Charts Don't Lie: June 22
Drake continues his dominance as VIEWS spends its seventh week now at the #1 spot. The 6 God is showing no signs of slowing down, and even a new release from Nick Jonas and a surge from The Cast of Hamilton couldn't dethrone him, although they were enough to nudge Beyonce back a couple spots. Elsewhere, the list looks very similar to previous weeks: Rihanna sticking at the #6 spot, appearances from Kanye, Prince, Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, and The Weeknd.
Charts Don't Lie: June 15
It's a good week for hip hop records that have all-caps titles. VIEWS, LEMONADE, ANTI, and ISLAH hold down the top four spots in our feature, and each of the releases fall within the top 20 spots on Billboard's 200 chart. After that, G-Eazy, Prince, Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd all fell further down the Billboard 200 this week. Meanwhile, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and TM88's collaborative record, under the name TGOD Mafia, debuts at a respectable #26. ...
Vic Mensa Blatantly Obscures Chance The Rapper's Face From Group Pic With Jay Z & Beyonce
Lately, Jay Z and Beyonce have been infatuated with two of Chicago's brightest young stars, both thought to be part of the same SaveMoney crew. Jay Z signed Vic Mensa to Roc Nation over a year ago, and it's unclear if Hov is interested in any business dealings with Chance the Rapper, but the Coloring Book emcee has posted a few recent pictures of himself kicking back with hip-hop's royal couple.
Beyonce Sued For Allegedly Copying Short Film In Her “Lemonade” Trailer
While Beyonce celebrates her Lemonade album going platinum tonight, her camp & lawyers are now having to take on a new lawsuit stemming from the album’s trailer.
Charts Don't Lie: June 8
Once again, Drake snags the #1 spot this week with VIEWS, his fourth studio album that continues to beat out the competition. Beyonce moves into #3 after an appearance at #4 last week (it should be noted that she also just went Platinum with Lemonade, alongside Future's DS2
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Has Been Certified Platinum
Shortly after unveiling their monthly report of gold and platinum certifications, the RIAA has confirmed that Beyonce's 6th studio album has achieved platinum status. The tweet announcing the news also pointed out that all 6 of Bey's studio albums are no platinum-selling, or multi-platinum-selling, certainly an honor not many artists have achieved.
Documenting Mike WiLL Made-It's Incredible 2016 Run
Mike WiLL Made-It has gone from Atlanta's rap underground to working with the biggest pop stars in the business in only a few years time, and he's continued to look bigger even as he's seemingly hit the top. Now mentoring young artists like Rae Sremmurd, Mike is illustrating the difference between a beatmaker and a producer, always remaining attentive to every detail of how a song is constructed, and crafting songs alongside his collaborators rather than simply delivering his half of the music.
Meek Mill Performs For The First Time In Months At Beyonce's "Formation" Show In Philly
Summer Jam wasn't the only big show that went down last night. Not too far away, Beyonce's "Formation" tour touched down in Philadelphia, and her official opener, DJ Khaled, had a few surprises in store, as he brought out Rick Ross as well as the hometown hero Meek Mill, performing for the first time since he was put on house arrest in early February.
Beyonce & Jay Z Reportedly Made A Secret Album Together
When reports that Jay Z was working on a Lemonade response album surfaced earlier this month, many assumed that this would be a solo venture. But it looks like it might be a collab.
BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees
The nominations for the 2016 BET Awards are in! Drake secured nine nominations, miles ahead of any other artist. Beyonce and Rihanna earned five each; Future and Bryson Tiller earned four apiece. Adele received her first BET nomination in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category.
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
TIDAL Gained 1.2 Million Users In A Week After Beyonce Released "Lemonade"
TIDAL's only prayer at keeping pace Spotify and Apple Music appears to be their exclusive releases. The streaming service more than doubled its subscriber base from 1 million to 2.5 million after Kanye West released The Life of Pablo. Beyonce's Lemonade, which is still available exclusively on TIDAL, has been nearly as fruitful.
DJ Khaled Names The One Person He's Extra Respectful Around
DJ Khaled is enjoying one hell of a renaissance. His absolute dominance of the Snapchat universe has garnered him cover stories from non-hip hop (or even music) related publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, and now he’s sat down for a short interview with The New York Times Magazine.
Charts Don't Lie: May 11
This week the charts are all about Drake, who has both the #1 album and (for the first time ever) #1 song in the country. VIEWS did nearly a million copies sold in its first week, which is virtually unheard of for an artist in 2016. Beyonce falls just behind Drake at the #2 spot after her album LEMONADE debuted at #1 last week. Prince still has ten releases on the chart, which is more than most artists release in a lifetime of music-making, including two in the top 10.
Police Lives Matter Group Protests Beyonce Concert In Houston
Beyonce's performance of "Formation" during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show was praised by many as bold and necessary, though there was also a vocal faction that considered it to be racially charged in a manner that was offensive to law enforcement. Her dancers, dressed in Black Panther-inspired outfits, expressed solidarity to black victims of police violence, and parts of the "Formation" music video, such as when Beyonce lies atop a police car as it sinks underwater, seems to protest police brutality.
Rachel Roy's Emails Reportedly Stolen, Could Contain Sensitive Jay Z Conversations
The BeyHive immediately swarmed Rachel Roy, a fashion designer and the ex-wife of Dame Dash, after Beyonce came out with Lemonade. The album is a tale of discovering and overcoming infidelity, and it seemed to be reflective of Beyonce's relationship with Jay Z.
#TBT: Early Beyonce Singles
Beyonce, 34, has been a member of R&B royalty for nearly twenty years -- ever since Destiny’s Child released its self-titled debut album in 1998. She has become more of of an experimentalist in recent years. But even before she edged nearer to R&B’s sonic frontier, she was eager to take risks and place her explosive, physical, sexual vocal delivery in unfamiliar environments.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Charts Don't Lie: May 4
It's a wild week in the Billboard charts, mostly because the Prince posthumous fever didn't die down a bit. In fact, it went even crazier, landing the late artist five releases in the top 10! Only Beyonce and Rihanna were able to secure positions within the top 7, as Prince occupies most of those spots with compilations and proper albums alike. It's worth noting that he currently has nineteen albums on the Billboard 200, an unprecedented accomplishment even for The Purple One.
Jay Z Reportedly Working On "Lemonade" Response Album
Beyonce's LEMONADE did not cast her husband Jay Z in a particularly positive light. Her retelling of her emotional journey through Jay's infidelity resulted in one of her best albums to date, as well as one of her most commercially successful -- all 12 songs from the album are currently charting.