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25 Chart Takeaways: La La Land Ascends to No. 2


On a quiet Billboard 200, The Weeknd (Starboy) retains the no. 1 spot, while the soundtrack for La La Land ascends to no. 2. Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: La La Land Ascends to No. 2

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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!

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10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions


Some songs are “empty,” while others are “full” – or something like that! The 10 songs compiled on this list are all “full” of emotion and depth. Each song has a deeper meaning or larger purpose which makes it truly unique, special, and memorable. Here are 10 songs that possess overwhelming emotions. 1) Father John Misty, “Holy S**t” (I Love You, Honeybear, 2015) Despite the … Continue reading 10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions

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Reasons Why Each 57th Grammy Nominee for Album of the Year Might Win


Sunday night marks music’s grandest occasion – the Grammy Awards! While there are four big categories, none is more coveted than album of the year. Not only is it the most highly desired, it almost always ranks among the most questionable. Save for a few homeruns (OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Adele’s 21), one could question the voting. Below are rationales for why each album … Continue reading Reasons Why Each 57th Grammy Nominee for Album of the Year Might Win

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25 Chart Takeaways: “No New Friends”


The theme of this week’s chart takeaways – “No New Friends.” Why “No New Friends” you ask? Because there are no new debuts of note on the Billboard 200 – it was a quiet week. 1) Taylor Swift and Nick Minaj remain atop the Billboard 200. This marks Swift’s eighth nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200 and Minaj’s third consecutive week at #2. 2) Ed … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: “No New Friends”

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4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris Brown, X (RCA, 9/16) Prediction: …Brown might open >100,000 as he did … Continue reading 4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard

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Ranking Chris Brown’s Albums


As hard to believe as it may be, resident ‘bad boy’ Chris Brown has released six studio albums. Oh it seems just like yesterday that Brown was singing about “running it” and then of course there was that career-turning incident with Rihanna. But this point isn’t judging Brown the man, but rather Brown the artist. Here’s how yours truly would rank each of Brown’s album … Continue reading Ranking Chris Brown’s Albums

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Quickie: 1 Favorite from Each Chris Brown Album 


Chris Brown is a name that no longer possesses the innocence of a bright, teenage R&B star. At one time, Brown wasn’t a bad boy, but rather a self-proclaimed country boy from Virginia. Throughout his career, Brown has evolved, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Regardless, with six albums under his belt (including X), here are five songs that are representative of each album … Continue reading Quickie: 1 Favorite from Each Chris Brown Album 

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Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!


The busiest, most lucrative time of the year has arrived for the music industry – the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter is a big deal because it encompasses the holiday season, and what better than the gift of music, right? The Wire has a fantastic prediction post that everyone should check out that inspired my own post of similar topic.  My list features 14 albums and my personal opinion on how … Continue reading Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!

Ed Sheeran Comes Up, Trey Songz’s Got Next


As expected, Ed Sheeran had a fantastic sales week for sophomore album X.  The British singer/songwriter ended up selling 210,000 copies.  Compared to the numbers the #1 album the same week from last year moved (Wale‘s The Gifted sold 158,000 copies),  Sheeran outperformed.  Last week, I composed a review for Sheeran’s X at starpulse.com, which you can read here.  Other artists debuting in the top 10 with respective albums include G-Eazy, Mastodon, and Phish.   … Continue reading Ed Sheeran Comes Up, Trey Songz’s Got Next