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Chart Check [Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard 200]: Soundcloud Streams To Impact Chart Placements


If Billboard was looking to reignite the streaming vs. sales debate, they succeeded with a recent announcement.

Indeed, just two years after announcing the inclusion of streaming data for Billboard 200 placements and 8 months after RIAA made a similar move, now the music Bible is adding new scriptures to its evolving process.

Via Billboard:

“…as of charts dated Nov. 5 [the current week’s chart], SoundCloud plays now contribute to the streaming data that informs the Hot 100 and other genre hybrid songs charts, in addition to the consumption-based Billboard 200 albums chart. Additionally, Amazon Music Unlimited Streams now count toward Amazon’s overall chart contributions, along with streams from the Amazon Prime service, which has long been part of the chart panel.”

Granted, the move isn’t that major of a feat in the grand scheme, but it’s certainly enough to get tongues wagging – especially on the Billboard 200 front.  Luckily for the week’s current chart champions, however, the involvement of numbers from the two new digital services hasn’t shaken up things too much.

See the latest Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 below:


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Kesha Gives 1st Interview Since Filing Suit Against Dr. Luke / Producer’s Camp Claps Back At Claims

Producer’s Attorney Says Singer Is Seeking ‘Unwarranted Sympathy’


While the dropping or outright dismissal of most of her civil and sexual assault complaints against producer Dr. Luke could be looked at as setbacks, fans of Kesha can rejoice at news the ‘Warrior’ singer is still fighting to have her new music heard, she reveals in a new interview with New York Times.

The NYT piece, her first since all of her legal drama began, sees the singer/songwriter pour fresh details on music she’s been working on, including over 20 songs she turned in to Sony for review over summer 2016.  However, the issues – as the NYT article asserts – are the following:

  • In having to remain ‘reasonably consistent in concept and style to the artistic concept and style’ of her original recordings (or the persona already built for her), if the songs submitted do not fall in line with the prescribed she may not be able to release them
  • She is funding her small touring and recording efforts out of pocket, which is increasingly difficult given her limited income and inability to create and promote new music.  The money she is making is funding her legal efforts.
  • Sony has permitted her to work with other producers (though her camp vehemently denies this)

Shortly after the story hit the presses, Luke’s lawyer offered a fiery clapback that not only branded the singer’s claims as “inaccurate”, but also suggested the NYT piece was simply another means to “mislead the public” and “gain unwarranted sympathy.”  More details inside:


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Bryson Tiller Sophomore Album Close To Completion


As Bruno Mars’ magical return spells trouble for Pop’s maestros, Bryson Tiller has revealed that it won’t be long before he returns to the scene with a brand new album of his own.

Details on the Tiller HQ’s next move below…


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TLC Preview New Songs ‘Joy Ride’ and ‘Haters’


TLC made headlines last year when surviving members T-Boz and Chilli launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their fifth and final album.

Rather than be ridiculed, the group received support from fans – some even of the celebrity persuasion. Indeed, Katy Perry made a much publisized donation of $5,000.

In the time since, news surrounding the project has been noticeably scarce.

However, the ladies haven’t been twiddling their thumbs idly; they’ve been recording.

And now it appears that they’re gearing up to release new material.

Moments ago, Apple Music snippets of two tracks – ‘Joy Ride’ and ‘Haters’ – surfaced.

Are TLC bringing the heat for their final hurrah? Listen below and let us know…


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Hillary Clinton Returns To ‘The Breakfast Club’ / Talks Trump, SNL, & Beyonce

Stevie Wonder Surprises Presidential Nominee With ‘Happy Birthday’ Performance


With the last lap of the US Presidential campaign well underway, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton is leaving no stone unturned.

Making a direct beeline for the Urban millennial audience, the White House favorite returned to The Breakfast Club to chop it up with Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee.

Though fun-filled, the chat saw the former First Lady continue to drill home her proposed policies.

She also slammed rival Donald Trump, praised Beyonce, and received a surprise ‘Happy Birthday’ performance from Stevie Wonder.

All the action after the jump…


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Mariah Carey Cancels South American Tour / Cites “Promoter Negligence”


Sad news, bad news for Mariah Carey‘s South American fans.

The diva’s upcoming tour of the region has been abruptly cancelled.

Find out why below….


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Jay-Z Launches Bid To Buy Prince’s Unreleased Music


Jay-Z has set his sights on Prince‘s discography.

Full story below…


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‘Basketball Wives LA’ Sinks Sans Draya Michele


Is the end nigh for ‘Basketball Wives’?

It seems so, if its parent platform VH1 takes it wretched ratings into consideration.


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Watch: Lady Gaga’s ‘CarPool Karaoke’ With James Corden [Full]


Arguably, the year’s most anticipated edition of James Corden‘s wildly popular ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ part of CBS’s ‘The Late Late Show,’ aired tonight when it welcomed Lady Gaga to its lengthy list of guests.

Crooning out her top hits ‘Poker Face,’ ‘Bad Romance,’ and some cuts from her latest #1 album, ‘Joanne,’ tuck in below to see LG show off her oft-praised pipes live from a car…


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Ciara Fans Flood Future’s Instagram With Baby Emojis After Singer Announces Pregnancy


While some Ciara fans continue to rejoice at news the singer is expecting her second child (first with husband Russell Wilson), some members of the #CSquad have opted to redirect their energy to her ex, rapper Future.

Taking to his Instagram handles in droves, the rapper may be shocked to see a number of football and baby emojis literally flooding his page.  To make matters worse, some of those photos are accompanied with some real slams about the ‘Real Sisters’ baby mamas and other children.

Some of the carnage awaits below:


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