25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops The Charts


Releasing To Pimp A Butterfly a week early certainly paid off for Kendrick Lamar. Not that it would’ve mattered as KL was destined for the number one spot. That takeaway along with 24 more! 1) Kendrick Lamar easily had the best week on the Billboard 200, taking To Pimp A Butterfly to that “Number One…

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…

Ranking 8 of the Most Surprising Album Releases


Risk sometimes equals reward. In the music business though, risk can also be career suicide. For these eight artists and their respective albums, the artists/labels took the gargantuan risk of the non-standard album release. Some of these efforts arrived sans single, meaning that support and sales came by way of name, word of mouth, and…

25 Chart Takeaways: It’s “All About That Bass” 


It takes a big album to knock off Taylor Swift, and that’s exactly what Meghan Trainor did. It also takes a special R&B album to debut within the Billboard 200 top 10, and Jazmine Sullivan’s superb Reality Show was unable to do so. The aforementioned observations and more make up this week’s 25 chart takeaways….

Chart Takeaways: The ‘SremmLife’ is Upon Us At Number Five


It was a quiet week, but there are still takeaways to be made so HERE THEY ARE! 1) Taylor Swift makes it nine weeks at number one with 1989. Shocker right? 2) The new Billboard 200 tabulation formula has been great for Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, whose respective albums sit at #2 and #10…

25 Chart Takeaways: “No New Friends”


The theme of this week’s chart takeaways – “No New Friends.” Why “No New Friends” you ask? Because there are no new debuts of note on the Billboard 200 – it was a quiet week. 1) Taylor Swift and Nick Minaj remain atop the Billboard 200. This marks Swift’s eighth nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard…

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…

Chart Takeaways: Nicki Minaj Comes In Second


Since Nicki Minaj didn’t top the Billboard 200, don’t we know he did? 25 Chart takeaways – take it away! 1) You already know who’s number one this week… Should’ve left this one as a “Blank Space.” 2) Yes, people are “looking a Nicki Minaj’s butt” – just not enough to make her sell/impact more…

Lyric Analysis: Examining Favorite Lyrical Moments From D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’


It’s no secret that I’m high…off of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah that is! No only did I speak upon its triumphant nature here at brentmusicreviews.com (D’Angelo’s Triumphant ‘Black Messiah’ Reenergizes R&B), I also penned a review on Starpulse.com (Review: D’Angelo Unveils Another R&B Masterpiece With ‘Black Messiah’), praising the effort. And if that wasn’t enough, the…