R&B singer/songwriter K. Michelle returns to the top of R&B Albums with her sophomore studio set Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, arriving with 84,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the best sales week ever for Michelle, and her second No. 1 following her debut album Rebellious Soul (72,000 in its opening frame, and her previous best sales week).
Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67.
Though Iggy Azalea (a.k.a. Igloo Australia) was probably the most-talked about Aussie in music this year, 2014 was also good for the more under-the-radar electro-pop and dance of Sydney-based record label, management and booking agency, and publisher Future Classic. Many of this year's buzzing indie artists -- Chet Faker, Flight Facilities, Panama, Cashmere Cat, Jagwar Ma -- belong to Future Classic.
With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In stadiums.