Now that the first full seven-day tracking period after the release of Drake's surprise mixtape album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, has passed, its tracks are starting to storm onto the Streaming Songs chart.
UMG Nashville's sixth annual CRS showcase featured over a dozen performers from the label group's four core labels (Mercury, MCA, Capitol and EMI), spanning talents brand-new (Canaan Smith, Josh Turner, Mickey Guyton), hipster-cool (Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton), on the rise (David Nail, Easton Corbin), time-tested (Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Billy Currington, Kip Moore), arena-level (Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church) and even one living legend (Vince Gill).
After conquering Los Angeles and the cruise circuit, HARD is taking its show on the road. The Live Nation-owned event promoter today announced its five-date goHARD spring festival tour. Each date will offer a different lineup drawn from a diverse blend of artists, including A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Eric Prydz, Flosstradamus and Rae Sremmurd.
Lauryn Hill entranced at Wednesday's (Feb. 25) back-to-back shows at New York City's Blue Note, and unknowingly silenced doubts about her vocal prowess. With a six-person band alongside her, Ms. Hill took the stage, sitting comfortably on a vintage two-person couch with her acoustic guitar, reminiscent of her legendary 2002 MTV Unplugged special.
R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums with his latest set Love Sex Passion, opening with 13,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. It's his first effort to top the two-year old chart, and second charting album on the list – following A Place Called Love Land which entered at No. 7 in 2013 (19,000 copies).
All movies need a soundtrack. And according to our Twitter feed, it seemed the most-watched movie today was a livestream of two llamas rampaging through the streets of Phoenix. So, in dedication to that brave pair of beastly besties, Billboard has assembled this llamas-on-the-loose playlist.
Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter and performer, climbs to No. 1 on Top Latin Albums (dated March 7) with Los Duo, scoring his first chart-topping set in 18 years, after debuting last week at No. 2.