If the Grammys Were Held In September… [Part 2]


Pop, Rock, Urban & Country Categories  Let’s keep it short and sweet – if the Grammys were held in August, would these be the nominees. Here are some thoughts on specific categories, including pop, rock, R&B, rap, and country. Cheers! Pop Best Pop Solo Performance:  The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”…

25 Chart Takeaways: James Taylor’s First No. 1 Album


Finally after a lengthy career, James Taylor does something he’s never done before – topped the Billboard 200! That shocking bit of news and 24 other worthwhile pieces of chart information you’ll probably never use in life but enjoy reading!!! Can’t get a better intro than that, right? 1) Veteran Singer/Songwriter James Taylor scores the…

25 Chart Takeaways: Twenty One Pilots Take ‘Blurryface’ to #1


Tyler Joseph (of Twenty One Pilots) may be “Stressed Out” but he shouldn’t be – new album Blurryface easily commands that number one spot on the Billboard 200. That and 24 more fascinating chart takeaways! 1) Nothing is blurred about the #1 album this week. Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface easily tops the Billboard 200. Vessel…

Most Forgettable Albums of 2015 (So Far)


Not every album is memorable – in fact many albums can be like “watching paint dry.” Yeah that’s harsh, but true. Some of the albums on this list have earned their title as the most forgettable albums of 2015, while others are forgettable with some redeeming qualities. Regardless, these albums could’ve stood to have stepped…

25 Chart Takeaways: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Takes #1  


Pitch Perfect 2 has taken over the world – or at least this week’s Billboard 200! That takeaway and 24 more! 1) The soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2 unsurprisingly takes the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. 2) Though Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind falls just one spot to #2, the percentage drop in overall…

25 Chart Takeaways: Mumford & Sons Score Second No. 1 Album


Shocking news: Mumford & Sons score their second #1 album! Of course they do – who expected otherwise? That totally predictable news and 24 other takeaways – some of which are much less predictable! 1) Mumford & Sons take their third album Wilder Mind to the penthouse aka #1. The numbers aren’t nearly as triumphant…

Review: Phillip Phillips, ‘Behind the Light’


Phillips takes a step forward on his sophomore LP, though nothing supplants “Home” Phillip Phillips • Behind the Light • 19 / Interscope • US Release Date: May 19, 2014 “Searchlight” opens Behind the Light abruptly and somewhat indistinctly.  The folk rumination kicks off the track, instantly channeling Phillips’ “Home”and of course one ubiquitous Mumford…

The ‘Frozen Soundtrack’ and ‘The Grammys’ Are The Talk Of Charts


It’s been an awesome winter for the Frozen Soundtrack, as it spends yet another week atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  This week, the album sold another 94,000 copies according to Billboard.com.  On the one hand, it is good that there is an album that’s infusing the industry with some, well, sales.  On the other…

Review: One Direction, ‘Midnight Memories’


1D grow up some on Midnight Memories, lose some of their fun One Direction • Midnight Memories • Syco • US Release Date: November 25, 2013 Once more, everyone’s favorite boy band One Direction return with their third album in two years… yes you read that correctly.  On the one hand, it could be argued that One Direction should be…

Chart Moves: Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Baauer, Justin Timberlake


Bon Jovi Garners Third Consecutive No. 1 Album Bon Jovi had a pretty good week (emphasis on ‘pretty’).  The band’s most recent effort What About Now debuts atop the Billboard 200 Chart with 101,000 copies.  The good news is that those numbers are better than the initially prognosticated 90,000 and then the adjusted 95,000 copies forecast. …