Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Rises On Billboard 200

A new week, another Billboard 200 chart to analyze – Here it goes – enough said! 1) “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,” but Taylor Swift keeps on selling like crazy. 1989 is the ‘second coming’ – of album sales that is. 2) Pentatonix continues to win America’s hearts as That’s Christmas To Me is…

Review: Chase Rice’s Major Label Debut ‘Ignite The Night’ Is Solid

Chase Rice • Ignite The Night • Columbia Nashville • US Release Date: August 23, 2014 Chase Rice may be a ‘household’ name for different reasons than being a country solo artist. Most pertinent to his career itself is Rice co-write the gargantuan country crossover hit “Cruise” (Florida Georgia Line). Outside of his full-time job,…

Review: Hunter Hayes, ‘Storyline’

Storyline is an enjoyable listen that highlights Hayes’ strengths more often than not  Hunter Hayes • Storyline • Atlantic • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 With all the talk of “blurred lines” these days, young country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes very much exemplifies that sentiment throughout his albums. His latest album, Storyline, is no different….

Review: Jerrod Niemann, ‘High Noon’

High Noon has a few notable moments and many forgettable ones Jerrod Niemann • High Noon • Sea Gayle / Arista Nashville • US Release Date: March 25, 2014 After giving country music “the cold shoulder” throughout the first quarter of 2014, I – the Brent Faulkner – finally decided to give country ‘a chance’….