Eminem's Backstage Tour Rider For South Africa Revealed
Eminem is a very private person, and he keeps his life tightly under wraps at all times. It's not often he strays from his native Detroit, and when he does, it's for a reason, i.e., tours or an important interview-- he rarely does interviews. So when Eminem's backstage tour rider for South Africa somehow hit the web, we jumped at the chance to find out what Em's demands are.
Eminem, Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Cover XXL
XXL are preparing for a big issue this month, as they've got Eminem, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine gracing their new cover, which is a first. The magazine is celebrating all things Beats Electronics for the upcoming isssue.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 16
Although we saw an increase in overall album sales last week, due to the Grammys and the Super Bowl, this week we're back down again, with a 3% decrease compared to last week. While Bruno Mars isn't featured on the list below, it should be noted he's still benefiting from the Super Bowl half-time show, with two of his albums, Unorthodox Jukebox having an astounding 92% increase, and his debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans benefiting from a 52% increase.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 9
This past week has been pretty interesting for the Billboard 200. Following the Grammys and more recently, the Super Bowl, we've seen several artists gain substantial increases in sales. First, the song that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed at the Grammys, "Same Love", as we reported earlier this week, saw a crazy increase in sales of 350%, while their album, The Heist, saw a 62% increase.
Bizarre Reveals Eminem Inspired Him To Get Sober
The last we heard from rapper, Bizarre, he was leaving D12 due to "creative differences," way back in 2012. Now the Detroit rapper reveals that D12 will forever be tied with him and they are currently working on new projects. This is good news for the D12 fan who found Bizarre's often shocking and, frankly (forgive us), bizarre contributions to the groups tracks. While speaking to Peter Czymbor of WXBR, he said:
Charts Don’t Lie: January 26
This week the charts remained relatively calm, with no hip-hop new-comers to speak of yet. However, Ty Dolla $ign recently dropped his new Beach House EP, so we'll have to see how well that does sales-wise next week. This past week was Kid Ink's second week on the Billboard 200, and while he wasn't able to maintain a spot within the top 20 of the Billboard 200, he was pretty close, dropping to #21 after a #3 debut. Although Ink is signed to RCA, this is his debut effort and while he's pushing towards the mainstream, he hasn't quite broken down the barrier yet.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nas & More Perform At Beats By Dre Grammy Party
Beats Music just launched last week, and they celebrated the occasion (as well as the upcoming Grammy awards) last night at the Belasco Theater in LA. It was a star-studded event to say the least, with Dre seemingly calling in just about all his connectiosn to perform at the event.
D12 Recording New Music With Eminem?
Could D12 be working on a comeback with long-time homie Eminem? According to an article posted in the Detroit Free Press, it appears so.
Charts Don't Lie: January 19
This week we welcome a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, Kid Ink. Kid Ink is a prime example of a rapper who took his internet fame way past the internet. The Alumni rapper is now signed to a major label, and was able to successfully release his debut album My Own Lane-- he actually surpassed the sales projections of 40-45k. Ink sold a respectable 50k, which isn't too shabby for an artist who is not quite mainstream yet, although it's only a matter of time until he gets there.
Rappers' Wives That Have Been Arrested
It’s hard out there for the life of a rappers wife or that ride-or-die chick. Once you beat out the competition; the gold diggers, video vixens and schemers, and officially accept the title, your public image changes, usually for the worse. The role of the rappers wife includes extended alone time, which can make you feel like a single mother, cheating allegations and a hedonistic lifestyle of bottle poppin’ and partying. But what’s even more unfortunate is that it opens up your personal life to scrutiny from, well, pretty much everyone.
Eminem Reportedly Working On Rap Battle Reality TV Show With Jack Thriller [Update: Royce Da 5'9" Chimes In]
Eminem got his start as a battle rapper in Detroit, and it looks like he'll be going back to his roots with a new TV show centered around battle rap. ThisIs50 host Jack Thriller took to his Instagram to reveal that Em hit him up to be the host of said battle rap reality TV show. That's basically all we know right now, but this will definitely be something to keep an eye out for.
Charts Don't Lie: January 12
There aren't very many changes in this week's Charts Don't Lie compared to last week. The main list of artists has remained the same, as we have yet to receive any new rap or r'n'b debuts on the Billboard 200, although Kid Ink's debut album My Own Lane will begin charting in the near future. Ink's RCA album is projected to move a solid 40-45k, which will land him within the top 3.
Producer Scoop Deville Details Upcoming Busta Rhymes & Eminem Collaboration
During a recent interview with VladTV, Los Angeles emcee/producer Scoop Deville broke down the upcoming collaboration between Busta Rhymes and Eminem, which he produced. It'll appear on the former's new album Extinction Level Event 2. "That's the next record that's going to, I'd say, destroy the streets of New York and hip-hop in a lot of ways," Deville said. "That record is something that we've been putting together for a minute. It's not just like an overnight thing. We've been trying to make this THE record to bring back Busta in a major way."
DMX Discusses Eminem, The State Of Rap, Becoming A Pastor & More
In a recent interview with Bulgarian urban media outlet 359HipHop, DMX discussed his legal troubles, Eminem's "Rap God" status, the evolution of the game and his aspiration to eventually become a pastor (not a priest).
Charts Don’t Lie: January 5
With the holiday season winding down, we're still seeing the affect it had on the charts and the sales. It seems like almost everyone on today's Charts round-up had an increase in sales and a rise up the Billboard 200 in the past seven days except for B.o.B. Unfortunately, Underground Luxury does not seem to be taking off in any way, and although it was released in time to give as a Christmas gift, it apparently wasn't. For his second week on the charts Bobby Ray sold 19,000 units, and dropped to #30.
Eminem & Rihanna's "The Monster" Sales Skyrocket
Eminem's newest collaboration with Rihanna was always expected to be huge, but this week it got a pretty surprising second wind. "The Monster" had a 123% sales increase in the last seven days, giving it the biggest sales week yet for the single, which officially dropped back in October. Apparently, the huge increase in sales can be attributed mainly to iTunes gift card purchases. The track wa spurchased a total of 433,000 times, an impressive gain on it's first and biggest sales week, which only managed to move 373,000 units.
Charts Don’t Lie: December 29
The past week brought Christmas, which undoubtedly brought sales in all departments, music or otherwise. However not all hip-hop artists were lucky enough to benefit from this Christmas season. Although B.o.B released his album Underground Luxury just in time to enjoy some holiday giving, his album fell completely flat, managing to debut at #22 this week on the Billboard 200, moving only 35k. Compare this to Strange Clouds which did 76k, or better yet, his debut album which moved 84k opening week, and it looks like Bobby Ray's fan base is waning.
Eminem & Kanye West Wanted $1-2 Million To Perform During Super Bowl Week
Looks like Eminem and Kanye West think they're worth a little more than the NFL is willing to shell out. According to TMZ, both Em and 'Ye were approached but the organization to headline a party during Superbowl week, but both of their quotes were turned down. Eminem's representatives reportedly asked for $2 million dollars for the rapper to perform, while Kanye's people requested $1 million plus benefits.
50 Cent On "In Da Club": "It's Chasing Me, I Keep Running From It"
50 Cent made quite a splash when he released his breakthrough single, "In Da Club" in 2003. In fact, the track was such a phenomenon that casual listeners still define Fif by it to this day. The NY rapper talked to Complex about his attempts to escape the iconic hit, his respect for Miley Cyrus, and how Eminem's lack of interest in areas outside of music has benefited him. Read some excerpts from the interview below:
Charts Don't Lie: December 15
This segment of Charts Don't Lie is relatively subdued, as we have no big new entries to speak of just yet.