James Taylor, Before This World © Concord

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 first #1 album of his career with Before This World. … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: James Taylor’s First No. 1 Album

Muse, Drones © Warner Bros

25 Chart Takeaways: Muse Takes The Top Spot  


A veteran British alternative band FINALLY earns a #1 album. That long awaited achievement and 24 other fascinating, stimulating chart takeaways – or something like that! 1) 21-years into its career, Muse lands its first #1 album with Drones. 21 years is a long period of time, but better late than never right? 2) Taylor Swift just won’t budge. Once she returned to the top … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Muse Takes The Top Spot  

Florence + The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful © Island

25 Chart Takeaways: Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1


Florence Welch (and her Machine) returned in a big way with her rather blue, yet beautiful new album, which sits in the penthouse this week on the Billboard 200. But guess what folks – there’s more than Florence at work? How about those 24 other chart takeaways to pass the time? 1) Florence + The Machine scores its first #1 album with How Big, How … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1

Jack Johnson, From Here To Now To You © Brushfire

Chart Moves, September 25, 2013: Jack Johnson, Miley Cyrus and Drake


Jack Johnson Tops Without A Hitch  Every time there is supposed to be a slugfest for the no. 1 spot, that just fails to happen.  Again, after it was prognosticated that no. 1 was a toss up – this time between Jack Johnson and Justin Moore (seemed odd being honest), Jack Johnson did what he does – scores no. 1 albums.  From Here To Now … Continue reading Chart Moves, September 25, 2013: Jack Johnson, Miley Cyrus and Drake

Keith Urban, Fuse © Capitol Nashville

Chart Moves, September 18, 2013: Keith Urban’s Narrow No. 1


Chart Rewind: Highlights from Last Week (September 11, 2013)  Ariana Grande found her debut album Yours Truly debuting at no. 1 with 138,000 copies sold.  Tamar Braxton followed behind her in the no. 2 spot with Love and War selling an impressive 114,000 copies.  Nine Inch Nails returned with their first major label effort in a couple of years, selling 107,000 copies.  John Legend arrives … Continue reading Chart Moves, September 18, 2013: Keith Urban’s Narrow No. 1

Justin Bieber (instagram/justinbieber)

#SwagDown: 10 Artists With PR Problems in 2013


CHICAGO, IL - December 15, 2012: Justin Bieber performs live on stage at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois (photo by Alex Goykhman/ B96 Chicago)

I am sure there are more artists than mentioned, but there have been some big time  artistic miscues by numerous musicians in 2013.  I have chosen fifteen, err..sixteen overall with ten to highlight, but I’m sure there are many more! Welcome to 2013’s Disastrous Musical Artists PR Tournament!

Others with some PR problems:

  • Brad Paisley/LL Cool J: The controversially bad duet that should’ve never happened…SMH (8-
    seeds, unranked)
  • Nicki Minaj: This one should speak for itself… Are you watching American Idol every week? Well even if you are avoiding it, take my word for it.  (7-seed, unranked)
  • Jason Aldean: The divorce/cheating thing…  (7- seed, unranked)
  • Azealia Banks: Too many twitter beefs.  This girl can’t seem to get along with anybody.   (6-seed, unranked)
  • Keyshia Cole:  Should probably keep her opinions about others to herself… not helping your career.  (6-seed, unranked)

Now for the ranked opponents!

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