Surprise Albums Work – Sometimes…


  Lately, there is less and less fanfare about releasing albums – has anybody noticed this? There was a time when the ‘hot’ new album dropping was truly a gargantuan thing. Nowadays, albums drop – sometimes with lackadaisical promotion – and it’s just not that big of a deal. Sometimes it seems as if the…

25 Chart Takeaways: Furious 7 Soundtrack Rises To #1  


Yep, Furious 7 kills All Time Low’s vibe this week – it takes that “Number One Spot” to quote Ludacris. That and 24 more stimulating chart takeaways!  1) The Furious 7 Soundtrack does big things this week, rising from #2 to #1. 2) All Time Low were supposed to be the stars, but Furious 7…

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: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album 


The first American Idol victor has been able to establish a career beyond the show. This week, Kelly Clarkson lands her third number one album. That and many more chart takeaways worth examining! 1) Kelly Clarkson scores her third number one album with Piece By Piece. The numbers – sales and overall impact – are…

The Best Albums of 2015 – Late February Update 


As February 2015 becomes March, more albums have been released and you know what that means: my analytical ears get busy and my pen (keyboard) begins publishing my thoughts. Ultimately, 2015 has been a solid year for music as of yet and all of the albums that grace this early ‘best of’ list are worth…

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…