Charts Don't Lie: February 17
The Billboard Chart saw a new number one this week in the form of Future, whose album EVOL is currently the top-selling album in the country. Apparently rolling it out on DJ Khaled's radio show wasn't such a bad idea, as the record has sold nearly 100k in its first week. Making way for Future's climb to the top is Rihanna, who slipped from #1 to #3 this week.
Behind The Beat: Dun Deal
Dun Deal is the guy behind the breakout hits of both Young Thug and Migos. It’s been three years ago since “Stoner” and “Hannah Montana” both appeared on the third edition of the compilation mixtape series put together by DJ Spinz' Hoodrich Production Group, with which Dun Deal is still affiliated. In the time since, both acts have not only stuck around, they’ve become among the most influential young acts in the industry, with record deals to prove it.
10 Surprising Credits On Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo"
Kanye West's The Life of Pablo has finally arrived, and it's about as good as anyone could've expected. Agitated fans are starting to forgive Kanye for his ridiculous antics throughout the convoluted and unpredictable album rollout. The anticipation really started to build three weeks ago, when Kanye shared the first copy of a handwritten tracklist for his upcoming album, then-titled SWISH. There were 10 tracks listed, and at the bottom of the page appeared the words "KYLIE WAS HERE."
Top Tracks: February 8 - February 14
Tired of hearing about The Life Of Pablo yet? Kanye West's highly anticipated album only dropped about 36 hours ago, but its eventual release was preceded by several days of frustrated waiting, as his haphazard release strategy continued (and may still be ongoing) with a series of remixing, tracklist updates, and delays. Annoying, yes, but you have to admit that the guy knows how to keep himself in the daily conversation for longer than nearly anyone in our era of short attention spans.
Future To Perform On SNL Next Month
Saturday Night Live is loving hip-hop right now. Last night, Kanye shut down the SNL stage -- for the second time in two years -- by performing material off The Life of Pablo. Among those who graced the stage with him include Young Thug, Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, and Kirk Franklin.
J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Future, Kid Ink Receive Gold & Platinum Certifications
The new streaming rules in regards to RIAA certifications have resulted in many albums being retroactively honored, and while we've already seen Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and more benefit from the change-up, the certifications are still rolling in.
Future's "EVOL" hits #1 In Its First Week
Future hit the top of the charts again this week, as his album EVOL achieved a #1 ranking on the Billboard charts after releasing last Friday. The Atlanta rapper beat out juggernauts like Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna for the top spot. While none of those three had new albums out, they each have a much more palatable and digestible sound than Future’s trap tales.
Review: Future's "EVOL"
In some ways, Future’s in the most difficult position in hip hop right now. After a year-long, nearly unimpeachable run, everyone expects nothing but brilliance. His fans judge him harder than ever because new material needs to be exceptional for them to forsake 2015’s bangers, and his haters will use each new tape as further evidence that he “makes the same song over and over,” unless there’s a discernible change.
Future Reportedly Considering Countersuit Against Ciara
Ciara and Future just can’t seem to maintain a quiet, clean break-up after they made such a wonderful couple. Yesterday, Ciara filed a $15 million slander lawsuit against Future for his words in interviews and on social media.
Charts Don't Lie: February 10
The Billboard 200 Chart shifted considerably over the past week, leaving artists like Tank in the dust as the likes of Rihanna and Kevin Gates rose to take the #1 and #2 positions, respectively. Rihanna's album, which debuted at #27 last week, claimed the #1 position we all expected it to have. The reasoning for the weak debut was on a technicality, but now that the album is properly available, it moved nearly 125,000 units.
Ciara & Future: A Complete History
Ciara's $15 million lawsuit against Future marks the culmination of an increasingly ugly feud over their 1-year-old son Future Jr. and Ciara's boyfriend, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, an earnest evangelical and perfect foil for the swaggy stylings of Future Hendrix.
Ciara Files $15 Million Lawsuit Against Future
Ciara and Future have had a rocky relationship since they called off their engagement two years ago. Both have been with new partners since then, but they haven't hesitated to tear each other down when the opportunity presents itself.
Future, Wiz Khalifa & Young Thug's First Week Sales Projections Are In
Future proved that he could drop an album like a mixtape and still sell upwards of 100,000 copies first week with DS2, and he's now continued that trend with EVOL. The rapper's latest project, released shortly after his free Purple Reign mixtape is projected to sell 110-115,00 copies, (145-150k with streams). It will definitely put him in the running for the #1 spot next week.
Top Tracks: February 1 - February 7
Constant new music from the game's biggest stars has become the norm. And while it's almost too much to digest, we're not complaining. This week's Top Tracks is dominated by Future, Drake, and Rihanna, and it's likely those names aren't going anywhere -- Future, especially, who's already dropped two projects this year, adding to the four he put out in 2015. And don't let me forget about Meek. Drizzy stans aren't gonna let him live any time soon, though most everything he's dropped this year has cracked the Top 10. He's finally using all the controversy to his advantage.
Future's New Album "EVOL" Has Arrived
The man just doesn't stop working. Fresh off the release of his Purple Reign project, Future continues his rap dominance by sharing yet another new album for us tonight called EVOL.
Future's "EVOL" Album Art Has Been Identified, And It's Not Stock Photography This Time
Future announced his new album EVOL last night, sharing the album artwork and track list. The cover features a smoldering image of roses cover in ash and embers.
Young Thug Changes "Slime Season 3" To "I'm Up," Alludes To $1 Million Deal
Things got exciting towards the end of the day yesterday when, not only did Future announce the title and tracklist for a new album dropping on Apple (Evol), but he appeared to engage in sub-tweet war with Young Thug.
Tracklist Revealed For Future's "EVOL" Album
Staying true to his word, Future’s newly-announced album, EVOL, was just made available for pre-order on iTunes tonight, ultimately revealing the tracklist and features in the process.
Future Announces Album Title, New Deal With Apple
Future promised he had something big for us at midnight, and he wasn't lying. The rapper shared the artwork for his new album, EVOL on Twitter, revealing that the pre-order would be going up when the clock strikes 12.Along with the dark, floral imagery, Fewtch also shared that he has a new "deal" with Apple. As far as what that means, we can't be entirely sure, but we're guessing it'll be something like what Drake has. Future's debut of the project on DJ Khaled's new Beats Radio 1 show will be a perfect way to celebrate the news.
Young Thug Appears To Be Sub-Tweeting Future
Young Thug and Future are both putting out projects this Friday, and it seems like the spirit of competition has reared its head today. Shortly after Future shared news that he'd be dropping new music tonight, Young Thug tweeted a comment that seemed to be a response to Future's output. Boy slow down dropping all that BS music...😭😂✌🏾️