Charts Don't Lie: December 7
The Weeknd's Starboy absolutely crushed its debut, selling 200k physical copies and clockings 347k TAEU (total album equivalent units) when factoring in the massive amount of streams it received. Abel is #1 on the Billboard 200 by a wide margin and also has all 18 tracks from the album in the Hot 100, meaning he nearly occupies nearly 1/5 of the entire chart. Goddamn.
Charts Don't Lie: November 30
This week in the Billboard 200, Bruno Mars debuted at #2 with his newest LP 24K Magic, joining A Tribe Called Quest, Rae Sremmurd, and Drake in the top 10. Behind them in the top 50 are Rihanna, Travis Scott, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Kanye West, and Solange. The only other debut on the chart this week is E-40, whose The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 comes in at #178, but It should be interesting next week to see if The Weeknd does indeed scoop the #1 spot for which he's projected.
Stream Bruno Mars' New Album "24K Magic"
After weeks of heavy promotion, which included songs like "24K Magic" and "Versace on the Floor," Bruno Mars finally releases his first album in four years called 24K Magic. Laced with only 9 tracks in total, the follow up to 2012 Unorthodox Jukebox comes with no official features, but finds contribution from Babyface, T-Pain, Emile Haynie, and James Fauntleroy, who reportedly helped on all 9 songs.
Bruno Mars Announces "24K Magic" World Tour
It looks like Bruno Mars is ready to take his talents all over the world again. On Monday night, Bruno took to his IG to announce that he's hitting the road next year for the “24K Magic World Tour,” named after his forthcoming album dropping November 18.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of October 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Diddy, Jay Z, & Drake Among Forbes' 2015 Highest-Paid Musicians
In 2015, the big bucks come from touring. Just ask Katy Perry, who grossed over $2 million per show during her Prismatic World Tour. With $135 million earned in 2015, she is the year's highest-paid musician and the highest-paid celebrity of anyone not named Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Meek Mill & Drake Controversy
Where to begin? Last night saw people from nearly every corner of hip hop (and even some pop mainstays) engaging in a widespread online conflict, oddly enough kicked off by some tweets exchanged between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.
Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap & More Nominated For VMAs
This year's MTV VMA award show is going down on Sunday, AUgust 30th, and today, the full list of nominees has been announced. View that below. Video Of The Year Beyoncé, “7/11” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Trinidad James To Make At Least $50,000 From "Uptown Funk" Royalties
Back in January, we were surprised to see Trinidad James' name (actually Nicholas Williams) in the writing credits of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' chart-topping hit "Uptown Funk," and now we're learning just how much he stands to make off that "Don't believe me, just watch" line.
Kanye West Apologizes To Beck & Bruno Mars On Twitter
Kanye West is not an avid Twitter user, but in the past we've seen him use his account for moments of passionate fury. Those days are over (we think), as Ye took to his timeline today to officially apologize to Beck for his semi-interruption, and post-show comments at the Grammys. While he was at it, he decided to also throw an apology Bruno Mars' way. Apparently Ye had "hated on" the singer in the past, but now totally respects his artistry (we're guessing "Uptown Funk" may have done it).
Samples Of The Week: January 15
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Charts Don’t Lie: January 27th
This week we see a new chart-topper arrive, the New York rapper who takes on that southern style, A$AP Rocky. Rocky's debut album, Long.Live.A$AP did surprisingly well. We see albums leak all the time-- usually it's just a week prior to the album's release though. In Rocky's case, we saw it leak a month early. However, Rocky continued doing promo and dropping singles, not worrying about the album leak or bumping his release date up. And it worked out well for him, he still sold a large amount of copies, and landed #1 on the Billboard 200.