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…

Review: Ruben Studdard, ‘Unconditional Love’


Studdard is in excellent voice on the relatively safe Unconditional Love  Ruben Studdard • Unconditional Love • Verve • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 On February 4th, R&B artist Ruben Studdard released his sixth album, Unconditional Love. It is hard to believe that the “Velvet Teddy Bear” has released six albums.  Unless you’re an…

3 Musical Christmas Gifts of 2013 and 3 Lumps of Coal…


Merry Christmas!  During the holiday season, there have been some wonderful, surprising musical gifts and there have also been some ‘lumps of coal.’  Here are three of the best gifts as well as three ugly, black nuggets.  The Best…  1 Beyoncé’s surprise album – ‘nough said!   Beyoncé single-handedly gave the music industry its biggest…

Garth Brooks Kills Britney’s ‘Vibe’: Ascends to No. 1


You know, after ‘working’ so hard, Britney Spears had the most lackadaisical sales week of her lengthy career.  Sure, there are artists who would salivate over the 107,000 copies Ms. Spears moved with Britney Jean, but if you look contextually, you’ll see ole girl had a tepid showing on the sales front. 107,000 copies in…

Opinion: Has Fantasia Done Enough To Stay ‘Major’?


Fantasia is an exceptional talent, period. She has had a fair share of personal problems, that have  naturally been exposed given her ‘fame’. But, her personal shortcomings don’t compromise her talent.  That said, there are many talented people in the world, and only a few actually realize ‘their dreams’.  Speaking as a musician myself, ‘possessing…

Chart Moves, May 8, 2013: It’s All About Kenny


Chart Rewind: May 1,2013 Last week, Michael Bublé was certainly ‘loved’ as To Be Loved debuted at no. 1 with 195,000 copies.  Fantasia may have had her lowest numbers of her career (91,000 copies), but she managed a no. 2 debut, not too shabby for an R&B effort these days, believe it or not. Phoenix debuted at no. 5 with Bankrupt! selling…

Chart Moves, May 1, 2013: Michael Bublé, Fantasia


Chart Rewind Last week on the charts, Fall Out Boy and Kid Cudi saw their new efforts debut at no. 1 and no. 2 respectively.  Fall Out Boy scored a second no. 1 album with Save Rock and Roll with 154,000 copies sold while Kid Cudi’s Indicud scored a career high peak, selling 136,000 copies.  The Yeah Yeah Yeahs saw their album Mosquito bow at no….

Review: Michael Bublé, ‘To Be Loved’


Michael Bublé ⎜To Be Loved ⎜Reprise ⎜US Release Date: April 23, 2013 album produced by Bob Rock; featured artists include Reese Witherspoon, Bryan Adams, Naturally 7 and The Puppini Sisters Introduction Maybe its subjective, but does Canadian pop/vocal star Michael Bublé ever miss? (Yes, that’s really rhetorical).  After several platinum albums, 2013’s To Be Loved sounds like it could be on its way to give the…