Rap Newcomer Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors

10/6/2015 8:23am EDT
Fetty Wap Takes Top Honors On The Billboard 200
It’s a good week to be a “Trap Queen” – or something like that! Rap newcomer Fetty Wap sees his self-titled debut album take top honors on the Billboard 200. That’s right, Fetty Wap debuted at #1 on the big chart, to the tune of 129,000 units – not too shabby. Wait at minute – how much did Fetty Wap actually sell? 75,000 copies – 54,000 copies less than it impacted when streams and tracks are considered. But first place is first place, right?

Fetty Wap wasn’t the only story of the Billboard 200 this week. Don Henley lands in third place with Cass County, selling more copies than Fetty...

Drake And Future Take Top Honors

9/29/2015 9:02am EDT
Drake And Future Take ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ To No. 1
Lana Del Rey could practically taste her second no. 1 album – that is until Drake and Future totally ‘killed her vibe’ with surprise mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive. Expectedly, the superstar hip-hop collaboration was too much for the moody, alt-pop singer to overcome. In other words, her Honeymoon in the ‘penthouse’ wasn’t meant to be. Okay, okay, enough puns!

Drake and Future took top honors on the Billboard 200, to the tune of 375,000 units – WOW! This doesn’t outpace Drake’s earlier no. 1 album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late or the juggernaut that was The Weeknd’s Beauty Behin...

Hypothetical Songs: Musicians That Asked 'What If'

9/27/2015 2:03pm EDT
13 'What If' Songs – Hypothetically Speaking!
Ah, those glorious things called “what if” questions. What are what if questions? They’re those hypothetical questions that haven’t happened and ultimately may or may not happen. Interestingly, numerous musicians have written and performed songs based upon them. This hypothetical list explores 13 what if questions, in all their hypothetical glory!

1) Meghan Trainor, “What If I” (Title, 2015)

“What if I, I wanna kiss you tomorrow?” If that’s the case Meghan Trainor, then by all means go for it! On “What If I,” the retro-pop singer knows that this dude is the ‘real deal.’ She’s qu...

Musicians Dealing With Death Through Song

9/26/2015 4:00pm EDT
Songs About Death: 10 Songs About Dying Young
Death is dark, depressing subject matter to say the least. Honestly, it’s not the best topic for dinner conversation, dates, or generally happy occasions. Call it what it is – deadly, morbid and definitely buzz kill. Still, there have been plenty of songs that have tackled the topic of dying young. Some are literal, but many are figurative and branch out to various other topics, most prominently love. Here are 10 songs about dying young for your reading pleasure…yeah, that didn’t sound right at all!

1) The Band Perry, “If I Die Young” (The Band Perry, 2010)

To reiterate, pondering ...

Kenny Rogers Makes A Big Announcement

9/26/2015 8:38am EDT
Kenny Rogers To Retire After Farewell Tour: Country Legend Says,
Kenny Rogers, the 77-year-old country music legend, will retire after a farewell tour.

During an appearance on "The Today Show" to promote his new Christmas album, "Once Again It’s Christmas," and he says that he wants to devote more time to his life outside of music.

“I wrote in my book that there’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger,” he explains. “And I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. They’re really very important to me, and I don’t see enough of them.”

Rogers is a father to 11-year-old twin sons, Jo...

New Albums To Check Out This Week

9/22/2015 12:52pm EDT
Drake And Future's Joint Album Lead Albums To Check Out
The final release week of September is upon us! There are some goodies to check out this week, much like last week’s star-studded releases. Originally a solid week for new releases, a surprise joint album from Drake and Future made the week a stellar one. Unsurprisingly, the Drake/Future collaboration leads albums to check out. Anticipated debut and sophomore albums, in addition to comeback album of a rock veteran, join the collaborative album as albums to check out.

1) Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

An off-cycle album release completely changed the tides. Drake and Futur...

The Weeknd Keeps Top Spot For Third Week

9/22/2015 11:50am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Three Weeks At No. 1 On Billboard
For a third consecutive week, The Weeknd keeps the top spot on the Billboard 200 piping hot. Well, perhaps the 99,000 units that Beauty Behind The Music moved this week isn’t ‘the second coming’ but The Weeknd definitely has a good thing going for him. Three weeks in, Beauty Behind The Madness has moved around 655,000 units. Pure sales are less robust eliminating streaming and tracking from the formula, but still Beauty Behind The Madness is putting up some sales numbers as well – impressive!

Not only is The Weeknd getting it done on the Billboard 200, but also he is equally hot on the...

Lana Del Rey Tops New Albums To Check Out This Week

9/15/2015 11:30am EDT
Lana Del Rey performs at a concert in WaMu theatre, Seattle 05/2
This is the week that music lovers and music executives alike have been waiting for. No, Kanye West or Rihanna haven’t secretly dropped that new album BUT there are plenty of albums to choose from this the third week of September. Who are the ‘must-haves’ for this week? Definitely the moody Lana Del Rey and Pittsburgh rap phenomenon Mac Miller, who both know how to produce solid sales figures their first week out. That said don’t sleep on any of the new releases available beginning Friday, September 18!

1) Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon (Interscope)

Friday, September 18 got a huge upgr...

The Weeknd Holds Top Spot For 2nd Week

9/15/2015 9:46am EDT
The Weeknd Makes It Two Straight Weeks Atop Billboard 200
Ah, success is so sweet. Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd can attest to this as he sees his sophomore album Beauty Behind The Madness spend a second consecutive week atop the Billboard 200. Last week, Beauty Behind The Madness crashed onto the charts to the tune of 412,000 units and 326,000 copies sold respectively, easily among the year’s biggest debuts. While the ‘come down’ isn’t nearly as ‘beautiful,’ Beauty remains impactful to the tune of 145,000 units.

So, whose vibe did The Weeknd kill by keeping first place warm? – Five Finger Death Punch. The band has been close to topping man...

How Does Brett Eldredge's New Album 'Illinois' Stack Up?

9/14/2015 11:03am EDT
Review: Brett Eldredge Delivers A Compelling Sophomore Album On
A musician’s debut album is an important ‘stepping stone’ within their career. That could be said of country musician Brett Eldredge, who first appeared on the scene in 2013 with debut effort Bring You Back. Still, it seems like the Illinois-bred Eldredge’s sophomore album titled after his home state may be a more substantial stepping stone. Is Illinois Eldredge’s breakthrough moment? Quite possibly as Eldredge proves he ‘has the goods’ on album number two.

“Fire” initiates Illinois ferociously, with Eldredge asserting himself from the jump. Captivating the listener’s attention, Eldr...