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Music Industry Chooses Date for Shift from Tuesday Release Day to Friday for Summer 2015

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has established when the music industry will making the switch from Tuesday to Friday as the official release date for new albums, establishing that the week of July 10 will be the first to ...

MSNBC Apologizes for Guest's 'Let's Go Kill Some Muslims' Comment Regarding Country Music

A guest commenter on the MSNBC program Now With Alex Wagner came on a little hot when she declared that "nothing says 'let's go kill some Muslims' like country music." The quote came from Ebony.com senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, discussing Ted Cruz's ...

Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Drops 19 Places on Billboard 200; Is Album Leak or Aging Fan Base to Blame?

Analysts were surprised when the Empire soundtrack trumped Madonna's Rebel Heart on the Billboard 200, although it managed to take the no. 1 position on the actual albums chart. Even more surprising is how poorly the album has done going forward in ...

Stevie Wonder and 5 Other Artists Banned in Apartheid South Africa: The Beatles, Pink Floyd and More

Stevie Wonder was a political lighting rod during 1985, and most of it was tied to politics in another nation: The pianist was arrested during a South African Apartheid protest outside of Congress and later would dedicate his Best Original Song Oscar ...

'The Fast and The Furious': Ranking The 7 Soundtracks...Featuring Ludacris, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea and Plenty More

Last week featured the release of the soundtrack for 'Furious 7,' the final installment in the 'Fast and Furious' film franchise. Your correspondent admits that he wasn't a huge fan of the first edition when it debuted during 2001. He's since warmed ...

Sleeping With Sirens, Mark Knopfler and Awolnation Crack Albums Chart Top 10 with New Releases

The good news about the albums chart is that it gives performers who didn't crack the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 to make their stand without worrying about streams and singles, but that will still have to wait until after Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A ...

Kendrick Vs. Everybody: How Did 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Sell Compared to Recents from Kanye West, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and More?

Kendrick Lamar was certainly king of the Billboard 200 this week, as To Pimp A Butterfly sold three times as many copies as any other record on the market during the last week. Part of the hip-hop game, more so than any other genre, is arguing about ...

Omar Souleyman Announces New Music (Featuring Help from Four Tet, Modeselektor), World Tour Schedule

Omar Souleyman has announced that his new album, Bahdeni Nami, will drop on July 28 and will feature assistance from more mainstream fans such as Four Tet, Modeselektor (and later remixes to come from the Black Lips' Cole Alexander), according to ...

Oprah Enlists Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Nettles and Diane Warren for OWN Theme Song (Watch Songwriter Curse at Host!)

Oprah Winfrey has connections, and she uses them to come up with things such as the new theme song for her OWN Network, which features Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles singing a tune penned by renowned songwriter Diane Warren, titled "You Will." ...

Pitbull Broadcasting Live Show at Apollo Theater for Debut of Globalization Station on Sirius XM

Pitbull has joined a group of big names such as Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Tiesto and others in the ranks of having his own SiriusXM satellite radio channel. Globalization, the name of the new outlet (and the rapper's last album), will hit the ...

Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angeli Insists She Return to Vegas; Will Play 40 Shows at Caesars Palace

Britney Spears has been having a successful run in Las Vegas, Mariah Carey has a promising looking residency coming up, and now Celine Dion—a hall-of-famer on the Nevada scene—will be returning to Caesars Palace during 2015. The vocalist ...

5 Surprising Hip-Hop Ghostwriters: Will Smith, Dr. Dre and Jim Jones Had Curious Helpers with These Hits

The hot news in hip-hop today is the rumor that Compton rapper Skeme may have ghostwritten songs for Iggy Azalea, including "Fancy," the no. 4 song of 2014. This news probably surprises no one, despite denials from the performer herself and mentor ...

Justin Timberlake, Bobby Brown, Zayn Malik and More: 5 Boy Bands After The First Member Left

Zayn Malik has announced that he's leaving One Direction, a declaration that Directioners have been fearing for weeks, following in the rumors of his infidelity and general dissatisfaction. We're not suggesting that the group is officially done, but ...

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Dominates Billboard 200—'Empire,' Modest Mouse and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Contend for No. 2

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly has become his first release to top the Billboard 200 despite dropping a tad earlier than expected. The album went on to sell 363,000 equivalent copies, including single downloads and streams-breaking Spotify ...

Nelson and Merle Haggard Teaming for Fourth LP, 'Django & Jimmie,' Named for Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have done plenty of work together in the past and now the pair of iconic country performers will team up for a fourth studio album, titled Django & Jimmie, named after guitarist Django Reinhardt and country idol Jimmie ...

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