10 Albums Where The Sophomore Effect Was Real


Let’s cut to the chase – sometimes the second time around can be pretty crappy. For most of the musicians on this list, their second album/second album of note didn’t go as planned in the commercial department. Some of these sophomore albums are respectable, with some even being the critical equal of the debut. The…

25 Chart Takeaways: Disturbed Claim Fifth No. 1 on Billboard 200


Disturbed debut at number one – not surprised. Carly Rae Jepsen misses the top ten. Again, not surprised. Those absolutely “exciting” chart takeaways and 23 more – most of which probably ALSO aren’t surprising. The sarcasm is free by the way! 1) A Five-year hiatus seems to have little effect on rock band Disturbed –…

Genre Series: 30 Pop Songs To Rock Your Sox off!


There were lots of intriguing pop songs this year, as there are every year.  I have assembled a list of 25 that struck me. I’ll even go as far to say some of these may have not been ‘favorites,’ but did stand out.  There are ‘hits’, favorites (in no particular order) included on this list….

Predicting The Grammy Nominees…Best New Artist Possibilities


This wouldn’t surprise me as far as the field of five Grammy nominees for Best New Artist: Frank Ocean (R&B) Justification: the new alternative soul movement; cult-like following to propel channel Orange to no. 2 Carly Rae Jepsen (Pop) Justification: “Call Me Maybe” Gotye(Alternative/Pop) Justification: “Somebody That I Used To Know” fun. (Alternative/Pop) Justification: It’s…

Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss: Album Analysis


Introduction Yes, everyone has heard “Call Me Maybe.” And yes, as well suspect, it is the highlight track of Carly Rae Jepsen’s U.S. Debut Kiss.  Everyone has been talking about Carly, though no one thought Jepsen was 26, which perhaps hurts her cause and her career. Believe me, I’m all about the sentiment that ‘age…

Chart Moves: DMB, Maroon 5, P!nk and G.O.O.D Music…


Dave Matthews Band Debut For Sixth Consecutive #1 Album As expected, Dave Matthews Band‘s latest release Away From The World  tops the Billboard 200chart with 266,000 copies sold.  While Away From The World outsold initial projects (250K), it undersold 2009’s Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King by 158,000 copies.  Oh well, good numbers nonetheless in the music economy that is 2012. In other…