Listen to OVO Sound Radio Episode 5
Last night we heard yet another episode of the OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1. As usual, it was chock-full of exclusives, including a Drake remix of The Weeknd's "Tell Your Friends" and a PARTYNEXDOOR-assisted record from Amir Obe.You've probably already heard those records, but there's still plenty of worthwhile music on the rest of the mix, with Oliver kicking things off with the universally-approved Bieber single, "What Do You Mean?," before running through some Travi$ Scott, Toronto's Jazz Cartier, and more.
The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" First Week Sales Are In
The Weeknd has been having a strong year, building his already strong fanbase into something bigger with his ventures into bright, pop-leaning territory. "I Can't Feel My Face" is currently the #1 song in the country, and that's far from his only contribution to the current charts.
#TBT: Swizz Beatz-Produced Bangers
When you think of club-ready hip hop music that was bumpin' from 2000-2010, Swizz Beatz is one of the elite names that should come to mind. The Bronx producer-DJ-rapper-fashionista-artist can virtually do anything under the sun, but he was at his most potent through the aforementioned years when he was producing rap bangers for the likes of Jay Z, T.I., DMX, and many more.
Who Would Be In Kanye West's Presidential Cabinet?
Whether you saw it live on Sunday night or saw it later on the Internet, everyone and their mom knows that Kanye announced he will be running for U.S presidency in 2020.
Top Tracks: August 24 - August 30
This is a moment to be proud of. A Top Ten filled with almost all new music, and not from a select few artists. Well, there is the matter of one very predictable champion but...you know what? Let's get to it. 10) Tyga - Scandal
10 Essential PARTYNEXTDOOR Tracks
Canadians are everywhere nowadays. It's safe to say that Drake has opened up the door for many Canucks to be heard, especially within the R&B/hip hop crossover style. The Weeknd skyrocketed to fame after working on Take Care, and PARTYNEXTDOOR seems to be blowing up ever since he started making music with Drizzy.
J Cole Brings Out Jay-Z, Big Sean, & Drake In Fayetteville
J. Cole has single-handedly put Fayetteville, NC on the map, and his homecoming concert tonight at Crown Coliseum was always going to be a feel-good event. But Jermaine was not alone. He brought reinforcements. Jay-Z and Big Sean joined J Cole on stage to perform "IDFWU," "Clique" and more before Drake showed up to perform "Energy," "Know Yourself," and other tracks from IYRTITL. Others who made appearances to support Cole on his big night were fellow "Forest Hills Drive" tour acts Jeremih, YG, Bas, Cozz, and Omen.
Drake's Team Says Apple Didn't Interfere With Lil Weezyana Stream, Calls It A "Publicity Stunt"
While Tidal spun their lack of access to the Drake portion of Lil Weezyana fest as interference from Apple, Drizzy's team tells a different story. Future The Prince, who has served as both Drake's DJ and management at different points in his career, has revealed that the reason the stream cut out was a business decision from OVO's side, and had nothing to do with apple.
Lil Wayne Brought Out Drake, Curren$y, Master P & More At Lil Weezyana Fest
When it was announced that the Hot Boys would be reuniting for Lil Wayne's Lil Weezyana Fest, we knew it would be a historical event, but it turned out Wayne had plenty more surprises up his sleeve.After running through a collection of his many solo hits, Wayne began to introduce the guests. He started off with a couple of artists from the Young Money roster (Cory Gunz and Shanell), before reuniting the Sqad Up crew (Kidd Kidd, Gudda Gudda, etc.). Later on, Mack Maine and Curren$y made back-to-back appearances, before the main event -- the Hot Boys -- took the stage.
Apple Blocked Tidal From Streaming Drake's Performance At Lil Weezyana Fest
Rumor had it that Apple had threatened Tidal with a $20 million lawsuit if Drake's performance at Lil Weezyana Fest was broadcasted yesterday, and when the rapper's appearance was cut from the stream, the threat seemed to be confirmed. As soon as Drizzy came through to perform "Back To Back," among other songs, the screen went black and the following message appeared: Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience. We'll be back after the performance.
Common Weighs In On Drake & Serena Hooking Up
Back when the Common-Drake beef was happening, it was rumored that tennis player Serena Williams played a part-- she was coupled up with Common before the two parted ways, and then she reportedly linked up with Drizzy. Common later admitted that Serena was indeed the fueling factor, saying, "So unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, but at the time I never said that."
A Church In Toronto Put Up A Drake-Inspired Billboard
Drake was already seen as something of a religious figure in his city even before he introduced the "6 God" pseudonym, but now he's officially been acknowledged by a local church.In what can only be described as an attempt to appeal to youth, C3 Church Toronto has put up a Billboard that references Drake's new name for the city, reading; "For God So Loved The 6". They then get straight to the point in the fine print -- "God's love might be hard to understand, but you can certainly experience it."
5 Artists Aaliyah Influenced
Although she passed away fourteen years ago at the all-too-young age of 22, Aaliyah still fervently burns like an R&B sun, atop the solar system of artists that she fuels and influences posthumously. Despite her age, her career lasted nearly a decade. Her sex appeal, style, and squad of collaborators, who are also mega-stars in their own right created the perfect storm to set pop music on a course that is still traveled by some of music’s best and brightest to this day.
Drake To Push "Hotline Bling" As Radio Single
Drake's "Hotline Bling" appears to be the fan favorite of the OVO rapper's recent string of releases. As the initial hype of "Back To Back" wears off, "Bling" grows ever stronger, moving from 57 to 34 on the Hot 100 last week, officially surpassing his Meek diss track.
10 Celebrities Drake Has Dated
The ladies love Drake. He's been an in-demand bachelor since his days as Wheelchair Jimmy on "Degrassi." Girls would be throwing themselves at the charismatic, talented, & biracial Drake even if he weren't a megastar. Indeed, he has quite the dating record, and in light of his most recent girl, Serena Williams, we take a look at some of his more high-profile relationships over the years.
Top Tracks: August 17 - August 23
The tidal wave of Drake that has washed over the Top 10 is finally, thankfully receding. Much like low tide, a lingering stench of Drizzy still remains, but at least there are no more songs in the Top 10 twice. Let’s get to it. 10) MPA Duke ft. Travi$ Scott - On My Vibe
Drake & Serena Williams Rekindle The Flame?
"My Way" may have been the Fetty Wap song Drake chose to bless with a guest verse earlier this year, but it might have more accurate if he had chosen "Again." He was just spotted making out with tennis star Serena Williams in a Cincinnati restaurant, and if you'll recall from his beef with Common a few years back, this wasn't his first encounter with her.
Listen To OVO Sound Radio Episode 4 With Majid Jordan's Jordan Ullman
OVO Radio was back for another installment Saturday evening, and this time it was Jordan Ullman, one half of OVO duo Majid Jordan, who took the hot seat. The show started with a lengthy set from OVO's resident tastemaker, Oliver El-Khatib, which featured music from ASAP Rocky, Ginuwine, Jai Paul, and an exclusive from Reekz & Section Boyz. Halfway through, Drake called in (using the heavy Scarborough accent we heard in his Jungle short film), explaining he's in the "cave" working on his album.
Charts Don't Lie: August 22
This was Straight Outta Compton's week, and the sales reflect it. Dr. Dre's long-awaited third studio album made an impressive number one debut, becoming the third best rap sales week of 2015 behind Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Meanwhile, Future is still profiting from the support of the #FutureHive, sticking at 7, while Drake and Meek are still pretty neck and neck, despite the public's perception of things, placing at number 10 and number 13 respectively.