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Black Veil Brides, Dropkick Murphys Top 10 Bound on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

Veteran Christian singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin, along with rock bands Hollywood Undead, Black Veil Brides and Dropkick Murphys, are set to arrive in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Black Veil Brides' "Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones" could sell around 45,000 copies and Dropkick Murphys' "Signed & Sealed in Blood" might sell around 30,000. more...

Chris Tomlin, Hollywood Undead Headed for Top of Billboard 200 Chart

Next week's Billboard 200 chart could see Chris Tomlin earn his first No. 1 album. The singer/songwriter's new album, "Burning Lights," may sell upwards of 60,000 to 70,000 copies by week's end on Jan. 13, according to industry forecasters. But don't rule out a possible second week at No. 1 for the "Les Miserables" soundtrack. more...

UMPG, Capitol Music Group Launch Capitol CMG Publishing

Universal Music Group Publishing and the Capitol Music Group and have launched a new publishing entity, Capitol CMG Publishing, which combines EMI CMG Publishing and Brentwood Benson Music Publishing. more...

Mumford & Sons, Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Grammy Nominations 2013

The 55th annual ceremony announced its nominees in Nashville on Wednesday night during a primetime concert special, with fun., Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach -- nominated with the Black Keys and solo in the Producer of the Year category -- making a strong showing for the genre with six nominations each. Jay-Z, Kanye West and R&B breakthrough Frank Ocean also earned six nominations, with Fun.'s and Ocean's including the double coup of Album of the Year and Best New Artist. more...

Bubbling Under: Is Franklin McKay's 'Destiny' the AC Chart? Also, Tulisa, $auce, Earl Bynum

Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success.  Up this week: Franklin McKay whose song "Destiny" is gets a boost from AC radio; former N-Dubz singer and UK X Factor judge Tulisa; Indianapolis rapper $auce and Earl Bynum of the Mount Unity Choir and the music minister at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va. more...

Audio Adrenaline Reboots With ex-DC Talk Singer, New Single, Label

After calling it quits in 2006 due to frontman Mark Stuart's vocal problems, Audio Adrenaline is revving up again with former dc Talk member Kevin Max taking over as lead vocalist for the Grammy-winning Christian rock band. The rebooted Audio A has signed with Fair Trade Services and are working on an album due next spring. more...

Imagine Dragons, Lecrae Albums Headed for Top 10 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

Rock band Imagine Dragons is on its way to the top five of the Billboard 200 with its first full length set, "Night Visions." And Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae is on his way to a career-high week. His sixth studio album, "Gravity," looks like it will become his first top 10 set. more...

Chart Moves: Lumineers Album Nears Top 10 on Billboard 200, Jim Gaffigan's No. 1 Comedy Set

The Lumineers' self-titled set profits from a $6.99 sale tag at iTunes -- rising four slots to a new peak of No. 11. The album's hit single "Ho Hey" holds at No. 3 on the Alternative Songs chart this week while breaking into the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, comedian Jim Gaffigan's "Mr. Universe" bows at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 and becomes his second No. 1 on Comedy Albums. more...

Matchbox Twenty Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also headed for a high entry next week is Imagine Dragons' debut studio album, "Night Visions," and Christian artist Lecrae's "Gravity." more...

TobyMac's 'Eye On It' Album Aiming for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

Christian artist TobyMac is on course for his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as industry sources are now projecting his "Eye On It" will debut atop the list next week with 60,000 copies sold. The last time a Christian album topped the Billboard 200 was in September 1997 when LeAnn Rimes' "You Light Up My Life - Inspirational Songs" spent three weeks atop the list. more...

Slaughterhouse & TobyMac Albums Vying for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart Next Week

In a quiet week for new album releases, two are aiming for the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week. Hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse and TobyMac could each claim the No. 1 slot with their respective new albums, so say industry sources. more...

Exclusive: Steven Curtis Chapman Leaving EMI's Sparrow For Sony's Provident Label

After 25 years with Sparrow Records, Steven Curtis Chapman, five-time Grammy winner and the most awarded Christian Musician is exiting Sparro, the EMI's Christian Music Group label to sign with Provident Music Group, Sony’s Christian division. His label debut, Joy, a Christmas collection, will drop this fall and he’s also writing a new studio album. more...

John Mayer, MercyMe, Slash, Sara Bareilles On Course for Top 10 on Billboard 200

John Mayer seems far and way the likely next act to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his "Born and Raised" set should easily debut atop the list next week. As for the rest of the top 10 next week, Christian band MercyMe seems on course for its second top 10 album. And guitar god Slash may be in line for the third-highest bow with "Apocalyptic Love." more...

John Mayer Going for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

John Mayer's new album "Born and Raised" is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest it could sell around 220,000 to 240,000 copies by week's end on May 27. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of May 30. more...

Live Nation's Major Gospel Tour to Feature 'The King's Men,' Four Heavyweights of Gospel Music

"The King's Men" - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Israel Houghton and Donnie McClurkin - will be joining forces for the first time ever on the same stage to bring their brand of gospel music into some of Live Nation's most historic venues this fall. more...

Chart Moves: Adele's 'Rumour' Rises; Linkin Park's 'Burn It Down' Debuts; Google Gooses Charts Again

Wth digital sales of 493,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa, roars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3. Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" kept Jason Mraz away from the No. 1 slot, as the former's album held at No. 1 for a second week with 114,000 (down 11%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Click through for more news from this week's Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. more...

Backbeat: Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Laura Story Win Big At Dove Music Awards

Jason Crabb cemented his status as a solo phenomenon by winning male vocalist and artist of the year at the Gospel Music Association's 43rd Annual Dove Awards last night (April 19) at the historic Fox Theater in Atlanta. more...

Jason Crabb Wins Gospel Music Artist of the Year At 2012 Dove Awards

Christian singer Jason Crabb won two of the most prominent awards for male artists at the 43rd annual Dove Awards held for the second straight year in Atlanta. more...

Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including nods in the artist, male vocalist, country recorded song and Southern gospel album of the year categories. more...

Photos: Adele's Post-Grammy Party, With Pitbull, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Howard Stringer, Doug Morris, More

After winning six Grammys at the ceremony, Adele celebrated with her Sony Music family at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Attendees included artists Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Alicia Keys, Marsha Ambrosius and Kirk Franklin; executives included Sir Howard Stringer, Doug Morris, Peter Edge, Tom Corson and Joe Riccitelli. more...

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