Frank Ocean earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the arrival of "Blonde." The set, which was released on Aug. 20, bows atop the list with 276,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music.
Plans for user-generated platforms like YouTube and DailyMotion to require licenses or sign-up to revenue sharing deals with rights holders are reportedly being considered by the European Commission (EC).
Frank Ocean set the industry on its ear by releasing two separate albums within 48 hours last week: "Endless," the "visual album" released on the night of Aug. 18, and "Blonde," which followed on the 20th. The latter is on track to debut at No. 1 on the next Billboard 200, while the former will not chart. Why? Eyes down ...
With Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan now ensconced as the musical advisers to Bremer Trust, the temporary administrator of the Prince estate, the two are now reviewing a flood of opportunities from major labels, major publishers, and performance rights organizations, sources say.
Housefires lll, the third album from worship group Housefires, arrives at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Sept. 3), selling 6,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Plus, Candy West debuts on Top Gospel Albums.
Sean Paul has inked a global deal with Island Records, a label indelibly associated with reggae music and the Caribbean through its championing of Toots & the Maytals, Sly & Robbie and, most famously, Bob Marley.
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Stranger Things" soundtrack makes a strong debut, the streaming-exclusive compilation "The RCA-List" arrives, The Monkees surge back onto the list after its latest album was released on vinyl, and The Beatles' "1" sees a big gain thanks to iTunes.
Coldplay’s "A Head Full of Dreams Tour" has grossed $144.3 million (so far!) according to data reported to Billboard Boxscore. That sizable sum is for the world tour’s European and Latin American legs, which played 30 shows and to 1.7 million fans.