Chart Takeaways: Nicki Minaj Comes In Second


Since Nicki Minaj didn’t top the Billboard 200, don’t we know he did? 25 Chart takeaways – take it away! 1) You already know who’s number one this week… Should’ve left this one as a “Blank Space.” 2) Yes, people are “looking a Nicki Minaj’s butt” – just not enough to make her sell/impact more…

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: One Direction’s Goes Four for Four With ‘Four’


Analyzing chart trends – one by one! In this week’s edition, it starts at the top. Not with Taylor Swift, but One Direction. Get ready, get set, GO! 1) One Direction earn their fourth number one album on the Billboard 200. While Four was less triumphant than Take Me Home or Midnight Memories, the numbers…

Does Anyone Believe in the Album Anymore?


  Ample number of times, I have preached about the dismal sales for R&B music specifically. Kem‘s latest album, Promise To Love confirmed this, recently debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200 with a modest 52,000 copies. Such numbers have become the new normal of R&B. But, there is also a larger issue than R&B…

Review: Kem Shows Consistency, Little New on ‘Promise To Love’


Kem • Promise To Love – Album IV • Motown • US Release Date: August 25, 2014 As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” On his fourth album Promise To Love – subtitled ‘Album IV’ – Kem makes few changes to his formula. Four albums in, the adult contemporary R&B…

Review: Ronald Isley, ‘This Song Is For You’


Ronald Isley⎪ This Song Is For You ⎪ eOne ⎪⎪ US Release Date: July 16, 2013 “La dee da da da…”.  Sigh – and the ladies swoon.  That’s that Ronald Isley signature vocal run that has graced us for years and years, not to mention that falsetto that is unmatched by, well anybody really.  On…