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Ludacris

Wale, Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar Keep Hip-Hop in Top Three Spots of Billboard Albums Chart

Buzz 11:45AM EDT

Wale, Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar helped ensure that hip-hop took the top three spots on the Album Sales Chart for the second week in a row. Wale, who was also no. 1 on the Billboard 200, sold 90,500 copies of his new record The Album About Nothing. Ludacris got a boost from the strict album sales format of this chart (he placed no. 3 due to stream numbers helping the Furious 7 soundtrack on the 200) and placed no. 2 with Ludaversal, selling 59,000 copies of his new album. Kendrick Lamar was at no. 1 for two weeks with To Pimp A Butterfly but he'll settle for no. 3 this week after selling another 52,500 copies.READ MORE

Rihanna performs 'BBHMM' at 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards

How Will Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money' Be Affetced by Exclusive Tidal Streaming Rights?

Buzz 11:12AM EDT

The biggest announcement in the music industry last week was the details of Tidal, a new streaming service kickstarted by Jay Z and held by a number of big-name performers such as Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jason Aldean and Jack White. The future looks promising for the service as part owner Rihanna has released two tracks—"Bitch Better Have My Money" and "American Oxygen"—for exclusive streaming on the service. Billboard brings up a good question however: How will serving Tidal exclusively affect the way a song or album charts?READ MORE

Drake

Drake Search Engine Ties Young Money Rapper to All Results, from "Lil Wayne" to "Bag Jacking"

Buzz 10:39AM EDT

Everyone knows that the world is mere steps away from a Kevin Bacon connection but new evidence has suggested that everything is a lot closer to Drake than you might think. Lmdraketfy.com is a new search engine that serves to take anything you enter into its search bar and...connect it to the Young Money emcee.READ MORE

EXO performing during 2013.

EXO and 'EXOdus' Break 2NE1's Record for Bestselling K-Pop Debut in American Music History

Buzz 09:59AM EDT

EXO and its new album EXOdus have taken advantage of the growing market for K-Pop in the United States, as the release became the highest-selling American debut in the genre's history. The band came in at no. 95 after selling 6,000 copies in its first week.READ MORE

Suge Knight doesn't appreciate his court-ordered wheels.

Suge Knight Wheelchair-Bound in Ongoing Murder and Robbery Cases; Attorney References 'Silence of The Lambs'

Buzz 09:20AM EDT

Suge Knight's ongoing murder trial for the hit-and-run of Terry Carter in Compton was destined to be a media spectacle and new details continue to keep our attention. The headlines on Wednesday reported that Knight was brought to the courtroom, handcuffed to a wheelchair. The former Death Row Records head wasn't happy about it however.READ MORE

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath Pulls out Of Own Farewell Show...No Word on When Ozzy and Company Will Make Last Stand

Buzz 08:38AM EDT

One of the bands that won't be appearing at Black Sabbath's so-called farewell show in Tokyo: Black Sabbath. A report from NME indicates that the band has cancelled the Japanese date, which will take place as part of vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest, and that the frontman would be performing by himself instead (along with a slew of opening acts).READ MORE

Rand Paul

5 Examples of Rand Paul in Music: Candidate Deals with Mark Ronson, Rush and SXSW 2015

Buzz 15:56PM EDT

Rand Paul has announced his candidacy for president during the 2016 election, making him the second member of the Republican Party to throw his name into the ring. The first was Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who came out several weeks prior to the Kentucky politician. Music Times gathered together five connections between Cruz and music, and we admit that several of them were tenuous at best. Senator Paul is a different story however. The candidate has dealt with Mark Ronson, Rush and South by Southwest 2015 in recent years.READ MORE

Wale

Wale's 'The Album About Nothing' Continues Hip-Hop's Billboard 200 Streak, 'Furious 7' Accelerates

Buzz 14:37PM EDT

Hip-hop continues to be the genre to beat on the Billboard 200 as Wale and his The Album About Nothing ensures that rappers dominate the equivalent album sales chart for a fourth consecutive week. Nothing is the emcee's second no. 1 album, selling the equivalent of 100,000 copies during its debut week.READ MORE

John Legend

7 Longest Climbs to No. 1 on Hot 100: John Legend, Creed and More Took Months to Get to Top

Buzz 13:57PM EDT

The classic charity anthem "We Are The World" reached no. 1 on this date 30 years ago, but it was far from when the single debuted: It took more than three months for the song—which featured Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie and many more—to climb up to the no. 1 spot. That's far from the longest a single has had to wait before it arrived at no. 1 on the Hot 100 however. John Legend, Creed and UB40 know a thing or two about waiting.READ MORE

Azealia Banks

Billboard's Emphasis on Barack Obama Sex Joke Leads Azealia Banks to Quit Interviews for 2015

Buzz 11:07AM EDT

Azealia Banks has claimed that she's done working with the media for the rest of 2015 but we doubt that will mean fewer stories on the outspoken emcee. The Harlem rapper didn't appreciate the way that her most recent feature, in Billboard magazine, was framed and as such has decided to give interviews a rest for the near future.READ MORE

Ben Gibbard, Death Cab For Cutie frontman

Death Cab For Cutie Extends Tour in United States to Support New Album 'Kintsugi' [DATES]

Buzz 10:39AM EDT

Death Cab for Cutie has announced a new tour to go along with the release of tis new album Kintsugi, which debuted last week. The band had already announced a slew of festival dates and an international tour (both of which you can see with the full schedule at the bottom of the page with the new dates) and now the group has announced some concerts in its homeland as well.READ MORE

Niall Horan

Niall Horan Taking Break from One Direction...to Caddie for Rory McIlroy at The Masters Par 3 Contest

Buzz 09:50AM EDT

What's next for One Direction, following the leaving of Zayn Malik? It looks like some of the boy band's members are already weighing new careers, as vocalist Niall Horan will be working as a golf caddie this week. OK, maybe not, but he will be stepping in to assist PGA star Rory McIlroy during the Masters Tournament Par 3 competition on Wednesday.READ MORE

Suge Knight at his arraignment.

Crowdsourcing Campaign for Suge Knight Bail Money Not Going So Well...to Tune of $0

Buzz 09:09AM EDT

Suge Knight is in dire straights but he's got at least one friend on the outside, as a crowdsourcing campaigns continue in hopes of raising bail money for the embattled Death Row Records head. Unfortunately, the "Help Bail Out Suge Knight Fund" is both behind the times and behind pace in terms of reaching its goal.READ MORE

We don't mess with you.

T in The Park 2015 Under Fire as Organizers Seek to Meet Needs of Nesting Ospreys

Buzz 08:42AM EDT

Scotland's T In The Park Festival has a new home for 2015 but the old Spring residents aren't excited for them to be there: Organizers have an unusual issue in dealing with the protected ospreys that enjoy nesting in the area of Strathallan Castle. Promoters have ensured fans that the festival will go forward, and the birds will be able to nest accordingly.READ MORE

Green Day

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Bracket Challenge Championship: Green Day and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Buzz 15:42PM EDT

The voters have spoken, and only two performers remain in Music Times' annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tournament: Green Day ad Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. By combining the obsessive bracketology of March Madness with the annual naming of nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we allow you, the fans, to vote for nominees competitively, and therefore choose just one winner. Last year's champ was Peter Gabriel, who overtook KISS in the championship. Vote below and check back on Friday to see who the readers of Music Times have chosen to join him in the halls of our bracketology Hall of Fame: Green Day or Joan Jett?READ MORE

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