Is Shawn Mendes’ ‘Treat You Better’ Hit or Miss?


Shawn Mendes • Treat You Better – Single • Island • Release Date: 6.3.16 Shawn Mendes has had a big year, spanning 2015 and 2016.  Think about it – how many 17 year olds can boast at having just a smidgen of the success Mendes has had.  One hit single – One “Stitches” – would’ve been…

Is Carrie Underwood Fading?  


On October 23, 2015, Pop/Country superstar Carrie Underwood released her fifth studio album, Storyteller. Storyteller represented Underwood’s first new album of originals in three years, following no. 1 bowing Blown Away (2012). It would seem that the return of Carrie Underwood would usher in yet another no. 1 album, marking her fourth to debut atop…

25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Tops The Billboard 200


It was a big week for one young man – a really young man by the name of Shawn Mendes. 16 years old don’t normally score #1 albums, but don’t tell that to SM – he just did this week! That an more captivating, juicy, and succulent chart takeaways. Too much? 1) 16-year old Canadian…

25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Scores Fourth Number One Album 


Taylor Swift slipped to #5 on the Billboard 200! Isn’t that fact enough to make you want to read these chart takeaways? It should BE!  1) Drake hit the big time for the fourth time in his career. Surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debuts commandingly atop the Billboard 200. Was there…

Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ the Bright Spot in Slow Sales Week


In what ended up being a painfully slow sales week, Jack White’s Lazaretto was the only new album to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week.  According to billboard.com, White sold 138,000 copies of Lazaretto, which easily outpaced the second place album – last weeks top debuting LP Platinum (Miranda…

Review: Miranda Lambert, ‘Platinum’


 Miranda Lambert goes “H.A.M.” on her homerun latest LP Platinum Miranda Lambert • Platinum • RCA Nashville • US Release Date: June 3, 2014 “I live in Oklahoma / and I’ve got long, blonde hair / and I play guitar, and I go on the road / and I do all the sh-t you wanna…

Coldplay Dips In Sales, Sits Pretty At No. 1


So let’s get the most boring part of the chart analysis/news over with. Coldplay keep the top spot warm, albeit with only 83,000 copies sold of their latest LP Ghost Stories. 83,000 copies is a far cry from the 383,000 copies the set sold just last week, its debut week. Despite the drop, that was sufficient…

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing June 3, 2014


Perhaps the music industry was spoiled by May releases – perhaps that’s it.  The first week of June is loaded with releases, BUT only two seem like sure bets – Miranda Lambert’s Platinum and 50 Cent’s long-awaited fifth album, Animal Ambition.  The question seems to be, how much will either of these albums move?  Regardless,…

Opinion: Can a Returning Maxwell Survive in a Post-R&B World?


Picture this, the music industry, 2013 (Thanks Golden Girls).  A world where one genre of music has been placed on the ‘back burner’ if you will , never to ascend back to its glory days again.  A music that once easily scored ample number one albums as well as number one singles, with sound prominence…