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…

57th Annual Grammy Notes


So, I spent the better part of my Sunday night watching the 57th annual Grammys – better known as wasting my time. Why do I indulge in music’s Super Bowl every year when I know that there’s always going to be Grammys given to the wrong folks? I guess it’s the hunger to see how…

57th Annual Grammys Scorecard (Take 2…)


The official cut-off date for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is September 30, 2014. The end of September is filled with albums that are certainly looking to compete for music’s most prestigious awards. That said, there are also notable albums released after last year’s cutoff date that can’t be written off. From my perspective,…

Mock Grammys – in July!


It’s July, but it is never too early to predict which artists/albums might be nominated for Grammys come December. 2014 has some strong candidates for the big categories, but there is also plenty of uncertainty, meaning that albums released late within the eligibility period could very well ‘change the game.’ But as of July, see…

Charts: Rick Ross Lands At Familiar Spot – No. 1


  Unsurprisingly, Rick Ross lands at a familiar spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, no. 1.  Mastermind becomes the rapper’s fifth album to debut in the penthouse, selling a respectable 179,000 copies.  All of Ross’ albums have sold solidly during their debut week – totals include 187,000, 198,000, 158,000, 176,000, and 218,000 with prior…

Schoolboy Q Takes Oxymoron To No. 1


Ah, who doesn’t love a good ‘come-up’ story? Schoolboy Q has reason to celebrate as his third LP Oxymoron takes over the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Apparently, them “Collard Greens” were pretty potent, as 139,000 people decided to add Oxymoron to their music collection.  139,000 copies isn’t the ‘end all…

It’s Frozen… At The Top of The Charts Again!


The Frozen Soundtrack is sort of like winter itself – it just don’t stop! Once more, Frozen finds itself atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart selling 89,000 copies.  It is surprising that Frozen was able to rise to the top once more, particularly after Eric Church blew the competition out of the water with last…

Eric Church Gets It Done At No. 1 Once More


Let the “Church” say yes… Corny, I know.  But one of country’s rising stars, Eric Church, just continues to rise.  The Outsiders gives Church his second no. 1 album, selling a healthy 288,000 copies.  Sub 100K weeks are done, at least this week.   How does The Outsiders’ numbers compare to the numbers that greeted Chief?…

Shopping List: Seven ‘February 18’ Albums You Should Consider Purchasing


Ah, another week and the necessity for new music.  February has been a slow month, particularly last week’s scant choice of releases.  The three most notable releases last week included two country music artists Eric Church (The Outsiders) and Frankie Ballard (Sunshine & Whiskey), as well as a more underrated R&B release from British singer…