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.
On Dec, 23, the long-running Finnish rock band will release a limited edition box set called "Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03." Amongst all the goodies inside, the main attraction is their rare 1996 EP "666 Ways To Love: Prologue" on 180 gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever. Billboard is premiering the newly remastered version of its opening track.
Communications agency Fenton has new ownership and a new leader: Bill Werde, former editorial director of Billboard, who plans on using the position get mainstream artists back into the political conversation.
The Raptors “Drake Night” couldn’t have gone any better last night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre when the NBA team took on the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since the U.S. team knocked them out of the first-round playoffs this spring in Game 7 by just one point. Rap superstar Drake, the Raptors’ “global ambassador” since Sept. 2013, was there courtside, jumping in excitement when the game ended in a 105-89 win.