J. Cole, Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Highest Earning Musicians Of 2015
Billboard has released their annual list of Top Money Makers in the music industry, and while it's largely dominated by pop stars and legacy rock bands, a few rap and R&B artists also made the cut. The list is determined by the money made from sales, streaming, publishing, and touring, so anything made outside of those categories does not qualify, which is why artists like Dr. Dre and Diddy, who are known primarily for their business ventures these days, were not included.
Meet Bas: Dreamville's Cosmopolitan Sage
Ever since J. Cole signed him to Dreamville Records at the beginning of 2014, Bas has been living on the road. He toured North America, he toured Europe, and he toured North America again. This summer he's going on tour to promote his sophomore album Too High to Riot.
J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross Just Met With President Obama
President Obama just hosted a who's-who of rappers at the White House to discuss an initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," which aims to keep youth "on the right track". While the event was not publicized, word got out via the Associated Press, but more importantly, DJ Khaled's SnapChat (which might actually have a wider audience at this point), confirming attendees such as Rick Ross, J. Cole, Ludacris, Timbaland, Common, Busta Rhymes, Wale, Pusha T and Nicki Minaj.
A History Of Drake's Non-Album Singles
With Drake's "Hotline Bling" recently becoming his biggest hit to date, the rapper seems to have mastered the art of the standalone single. Drizzy has been using loose tracks as a means to promote his albums for a few years now, and he's only become more generous with the release of singles since the launch of his OVO Radio show.
J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani & More To Perform At Outside Lands 2016
Outside Lands announced its 2016 lineup Tuesday morning. The lineup isn't as hip hop-heavy as some other festivals (headliners = Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, and Lana Del Rey), there are still some pretty big names. J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak and Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) will all be making appearances. Also of potential interest for hip hop fans: Hiatus Kaiyote, Major Lazer, Lettuce, Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington, Tokimonsta, and The Knocks.
J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, & Ice Cube To Headline Pemberton 2016
With festival season approaching, hip hop heads should consider traveling to Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada this year. Pemberton just announced the full 2016 lineup and it looks very promising. Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, and Ice Cube are all headliners. Also of interest for hip hop enthusiasts: Tyler, the Creator, Tory Lanez, Anderson .Paak, Method Man and Redman, Rae Sremmurd, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, SZA, Mac Miller, Cypress Hill, FKA twigs, Dizzy Wright, Hudson Mohwake, & Pell.
Lollapalooza Reveals Line-Up
The festival line-ups keep rolling in, and every line-up seems better than the next (or, they're all just really dope line-ups). Today's line-up revelation comes from the annual Chicago festival Lollapalooza, with a mix of indie-rock and hip-hop headliners.
J. Cole's Dreamville Imprint Is Hooking A Trump Protester Up With Free Merch
Donald Trump's recent rallies have been a mess, with the potential republican candidate being forced to cancel his appearance in Chicago following conflicts between supporters and protesters in the crowd (he's actually encouraged violence toward protesters in this kind of situation...), while a protester in Ohio attempted to rush the stage before being apprehended by secret service agents.
Barack Obama Expresses His Love For J. Cole
Obama's love for hip-hop is now well-established. The President cited Kendrick Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost" as his favorite song of 2015, and he even invited the Compton rapper to meet with him in the Oval Office.
J Cole, Future, Young Thug, & More To Perform At 2016 Wireless Festival
Festival season is approaching. Last night, Wireless Festival became the latest to announce their 2016 lineup... this one may the most hip hop-heavy yet. Here are the hip hop acts that will perform at 2016 Wireless Festival: J. Cole, Future, Bryson Tiller, A$AP Ferg, Young Thug, Jeremih, Vince Staples, Ty Dolla $ign, Miguel, Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, Yelawolf, and Skepta's Boy Better Know crew. BANG BANG.
Charts Don't Lie: March 2
With Adele taking the #1 spot again this week, the top-selling album in the country alludes the hip hop industry. It wasn't a total loss though, however, as Rihanna jumps from #3 to #2 with her newest record ANTI. Does Rihanna have what it takes to beat out Adele next week? Time will tell...
J. Cole To Perform For Barack Obama At DNC Fundraiser
President Barack Obama is slated to attend a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Austin next month. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by none other than the pride of Fayetteville, J. Cole.
Charts Don't Lie: February 24
Following the Grammys there was a surge that gave hip hop artists a boost in sales. For example, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly jumped up from #60 to #16 after crushing it at the award show. The Weeknd also jumped from #12 back into the top 10, landing at #6 for his post-Grammy week on the charts.
Who Had The Better Verse: Kanye West Vs. Big Sean
As we continue to revel in the the season that is Yeezy, it's hard to not consider Kanye West’s body of work as a whole as nothing short of amazing.
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.
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.
Charts Don't Lie: February 3
In case you missed it, the RIAA updated their formula for calculating Gold and Platinum Album certifications yesterday. While it helped a few artist reach Platinum, today we see if it has shaken up the charts in any significant way. We’re now counting the total combined streams, single and album sales as “total album equivalent units” (TAEU, for short), as driven by changes to Billboard’s new rating system.
Are Drake & J Cole Going On A Summer Tour?
On this morning's episode of Ebro in the Morning, Ebro mentioned that he heard a rumor that a announcement will be made later this week regarding a Drake X J. Cole summer tour. Ebro, who is employed by Hot 97 and Apple Music, has deep ties in the music industry, so his claim could hold water.
10 Essential Dreamville Records Tracks
When you blow up in the hip hop game, it's your responsibility to use your shine to put on some younger cats. Dreamville is J. Cole's way of doing just that. After founding the music collective, Cole has grown the talented roster of MCs to include Bas, Omen, and Cozz, along with awesome producers like Cedric Brown, Ron Gilmore, Elite and more. They promise to keep "a pulse on our community while exploring new sounds, new visuals and new ways to authentically and genuinely connect with all people, around the world."
J. Cole Releases “Forest Hills Drive Live”
It looks like Rihanna isn’t the only Roc Nation member that’s dropping an album this week. In celebration of his 31st birthday today (Thursday Jan. 28), J Cole decided to release a live rendition of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album.