For Green Day, the Bush administration wasn’t much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000’s Warning was the punk band’s most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking through with Dookie, and the trio needed some time to reclaim the magic.
The first night of the fourth annual iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas had many surprises up its sleeve, but no unexpected artist earned as many screams as when Usher brought out Chris Brown to perform the latter's current single "New Flame," an appearance that almost didn't happen due to Brown's probation terms.
Instead of taking the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as country's undisputed queen, Swift opened this year's show as a music superstar pivoting unambiguously toward pop music, an effort punctuated by another live performance of her new smash "Shake It Off."
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Lecrae scored his first No. 1 with Anomaly -- the only album to top both the Billboard 200 and Gospel Albums chart. It debuted with 88,000 copies sold in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lecrae led a packed week on the chart, where seven new albums arrived in the top 10.