbers:  Mariah Carey’s …The Elusive Chanteuse Expected to Underperform


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!  Billboard.com has already practically “signed, sealed, delivered” another chart-topping week for Coldplay, even if the erosion is near the 80% mark.  Coldplay…

Coldplay and Brantley Gilbert Electrify the Billboard 200 


Coldplay and Brantley Gilbert had stellar weeks.  Coldplay takes top honors on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, moving a robust 383,000 copies of sixth LP Ghost Stories.   Even with the impressive bow, Coldplay has had larger weeks, including a high watermark of 737,000 copies for X&Y back in 2005.  Still, with the way music is…

Review: Austin Mahone, ‘The Secret (EP)’


The Secret proves to be an enjoyable and sound introduction to Austin Mahone Austin Mahone • The Secret (EP) • Chase/Cash Money • US Release Date: May 27, 2014 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,…

Music Shopping List: 7 Albums to Consider Purchasing May 26, 2014


May continues to be an impressive month for new album releases – whew, April was lacking! The May 27th release date may not be the sexiest of the month, but it’s hard to call it a ‘bust’ when Mariah Carey is in the mix.  Throw in the latest teen heartthrob (Austin Mahone) and there seems…

Austin Mahone Is An Artist Trending Up


Teen pop is something that has truly irked me over the years – badly! Something about young, cocky, good-looking heartthrobs being proclaimed to be the ‘second coming’ of music just doesn’t appeal nor sit well with me.  Yeah, maybe I’m just jealous I couldn’t get the attention all the girls give to these guys, but honestly…

Austin Mahone Transcends Teen-Pop Mode on “Banga Banga”


Austin Mahone⎪ “Banga Banga” ⎪ Chase / Cash Money ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 17, 2013 Pop singer Austin Mahone (who is now 17)  is looking to transcend the restrictive labels of teen-pop, at least from my perspective.  Why? His music is becoming more mature.  Following hot single “What About Love”, Mahone follows it up…