In February, the Billboard Hot 100 chart methodology was rightfully changed to reflect online streaming data from authorised YouTube audio and video products. Now, the RIAA has joined the growing list of companies that recognise the rapidly changing patterns of consumer behaviour by announcing a revamped system for the awarding of certifications.
When Fantasia’s Side Effects of You debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week with over 91k copies sold, R&B music fans celebrated the small victory for the struggling genre. Yet, how does her accomplishment really appear in the grand scheme of the music industry? To answer that question, we need to take a [...]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or simply have better things to do on a Wednesday night, then you know that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have been engaged in a bitter feud since the start of this season of American Idol. Yet, the latter and her fans somehow got the idea that she [...]
When Britney Spears first burst onto the music scene, she was heralded as the leading entertainer of the new generation of Pop stars primed to dominate the turn of the century. Of course, beyond her talent as a performer, what propelled her to the top of the pack was her packaging as the next Madonna…or [...]
If you follow The Lava Lizard or my personal Trini Trent page on Twitter, then you should know that I am an avid viewer of American Idol, not because of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s feud, but because of the talent. Although this season of the show has been lukewarm at best, it has presented [...]
When people name the worthy candidates for the “next” Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake are often at the top of their lists. In the early 2000s, however, there was another artist who easily trumped all competition – Usher. So, what changed the public opinion against the former heir to the throne?
Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience was only released last week but the set has already made chart history. Boasting massive opening sales and rave reviews from critics, the album has been lauded for returning R&B music to the top of the charts. Yet, does Timberlake’s success stem from the fact that he is white?
Although she was unceremoniously banished from the Pop charts following her notorious “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl, it is difficult to deny that Janet Jackson is music royalty. Yet, has her time away from the spotlight made her a relic of the past or is there a chance for her to reclaim her [...]
By now you’ve probably heard the news concerning the changes in the sales predictions for Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience. Yes folks, the album is expected to exceed the initial projections of 750-800k copies in its first week but I have a little theory to help explain those adjustments.