Documenting Mike WiLL Made-It's Incredible 2016 Run
Mike WiLL Made-It has gone from Atlanta's rap underground to working with the biggest pop stars in the business in only a few years time, and he's continued to look bigger even as he's seemingly hit the top. Now mentoring young artists like Rae Sremmurd, Mike is illustrating the difference between a beatmaker and a producer, always remaining attentive to every detail of how a song is constructed, and crafting songs alongside his collaborators rather than simply delivering his half of the music.
Top Tracks: May 30 - June 5
Do you ever get the feeling that hip hop's current class of elites is more of a group of superfriends than ever before? Let's play six degrees of separation with this week's top ten tracks-- the most momentous batch in recent memory. At the top we've got DJ Khaled, who's collaborated with more of rap's A- B- and C-listers in his career than arguably anyone else, and who's accompanied by Drake.
Artists Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali Following His Death
News of Muhammad Ali's death at the age of 74 broke Friday night, inspiring mourning of the beloved athlete on social media, but also, celebration of his philosophy and accomplishments. Through the night, we've seen an outpouring of tributes from all types of people the three-time world heavyweight champion has inspired, including many artists working in hip-hop.
Mike Will Made-It's New Single With Rihanna Drops Tonight
Mike Will's Ransom 2 mixtape was supposed to touch down at the beginning of this year. After a few delays, the Ear Drummers boss said he wanted to hold onto the tape until he could get a fresh verse from Gucci Mane. With the Trap God coming home last week, he should have that taken care of in no time. However, the next Ransom 2 single we'll get to hear won't feature Wop. Instead, Mike has enlisted another superstar, albeit from a different realm: Rihanna. Damn...we see you Mike Will.
Rihanna Partners With Dior To Create Sunglass Collection
Looks like Rihanna is widening her already impressive portfolio of clothing collaborations. This time she’s partnered up with luxury fashion label Dior to design a line of futuristic sunglasses, which she’s been rocking and posting to her Instagram lately. The line is simple called “Rihanna.”
This Clip Of Kendrick Lamar Singing Drake's "Controlla" & Rihanna's "Work" Is Essential Viewing
Kendrick Lamar and Drake may have had their differences in the past (some of them likely imagined by fans), but it doesn't mean they can't enjoy one another's music. A new clip has surfaced in which we hear Kendrick Lamar gleefully singing along to Drake's VIEWS highlight, "Controlla," before moving on to Rihanna's "Work" (which, of course, Drake is also featured on).
BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees
The nominations for the 2016 BET Awards are in! Drake secured nine nominations, miles ahead of any other artist. Beyonce and Rihanna earned five each; Future and Bryson Tiller earned four apiece. Adele received her first BET nomination in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category.
Three New Colorways Of The Rihanna x PUMA Creeper Are Releasing This Month
Rihanna's first sneaker collaboration with PUMA, the Creeper, was a massive success and the brand is looking looking to capitalize on the popularity of Ri Ri's kicks with three brand new colorways. The chunky soled Creepers will be arriving at retailers once again in two tonal colorways and one that features a forest green upper with burgundy accents and a gum sole. Given Rihanna's massive influence and the popularity of the first run of PUMA Creepers, we expect this trio of kicks to fly off the shelves when they officially launch on May 26th.
Rihanna Is Introducing Some New Colorways For Her Puma Creeper
Rihanna's been doing big things as the creative director of Puma, and today, she's announced that her Creeper shoe design for the brand will be released in new colorways later this month.
Rihanna Launches Global Scholarship Program
School is expensive, and as a result many don't get the opportunity to attend university, but thanks to Rihanna, a group of high school students will now be granted the access to a better education. Today, the singer has announced a new global scholarship program, which will assist students from various countries in attaining a U.S. university education.
More Drake & Rihanna Dating Rumors Begin To Circulate
After continuing their storied run of collabs with two brilliant tracks this year -- "Work," which spent eight weeks at No. 1 and, just recently, the VIEWS standout "Too Good" -- rumors now suggest that the chemistry between Drake and Rihanna might run deeper than the music. The pair got awfully close in the "Work" video, and RiRi has twerked all over Drizzy each time she's brought him out on stage during her current Anti tour.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Puma's Sales Continue To Increase Thanks To Rihanna & Kylie Jenner
When Puma proudly published their 4th quarter earnings for 2015, the numbers showed the athletic-wear brand had surpassed their projected earning by a respectable $34.5 million.
Drake Reveals "VIEWS" Features Using His Own Memes
Of course Drake was gonna do something sneaky with the VIEWS album artwork, which has already been meme'd more than any record cover in recent memory. There's a tool online that even lets fans take the Little Drake who originally appeared atop the CN Tower and make a new album cover using any photo of one's choosing (see our best efforts here).
Rihanna & Calvin Harris Preview "This Is What You Came For," Dropping Tomorrow
Rihanna recently came out as a surprise guest during Calvin Harris' set to help the electronic DJ and producer close out weekend 1 at Coachella. She joined him for "We Found Love," their 2012 single that appeared on her 2012 album Talk That Talk. As of last summer, the song had been certified 9x platinum. Reuniting at Coachella also served as an opportunity for Rihanna and Harris to announce another collaboration.
Full PartyNextDoor Reference Track For Rihanna's "Work" Surfaces
It takes a village to raise a child, and sometimes, it takes a village to write a hit song.
Rihanna & Calvin Harris Have A New Single Dropping Friday
Drake’s #VIEWS may be stealing the show this week when it arrives tomorrow night on Apple Music, but it looks like there’s another massive single ready to drop on Friday as well. A little while ago, Calvin Harris & Roc Nation confirmed on twitter that a new single is on the way with Rihanna called "This Is What You Came For." It will serve as the duo’s first track together since 2011’s smash hit “We Found Love.”
Desiigner's "Panda" Hits #1 On The Billboard Hot 100
After 6 weeks on the chart, Desiigner's debut single, "Panda" has reached the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. The single, which was introduced to many through its placement within Kanye West's "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2" on The Life Of Pablo, has ended Rihanna's streak at the top of the charts, moving from #2 this week. This makes the Brooklyn rapper's hit the first hip-hop song to hit the top spot since Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" in 2015.
Charts Don't Lie: April 20
The appearance of a brand new #1 and #2 album on the Billboard 200 this past week means that Kanye West's The Life of Pablo was booted from the top spot down to #4 overall. Rihanna came in just behind him at #5, marking the second of two urban albums in the top 10 this week. Just outside of the top 10 were the likes of Kevin Gates, Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, and The Weeknd, who all stuck in the same exact spots as last week. Future has three releases within the #20-#30 range, which is a huge feat. Hats off to him for that. ...
Rihanna Surpasses The Beatles' Hot 100 Record
Rihanna's "Work," the Drake-featuring lead single off her latest album, Anti, has officially topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth consecutive week. "Work" is Rihanna's 14th No. 1 song, and as it has just accumulated its ninth week at the top of the chart, Rihanna has now held the No. 1 spot for a total of 60 weeks. That number gives RiRi one more chart-topping week than The Beatles and thus places her second on the list of artists who've spent the most weeks with a No. 1 song. The only artist she trails is Mariah Carey, who has racked up 79 weeks with a No.