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…

The Black Keys’ Turn Blue tops the Billboard 200; Jackson settles For No. 2


In a tight race for the “Number One Spot” (slick Ludacris reference, right), The Black Keys outsell Michael Jackson to secure top honors.  Turn Blue sold a respectable 164,000 copies, besting the 157,000 copies that Jackson’s Xscape sold.  While Jackson was unable to add another no. 1 to his collection, peak-wise, Xscape lands a spot…

Now 50 Tops Billboard 200 Albums Chart


 Now 50 is the only album to sell >100K  Now 50 (Now That’s What I Call Music) unseats the Frozen Soundtrack from the top spot on the Billboard 200. Now 50 sold a respectable 153,000 copies, easily outdoing the 99,000 copies that Frozen moved.   Following Now 50 and Frozen, the numbers are generally so-so. The…

Music Shopping List: 13 Albums to Consider May 6, 2014


April left a lot to be desired as far as the number of ‘blockbuster’ album releases that graced the music industry. Hopefully, the first official releases of May 2014 adds some spark to an incredibly slow music market in 2014. Tuesday May 6 is a big release day filled with a number of options. Again,…

‘NOW 48’ Epitomizes Both the Pros and Cons of the ‘Compilation Album’


Various Artists • NOW That’s What I Call Music, Vol. 48 • UMG • US Release Date: November 11, 2013 In some respects, the term ‘compilation’ is synonymous to a swear word.  Maybe it’s not quite as obscene as the f-word itself, but it’s at least worthy of a baby-curse word, LOL.  Why? Because compilations – particularly music compilations –…