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.
Meek Mill's "Dreamchasers 4" Is Coming At The End Of December
Yesterday, Meek Mill shared the artwork to Dreamchasers 4 and said that the mixtape was coming "very soon." Though Meek hasn't offered a release date, Rick Ross recently revealed to DJ Skee that DC4 is coming at the end of December, after Ross' own album, Black Market, which is set for release on December 4.
Drake Previews "Views From The 6" Snippet
A seemingly fake/fan-made video was circulating the web recently, purporting a release date for Drake's Views From The 6. The January release date doesn't seem too far-fetched, however there hasn't been any confirmation or response from Drizzy's side. Last night, Drake took to his Vine account (sorry Instagram users) to preview a 6-second snippet off the Views album, his way of saying, it's on the way (at least, that's what we're interpreting).
Charts Don't Lie: November 18
We just experienced our second week in a row with no notable rap and R&B debuts, but it's all leading up to the huge sales week that will include Jeezy, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and Justin Bieber. In the meantime, the same major players have been keeping the charts populated, with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Drake, and Future making up a big chunk of sales, while Bryson Tiller continues to surprise with consistent numbers.Check out the full breakdown below.
Drake Scores "Most Important" Magazine Cover Of His Career
In September, Drake appeared on the cover of the FADER 100 issue, his first magazine cover (and interview) since his infamous February 2014 Rolling Stone cover story that led to a spat with Jay Z.
Charts Don't Lie: November 11
This was a bit of a dry week for rap and R&B releases. While we await projects from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, and Logic next week, things are pretty quiet, with no big debuts this cycle. The good news is, there are still quite a few rap albums occupying the top ten, with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Drake & Future's WATTBA continuing to do numbers. Meanwhile, Bryson Tiller continues his low-key but impressive presence within the top 30.Check out the full breakdown below.