Justin Bieber Beats Out One Direction For Top Spot

11/24/2015 8:17am EST
Justin Bieber Easily Tops The Billboard 200
It was expected to be a hard-fought battle – one comprised of scrapping, clawing and crazed tween girls! Ultimately, Justin Bieber handily outperformed British boy band One Direction for the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Both Justin Bieber and One Direction touted impressive, robust numbers, but the discrepancy between the two is shocking. Let’s break down the numbers, shall we?

Justin Bieber’s Purpose ended up impacting to the tune of 649,000 units, hence making Purpose the highest debuting album of 2015. Even considering that 80% of that total make up pure sales, that’s still a b...

Miranda Lambert Is Dating Again

11/20/2015 9:58am EST
Miranda Lambert Dating Again After Blake Shelton Split
Miranda Lambert is reportedly dating again since her divorce from Blake Shelton was finalized.

The country superstar is having a good time playing the dating field, although there is no one special in her life as yet, according to a report by E!.

"Miranda is doing wonderful! She is staying busy and really happy. She is dating and enjoying single life," a source revealed.

"She is taking things slow and just going with the flow," the source added. "It's all about her now, though. Her friends think she is in a great mind space."

Lambert and Shelton split in July after four years of marriag...

Review: Chris Young, ‘I’m Comin’ Over’ 

11/19/2015 5:25pm EST
Chris Young Shines On Fifth Album ‘I’m Comin’ Over’ 
Country music is all over the map in 2015 – the movements are endless. Some country musicians opt for the traditional fare while others expand the palette of genre to include elements of pop, rock and hip-hop. For Chris Young, he sticks with country’s traditional means, and the results are superb on latest album I’m Comin’ Over. While Young never reinvents the wheel, or can be characterized as possessing ‘swag’ like some of his contemporaries, he delivers an enjoyable, consistent country effort the plays to his strengths.

“Heartbeat” kicks things off soundly, with Young’s rich baritone ...

Chris Stapleton Comes Up Big For Second Straight Week

11/17/2015 11:08am EST
Chris Stapleton Makes It Two Weeks Atop The Billboard 200   
Chris Stapleton sure came up – big time. After reentering the Billboard 200 with his critically lauded debut Traveller at number one, Stapleton keeps the top spot warm. Why is this surprising this week? There were several new albums, but none of them had the support to unseat the country singer/songwriter. Interestingly, Stapleton still had a big impact, to the tune of 124,000 units (78% of those were sales).

The newbies also couldn’t take the runner-up spot, with Eric Church’s surprise effort Mr. Misunderstood improving from #3 to #2 despite losing support. Still, with a modest 65,000 uni...

Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)

11/14/2015 1:45pm EST
Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 2)
Youthfulness can’t be bottled up into just one evergreen playlist post. No way Jose! Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1) provided just enough youthfully, swag-laden songs to whet the palate, but another installment is necessary. It’s like a meal – dessert just makes things sweeter, finishing off the dining experience. That’s the role of the part deux of Forever Young – to enhance the powerful, youthful listening experience! Hey, who says you can’t vicariously relive youth through song?

1) Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, “Young, Wild & Free” (Mac and Devin Go to Hi...

9 New Album Releases This Week To Check Out

11/10/2015 11:19am EST
Justin Bieber And One Direction Among Albums To Check Out This W
For the music industry, Friday, November 13th isn’t the least bit unlucky. Why? Everybody and his brother decided to release a new album, hence November 13 is something like, say The Promised Land. The question isn’t if any albums will sell this particular week, it’s how much will albums sell this week. Another burning question is, who will take number one honors on the chart – New look One Direction or comeback kid Justin Bieber. What is clear is that Justin Bieber and One Direction lead a stacked field of new albums to check out this week.

1) Justin Bieber, Purpose (Def Jam)


CMAs Lift Chris Stapleton To Top Of Charts

11/10/2015 10:01am EST
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It’s amazing how quickly things can change in life. For underrated country musician Chris Stapleton, he went from unknown to hot commodity thanks to unexpected victories at the Country Music Association Awards. After his album, Traveller debuted at #14 earlier in 2015, this week, Stapleton finds himself at #1 on the Billboard 200. Crazy right? Furthermore, Stapleton made more than a dent on the charts this week, impacting to the tune of 177,000 units, with 86% of those being sales.

So with Stapleton receiving his just due, it also confirms that this week wasn’t a power week in new release...

Is Blake Shelton Dating Gwen Stefani To Boost 'The Voice' Ratings?

11/8/2015 5:42pm EST
Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani Dating For 'The Voice' Ratings Or
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani relationship the real deal or is ploy to up the ratings for Season 9 of NBC's The Voice? They went public as a couple after the Country Music Awards last week, and their timing couldn't be better — we're right in the midst of the Nielson's sweeps period that started October 29 and ends November 25.

TV By The Numbers reports that ratings for the September 2015 premiere of the current season of The Voice had lower ratings than the previous two seasons, including Season 7 in September 2014 and Season 8 in February 15. Although the ratings have been slowly creepi...

Who’s To Blame? 15 Songs That Point The Finger

11/8/2015 11:00am EST
Playing The Blame Game: 15 Songs That Point The Finger
Sigh, doesn’t it always seem like we as a society are ready to blame something or somebody for something? If we feel bad when we wake up, we blame it on our boss for being, um, an inappropriate word (your choice of course). If we all can’t seem to “love again,” it’s that bleeping ex that ruined love. If we’re Democrats, we blame Republicans or visa versa. Basically, there’s always blame to be shared.

This list features a jam-packed 15 songs that blame something or someone for certain circumstances. If for some reason you don’t invest your time into these songs, well YOU’RE TO B! Don’t be ...

Relive Youth Forever: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1)

11/7/2015 11:00am EST
Forever Young: Powerful Young Songs (Part 1)
When we’re young, we all want to grow up too fast. When we are older, we wish we could reach back a couple of years and embrace how good the times were. Particularly post-college, there is nothing like thinking back and wishing to relive those college days which many easily consider some of the best times of our lives. Well, if youthful days have passed or aren’t far from passing, this list of powerful young songs will help you recall the good times – irresponsible and all!

1) Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe, “We Are Young” (Some Nights, 2011)

What better way to proclaim youth than statin...

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