25 Chart Takeaways: J. Cole Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Time


Billboard: J. Cole easily tops the Billboard 200 with his fourth studio album, ‘4 Your Eyez Only.’ No. 1 on the Billboard 200 wasn’t in dispute in the least this week.  Rapper J. Cole scores a fourth no. 1 album with 4 Your Eyez Only, launching with a robust 492,000 units. The rapper’s star continues…

25 Chart Takeaways: Fall Out Boy Score Third #1


For a second week, Taylor Swift has been held at bay! Fall Out Boy gets it done to secure the top spot, hence holding Swift in the runner-up slot. That said here’s my weekly, sometimes humorous 25 chart takeaways. 1) Fall Out Boy had a terrific week as American Beauty/American Psycho bowed atop the Billboard…

Chart Takeaways: One Direction’s Goes Four for Four With ‘Four’


Analyzing chart trends – one by one! In this week’s edition, it starts at the top. Not with Taylor Swift, but One Direction. Get ready, get set, GO! 1) One Direction earn their fourth number one album on the Billboard 200. While Four was less triumphant than Take Me Home or Midnight Memories, the numbers…

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…

Beyoncé Rules The Charts For A Second Consecutive Week


Beyoncé spends a second consecutive week at the top of the charts with her self-titled, fifth studio effort.  After moving an impressive 617,000 copies (all courtesy of iTunes mind you), Beyoncé moves another 374,000 copies, this time with physical albums included in the totals.  In two weeks, Mrs. Carter falls just short of the ‘milli’…

3 Musical Christmas Gifts of 2013 and 3 Lumps of Coal…


Merry Christmas!  During the holiday season, there have been some wonderful, surprising musical gifts and there have also been some ‘lumps of coal.’  Here are three of the best gifts as well as three ugly, black nuggets.  The Best…  1 Beyoncé’s surprise album – ‘nough said!   Beyoncé single-handedly gave the music industry its biggest…

Beyoncé Makes It Five Number One Albums in a Row


Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé.  This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save…

Garth Brooks Kills Britney’s ‘Vibe’: Ascends to No. 1


You know, after ‘working’ so hard, Britney Spears had the most lackadaisical sales week of her lengthy career.  Sure, there are artists who would salivate over the 107,000 copies Ms. Spears moved with Britney Jean, but if you look contextually, you’ll see ole girl had a tepid showing on the sales front. 107,000 copies in…