James Bay, Wild Love: Single


Tweaking his sound dramatically, James Bay returns with “Wild Love,” the wild, starkly different promo single from his forthcoming sophomore album. Unfortunately, “Wild Love” is arguably too much of a shake up or in the least, not perfectly executed.  It has its moments, particularly when Bay actually adds some punch and emotion vocally, but simply put, ‘it’s…

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…

25 Chart Takeaways: James Taylor’s First No. 1 Album


Finally after a lengthy career, James Taylor does something he’s never done before – topped the Billboard 200! That shocking bit of news and 24 other worthwhile pieces of chart information you’ll probably never use in life but enjoy reading!!! Can’t get a better intro than that, right? 1) Veteran Singer/Songwriter James Taylor scores the…

25 Chart Takeaways: Zac Brown Band Land Third #1 Album


Are Zac Brown Band unstoppable? Of course not, but they are on a run for #1 albums. That takeaway and 24 others worth reading! 1) Zac Brown Band scores its third consecutive #1 album with Jekyll + Hyde. The band’s previous two chart toppers are You Get What You Give and Uncaged. 2) Josh Groban…

25 Chart Takeaways: Alabama Shakes Top The Billboard 200


It was a good week for Alabama this week – both Alabama Shakes and Yelawolf came to play on the Billboard 200. Shawn Mendes downgraded while Sam Hunt upgraded. All those takeaways (and more) here for your partaking! 1) Alabama Shakes debut at #1 with its sophomore album, Sound & Color. 2) Furious 7 continues…

25 Chart Takeaways: Wale Lands Second #1 Album


It feels so good to be Wale and take a second album to the top of the charts! It’s not so bad being the Furious 7 soundtrack or Ludacris – just not as a good as being Wale! Those chart takeaways and many more in this week’ 25 awesome chart takeaways! 1) Wale may have…

25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar On Top Again


During a quiet week, Kendrick Lamar holds at number one. The highest debuting album comes by way of Action Bronson (Mr. Wonderful). Those and 23 more takeaways you won’t want to miss – with a dash of humor thrown in from your resident music nerd! 1) Kendrick Lamar spends a second week atop the Billboard…

The Best Albums of 2015 – End of 1st Quarter Update


It is now April 2015 and the first quarter of the year has elapsed? How many big-time albums have been dropped between January 2015 and the end of March? The answer is several notable albums, with the top five definitely producing the heat. Here are 14 of the best albums of 2015 as of the…