The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
We Never Gonna Die: Kanye West & The Celebrities Of The "Famous" Video
Kanye West's "Famous" video is being hailed as a master class in the art of provocation by some and derided as "dumpster juice" by others. Inspired by "Sleep," a painting by American realist Vincent Desiderio, the video depicts a bed in which wax statues of 12 celebrities doze peacefully in the nude: George W.
Rihanna Teases "Sledgehammer" Single On Instagram
Rihanna's having a pretty phenomenal 2016, with a number 1 single and a double platinum album already under her belt halfway through the year. With that being said, things aren't slowing down just yet, as the ANTI singer has just announced a brand new single that it seems will be premiering on Monday, June 27th.
Kanye West To Debut Video For “Famous” With Live Event At The LA Forum Friday
Kanye West has been known for his unique marketing strategies over the years, whether it was projecting videos on buildings during the rollout of Yeezus or selling out MSG for a fashion show & the first listen to The Life of Pablo, Kanye has always done things outside the box. And it appears he’s got something else up his sleeve this week when he premieres the "groundbreaking" video for “Famous” featuring Rihanna.
Charts Don't Lie: June 22
Drake continues his dominance as VIEWS spends its seventh week now at the #1 spot. The 6 God is showing no signs of slowing down, and even a new release from Nick Jonas and a surge from The Cast of Hamilton couldn't dethrone him, although they were enough to nudge Beyonce back a couple spots. Elsewhere, the list looks very similar to previous weeks: Rihanna sticking at the #6 spot, appearances from Kanye, Prince, Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, and The Weeknd.
Rihanna, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz & More To Perform At Made In America
Made In America, the festival put on by Budweiser and Jay Z, will be returning again for the fifth year in a row. Last year they upped the ante by visiting two cities-- Philadelphia and Los Angeles. This year, they're scaling it back ever so slightly and sticking to Philly as the only location. Nonetheless, even if you don't live in the area, they're making sure its well worth the trek.
Rihanna Takes Jab At Steph Curry Following Game 7
Stephen Curry and the Warriors were hearing it from everyone last night after failing to close out the series on their home court, and allowing the Cavs to recover from a 3-1 series deficit. Even Rihanna was trolling the league MVP, taking numerous jabs at Curry via instagram while lauding LeBron's greatness. Steph was not himself throughout the entire series and he came up small in the crucial Game 7, scoring just 17 points on 6/19 shooting and turning the ball over four times.
5 Biggest Dancehall Crossover Hits Of The '00s
It's no secret that dancehall has become en vogue outside of the Caribbean. The current #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 is Drake's "One Dance." Not long ago, it was Justin Bieber's "Sorry." As dancehall riddims creep further into the core of the global pop zeitgeist, one cannot help but recall the previous wave of crossover dancehall hits that took the world by storm in the early to mid '00s.
Every Drake Single To Go Platinum
Drake's VIEWS was just certified double platinum by the RIAA after only 6 weeks of release, making it his fastest-selling album yet. While the OVO rapper's sales potential is at an all-time high, he's been racking up plaques for years now, so we're looking back to take a look at the many platinum and multi-platinum singles he's earned over the course of his career.
Rihanna Announces New Perfume "Crush"
Rihanna's locked down just about every avenue possible when it comes to marketing herself/her brand to her massive following. Recently, a lot of the focus has been on her venture with PUMA and all that entails-- namely, fluffy slides, creepers, and as of late, the "Quarry" trainer.
Rihanna's "Quarry" PUMA Fenty Trainer Hits Stores This Week
The next installment of Rihanna's PUMA collection is ready to launch and it's nothing like the beloved PUMA Creepers.
Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West Reportedly Among Most Streamed Artists This Year
We've seen some of the biggest releases of the year hosted exclusively on streaming sites, and in some new data retrieved by Hits Daily Double, it's clear that those releases have landed the respective artists among the most streamed of the year so far. Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West are cited as the top three artists of 2016 so far, with Drake earning 1.44 billion streams, Rihanna with 795 million, and Kanye with 753 million.
Charts Don't Lie: June 8
Once again, Drake snags the #1 spot this week with VIEWS, his fourth studio album that continues to beat out the competition. Beyonce moves into #3 after an appearance at #4 last week (it should be noted that she also just went Platinum with Lemonade, alongside Future's DS2
Roc Nation Contests Lawsuit Accusing Rihanna Of Backing Out Of A Show In Nigeria
A Nigerian company called Megalectrics is suing Rihanna over a show they claim she backed out of, but according to Rihanna's team, neither the singer nor her reps had any contact with those behind the lawsuit.
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).