MTV VMAs: A Reflection


View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:01am PDT So on Sunday night, that famous (or infamous) show known as the VMAs took place on MTV. It’s sort of funny you know? At one time, MTV actually played true to its name – music television. Not…

Review – Now 51 Gets It Right? It Couldn’t Be!


Various Artists • Now 51 • Legacy • US Release Date: August 5, 2014 Breaking News: Now 51 may have actually gotten the contemporary music compilation, right. Yes, it’s shocking, but Now 51 may be the ‘breakthrough’ for the ever-popular series in recent times. No, Now 51 is not perfect – there are still a…

If The Grammys Were in May, Who Might Be Nominated?


“It’s never too early”, is the old saying, whether it’s in sports, political campaigns, or the Grammy field. It is May, and at this point, some possibilities for Grammy contenders have began to rear their heads. The field isn’t complete mind you – still plenty of time to go – but some potential darlings have…

Review: Various Artists, ‘Now 50: That’s What I Call Music’


Now 50 makes better musical choices compared to previous ‘Now’ compilations Various Artists • Now 50 • UMe • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 Another ‘glorious’ Now That’s What I Call Music compilation has graced the music industry – Yippee (*says in a sarcastic voice*)! The series to its credit does a great job…

Viral Share: Peter Hollens and Sam Tsui Deliver Cool Katy Perry Cover


When I reviewed Katy Perry’s PRISM, one of my very favorite songs (besides “Roar”) was current number one single, “Dark Horse”, featuring Juicy J.  Definitely laden with swag, Katy Perry’s current single has hip-hop, crossover appeal.  As much as I love the original, there is one cool cover via YouTube by vocalist Peter Hollens, who…

Eric Church Gets It Done At No. 1 Once More


Let the “Church” say yes… Corny, I know.  But one of country’s rising stars, Eric Church, just continues to rise.  The Outsiders gives Church his second no. 1 album, selling a healthy 288,000 copies.  Sub 100K weeks are done, at least this week.   How does The Outsiders’ numbers compare to the numbers that greeted Chief?…

The ‘Frozen Soundtrack’ and ‘The Grammys’ Are The Talk Of Charts


It’s been an awesome winter for the Frozen Soundtrack, as it spends yet another week atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  This week, the album sold another 94,000 copies according to Billboard.com.  On the one hand, it is good that there is an album that’s infusing the industry with some, well, sales.  On the other…

Frozen Soundtrack Returns To A Familiar Spot – No. 1


The Frozen soundtrack ascends back to no. 1, selling 93,000 copies.  For a soundtrack, the sales have been quite impressive.  The next closest album, 2014 Grammy Nominees is nowhere near Frozen’s sales, landing at no. 2 selling 59,000 copies.  Next week, however, billboard.com prognosticates the compilation could rise to no. 1, with 85,000 copies sold. …

Bruce Springsteen Is Tops With High Hopes


Bruce Springsteen lands at a familiar position, no.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  High Hopes didn’t exactly deliver killer numbers, but the 99,000 copies it moved was enough to give The Boss another notch in his belt… err another no. 1 album.   Perhaps the more negative view of Springsteen’s latest number one is the…