25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops The Charts


Releasing To Pimp A Butterfly a week early certainly paid off for Kendrick Lamar. Not that it would’ve mattered as KL was destined for the number one spot. That takeaway along with 24 more! 1) Kendrick Lamar easily had the best week on the Billboard 200, taking To Pimp A Butterfly to that “Number One…

Review: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire (Deluxe)


Empire Cast • Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire • Columbia • US Release Date: March 10, 2015 One of the hottest new shows on television, Empire, released its first season soundtrack on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. In the stores for those who still partake of the physical CD, only the standard edition of…

Mary J. Blige Shines on ‘Think Like A Man Too’


Review – Think Like A Man Too Cutting to the chase, there’s one reason why the Think Like A Man Too soundtrack is buzz worthy aside from the film itself – Mary J. Blige handles performance duties across all 14 tracks. In other words, rather than being a compilation like many soundtracks tend to be,…

If The Grammys Were in May, Who Might Be Nominated?


“It’s never too early”, is the old saying, whether it’s in sports, political campaigns, or the Grammy field. It is May, and at this point, some possibilities for Grammy contenders have began to rear their heads. The field isn’t complete mind you – still plenty of time to go – but some potential darlings have…

Future and Iggy Azalea Can’t Fend Off Frozen on Albums Chart 


If anything else besides Frozen soundtrack were no. 1 it would be shocking wouldn’t it?  Well there’s no shock this week as the year’s biggest selling album is the only one giving the music industry hope.  Frozen sells 115,000 copies to further increase its ridiculous sales total.  Hey, didn’t somebody tell folks that is springtime……

The Frozen Soundtrack Seems Unstoppable at no. 1


Well, the headline is pretty familiar folks as the Frozen soundtrack returns to the no. 1 spot yet again.  What is most shocking/impressive is that that the numbers for the album don’t seem to change that much.  This week, Frozen sold another 99,000 copies, a feat that many artists wished their albums could do consistently. …

Schoolboy Q Takes Oxymoron To No. 1


Ah, who doesn’t love a good ‘come-up’ story? Schoolboy Q has reason to celebrate as his third LP Oxymoron takes over the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Apparently, them “Collard Greens” were pretty potent, as 139,000 people decided to add Oxymoron to their music collection.  139,000 copies isn’t the ‘end all…

Lana Del Rey Haunts on “Once Upon A Dream”


Lana Del Rey • “Once Upon a Dream” • Maleficent (Soundtrack) • Walt Disney • Single Release: January 26, 2014  Lana Del Rey possesses quite a unique, beautiful voice.  That said, Del Rey’s respective solo albums have yielded mixed results.  Sure, both Born To Die and Paradise have their moments (“Video Games”, “Off To The…

Review: ‘Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film: The Great Gatsby’


Various Artists ⎢Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film: The Great Gatsby ⎢Water Tower / Interscope ⎢US Release Date: May 7, 2013 Constructing a soundtrack that not only creates a solid musical backdrop for the film as well as doubling as an enjoyable compilation is no easy task.  Because of this, soundtracks themselves often get mixed reviews,…