Rihanna's "ANTI" Returns To The Top Of The Billboard 200
Rihanna pulled out a nail-biter against Kevin Gates about a month and a half ago when their respective albums ANTI and Islah were released, barely edging him out for the top spot on the Billboard 200. After that week at number one, Rih's surprise release ceded its spot to Future's EVOL, Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered, and of course, Adele
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 19)
Perhaps trying to match Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie from last week, Amber Rose freed the nipple in a censored Instagram post (she shared an uncensored version of the photo on Twitter). Rita Ora also got in on the shirtless action, as she shared some scantily clad photos of herself during her shoot for a lingerie brand.
Rihanna Speaks On "Rivalry" With Beyonce In Vogue Cover Story
Rihanna is at the top of her game, riding the success of ANTI and launching her own collection with Puma. Vogue tailed the mercurial singer for a cover story and got her perspective on a few different questions that have been following RiRi.
Charts Don't Lie: March 16
With a couple of debuts in the top 5, it was a great week for hip-hop on the Billboard 200. Kendrick Lamar gets crowned with the No. 1 spot with his surprise album, untitled unmastered., a compilation of eight tracks that didn't quite fit onto To Pimp a Butterfly. Despite zero promotion, it's still the top-selling hip-hop album of 2016, though it didn't have to compete with the TIDAL-only release of The Life of Pablo.
Ariana Grande Performs New Music, Interns At Tidal & Impersonates Rihanna On SNL
In the tradition of Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, MC Hammer (?) and Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande took on double duties on last night's episode of Saturday Night Live, serving as both the host and musical guest.
Charts Don't Lie: March 9
With the appearance of a brand new #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, each and every hip hop release highlighted below slipped over the past week, with the exception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who debuted at #4. That's a pretty wild trend to see: Rihanna went from #2 to #3, The Weeknd went from #6 to #12, Kevin Gates went from #9 to #13, so on and so forth.
Kevin Gates Claims Apple Revealed "Islah" Outsold Rihanna's "Anti"
Yesterday, Kevin Gates stopped by DC radio show The Fam in the Morning.
Rihanna Covers British Vogue
With her new album, Anti, out now, Rihanna continues her heavy promo run as she graces the latest cover of British Vogue. Serving as her second cover this year with the magazine, RiRi uses the platform to showcase her new high-end boot collaboration with designer Manolo Blahnik. In the cover story, Rihanna can be seen modeling the denim-themed collection, including a ridiculous pair of thigh-high boots (see pic in gallery).
#TBT: Rihanna's #1 Singles
Rihanna scored yet another #1 single with "Work" recently. The Drake-assisted cut borrows some island flavor and Boi-1da production to create a scintillating pop-R&B-hip-hop crossover hit.
Charts Don't Lie: March 2
With Adele taking the #1 spot again this week, the top-selling album in the country alludes the hip hop industry. It wasn't a total loss though, however, as Rihanna jumps from #3 to #2 with her newest record ANTI. Does Rihanna have what it takes to beat out Adele next week? Time will tell...
Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Spends Another Week At #1 On Billboard Hot 100
Drake may still be without a solo #1, but "Work" is his second collaboration with Rihanna to top the charts, and it doesn't seem to have any plans to leave its perch. Last week, the single managed to steal the glory from Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" just as the double video for the track dropped, meaning that those VEVO streams have now been counted towards this week's numbers, so it's pretty obvious "Work" wasn't going anywhere.
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.