Top Tracks: January 25 - January 31
One month into 2016, and a whole lot of crazy shit has taken place in the hip-hop world.
Staff Picks Playlist (January 29)
The week is finally, almost, over. That doesn't mean Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa's beef has subsided yet though, with Kanye attempting to clear his name in the #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch scandal, and Wiz continuing to take aim at Ye during live shows. It's amusing and entertaining, to say the least.
J Cole, Vince Staples, & Miguel To Perform At Bonnaroo 2016
Those able to endure the withering Southern heat at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, are richly rewarded with one of the most massive and diverse music gatherings on the planet. Bonnaroo has announced the full lineup for its 2016 festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 9-12. Hip-hop & R&B acts include J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vince Staples, Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Tyler, the Creator, RL Grime, Post Malone, Goldlink, Allen Stone, & The Internet.
Miguel Is Engaged To Model-Singer Nazanin Mandi
Miguel found the woman of his dreams early in life. He began dating model-singer Nazanin Mandi when he was 18 years old. After 12 years of dating the lovely Nazanin, he's finally put a ring on it.
Kanye West Headlines Governers Ball Music Festival 2016, Lineup Announcement
The Governors Ball Music Festival, held each summer in New York City, is always chock full of great artist, song debuts, and wild guest appearances. It’s looking like this year will be no different, as festival organizers have just released the 2016 new lineup.
Miguel Lands Modeling Contract With IMG
Miguel has never been afraid to express his feelings and emotions through his music, but now he’s getting to do so in front of a camera. Known for his stellar style & love for fashion, the R&B crooner has reportedly just signed a new modeling deal with the popular agency IMG.
Top Tracks: October 13 - October 18
10. Ty Dolla $ign - Violent (Prod. by DJ Spinz & Southside)
Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, & More To Headline Okeechobee Fest
If you'd never heard of Okeechobee Music Festival, you have now. It's in Florida, and it's first ever weekend is going down next year March 4-6. In terms of hip hop, the festival will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Miguel, Future, Skrillex, Michael Christmas, & Shabazz Palaces. Others of possible interest to hip hop heads include Gramatik, Flying Lotus/Thundercat affiliate Kamasi Washington, and WeDidIt member RL Grime.
Charts Don't Lie: July 18
The final week of sales recorded from Tuesday happened last week, and this week's numbers are a weird transitional phase, tacking on a couple of days to bring them around to Friday, resulting in a one-time only 11-day tally. Thus, the results for this cycle are simply beefed up numbers from last week. For the most part, everyone pretty much stays in there place. Meek continued to add to his already impressive sum, while Miguel gave up his number 2 spot to Taylor Swift, putting him at 3.
Charts Don't Lie: July 11
After a few weeks of relative inactivity on the charts, this was a very exciting cycle for debuts. The biggest story, of course, is Meek Mill's miraculous 250k entry into the charts, giving him the 3rd biggest rap sales week this year (behind only Drake and Kendrick Lamar). Miguel pulled in at number two with his third studio album, WILDHEART, while Vince Staples made a more modest entry at 39. Outside of that, it was pretty much the same cast of characters shifting around in the top 50, with no one getting close to the top ten outside of the big debuts.
Vince Staples Moved Over 13k Opening Week, Miguel Debuts At #2
Vince Staples' debut album, Summertime '06, was definitely a strong piece of work from the Long Beach native, and received mostly rave reviews, including from us. However did that translate into sales for the young Def Jam signee?
Miguel Clarifies Frank Ocean Statement
Miguel made quite the noise Monday afternoon when an interview he did with Sunday Times came out and revealed a statement made by the R&B singer that said he believed his music was better than Frank Oceans.
Miguel Believes He Makes "Better Music" Than Frank Ocean
In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Miguel asserted the belief that his music is superior to that of Frank Ocean. “I wouldn’t say we were friends,” he said. “To be completely honest—and no disrespect to anyone—I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around.”
Review: Miguel's "WILDHEART"
Miguel is an R&B artist that not many will argue against. After bursting onto the music scene in 2010 with his debut single and album "All I Want Is You", Miguel has been a casually unstoppable force in music, with hits like "Sure Thing," "Adore," "Quickie," and features like "Lotus Flower Bomb" and "Good Lovin" keeping Miguel in the back of our minds and at the top of our playlists.
Stream Miguel's "WILDHEART"
Sunday night heated up REAL QUICK, first we got the NPR stream of Vince Staples' Summertime '06, then Kendrick hopped on the new remix of Jidenna's "Classic Man," now NPR is back to reclaim MVP status with their advance stream of Miguel's forthcoming album WILDHEART which isn't set to officia
Miguel Shares 3 New Songs From His "Wildheart" Album
Well here’s a nice treat for Miguel fans. Out of nowhere, the R&B crooner decided to liberate THREE new songs on his Soundcloud page tonight that will all see life on his upcoming Wildheart album.
Top 5 Miguel X Rapper Collabs
Miguel isn't the most prolific artist in R&B, but he's one of the most inimitable. As he's become an undeniable fashion icon and sex-symbol, he's still managed to evolve his sound with each subsequent record, sounding like the second-coming of Prince-- less dancey, but more sexy. He's an artist of his own breed, which is why we don't see him on features as much as most R&B artists, who get more hype off their guest appearances on rap albums than on their solo work.
Miguel Reveals Tracklist For "WILDHEART"
Miguel shared the artwork for his anticipated new album, WILDHEART, in mid-May. The r'n'b singer is joined by a naked woman who is hunched over, while the two float in some sort of celestial space. Today, he's followed that up with the tracklist.
Stream Hudson Mohawke's New Album "Lantern"
Between producing for Kanye West, (arguably) founding the trap-rave genre with Lunice in TNGHT, and being signed to cutting-edge electronic label Warp, Scotland native Hudson Mohawke is a busy man. That's probably why it's taken him close to six years to release a follow-up to 2009's Butter. Next week, he'll drop his new album Lantern, and one week in advance, we get the opportunity to stream it, courtesy of iTunes Radio.
Top Tracks: May 10 - May 17
Another week, another fresh crop of songs raiding our Top Ten. Let’s get to it. 10) Omarion ft. DeJ Loaf, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign and Rick Ross – Post To Be (Remix) This re-working of Omarion’s hit was smart enough to keep its most famous, meme-spawning line. And like that line, it’s hanging around for another week.