Hottest 50 Songs Of 2016
Hip-hop is bigger in 2016 than ever before. Rappers are the new rockstars. The young Mississippi brothers known as Rae Sremmurd joined forces with the fresh-outta-the-feds Atlanta Trap God and super producer Mike Will Made-It and coined themselves the “Black Beatles.” Their single has been No. 1 in the country for four weeks and it even received homage from one of two living Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney, who surely found the song’s mix of creative boldness and divine pop sensibility to be rather familiar.
Watch The 10 Most Viewed Music Videos Of 2016
Music videos have become a requirement for musicians, with many releasing videos for every track on the album instead of only the singles. YouTube and Vevo has feasted upon this trend, hosting almost any music video you could imagine. Vevo has released year-end data for the top ten most viewed music videos of 2016, and Bieber dominates the charts with three different appearances. Drake, Rihanna and Ty Dolla $ign are the only HNHH regulars to make the list.
Rihanna x PUMA Velvet Creepers Releasing Tomorrow
Rihanna's PUMA Creeper aka The Shoe of the Year is returning tomorrow, December 8th, with a velvet makeover.
Charts Don't Lie: December 7
The Weeknd's Starboy absolutely crushed its debut, selling 200k physical copies and clockings 347k TAEU (total album equivalent units) when factoring in the massive amount of streams it received. Abel is #1 on the Billboard 200 by a wide margin and also has all 18 tracks from the album in the Hot 100, meaning he nearly occupies nearly 1/5 of the entire chart. Goddamn.
Rihanna Responds To Rumors Of Beyoncé Grammys Beef On Instagram
The Grammy nominations were announced yesterday, and fans are already trying to stir up drama around the picks. After Rihanna liked a post on Instagram that's caption insinuated Beyonce had unfairly been favored over her, rumors of a beef between the two quickly sprang up. Soon enough, Rihanna caught wind of the conversation and clarified that she had merely glanced at the photo in the post, which she thought was funny (it was).
The-Dream Previews "Rih-Flex," A Track Honoring Rihanna
The-Dream has a successful history of collaborating with Rihanna, from some of her biggest hits ("Umbrella") to some of her most underrated deep cuts ("Do Ya Thang"). After co-writing songs with the massive star, he's now decided to pen a tribute to the singer, sharing a preview of a new ode titled "Rih-flex."
Here Are The 2017 Grammy Nominations, Led By Beyonce, Drake, Kanye West & Rihanna
The nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards have been revealed. Beyonce leads all artists with 9 nominations, while Drake, Kanye West, and Rihanna each have 8. The award show will take place on February 12 at the Staples Center in L.A. and will be hosted by James Corden. Chance The Rapper are Anderson. Paak are both among the nominees for Best New Artist. In the R&B categories, nominees include PartyNextDoor, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, and BJ The Chicago Kid.
The Hip Hop Dating Map
The law of six degrees of separation applies to the hip hop dating circuit -- a land where fast money, fast women, and horny men collide, resulting often in fireworks. As you can see in the dating map we have assembled below, there isn't much distance separating stars like Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Future, Lil Wayne, & A$AP Rocky. Ray J even has his own dating wheel, which gives credence to Vince Staples' mind-blowing Theory of Ray J.
Selena Gomez Had The Top 5 Instagram Posts of 2016 (And More Year End Data)
For all of Kim Kardashian’s talk of “breaking the internet,” she has not been able to best the appeal of 24 year old starlet Selena Gomez. Instagram just released year end data for the social media platform, and the babyfaced singer/actress/model held the top five spots for most liked Instagram posts in 2016. More depressingly, the most liked post from 2016 was a Coca Cola advertisement.
Charts Don't Lie: November 30
This week in the Billboard 200, Bruno Mars debuted at #2 with his newest LP 24K Magic, joining A Tribe Called Quest, Rae Sremmurd, and Drake in the top 10. Behind them in the top 50 are Rihanna, Travis Scott, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Kanye West, and Solange. The only other debut on the chart this week is E-40, whose The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 comes in at #178, but It should be interesting next week to see if The Weeknd does indeed scoop the #1 spot for which he's projected.
Beyoncé, David Bowie & Chance The Rapper Top Rolling Stone's 2016 Best Albums List
Hip-hop has been well represented in the year 2016, and it's always a beautiful thing to see that reflected in the end of year lists of the mainstream music publications. Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper both had incredible years, and their projects were essentially impossible for the world of rock music to ignore. Rolling Stone released their list of the "50 Best Albums of 2016" today. Here's where hip-hop stood on that list.
Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber & More On Forbes' "30 Under 30" List
It's time for another Forbes list. In September, we received their annual Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and this month they've announced the 30 Under 30 list.
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.
Rihanna's 8 Studio Albums To Be Released As Vinyl Box Set
Looking for a gift for the Rihanna stan in your family, and have some money to blow? We have the perfect item for you. Rihanna's 8 studio albums (Music Of The Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rated R, Loud, Talk That Talk, Unapologetic and ANTI) are set to be released on vinyl in one impressive package.
Charts Don't Lie: November 9
Each of this week's top four albums are debuts, including Jeezy at #1 and Meek Mill at #3. Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack also make it into the top 10, while A$AP Mob just misses the mark by coming in at #13. Travis Scott and Rihanna slip a few spots with their respective efforts, while Rae Sremmurd and 21 Savage/Metro Boomin continue to climb the charts with theirs. D.R.A.M. slips from #19 to #32 with his full-length debut, and Chance The Rapper also slipped out of the top 30 by coming in at #35 this time around. ***
Rihanna Calls Boogie Her "New Favorite" Rapper
The amount of recognition Compton rapper Boogie has received has long been out of proportion with the emotional honesty and vivid storytelling of his music. He finally caught a big break (that could turn out to be a huge break) when Rihanna posted an extended clip from his incredible "Nigga Needs" video to her Instagram account. "chillz...my new fav," she wrote in the caption.
Rob Kardashian Is Working Off The Weight Again
Rob Kardashian is working off that weight once again. With a baby on the way and a successful reality show on TV, according to TMZ, the sole Kardashian brother is ready to get back into a healthy state of mind and body. In a video taken from Kourtney Kardashian's Snapchat, Rob can be seen working a CrossFit-style workout with both Kourtney and Khloe. Medicine balls and all.
Rihanna's PUMA Creeper Named "Shoe Of The Year"
Rihanna just jumped over Yeezy to take Footwear News' crown of "Shoe Of The Year." Last year, Kanye West's Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 received the award but Rihanna's first ever shoe, the Puma Creeper, now stands atop the sneaker mountain.
Charts Don't Lie: November 2
A series of new, non-rap albums took over the top four spots this week, leaving just Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack in the overall top 10. Travis Scott, Rihanna, and the new one from D.R.A.M. represent in the teens, while Kanye West, Solange, Rae Sremmurd, Chance The Rapper, and 21 Savage/Metro Boomin take us up into the 30s.
Charts Don't Lie: October 26
Last week was a tough break for hip hop records, with new releases by Green Day, Norah Jones, and OneRepublic occupying the top spots. They slipped back though, and now Drake, Travis Scott, the Suicide Squad Soundtrack, and a new record from The Game occupy space in the top 10. Rihanna and Solange stick around in the top 20, while Beyonce, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, and Rae Sremmurd hang out on the top 30. Elsewhere, Gucci Mane's Woptober debuts at #43 in this week's installment of Charts Don't Lie. ***