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.
Rihanna Shares Preview Of Upcoming Video For “Work” With Drake
Well it looks like Rihanna’s new video for “Work” is about to surface soon. On Friday, RiRi decided to take to her snapchat story to reveal some behind the scenes clips of her upcoming video with Drake.
Rihanna's "ANTI" Goes #1; Kevin Gates' "Islah" Not Far Behind
After a first week that yielded only 460 album sales (and 1.47 million free downloads), Rihanna's ANTI has soared to the top of the charts and dethroned Adele's 25.
Rihanna To Perform At The Grammys
As you might expect, awhole gang of A-listers is already lined up to perform at the 58th Grammys: Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Adele, Justin Bieber, Diplo, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, Lady Gaga and Ellie Goulding. Friday morning, the Grammys announced that Rihanna be taking the stage, fresh off the release of her 8th studio album ANTI.
Rihanna Declares She's Single
Rihanna's ANTI is out now and doing its thing on the charts (although not quite as big of a thing as we expected, but that could change by the end of this week).
Universal Will Not Take Blame For Rihanna's "ANTI" Leak
Rihanna didn't quite mimic the phenomenally-successful Beyonce surprise album, with her own surprise release of ANTI. A couple of factors to take into consideration in this were, 1) Billboard and Neilsen decided not to count the million free downloads Samsung gave away (although the RIAA did), and this reflected in her low debut numbers 2) the album leaked prematurely, albeit briefly.
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.
Rihanna Set To Perform At 2016 Brit Awards
To promote her newly-released Anti album, Rihanna will be taking the stage at this year’s Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena. Announced tonight via twitter, Ri Ri will join the stacked lineup already consisting of Adele, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Coldplay, and more. It will be her first appearance at the Brit Awards since taking the stage back in 2012 to perform “We Found Love,” where she also won the award for International Female Solo Artist. Look for the Awards to air on February 24.
Review: Rihanna's "ANTI"
Rihanna entered the music industry on an entirely unprecedented run, delivering seven albums that cracked the top ten, as well as 20 top ten singles, all within seven years. She released one album per year and was a mainstay on the radio, with each new single popping up just as the last was waning in popularity. She was like clockwork— the surest bet in the pop world this side of Max Martin. All of that changed when, by the end of 2013, we still hadn’t received a follow-up to the previous year’s Unapologetic.
Sales Projections For Kevin Gates & Rihanna Are In
Rihanna's ANTI has had a weird first week of sales. Dropping Wednesday evening on Tidal (to compete with an unfortunate leak), it had under 48 hours left in the sales week to do numbers, and even then they were stream-only (outside of 460 copies that somehow managed to trickle through early). As a result, it debuted at #27 on the charts.
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.
Rihanna's "ANTI" Debuts At No. 27 On Billboard 200
Insert extremely surprised emoji face.
TIDAL Blames Leak Of Rihanna's "ANTI" On Universal
On Wednesday night (Jan. 27), Rihanna's highly anticipated album, ANTI, leaked on TIDAL shortly before its official release. After it officially went live on TIDAL, Rihanna gave away 1,000,000 free downloads of ANTI. She was able to do so because Samsung had apparently already bought that many copies of the album before its official release.
Rihanna's "ANTI" Is Already Platinum
Two days after its (accidental) release, Rihanna's new album, ANTI, has been certified platinum.
Rihanna's "ANTI" Earns TIDAL 1 Million Trial Subscriptions In 15 Hours
The struggles of TIDAL have been well-documented since Jay Z took the reigns last March.
Rihanna’s New Album “ANTI” Is Finally Here
Well the time has come. After months of promotion, Rihanna finally releases her long awaited 8th studio album, ANTI, on TIDAL tonight.
Rihanna’s New Single With Drake Reportedly Dropping Wednesday Morning; "Anti" Arrives Later This Week
Well it looks like Rihanna is ready to unleash her new single "Work" featuring Drake in a few hours. According to Hits Daily Double, an untitled and "unidentified superstar track” is set to debut Wednesday morning (Jan. 27) at 8 a.m. EST. They also say that iHeartRadio and CBS are going hard with it too, playing it every hour all day long across its Top 40 and Rhythm platforms.
Rihanna's "ANTI" Is Finished
After a number of false starts and strange delay rumors, it appears Rihanna’s highly anticipated record ANTI is nearing a public release.
Drake & Rihanna: A Brief History
There is hope yet for #AubRih. Drake's lust for Rihanna has never been fully reciprocated, but there is a clear mutual attraction between the two superstars. Despite a roller coaster relationship since 2015, replete with dance floor hook ups, the friend zone, actual musical collaboration, and more, the flame of #AubRih has never been extinguished. It threatened to burn down LAX Saturday night, during a music video shoot for their soon-to-be smash single "Work."
Listen To Snippets From Rihanna & Drake's Rumored Single, "Work"
Rihanna's ANTI felt imminent for months now, but rumors of a new single with Drake mean that the project could finally be on its way. RiRi's rabid fanbase has managed to put together some solid evidence that the singer filmed a music video with Drake Saturday night in L.A., producing clips from the alleged set, as well as a casting notice. From what we've seen so far, the song is said to be titled "Work," and has a bit of a dancehall feel, a sound that Drizzy has been hinting at more recently, and something Rihanna has always done well.