Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. There’s so music that I’d like to highlight along with my take on the “new” sound of music. Click HERE to check out my previous edition and let’s get into this week.
Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. I haven’t done one in a while, but check out my last edition, here. Also click the links below for my posts of the week:
- Plan With Me: July 27th-August 2nd
- Sound OFF: Hot 97 Vs. Power 105.1
- Sound OFF: Deflategate
- Sound OFF: ‘Back to Back’
- Sound OFF: Ciara x Russell Wilson x Baby Future
Here’s another edition of This Week In Music. Click HERE for the previous edition and click the links below for other news this week:
- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to be Inducted into Library of Congress
- Single Review: Rihanna, ‘B*tch Better Have My Money’
In other news, Destiny’s Child has reunited, yet again, this time at the 30th annual Stellar Awards for a performance of Michelle’s ‘Say Yes’ (click HERE for that video review). From the Instagram clips Beyoncé was feeling herself last night (pun intended), but it was great to see all three on stage. Every artist has a zone and it was clear that Michelle was comfortable on stage, they all sounded great, and they were having fun. The show will air on TV One, April 5th. In the meantime, check out a snippet of the performance HERE.
It’s been a big week for Rihanna as she’s released a new single off her upcoming album (link above) and her animation debut, ‘Home’, has topped the box office with $54 million in its opening. She’s featured not only in the movie, but 3 songs on the soundtrack. Other artists featured include Jennifer Lopez and Charlie XCX. Click HERE to purchase soundtrack and be sure to check out the movie in theaters.
Moving on to chart news, congrats to Kendrick Lamar for having the #1 album in the country. To Pimp a Butterfly tops the Billboard 200 with 324,000 copies sold in its first week, The album was released a week prior to its scheduled date, but that didn’t stop it from topping the charts. In at #2 is last weeks #1 album, the Empire Soudntrack. Over on the Hot 100, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are sitting comfortably with ‘Uptown Funk’ (check out the remix HERE). So far the track has been on the chart for 17 weeks.
The iHeartRadio Music awards air tonight (3/29) so be on the lookout this week for a review of the performances.
Katy Perry joins the likes of Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, and Nirvana as her album, Teenage Dream, spends its 200th week on the Billboard 200. The album was released nearly 5 years ago (Aug. 24, 2010), and its current position on the chart is #126. Not too shabby at all. To date it has sold nearly 3 million copies.
With his 5th studio album, Wiz Khalifa has taken the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with Blacc Hollywood. This is his first album to rank in the #1 spot. His debut, Show and Prove (2006), didn’t rank on any charts and his sophomore album Deal or No Deal (2009) debuted at #25 on Top R&B Hip/Hop Albums and #10 on Top Rap Albums. His first taste of global commercial success came with the success of Rolling Papers (2011) which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 197,000 copies in its first week and spawned hits: ‘Black and Yellow’, ‘Roll Up’, ‘On My Level’, and No Sleep’. His last album, O.N.I.F.C. (2012) became his second album to rank #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 148,000 in its first week.
While Blacc Hollywood did not reach the 100K mark it still garners Wiz Khalifa his first #1 album with 90,000 copies sold in its first week.
Over on the Hot 100, Magic! holds tight at the #1 spot for the 8th straight week with ‘Rude’. Meghan Trainor’s, ‘All About That Bass’ is in at #2 with Sam Smith’s, ‘Stay With Me’ in at #3. Iggy Azalea now has three tracks in the top 10: ‘Fancy’ in at #5, ‘Problem in at #7’, and ‘Black Widow’ moving up the chart to #8. Ariana Grande also has 3 tracks in the top 10 including ‘Problem, ‘Break Free’ (#4), and ‘Bang Bang’ (#10). Elsewhere on the chart, Nico & Vinz are in at #6 with ‘Am I Wrong’, Sia is in at #9 with ‘Chandelier’.
The numbers are in from last weeks album releases. “Weird Al” Yankovic and Jason Mraz were the two artists vying for the number one spot and the winner is, “Weird Al”. Mandatory Fun becomes Weird Al’s first number one album of his career. The album sold 104,000 copies surpassing the sales of Jason Mraz’s, YES!, which only sold 80,000 copies. Mandatory Fun is also the first comedy album since 1963 (Allan Sherman – My Son, The Nut) to top the Billboard 200 and the largest sales of a comedy album since 1996’s, The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, which sold 118,000 copies. Although this album is the highest charting of “Weird Al’s” previous works, it is not his debut to the Top 10. His 2006 album, Straight Outta Lynwood, and 2011s, Alpocalypse, debuted at #9 and #10 respectively.
Jazon Mraz came in at #2 with the 80,000 copies sold for Yes! This becomes his 4th Top 10 album although the sales are down from his previous album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, which sold 102,000 in its first week.
As opposed to the previous weeks of the chart, the landscape has changed quite a bit. In at #3 is Rise Against with their album, The Black Market. Taking the #4 slot is Kidz Bop 26. Frozen remains in the top 5 as it slips down three spots from it’s last weeks position at #2. This makes it its 30th consecutive week in the Top 5.
Coming in at #6 is Sam Smith‘s, In The Lonely Hour, which falls three spots from the previous week. It’s followed by Ed Sheeran’s, X, which fell from #5 to #7 this week. Now 50 comes in at #8 and Trey Songz holds tight in the top 10 with Trigga in at #9. Rounding off the top 10 is Blake Shelton‘s, Based On a True Story… ,which surged 53 spots this week.
5 Seconds of Summer just released their self-titled debut and I’m pretty sure they’re vying for the #1 spot. Only time will tell how much the chart changes up again.
Until next time…
All things are great in the world of Trey Songz. His sixth album, Trigga, has landed atop the Billboard 200 after selling 105,000 copies in its first week. This is a decline in sales from his fifth album, Chapter V, which sold 135,000 copies in its first week. Trigga has become his second highest album in sales, his lowest was 2007s Trey Day which sold 73,000. The lack of sales in that one was due to lack of promotion. in my opinion, along with Trey Songz not being as relevant as he is today. His lead single, ‘Na Na’, has peaked into the top 10 at #7 making it his 19th top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Ed Sheeran topped the chart last week with X and has fallen to the #2 spot selling an additional 53,000 copies in its second week. With his drop of a spot, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour drops to #3 which is the same spot he debuted at 3 weeks ago.
The Frozen Soundtrack holds still at #5 for the second week and in the top 5 for the 28th consecutive week. Overall its spent 30 consecutive weeks in the top 10 since it hit the chart on December 28, 2013. I find this to be the most impressive feat of the year thus far.
As for the rest of the top 10 Seether lands at #4 with their album, Isolate and Medicate. Magic! debut, Don’t Kill The Magic, hit #6 on the chart barely selling 36,000 copies. Miranda Lambert’s, Platinum, comes in at #7 and Lana Del Rey’s, Ultraviolence, continues to decline in the top 10 since her debut at #1 to #8.
Then there’s Robin Thicke who managed to go on this huge promo tour in attempt to get his wife back with an album dedicated to her, but if her decision was based on album sales, the answer would be no. Paula landed in the top 10, barely, debuting at #8 with just 24,000 copies sold. That is a roughly 15% of what was sold for his previous album, Blurred Lines ,which sold 177,000 copies in its first week. I personally think he shouldn’t have rushed to put out an album with so much behind it so fast as a result of this. He was riding so high off Blurred Lines that the sales of this album are not just an insult to him, but to Paula as well. I mean the album was named after her.
Moving on from the flop of Paula, rounding off the top 10 is Colt Ford with his album, Thanks for Listening.
Be sure to click the links to the album titles for direct purchase and be sure to look out for the following album reviews:
- Trey Songz, Trigga
- Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
- Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear
- Magic!, Don’t Kill The Magic
Until next week…
Iggy Azalea has been holding down the #1 spot on the Hot 100 with ‘Fancy’ and even if her track were to fall off next week it wouldn’t matter because SHE has set a record as the longest reigning female rapper on the Hot 100. With her reign reaching it’s 6th week she has surpassed Lil Kim who was in the top spot for 5 weeks for the ‘Lady Marmalade’ collab.
She’s living sky high right now. ‘Fancy’ and ‘Problem’ are doing well not only on the charts, but on the radio as well. She just performed at the BET Awards, yet social media is EGGING on a feud between her and Nicki Minaj. It was said that in Nicki’s speech for her win of Best Female Hip Hop Artist that she threw shots at Iggy Azalea who had performed previously before her win. In her speech Nicki said that if Nicki Minaj spits it, Nicki Minaj wrote it. As the crowd hyped her comment she went on to say “No, no shade, no shade.”
That sure did get an arousal out the crowd, but Iggy seems to not be bothered by it and Nicki Minaj tweeted there were no shots thrown at anyone.
The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women b/c I believe in us!
I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I’ve been saying this for 5 YEARS
She went on to talk about how much she respected and admired Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliot before tweeting about Iggy:
I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should be proud.
Iggy went on to post her reaction to the whole thing via Instagram:
I think the whole thing is being blown out of proportion, BUT all Nicki Mianj did was damage control. Nicki made that comment after Iggy’s performance and whether you congratulated someone publicly or not there was still hella shade in that comment she made and tweeting about it did not make the situation any better. Iggy clearly has no beef and wants no problems and I say hell, throw these two on a track together. Nicki could give Iggy pointers, who knows. The situation is over and done with and yes the media misconstrues all the time, but Nicki meant what she said and it doesn’t matter how much she talks about empowering women, shots were fired. How do you say “no shade, no shade” yet you weren’t throwing shots. No ones dumb here.
MOVING ON —
In other chart news, Ed Sheeran’s latest album, X, has debutd at #1 on the Billboard 200. The album sold 210,000 copies making him the largest debut for a pop album this year and the 4th largest opening in 2014.
Sam Smith’s, In The Lonely Hour, moves from #3 to #2 as Lana Del Rey’s, Ultraviolence drops three spots to #4. In at #3 is G-Eazy’s, These Things Happen. Frozen still remains in the top 10 rounding off the top 5.
Relive ‘Fancy’ and ‘Sing’ below: