Michelle Branch is once again ready to step out on her own. The singer/songwriter's first solo album in six years, "Everything Comes and Goes" (Reprise/Warner Bros. Nashville), is due in late fall while the defiant first single, "Sooner or Later," has just arrived at country radio.
The jump from alternative pop to alternative country hasn't necessarily been seamless. But Michelle Branch tells Billboard.com she doesn't mind, since her new duo the Wreckers with singer/songwriter Jessica Harp is already making inroads in the Nashville scene.
Little more than a year after her self-titled debut bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Ashanti scores her second chart-topper with "Chapter II." The Murder Inc./Def Jam album sold 326,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and replaces Beyonce's "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) at the summit.