• CNBCDeath becomes them: Five times an artist's album sales benefited from their unexpected demise

    Artists who die unexpectedly see their album sales boosted by a combination of nostalgia and curiosity. In some cases, those sales spikes are significant, and can vault singers who have kept a low profile back into the spotlight. The late Prince was 2016’s top-selling artist by far, Billboard notes, and his reign isn’t over. On July 20, Chester Bennington, the Read more...

  • PeopleWilla Ford Clarifies Comments About 9/11 Attacks Stalling Her Music Career: ‘This Could Not Be Further from the Truth’

    Willa Ford is setting the record straight. In a recent interview with Billboard, the singer-turned-interior designer, 36, opened up about how the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed her professional life. And while many took her comments to mean she blamed the attacks for stalling her music career, Ford tells PEOPLE exclusively this “could not be further from the truth.” “In a recent Read more...

  • The Seattle TimesWashington health department to remove billboard with anti-pot message aimed at Latino kids

    The Washington State Department of Health is apologizing after some people were offended by anti-marijuana messaging aimed at Latino young people in the Yakima area. The public-health campaign includes advertisements and at least one billboard that says, “We don’t need pot to have fun,” and “We’re Hispanics … We’re cool by default.” Health-department spokeswoman Julie Graham says it’s clear from Read more...

  • MTVRita Ora’s ‘Slide’ Cover Is More For The Hot Tub Than The Pool

    Rita Ora recently talked to Billboard about her career, which seems positioned to explode in the U.S. very soon — the piece opens with her hearing her own “Your Song” on the radio and immediately adding a video to Snapchat about it. “Music can never wait,” she says later on in the story. “I want to dominate everything.” A good Read more...

  • VarietyIt’s Official: ‘4:44’ Is Jay Z’s New Album, a Sprint-Tidal Exclusive Out June 30

    Just after midnight on Monday, Jay Z capped two weeks of online and billboard teasers involving “4:44” and confirmed that it is the title of his new album, out June 30 and available exclusively to Sprint customers and existing Tidal subscribers. The rapper released a snippet of a new song called “Adnis” earlier on Sunday evening. The album is the first Read more...

  • The IndependentApple Music reaches 27m subscribers

    Apple Music has revealed that it now has 27 million subscribers, up from the 20 million executives reported in December.  Billboard reports that the new figure was announced during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, two years after the service was launched.  The number was given in passing as Apple’s senior vp of software engineering Craig Federighi said: “Last fall, Read more...

  • Rolling StoneLook At Me!: The Noisy, Blown-Out SoundCloud Revolution Redefining Rap

    One of the more unlikely songs to enter the Billboard Top 40 this year is “Look At Me!” from Broward County, Florida’s XXXTentacion. The unnerved track has a blown-out sound like it’s emerging from a busted cell-phone speaker, lyrics that are violently sexual, and features a 10-year-old sample from London dubstep artist Mala. The track has been streamed over 76 Read more...

  • Rolling StoneRosie Hamlin, Rosie and the Originals' 'Angel Baby' Singer, Dead at 71

    Rosie Hamlin, lead singer of Rosie and the Originals, the early Sixties group that scored a hit with their timeless single “Angel Baby,” died March 30th. She was 71. Hamlin’s daughter confirmed her mother’s death on the group’s official site (via Billboard), adding that Hamlin died in her sleep. “She didn’t perform anymore, and had removed herself from the music Read more...

  • The Raw StoryArizona artist receiving death threats over controversial anti-Trump billboard

    The artist behind an Arizona billboard attacking President Donald Trump claims she is now the subject of death threats after news and photos of her creation went national. According to AzCentral, artist Karen Fiorito knew she would get a strong reaction for her work which went up of Friday and depicts Trump accompanied by mushroom clouds and stylized Nazi swastikas Read more...

  • Rolling StoneVic Mensa Arrested on Felony Weapons Charge

    Vic Mensa was arrested February 28th and charged with a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon, Billboard reports. Beverly Hills police reportedly stopped the Chicago rapper for allegedly running a red light and having tinted windows. Per TMZ, Mensa told the police he had the gun in his possession, but was arrested after it turned out he had an Read more...