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Roddy Ricch Returns to No. 1 in the Quiet Before Bieber Arrives

Justin Bieber is expected to make a big splash on the chart next week. This week, Green Day’s latest opened at No. 4. → Read More

Lil Wayne Scores His Fifth No. 1 Album With ‘Funeral’

Bundles and 135 million streams returned the rapper to the top of the Billboard 200. → Read More

Setback for Kesha in Legal Battle Over Rape Claims Against Dr. Luke

A judge’s ruling makes it easier for the producer Dr. Luke to prove that the singer defamed him. The judge also said Kesha wrongly claimed Dr. Luke had raped Katy Perry. → Read More

Taylor Swift’s Next Big Deal Is for Her Songwriting

The star singer-songwriter is leaving Sony/ATV, the home of her music publishing rights since age 14, for a new agreement with Universal. → Read More

Roddy Ricch Returns to No. 1 With His Highest Streaming Total Yet

Billie Eilish saw high sales from her Grammy sweep, but the 21-year-old rapper’s big week carried him back to No. 1. → Read More

Aretha Franklin’s Estate Still Unsettled as Executor Resigns

The executor, her niece, described turmoil within the family in announcing her intention to step down. → Read More

Grammys Chief Calls Her Removal Retaliation for Exposing ‘Boys’ Club’

Deborah Dugan, who was placed on leave, said that the Recording Academy’s lawyer sexually harassed her and that she had complained about financial and voting irregularities. → Read More

Grammys Leader Deborah Dugan Removed 10 Days Before Ceremony

The chief executive was placed on administrative leave following an “allegation of misconduct,” three weeks after sending a memo about voting irregularities and financial mismanagement. → Read More

‘Frozen 2’ Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1, Without a ‘Let It Go’ (So Far)

The Disney movie’s sequel lacks a monster hit like the Idina Menzel smash, but still moved the equivalent of 80,000 copies its first week out. → Read More

Joe Smith, Career-Making Record Executive, Is Dead at 91

He spanned musical eras in presiding, all told, over three major labels, nurturing acts from Peter, Paul and Mary to the Grateful Dead to Queen. → Read More

Trippie Redd Tops Chart With Mixtape ‘A Love Letter to You 4’

The 20-year-old rapper-singer from Ohio beat out new releases from Jason Aldean and Coldplay. → Read More

Robert F.X. Sillerman Dies at 71; Built Entertainment Empires

A brash figure in the financial pages, he bought and sold lucrative radio and concert businesses and controlled the Elvis Presley estate. → Read More

StubHub Sold to Smaller Rival Viagogo for Over $4 Billion

The merger will create a giant in the secondary market for game and concert tickets. But the music industry seems skeptical that the deal is good for fans. → Read More

Grammy Nominations 2020: Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X Dominate

Young artists lead the major categories as the Recording Academy strives to align its awards with the musicians pushing pop into the future. → Read More

Luke Combs Opens at No. 1 With Country’s Biggest Streaming Total Yet

Songs from the Nashville star’s new album “What You See Is What You Get” were streamed 74 million times, beating a record set by Gene Autry. → Read More

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Is No. 1

The rapper’s gospel-influenced ninth album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with the equivalent of 264,000 sales. → Read More

A Long-Lost Lou Reed Tape With a Surprise: Andy Warhol Lyrics

The cassette, discovered at the Andy Warhol Museum, finds the Velvet Underground musician performing snippets from his mentor’s 1975 book. → Read More

Post Malone Returns to No. 1 Before Kanye West Hits the Chart

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” is the first album to spend four weeks at the top since the soundtrack to “A Star Is Born.” → Read More

Kanye West Releases His Gospel-Themed Album ‘Jesus Is King’

After announcing, then missing, his deadlines, the rapper put out his ninth LP and an Imax film capturing one of the Sunday Service concerts that inspired it. → Read More

Lizzo Sues Over ‘Truth Hurts’ Songwriting Credits

The musician also added the author of a tweet that inspired the song’s signature “DNA test” line to the track’s credits. → Read More