‘Ronan’ Finds a Home on Taylor Swift’s Re-Recorded ‘Red’ Album

The song’s verses remember those “best four years” — little Ronan’s bare feet, his laugh, his blue eyes, his dancing before bedtime, his race cars and plastic dinosaurs on the kitchen floor — and the unimaginable: “Flowers pile up in the worst way, no one knows what to say/ About a beautiful boy who died.” Ronan died from neuroblastoma in […]

Kanye West Announces ‘Donda’ Album Release Event in Atlanta

Ahead of the expected release of Donda, Kanye West has scheduled an album release event in Atlanta. Kanye West Presents the Donda Album Release will take place on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — where the rapper has been living as he completes work on his 10th album, and the location where his Donda listening event to preview the […]

John Mayer’s ‘Sob Rock’ Rules at No. 1 on Top Album Sales Chart

Sob Rock is Mayer’s fifth No. 1 on Top Album Sales and 11th top 10 overall. He’s also led the tally with The Search for Everything: Wave One (2017), Born and Raised (2012), Battle Studies (2009) and Heavier Things (2003).   Of Sob Rock’s debut sales of 61,000, physical album sales comprise 39,000 of that figure (23,000 vinyl LPs, 15,000 […]

Wu-Tang Album Sold to Pay ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli’s Debt

In a statement, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Jacquelyn M. Kasulis said that after the album sale, payment of Shkreli’s forfeiture judgment “is now complete.” Shkreli, the founder and managing member of hedge funds MSMB Capital Management and MSMB Healthcare Management and former CEO of publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company Retrophin, was convicted in August 2017 of […]

Young Thug Reveals Album Details on ‘Tiny Desk’

Young Thug showed off his skills in an all-new, botanical-style NPR Tiny Desk performance that premiered on Tuesday (July 27). Recorded at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, the rapper performed four new songs — “Die Slow,” “Droppin Jewels,” “Hate the Game” and “Tick Tock” — each with a punk-rock-infused twist, thanks to the band Damnage Gooods and drummer Tosh Peterson. Thug was then […]

Rodney Crowell Gets Personal on New Album ‘Triage’

Working with producer/son-in-law Dan Knobler, Crowell had almost completed Triage when a health crisis inspired “Transient Global Amnesia Blues,” the final song they recorded for the album. He’s currently on tour playing that and other songs from the new collection. Crowell shares with Billboard how he weathered the pandemic, what happened the morning he wound up in the ER, and […]

Pop Smoke’s Second Posthumous Album, ‘Faith,’ Hits No. 1

“Faith,” the second album by the Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke to be released since he was shot and killed in February 2020 at the age of 20, tops the Billboard chart this week, just as the previous one did. But the difference in listenership was stark: “Faith” opened with 88,000 equivalent album units, including 113 million streams and 4,000 in […]

Kanye West Unveils ‘Donda’ Album, With a Verse From Jay-Z

Fans were given few details about “Donda” before the event, and the excessively loud speakers at the stadium made it hard to decipher lyrics or other key details. What was clear from the public listening session, which also streamed live via Apple Music, was that the album continued to explore themes of religion both sonically and lyrically, and featured a […]

Ledisi Pays Tribute to Nina Simone on a New Album

On Friday, Ledisi will pay tribute to the woman who brought her back from despair with “Ledisi Sings Nina,” an album that features seven of Simone’s most popular songs redone in orchestral, jazz and pop arrangements. They showcase both the diversity and depth of Simone’s musicianship and the breathtaking range and reach of Ledisi’s own voice. Ledisi’s career, now two […]

The Wallflowers’ ‘Exit Wounds’ Debuts at No. 3 on Top Album Sales

Exit Wounds marks The Wallflowers’ highest-charting album yet, and second top 10, on the 30-year-old Top Album Sales chart. The act’s previous high came with its debut set, 1996’s Bringing Down the Horse, which peaked at No. 4 in 1997. Exit Wounds also launches in the top 10 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart (No. 4) and Tastemaker Albums chart (No. […]

Dan + Shay Set ‘Good Things’ Album, Share Title Track

To get the ball rolling at full speed, the pair today shares the title track and its official music video, directed by frequent collaborator Patrick Tracy. With “10,000 Hours,” Good Things already has a place in the history books. The single logged 21 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, the fifth-longest stretch in the chart’s history, […]

The Weeknd New Album Update

According to MRC Data’s 2021 Canada midyear report, released Tuesday, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) has dominated music in his Canadian motherland in the first half of 2021. His fourth studio album, After Hours, as well as The Highlights, the compilation LP he delivered shortly before his Super Bowl performance earlier this year, take the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively, on the […]