Overrated: Too Many Stars?


Sometimes we all get trigger happy right? Well, as a music critic, sometimes we can be too giving and too forgiving. Sure, music journalists have this reputation for being overcritical, but sometimes we actually don’t hold albums to the standard of classics because of a lack of innovativeness in the present age. In other words,…

Coldplay Dips In Sales, Sits Pretty At No. 1


So let’s get the most boring part of the chart analysis/news over with. Coldplay keep the top spot warm, albeit with only 83,000 copies sold of their latest LP Ghost Stories. 83,000 copies is a far cry from the 383,000 copies the set sold just last week, its debut week. Despite the drop, that was sufficient…

Playlist: 12 Songs to Jam into June


Can you believe that it is June already (Circa June 4th specifically by the time this posts)? My, oh my how time flies these days! What better way to celebrate being a month older – and maybe more importantly summertime – than a playlist, right (do you feel me)? Here are 12 songs that made…

Coldplay and Brantley Gilbert Electrify the Billboard 200 


Coldplay and Brantley Gilbert had stellar weeks.  Coldplay takes top honors on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, moving a robust 383,000 copies of sixth LP Ghost Stories.   Even with the impressive bow, Coldplay has had larger weeks, including a high watermark of 737,000 copies for X&Y back in 2005.  Still, with the way music is…

The Black Keys’ Turn Blue tops the Billboard 200; Jackson settles For No. 2


In a tight race for the “Number One Spot” (slick Ludacris reference, right), The Black Keys outsell Michael Jackson to secure top honors.  Turn Blue sold a respectable 164,000 copies, besting the 157,000 copies that Jackson’s Xscape sold.  While Jackson was unable to add another no. 1 to his collection, peak-wise, Xscape lands a spot…

The Black Keys and Michael Jackson Expected to Top Charts Next Week


Unsurprising, two familiar savvy chart performers – The Black Keys and Michael Jackson – are expected to reside in the top two spots on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  I predicted this before reading the official predictions from Billboard – go me! Previously, I wrote that likely these two power releases would help to infuse…

Review: Michael Jackson, ‘Xscape’


Xscape proves to be a ‘much better than expected’ posthumous MJ album Michael Jackson • Xscape • Epic • US Release Date: May 13, 2014 “Couldn’t have said it better myself!” – my thoughts on another new Michael Jackson album that is, as excerpted from a previous post:  “Let’s not kid ourselves at all here…

Now 50 Tops Billboard 200 Albums Chart


 Now 50 is the only album to sell >100K  Now 50 (Now That’s What I Call Music) unseats the Frozen Soundtrack from the top spot on the Billboard 200. Now 50 sold a respectable 153,000 copies, easily outdoing the 99,000 copies that Frozen moved.   Following Now 50 and Frozen, the numbers are generally so-so. The…

Music Shopping List: 7 Albums To Consider Purchasing May 13, 2014


After April was a sluggish month for blockbuster new music releases (and tepid sales generally), May looks to infuse the music industry with some legitimate buzz and potentially better sales figures.  Sure nothing’s the sure thing until the final chart tally arrives, but May 13, 2014 looks like a good day for the industry, at…