25 Chart Takeaways: Empire Bests Madonna!


What do you get when the soundtrack of TV’s hottest show goes head to head with an iconic pop star – A winner and a runner-up obviously! In this battle, it was the new, hot TV soundtrack that came out on top, besting the legendary pop star. That and more chart takeaways! 1) Empire: Original…

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…

Examining Rap Sales For 2014 – An Improvement Compared to R&B 


Urban sales are down – period. No one will dispute this truth, and the numbers support this. That said, one genre within urban circles has it better than others – rap. If R&B serves as the bottom dweller, hip-hop/rap is a clear step above. Here is a chart of 25 of the biggest rap releases…