Does Anyone Believe in the Album Anymore?


  Ample number of times, I have preached about the dismal sales for R&B music specifically. Kem‘s latest album, Promise To Love confirmed this, recently debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200 with a modest 52,000 copies. Such numbers have become the new normal of R&B. But, there is also a larger issue than R&B…

MTV VMAs: A Reflection


View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:01am PDT So on Sunday night, that famous (or infamous) show known as the VMAs took place on MTV. It’s sort of funny you know? At one time, MTV actually played true to its name – music television. Not…

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…

Is (Was) Justin Bieber A Racist? 


After the infamous chainsaw/run n—er run joke heard ‘round the world, Bieber has taken plenty of heat. Is it deserved for a video made five years ago – well, both sides are legitimately arguable. I mean, who hasn’t done dumb things when they’re a teen, particular teen boys? Still, the other side questions why saying…

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…

Playlist: 12 Songs to Jam into June


Can you believe that it is June already (Circa June 4th specifically by the time this posts)? My, oh my how time flies these days! What better way to celebrate being a month older – and maybe more importantly summertime – than a playlist, right (do you feel me)? Here are 12 songs that made…

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…

Frozen’s Chart Domination Continues Well Into Spring


Folks, Frozen (Soundtrack) is clearly unstoppable.  This week, it’s 13th nonconsecutive week at no. 1 according to Billboard, the soundtrack was the only album to sell more than 100,000 copies.  That’s right, go ahead and do your best Lucille Ball impression as she says “ewww”.   Billboard also goes into great detail about the elite company…

Playlist: Five Jams You Should TOTALLY Be Spinning


Ah, sometimes there’s nothing like good music to atone for a bad day  – or make good day even better for that matter.  Many great tunes have graced my playlist lately.  While I’d love to share and analyze them all, that’s like TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE.  But, here are five jams you should like totally be spinning…