If nothing else, 2013 may well go down as the year the "event album" reached its apotheosis, with four-quadrant assaults of corporate synergies, saturation marketing, social media info-bombing and…
Random Access Memories
Amid a slim field of holiday-week new releases, J. Cole's "Born Sinner" split with tradition and became a late-breaking No. 1 on the U.S. album chart.
Rapper Wale has unwrapped his first No. 1 album, as "The Gifted" climbed to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart last week. The performer (born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin) moved 158,000 copies of his…
Riding a wave of anticipation, Kanye West's "Yeezus" made its much-augured No. 1 debut on the U.S. album chart, besting new titles by a pair of other rappers with chart-topping track records. West's…
Defying the unlucky connotations of its title, Black Sabbath's "13" has become the metal godfathers' first U.S. No. 1 album.
The Beatles' recordings became the property of Universal Music Group last year, thanks to the label group's acquisition of EMI's recorded assets, but today UMG added a key additional piece to the…
Claramae Turner, an operatic contralto best remembered for her celebrated rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" in the 1956 film "Carousel," died May 18 in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was 92. The Rodgers…
Queens of the Stone Age celebrated their first No. 1 album last week with the arrival of their debut indie release "…Like Clockwork."
In another deal aimed at developing the digital radio marketplace – and the first of its kind with an act – Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with Fleetwood…
French electronic duo Daft Punk hung onto the top of the U.S. chart for a second consecutive week as "Random Access Memories" enjoyed rare sales legs. The pair's Columbia album tracked sales of…