Now that the first full seven-day tracking period after the release of Drake's surprise mixtape album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, has passed, its tracks are starting to storm onto the Streaming Songs chart.
UMG Nashville's sixth annual CRS showcase featured over a dozen performers from the label group's four core labels (Mercury, MCA, Capitol and EMI), spanning talents brand-new (Canaan Smith, Josh Turner, Mickey Guyton), hipster-cool (Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton), on the rise (David Nail, Easton Corbin), time-tested (Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Billy Currington, Kip Moore), arena-level (Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church) and even one living legend (Vince Gill).
R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums with his latest set Love Sex Passion, opening with 13,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. It's his first effort to top the two-year old chart, and second charting album on the list – following A Place Called Love Land which entered at No. 7 in 2013 (19,000 copies).
Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter and performer, climbs to No. 1 on Top Latin Albums (dated March 7) with Los Duo, scoring his first chart-topping set in 18 years, after debuting last week at No. 2.
Now that the major record labels have officially announced that they are moving to a Friday release day, the time for debating the logistics behind what the move could entail is over -- it's time to make some decisions.