25 Chart Takeaways: Big Sean Scores His First #1 


The Detroit rapper got it done – Big Sean scores his first #1 album. That takeaway and 24 more! 1) Big Sean finally landed at the top. After two albums debuted at #3, the MC’s third album Dark Sky Paradise debuted at #1. 2) Kid Rock settles for the runner-up spot, but First Kiss sells…

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: Taylor Swift Makes It Ten 


Didn’t you know it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift reclaimed her crown? That and 24 more chart takeaways!  1) New York and the rest of the United States have been good to Taylor Swift as she spends a 10th nonconsecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200. 2) Meghan Trainor stays…

25 Chart Takeaways: Fall Out Boy Score Third #1


For a second week, Taylor Swift has been held at bay! Fall Out Boy gets it done to secure the top spot, hence holding Swift in the runner-up slot. That said here’s my weekly, sometimes humorous 25 chart takeaways. 1) Fall Out Boy had a terrific week as American Beauty/American Psycho bowed atop the Billboard…

The Best Songs From January 2015


January 2015 had some great music, if you can believe it. Normally the winter is a ‘cold mess’ if you will, but not in 2015. “New year, new life, new things,” as I once penned in one my songs. But this isn’t about me, well completely – it is my opinion. Here are 11 must-haves…

25 Chart Takeaways: It’s “All About That Bass” 


It takes a big album to knock off Taylor Swift, and that’s exactly what Meghan Trainor did. It also takes a special R&B album to debut within the Billboard 200 top 10, and Jazmine Sullivan’s superb Reality Show was unable to do so. The aforementioned observations and more make up this week’s 25 chart takeaways….

Fun With Jazmine Sullivan and Meghan Trainor!


Sometimes I like to have a little fun – have you noticed that? Anyways, I consider the week of January 13, 2015 one with some excellent albums. Two excellent albums came at the hands of ladies – Meghan Trainor (Title) and Jazmine Sullivan (Reality Show). While comparing a pop vocalist and an R&B powerhouse seems…

Jazmine Sullivan Picks Up Where She Left Off on ‘Reality Show’ 


Jazmine Sullivan • Reality Show • RCA • US Release Date: January 13. 2015 Things don’t feel right when there’s a void do they? Throughout R&B music, voids are felt quite frequently. How about the extended hiatuses that both Maxwell and D’Angelo partook of between albums? When both artists reasserted themselves, they fulfilled something that…

Jazmine Sullivan’s Best Songs


After a lengthy hiatus, Jazmine Sullivan finally returns back to the music industry with her third studio album, Reality Show. Even though Sullivan’s output is limited to two albums, both Fearless and Love Me Back were exceptional, consistent albums from top to bottom. Given Sullivan’s consummate musicianship, it’s easy to pick multiple songs from Sullivan’s…