Coldplay and Brantley Gilbert Electrify the Billboard 200 


Coldplay and Brantley Gilbert had stellar weeks.  Coldplay takes top honors on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, moving a robust 383,000 copies of sixth LP Ghost Stories.   Even with the impressive bow, Coldplay has had larger weeks, including a high watermark of 737,000 copies for X&Y back in 2005.  Still, with the way music is…

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 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…

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing May 19, 2014


May continues to eclipse the new album release output of April. The week of May 13 was filled with several highly decorated releases. The off-cycle release date of Monday May 19, 2014 is no different, with several notable releases at the top. The biggest release – likely Coldplay’s highly anticipated Ghost Stories, the band’s sixth…

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…

Quick, But Sound Advice to 5 Male Artists for Future Albums…


Better a short post than none at all, right (especially on a Monday!)? Me, being Brent Faulkner is never short of opinions on the direction that artists should follow as well as those that they should avoid like the plague.  I’ve chosen five male artists who would benefit from my brilliant (LOL) opinion for their…

Five Reasons Why Candice Glover ‘Might’ Have an Uphill Battle


Candice Glover wowed Americans everywhere, becoming the most recent victor on American Idol (Season 12).  However, after Glover was crowned the winner, the skepticism of how successful her July 16th release, Music Speaks, was growing, likely rightfully so.  That same skepticism came from me, a fan of Glover, who has been waiting for an ‘R&B’…

Opinion: Can Lee DeWyze Become A Star?


Lee DeWyze had the distinction of being the worst selling American Idol victor – that is not an escapable fact, period.  To sour things even more, season nine was arguably the worst season of the show.  Sure Season 12 was pretty bad, but they at least managed to triumph with a solid victor in Candice Glover.  As for…