Music’s New Chart Rules Care – a Lot – About Whether You’re Paying to Listen

When is a stream not a stream? Billboard, which publishes the definitive album and song charts for the U.S. music industry, has had to ask itself that odd question in the last few months. After facing pressure and criticism from subscription music-streaming services, the trade publication announced last October that it would revamp its chart formulas, which it populates with data from

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Review: Leon Bridges’ ‘Good Thing’ Is a Uniquely Modern Vision of Classic Soul

Leon Bridges, 28, grew up listening to Ginuwine and Usher, developed as a songwriter on the Fort Worth, Texas open mic circuit, and got his break hooking up with half of Austin indie-prog-whatever quartet White Denim. None of this sounds like a recipe for retro soul, but Bridges filled his 2016 debut, Coming Home, with vintage Sixties verities so breezily rendered they felt

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