Suicide Squad - The Album © Atlantic

25 Chart Takeaways: Suicide Squad Still No. 1

Suicide Squad - The Album © Atlantic

Drake hasn’t been atop the charts now for three weeks! While he had a shot to reclaim former glory, Suicide Squad kept the no. 1 spot warm for a second straight week.  Who scored the highest debut? That would be PARTYNEXTDOOR, a Drake protégé (no. 3). While Suicide Squad and Views seems to be ruining other artists’/albums’ chances at nos. 1 & 2, there are plenty of interesting chart stories to absorb this week.  The Billboard 200 dated September 3, 2016, here we go!

  1. Suicide Squad: The Album retains the crown – it spends a second consecutive week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.


  1. Drake (Views) spends a third consecutive week at no. 2. Is the party over for Drizzy?


  1. PARTYNEXTDOOR, a Drake protégé, sees PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3) debut at no. 3, his highest charting position.



  1. Justin Moore takes Kinda Don’t Care to no. 4.


  1. Rae Sremmurd scores a second top-10 album with Sremmlife 2, which debuts at no. 7. The platinum-certified The Sremmlife rebounds from no. 152 to no. 126 in its 85th charting week.



  1. Young The Giant sadly misses the top-10. Home of the Strange debuts at no. 12 on the Billboard 200.


  1. DJ Snake sees Encore slip 10 spots in its second week (no. 8 to no. 18).



  1. Alternative/Underground rap duo Atmosphere takes Fishing Blues to no. 22.


  1. Soundtrack Stranger Things, Volume One: A Netflix Original Series debuts at no. 24.



  1. The Amity Affliction’s latest LP, This Could Be Heartbreak debuts quietly at no. 26.


  1. Skillet takes a bit of a tumble. Unleashed slides from no. 3 to no. 25. OUCH!



  1. Cody JinksI’m Not the Devil debuts at no. 39.


  1. The RCA-List debuts at no. 44.



  1. Country newcomer Dylan Scott doesn’t receive the warmest of welcomes. Dylan Scott debuts lackadaisically at no. 46.



  1. Daya sees EP Daya jump 38 spots from no. 105 to no. 67.


  1. Lil Uzi Vert’s The Perfect LUV Tape debuts at no. 68.


  1. Blind Pilot’s And Then Like Lions debuts at no. 79.



  1. Housefires’ Housefires III debuts at no. 106.



  1. Fantasia has another horrific week. The Definition Of… plunges 44 spots from no. 66 to no. 110. The album has charted just three weeks, debuting at no. 6.


  1. Dan + Shay see their latest album Obsessed improve 21 spots from no. 132 to no. 111. Obsessed debuted at no. 8.



  1. Jake Owen has an even worse week than Fantasia does. American Love free falls from no. 50 to no. 112. American Love started at no. 4 three weeks ago.



  1. Maxwell continues a horrific chart run. BlackSUMMERS’night slides from no. 103 to no. 167. It’s charted only seven weeks.


  1. Marc E. Bassy sees thrilling EP Groovy People fall 28 spots from no. 148 to no. 176.


  1. The Cadillac Three free fall in week two. Bury Me in My Boots slips from no. 34 to no. 182.



  1. Chris Lane had a tepid debut with Girl Problems at no. 55. This week, the debut from the country singer slides dramatically to no. 188.


An expanded version of 25 Chart Takeaways (BB Grooves) appears on The Musical Hype every Wednesday.

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Hozier © Columbia

12 Songs You Should Be Spinning – September 2014 Edition

Let’s keep it short and sweet – this post features 12 songs you should be spinning right now! As always, there’s a little bit of everything and something for everybody: naughtiness, brutal honesty, exceptional musicianship, etc. So no more need for rambling, here’s 12 Songs you should be spinning!

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church” 

Hozier © Columbia

If you think for a minute that “Take Me To Church” is truly about ‘Amens’ or ‘Hail Marys,’ well you’d be mistaken. The deeper message of Irish singer/songwriter Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” has been well documented, making a statement about the state of LGBT rights in Russia, but in the simplest sense, it’s about sex.

“Take me to church / I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your light,” Hozier sings on the refrain, “I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife / offer me that deathless death / Good God, let me give you my life.” It’s not far-fetched by any means – haven’t rappers managed to refer to ‘church’ as a metaphor for secular things, such as the strip club?



Prince is back y’all! Even if ‘The Purple One’ is older and isn’t the same naughty sex-driven icon he was back during his heyday, he’s still able to be naughty in a tasteful way. Regardless, Prince sounds reinvigorated on this rocking jam.

3) Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Nicki Minaj, Anaconda © Cash Money

Yep it’s nasty, raunchy, and unapologetic, but Nicki Minaj wouldn’t have it any other way. Where “Pills N Potions” just dented the charts, “Anaconda” came full-force, rising all the way to #2 behind Taylor Swift’s pop turn, “Shake It Off.”

4) Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”

Taylor Swift, 1989 © Big Machine

To say that this guy hasn’t had plenty of criticism for Taylor Swift would be a blatant lie. That said, “Shake It Off” is as irresistibly catchy as anything else Swift has released. No, nobody’s calling her the most prodigious vocalist, but Swift does whatever she ends up doing well and sells exceptionally well. Can’t knock the hustle.

5) Jeezy, “Me OK”

Jeezy , Seen It All © Def Jam

Honesty is the best policy and Jeezy never seems to lie. On “Me OK” he keeps things as real as ever. Actually throughout latest album Seen It All he’s as blunt as albeit. “Me OK” ends up being one of the shining, crowning achievements of Seen It All. Oh and Drumma Boy’s production – malicious, edgy, and superb.

6) Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore & Thomas Rhett, “Small Town Throwdown”

Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am © VALORY

Well, basically this song is one big party – a throwdown! “It’s a small town throwdown / it’s time to tallboy up, let them tailgates down.” Call this the countrified version of going to the club, getting wasted, etc. The effect is the same.

7) Jeremih featuring YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”

Jeremih, Don't Tell 'Em © Def Jam

Jeremih always manages to come up with a hit. This time it’s not “Birthday Sex” or “Down On Me” – it’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em.” That said, it’s as sexual as the others: “Rhythm is a dancer, I need a companion / girl I guess that must be you / Body like the summer, f*cking like no other / don’t you tell ‘em what we do.”


8) Ariana Grande, Jessie J & Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”

Ariana Grande, My Everything © Republic

Three extremely talented female artists come together – is there really any need to say anything else. Yes, Ariana Grande and Jessie J shine the most here – no shade Ms. “Anaconda.”

9) Al Jarreau featuring Gerald Albright, “My Old Friend”

Al Jarreau, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke © ConcordWho’s still got it at 74 years young – Al Jarreau folks! “My Old Friend” is musicianship at it’s best. What a fitting tribute to the late, great George Duke. That goes from Albright’s end of things to (saxophone).

And how about a throwback too?

10) Chase Rice, “Ready Set Roll”

Chase Rice, Ignite the Night © Columbia Nashville

Yeah, yeah, the whole ‘bro country’ movement is over the top, but you’ve got to give it to Chase Rice, “Ready Set Roll” is catchy and effective. Go on, “Ready set let’s roll / ready set let’s ride / get your little fine ass on the step / shimmy up inside…” Yep, that’s very ‘bro’ alright!

11) Usher featuring Nicki Minaj, “She Came To Give It to You”

Usher, She Came To Give It To You © RCA

“She Came To Give It To You” is a nice follow-up to “Good Kisser,” even if neither single is exactly lighting the charts on fire. Vocally, Usher sounds top-rate if nothing else. And as for Nicki Minaj, well she’s herself. LOL!

12) Nick & Knight, “One More Time”

Nick & Knight © BMGA boy band track on this list – it’s shocking, definitely shocking! That said, the entire Nick & Knight album (Jordan Knight and Nick Carter) is much better than expected. Don’t call the collaboration the second coming, but it definitely works. “One More Time” serves as one of the better moments.

Photo Credits: © Instagram / nickandknight, © Columbia, © Warner Bros, © Cash Money, © Big Machine, © Def Jam, © Republic, © Concord,  © Columbia Nashville,  © RCA


Jack Johnson, From Here To Now To You © Brushfire

Chart Moves, September 25, 2013: Jack Johnson, Miley Cyrus and Drake

Jack Johnson, From Here To Now To You © Brushfire

Jack Johnson Tops Without A Hitch 

Every time there is supposed to be a slugfest for the no. 1 spot, that just fails to happen.  Again, after it was prognosticated that no. 1 was a toss up – this time between Jack Johnson and Justin Moore (seemed odd being honest), Jack Johnson did what he does – scores no. 1 albums.  From Here To Now To You opened at the penthouse with 117,000 copies.  Blah numbers right? His previous album sold more than twice as much as that, moving 243,000 copies its first week.  As for the bridesmaid Justin Moore, he debuted at no. 2 with Off The Beaten Path to respectable numbers (97,000 copies).  Hey, when you have never come near six figures, you’re doint something when you just miss by a smidgen, right?

Justin Moore, Off The Beaten Path © Valory

Besides Moore, country shined this week on the Billboard albums chart.  Chris Young can probably thank single “Aw Naw” for the no. 3 bow of A.M. With 54,000 copies.  Sure that makes for a low ceiling, but when you’re not exactly a household country name, those are some solid numbers.  Maybach Music Group (MMG) finds themselves in a familiar spot at no. 4 as Self Made 3 sells 50,000 copies.  That’s healthy for a compilation, but just not a MMG one necessarily.  The fine Self Made 2 sold 98,000 copies, nearly twice as many as this less heralded one. Avicii did well to land at no. 5 with 50,000 copies of debut TRUE sold.  However, another country brother didn’t get it done; Billy Currington found himself at no. 10 with only 26,000 copies of We Are Tonight sold.  Wonder if being charged with terroristic threatening played a role in the cool reception?

Miley, Miley, Miley

Wasn’t it just weeks ago that Robin Thicke was on top the world for like twelve weeks with “Blurred Lines”? Katy Perry knocked him down, but her plan to stay atop the roost didn’t materialize as one Miley Cyrus shut that down with a nude video for actually likable song “Wrecking Ball”.  “Wrecking Ball” has already done something that popular first single “We Can’t Stop” or even earlier career single “Party in the U.S.A.” was unable to do – landed at no. 1.  I’m not really into Miley’s shock value, but I’ll give credit where it is do.  I’m onboard with “Wrecking Ball”… the song. Congrats on another week at no. 1.

Who’s Got Next?

Some of the releases from Tuesday, September 24 should definitely put some numbers on the chart… but you just never know with the way album sales have waned.  Drake should definitely make the top truly top heavy with his highly anticipated third album Nothing Was The Same.  Then there’s that southern rock band Kings of Leon who are releasing their first album in a couple of years (Mechanical Bull).  What about the oldies? Elton John, Sting, and Cher also dropped.  What about a newbie like Icona Pop? Hopefully, these albums move units and don’t disappoint. Drake, we’re counting on you!

Keith Urban, Fuse © Capitol Nashville

Chart Moves, September 18, 2013: Keith Urban’s Narrow No. 1

Keith Urban, Fuse © Capitol NashvilleChart Rewind: Highlights from Last Week (September 11, 2013) 

Ariana Grande found her debut album Yours Truly debuting at no. 1 with 138,000 copies sold.  Tamar Braxton followed behind her in the no. 2 spot with Love and War selling an impressive 114,000 copies.  Nine Inch Nails returned with their first major label effort in a couple of years, selling 107,000 copies.  John Legend arrives to a cooler reception as Love in the Future sells a somewhat underwhelming 68,000 copies good for a no. 4 start.  Jaheim’s numbers are also modest, as Appreciation Day enters at no. 6 with 58,000 copies sold.  As for others charting, Bastille’s Bad Blood bowed at no. 11, Neko Case’s Worst Things Get, The Harder I Fight…  lands at no. 12,  while former typical top ten R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn found his fine A Place Called Love Land debuting outside the top 20 at no. 22. Ouch!

Keith Urban Debuts At No. 1, By A Smidgen 

Keith Urban debuts at no. 1 with latest album Fuse, but it was no landslide.  Urban’s latest sold under its 100,000 prognostication, selling 98,000 copies.  Respectable in an age where few albums are wowing with their sales figures, but certainly not ‘juggernaut’ status.  The Weeknd really just needed a little more firepower behind it with its 95,000 copies to top the charts with Kiss Land. But no. 2 ain’t bad, especially when his last album the compilation Trilogy debuted at no. 4 with 86,000 copies.  He came up… a little.  As for Urban, well, he’s had better charting days – much better.

2 Chainz
certainly didn’t make the impact on the charts that his debut Based On A T.R.U. Story did in 2012 (no. 1, 147,000 copies).  2 Chainz suffers from the sophomore slump as B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME lands at no. 3 with 63,000 copies.  Those are better numbers than anticipated, but still, maybe dumbness isn’t paying off for ol’ boy. Janelle Monáe has a solid debut as The Electric Lady lands at no. 5 with 47,000 copies.  The Arctic Monkeys do relatively well all things considered, landing at no. 6 with 42,000 copies sold of album AM.  As for Ms. Sheryl Crow, she’s had better days as Feels Like Home debuts at no. 7 with only 36,000 copies.

Top 10 holdovers rule the rest of the chart including Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party at no. 4, Tamar Braxton’s Love and War at no. 8, Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly at no. 9, and John Legend’s Love in the Future at no. 10.

Miley Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

There is plenty to scrutinize about Miley Cyrus (like a crap-ton), but “Wrecking Ball” gives the rebellious twenty-year old her first no. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  Honestly, the song itself is quite likable… yes I said it.  It’s the video that raised eyebrows, specifically some tongue/sledgehammer action and the nudity.  But regardless, Miley came up.  I could make a Katy Perry joke in regards to “Roar”, but I won’t.

Who’s Got Next?

519q2dveFcL._SL500_AA280_The fall is always rich with new albums.  This week is no different. Jack Johnson seems to be leading the charge as From Here To Now To You wouldn’t be a shocking chart topper come next week. Maybach Music Group return with a third compilation set Self Made 3, while MGMT return with their third, self-titled effort.  Elvis Costello and The Roots have a thing going on with collaborative album Wise Up Ghost, while a country trifecta of Chris Young (A.M.), Justin Moore (Off The Beaten Path), and Billy Currington (We Are Tonight).  Johnny Lang also bows with his latest (Fight For My Soul) as does power-pop favorite Five For Fighting (Bookmarks). Need some electronica/dance? How about Avicii’s debut True?  Or some alternative goodness – Grouplove’s Spreading Rumours.  Jam-packed week, but Jack Johnson seems like he’ll be hard to beat.