25 Chart Takeaways: Babs Is Tops


In a week where it seemed impossible, Barbra Streisand (Encore) debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.  Babs didn’t have it easy – she went against formidable opponents in Florida Georgia Line (Dig Your Roots) and Britney Spears (Glory).  Despite a difficult task, Babs is the queen and the top chart story for the…

Thoughts On The 2015 AMA Winners


On Sunday evening, the American Music Awards occurred. Yes, those are the awards where it helps to be popular. That’s not shade (or at least not much), but judging by the winners, it’s obvious which fan bases vote for their favorite artists. While having a choice to vote for an award show is great, particularly…

New Look Country Has Widespread Crossover Appeal 


“The new guard’s so different from the old.” Ah, so true, so true. The context of this “new guard” here is that the country music of old is not what’s dominating the genre’s landscape. Sure, someone like Alan Jackson will always be a king in country music, but his heyday in the limelight have come…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard – Take 2!


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven 12 of those albums have sales figures (one still in progress), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris Brown, X (RCA,…

Chart Takeaways: Foo Fighters Settle For #2


Chart positions can be very telling, aka who’s selling and who’s not! There’s not many people moving lots of albums, but there is some hope – at the top at least. 1) Foo Fighters settle for second place this week, as Taylor Swift sells another 312,000 copies of 1989. Sonic Highways by no means underperformed…

25 Chart Takeaways: Taylor Swift Spends A Second Week At The Penthouse


The title says it all. Here are 25 Chart Takeaways, led by one ubiquitous Taylor Swift – she’s everywhere, she’s everywhere! 1) Taylor Swift had another fantastic week on the Billboard 200, selling 402,000 copies – 343,000 copies more than the runner-up, Now 52. Also, Swift won’t be budging next week as another 300,000 copies…

Chart Takeaways from Billboard 200 (Released October 23, 2014)


The Billboard 200 Albums Chart has become the spawn of Satan – to many of its artists… Here’s some chart takeaways from last week’s chart, released October 23, 2014. 1) Unsurprisingly, Florida Georgia Line score their first #1 album with excellent sales – 197,000 copies of Anything Goes.  2) Sam Smith is back home –…