Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered. © Aftermath/Interscope

Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered Tops on Billboard 200 (Chart Takeaways)


Kendrick Lamar may have surprised with the release of Untitled Unmastered but it’s no surprise he earned the top spot on the Billboard 200. Who else graces the Brent Music Reviews chart takeaways this week besides the West Coast MC? 1) Kendrick Lamar is a beast – simply unstoppable. Not everybody can release a surprise album with success. Kendrick doesn’t have that problem. Untitled Unmastered…no … Continue reading Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered Tops on Billboard 200 (Chart Takeaways)

One Direction, Made in the A.M. © Sony

Thoughts On The 2015 AMA Winners


On Sunday evening, the American Music Awards occurred. Yes, those are the awards where it helps to be popular. That’s not shade (or at least not much), but judging by the winners, it’s obvious which fan bases vote for their favorite artists. While having a choice to vote for an award show is great, particularly given how often a more prestigious awards show like the … Continue reading Thoughts On The 2015 AMA Winners

5 Seconds of Summer, Sounds Good Feels Good © Capitol

25 Chart Takeaways: 5SOS Best Carrie Underwood for No. 1  


  Number one belongs to 5 Seconds of Summer – surprise? No. What if you throw Carrie Underwood’s name in the mix for no. 1, does that make it more of a surprise. Yes. Ultimately, 5SOS Bests Carrie Underwood for top honors on the Billboard 200. That and 24 more takeaways from this week’s chart! 1) 5 Seconds of Summer make it two #1 albums … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: 5SOS Best Carrie Underwood for No. 1  

Pentatonix © RCA

25 Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Beats Demi Lovato For Top Spot


  Ah, there was quite a fight for the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week. Ultimately, the a cappella darlings bested the former Disney pop diva, though neither album exactly set a new precedent for album impact or sales. Those takeaways and more! 1) Pentatonix’s self-titled album of originals won the battle to top the Billboard 200, meaning Demi Lovato’s Confident settled for … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Beats Demi Lovato For Top Spot

Taylor Swift, 1989 © Big Machine Records

58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Pop Categories!


The Grammy nominations will be unveiled before we know it. Before they are, here’s a look at who might snag nominations in the pop categories. Yes, that means Taylor Swift is a factor. Here we go! Best Pop Solo Performance  Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” (1989) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” (Beauty Behind the Madness) Meghan Trainor, “Lips Are Movin” … Continue reading 58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Pop Categories!