1. Lecrae Thanks Fans for No. 1 Album With New Song 'Non-Fiction'

    September 18, 2014 5:25 PM EDT It's a one-two punch from Lecrae this week. The Christian rapper's latest album, Anomaly , debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, becoming the first album to top both the Gospel Albums and Billboard 200. As a thank you to fans, the rapper's label, Reach…

  2. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  3. Musiq Soulchild Explains His Rap Alter Ego The Husel

    September 17, 2014 3:30 PM EDT After a decade of R&B success, Musiq Soulchild aims to conquer rap. The hitmaker revealed his rap alter ego, The Husel, in July during a NYC live performance. Last week, Aug. 11, he shared with Madame Noir that the choice to reinvent his music was the result of music listeners clamoring…

  4. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  5. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  6. Apple Shows You How to Remove That Free U2 Album

    September 15, 2014 3:27 PM EDT It’s a beautiful day for iTunes users who were upset to find a U2 album in their library last week. Apple has launched a one-click support website allowing dissatisfied users to permanently remove U2’s Songs of Innocence less than a week after the company gifted the set to 500 million iTunes…

  7. Lecrae Leads Busy Week for New Album Releases

    September 12, 2014 9:41 PM EDT Lecrae's new 'Anomaly' album could be one of eight debuts in the Billboard 200's top 10 next week. Rapper Lecrae is not only aiming to nab his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with Anomaly , but his album could be one of up to eight debuts in the top 10.…

  8. London Richards Talks 'Will You Wait' Single, Covering Justin Timberlake & Dream Collabos

    September 12, 2014 3:30 PM EDT At age 17, London Richards can’t vote nor drink. What he can do, however, is conquer the world of R&B, a goal which the singer has his sights set on.   Richards, who moved to the United States from London six years ago, released his debut single, "Will You Wait," on Wednesday,…

  9. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  10. Hoodie Allen Goes 'Dumb' for New Single & Video

    September 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT 'Dumb for You' debuts at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140. Less than a month before his debut hits shelves (or iShelves), Hoodie Allen has a treat for fans: a new song and music video. On Monday night, the New York-based rapper released "Dumb for You" as a free…

  11. MC Lyte Returns, Charts With 'Dear John' From Next Album

    September 09, 2014 7:32 PM EDT Before Nicki Minaj , before Missy Elliott , there was MC Lyte -- and she's back. BET Honors MC Lyte With I Am Hip Hop Award The veteran rapper returned from an 11-year hiatus Tuesday morning (Sept. 9) with the release of "Dear John," the first single from her album expected…

  12. Queensryche Is 'Making a New Record Right Now,' Eyeing Early 2015 Releease

    September 09, 2014 4:30 PM EDT “It feels like we've been set free,” says drummer Scott Rockenfield of splitting with former singer Geoff Tate. Its lengthy and bitter legal battle with former frontman Geoff Tate ended, Queensryche is putting the throttle down on moving past the problems and getting its future in full…

  13. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  14. Bob Marley's 'Legend' Finally Heading for Top 10

    September 05, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Thanks to a 99-cent sale deal, Bob Marley's mega-selling 30-year old album is set for its first visit to the Billboard 200's top 10. A Legend is heading for the top 10 for the first time. Bob Marley & the Wailers ' greatest-hits album Legend is on course for the Billboard…

  15. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

  16. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  17. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  18. Disney Reveals 'Frozen Fever' Animated Short Coming in 2015

    September 03, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Fans of  Frozen  don't have to let it go just yet. During Tuesday night's behind-the-scenes special about the making of  Frozen on ABC, Disney revealed the company will release a new animated short,  Frozen Fever ,  in the spring of 2015. Like the original hit film, the short will…

  19. Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies

    August 29, 2014 7:09 PM EDT Glenn Cornick , the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull , died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. Drew Cornick says his 67-year-old father had been receiving hospice care. Cornick performed with Jethro Tull from its inception in late 1967…

  20. Brad Paisley & Kem Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley is aiming for his ninth top 10 album. 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,…

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