25 Chart Takeaways: Chris Stapleton Rises To No. 1


Despite a quiet release week, the Billboard 200 turned out to be compelling nonetheless thanks to the rise of Chris Stapleton. Country dominated the top three – a clear departure as of late – while numerous other artists/albums are underperforming without question. Those takeaways and more to check out this week! 1) After winning three…

25 Chart Takeaways: 5SOS Best Carrie Underwood for No. 1  


  Number one belongs to 5 Seconds of Summer – surprise? No. What if you throw Carrie Underwood’s name in the mix for no. 1, does that make it more of a surprise. Yes. Ultimately, 5SOS Bests Carrie Underwood for top honors on the Billboard 200. That and 24 more takeaways from this week’s chart!…

Is Carrie Underwood Fading?  


On October 23, 2015, Pop/Country superstar Carrie Underwood released her fifth studio album, Storyteller. Storyteller represented Underwood’s first new album of originals in three years, following no. 1 bowing Blown Away (2012). It would seem that the return of Carrie Underwood would usher in yet another no. 1 album, marking her fourth to debut atop…

Chart Takeaways: J. Cole’s Scores Third #1 Album


Two words – CHART ACTION – Let’s get it! 25 Takeaways – GO!  1) It would take a special album to unseat Queen Taylor Swift. It finally happened (for a second time) when J. Cole sold a robust 354,000 copies (375,000 “units”) to hit #1 for the third time in his career. 2) Poor Taylor…

Review: Miranda Lambert, ‘Platinum’


 Miranda Lambert goes “H.A.M.” on her homerun latest LP Platinum Miranda Lambert • Platinum • RCA Nashville • US Release Date: June 3, 2014 “I live in Oklahoma / and I’ve got long, blonde hair / and I play guitar, and I go on the road / and I do all the sh-t you wanna…

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing June 3, 2014


Perhaps the music industry was spoiled by May releases – perhaps that’s it.  The first week of June is loaded with releases, BUT only two seem like sure bets – Miranda Lambert’s Platinum and 50 Cent’s long-awaited fifth album, Animal Ambition.  The question seems to be, how much will either of these albums move?  Regardless,…