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Melanie Fiona Covers Alanis Morissette’s ‘Ironic’ for Billboard’s Candid Covers


The beautiful, talented and extremely underrated Melanie Fiona is the latest artist to visit Billboard’s studio for their “Candid Covers” live sessions.  The Toronto songbird, who released her sophomore album, The MF Life, earlier this year, covered fellow Canadian Alanis Morisette’s 1996 classic “Ironic.”

“[Ironic] is just a great song that I think just really cut through in pop culture when I was a child,” explained Mel. “There was not a person in the world that didn’t know that song. No matter what type of music you listen to, no matter where you grew up, you know that song. I think that was a special song for me back then because it really made me pay attention to the art of storytelling.”

Mel also performed an acoustic version of “Wrong Side Of A Love Song,” the latest single from her new album. Watch below.

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Chart News: Nas Snags Sixth No. 1 Album with ‘Life Is Good’


 

 

Nas’ latest, Life Is Good, bows atop the Billboard 200 with a larger-than-expected opening week sum.

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Chart News: Frank Ocean’s ‘channel Orange’ debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200


Country group Zac Brown Band may have scored its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, but it’s Frank Ocean’s channel Orange that is (once again) making headlines.

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Album Art: Pink – ‘ The Truth About Love’


 P!nk unveiled the cover art for her upcoming fifth album, The Truth About Love, today (July 16).

Set for release on September 18 via RCA Records, Truth is preceded by the single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” which thus far has peaked at No. 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The Truth About Love is her first full-length release since 2008′s Funhouse, which earned three Grammy nominations and spawned seven singles including her first solo No. 1 “So What.”

Listen to “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” here.

Chris Brown’s ‘Fortune’ Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200


Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as Fortune claims the top spot, selling 134,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The album follow his last release, and first No.1, F.A.M.E., which launched with 270, 000 in 2011.

Billboard notes that Brown is the second R&B star to score a No. 1 debut with comparably soft numbers within the last month. Four weeks ago, Usher’s latest, Looking 4 Myself, bowed atop the Billboard 200 with 128,000 — a significant slide from the 329,000 start for Raymond v. Raymond in 2010.

If you haven’t already check out my review of Breezy’s Fortune.

See more chart stats below.

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Usher’s ‘Confessions’ (Officially) Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales


As his latest album, Looking 4 Myself, rests at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 this week, his 2004 juggernaut Confessions LP reaches a milestone achievement, surpassing 10 million copies sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen Soundscan.

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Marsha Ambrosius Reveals Sophomore Album Title


Former Floetry songstress Marsha Ambrosius revealed the title of her sophomore album while talking with SoulCulture TV on the red carpet of the BET Awards.  Find out the album’s title and when we can expect to hear it below.

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Chart News: R. Kelly Set for 14th Top 10 on Billboard 200


R. Kelly is set to score his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with his eleventh album, Write Me Back

The album may sell around 65,000 copies by the end of the tracking week, which ends today (July 1), according to Billboard.  The 70s-flavored disc is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy nominated Love Letter

Write Me Back’s top 10 start is good news for R&B’s reigning king, who fell ill earlier this week. While en route to New York City for a string of TV appearances, the three-time Grammy Award winner was forced to cancel his promo run for the project after “suffering from complications” from the throat surgery he under went last summer.

“Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords,” according to a statement released on Thursday. “It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined.”

The launch party and signing for his memoir “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” released on June 28, was also cancelled.