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. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  3. 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, …

  4. 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…

  5. What Does Radio Think Of U2's New Single?

    September 16, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' receives a largely warm welcome at rock formats following its first week Following the surprise release of U2's new album Songs of Innocence as a free download to iTunes and Beats Music account holders on Sept. 9, first single "The Miracle …

  6. Common's Father Dies at 71

    September 16, 2014 9:26 AM EDT Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common 's albums, has died. Lynn died at age 71 on Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details. Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. Vince Gill to Receive BMI Icon Award

    September 10, 2014 9:18 PM EDT Vince Gill will receive an all-star tribute this November at the 62nd annual BMI Country Awards. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Return to 'Bakersfield' With Expanded Edition The Nov. 4 event at BMI's Nashville headquarters will include a presentation of the BMI Icon award, which has…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Crystal Gayle Says Country Hall of Fame Exhibit Gives Her a Chance to 'Look Back'

    September 09, 2014 6:36 PM EDT 'When I Dream' runs through Nov. 3 in Nashville. It's not too often that an artist nails a song on the first take. However, that's exactly what happened in 1977 when Crystal Gayle hit the studio to record the song that would become her signature tune, "Don't It…

  15. Dustin Lynch Talks New Album 'Where It's At,' Career Tips From Garth Brooks

    September 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his second album Where It's At dropping this week, Dustin Lynch admits he was worried about the sophomore slump -- at least, until he started writing songs for his new album. "For me, this album was easy to make. I was always afraid of album two because you always hear about…

  16. From Oasis to Led Zeppelin, Remastered Reissues Are Blockbuster Business

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The Beatles go back to mono with a $400 vinyl set as Oasis, Shelby Lynne and others take advantage of new digital technology. Is anyone listening? In these digital times, when most people hear music through tiny, tinny earbuds, does the average music fan appreciate or even seek out a…

  17. Watch The Cure Cover 'Hello, Goodbye' for Star-Studded Paul McCartney Tribute Album

    September 09, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, KISS, The Who and more fete the former Beatle A Paul McCartney tribute album of epic proportions -- Billy Joel, The Who, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and more are involved -- is on the way, and the first cover song is already here! It's…

  18. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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