Rise Against notches its second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, and fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as "The Black Market" debuts with 53,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Strange Desire," the debut album from Bleachers, led by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums (21,000 sold, with a notable 15 percent of sales from independent stores).
With the recent announcement that the Unicorns would be reforming, 10 years after the group's demise, to play five shows opening for Arcade Fire next month, frontman Nick Thorburn tells Billboard that the Montreal trio had long "flirted with" the idea of a reunion, but it was Arcade Fire's leader who eventually helped them pull the trigger.
A federal court in Washington state has sentenced a singer-songwriter to nearly four years in prison for various schemes that tricked investors into sinking nearly $600,000 in non-existent projects promising music from major artists, including Bruce Springsteen.
On Monday, Reba McEntire released the video for her song "Pray For Peace." Now Billboard has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the clip, which also features Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn and Caroline Kole.