Charts Don't Lie: July 13
Drake spent nine weeks at #1 before being dethroned, this time around, by Blink-182, whose record California now holds the top spot. R&B superstar Maxwell debuts at the #3 spot with blackSUMMERS'night, his first record since '09. Logic debuts at #16 with Bobby Tarantino and Desiigner begins his presence on the Billboard 200 at #22 with his mixtape New English.
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Drake Shares Eulogy For Megan Flores, The Young Cancer Patient To Whom "VIEWS" Is Dedicated
Yesterday (July 10), Drake revealed that Megan Flores, the adolescent girl to whom he dedicated his latest album, VIEWS, had lost her battle with cancer. Megan, known to fellow fans as OVO Megan, considered herself to be Drake's biggest admirer, and earlier this year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation set up a meeting between Drake and Megan in the Miami hospital in which she was being treated.
Charts Don't Lie: July 6
Almost every release listed below actually moved up on Billboard 200 this past week, an impressive statistic that bodes well for the likes of Bryson Tiller and Kanye West, who both jumped up at least 15 spots over the 4th of July weekend. Without any new releases in the top spots, the list looks pretty familiar, but there were a few new records in some of the chart's higher spots. Peach Panther by RiFF RaFF debuts at #69, DJ Shadow's new LP is at #77, and Blood Orange comes in at #185, in terms of R&B and hip hop-related releases. ...
Lollapalooza Colombia Forced To Cancel After Rihanna Reportedly Pulls Out
Unfortunately, the first-ever Colombia-hosted Lollapalooza will not be taking place this year, as the surprise headliner, reported to be Rihanna, has pulled out of the gig.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
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.