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: Drake Scores Fourth Number One Album 


Taylor Swift slipped to #5 on the Billboard 200! Isn’t that fact enough to make you want to read these chart takeaways? It should BE!  1) Drake hit the big time for the fourth time in his career. Surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debuts commandingly atop the Billboard 200. Was there…

Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Rises On Billboard 200


A new week, another Billboard 200 chart to analyze – Here it goes – enough said! 1) “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,” but Taylor Swift keeps on selling like crazy. 1989 is the ‘second coming’ – of album sales that is. 2) Pentatonix continues to win America’s hearts as That’s Christmas To Me is…

Chart Takeaways from Billboard 200 (Released October 23, 2014)


The Billboard 200 Albums Chart has become the spawn of Satan – to many of its artists… Here’s some chart takeaways from last week’s chart, released October 23, 2014. 1) Unsurprisingly, Florida Georgia Line score their first #1 album with excellent sales – 197,000 copies of Anything Goes.  2) Sam Smith is back home –…

57th Annual Grammys Scorecard (Take 2…)


The official cut-off date for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is September 30, 2014. The end of September is filled with albums that are certainly looking to compete for music’s most prestigious awards. That said, there are also notable albums released after last year’s cutoff date that can’t be written off. From my perspective,…

Mock Grammys – in July!


It’s July, but it is never too early to predict which artists/albums might be nominated for Grammys come December. 2014 has some strong candidates for the big categories, but there is also plenty of uncertainty, meaning that albums released late within the eligibility period could very well ‘change the game.’ But as of July, see…

The Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)


Numerous albums have been released in 2014.  That said, finding the true gems of the year means separating the best from the worst and the truly elite from the best.  It was no easy task, but below you’ll find the link to my best estimation (so far) of “The 25 Best Albums of 2014.”  Make…

The Plight That Is Albums Sales – Billboard Chart Takeaways


Brentmusicreviews has been quick to highlight how R&B music sales in particular have fallen tremendously. While the R&B plight continues throughout 2014 (no shade Mariah), a general takeaway from studying the Billboard 200 Albums Chart will reveal that the album sales decline isn’t genre-specific. A successful album in the ‘new normal’ of album sales has much…

Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ the Bright Spot in Slow Sales Week


In what ended up being a painfully slow sales week, Jack White’s Lazaretto was the only new album to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week.  According to billboard.com, White sold 138,000 copies of Lazaretto, which easily outpaced the second place album – last weeks top debuting LP Platinum (Miranda…