25 Chart Takeaways: Fall Out Boy Score Third #1


For a second week, Taylor Swift has been held at bay! Fall Out Boy gets it done to secure the top spot, hence holding Swift in the runner-up slot. That said here’s my weekly, sometimes humorous 25 chart takeaways. 1) Fall Out Boy had a terrific week as American Beauty/American Psycho bowed atop the Billboard…

The Best Songs From January 2015


January 2015 had some great music, if you can believe it. Normally the winter is a ‘cold mess’ if you will, but not in 2015. “New year, new life, new things,” as I once penned in one my songs. But this isn’t about me, well completely – it is my opinion. Here are 11 must-haves…

Review: Lupe Fiasco Delivers Epically on ‘Tetsuo & Youth’


Lupe Fiasco • Tetsuo & Youth • Atlantic • US Release Date: January 20, 2015 Cutting straight to the chase, Lupe Fiasco’s fifth studio album, Tetsuo & Youth is arguably the MC’s most epic album yet. Sure, Food & Liquor will forever by the Chi-town MC’s ‘ace in the hole,’ but Tetsuo & Youth is…

Review: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio 2’


Black Radio 2 may not supersede the original, but is still quite the exceptional listen Robert Glasper Experiment⎪ Black Radio 2⎪ Blue Note ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 29, 2013 After a successful first installment of Black Radio (the album received a Grammy for Best R&B Album earlier this year), the Robert Glasper Experiment returns…

Review: MMG, ‘Self Made 3’


As the money continues to pour in, originality drops a smidgen MMG⎪ Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made 3 ⎪Atlantic⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 17, 2013 Let’s just cut to the chase… this is the third Maybach Music Group compilation.  That’s a statement in itself.  While the saying is that “third time’s charm”, this particular…

Review: Logic, ‘Young Sinatra – Welcome to Forever’


Logic Delivers Exceptionally on …Welcome to Forever Logic • Young Sinatra – Welcome to Forever  • Released: May 7, 2013 Prior to his inclusion in 2013’s freshman class in XXL Magazine, I was aware of who Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper Logic was.  That is likely more noble than some folks, completely unaware of the MC.  BUT I hadn’t…

Grammy Dissection, Part 4: Rap Categories


Introduction It’s been a few days, but I wanted to continue with my Grammy dissection series. This go-round, I’m analyzing the rap categories.  There are plenty of solid nominations here.  The most likely victors are Drake, Jay-Z & Kanye West, and possibly Nas. Best Rap Performance “HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right),” Drake featuring Lil Wayne…

Chart Moves: Mumford’s Big at no. 1, PSY still no. 2, and Muse/Miguel runner-up, third next week


Mumford & Sons, no. 1 Mumford & Sons unsurprisingly top the Billboard 200 with enormous numbers as Babel opens with 600,000 copies, outselling other superstar releases this week (Green Day, No Doubt and Lupe Fiasco) as well as outselling the year’s previous best debut, Justin Bieber‘s Believe (374,000). Green Day underperforms at no. 2 selling 139,000 of ¡Uno! (projected to sell 150,000) while No Doubt also…

Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: Album Analysis


Introduction Lupe Fiasco as a musical artist is both predictable and unpredictable. He is predictable in the sense that listeners can expect cerebral and socially conscious lyrics – often indiscernible upon an initial listen.  Lupe Fiasco is certainly slated in the intellectual rap sub-genre, along with Common, The Roots, Mos Def, and sometimes Nas (Life…

Chart Moves: P!nk Gets It Done, Maroon 5 Stay Out, and Mumford’s Got Next


P!nk Earns First No. 1 Album Christina Aguilera has topped the charts.  Britney Spears has done so on each studio album save for Blackout, which bowed at no. 2. P!nk had only come as close as no. 2 with 2008’s Funhouse prior to The Truth About Love exceeding expectations to debut at no. 1 with 280,000, the pop singer’s largest bow EVAH!  P!nk always has seemed…