25 Chart Takeaways: Kelly Clarkson Earns Third #1 Album 


The first American Idol victor has been able to establish a career beyond the show. This week, Kelly Clarkson lands her third number one album. That and many more chart takeaways worth examining! 1) Kelly Clarkson scores her third number one album with Piece By Piece. The numbers – sales and overall impact – are…

13 Best Rap Albums of 2014


With the year winding down, opinions –lists – begin being assembled detailing the year’s best albums. Rap hasn’t had the same kind of years it has had previously, but there have been some noteworthy releases. Consider the top of this best rap albums list to be truly top-heavy. Here are the best rap albums of…

Best Rap Albums of 2014 – November 2014


With the year winding down, opinions –lists – begin being assembled detailing the year’s best albums. Rap hasn’t had the same kind of years it has had previously, but there have been some noteworthy releases. Consider the top of this best rap albums list to be truly top-heavy. Here are the best rap albums of…

12 Awesome Rap Rhymes from 2014


2014 has been filled with some exceptional one-liners courtesy of any number of rappers. While rap music in 2014 has been as strong as it has been in past years, it still has had its moments and definitely its memorable lines. Here are 12 awesome rap rhymes from 2014 in no particular order.  1) G-Eazy…

March Madness: Best Album Tournament for the 1st Quarter, 2014


  Ah, there is no better time of the year than March Madness… well maybe except for Christmas, LOL! It is a time where brackets continue to be devastated by college basketball teams many haven’t heard of upsetting highly favored giants.  As disappointing (when my John Wall-led UK Wildcats lost to WVU in 2010 in…

Charts: Rick Ross Lands At Familiar Spot – No. 1


  Unsurprisingly, Rick Ross lands at a familiar spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, no. 1.  Mastermind becomes the rapper’s fifth album to debut in the penthouse, selling a respectable 179,000 copies.  All of Ross’ albums have sold solidly during their debut week – totals include 187,000, 198,000, 158,000, 176,000, and 218,000 with prior…

Schoolboy Q Takes Oxymoron To No. 1


Ah, who doesn’t love a good ‘come-up’ story? Schoolboy Q has reason to celebrate as his third LP Oxymoron takes over the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Apparently, them “Collard Greens” were pretty potent, as 139,000 people decided to add Oxymoron to their music collection.  139,000 copies isn’t the ‘end all…

Review: Schoolboy Q, ‘Oxymoron’


 Oxymoron proves to be a dark, captivating, yet sometimes difficult album to listen to  Schoolboy Q • Oxymoron • Top Dawg/Interscope • US Release Date: February 25, 2014 Schoolboy Q keeps things 100 on Oxymoron – he keeps it real “from the jump” (catch the Drake reference?).  In fact, the MC keeps things so ‘real’…

It’s Frozen… At The Top of The Charts Again!


The Frozen Soundtrack is sort of like winter itself – it just don’t stop! Once more, Frozen finds itself atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart selling 89,000 copies.  It is surprising that Frozen was able to rise to the top once more, particularly after Eric Church blew the competition out of the water with last…