Two Can’t Miss Curated Rap Playlists


February 2018 saw the birth of two can’t-miss curated rap playlists: ‘31 Rap Songs That Reference Condoms’ and ‘27 Secular, Religious-Referencing Rap Songs.’ Continue reading Two Can’t Miss Curated Rap Playlists

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Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas © RCA

25 Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Takes ‘Christmas’ to No. 1


After weeks of extreme flirtation with the top spot, Pentatonix sees Christmas album A Pentatonix Christmas rise to no. 1 on the Billboard 200. Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Takes ‘Christmas’ to No. 1

J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only © Roc Nation

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 to rise with every release.  Interestingly, he’s somewhat underrated, but … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: J. Cole Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Time

25 Chart Takeaways: Rihanna Takes ‘Anti’ To The Top


Despite its ‘anti’ minded rollout, Rihanna’s Anti ascends to the no. 1 spot after debuting 27th following its nontraditional release. It’s not all about Rihanna this week though – there are 24 more takeaways that DON’T include Ms. Fenty! 1) Rihanna’s ANTI takes top honors on the Billboard 200 to no one’s surprise. Yes there were the skeptics who ready to pounce on her thanks … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Rihanna Takes ‘Anti’ To The Top

Tyrese, Black Rose © Voltron Recordz

58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Urban Categories  


  Ah, more speculation about Grammy nominations! This go-round, how about a look at those urban categories? The frontrunners? Could it be D’Angelo, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar? Best R&B Performance The Weeknd, “The Hills” (Beauty Behind The Madness) D’Angelo, “Sugah Daddy” (Black Messiah) Tyrese, “Shame” (Black Rose) Miguel, “Coffee” (Wildheart) Tamar Braxton, “If I Don’t Have You” Mary J. Blige, “Whole Damn Year” Mariah … Continue reading 58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Urban Categories  

Future, DS2 © Epic

25 Chart Takeaways: Future Takes The Top Spot on the Billboard 200


Yep, let’s just go on and address it – and it isn’t shade (or that much shade)! Future outperformed Ciara, big time. We’ll leave it at that! Here are 25 chart takeaways this week, with Future leading the pack with the biggest album of his career! 1) Atlanta MC Future lands his first career number one album on the Billboard 200 with DS2 (Dirty Sprite … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Future Takes The Top Spot on the Billboard 200

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly © Aftermath : Interscope

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 most notably the Internet. Here are 8 of the most … Continue reading Ranking 8 of the Most Surprising Album Releases