Chart Moves, July 24, 2013: Jay-Z Keeps the Number One Spot Warm


Chart Rewind Jay-Z latest album Magna Carta…Holy Grail debuted at number one with gargantuan numbers to the tune of 528,000 copies, giving the MC his 13th number one album. Ciara ‘came up’ on her fifth album, Ciara, bowing at number two with 59,000 copies sold. Nope, 59,000 is ‘change’ compared to the half a milli…

Chart Moves, July 17, 2013: Jay-Z Gets It Done In Royal Fashion


Chart Rewind J. Cole’s Born Sinner did a rare thing by ascending to no. 1 following a bow at no. 2 two weeks prior.  He did so with an unimpressive 58,000 copies, which speaks volumes of the lackadaisical album sales week.  Wale fell from no. 1 to no. 2, selling 50,000 copies of The Gifted,…

Review: Skylar Grey, ‘Don’t Look Down’


Skylar Grey • Don’t Look Down • Wonderland/Interscope • US Release Date: July 09, 2013 Executive Producers: Eminem & Alex Da Kid “You blew our love like smoke into the air / but I never loved you quite enough / love you quite enough to even…” This quote epitomizes the rebellious, feisty, and strong-willed spirit that Skylar Grey showcases…

Chart Moves, July 10, 2013: Hip Hop Rules, Joe Top Debut


Chart Rewind Last week on the charts (July 3, 2013), Wale debuted at no. 1 with The Gifted, selling a respectable 158,000 copies.  J. Cole remained at no. 2, though sold 72% less with 84,000 copies sold of Born Sinner.  Kanye West fared much worse compared to an ‘overperforming’ J.Cole, dropping a steep 80% in second week sales and falling from no….

Slaughterhouse, Welcome To Our House – Extended Analysis


Yes, I have done extended analysis on a lot of urban releases, but hopefully I can spread the wealth to other genres considering I listen/review all different types of music.  I finally finished listening to Slaughterhouse‘s Welcome To Our House and penned this lengthy, unfiltered analysis.  As always, a shorter version will make its home on my…