LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Kendrick Lamar scored the biggest debut album of the year on Monday as his latest album “Damn.” sold more than 600,000 copies, eclipsing Drake’s “More Life.” “Damn.”, the third album from Grammy-winning Lamar to top the Billboard 200 chart, sold a total of 603,000 album units that comprised 340 million…

By Stephanie Nebehay MEZIERES, Switzerland (Reuters) – Usher, Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray and Erykah Badu are booked to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival during its 51st edition, organizers said on Thursday. The eclectic lineup for the June 30-July 15 event includes Ibrahim Maalouf, Beth Ditto of indie rock band Gossip, Phoenix, as well the…

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British singer Ed Sheeran reigned atop the weekly U.S. Billboard album and digital song charts on Monday, as his latest album garnered strong sales for a second consecutive week. Sheeran’s “Divide” generated another 180,000 units from album and song sales and streaming consumption last week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.…

By Rollo Ross LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Broadway star Idina Menzel says she has not yet grown tired of singing her big hit “Let It Go,” even as she embarks on a 50-city world tour. Menzel, the star of musicals “Wicked” and “Rent,” said she gets to see new nuances in the Oscar-winning theme song…

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Grammy Awards, the biggest honors in the music industry, take place in Los Angeles on Sunday at a ceremony hosted by James Corden. Following is a list of nominees in key categories: ALBUM OF THE YEAR “25” — Adele “Lemonade” — Beyoncé “Purpose” — Justin Bieber “Views” — Drake “A Sailor’s Guide To Earth”…

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pregnant pop superstar Beyonce heads into the Grammy awards on Sunday aiming to clinch her first album of the year win, while riding high on a wave of goodwill that greeted her surprise announcement that she was expecting twins. The biggest night in the music industry is expected…