1. Taylor Swift Collects Fourth No. 1 Album, 'Now 52' Debuts at No. 2

    November 05, 2014 11:35 AM EST As reported earlier , Taylor Swift's 1989 debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with the largest sales week in over 12 years. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the largest week for any album since Eminem&…

  2. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  3. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  4. Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales

    October 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As the faith-based music community gathers Tuesday night (Oct. 7) for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, there’s more to celebrate than just the top songs and artists of the past year. Evidence points to businesses growing beyond music to incorporate film, live…

  5. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  6. Lecrae Breaks New Ground as Christian Rapper, Looks to Kanye West for Inspiration

    October 07, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. The Grammy-winning artist (his album Gravity  won for best gospel album last year) is trying to avoid being boxed into one genre. "I didn't really fit in either world," said…

  7. Why Did R&B Singer Jhene Aiko Roll Out Her New Album at a Pot Dispensary?

    September 29, 2014 1:22 PM EDT In the week her first full-length album, Souled Out , debuted, singer Jhene Aiko cooked up a novel idea for its rollout: She performed for a crowd of 80 at the popular -- and legal -- West Hollywood pot shop The Farmacy. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Aiko…

  8. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  9. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Frozen' Exits Top 10 After 39 Weeks

    September 19, 2014 9:19 PM EDT Also: Katy Perry's PRISM rebounds, U2 & the Beatles score a combined 11 charting albums. 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…

  11. Chris Brown Set for Sixth Straight Top 10 Album

    September 19, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Also heading for the Billboard 200's top 10: Barbra Streisand, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Train & Slash. Chris Brown is on the verge of earning his sixth consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- his entire output of releases. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top…

  12. Watch Lecrae Explain Making of 'Nuthin' on 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

    September 19, 2014 11:10 AM EDT This week, Christian rapper Lecrae scored his first ever No. 1 album when  Anomaly topped the Billboard 200 , with 88,000 copies sold in its first week. On Thursday, he stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to share some secrets on his single “Nuthin.” “My producer Gawvi called…

  13. Morning Roundup: 11 Things to Start Your Day

    September 19, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Present:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen was full of good cheer  as he spoke about  his upcoming album  Popular Problems . The release of the new album isn’t the only big thing happening next week for Cohen: he also turns 80, and he’s planning to take…

  14. 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…

  15. Maroon 5 No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Again; Lecrae Debuts, Jhene Aiko Soars

    September 18, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Maroon 5 is the biggest act in the U.S. for a second week, while Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Aiko rockets 88-9. Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for a second week. Meanwhile, Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Jhene Aiko blasts 88-9 as their new albums debut on the Billboard 200. Plus, two…

  16. Pop Shop Podcast: Fall Music Preview! (Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction & More)

    September 18, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  17. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  18. 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.…

  19. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  20. Lecrae vs. Jhene Aiko for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    September 10, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Rapper Lecrae is battling R&B singer Jhene Aiko for the top slot on the albums chart. Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae and rising R&B star Jhene Aiko are both on course for the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track…

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