25 Chart Takeaways: Justin Bieber Takes Purpose To No. 1  


  40% of this weeks chart takeaways hail from the top 10. That’s right, the top 10 of the BB200 is where it’s at this week, with eight new albums all getting the shout out in this week’s 25 chart takeaways. There were still plenty of folks who didn’t feel the chart loe this week…

Thoughts On The 2015 AMA Winners


On Sunday evening, the American Music Awards occurred. Yes, those are the awards where it helps to be popular. That’s not shade (or at least not much), but judging by the winners, it’s obvious which fan bases vote for their favorite artists. While having a choice to vote for an award show is great, particularly…

Why One Direction WON’T Survive a ‘Break’ – Opinion  


  Tweens everywhere go ahead and “cry a river.” One Direction is going bye-bye. It is finished; it’s a done deal. When a boy band claims they’re “taking a break,” it usually isn’t temporary but rather permanent. Even if One Direction return after their “break” as has been suggested, will they be nearly as revered?…

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…

One Direction: The Post Zayn Malik Era


Suddenly, there’s more significance to the album title Four.  What – too soon? Highly successful British (and Irish) boy band One Direction was hit with a brick – better yet a gargantuan cement block. The band’s most ‘mysterious’ member, Zayn Malik announced he’s calling it quits. Zayn, how you gonna quit One Direction, the five-piece musical…

25 Chart Takeaways: Big Sean Scores His First #1 


The Detroit rapper got it done – Big Sean scores his first #1 album. That takeaway and 24 more! 1) Big Sean finally landed at the top. After two albums debuted at #3, the MC’s third album Dark Sky Paradise debuted at #1. 2) Kid Rock settles for the runner-up spot, but First Kiss sells…

25 Chart Takeaways: Taylor Swift Makes It Ten 


Didn’t you know it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift reclaimed her crown? That and 24 more chart takeaways!  1) New York and the rest of the United States have been good to Taylor Swift as she spends a 10th nonconsecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200. 2) Meghan Trainor stays…