Charts Don't Lie: April 6
It's April 6th, and time for another edition of our Charts Don't Lie series. This week, we see a couple new records begin to chart, in the form of K. Michelle's More Issues Than Vogue and Young Thug's Slime Season 3. The two releases land at #2 and #7 respectfully. It's worth noting that Zayn's solo debut Mind of Mine snagged the #1 spot for its debut on the Billboard 200.
Here's The $25,000 Grill Travis Scott Bought For Rihanna's Anti Tour
Opening for Rihanna is a pretty big look, so it's probably worth it to drop some money on a memorable accessory. According to TMZ, Travis Scott, who will be supporting Rih on her arena tour, has decided to drop $25,000 on a new grill, which he'll be rocking as he performs all across North America.
Charts Don't Lie: March 30
The Billboard 200 looks real familiar this week, with only one new hip hop release debuting, and very little changing elsewhere on the charts. Rihanna goes from #1 to #3 with her ANTI record, and pretty much everyone else follows her lead by slipping down the charts. Kendrick slides most notably by going from #5 to #16 with his untitled unmastered. project (after debuting at #1 three weeks ago, nevertheless).
Rihanna Previews Sexy New Video For "Kiss It Better"
After a couple of under-performing singles (by her very high standards), Rihanna found the one with "Work," a collaboration with Drake that is currently ruling the charts for its sixth consecutive week. Even though "Work" is losing no ground on the radio, Rih has decided to launch her next TWO singles, "Needed Me" and "Kiss It Better" this week, with the latter getting the video treatment tomorrow.
Charts Don't Lie: March 23
The top story of this week's Billboard 200 chart is the reclaiming of the #1 spot by Rihanna. After Spending last week at #3, Rihanna displaces Kendrick Lamar at the top spot with her eighth studio album ANTI. Speaking of Kendrick, he slipped from #1 to #5, presumably after the surprise element settled a bit. That's nothing though, compared to 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne's collaborative album Collegrove, which slipped big time from #4 to #29, one of the biggest second-week slumps we've seen this year.
The Weeknd Will No Longer Support Rihanna On "Anti" Tour
Rihanna's ANTI Tour is already underway, and from the looks of it, things have been going really well so far. Unfortunately, the tour hit its first minor snag today, with the announcement that The Weeknd would no longer be opening for the singer on the European leg of the tour. "Due to some unforeseen changes with upcoming projects, The Weeknd will no longer be joining Rihanna on her upcoming international Anti World Tour," read a statement from Live Nation issued to FADER.
Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Spends A Fifth Week At Number One
The first time Drake showed up on a Rihanna song was "What's My Name," and it promptly went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Funny how history repeats itself.
Drake & Rihanna Surprise Fan With Cancer In Miami
Last week, as the "Anti" tour hit Miami, Rihanna brought out Drake to perform their smash hit "Work," currently the No. 1 song in the country. During their stop in Miami, the two megastars took the time to visit a young fan of theirs named Megan, who's currently undergoing cancer treatment.
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.