Nicki Minaj is encouraging all women to read a book speaking about Christian values.
Minaj, the 30-year-old rapper, took to her Instagram to promote "The Supernatural Woman" which is a book written by her pastor friend.
"A must read for all women," Minaj wrote about the book. "On amazon.com - written by my great friend Pastor Lydia Sloley - be inspired." more >>
Billboard announced yesterday that they will update their Christian and gospel song charts by including digital download sales and online streaming data in addition to their existing radio airplay method to determine song rankings.
The music chart company will implement the new change beginning Thursday and considers the effort a "major consumer-influenced facelift." Currently, their charts are monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and will now incorporate information derived from YoutTube, Spotify, Xbox Music among other data sources, bringing the charts up to date in its ranking system like the Billboard Hot 100, country, hip-hop and rock songs lists.
"We are extremely excited to add Christian and Gospel to our growing list of consumer-influenced rankings, which are in the mold of our flagship songs chart, the Hot 100," said Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard director of charts. "Incorporating download sales and streaming data to existing radio airplay provides a more holistic view of a song's popularity." more >>
Christian artist Amy Grant will be making an appearance on the "Katie" talk show tomorrow, Nov. 27.
Hosted by TV personality Katie Couric, Grant will speak about the holiday season, her family and her new album How Mercy Looks From Here, which was released earlier this year. Grant will also perform the holiday classic "Tennessee Christmas." The show will be on the ABC local channel.
Every December, Amy Grant performs at select engagements with her husband, Vince Gill, in celebration of the Christmas season. They will be playing shows in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville, and will showcase their Christmas set alongside the skilled symphonies of each respective city. more >>
Christian singer-songwriter Matthew West was given the American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist last night at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre.
The American Music Awards are determined by the fans through online voting. Capitol CMG's artists swept the category as West was nominated for this category along with his labelmates TobyMac and Chris Tomlin.
"What an honor to receive the AMA award this year!" West said in a press release. "The fact that this is a fan voted award makes it even more meaningful, and I'm grateful for all of the people who have made my songs part of their lives." more >>
The viral music video "What Does The Fox Say" is nearing 250 million user views on YouTube today with the number mounting every passing moment.
Similar to last year's "Gangnam Style," which became the most-watched video of all time, "What Does The Fox Say" contains outlandish lyrics, yet the video is seemingly taking over the Internet.
No one seems more surprised by the success of the song than the Ylvisaker brothers, who created "What Does The Fox Say" as a joke. more >>
Every year Christian rock band Switchfoot releases a special holiday package to give their fans a significant discount on merchandise for Christmas.
Most years the band will put out an exclusive album or DVD just for this occasion, and this time around fans will be able to get their hands on the Backstage EP #2, a digital followup to the first one last year.
"This year's Backstage EP was recorded in a backstage bathroom (awkward?) in Lubbock, TX. It doesn't get more 'backstage' than that! It was actually chosen for its fine acoustics, and as awkward as the recording process might have been, we think it turned out sounding pretty great. If you listen carefully, you can even hear the janitor walk in on the session. I've never seen someone leave the room so quickly," said bass player Tim Foreman. more >>