Drake's "Hotline Bling" Reportedly Ineligible For Grammys Due To Cash Money Error
The 2016 GRAMMYs nominations were announced yesterday. Kendrick Lamar reigned supreme with 11 noms. Despite Drake's success this year, he garnered four noms, with his smash hit "Hotline Bling" coming up empty-handed. According to Hits Daily Double, the record was not submitted for nomination due to a clerical error in the office of Cash Money Records.
2016 Grammy Nominations Announced
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are going down on February 15th, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Today the nominations have been announced, with Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd nabbing quite a few-- Kendrick has eleven nominations, while The Weeknd has seven. The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" is up for Record of the Year, against Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"), Mark Ronson ("Uptown Funk"), Taylor Swift ("Blank Space") and D'Angelo and the Vanguard ("Really Love").
Review: Erykah Badu's "But You Caint Use My Phone"
You don’t peg Erykah Badu as the type of artist to release a mixtape. Her albums are well thought-out, seemingly in every sense. They’re rich with instrumentation, passing as top-notch soul music while keeping a foot in the hip hop scene. They’ve been spaced a few years apart, presumably to get everything to sound perfect, with 100% crisp production and the type of vocal delivery that has given Badu legendary status.
Makonnen Speaks On His Place Within OVO
Soon after releasing his second EP, ILoveMakonnen 2, Makonnen is the focus of an in-depth interview with FADER on how his life has changed since his breakout hit, "Tuesday," earned him instant stardom, a Drake remix, and a deal with OVO.
ICYMI: Rick Ross Throws Shade At Drake On "Color Money"
As you may have seen yesterday, Rick Ross released a new record off the upcoming Black Market album, "Color Money." With the album arriving in two days time, some extra hype is always nice, so it may be strategic that this latest leak takes a few shots at Drake. Then again, it was a leak that's since been taken down, so it could be inadvertent. Either way, it's got people talking.
Drake Is Bummed Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Aren't Back Together
Justin Bieber created quite a stir when he posted a photo of himself and Selena Gomez on an ATV to Instagram yesterday, with some fans assuming the picture was new and a sign the two were back together. However, the true Bieber stans identified it as an old photo from back when the two were dating, and Biebs confirmed it with a new caption; "Just a throwback calm down".
Charts Don't Lie: December 2nd
While we had debuts from Jadakiss, Tech N9ne and the Empire soundtrack, this was Adele's week. The UK songwriter moved 3.48 million equivalent units of her third album 25, making it simultaneously the biggest sales week of the year, the biggest selling album of the year, and the biggest sales week of ALL TIME. It replaces N'SYNC's previous record, in which they sold 2.416 million of their sophomore LP Bye Bye Bye in 2000.
Drake Is The Most Streamed Artist On Spotify In 2015
You know Drake's about to take over all these impending year-end lists. Be prepared, troll or otherwise. It begins today, with the release of Spotify's Year in Music lists, which round up some of the most-streamed artists on their worldwide platform.
Drake Responds To Adele's "Hotline Bling" Remix Request
Adele is in the process of shattering record sales this week, so she's not exactly in need of a Drake verse to break a single. Nevertheless, she's made it clear that she wants to work with Drizzy -- specifically on a remix to "Hotline Bling".
Stream Erykah Badu's "But You Caint Use My Phone"
Erykah Badu dropped her mixtape last night, But You Caint Use My Phone, however it wasn't a 'proper' mixtape (and by that we mean, 'free'), it was released exclusively via iTunes and Apple Music. Thus you can purchase your own copy or else stream it on Apple Music.
A HotNewHipHop Thanksgiving: 10 Things We're Thankful For
Thanksgiving is here, and while we gather with our families to reflect on what we are thankful for this year, we here at HotNewHipHop can’t help but reminisce on the year thus far with gratitude. We’ve been spoiled with albums and mixtapes, as well as a healthy amount of "comebacks." As analysts of the genre, we’ve been overwhelmed with remarkable material from artists upcoming and legendary alike. As fans, our excitement has us feeling young again.
Drake & Nicki Minaj Are Nominated For TIME Person Of The Year
TIME magazine is preparing for their annual Person of the Year cover, and to help with their decision (which will ultimately lie with the TIME editorial team), they've opened up a poll for users to vote.
Justin Bieber Breaks Drake/The Beatles' Billboard Record
The Justin Bieber takeover is upon us. With the release of his new album, Purpose, the Biebz is transcending genres and widening his already-massive fanbase with a more grown sound. It's working well, so it seems, as Purpose debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, and has now gone on to take over Billboard's Hot 100 chart, lifting records previously held by Drake and The Beatles.
How Meek Mill Can Bounce Back From His Summer Slump
At the end of June, things were looking better for Meek Mill than they had in a while. Having just been released from prison six months prior, he was dating the hottest and most talented female rapper in the game, and saw the long-delayed Dreams Worth More Than Money receive rave reviews and the number one spot on the Billboard 100.
Tyga Says Drake Should Be In Billboard's Top 10 List
The Game just expressed his dissatisfaction with Billboard's recent "10 Greatest Rappers of All Time" list for not including West Coast emcees like 2Pac, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg. Another L.A.
Adele Wants To Be On The Official "Hotline Bling" Remix
"Hotline Bling" feels like the most remixed song of the year. In the past few months, Drake's smash hit has been been reworked or covered by Bieber, Kehlani, Erykah Badu, and even Jadakiss. Somewhat surprisingly, none of the remixes have been sanctioned by Drake himself, though should he decide to start reaching out to candidates for an official remix, he's already got perhaps the world's biggest pop star waiting for his call.
Rick Ross Claims To Be One Of The Biggest Ghostwriters In Rap
Rick Ross just got off house arrest, and while he's happy to be a free man, the time spent in seclusion gave him a lot of time to reflect -- ultimately inspiring the material for his upcoming studio album Black Market. In a new interview with Time magazine, the MMG bawse talked about one of the records that was inspired by this introspective time in his life, the sure-to-be informative "Ghostwriter," which will find him musing on being one of the biggest writers in the business (we knew he did some stuff for Diddy, but otherwise this is news to us).
Funkmaster Flex Disses Drake Again
Following Meek Mill's now infamous Twitter attack on Drake, Funkmaster Flex was one of the few who rushed to the rapper's side, playing a number of Quentin Miller reference tracks on his radio show, and taking shots at Drizzy all the while. Now that the beef is over, it's been generally agreed upon that Drake came out on top, but it hasn't stopped Funk Flex from taking a random shot at the rapper during a DJ set at Jadakiss' show in NYC Saturday night.
Future On WATTBA: "It Never Happened"
Anyone who follows Future on Twitter knows that the man loves to remain cryptic, constantly tweeting vague phrases, any of which could probably be read as either a subtweet or a mixtape title under a magnifying glass. In a recent interview with Mass Appeal, Fewtch continued in that tradition of puzzling but highly hashtag-able phrases when asked about one of his projects, and it has the Future Hive in a frenzy.