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…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


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 of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris…

Jason Aldean Is the Hit, Everyone Else, Not So Much


Well folks, the fourth quarter has arrived – in the amount of new releases only… Read on… Breaking news – Jason Aldean is expected to top the Billboard 200 with Old Boots, New Dirt. Shocker, right – NOPE! Billboard prognosticates Aldean to sell in the 300,000 copies ballpark, also not the least bit surprising. But…

Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!


The busiest, most lucrative time of the year has arrived for the music industry – the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter is a big deal because it encompasses the holiday season, and what better than the gift of music, right? The Wire has a fantastic prediction post that everyone should check out that inspired my own post of…

‘Way Too Early’ 56th Annual Grammy Winner Predictions


So the Grammy nominations just came out, and guess who is already putting his two cents in about who’s gonna win? This guy is! Yep it is technically ‘way too early’, but who cares? How about some December predictions for what’s gonna go down in January? The Big Four Record of the Year “Get Lucky”,…

#SwagDown: 10 Artists With PR Problems in 2013


I am sure there are more artists than mentioned, but there have been some big time  artistic miscues by numerous musicians in 2013.  I have chosen fifteen, err..sixteen overall with ten to highlight, but I’m sure there are many more! Welcome to 2013’s Disastrous Musical Artists PR Tournament! Others with some PR problems: Brad Paisley/LL Cool…

Chart Moves: Macklemore at no. 2, Maroon 5 Stay Put, Jason Aldean’s Got Next


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Garner Biggest Debut Mumford Close to Platinum Certification Three Weeks In So yeah, Mumford & Sons continue their little folk exploration thingy by ruling the Billboard Album chart for a third straight week.  Expected to sell about 90,000 copies, they sold 96,000 – Overachievers. They are expected to concede next week to country’s…