10 Hot 100 Takeaways: Drake Dominates


Ed Sheeran remains the one to beat on the Billboard Hot 100 as “Shape of You” spends its ninth week at no. 1. Drake sees multiple songs debut from ‘More Life.’

R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  


  R&B is not dead. Yes, the topic of the ‘impact’ of R&B as a major player has been questioned and argued often on brentmusicreviews.com – maybe too much. But, R&B is ailing commercially. Part of the fuel for the argument against R&B’s role as a major player is how poorly the genre is performing…

25 Chart Takeaways: Muse Takes The Top Spot  


A veteran British alternative band FINALLY earns a #1 album. That long awaited achievement and 24 other fascinating, stimulating chart takeaways – or something like that! 1) 21-years into its career, Muse lands its first #1 album with Drones. 21 years is a long period of time, but better late than never right? 2) Taylor…

25 Chart Takeaways: Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1


Florence Welch (and her Machine) returned in a big way with her rather blue, yet beautiful new album, which sits in the penthouse this week on the Billboard 200. But guess what folks – there’s more than Florence at work? How about those 24 other chart takeaways to pass the time? 1) Florence + The…

Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two


25 chart takeaways – here goes nothing! 1) It’s all about girl power within the top two spots of the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj keep the #1 and #2 spots warm this week. 2) One Direction’s Four rose from #7 to #4 this week – coincidence? 3) Sam Smith’s In The Lonely…

The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 


As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” What pudding you ask – R&B album sales ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing that album sales are down across all genres, but if you examine R&B albums themselves, you’ll see that R&B sales are nothing short of abysmal. Basically, the commercially successful R&B album seems…

Chart Takeaways: Mary J. Blige’s Underwhelming Debut


“Same sh*t, different day,” the profane saying goes. Adapted to the Billboard Charts, “Another week, a different chart.” Okay, okay it doesn’t quite work, but you can’t blame me for trying. As has been the trend every Monday, here’s analysis of the latest Billboard 200 chart. There is some more of the “same sh*t” of…

Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Rises On Billboard 200


A new week, another Billboard 200 chart to analyze – Here it goes – enough said! 1) “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,” but Taylor Swift keeps on selling like crazy. 1989 is the ‘second coming’ – of album sales that is. 2) Pentatonix continues to win America’s hearts as That’s Christmas To Me is…

The R&B Malaise Continues: Sales Continue to Sag


R&B sales just aren’t what they once were – there’s just no other way to state it. When a major label R&B album is released these days, the expectation – save for a select few artists – is that it’s not going to sell. Sure, that’s a hella pessimistic view, but what has dissuaded such…