25 Chart Takeaways: Alabama Shakes Top The Billboard 200


It was a good week for Alabama this week – both Alabama Shakes and Yelawolf came to play on the Billboard 200. Shawn Mendes downgraded while Sam Hunt upgraded. All those takeaways (and more) here for your partaking! 1) Alabama Shakes debut at #1 with its sophomore album, Sound & Color. 2) Furious 7 continues…

25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Tops The Billboard 200


It was a big week for one young man – a really young man by the name of Shawn Mendes. 16 years old don’t normally score #1 albums, but don’t tell that to SM – he just did this week! That an more captivating, juicy, and succulent chart takeaways. Too much? 1) 16-year old Canadian…

25 Chart Takeaways: Big Sean Scores His First #1 


The Detroit rapper got it done – Big Sean scores his first #1 album. That takeaway and 24 more! 1) Big Sean finally landed at the top. After two albums debuted at #3, the MC’s third album Dark Sky Paradise debuted at #1. 2) Kid Rock settles for the runner-up spot, but First Kiss sells…

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…

Chart Takeaways, 11/7/14: Taylor Swift Shines, Most Others Not So Much


1) Expectedly, Taylor Swift dominates the Billboard 200. What’s more surprising is the fact that she landed the biggest sales week of her career at 1.287 million copies sold. 2) Now 52, the runner up album, manages to sell 103,000, hence being the only other album on the Billboard 200 to sell greater than 100,000…

Review: Miranda Lambert, ‘Platinum’


 Miranda Lambert goes “H.A.M.” on her homerun latest LP Platinum Miranda Lambert • Platinum • RCA Nashville • US Release Date: June 3, 2014 “I live in Oklahoma / and I’ve got long, blonde hair / and I play guitar, and I go on the road / and I do all the sh-t you wanna…

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…