Wiz Khalifa Scores First #1 Album

wiz-khalifa-blacc-hollywood640With 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’.

Video Review: Sam Smith, ‘I’m Not The Only One’

Sam Smith has released the video to his latest single, ‘I’m Not The Only One’, off his debut In The Lonely HourThe video is the typical case of a cheating husband who thinks his wife doesn’t know. It looks to be set back sometime between the 50s and 60s.

You say I’m crazy, cause you don’t think I know what you’ve done.

But when you call me baby, I know I’m not the only one.

 

The man seems to be distant from her wife which she clearly knows. They seem to have this perfect relationship, or so it seems. Housewife, whit picket fence, yet he was in a rush to go sleep with his lover. He didn’t even get a hotel, they met at a bar and went into the back to handle their business while she vented at home. She cried her eyes out, went to the store to get wine and lighter fluid, and then burned his clothes while she sat by the pool drinking a glass of wine and smoking a cigarette. Yet he comes home, without his car, and she opens the door as if everything is fine. He hugs her, kisses her neck and she smiles as the door closes. Again, no need to draw attention to the “happy” couple. It’s like a cycle. He continues to cheat while she sits home and cries about it.

Check out the video below:

http://youtu.be/nCkpzqqog4k

Sia Tops the Billboard 200

sia-1000-forms-of-fear-2I recently posted my album review of Sia‘s latest album, 1000 Forms of Fear, and it has topped the Billboard 200. With a mere 52,000 copies sold it seems to have done the job of getting Sia her first number one album on the chart.

Frozen has surged back up the charts from #5 to #2 with 46,000 copies sold. Sam Smith’s, In The Lonely Hour, holds tight at #3 with an additional 42,000 copies sold. Dropping from #2 to #4 is Ed Sheeran’s, X, which sold an additional 35,000 copies in its third week. Last weeks chart topper, Trey Songz has fallen four spots to #5 with his latest album, Trigga selling only 34,000 copies.

Judas Priest debuts with their highest mark on the chart coming in at #6 with their latest album, Redeemer of Souls, worth 33,000 copies sold. Now 50 rises from #11 to #7 while Miranda Lamberts, Platinum, falls from #7 to #9. Dirty Heads, Sounds of Change, comes in at #8 and rounding of the top 10 is Lana Del Rey’s, Ultraviolence.

magic-rudeMagic!’s album, Don’t Kill The Magic, debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 last week and although it’s fallen out of the top 10 their smash, ‘Rude’ has knocked Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ out of the top spot; a spot she had been holding for eight weeks. Iggy doesn’t fall much as she only drops to #2. Ariana Grande’s in at #3 with ‘Problem’, Nico & VInz come in at #4 with ‘Am I Wrong’, and in at #5 is Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

Trigga Tops and Robin Thicke Flops

trigga-coverAll things are great in the world of Trey Songz. His sixth album, Triggahas 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 Magichit #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…

 

Album Review: In The Lonely Hour

British singer-songwriter, Sam Smith, has released his debut to the states In The Lonely Hour and it’s doing well on the Billboard 200 as it debuted at #3 and the following week ranked at #2. I’ve been hearing his music on the radio for quite some time I just never placed the sound with his name. I knew that I had to give his album a listen and give a review after hearing his rendition of Whitney Houston’s, ‘How Will I Know’. His voice is AMAZING!

In The Lonely Hour is available online and in-stores and via iTunes it’s $7.99 for the standard (10 tracks) and $10.99 for the deluxe (14 tracks). Amazon offers the album as well $10.49 for digital and $11.23 (odd price) for the audio CD. Both of those prices are for the deluxe and the standard is the same as iTunes, $7.99. Target of course has a special edition which features three bonus tracks: ‘Reminds Me of You’, ‘Stay With Me’ (featuring Mary J. Blige), and ‘In The Lonely Hour’. What’s missing on the Target edition is a track titled ‘Make It To Me’ which is featured on both iTunes and Amazon versions. Not sure why that was cut. The standard version for Target is $13.09 and the deluxe is $16.99. I say wait for a sale.

My Top 5 —

  •  ‘Good Thing’
  • ‘Not In That Way’
  • ‘Leave Your Lover’
  • ‘La La La’
  • ‘Latch (Acoustic)’

This album is so 60s and I love it. His voice is just so soothing. Everything blends together nicely

Take a listen to the album in its entirety below (via Spotify):

This Week In Music (V.14): Chart News, New Music, & More

Well, here it is, another edition of This Week in Music (#TWIM). Let’s get right to it. Just like I mention in mosts posts, click the links!

lana-del-reyThe Billboard 200 numbers came in and Lana Del Rey topped the chart with Ultraviolence selling 188,000 copies making it her first album to top the chart. Sam Smith became the first solo artist since Phillip Phillips released The World From the Side of the Moon (2012), to have the largest debut. In The Lonely Hour sold 166,000 copies, placing Sam Smith in at #2. Lincoln Park’s, Hunting Party, debuted at #3 will 110,000 copies sold. It is their first non #1 album since their 2002 debut. The Frozen soundtrack is STILL in the Top 10 this week. It places at #4 moving down a spot from the previous week. Despite that, 26 consecutive weeks in the top 10, for a soundtrack, isn’t shabby at all. Jennifer Lopez charted her lowest album sales to date with the release of A.K.A. selling 33,000 copies although it was her 8th consecutive Top 10 album.

Moving on to the Hot 100, Iggy Azalea is still atop of the chart with ‘Fancy‘. In at #2 is ‘Problem‘ and rounding off the top 3 is one of my FAVORITE tracks of the year thus far, Magic!’s ‘Rude‘.

ariana-my-everything-coverThere are two new albums that have been confirmed for a later release this year. First up is Ariana Grande. She will be releasing her sophomore album titled, My Everything. It hasn’t been a year since she’s released her debut, Yours Trulybut with the buzz around ‘Problem’ it only makes sense for her to push out a new album while the buzz is there. She announced this during an interview with Ryan Seacrest and discussed the direction of the album:

“I feel like each song is so strongly themed that I just wanted to have a very simple overall cover. It’s inspired by Jane Fonda in Barbarella and Star Wars and space. It’s more throwback, campy.”

She’s readying the video for her second single titled ‘Break Free’ which features Zedd and has a 1960s vibe. I can see where she’s going since the video for ‘Problem’ looked like a snippet from That 70s Show. 

Selena Gomez is readying another album as she exits out of her Disney deal with Hollywood Records. The album will be a greatest hits album featuring ‘Love You Like a Love Song’, ‘Come and Get It’, plus more (of course). She hasn’t been out long enough in my opinion to have a greatest hits album, BUT I guess with this deal closing it makes sense. Even though she hasn’t really put a dent in her musical career she does have quite a bit of hits that I do enjoy.

As for new albums coming Tuesday: Trey Songz, TriggaRobin Thicke, Paulaand Tessanne Chin, Count On MY Love. I will definitely be doing an album review on Trigga, I have no interest in Robin Thicke’s love letter to Paula and I will give a listen to Tessanne Chin’s debut. Not sure if I’ll be doing an album review.

Last week I wrote about Zenday Coleman being casted as Aaliyah and ALL the controversy surrounding it. Well, Zendaya has dropped out of filming the movie. Her rep released a statement:

“Zendaya is no longer involved in the project. Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya,” the source said. “She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”

With all the controversy with Aaliyah’s family more so than the mumbling and grumbling from Aaliyah fans, I can’t blame Zendaya for backing out. Interested in seeing if this movie will surface.

Alright let’s wrap this edition up; just a couple more things. Beyonce and Jay Z have officially stated their ‘On The Run’ tour and from pictures and Instagram videos, what a TOUR it is. They released a behind the scenes of the tour so check it out below:

In new music there hasn’t been much that’s caught my eye. Let’s see Jeremih released a remix to ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ featuring G-Unit. Not a fan of the G-Unit reunion, but I like the song, more so the beat. Lil Wayne released a track called ‘Krazy’ which is HORRIBLE. I don’t know the direction he’s going with the Carter V, but at this point I’m not interested. Then there’s a new artist I came across, who’s not really new, by the name of G-Eazy. He has a track titled, ‘Lotta That’ featuring A$AP Ferg & Danny Smith. Take a listen below and tune in next week for another edition of This Week in Music DEDICATED to the BET AWARDS!