58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Urban Categories  


  Ah, more speculation about Grammy nominations! This go-round, how about a look at those urban categories? The frontrunners? Could it be D’Angelo, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar? Best R&B Performance The Weeknd, “The Hills” (Beauty Behind The Madness) D’Angelo, “Sugah Daddy” (Black Messiah) Tyrese, “Shame” (Black Rose) Miguel, “Coffee” (Wildheart) Tamar Braxton, “If I…

Early 2016 Grammy Nomination Predictions – October Edition  


  The Grammy nominations don’t occur until December, but folks are already beginning putting their two cents into who will be nominated when the time arrives. Billboard has already dropped a list of potential nominees, and we did so at the end of August (big categories) and early September (specific categories). So here we go…

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”…

If the Grammys Were Held In August… [Part 1]


  Let’s keep it short and sweet – if the Grammys were held in August, would these be the nominees. Here are some thoughts on the most coveted categories – Record, Album, and Song of the year, and Best New Artist!  Record of the Year Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” Taylor Swift, “Bad…

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: Taylor Swift Makes It Ten 


Didn’t you know it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift reclaimed her crown? That and 24 more chart takeaways!  1) New York and the rest of the United States have been good to Taylor Swift as she spends a 10th nonconsecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200. 2) Meghan Trainor stays…