Drake Hints At OVO Pop-Up Shop In NYC
Appearing as a video on the Instagram accounts of Drake as well as @WelcomeOVO, an announcement has been made today, that an OVO pop-up shop is coming to New York City sometime very soon. The video itself features gritty black-and-white shots of downtown Manhattan at nighttime, and concludes with the OVO symbol illuminated in the night sky a la batman.
Drake's "VIEWS" Is 4 Times Platinum
The RIAA has announced that Drake's VIEWS is certified platinum. The rapper and singer's fourth studio album has had a staggering sales year, setting chart and streaming records throughout. VIEWS was certified triple platinum back in August, four months after its release in April.
All 18 Of The Weeknd's "STARBOY" Songs Charting On Hot 100
The Weeknd just took the top spot on the Billboard 200 with his third studio album STARBOY, and he's taken over the singles charts as well.
The Hip Hop Dating Map
The law of six degrees of separation applies to the hip hop dating circuit -- a land where fast money, fast women, and horny men collide, resulting often in fireworks. As you can see in the dating map we have assembled below, there isn't much distance separating stars like Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Future, Lil Wayne, & A$AP Rocky. Ray J even has his own dating wheel, which gives credence to Vince Staples' mind-blowing Theory of Ray J.
Drake & French Montana Get Their Bro Code Enshrined
Drake and French Montana have been good homies for a few years now, and today we get a look into their bromantic escapades. Reported via Instagram, French Montanta and Drake follow a strict code called the 10 Snipe Commandments, and French has had this code of ethics enshrined for his house.
Shia LaBeouf Tears Apart Peter Rosenberg & Lil Yachty In New Freestyle
Last night, J. Cole brought "real bars" back in style with a new track aimed at Kanye West, "False Prophets," which was included in his new Tidal documentary in support of his upcoming album. It seems that Cole's lyrical showmanship has inspired the return of the God emcee: Shia LaBeouf.
Selena Gomez Had The Top 5 Instagram Posts of 2016 (And More Year End Data)
For all of Kim Kardashian’s talk of “breaking the internet,” she has not been able to best the appeal of 24 year old starlet Selena Gomez. Instagram just released year end data for the social media platform, and the babyfaced singer/actress/model held the top five spots for most liked Instagram posts in 2016. More depressingly, the most liked post from 2016 was a Coca Cola advertisement.
Twitter Reacts To J. Cole's "False Prophets" Track About Kanye West
J. Cole is back, and he's stirring the pot.
J. Cole Seems To Diss Kanye West On "False Prophets" Song From "4 Your Eyez Only"
It's Cole time. A new album of his, entitled 4 Your Eyez Only, appeared on iTunes yesterday with a December 9 release date. Then last night, he put out a new Tidal documentary called "Eyez" that proved the veracity of 4 Your Eyez Only, which will be his first project since 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
5 Features We Want On J. Cole's "4 Your Eyez Only"
With his level of productivity this year, J. Cole could've been nearing retirement for all we knew. As we should've suspected, though, he's been busy prepping his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. Out of nowhere, the album appeared on iTunes today, with a planned release date of Dec. 9. Just like that, much of the hip-hop world is now in a state of pandemonium -- realizing that one of the world's best is about to drop the follow-up to 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which most consider to be his best work.
Taylor Swift Is Highest-Earning Musician Of 2016, Diddy Only Rapper In Top 10
Taylor Swift made by far the most money of all music-makers in 2016, according to Forbes' newly unveiled list of The World's Highest-Paid Musicians of 2016. She comes in first place with a grand total of $170 million, $60 million ahead of the Zayn-less boy band One Direction. Diddy, who made the vast majority of his income via non-musical ventures, is the only rap artist to make the top 10, grabbing the final spot with $62 million.
Drake Is The Most Streamed Artist Of 2016 On Spotify
Spotify has released their year-end charts, revealing the most-streamed artists, songs, and albums on their platform in 2016. Drake is the most-streamed artist, with over 4.7 billion streams. VIEWS is the most-streamed album, with 2.45 billon streams, and "One Dance" is the most-streamed songs, with 970 million streams.
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.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of November 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.
Beyoncé, David Bowie & Chance The Rapper Top Rolling Stone's 2016 Best Albums List
Hip-hop has been well represented in the year 2016, and it's always a beautiful thing to see that reflected in the end of year lists of the mainstream music publications. Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper both had incredible years, and their projects were essentially impossible for the world of rock music to ignore. Rolling Stone released their list of the "50 Best Albums of 2016" today. Here's where hip-hop stood on that list.
Beyonce Wins Big, Drake Leaves Empty-Handed At 2016 Soul Train Awards
The Soul Train Music Awards were held on Nov. 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, though the show didn't air until earlier tonight. With the TV broadcast came the unveiling of all of the award winners. The categories included the year's best in R&B and, of course, soul music, but there were also a handful of hip-hop nominations, as the event, hosted by Erykah Badu, is meant to serve as a celebration of black music.
10 Essential Vinylz Productions
Much has been made of Drake' partnership with Noah "40" Shebib, but equally important to his success has been the quartet of producers of Boi-1da, Vinylz, Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes that often put their heads together to feed him a nearly endless supply of potential hits.
The Weeknd On Collab Project With Drake: "Why Not?"
The Weeknd's decision not to sign with OVO fueled rumors that there was bad blood between him and Drake. But in a new interview with Beats 1, he showed respect towards his old collaborator, and didn't rule out the possibility of a collaborative project between them in the future.
PartyNextDoor Wants To Produce As Much For Drake As Kanye West Did For Jay Z
In his first Canadian interview ever, PartyNextDoor opened up to NOW Magazine, a local Toronto publication, about his dreams for the future as the premier artist on OVO Sound. Here's what the usually tight-lipped artist said about his aspirations with Drake: "I competitively want to produce just as many records for Drake as Kanye West did for Jay Z ... I want to write just as much as Kanye may have for whomever Kanye has written for. I want to do as much as I can do while I'm young." PND went on to explain his longtime admiration for Kanye West:
Drake Denies December 3 "More Life" Release Date
Yesterday, news began circulating that Drake's More Life would be arriving on December 3rd, thanks to an interview with social media enthusiast/blogger ItsBizkit, who also has a relationship with Drake and the OVO camp. Bizkit gave a shout out to Drake during the radio interview, while also touting, "More Life December 3rd, it’s going down."