Madonna's most recent album Rebel Heart is her worst selling release in 20 years. The singer sold 116,000 copies of her newest album in its first week on the market compared to 2012's MDNA, which sold 359,000 copies in its first week. Rebel Heart is also the first album from Madonna not to debut at number one since 1998's Ray Of Light.
Rihanna has revealed her new single "B***h Better Have My Money." She tweeted the black-and-white cover art, along with the hashtags #R8, #BBHMM, and #March26. The title is written in braille on the cover, which features Rihanna sporting thick eyebrows and a motorcycle jacket with nothing underneath. "B***h Better Have My Money" is the next single off of her upcoming eighth album.
Blur's Graham Coxon has opened up about the band's new album, The Magic Whip, saying that it helped him "make amends" with his bandmate Damon Albarn. Despite the fact that the two artists have known each other for a long time, they hit a rough patch when Coxon left the band during the making of their last album, which was 2003's Think Tank.
Dolly Parton recently sang a duet with one of her fans who has Down syndrome. The singer arranged a meeting with the 12-year-old boy, Gage Blackwell, last Saturday at a restaurant at her Dollywood theme park where they talked and sang some of her hit songs. "There are truly no words to explain how much it meant to Gage, myself and my family for him to get to meet Dolly in person."
Cissy Houston says there is "still not a great deal of hope" for her ailing granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who remains in a medically induced coma in Georgia. "They've moved her now to a place for rehabilitation," Houston told 107.5 WBLS. "[There's] still not a great deal of hope. We're praying. . . . I give it to God one time 'cause I know he's able . . ."
George Strait and Reba McEntire are both receiving the ACM 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, along with a few others. The other big winners accepting the award include Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. The trophies for this specific award will be designed by jeweler David Yurman.
Ringo Starr believes that a Beatles reunion could have happened if not for the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison. Starr tells Rolling Stone that they discussed the possibility of a reunion, but never really did anything about it. "With the [technology] you have now, I think we could have got it together," he said.
Even though she has been divorced twice, Britney Spears says that she is open to the idea of once again getting married. "I would love to. I believe in the fairytale," Spears tells People. "I'm not really the person to ask what it takes to get married, but personally for me, it's about loving each other and communicating right and being respectful and honest."
Van Halen has announced that they will be hitting the road this summer in support of their new live album Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will serve as the opening act on all dates for the upcoming tour, which kicks off July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre.
Taylor Swift's albums are now available for streaming on TIDAL, the music service recently purchased by Jay Z via his S. Carter Enterprises, Billboard reports. The majority of Swift's catalog is available on the site. According to Billboard, Swift's 1989 album is not currently on TIDAL. Swift left popular streaming service Spotify this past November.
Kendrick Lamar has landed his first number one album on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to his new album To Pimp a Butterfly. Lamar's third studio album, released last week, sold 363,000 units in its first week, reports Billboard. Of that number, 89 percent (324,000 copies) were comprised of actual album sales, giving Kendrick the second-largest sales week of 2015.
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has finished recording his fourth solo album. "Last day of recording solo album! Thanks Brendan, Tom and Kyle. We made the magic happen," Cornell wrote on his Facebook page. There is no official word as to when we can expect the new solo album, which will serve as Cornell's first solo release since 2009's Scream.
Aretha Franklin celebrated her 73rd birthday at an extravagant star-studded affair this past weekend in New York City. The Queen of Soul celebrated by blowing out candles on her birthday cake accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, Tamron Hall and Clive Davis during the annual birthday bash at The Ritz Carlton.
Muse have released their new single, "Dead Inside," which is included on their upcoming album, Drones. The song is about the end of a relationship and has frontman Matt Bellamy singing, "I see magic in your eyes/on the outside you're ablaze and alive, but you're dead inside." "This is where the story of the album begins, where the protagonist loses hope . . ."
Roger Daltrey has said that his bandmate Pete Townshend "wants to make another record," according to Rolling Stone. The last record released by the band was Endless Wire back in 2006. "He's just talking about it," Daltrey said referring to Townshend. "I've heard a couple of tracks, which are great."