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Rapper Sells 823 Albums, Tops Billboard Chart

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie had 83M streams

(Newser) - Scoring the Billboard No. 1 spot with album Hoodie SZN was a big moment for New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie—and a new low for traditional album sales. The rapper made the top spot on the Billboard 200 by selling just 823 albums, all of them downloads,... More »

'We Can Stop Holding Our Breath' on Rock Hall

Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson to be inducted

(Newser) - Congratulations to Stevie Nicks. The rocker was announced Thursday as a 2019 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame following her first appearance as an individual nominee. She'll become the only woman to be entered twice, following Fleetwood Mac's 1998 induction. "I have been in... More »

Here Are Your Grammy Nominations

It's a woman-centric year, with the ladies heavily represented in the 4 big categories

(Newser) - The music of Black Panther, with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards. Also of note: Women are heavily represented in the major four categories. The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion... More »

Metal Band Had Army of Fake Fans

'The entire history of Threatin is a lie,' opening band says of group on UK tour

(Newser) - The musician known as Jered Threatin definitely gets points for ambition and creativity. But that likely isn't endearing him, nor his heavy metal band Threatin, to venue managers in the UK, where the California group kicked off a tour promising loads of headbangers and delivering—well, in the case... More »

Joe Jackson Dead at 89

Joe Jackson launched the Jackson 5 to stardom, but not without controversy

(Newser) - Joe Jackson, the iron-fisted Jackson family patriarch and manager, died Wednesday at age 89 from cancer, reports Billboard and TMZ . The father of Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson launched the Jackson 5—which included Michael and brothers Jackie, Marlon, Jermaine, and Tito—in Gary, Ind., in the 1960s. The group... More »

A Heavy Metal Legend, Gone at 54

Pantera's Vinnie Paul has died

(Newser) - When Vincent Paul Abbott co-founded his heavy metal band in 1981, he likely didn't know that it would enjoy multi-decade success, earn four Grammy nominations, and have a near-constant place on the Billboard charts. But that's exactly the path Pantera took, which is why fans are devastated to... More »

It's Chapter 11 for Guitar Maker to the Stars

Les Paul maker Gibson to 'refocus' on musical instruments

(Newser) - It made what VH1 calls "arguably the most famous guitar in rock," the Les Paul Standard cradled by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. Now Gibson needs help churning out its guitars also favored by David Bowie and John Lennon . The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday,... More »

'Conspiracy' Claims Follow Calls for R. Kelly Boycott

Time's Up campaign is 'attempted public lynching,' management says

(Newser) - Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes are among those calling on the music industry to #MuteRKelly over accusations of sexual misconduct "made by women of color and their families for over two decades now." R. Kelly's management team, meanwhile, is claiming a "greedy, conscious, and malicious conspiracy... More »

Bono Says He Almost Died While Making U2 Album

He's also disappointed in the state of today's 'girly' rock 'n' roll music

(Newser) - What you may know: U2's new album, Songs of Experience, came out in early December. What you may not know: Bono apparently almost died while making it. That's per a new interview with Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner in which the U2 frontman doesn't reveal exactly what... More »

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

First-Time Rock Hall Nominees Are an Eclectic Group

Radiohead, Nina Simone, Moody Blues, Rage Against the Machine

(Newser) - British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone, and the Moody Blues are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine of the 19 acts nominated Thursday are on the ballot for the first time, with Radiohead and Rage Against... More »

Why Tom Petty's Death Hurts So Much

We've all sung his songs at karaoke and played them on the guitar

(Newser) - Tom Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 66 after suffering from cardiac arrest, and the tributes are now pouring in. Thanks to a mixup in the media that led to a premature announcement, the tributes actually began a little early, as he was showered... More »

There's Still Time to Overthrow 2017's Most Popular Album

Drake comes in at No. 1 (so far) with 'More Life'

(Newser) - The year's not yet over, but inquiring minds are already wondering if Lorde has managed to trump Lana and whether it's Jay-Z's tunes or the surprise return of his hyphen that continues to capture people's attention (it appears to be the former). 24/7 Wall St. has... More »

Ed Sheeran: I Don't Know Why People Hate Me

Singer says he's 'quitting' Twitter because of all the 'mean things' said about him online

(Newser) - "I go on it and there's nothing but people saying mean things," says Ed Sheeran. That's the reason the 26-year-old English singer is offering for why he's "quitting" Twitter, the Sun reports, apparently deciding he just couldn't take those mean statements any longer.... More »

Jazz Great Al Jarreau Is Dead at 76

He was a 7-time Grammy winner

(Newser) - The Grammy's will surely be scrambling to pull together a tribute to a seven-time winner in time for Sunday night's show. R&B and jazz great Al Jarreau died Sunday morning at age 76, reports Rolling Stone , whose obituary notes that he was dubbed the "Acrobat of... More »

Straight Outta Compton 'Villain' Dead at 75

Jerry Heller hated how movie depicted him

(Newser) - The music manager who played a large and controversial role in the rise of gangsta rap is dead at age 75. Jerry Heller, who helped launch N.W.A. with rapper Eazy-E in the mid-'80s, suffered a heart attack while driving and died at a hospital in Thousand Oaks,... More »

Gaga Channels Bowie in Cosmic Tribute

She even came with a new Bowie tattoo

(Newser) - Lady Gaga showed up on the Grammys red carpet all Ziggy Stardusted-up in her Marc Jacobs getup and platform heels , ostensibly to get her pumped for her much-talked-about tribute to David Bowie (she even got a giant tattoo of Bowie on her torso over the weekend, per the New York ... More »

Here Are the Big Grammy Winners

And all the buzzworthy performances

(Newser) - Taylor Swift kicked off the 58th Grammy Awards at LA's Staples Center with a performance of "Out of the Woods," followed by a rousing greeting from host LL Cool J, taking the award show's reins for the fifth time. Ice Cube and his son presented the... More »

'Song of the Summer' Is Probably Already Out

FiveThirtyEight blog: Labels now making an early push to win unofficial title

(Newser) - So what will the song of the summer be for 2015? It's only early May, but as Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight writes, radio listeners have probably already heard it. Going back to 1985, about 72% of the top summer songs came out in May or earlier. But more significantly,... More »

How the Man Behind One of Pop's Most-Used Beats Died Homeless

The Winstons got no royalties as track was sampled by likes of Bowie, Salt-N-Pepa

(Newser) - In 1969, a band called the Winstons recorded a song whose name you probably don't know—even though there's a good chance you've heard about six seconds of it. "Amen, Brother" was an instrumental B-side to a Grammy-winning hit called "Color Him Father," and... More »

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