On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1, giving the hip-hop star his first chart leader after two previous No. 2-peaking sets. Blacc Hollywood sold 90,000 copies in its first week (ending Aug. 24), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was well ahead of the No. 2 title, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which fell from the top slot.
The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew specializing in construction, lighting and sound, among dozens of additional professional tasks. So boasted L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti in a press conference held on Thursday, after which he participated in a tour of the Grant Park grounds and its two stages, which will welcome such acts as Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Kanye West and curator Jay Z on Aug. 30 and 31.
Country star Brad Paisley is set to collect his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, "Moonshine in the Trunk," is aiming for a high arrival on the chart. Industry sources forecast the new album, which was released on Aug. 25, may sell around 50,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 31.
The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their music.
“I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that we can’t choose just one kind of music. We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard.
The case of Netflix vs. Comcast is a lesson on the real-world implications of network neutrality. The term "network neutrality," a principle that all Internet data should be treated equally, has been more of an elusive concept than a well-defined issue in the music industry. It's discussed, but the threat is more hypothetical -- i.e. down the road -- than real.