Ten years ago, a department store employee with time on his hands wouldn't have had much hope of quitting his day job to become a rock star. But by getting his music online, John Vesely was able to marshal enough buzz to do just that -- and show up on Billboard's Heatseekers chart with his first release, "Awake."
Jason Michael Carroll's country music career began in secret. As a child, he had fond memories of listening to Genesis and Toto on a rent-to-own stereo in his family's trailer. Then, when he turned seven, his family went "cold turkey": his father, a preacher, would allow only gospel music to be heard at home.
Mexican act Molotov announced its split earlier this week, with the group's bassist blaming the breakup on debts owed to Universal Music Mexico. The label's Robert Lear tells Billboard.biz, "as a record label support them in whatever decision they make."
It was after church on a Sunday, and Chrisette Michele had God and hip-hop on her mind. The 23-year-old Long Islander was on her way to a studio to write and record the hook for "Lost One," the first single off of Jay-Z's album "Kingdom Come." She hadn't heard the rest of the song yet, but the deacon's daughter wondered if it might be too explicit for her strong moral code.