This week we saw pop star Rihanna, who also has one foot in the urban-sphere, rise to the top of the charts with her album Unapologetic. The LP was extremely pushed in all media markets, and her #RihannaPlane launched it into the internet stratosphere. Now we see how good advertising and promo can really effect sales--yes, Rihanna was a superstar in her own right prior to the album drop, but she...
It's almost December and that's some crazy shit. I've kind of been in a music slum lately, nothing that has dropped recently has realllllyy grabbed me (I'm talking mixtape-wise, Joe Budden definitely got a few listens but it's not on repeat). So I guess singles will have to be on rotation for now. Waiting on December to get here 'cause I know there will be an album or two I'll be into, i.e.,...
Nov 25, 2012
week, another great showing from R&B artists on the sales charts. Drake’s boy and fellow Toronto artist The
Weeknd managed to nab the top spot here this week, and he did it all with only
dropping three original tracks. Look for
Nicki Minaj to follow suit when her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re Up drops,
although some retailers have not chomped at the bid to carry the...
We're in mid-November now and it's
almost Thanksgiving for all our U.S. residents, so we know everyone's
gunna be eating some good and get pretty lazy (aka full) afterwards.
Here's some tracks to pass the time during your Thanksgiving dinner.
Play them for your parents, grandparents, cousins, siblings,
neighbours etc..whoever is at your dinner table! 'Cause who doesn't
love an acoustic...
Nov 18, 2012
This week we see three r'n'b singers
are charting on Charts Don't Lie. On top of this, hip-hop is
also keeping itself near the top half of the charts, with help from
Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill. With Nicki Minaj and Rihanna both
dropping big albums next week, it doesn't seem like hip-hop will be
leaving the charts any time soon. It's always impressive to see a
rapper atop the charts, as...
Oct 28, 2012
Last week with the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, we asked if independent artists' marketing strategy would be the new wave and replace the major labels on the charts. Their album The Heist saw a steep decline in sales, and might have topped out early. In what is one of the slowest week in Hip Hop/R&B sales of recent months, we get a semi-surprising name at the #1 spot. This could be a...
This week as everyone is all-consumed by Kendrick Lamar's debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city, if you ever wanna step back from the hype surrounding it and put on something a little different I've got you covered. But good kid, m.A.A.d city is also a wise decision. DEEzo- Deck Feat. Dizzy Wright
Many people probably only clicked this
song for the Dizzy Wright feature, but the piano-laced beat...
Oct 21, 2012
HNHH continues to tackle the
issue of sales in the hip-hop world. This week we had two new-comers
top the charts, as well as an old head make an appearance. While
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform the best this week, it's becoming
more and more obvious that major labels may slowly be heading the way
of the tall T, as independent labels manage to do it just as big. Not
There was a lapse in UA last
week due to me being sick and not being in the mood to do it. But
this week we're back at it, giving you the tracks that HNHH posted
last week that I felt deserved more views! And we're pretty much mid-October and the month's been great to hip-hop so far. Tomorrow we're going to be getting a new Gucci Mane mixtape which I've been looking forward too (oddly...
Oct 13, 2012
Pattern recognition: utilizing data to classify the present
and better predict the future. For those of you following the charts week in
and week out pattern recognition is a discipline worth employing. On an
elementary level it reveals the fact that big names sell, female fans buy, and
strong singles provide additional reach. However, an increasingly analytical
approach reveals so much...
It’s true that rapper’s like Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins have
platinum selling albums. While others such as J. Cole and Big Sean do not. The
reason rests not in the quality of their product, but rather when they were
Despite the arrival of online file sharing, the music
industry didn’t fall into disarray instantly. In fact, as far as hip hop is
concerned it enjoyed...
UA has compiled four different
tracks this week, each with a unique feel and solid production,
setting them apart from the daily list of songs. Term & Lil Fame
vibe out over Alchemist production, Curt@!n$ returns to the music scene with
help from ScHoolboy Q, Gangsta Gibbs chops up the hard, and Jon
Connor does what he does best. Check them all out below.
Termanology & Lil...
The debate as to whether charts do, or don't lie, rages on. On one hand, there are the numbers themselves. As to what they
mean is a subjective matter. That said there is the argument that the numbers
are incorrect. Weighted sales are one such issue. Particularly problematic in
the late 90’s, weighted sales were a questionable algorithm included in
Soundscan’s overall equation. It...
The first week of September is upon us,
but the new music isn't slowing down just 'cause summer is.
We had a ton of mixtapes drop this past week, and still more to come.
Nonetheless, not all new music is good music!! But here is some shit
that is actually new AND good. Crazy shiet.
Blu- Rap Dope
I don't listen
to Blu very often, and I keep telling myself I'm going to download
more of his...
Sales charts are more than just bar graphs and seismic
looking line work, it is a complex network of retail results and online data.
Though it can’t be tallied to perfection, it is nevertheless reliable when
approached with a discerning eye. Such sight-seeing is at the core of Charts Don’t
Lie, an on-going look at the top performing records in Rap and R&B. Unlike
other coverage this...
As the last week of August comes to an end, here are some final summer jams to add to your playlist. A banger or two and some chill vibes.
Nitty Scott, MC- Flower Child Feat.
Many clicked on this song just for the
K.Dot feature, but Nitty Scott also brings it. It's a chilled out
track, and the beat even reminds me of flowers.
Rapsody- Round Table Discussion Feat.