Top Tracks: November 28 - December 4
Easily the biggest story of this past week was the announcement of J. Cole's new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, the release of a "making of" documentary, and the ensuing drama. The doc contained videos for two new tracks, "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies," which have been construed to contain disses of Kanye West and Lil Yachty, respectively. A J.
Jeremih Dropped From "Summer's Over" Tour With PARTYNEXTDOOR
Jeremih has been dropped from the Summer's Over tour with PARTYNEXTDOOR, according to a Live Nation statement to Pitchfork. The decision to remove the Chicago singer from the bill is due to "multiple incidents" that left the entertainment company "no other choice."
Jeremih Disses PARTYNEXTDOOR On Stage In Dallas
Jeremih was all over the news yesterday after fans & reports surfaced online that he had put out a stunt-double to perform his show in Houston Thursday night, and now not even 24 hours later he’s back calling out OVO crooner & fellow touring partner PARTYNEXTDOOR on stage.
Fans Think Jeremih Got A Body Double To Perform For Him After Tensions With PND
Approaching the year's end, artists are having a tough time on the road. It all started with Kanye West's troubling onstage rants over the course of a few "Saint Pablo" shows. He aborted a show in Sacramento after particularly frantic speech regarding his frayed relationship with Jay Z and Beyonce, and within the next two days, the entire tour was cancelled and he was admitted to the hospital for an exhaustion-induced state of psychosis.
Jeremih Storms Off Stage In Chicago
Jeremih's Tuesday night show in Chicago came to an abrupt end, with the singer throwing the mic before sending out a final "they some haters, fuck y'all!" Though the audience was confused and disappointed at the time, Jeremih reassured his fans that he wasn't upset with them, but rather the show's organizers, suggesting that his sign off was directed at the sound crew, who had just cut his monitor.
Top Tracks: November 21 - November 27
Since debuting last year, Drake's OVO Sound Radio installation on Apple's Beats 1 has proven a huge force in debuting music by already-established stars as well as breaking new talent like Kodak Black, dvsn, and WizKid. Obviously, it's an engine that's benefitted its creator the most, creating huge events out of the debuts of What A Time To Be Alive, "Summer Sixteen," and VIEWS, but the 6 God has spread the love too.
10 Essential Vinylz Productions
Much has been made of Drake' partnership with Noah "40" Shebib, but equally important to his success has been the quartet of producers of Boi-1da, Vinylz, Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes that often put their heads together to feed him a nearly endless supply of potential hits.
Top Tracks: November 14 - November 20
By the time the next edition of Top Tracks drops, it'll almost be December, which means that in terms of music releases, we're entering the year's equivalent of garbage time. We've still got projects from The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, and Drake on the way in 2016, but beyond that, don't expect too many surprises in term of full-length projects. What you can bank on, though, are some new singles dropping in order to carry hype into the new year. Let's start shaping up that early 2017 release calendar.
PartyNextDoor On Co-Writing Rihanna's "Work" & "Sex With Me": "It's Easier To Write For Other People"
PartyNextDoor just kicked off his tour with Jeremih, and with the new set of dates comes a new interview with the Toronto singer. PND has been known to be fairly reclusive, and as a result his interviews are few and far between, so this Power 98 conversation is one to be cherished. PND has been hinting at a joint project with his tour partner, Jeremih, but when asked whether the two were working on music, he was fairly tight lipped, "Something like that," he said with a grin.
Top Tracks: November 7 - November 13
The state of high-profile stars' song creation processes is such that we often don't know how credited songwriters and/or guests factor into the equation until long after the song is released. Time and time again this year, we've seen "original versions" by people other than the lead artists surface, basically proving that they're the main crative forces behind the song in question.
Top Tracks: October 31 - November 6
When Drake and Future linked up just over a year ago for What A Time To Be Alive, it was an almost earth-shattering event in hip hop, regardless of the album's quality. One was (and still is) undeniably the most popular rapper on the planet, and the other was (and probably isn't at the moment) the hottest, the guy who was just capping one of the craziest 12-month runs we've seen in this decade.
The Music Of Donald Glover's "Atlanta"
FX's "Atlanta" has taken TV by storm this fall, debuting to 3 million viewers in September, locking down a second season, and propelling its creator/actor Donald Glover into even greater multi-disciplinary fame. Previously a screenwriter, comedian, actor, and rapper, Glover has added the showrunner feather to his cap, and the resulting show bears more of his fingerprints than any of his previous TV endeavors (most notable among them "30 Rock" and "Community").
Top Tracks: October 24 - October 30
For the past few years it's been clear that regardless of quality, everything Drake announces or releases is guaranteed to produce more pageviews on HNHH than any of his contemporaries. We've known this for a while and capitalized upon it a few times, which many of you have noticed and decried, but hey, you're still clicking on it. Drizzy dropped four tracks on OVO Sound Radio last weekend and nothing has changed, despite the fact that they did arrive too late for last week's Top Tracks list.
Top Tracks: October 17 - October 24
Well clearly the big news today is the announcement of Drake's new project More Life, and the ensuing tracks that the 6 God dropped on OVO Sound last night. Dude can still easily dominate the conversation whenever he wants to.
10 Essential Quavo Guest Verses
While it is true that Migos is greater than the sum of its parts, it is also true that Quavo has emerged as the most popular member of the group, and the most likely to be poached for a guest appearance on another artist's songs. In the last year alone, Quavo has contributed to songs by Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih.
Top Tracks: October 10 - October 16
Last week gave us Gucci Mane's second album of the year, Woptober, The Game's 1992, and Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge (aka NxWorries)' Yes Lawd!, and we've still got projects from D.R.A.M., Joe Budden, Common, and Jeezy dropping soon, but it feels like it's been a while since any major releases have arrived.
Top Tracks: October 3 - October 9
Barring The Weeknd's Starboy and any late-year surprises, we don't seem to have a whole lot coming on the release calendar as fall settles in. Gucci Mane's Woptober, Anderson .Paak and Knxledge's Yes Lawd! under their Nxworries title, and D.R.A.M.'s debut album Big Baby D.R.A.M. are all coming later this month, but compared to the summer we just had, that's small potatoes.
New PartyNextDoor Music Previewed On Model Chantel Jeffries' Snapchat
PartyNextDoor may have just dropped his highly anticipated PartyNextDoor 3 album in August, but it seems he has some more new music on the way. XXL points out that model and DJ Chantel Jeffries (who you may know from dating Justin Bieber or contributing vocals to Travis Scott's "90210") has previewed a new track with Party on vocals via her SnapChat.
Top Tracks: September 26 - October 2
Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, has had one of the most unexpected career paths of any R&B artist in the new millennium. Basically paving the way for every ensuing singer/rapper who's warranted the "mysterious" tag when first emerging, his early tracks paired The-Dream's Lothario musings with an indie-influenced, lo-fi sound, and druggy themes. After major label move Kiss Land flopped commercially and critically, he went back to the drawing board and returned with a pop sheen courtesy of superproducer Max Martin.
Top Tracks: September 19 - September 25
Last week's biggest news story continued to be The Game and Meek Mill's beef, which has now spiraled out to include accusations of ratting, an alleged brawl with Beanie Sigel, and