For only the fifth time in Billboard history, a Christian album is sitting at the top of the charts this week. And you can probably guess who's behind this feat: Lecrae's been quietly building a hip-hop empire for the past few years, recording music where the faith is forceful instead of forced, and the beats are compelling instead of corny. If you haven't heard Anomaly yet, you're missing out on one of the better hip-hop albums to be released this year. Luckily for you, the whole thing is on Spotify. Check it out here. It makes excellent background music for our conversation with Lecrae from the latest issue of our print magazine ... Discuss
Not terribly surprising, but still sad: the excellent folk duo Civil Wars, who've been on a hiatus since 2012, have officially and permanently parted ways. In a statement released via the band's Facebook page, Joy Williams said that
I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.
For his part, John Paul White added
I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.
As a parting gift, the band released a digital version of "You Are My Sunshine" ... Discuss
Apple wrapped up its big announcements today with a real knockout punch. After months of rumors and delays, Bono himself showed up to announce that U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, is on iTunes and you can download the whole thing for free right now. So, what are you waiting for? Go, go, go ... Discuss