25 Chart Takeaways: Panic! At The Disco Top The Billboard 200


Panic! At The Disco accomplish the previously unaccomplished – a number one album on the Billboard 200, five albums in! That’s the big news of the Billboard 200 this week, but of course there’s more – 24 more takeaways to go along with this one!

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…

13 Best Rap Albums of 2014


With the year winding down, opinions –lists – begin being assembled detailing the year’s best albums. Rap hasn’t had the same kind of years it has had previously, but there have been some noteworthy releases. Consider the top of this best rap albums list to be truly top-heavy. Here are the best rap albums of…

Best Rap Albums of 2014 – November 2014


With the year winding down, opinions –lists – begin being assembled detailing the year’s best albums. Rap hasn’t had the same kind of years it has had previously, but there have been some noteworthy releases. Consider the top of this best rap albums list to be truly top-heavy. Here are the best rap albums of…

Thoughts: Lecrae, ‘Anomaly’ 


Lecrae • Anomaly • Reach • US Release Date: September 9, 2014 Lecrae chooses to contrast the majority of rappers. Rather than spit about stacks, whips, and hoes, he chooses to spread a message with greater substance, ministering and lifting up ‘The Most High.’ On recent album Anomaly, the MC’s game has not changed –…

Looking Ahead to September: 10 Most Anticipated Albums


View this post on Instagram Your face when your like wow that wasn't the best intro …. A post shared by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on Apr 12, 2014 at 6:13am PDT August is nearly done – thank goodness? Why ‘thank goodness’ you ask – well because the release weeks at times left much to be…

55th Grammy Awards Reaction – The Triumphs and Fails


First and foremost, I am rarely happy with the results of the Grammys.  I think some of the winners are underserving while some losers have the right to feel as if they’ve been snubbed. As expected, the 55th Grammy Awards wasn’t short of its idiosyncrasies.  I’m not going to go into the performances, though I do plan to discuss…

Grammy Dissection, Part 5: All The Rest… (Country, Gospel, Producer…)


Introduction So here is the last category analysis for the grammy nominations. Yeah, leftovers.  We are all more concerned about the other categories. Country is blasé this year (and inconsistent nominations), Gospel is not driving many people’s interest and the producer of the year unveils some album of the year clues. Best Country Solo Performance…

Chart Moves: Matchbox Twenty Top, DMB on Deck


Matchbox Twenty ‘North’ Gets It Done at no. 1 Matchbox Twenty‘s North tops the Billboard 200 this week, bowing a no. 1 with 95,000. That total was shy of the 110,000 copies estimated Rob Thomas and company would move. With a bowing that ‘small,’ North‘s chart tenure looks to be unremarkable.  Remarkable about the debut is that the band…

tobyMac Rules… The Billboard 200 That Is!


tobyMac Gets it Done as Eye On It tops at #1 tobyMac has managed to top the Billboard 200 Chart with his album Eye On It.  What may make it sweeter for tobyMac is the fact that it is his first #1 album and the first #1 Christian album since 1997.  Also, the numbers aren’t too shabby for Christian album (they are…