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…

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…

Thomas Rhett, Tangled Up – Review


Thomas Rhett Totally ‘Kills It’ on Tangled Up – #Winning Thomas Rhett • Tangled Up • Valory • Release Date: September 25, 2015 “And this is the verse where you don’t know the words / and you don’t give a damn cause it feels good.” Right on Thomas Rhett – right on! On album number…

If the Grammys Were Held In September… [Part 2]


Pop, Rock, Urban & Country Categories  Let’s keep it short and sweet – if the Grammys were held in August, would these be the nominees. Here are some thoughts on specific categories, including pop, rock, R&B, rap, and country. Cheers! Pop Best Pop Solo Performance:  The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”…

Why Sam Hunt Represents The Future of Country Music 


The following statement may shock some folks but believe it or not, not everyone is a big fan of country music. Yes, that may sound like explicit sacrilege or blasphemy to those who enjoy their music with a little extra twang, southern hospitality, and of course pedal steel, but honestly, there’s many people who don’t…

Review: Yelawolf Delivers An Eclectic Effort With ‘Love Story’


Yelawolf • Love Story • Interscope • US Release Date: April 21, 2015 It’s no shock that Alabaman rapper Yelawolf’s first major label tanked. If it wasn’t known, Yelawolf makes listeners aware: “One, my last record flopped / two, it wasn’t my time.” Whether 2015 is Yelawolf’s time, only time and sales will tell. Regardless,…

Why The ‘F Word’ Matters Little In Music Anymore


Honestly, nobody (few) cares about the ‘f-word’ anymore when it comes to music anymore. The sentiment is one of “f**k it!” who cares if “For Under Consent of the King” is used or not? In the past, using the most obscene of obscenities wouldn’t come close to being acceptable, but at this point, the word…