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…

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…

Chart Takeaways: Foo Fighters Settle For #2


Chart positions can be very telling, aka who’s selling and who’s not! There’s not many people moving lots of albums, but there is some hope – at the top at least. 1) Foo Fighters settle for second place this week, as Taylor Swift sells another 312,000 copies of 1989. Sonic Highways by no means underperformed…

Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer: Album Analysis


Introduction… Anytime that Kanye West’s name is attached to anything musical, the ‘hype’ machine accelerates ‘full throttle.’ The oft-delayed and much talked (rumored) about, and confusingly titled G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) music compilation Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer finally materializes as of September 18, 2012.  The set’s final track list was even…