Category: MUSIC NEWS

Kendrick Lamar Earns Biggest Chart Debut of 2017

Kendrick Lamar‘s new album DAMN. made a major impact on the Billboard 200 this week, earning the largest opening chart week in nearly a year. DAMN. totalled 603,000 equivalent album units and gives the rapper his third #1 album. With 353,000 in traditional album sales, Lamar also has the largest sales week of the year, surpassing Ed Sheeran‘s ÷. It’s the biggest week since Drake‘s smash Views debuted with 1.04 million units in the first week of May last year. Drake also previously had the largest opening week in 2017 with More Life. At #2 is John Mayer‘s newest...

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Prince EP Release Blocked By Lawsuit

Earlier this week, a new EP of unreleased Prince tracks was announced, titled Deliverance. The title track was released digitally on Tuesday night. However, on Wednesday it was revealed that Prince’s estate and Paisley Park had filed a lawsuit against engineer George Ian Boxill for control of the six tracks on the EP. The songs were reportedly recorded and co-written with Boxill in 2006. It was unclear what would happen with the EP, which was slated to arrive tomorrow (4/21), the anniversary of the music icon’s death. However, TMZ reports that Deliverance will not be released after a federal judge granted...

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Paramore Announce New Album After Laughter

Paramore will release their fifth studio album, titled After Laughter, on May 12. The group’s ’80s Pop-tinged new single “Hard Times” arrived today. After Laughter is the first new Paramore record in over four years. The album is produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Paramore’s own Taylor York. After Laughter also marks the return of original member Zac Farro back to the band. Paramore will tour Europe this June and July, starting in Dublin on June 15. After Laughter track list 1. “Hard Times” 2. “Rose-Colored Boy” 3. “Told You So” 4. “Forgiveness” 5. “Fake Happy” 6. “26” 7. “Pool”...

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The Chainsmokers Debut Atop Billboard 200

The Chainsmokers debut at #1 on this week’s Billboard 200 with their first full album Memories… Do Not Open. The hitmaking duo earned 221,000 equivalent album units, which Billboard notes in part was powered by a bundling of the album with tickets to their tour dates. The Chainsmokers released two EPs that charted in 2016.Drake is at #2 with More Life and Ed Sheeran‘s ÷ is at #3. Vocal group Pentatonix scores the second-highest debut of the week with PTX Vol. IV: Classics at #4. This gives them their seventh Top 10 record. Rapper Joey Bada$$ debuts at #5...

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Rock Hall of Fame Adds Pearl Jam, ELO, Journey & More

On Friday night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2017: Pearl Jam, ELO, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur. Nile Rodgers was also given the Award for Musical Excellence. According to reports, the evening opened with a tribute to the late Rock icon Chuck Berry, with ELO playing a cover of “Roll Over Beethoven.” The group was inducted by Dhani Harrison, whose father George was close with ELO’s Jeff Lynne, and told a story about seeing the band and his dad covering “Johnny B. Goode.” Folk great Joan Baez joked about how much...

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