Early 2016 Grammy Nomination Predictions – October Edition  


  The Grammy nominations don’t occur until December, but folks are already beginning putting their two cents into who will be nominated when the time arrives. Billboard has already dropped a list of potential nominees, and we did so at the end of August (big categories) and early September (specific categories). So here we go…

25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Tops The Billboard 200


It was a big week for one young man – a really young man by the name of Shawn Mendes. 16 years old don’t normally score #1 albums, but don’t tell that to SM – he just did this week! That an more captivating, juicy, and succulent chart takeaways. Too much? 1) 16-year old Canadian…

25 Chart Takeaways: Drake Scores Fourth Number One Album 


Taylor Swift slipped to #5 on the Billboard 200! Isn’t that fact enough to make you want to read these chart takeaways? It should BE!  1) Drake hit the big time for the fourth time in his career. Surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late debuts commandingly atop the Billboard 200. Was there…

Chart Takeaways: J. Cole’s Scores Third #1 Album


Two words – CHART ACTION – Let’s get it! 25 Takeaways – GO!  1) It would take a special album to unseat Queen Taylor Swift. It finally happened (for a second time) when J. Cole sold a robust 354,000 copies (375,000 “units”) to hit #1 for the third time in his career. 2) Poor Taylor…

Chart Takeaways: Mary J. Blige’s Underwhelming Debut


“Same sh*t, different day,” the profane saying goes. Adapted to the Billboard Charts, “Another week, a different chart.” Okay, okay it doesn’t quite work, but you can’t blame me for trying. As has been the trend every Monday, here’s analysis of the latest Billboard 200 chart. There is some more of the “same sh*t” of…

Pop/Rock Trio PUBLIC Shine on EP, ‘Let’s Make It’


  PUBLIC • Let’s Make It • PUBLIC • US Release Date: October 7, 2014  PUBLIC are: John Vaughn, guitar & lead vocals // Matt Alvarado, bass & vocals // Ben Lapps, drums & vocals When citing artists with similar sensibilities to burgeoning Cincinnati pop/rock trio PUBLIC, names that pop up include The Killers, Neon Trees, RIYL,…

Did You Hear These In January? Lookin’ Back


January is a dull month for just about everything.  Musically, there is rarely any gargantuan releases given the stagnant nature of EVERYTHING.  January did yield some releases worthy of mentioning. POP Conor Maynard, Contrast (Parlophone, 1.8.13).  Honestly, most were praising God alongside Chris Tomlin the week young Maynard materialized in the U.S. at no. 34.  I personally haven’t reviewed…