Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. © Interscope

Billboard Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops Billboard 200 & Hot 100


Both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 belongs to Kendrick Lamar this week as he takes ‘DAMN.’ and “Humble” to no. 1 respectively. Continue reading Billboard Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops Billboard 200 & Hot 100

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Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece © RCA

25 Chart Takeaways: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album 


The first American Idol victor has been able to establish a career beyond the show. This week, Kelly Clarkson lands her third number one album. That and many more chart takeaways worth examining! 1) Kelly Clarkson scores her third number one album with Piece By Piece. The numbers – sales and overall impact – are down significantly from previous efforts. 2) Fifty Shades of Grey … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album 

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour © Capitol

57th Annual Grammy Notes


So, I spent the better part of my Sunday night watching the 57th annual Grammys – better known as wasting my time. Why do I indulge in music’s Super Bowl every year when I know that there’s always going to be Grammys given to the wrong folks? I guess it’s the hunger to see how the Recording Academy votes, even if I know the album … Continue reading 57th Annual Grammy Notes

Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions © Capitol

Chart Takeaways: Mary J. Blige’s Underwhelming Debut


“Same sh*t, different day,” the profane saying goes. Adapted to the Billboard Charts, “Another week, a different chart.” Okay, okay it doesn’t quite work, but you can’t blame me for trying. As has been the trend every Monday, here’s analysis of the latest Billboard 200 chart. There is some more of the “same sh*t” of course, but there’s also some “new sh*t” too. 1) Taylor … Continue reading Chart Takeaways: Mary J. Blige’s Underwhelming Debut

Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes © Republic Nashville

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard – Take 2!


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven 12 of those albums have sales figures (one still in progress), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris Brown, X (RCA, 9/16) Prediction:  …Brown might open >100,000 as he did with … Continue reading 4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard – Take 2!

Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt © Broken Bow

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris Brown, X (RCA, 9/16) Prediction: …Brown might open >100,000 as he did … Continue reading 4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard

Barbra Streisand, Partners © Columbia

57th Annual Grammys Scorecard (Take 2…)


The official cut-off date for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is September 30, 2014. The end of September is filled with albums that are certainly looking to compete for music’s most prestigious awards. That said, there are also notable albums released after last year’s cutoff date that can’t be written off. From my perspective, here are among the best available albums within a number … Continue reading 57th Annual Grammys Scorecard (Take 2…)