• The Rolling Stones Explain Why They've Dropped “Brown Sugar” From Their Setlist

    12 days ago - By Stereogum

    “Brown Sugar,” the opening track from the Rolling Stones' 1971 masterpiece Sticky Fingers , is one of the band's biggest hits. It reached 1 on Billboard ‘s Hot 100 and has been a mainstay of their setlists for more than 50 years, since even before the studio version was released. It is also a messy and problematic song in which white men fetishize sex with Black women using lots of allusions to slavery. In his column The Number Ones , my colleague Tom Breihan summed up the thorniness of “Brown Sugar” like so:
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  • AKB48 Debuts at No. 1, back number at No. 2 on Japan Hot 100

    AKB48 Debuts at No. 1, back number at No. 2 on Japan Hot 100

    12 days ago - By Billboard

    AKB48 's “Ne mo Ha mo Rumor” blasts in at No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 , dated Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, selling 428,608 CDs in its first week. Physical sales points fueled the popular girl group's 58th single to the top of the tally this week: the track came in at No. 1 for sales, No. 23 for downloads, No. 9 for look-ups, No. 6 for Twitter mentions, and No. 30 for radio airplay.
    While the number of CDs sold was enough to launch the song at No. 1 this time around, the group's previous single that dropped in March, called “Shitsuren, Arigato,” sold 1,414,077 copies in its first...
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