25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Scores Fourth Number One Album 


Taylor Swift slipped to #5 on the Billboard 200! Isn’t that fact enough to make you want to read these chart takeaways? It should BE!  1) Drake hit the big time for the fourth time in his career. Surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debuts commandingly atop the Billboard 200. Was there…

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…

25 Chart Takeaways: It’s “All About That Bass” 


It takes a big album to knock off Taylor Swift, and that’s exactly what Meghan Trainor did. It also takes a special R&B album to debut within the Billboard 200 top 10, and Jazmine Sullivan’s superb Reality Show was unable to do so. The aforementioned observations and more make up this week’s 25 chart takeaways….

Chart Takeaways: The ‘SremmLife’ is Upon Us At Number Five


It was a quiet week, but there are still takeaways to be made so HERE THEY ARE! 1) Taylor Swift makes it nine weeks at number one with 1989. Shocker right? 2) The new Billboard 200 tabulation formula has been great for Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, whose respective albums sit at #2 and #10…

25 Chart Takeaways: “No New Friends”


The theme of this week’s chart takeaways – “No New Friends.” Why “No New Friends” you ask? Because there are no new debuts of note on the Billboard 200 – it was a quiet week. 1) Taylor Swift and Nick Minaj remain atop the Billboard 200. This marks Swift’s eighth nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard…

Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two


25 chart takeaways – here goes nothing! 1) It’s all about girl power within the top two spots of the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj keep the #1 and #2 spots warm this week. 2) One Direction’s Four rose from #7 to #4 this week – coincidence? 3) Sam Smith’s In The Lonely…

Review: Mariah Carey, ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’


 After a five year hiatus, Carey ‘brings the heat’ on comeback LP Me. I Am Mariah… Mariah Carey • Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse • Def Jam • US Release Date: May 27, 2014 Nearly five years ago, Mariah Carey released a solid, if not necessarily flashy album in Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel….

Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’


R&B newbie August Alsina shows tremendous potential on full-length debut Testimony  August Alsina • Testimony • Def Jam • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 The moment has finally arrived for up and coming New Orleans contemporary R&B singer August Alsina to take center stage. Sure, the 21-year old represents the new generation who prefer…