Justin Bieber, What Do You Mean © Def Jam

Is Justin Bieber the Good Guy or the Bad Guy?


What’s the verdict on the polarizing Justin [Drew] Bieber? Do the pros outweigh the cons? On The Musical Hype, I have began a new series called Pros & Cons where I choose a musician and compile a list of the good and bad about the artist, whether it’s musical or not.  Who better to highlight the inauguration than the Biebz!

Justin Bieber is polarizing. Polarizing is a fitting characterization given the reactions he receives. We’re going to break down Bieber’s pros and cons! The post… 11 more words

via Pros & Cons: Justin Bieber — The Musical Hype

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Drake, Views © Cash Money

Drake, Beyoncé and Radiohead Rule The Top of the Billboard 200 (25 Chart Takeaways)


What A Time To Be Alive! Yep, that’s surely what Drake must be saying to himself – he can probably throw “HYFR (Hell Ya F**king Right)” into the mix as well. Drake holds the no. 1 spot, besting Beyoncé for second consecutive week, and holding off Radiohead’s surprise album A Moon Shaped Pool from no. 1. Believe it or not, there are even more chart takeaways to be “taken away” here, sigh.

1) Drake’s Views spends a second week at no. 1, narrowly outselling Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool.

2) Beyoncé’s former no. 1, Lemonade, spends a second consecutive week at no. 2. Interestingly, Drake’s Views didn’t best Lemonade’s SPS’s (streams plus sales) by very much.

3) Radiohead settles for a no. 3 start with A Moon Shaped Pool. While Radiohead couldn’t reach no. 1 like 2007 effort In Rainbows, in pure sales, A Moon Shaped Pool gives the alternative band its most robust numbers in years.

4) Keith Urban sees Ripcord debut respectably at no. 4.

5) Prince continues to dominate the charts, with The Very Best of Prince retaining a spot in the top 5 (no. 4) and Purple Rain slipping from no. 3 to no. 8 this week.

6) Cole Swindell sees his sophomore album You Should Be Here debut at no. 6.

7) Adele extends her return to the top 10 as 25 improves from no. 10 to no. 9.

8) Hamilton reaches a new peak position, ascending from no. 13 to no. 11 this week, the Broadway soundtrack’s 33rd week on the charts.

9) Mike Posner couldn’t score a second top-10 album. At Night, Alone debuts at no. 12. 31 Minutes To Takeoff, on the other hand, debuted at no. 8.

10) Justin Bieber exits the top 10! Purpose slips four spots from no. 9 to no. 13.

11) Rittz lands at no. 19 on the BB200 with Top Of The Line. Who is Rittz? Good question.

12) Andy Black had a disappointing debut week. The Black Veil Brides frontman’s solo debut The Shadow Side lands at no. 22.

13) Goo Goo Dolls see their latest album, Boxes, debut unimpressively at no. 27.

14) Cyndi Lauper hasn’t been “big” for years. Considering that fact, her latest album’s (Detour) debut at no. 29 is sort of impressive.

15) James Blake’s third full-length album, The Colour In Anything, debuts at no. 36.

16) Gwen Stefani’s third solo album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like hasn’t sold very well. However, the album sees an uptick this week, improving 23 spots from no. 82 to no. 59.

17) Rob Zombie’s “satanic orgy celebration” must not have went over too well. Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser slips 56 spots from no. 6 to no. 62.

18) Kaytranada’s 99.9% debuts at no. 73. Again, who? What?

19) Safe to say that A$AP Ferg definitely isn’t “striving” or “prospering” based upon the chart performance of his sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper. The album slips 31 spots in its third week from no. 46 to no. 77.

20) Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter sees his latest album, Take Me To The Alley, debut at no. 82.

21) Santana’s latest album continues to fly…down the chart that is! Santana IV slips 40 spots from no. 71 to no. 111 in just four short weeks on the chart.

22) ANOHNI’s HOPELESSNESS debuts quietly at no. 121.

23) Andra Day sees her Cheers To The Fall re-enter the charts at no. 126. Day peaked at no. 48 earlier this year.

24) The way that Martina McBride’s latest album fell down the charts was nothing short of Reckless, as it slid 107 spots from no. 31 to no. 138.

25) Two more notable Prince albums re-enter the Billboard 200: Controversy (no. 162) and Dirty Mind (no. 184).

Adele, 25 © Columbia

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Spends Ninth Nonconsecutive Week At No. 1


Adele, 25 © Columbia

She’s back! Adele that is! After taking a break from the top spot, Adele reclaims her throne. That and 24 more chart takeaways coming right your way!

1) In her 13th week on the Billboard 200, Adele rises from no. 2 to no. 1 to spend a ninth nonconsecutive week atop the charts. Think about it – of 13 weeks on the chart, Adele has spent nine at no. 1 and all 13 within the top three.

2) Justin Bieber’s Purpose moves up three spots from no. 5 to no. 2. Purpose has had quite a run during its 14-week chart run.

3) Rihanna’s Anti spends a second week at no. 3. In it’s four weeks on the chart, Anti has charted at no. 27, no.1, and two consecutive weeks at no. 3.

Joey + Rory, Hymns © Farmhouse Recordings

4) Joey + Rory are the biggest surprise of the BB200 as Hymns debuts respectably at no. 4.

5) Grammy bumps are a real thing! Chris Stapleton’s Traveller ascends from no. 11 to no. 5. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness also jumps six spots from no. 12 to no. 6. As for Album of the Year victor Taylor Swift, 1989 leaps 12 spots from no. 20 to no. 8.

6) Future’s EVOL slips from no. 1 to no. 10 in its second week on the charts.

7) After seeing a bump from their halftime show, Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams drops from no. 4 to no. 14 in week 11.

8) Kendrick Lamar also experiences a Grammy bump as To Pimp A Butterfly improves 44 spots from no. 60 to no. 16. Good Kid M.A.A.D. City also sees a bump from no. 97 to no. 66.

David Bowie, Blackstar © Columbia

9) David Bowie’s Blackstar rebounds 20 spots from no. 42 to no. 22 in week six. Bowie’s Best Of Bowie (greatest hits compilation) also improves from no. 47 to no. 39.

10) James Bay sees Chaos And The Calm jump 77 spots from no. 99 to no. 23.

11) Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color ascends 120 spots from no. 148 to no. 28 in its 38th charting week. Again, thank those Grammys!

Vince Gill, Down To My Last Bad Habit © MCA Nashville

12) Vince Gill didn’t build much steam behind his latest album Down To My Last Bad Habit. The veteran country artist’s latest settles for a modest no. 35 start.

13) Much like her performing partner at the Grammys (James Bay), Tori Kelly sees her debut album Unbreakable Smile jump 62 spots from no. 102 to no. 44.

14) Horrid second week for Wiz KhalifaKhalifa slips from no. 6 to no. 45. OUCH!

15) Andra Day reenters the charts at no. 48 with her Grammy-nominated debut Cheers To The Fall. No. 48 marks the new peak for the set, which up until this week had only spent one week on the Billboard 200.

16) Lacey Sturm’s Life Screams debuts quietly at no. 74.

Mike Posner, The Truth (EP) © Island

17) Mike Posner’s The Truth (EP) reaches a new peak position at no. 76.

18) Audrey Assad’s Inheritance debuts at no. 81.

19) Leon BridgesComing Home jumps 27 spots from no. 154 to no. 117.

20) Brett Eldredge sees Illinois improve 10 spots from no. 129 to no. 119 in his 18th week on the charts.

21) Wheeler Walker, Jr.’s Redneck Shit debuts at no. 127. Yeah, this album isn’t going anywhere…just saying!

Charles Kelley, The Driver © Southern Accent Entertainment/Capitol Nashville

22) Charles Kelley’s The Driver falls 97 spots from no. 35 to no. 132. Geez!!!

23) Wynona & The Big Noise’s album of the same title debuts tepidly on the charts at no. 162.

24) Lissie’s My Wild West debuts at no. 171.

R. Kelly, The Buffet © RCA

25) R. Kelly’s The Buffet reenters the charts at no. 191 in its eighth week on the charts. Yeah, this R. Kelly album went NOWHERE! 

Adele, 25 © Columbia

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Reclaims Her Crown


Adele, 25 © ColumbiaAfter taking two weeks off, Queen Adele reclaimed her crown, topping the Billboard 200 for an eighth nonconsecutive week. Along with that takeaway there are 24 more to check out!

1) Adele’s 25 moves back to #1 on the Billboard 200. It was inevitable.

2) Justin Bieber likewise sees his Purpose ascend up one spot to #2, trailing the chart queen for the umpteenth week.

3) Megadeth scores the top debut of the charts this week as Dystopia debuts at #3.

Panic! At The Disco, Death Of A Bachelor © Fueled By Ramen

4) Panic! At The Disco’s Death of a Bachelor slips from #1 to #5.

5) David Bowie remains firmly planted in the top 10 as Blackstar slips from #4 to #6.

6) 2016 Grammy Nominees compilation lands at #9.

Selena Gomez, Revival © Interscope

7) Selena Gomez sees her Revival rise five spots from #16 to #11.

8) Tank misses the top 10. Sex Love & Pain II settles for an unimpressive #15 start.

9) Chris Brown’s Royalty moves back into the top 20 (#22 to #20).

Rihanna, Anti © Roc Nation (1)

10) After a brief availability, Rihanna’s ANTI debuts at #27. Likely the set will rise after a full week of availability.

11) Hoodie Allen’s Happy Camper debuts at #28. Considering how low-key the album was, this isn’t a bad start.

12) William McDowell’s latest gospel effort Sounds of Revival: Live debuts at #46.

Hank Williams, Jr., It's About Time © Big Machine (1)

13) Hank Williams Jr.’s It’s About Time drops 35 spots in its sophomore week (#15 to #50).

14) Troye Sivan sees his Blue Neighbourhood improve 15 spots from #68 to #53.

15) Big Sean sees Dark Sky Paradise rise 17 spots from #87 to #70. Dark Sky Paradise has been on the charts for 49 weeks.

16) Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over seeks a 42-spot spike in performance from #113 to #71.

17) Jason Derulo’s Everything Is 4 improves 19 spots from #101 to #82 (28 weeks on the chart).

18) Lecrae sees his Church Clothes 3 slip 80 spots from #12 to #92. OUCH!

19) Steven Wilson’s 4 ½ debuts at #114. Yeah, not the most triumphant debut ever, right?

A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP © RCA

20) A$AP Rocky’s AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP rises 16 spots from #132 to #116.

21) Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear improves 16 spots ahead of the release of Sia’s latest album, This Is Acting (#141 to #125).

22) Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money improves 40 spots from #168 to #168.

23) The Game’s The Documentary 2 + 2.5: Collector’s Edition debuts at #134.

24) Though it arrived in 2015, Mike Posner’s The Truth (EP) sees the “light of day” on the charts for the first time this week. The Truth lands at #159.

Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion © RCA

25) Kirk Franklin’s Losing My Religion slips 91 spots from #74 to #165.

David Bowie, Blackstar © Columbia

25 Chart Takeaways: David Bowie’s First No. 1 Album  


 

David Bowie, Blackstar © Columbia

The world lost a musical visionary in David Bowie. On the Billboard 200, specifically the “number one spot” Bowie’s legacy lives on with his first ever chart topper. As bittersweet as that takeaway is, there are 24 more takeaways to go with it!

1) David Bowie posthumously scores his first #1 album with Blackstar, which is a fantastic album to say the least.   Bowie’s previous high on the Billboard 200 came just one album previously, as The Next Day landed in the runner-up spot.

2) Adele’s reign atop the Billboard 200 ended at seven consecutive weeks as 25 slips to #2 in its eighth charting week. The question on everybody’s mind: is Adele done? Probably not and the numbers confirm such.

3) Who’s been trailing Adele consistently? Justin Bieber, and he continues to sit one spot behind her on the charts. Purpose falls from runner-up to third place inline with 25’s slippage from first to second. Purpose like 25 remains impactful in the numbers department.

4) Blackstar isn’t the only Bowie album in the top 10 following his death. Best Of Bowie completely reenters the Billboard 200 at a new charting high – #4.

5) Bryson Tiller’s TRAPSOUL continues to rise, spending its third week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. TRAPSOUL rises from #9 to #8 in its 16th week overall.

6) G-Eazy reenters the top 10 of the chart as When It’s Dark Out rises from #13 to #9 six weeks in.

7) One Direction drops out of the top 10 for the first time. Made In The A.M. falls from #6 to #12.

8) J. Cole sees his 2014 Forest Hills Drive improve 15 spots from #31 to #16 in its 58th week on the chart.

9) Rachel Platten’s Wildfire slips 13 spots from #5 to #18 in its second week on the BB200.

10) David Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars just misses the top 20 at #21. This marks the set’s highest peak position and the third Bowie album on the Billboard 200 this week.

11) The ChainsmokersBouquet EP moves up 10 spots from #41 to #31.

12) Hamilton: An American Musical rises seven spots from #40 to #33 in its 16th week on the charts.

13) The soundtrack to Straight Outta Compton quietly enters onto the Billboard 200 at #39. The film itself was available for purchase this week beginning Tuesday (January 19).

14) Michael Jackson’s Number Ones reenter the charts at #49.

15) Definitely not “Rose Gold” for Pentatonix this week as their self-title album slips 15 spots from #35 to #50. Ouch!

16) Mike Stud’s These Days debuts rather unremarkably at #58. That said it wasn’t highly promoted either so…

17) Jeremih’s Late Nights: The Album rises 15 spots from #75 to #60.

18) Rhiannon Giddens sees her album Tomorrow Is My Turn reenter the charts at #83. Tomorrow Is My Turn only spends its second week on the BB200 with this reentry.

19) Rick RossBlack Market continues to free-fall. The set slips 21 spots from #74 to #95 in only six weeks on the charts.

20) Old Dominion’s debut album Meat And Candy improves from #120 to #100 in its 10th week on the charts.

21) Ty Dolla $ign sees a slight improvement in his chart stock – Free TC jumps 11 spots from #117 to #106.

22) R. Kelly continues to sell tepidly. The Buffet drops from #88 to #116 in week five. This is by far Kelly’s poorest selling album.

23) Walk The Moon’s Talking Is Hard drops 60 spots from #89 to #149 in week 56 on the charts.

24) August Alsina’s This Thing Called Life slips 42 spots from #111 to #153 in only 5 short weeks on the chart.

25) Grizfolk’s Waking Up The Giants debuts quietly in the lower quarter of the chart at #163.

 

Adele, 25 © Columbia

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Spends Seventh Week Atop the Billboard 200


Adele, 25 © Columbia

One name and one name only – Adele. But there are 24 other chart takeaways as well!

1) Adele spends her seventh week at #1. 25 is unstoppable…but we’ve already said that since week one.

Justin Bieber, Purpose © Def Jam

2) Justin Bieber finally dethroned Adele on the Billboard Hot 100, but no such luck on the BB200.   Purpose remains the second-most impactful album of the week behind 25.

3) Not much “Stress” on the part of Twenty One Pilots; Blurryface spends another week at #3.

4) Rachel Platten didn’t score huge numbers with Wildfire, but hard to knock at #5 bow for a relatively unknown artist in the dead of January.

5) Bryson Tiller sees TRAPSOUL rise to #9, a new high for the Kentucky rapper/singer.

Chris Brown, Royalty © RCA

6) Chris Brown drops out of the top 10 this week as Royalty slips from #8 to #12 in its third week on the charts.

7) After 52 weeks on the chart, Meghan Trainor finds herself rising from #19 to #15. Title debuted at #1 when it debuted a year ago.

8) Okay, we said that 24 of the other takeaways weren’t about Adele, but isn’t it amazing her diamond-certified 21 improves from #22 to #18 in its 255th week on the charts?

9) Passion’s Salvation’s Tide is Rising debuts quietly at #19.

Ellie Goulding, Delirium © Interscope

10) Ellie Goulding sees her Delirium rise 10 spots from #33 to #23 in its ninth charting week. Delirium debuted at #3 back in November 2015.

11) Elle King’s Love Stuff improves six spots from #38 to #32 in week number 37.

12) Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has seen all sorts of chart extremes. This week, its 43rd on the charts, Lamar’s masterpiece improves seven spots from #46 to #39.

13) Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood slips from #37 to #43 in its fifth week on the charts.

14) Duran Duran’s Paper Gods reenters the charts at #45, marking only its fifth charting week.

15) Joe Jonas’ new band DNCE move up the charts with EP Swaay, improving from #92 to #51. This is only the fourth week that Swaay has been on the Billboard 200 and the rise is likely attributable to the popularity of single “Cake By The Ocean.”

16) Andy Grammer’s Magazines Or Novels rises from #67 to #55, a 12-spot increase. Magazines Or Novels peaked at #19.

5 Seconds of Summer, Sounds Good Feels Good © Capitol

17) 5 Seconds of Summer’s Sounds Good Feels Good drops 20 spots from #41 to #61 after 11 weeks on the charts. Sounds Good Feels Good debuted at #1, besting Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller.

18) Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats sees its self-titled album improve 21 spots from #87 to #66. The set spends its 20th week on the Billboard 200, initially debuting at #17.

19) James Bay’s stock is rising. Chaos And The Calm rises 24 spots from #93 to #69 in its 42nd week on the charts. Not many albums that debut at #15 can attest to having chart longevity.

Logic, The Incredible True Story © Def Jam

20) Another dip for Logic as The Incredible True Story slips from #59 to #73 in week eight.

Rick Ross, Black Market © Def Jam

21) Logic is certainly doing better than Rick Ross though. Black Market is by far Ross’ weakest selling album. Though it improves from #76 to #74, sitting 74th in only the fifth charting week is NOT GOOD.

22) Jason Derulo sees Everything Is 4 improve from #100 to #81 in its 25th week. Hmm, has to be that ‘hot’ single “Get Ugly.”

23) Pusha T’s King Push slips 26 spots from #72 to #98. Yeah, doesn’t look like he’s putting too many “Numbers on the Board.”

24) Boosie BadAzz’s In My Feelings. (Goin’ Thru It) debuts modestly at #105.

Brett Eldredge, Illinois © Atlantic Nashville

25) Brett Eldredge’s Illinois rises from #186 to #164 in its 12th week on the charts.

Adele, 25 © Columbia

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Six In A Row  


 

Adele, 25 © Columbia

What more can you say – Adele! It’s all about Adele. Well it’s not “all” about Adele, but the chart is definitely top heavy thanks to her. 25 Chart takeaways, here we go!

1) Adele continues to kill the competition, spending her sixth week atop the Billboard 200 with 25. The numbers were her least robust yet, but she still handily bested the runner up album….

2) That runner up album referenced in takeaway #1? Justin Bieber’s Purpose, which has continued to rack up sales, tracks and streams, despite being overshadowed by Adele’s juggernaut 25. Guess what Bieber sat last week on the Billboard 200? #2.

3) Twenty One Pilots see their Blurryface ascend from #11 to #3 in its 33rd week on the charts. Vessel also sees a spike in sales from #53 to #21.

4) Fetty Wap’s self-titled debut album improves 16 spots from #21 to #5. Fetty Wap has graced the charts for 14 weeks.

5) Selena Gomez sees her Revival reenter the top 10, improving from #15 to #7 in week 12.

6) Bryson Tiller’s TRAPSOUL makes a big jump from #33 to #10 in its 14th week on the charts.

7) Big things are definitely happening for Shawn Mendes, whose Handwritten rises from #29 to #11 in its 38th week on the charts.

8) G-Eazy sees a spike in the numbers – When It’s Dark Out improves from #28 to #13. Also, These Things Happen rises from #116 to #49.

9) Future’s fine DS2 album moves up 28 spots from #46 to #18 in week 24.

10) Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty / American Psycho moves up a whopping 42 spots from #68 to #26 in its 50th week on the charts.

11) Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late also rises, improving 33 spots (#62 to #29).

12) Some newcomers saw their stock rise (or improve). Melanie Martinez’s Cry Baby improves from #86 to #35, Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All moves up from #69 to #36, while Troye Sivan’s underrated Blue Neighbourhood jumps 30 spots forward from #67 to #37.

13) Travi$ Scott sees his debut album Rodeo improve 49 spots from #92 to #43.

14) Rae Sremmurd SremmLife improves 101 spots from #148 to #47.

15) Kid Ink probably shouldn’t have released Summer In The Winter on Christmas Day. It debuts tepidly at #50.

16) Cam continues to tumble in week three – Untamed slips from #36 to #54.

17) Logic sees his numbers improve (for once). The Incredible True Story moves up 43 spots (#102 to #59).

18) Dreams Worth More Than Money – you better believe they are! Meek Mill’s sophomore album rises from #154 to #63.

19) Feeling “WAYYYYY UP?” You should, as Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise moves “WAYYYYY UP” from #155 to #69.

20) Not a great week for Pusha T as King Push falls 52 spots in only its second week!

21) Cage The Elephant’s Tell Me I’m Pretty drops 52 spots from #26 to #78 in week number two.

22) R. Kelly’s Buffet continues to bomb. This week, the set slips 50 spots (#38 to #88).

23) Ty Dolla $ign’s Free TC reenters the Billboard 200 at #134.

24) Monica’s Code Red flops hard, slipping from #27 to #146 – a 119 spot drop!

25) We Love Disney slips from #101 to #200.

Adele, 25 © Columbia

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Five Weeks At No. 1


Adele, 25 © Columbia

The best way to summarizes this week’s charts? Adele. Yep – nuff said!

1) Adele makes it five weeks at #1 with 25. 25’s fifth week gave the album its third million-plus selling week and second best week overall, behind its 3.38 million start.

2) Justin Bieber remains the second most consistent artist on the charts behind Adele. Purpose stays put at #2 and has remained a fixture in the top-two/three of the chart.

3) Chris Brown’s Royalty debuts at #3 with respectable numbers. Royalty’s numbers surprisingly trump those of Brown’s previous solo album, X.

4) Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes over at #5. That’s pretty darn good for a soundtrack.

5) Twenty One Pilots creep back towards the top 10 as Blurryface rises from #13 to #11.

6) Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams slips from #7 to #12 in its third week on the charts.

7) Pentatonix’s self-titled album rises from #15 to #13 in its 10th week on the charts.

8) Pusha T barely snags a top 20-debut with King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude at #20.

Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I'm Pretty © RCA

9) Cage The Elephant’s Tell Me I’m Pretty debuts modestly at #26.

10) Monica’s Code Red underperforms, debuting modestly as well at #27.

11) G-Eazy’s When It’s Dark Out drops for a second consecutive week, from #18 to #28 in its third week on the charts.

12) Week two wasn’t great for country newcomer CamUntamed slipped from #12 to #36.

13) R. Kelly’s The Buffet wasn’t that scrumptious, at least in regards to sales. The Buffet slipped from #16 to #38.

14) 5 Seconds of Summer sees their sophomore album Sounds Good Feels Good improve from #50 to #57.

15) Rick Ross continues to flop with Black Market, which slips 31 spots from #33 to #64.

16) Troye Sivan has one of the hottest albums of the year with Blue Neighbourhood, but it has sold poorly. Blue Neighbourhood slides from #44 to #67 in only its third week on the charts.

17) August Alsina can tesify about This Thing Called Life as well as “this thing called chart life.” Alsina’s sophomore album doesn’t look like it’s going to have much chart life as This Thing Called Life slips 57 spots from #14 to #71 in its second week on the charts. Ouch!

18) Alabama Shakes come up! Sound & Color rises 26 spots from #100 to #74, 30 weeks in.

19) George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation rises 40 spots from #120 to #80.

20) Kirk Franklin’s Losing My Religion improves 10 spots from #95 to #85 in week six.

Logic, The Incredible True Story © Def Jam

21) Logic continues his tepid sales as The Incredible True Story slips from #72 to #102 in week six.

Babyface, Return of the Tender Lover © Def Jam (2)

22) Babyface’s Return of the Tender Lover slips 41 spots from #79 to #120 in week three.

James Taylor, Before This World © Concord

23) James Taylor’s Before This World ascends from #192 to #133.

24) Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money reenters the charts at #154 marking week number 24.

25) Church In These Streets is by far Jeezy’s worst selling album, slipping another eight spots (#156 to #164) in only six weeks on the charts

One Direction, Made in the A.M. © Sony

Best Of The Rest: 45 Albums That Missed ‘25 Best Albums of 2015’


Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby © Atlantic

Recently, on Starpulse.com, I posted my 25 Best Albums of 2015. Ask any music critic/journalist – this is not an easy task selecting and the ranking a limited number of albums. It’s both subjective and objective to an extent. Reviews and ratings given to the albums selected are considered, BUT even a music critic’s views change and sometimes something that was great at the time fades, or something underrated gains value.

But this isn’t about the 25 best. It’s about the rest. On this list alone, there are 45 albums that were considered – probably more not listed here. That tells you how arduous the task of selecting albums are, as well as how many albums my ears have been privy to in 2015 (and these are just the respectable ones). Here are 45 albums that missed my ’25 Best Albums of 2015’ list. 

1) Mark Ronson, Uptown Special

Mark Ronson, Uptown Special © RCA

Favorites: “Summer Breaking,” “Feel Right,” “Uptown Funk” and “Daffodils” 

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

2) Bilal, In Another Life

Bilal, In Another Life © eOne

Favorites: “Sirens II,” “Open Up The Door,” “Satellites,” “Money Over Love,” “Holding It Back”

Rating: ★★★★½

Here’s the link to my track-by-track review (Brentmusicreviews.com).

3) Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/American Psycho

Fall Out Boy, American Beauty:American Psycho © Island

Favorites: “American Beauty/American Psycho,” “Centuries,” “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” “Uma Thurman” and “Immortals”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com). 

4) Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor © Loma Vista

Favorites: “Killing Strangers,” “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge,” “Birds of Hell Awaiting,” and  “Cupid Carries A Gun”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my takeaways article/review (Starpulse.com) as well as my traditional review (brentmusicreviews.com). 

5) Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

Janet Jackson, Unbreakable © Rhythm Nation / BMG

Favorites: “Unbreakable,” “Burnitup!” “Broken Hearts Heal,” “No Sleeep” and “Black Eagle”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

6) Vivian Green, Vivid

Vivian Green, Vivid © Make Noise

Favorites: “I’m Not Broken,” “All I Want Is You,” “Get Right Back To My Baby” and “Disrespectful”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

7) G-Eazy, When It’s Dark Outside

G-Eazy, When It’s Dark Out © RCA

Favorites: “Me, Myself & I,” “One of Them,” “Drifting,” “Sad Boy,” and “Everything Will Be OK”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my takeaways article/review (Starpulse.com) as well as a traditional review (brentmusicreviews.com).

 8) Tamar Braxton, Calling All Lovers 

Tamar Braxton, Calling All Lovers © Epic

Referenced Highlights: “Simple Things,” “If I Don’t Have You,” “Raise The Bar” and “Free Fallin’”

Rating: ★★★★ 

I wrote quite a bit of commentary about Braxton’s Calling All Lovers. The full-length review appeared at Pop Matters. A short take review appeared on brentmusicreviews.com. A special article about Tamar’s recent success compared to her sister Toni’s success appeared on Starpulse.com.

 9) Jill Scott, Woman

Jill Scott, Woman © Atlantic

Favorites: “Prepared,” “Lighthouse,” “Fool’s Gold,” “Closure” and “You Don’t Know”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my full-length review (Starpulse.com) as well as a short take review (brentmusicreviews.com).

10) Ty Dolla $ign, Free TC

Ty Dolla $ign, Free TC © Atlantic

Favorites: “LA,” “Saved,” “Straight Up,” “Solid,” “When I See You” and “Blasé”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

11) Rick Ross, Black MarketRick Ross, Black Market © Def Jam 

Favorites: “Free Enterprise,” “Smile Mama, Smile,” “Crocodile Python,” “Ghostwriter” and “D.O.P.E.”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com). 

12) A Great Big World, When The Morning Comes

A Great Big World, When The Morning Comes © Epic (2)

Favorites: “Kaleidoscope,” “Hold Each Other,” “Oasis,” “Won’t Stop Running” and “One Step Ahead”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

 13) Tyrese, Black RoseTyrese, Black Rose © Voltron Recordz 

Favorites: “Dumb Shit,” “Shame,” “Don’t Wanna Look Back,” “Prior To You” and “Without My Heart” 

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com). 

14) Alessia Cara, Know-It-All

Alessia Cara, Know It All © Def Jam

Favorites: “Seventeen,” “Here,” “Four Pink Walls” and “Wild Things”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com). 

15) BØRNS, Dopamine

BØRNS, Dopamine © Interscope

Favorites: “Electric Love,” “American Money,” “Holy Ghost,” “Dopamine” and “Fool”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

16) Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

Carrie Underwood, Storyteller © Sony Music Nashville

Favorites: “Renegade Runaway,” “Dirty Laundry,” “Smoke Break,” “Choctaw County Affair” and “The Girl You Think I Am”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

17) Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights

Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights © Capitol Nashville (2)

Favorites: “Kick The Dust Up,” “Kill The Lights,” “Strip It Down,” “Home Tonight” and “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

18) Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive © Cash Money:Epic

Favorites: “Big Rings,” “Diamond Dancing,” “Scholarships” and “I’m the Plug”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my takeaways article/review (Starpulse.com).

19) Game, The Documentary 2

Game, Documentary 2 © Blood Money : Entertainment One U.S.

Favorites: “On Me,” “Don’t Trip,” “Standing On Ferraris,” “Mula,” “The Documentary 2” and “100” 

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

 20) Game, The Documentary 2.5

The Game, The Documentary 2.5 © Entertainment One

Favorites: “From Adam,” “Last Time You Seen,” “My Flag/Da Homies,” “Life” and “El Chapo”

Rating: ★★★★ 

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

21) Jeezy, Church In These Streets

Jeezy, Church In These Streets © Def Jam (2)

Favorites: “Grind State,” “God,” “Church In These Streets, “Sweet Life,” “Scared of the Dark” and “Forgive Me”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com). 

22) Chris Young, I’m Comin’ Over

Chris Young, I'm Comin' Over © Sony Nashville/RCA

Favorites: “I’m Comin’ Over,” “Think Of You,” “I Know A Guy” and “Sober Saturday Night”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

23) Angie Stone, Dream  

Angie Stone, Dream © Shanachie

Highlights: “Dolla Bill,” “Clothes Don’t Make The Man,” “Magnet” and “2 Bad Habits”

Rating: FAVORABLE (no star rating assigned)

Here’s the link to my original review (theurbanmusicscene.com).

24) One Direction, Made in the A.M.

One Direction, Made in the A.M. © Sony

Favorites: “Hey Angel,” “Drag Me Down,” “Perfect,” “End of the Day,” “Never Enough” and “Olivia” 

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

 25) Mac Demarco, Another One Mac Demarco, Another One © Captured Tracks 

Favorites: “The Way You’d Love Her,” “Another One,” “Just to Put Me Down” and “A Heart Like Hers”

Rating: ★★★★ 

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

26) Melanie Martinez, Dollhouse

Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby © Atlantic

Favorites: “Carousel,” “Soap,” “Pity Party” and “Tag You’re It”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

27) Mac Miller, GO:OD AM

Mac Miller, GO:OD am © Warner Bros

Favorites: “Brand Name,” “100 Grandkids,” “Time Flies,” “Break The Law” and “Ascension”

Rating: ★★★★

There was quite a bit of commentary about Miller’s new album. The original full-length review appeared on Starpulse.com. A lyrical analysis review appeared on brentmusicreviews.com. I also wrote a review about buzz single “100 Grandkids” prior to the release of GO:OD AM (brentmusicreviews.com). 

28) Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall

Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall © Buskin/Warner Bros

Favorites: “Forever Mine,” “Gold,” “Not Today,” “Gin & Juice (Let Go My Hand)” and “Rise Up” 

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

29) Brett Eldredge, Illinois

Brett Eldredge, Illinois © Atlantic Nashville

Favorites: “Fire,” “You Can’t Stop Me,” “Lose My Mind,” “Drunk On Your Love” and “Shadow”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

30) Stacey Barthe, BEcoming

Stacy Barthe, BEcoming © Motown

Favorites: “In My Head,” “Me Versus Me,” “Find It (Transitions),” “Flawed Beautiful Creatures” and “Hey You There”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

31) A$AP Rocky, AT. LONG. LAST. A$AP

A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP © RCA

Favorites: “Holy Ghost,” “L$D,” “Excuse Me,” “Jukebox Joints,” “Wavybone,” “M’$” and “Everyday”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com) as well as a lengthier track-by-track review (brentmusicreviews.com). 

32) Tech N9ne, Special Effects

Tech N9ne, Special Effects © Strange Music

Favorites: “Aw Yeah? (Intervention),” “Lacrimosa,” “Shroud,” “Psycho Bitch III,” “Wither,” “Hood Go Crazy,” “Yates” and “A Certain Comfort”

Rating: ★★★½

 Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

33) Nate Ruess, Grand Romantic

Nate Ruess, Grand Romantic © Fueled By Ramen

Favorites: “AhHa,” “Nothing Without Love,” “What This World Is Coming To,” “It Only Gets Much Worse” and “Brightside”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com). 

34) Babyface, Return of the Tender Lover  

Babyface, Return of the Tender Lover © Def Jam (2)

Favorites: “We’ve Got Love,” “Exceptional,” “Love and Devotion” and “Something Bout You”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

35) August Alsina, This Thing Called Life 

August Alsina, This Thing Called Life © Def Jam

Favorites: “Job,” “Why I Do It,” “Hip-Hop,” “Dreamer” and “Song Cry”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com). 

36) Tamia, Love Life 

Tamia, Love Life © Def Jam

Favorites: “Chaise Lounge,” “Sandwich And A Soda,” “Red Lipstick” and “Like You Do”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

37) Tori Kelly, Unbreakable Smile

Tori Kelly, Unbreakable Smile © Capitol

Favorites: “Unbreakable Smile,” “Nobody Love,” “Expensive,” “Falling Slow” and “Anyway” 

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

38) Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece

Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece © RCA

Favorites: “Heartbeat Song,” “Invincible,” “Run Run Run,” “I Had A Dream” and “Nostalgia”

Rating: ★★★½

In contributed plenty of commentary around the time of the release of Piece By Piece. The original full-length review appeared on starpulse.com. In addition to the full-length review, a takeaways post about Clarkson’s success was featured. On brentmusicreviews.com, an evergreen article picking her career best songs was featured. 

39) Adam Lambert, The Original High 

Adam Lambert, The Original High © Warner Bros

Favorites: “Ghost Town,” “The Original High,” “Underground,” “There I Said It” and “Rumors”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

 40) Jadakiss, Top 5 Dead Or Alive

Jadakiss, Top 5 Dead Or Alive © Def Jam

Favorites: “You Can See,” “Y.O. (Youthful Offenders),” “Kill,” “Realest in the Game” and “Rain”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

41) Meghan Trainor, Title  

Meghan Trainor, Title © Epic

Favorites: “All About That Bass,” “Close Your Eyes,” “Walkashame” and “Lips Are Movin”

Rating: ★★★½

The original review of Title appeared on Starpulse.com. Also, a special article pitting Trainor head-to-head with R&B standout Jazmine Sullivan appeared as well.

42) Leon Bridges, Coming Home

Leon Bridges, Coming Home © Columbia

Favorites: “Coming Home,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Lisa Sawyer” and “River”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (brentmusicreviews.com).

43) Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money

Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money © Atlantic

Favorites: “Lord Knows,” “Classic,” “The Trillest,” “R.I.C.O.” and “Ambitionz”

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com).

 44) Justin Bieber, Purpose

Justin Bieber, Purpose © Def Jam

Favorites: “What Do You Mean?” “Sorry,” “Life Is Worth Living,” “Were Are Ü Now,” “Purpose”; “Been You” (Deluxe Edition)

Rating: ★★★½

Here’s the link to my takeaways article/review (Starpulse.com) as well as a traditonal review (brentmusicreviews.com). 

45) Cee-Lo Green, Heart Blanche 

Cee Lo Green, Heart Blanche © Atlantic

Favorites: “Est. 1980s,” “Mother May I,” “Robin Williams,” “Sign of the Times” and “CeeLo Green Sings The Blues”

Rating: ★★★★

Here’s the link to my original review (Starpulse.com). 

Honorary Mentions

Haven’t heard them, but should’ve/want to:

1) Erykah Badu, But You Cain’t Use My Phone

2) The Internet, Ego Death

3) Kehlani, You Should Be Here

4) James Taylor, Before This World

5) Iron Maiden, Book Of Souls

6) Carly Rae Jepsen, E•MO•TION

7) Pusha T, King Push – Darkest Before Dawn

8) Grimes, Art Angels

9) Alan Jackson, Alcohol & Angels

10) Wolf Alice, My Love Is Cool

Adele, 25 © Columbia

25 Chart Takeaways: Adele Makes It Four Straight At No. 1


Adele, 25 © Columbia

It was another great week for Adele. The same can’t be said for new releases – looking at you R. Kelly. 25 chart takeaways – let’s go!

1) Adele continues to dominate the Billboard 200 with 25 – there’s really no other way to say it. Fourth week at #1, bigger numbers than last week. Also, 21 reenters the top 10 (#14 to #10, 252nd week on the charts).

2) Justin Bieber may not be able to dethrone Adele (who can), but album Purpose is doing well for itself, improving from #3 to #2 this week. Nothing for Bieber to be “Sorry” about here!

3) This week it’s all about rebounds – sound fundamental basketball…err album sales/streams. One Direction’s Made In The A.M. rises from #8 to #4, The Weeknd improves from #10 to #5, while Chris Stapleton’s Traveller moves up three spots from #9 to #6. REBOUNDS!

4) They might have A Head Full of Dreams, but Coldplay’s dreams of remaining in the top 3 have ceased as the album slips from #2 to #7 in its sophomore week.

5) She’s back. Yes, that would be Taylor Swift. 1989. Top 10. Rebound from #12 to #9…Book it. It would take your “Wildest Dreams” to keep Swift from another week in the top 10.

6) Jordan Smith, the newly crowned winner of The Voice sees his collection of vocal performances (The Voice: The Complete Season 9 Collection) debut at #11. Smith’s digital songs are the highest debut on the Billboard 200 this week.

7) Country newcomer Cam sees her debut album Untamed land at #12. Again, it’s victim to poor first week sales and popular albums benefiting from elevated fourth quarter sales/streams.

August Alsina, This Thing Called Life © Def Jam

8) August Alsina’s This Thing Called Life debuts a far cry from the heights of 2014’s Testimony. Alsina settles for a so-so #14 start.

9) R. Kelly’s career seems to be waning… The Buffet becomes the first R. Kelly album to miss the top 10, debuting quietly at #16. If you hadn’t already heard, Kelly DIDN’T experience one of his prouder career moments this week during an interview with HuffPost Live.

10) After debuting fifth place last week, G-Eazy’s When It’s Dark Out slips to #18.

11) Bryson Tiller’s T R A P S O U L continues to hover around the 20s on the Billboard 200. This week, it sits at #25.

12) Josh Groban’s Stages makes a nice rebound from #40 to #26, 34 weeks in.

13) Horrid second week for Rick Ross. His Black Market plummets from #6 to #33. Supposedly, sales won’t improve, at least at Walmart stores. Black Market was pulled from shelves and online (allegedly). At this rate, Ross won’t have to worry about it “being so lonely at the top” as he won’t be there much longer…

14) Troye Sivan’s sophomore week was even worse than G-Eazy’s or Rick Ross’. Let’s just say that that Blue Neighbourhood grew even bluer as the album slides from #7 to #44. Pretty sure Sivan wasn’t referring to his chart position when he was singing “Talk Me Down.”

15) J. Cole has some longevity on the charts with 2014 Forest Hills Drive as it spends its 54th week there. This week, 2014 Forest Hills Drive sits at #52.

5 Seconds of Summer, Sounds Good Feels Good © Capitol

16) 5 Seconds of Summer get a much need boost as Sounds Good Feels Good improves 10 spots from #67 to #57 this week.

17) Logic continues to see The Incredible True Story slide. This week it slips 11 spots from #61 to #72, just five short weeks in.

18) Muse sees Drones improve tremendously from #101 to #74. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the former #1 album, but this week is a victory for sure.

19) Week two finds the Tender Lover – rather The Return of the Tender Lover free falling 40 spots from #39 to #79. BTW for those not in the know, that would be Babyface.

20) Jeremih isn’t batting a 1000 with Late Nights: The Album. It plummets 50 spots from #42 to #92. At least those “Planez” fly high…

21) Grimes’ much-lauded Art Angels reenters the Billboard 200 at #96. Art Angels debuted at #36. This week marks only the album’s third week on the charts.

22) Alabama Shakes’ Grammy-nominated Sound & Color moves up 16 spots from #116 to #100. Now that’s what you call “keeping it 100!”

23) Big Sean may not be “Waaaayyyy up” on the charts anymore, but his Dark Sky Paradise has spent 43 weeks on the charts. This week, Dark Sky Paradise sits at #118.

24) Poor Barrett Baber. He had the lowest debuting collection of the four The Voice finalists (#137). That’s interesting considering he came in third, yet Jeffery Austin bested him (#106).

25) You know, they say folks don’t go to church like they used to. That must be the problem with Jeezy’s Church In These Streets – nobody wanted to hear the gospel. It slips from #89 to #156 after only five weeks on the chart. NOT GOOD…the devil must be lurking…