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On the Charts: Drake, Future Take ‘What a Time’ to Number One

Drake  and Future  each scooped up their second Number One album of 2015 as the rappers’ surprise joint mixtape   What a Time to Be Alive  cruised to the top of the Billboard 200 despite heavy competition. What a Time to Be Alive sold 375,000 total copies in its debut iTunes-only week – the third highest-selling debut week of 2015 – to claim victory over the six other new releases that entered the Top 10, Billboard reports. Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late  – which scored the highest-selling debut week of 2015 – and Future’s DS2  also topped the charts this year. Ryan Adams on His Full-Album Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon  finished a distant second with 116,000 total copies as the unscheduled arrival of What a Time to Be Alive deprived the singer of her second consecutive Number One album. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness  – which spent three weeks in the top spot – dipped to Number Three, where it was followed by Mac Miller’s GO:OD AM at Number Four and David Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock  at Number Five. For the Pink Floyd guitarist, his first solo LP in nine years sold 71,000 total copies to give him the highest debuting album of his solo career.

Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album ‘Wake Up!’

As Pope Francis embarks on his historic visit to the United States , His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November. The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Wake Up! arrives November 27th, with the iTunes pre-order  now available with an instant download of “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!,” which Rolling Stone is proud to premiere. “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” finds Pope Francis addressing a South Korean audience in English last year amid atmospheric synths, trumpeting horns and skyscraping electric guitars reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “Wake up / Wake up,” Pope Francis says on the track. “The Lord speaks of a responsibility that the Lord gives you / It is a duty to be vigilant / Not to allow the pressures, the temptations and the sins to dull our sensibility of the beauty of holiness.” Later on the moving track, the Pope tells his audience, “No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice,” as he urges them to wake up and go. Inside the Pope’s Fight With U.S. Conservatives On Wake Up! , Pope Francis speaks to the listener in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese over 11 tracks to address issues like peace, dignity, environmental concerns and helping those most in need. For the album, the Pope’s powerful messages were placed in the musical hands of Wake Up! ‘s producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni. “For many years, I’ve been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope

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