Charts Don't Lie: October 26
Last week was a tough break for hip hop records, with new releases by Green Day, Norah Jones, and OneRepublic occupying the top spots. They slipped back though, and now Drake, Travis Scott, the Suicide Squad Soundtrack, and a new record from The Game occupy space in the top 10. Rihanna and Solange stick around in the top 20, while Beyonce, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, and Rae Sremmurd hang out on the top 30. Elsewhere, Gucci Mane's Woptober debuts at #43 in this week's installment of Charts Don't Lie. ***
Jay Z To Hold Concert In Support Of Hillary Clinton
This election season has seen many rappers becoming vocal about their politics, and Jay Z is doing so by throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton with a special concert in Cleveland.
President Obama Drops Workout Playlist Featuring Jay Z, Drake, & Beyonce
President Obama is no stranger to publishing his music playlists. Earlier this year, he showed off his pristine taste in music with a two-part summer playlist that featured Chance the Rapper, Jay Z, D'Angelo,Wale, Nina Simone, Nas, Anthony Hamilton, Tower of Power, Common, & more. He returned yesterday with the release of his workout playlist in the new issue of WIRED.
5 Things We Want From Nicki Minaj's Next Album
It's been almost two years since Nicki Minaj dropped a new album. Yes, that seems hard to believe, but it's true: The Pinkprint, her third studio release, came out on December 12, 2014. It's easy to understand the long wait since Nicki has been busy with a variety of other projects – including touring, recording guest verses, and taking on a few acting roles – but it doesn't change the fact that TWO YEARS is pretty long time to go without some fresh bars from The Pink One.
Beyonce’s Formation World Tour Grosses Over $250 Million
Beyonce’s “Formation Tour” just came to an end last week in New Jersey after nearly five months on the road, but boy did she rake in some serious coin from it. According to Billboard, the tour sold approximately 2.2 million tickets during its run, and took in over $256,084,556 dollars in total. With a total of 49 stops around the globe, that averages about $5.2 million in gross and 45,757 paid attendance per show.
Nicki Minaj Speaks On Chemistry With Beyonce
Nicki Minaj has graced the new cover of Marie Claire. During her cover story, she spoke on working with Beyonce; to date, their most prominent collaborations are "Feeling Myself" and a remix of "Flawless."
10 Essential Mike WiLL Made-It Beats
If 2015 was the year of Metro Boomin, 2016 might go down as the year of Mike WiLL Made-It. On top of executive production credits on Gucci Mane's Everybody Looking and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2, the Atlanta-based producer has put out two Beat of the Year candidates in Young Thug's "F Cancer" and "With Them" and produced Beyonce's "Formation," arguably the biggest record of the last twelve months. He has given rap fans more than enough to chew on as they impatiently wait on his anticipated Ransom 2 mixtape.
Solange Earns First #1 Album With "A Seat At The Table"
Solange's third studio album, A Seat At The Table, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making it her first project to top the chart. Initially projected to fall just shy of Bon Iver's 22, A Million, Knowles has bested the indie darling's debut, selling 72,000 equivalent units (46,000 in traditional sales) to his 71,000 (58,000 traditionally).
Jay Z, DMX & Ja Rule Reunite Backstage At Beyoncé Show
Beyoncé's final show on her formation tour brought out some enviable guests, but the backstage scene was even more star-studded. An impressive group photo following the show revealed Papoose, Remy Ma, and T.I. were among those taking in the concert from sidestage, but a very special moment came when Jay Z, DMX, and Ja Rule reminisced on old times.
Beyoncé Brings Out Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z & Serena Williams At Final Formation Tour Date
After postponing the date on doctor's orders, Beyonce performed what was now the final date on her lengthy Formation tour Friday night at New Jersey's Metlife Stadium. The show was not short on guest appearances, with Kendrick Lamar, Serena Williams, and Bey's husband Jay Z all crossing the stage during Bey's performance.
Charts Don't Lie: September 21
With six new releases taking up the top eleven spots on the Billboard 200, most hip hop records took a tumble on the charts this week. Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack each bounced up a spot, to #2 and #3 respectively, but everyone else on our list fell, aside from Kanye who stayed put at the #21 spot. After debuting with the #1 album in the country, Travis Scott lands at #6 with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Beyonce, and DJ Khaled stay within the top 20 with their newest releases.
Charts Don't Lie: September 7
Despite three new albums occupying the top three spots, our hip hop faithful showed up strong on the Billboard charts this week.
Beyoncé Postpones First Date On Second Leg Of "Formation" Tour
Beyoncé threw a pretty incredible 35th birthday party over the weekend, and while she was scheduled to head back to the touring grind this Wednesday, she'll have a little more time off at the request of her doctor.
Beyonce Hosts Lit "Soul Train"-Themed 35th Birthday Party
Beyonce spent her 35th birthday on Sunday at Made in America Festival in Philly, where Chance the Rapper serenaded her with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday." The proper birthday turn-up didn't commence until Monday night, when Beyonce hosted a "Soul Train"-themed party.
Beyoncé Is Reportedly Spending Her Birthday With Michelle Obama & The Kids
If you've been anywhere near social media today, you'll know good and well that it's Beyonce's birthday, or as most celebrating will tell you -- the most important event of the year. While her fans bring in the occasion with gleeful praise of their queen, Bey will be out in Camp David, spending the weekend with Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and she's brought her own daughter, Blue Ivy along with her.
Watch Every Performance From The 2016 MTV VMAs
The 2016 VMAs are in the books. Rihanna, Beyonce, Future, Nicki Minaj, and a host of others took the stage at Madison Square Garden to rock the crowd with a series of blockbuster performances. Rihanna performed not once, but FOUR times as she accepted this year's prestigious Vanguard award. The other highlight was probably Beyonce's outstanding Lemonade medley.
Full List Of Winners From The 2016 MTV VMAs
The stars have arrived and the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are now underway. The performances will be a huge part of the show, as Rihanna will carry out something of a career retrospective and Kanye West will have free reign. Beyonce is also rumored to have something special in store.
Beyonce Expected To Perform At VMAs Tonight
UPDATE: Beyonce took the stage and stole the show with an incredible live interpretation of her visual album Lemonade. Relive the awe-inspiring 15-minute performance below.
DJ Khaled Endorses Hillary Clinton, Says He's "Starstruck" By Beyonce
DJ Khaled has been defying the forces of "THEY" more than ever in 2016; becoming a SnapChat superstar, putting out the best album of his career, and going on a stadium tour with Beyonce. This week, he added another accomplishment to that list, scoring an interview with Katie Couric in which he discussed his recent blessings, as well as the outlook on life that has gained him so much attention.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Credits Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie & More
Frank Ocean just dropped, and everything seems to be in its right place again. His new album, which appeared on Apple Music in surprise fashion, is entitled Blonde and not Boys Don't Cry, which had been the rumored title for over a year. However, Ocean did put out a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry" in coordination with the release of Blonde. The magazine appeared at four different pop-up shops in four different cities.