Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two


25 chart takeaways – here goes nothing! 1) It’s all about girl power within the top two spots of the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj keep the #1 and #2 spots warm this week. 2) One Direction’s Four rose from #7 to #4 this week – coincidence? 3) Sam Smith’s In The Lonely…

Rankings: Best R&B Albums of 2014


Ranking things is hard – understatement. So look, there were many sound R&B albums in 2014 – don’t let the abysmal sales dissuade you. That said, there were only a couple of truly great ones – led by one unopposed homerun – that sit atop the standings. Here are the 25 26 Best R&B albums of…

The Numbers Don’t Lie – The R&B Album Is Dead (Commercially) 


As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” What pudding you ask – R&B album sales ladies and gentlemen. It’s one thing that album sales are down across all genres, but if you examine R&B albums themselves, you’ll see that R&B sales are nothing short of abysmal. Basically, the commercially successful R&B album seems…

Who Were The Biggest Breakthrough Musicians of 2014?


Ah, it is time for those wonderful compiled year-end lists. Yours truly is hard at work putting some finishing touches on a couple of those time-consuming, yet rewarding things. One of the fruits of my hard labor can be found via Starpulse, entitled Biggest Breakthrough Musicians of 2014. And yes if you’re asking, it’s no…

Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Rises On Billboard 200


A new week, another Billboard 200 chart to analyze – Here it goes – enough said! 1) “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,” but Taylor Swift keeps on selling like crazy. 1989 is the ‘second coming’ – of album sales that is. 2) Pentatonix continues to win America’s hearts as That’s Christmas To Me is…

Takeaways from Mary J. Blige’s, ‘The London Sessions’


It has been three years since the last Mary J. Blige album – well sort of. Blige was responsible for the Think Like A Man Too soundtrack, an effort that likely went largely unnoticed because it was a soundtrack. Even if The London Sessions is technically Blige’s second album of 2014, it is the most…

Chart Takeaways: One Direction’s Goes Four for Four With ‘Four’


Analyzing chart trends – one by one! In this week’s edition, it starts at the top. Not with Taylor Swift, but One Direction. Get ready, get set, GO! 1) One Direction earn their fourth number one album on the Billboard 200. While Four was less triumphant than Take Me Home or Midnight Memories, the numbers…

Musicians I’m Most Thankful For in 2014


View this post on Instagram #ONLYVideo will be out soon. The Pinkprint arrives on 12.15.14 A post shared by Barbie (@nickiminaj) on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:15pm PST 2014 has had plenty of excellent music released, even if the sales haven’t shown it – understatement. Sure, most CDs weren’t flying off he shelves, but there…

Who Should Win Grammys: Winning Predictions Before Nominations!


Grammy nominations haven’t even occurred yet, but in my mind, there are scenarios already brewing. After looking at the categories and looking back over the year, here are some key categories and who I think will come out on top. Yeah, this is a dumb post as there are no nominations yet, but at least…