Chart Takeaways: The ‘SremmLife’ is Upon Us At Number Five


It was a quiet week, but there are still takeaways to be made so HERE THEY ARE! 1) Taylor Swift makes it nine weeks at number one with 1989. Shocker right? 2) The new Billboard 200 tabulation formula has been great for Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, whose respective albums sit at #2 and #10…

5 Overplayed, Overvalued, and Annoying Songs


New year, new life, new things! Out with the old of 2014 and in with the new of 2015. 2014 had plenty of great music. It didn’t sell mind you, but there was plenty of great music. In a time that is dominated by songs, specifically the record, there were plenty of greats records. There…

Review – Now 51 Gets It Right? It Couldn’t Be!


Various Artists • Now 51 • Legacy • US Release Date: August 5, 2014 Breaking News: Now 51 may have actually gotten the contemporary music compilation, right. Yes, it’s shocking, but Now 51 may be the ‘breakthrough’ for the ever-popular series in recent times. No, Now 51 is not perfect – there are still a…

Review: Magic! are Pleasant, Sometimes Magical on Debut


Magic! • Don’t Kill the Magic • RCA • US Release Date: July 1, 2014 “Why you gotta be so rude? / Don’t you know I’m human too?” The aforementioned lyric is arguably not only one of the schmaltziest, but also one of the most infectious and addictive. Apparently, a breezy, reggae-pop amalgam can do…

Numbers:  Mariah Carey’s …The Elusive Chanteuse Expected to Underperform


Unstoppable Ghost Stories…   As much as I hate to say it (and I do) Mariah Carey’s fortunes with latest LP Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse are looking grim… DUN, DUN, DUN!  Billboard.com has already practically “signed, sealed, delivered” another chart-topping week for Coldplay, even if the erosion is near the 80% mark.  Coldplay…

Review: Coldplay, ‘Ghost Stories’


On sixth album Ghost Stories, Coldplay opt for subtlety, mysteriousness, and restraint. Coldplay • Ghost Stories • Parlophone • US Release Date: May 19, 2014  “I’m kind of a big deal”. That quote perfectly describes any album released by British alt-rock band Coldplay. Anytime the collective releases a new single or new album, you just…

Review: Shakira, ‘Shakira.’


Shakira. is a sound, enjoyable effort, misses a “Hips Don’t Lie” caliber hit Shakira • Shakira • RCA • US Release Date: March 25, 2014 Latin-pop star Shakira returns following a five-year hiatus between English-language albums (she released Spanish album Sale el Sol in October 2010).  2009 LP She Wolf was Shakira’s previous album of…