Top Tracks: February 22 - February 28
Other than some resurfacing beefs (between Young Thug and The Game, and Rick Ross and Birdman, respectively) and the beginning of what is sure to be another drawn-out, highly-publicized Kanye West album rollout, it was a relatively quiet week, especially as far as full-length releases went.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (February 27)
Rap and R&B stars were flexing as much as ever this week, and while we usually see a beef or two spring up on Instagram, this cycle (for the most part) kept things pretty positive. Despited the fact he still hasn't made an account (that we know about, at least) Kanye West was all over the 'Gram over the last few days, taking som pics with 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, Pusha T, and French Montana.
Drake Performed With Section Boyz & Skepta After The BRIT Awards In London
Following his performance with Rihanna at the Brit Awards, Drake joined a few UK acts at an afterparty in London, where he proved his fandom to Section Boyz by rapping the entirety of "Trapping Ain't Dead" along with the group, unfortunately without a mic.Skepta was also in the building which made it quite a sight to see. Only a few clips have surfaced online so far, but you can take a look at the via Twitter below.
PartyNextDoor's Reference Track For Rihanna's "Work" Surfaces Online
PartyNextDoor was one of the mastermind behind Rihanna and Drake's "Work," which is currently sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. PND wrote the lyrics; Sevn Thomas, Boi-1da, & Allen Ritter handled the production. Keke Palmer is known in some circles as the Queen of Snapchat, and she bolstered her Snapchat legend by sharing snippets from PND's "Work" reference track via the social media platform.
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.
Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Hits Number 1 On Hot 100
Just when you thought Rihanna's TWO new "Work" videos were her ticket to another number 1 on the Hot 100, Billboard has announced that the song will be taking the top spot THIS week, meaning it rose to the top without the help of VEVO streams.
The Best GIFs From Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Video
Seven minutes and thirty-four seconds is a long time to spend watching a video, even if that video is Rihanna's "Work" feat. Drake. Which is why we've identified the 20+ best moments from the video and transformed them into GIFs for your viewing pleasure.
Rihanna Celebrates Her 28th Birthday In Style
Rihanna celebrated her 28th birthday Saturday night at Via Alloro, an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. She has much to celebrate these days; her album ANTI just went #1 and she helped Puma clear 4th quarter projections by $34.5 million.
Rihanna Postpones “Anti” World Tour
Fresh off her canceled performance at The Grammy’s this past Monday, Rihanna unfortunately has some more bad news for her fans today. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ri Ri has postponed the start of her Anti world tour until next month.
Rihanna's New Puma Trainer is Pretty Outrageous
Fresh off of its debut at fashion week yesterday, we have a first look at Puma’s “Fenty By Rihanna” sneaker line. We’ll leave the clothing out, but these trainers are distinctive enough to warrant some attention. Besides, Rihanna was recently credited by Puma for increasing their Q4 sales beyond expectations.
Rihanna Helped Puma Beat 4th Quarter Projections By $34.5 Million
Puma isn’t really considered a major player within the sneaker industry. People definitely wear Pumas, but they can’t touch Nike or Adidas in terms of cultural clout. However, they might be well on their way to changing that with a few well chosen celebrity associations.
Charts Don't Lie: February 17
The Billboard Chart saw a new number one this week in the form of Future, whose album EVOL is currently the top-selling album in the country. Apparently rolling it out on DJ Khaled's radio show wasn't such a bad idea, as the record has sold nearly 100k in its first week. Making way for Future's climb to the top is Rihanna, who slipped from #1 to #3 this week.
Rihanna Reportedly Had A "Meltdown" During Grammy Rehearsal
Kanye West isn't the only one having pre-performance meltdowns this week.
Lauryn Hill Clears Up Rumors Around Grammy Performance; Rihanna Cancels Her Set
Earlier today, news surfaced that The Weeknd was set to perform alongside Ms. Lauryn Hill at tonight’s Grammy Awards. Well it turns out, that won't be the case anymore unfortunately. In a statement made from Lauryn Hill’s camp, Lauryn was allegedly booked prematurely and wasn't necessarily even set to to perform in the first place. Here’s what the entire statement read,
Top Tracks: February 8 - February 14
Tired of hearing about The Life Of Pablo yet? Kanye West's highly anticipated album only dropped about 36 hours ago, but its eventual release was preceded by several days of frustrated waiting, as his haphazard release strategy continued (and may still be ongoing) with a series of remixing, tracklist updates, and delays. Annoying, yes, but you have to admit that the guy knows how to keep himself in the daily conversation for longer than nearly anyone in our era of short attention spans.
Future's "EVOL" hits #1 In Its First Week
Future hit the top of the charts again this week, as his album EVOL achieved a #1 ranking on the Billboard charts after releasing last Friday. The Atlanta rapper beat out juggernauts like Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna for the top spot. While none of those three had new albums out, they each have a much more palatable and digestible sound than Future’s trap tales.
Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo" Features Are Incredible
Last night, Kanye West revealed the final The Life of Pablo tracklist. Now, we have the features. They are: Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Travi$ Scott, Rihanna, Young Thug, Kid Cudi, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, Frank Ocean, Desiigner. Relive the madness that was Yeezy Season 3 here and checkout the tracklist below.
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.
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.