James Blake Talks Beyonce Collab & Not Clearing Sample For Drake
UK singer and electronic music virtuoso James Blake has become a household name in the hip-hop world as he has made fans out of stars like Kanye West and Chance the Rapper.
Drake Shoots "Child's Play" Video In Houston
Though Drake's VIEWS, released at the end of April, has been by far the year's most successful album, none of its tracks have yet received a music video, save for the bonus track "Hotline Bling," which, of course, was the source of one of the most memorable videos of 2015.
Charts Don't Lie: July 13
Drake spent nine weeks at #1 before being dethroned, this time around, by Blink-182, whose record California now holds the top spot. R&B superstar Maxwell debuts at the #3 spot with blackSUMMERS'night, his first record since '09. Logic debuts at #16 with Bobby Tarantino and Desiigner begins his presence on the Billboard 200 at #22 with his mixtape New English.
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Drake Shares Eulogy For Megan Flores, The Young Cancer Patient To Whom "VIEWS" Is Dedicated
Yesterday (July 10), Drake revealed that Megan Flores, the adolescent girl to whom he dedicated his latest album, VIEWS, had lost her battle with cancer. Megan, known to fellow fans as OVO Megan, considered herself to be Drake's biggest admirer, and earlier this year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation set up a meeting between Drake and Megan in the Miami hospital in which she was being treated.
The Reign Of Drake's "VIEWS" Ends At 9 No. 1 Weeks In A Row
The historic reign of VIEWS has come to an end. After nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake's latest album has finally relinquished the top spot. And it was dethroned by an unlikely suspect: the middle-aged alt-rock band Blink-182, whose new album, California, has become the group's second No. 1, the last one being 2001's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.
Zaytoven Says A Drake & Gucci Mane Project Has Been Discussed
It's been just over a month since Gucci Mane was released from prison, but he's already accomplished a whole lot -- turning in collaborations with Kanye West, Dreezy, Kodak Black, and recording an entire album, Everybody Looking, which will be released later this month. One of the records on the LP is "Back On Road," a collaboration with Drake -- who has been pretty tight with Guwop following his release, stopping by the rapper's mansion a couple weeks back to take some Instagram photos and of course, talk business.
Joe Budden Continues To Pester Drake For A Response
Joe Budden gave Drake a dose of his own medicine with two "Back To Back" diss tracks last week, but so far, Joe's efforts don't seem to have stung Drizzy the way the OVO rapper's own tracks did Meek Mill last summer.
Zaytoven Confirms Drake Feature On Future's "Beast Mode 16"
Drake has been hyping up this current summer season ever since wintertime, dropping his "Summer Sixteen" single at the end of January. At the end of April, he announced a "Summer Sixteen" tour with his WATTBA collaborator Future. The joint tour kicks off later this month month, and indeed, Drake has already dropped off more than enough music to soundtrack the summer. VIEWS is still the No. 1 album in the country -- for the ninth week in a row -- and "One Dance" is still the No. 1 song.
Drake & Kanye West React To The Death Of Alton Sterling
Following the death of 37-year old Alton Sterling, who was senselessly gunned down by ANOTHER police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week, the hip-hop community has once again expressed their incredible outrage & disbelief on the matter.
Charts Don't Lie: July 6
Almost every release listed below actually moved up on Billboard 200 this past week, an impressive statistic that bodes well for the likes of Bryson Tiller and Kanye West, who both jumped up at least 15 spots over the 4th of July weekend. Without any new releases in the top spots, the list looks pretty familiar, but there were a few new records in some of the chart's higher spots. Peach Panther by RiFF RaFF debuts at #69, DJ Shadow's new LP is at #77, and Blood Orange comes in at #185, in terms of R&B and hip hop-related releases. ...
Top 5 2 Chainz Features Of 2016
2012 was a monumental year for 2 Chainz, as the rapper's titular ad-lib was impossible to escape, whether on his countless features or massively successful solo singles. After release of his debut album under his new pseudonym (never forget his long stint as Tity Boi), Chainz became a little less omni-present, instead choosing to broaden his range and make a bid as an album artist. This phase made for some of his best work to date, including the eternally underrated BOATS II, and his experimental Freebase EP.
Joe Budden To Meek Mill: "Watch A Real MC Do What You Couldn't"
After he criticized Drake's VIEWS and caught what he perceived to be a subliminal diss on "4pm In Calabasas," Joe Budden decided to go after Drizzy on his diss track, "Making A Mur
Drake Has Tied A Michael Jackson Chart Record
However you may feel about Drake's 4th studio album, VIEWS, it is on pace to be his biggest commercial success yet. The album and its lead single, "One Dance," have, together, refused to budge from their perches atop the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts for the last 7 weeks, tying Michael Jackson's 1983 run, which makes him one of two male artists to do so.
Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
4th Of July Playlist
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music. There's no better way to celebrate than with some great tunes -- as even President Obama will be spending the evening taking in a White House concert performance from Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar this evening. As there will be many barbecues to soundtrack today, we've put together a Spotify playlist with some of our favorite summer records from 2016 so far.
Drake's "VIEWS" Achieves Third Most Weeks At No. 1 Of All Hip-Hop Albums
Drake's latest album, VIEWS, hasn't been among the most well-received projects of the year by Internet critics, but sales-wise, it's murdering the competition. Released at the end of April, VIEWS is about to enter its ninth consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. With its ninth week at No. 1, VIEWS now ranks third on the list of hip-hop albums that have spent the most weeks at the top of the chart.
The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Drake Unveils Full OVO Fest Lineup
Now in its seventh year, OVO Fest has become one of the biggest events and tourist attractions that the Toronto summer has to offer. About a month before the 4-day extravaganza, Drake has unveiled the full OVO Fest lineup.
Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh Wants Recruits To Know He's Cool, Lists His Top 5 Drake Songs
Jim Harbaugh, the head football coach at the University of Michigan is one of the most unique, polarizing head coaches in the sport, or in any sport for that matter. The quirky, passionate, mad genius eats, sleeps and breathes football but he also wants his players and recruits to know that he's also hip with the time. Take for instance his recent announcement on twitter, where he proclaimed that he "wasn't a fake" and proceeded to list his Top 5 Drake songs.