Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap & More Nominated For VMAs
This year's MTV VMA award show is going down on Sunday, AUgust 30th, and today, the full list of nominees has been announced. View that below. Video Of The Year Beyoncé, “7/11” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Tweet Beef: 5 Chris Brown Social Media Feuds
Chris Brown’s publicist has to be a millionaire. Just think about the amount of damage control this person has to perform, on top of managing an already-polarizing figure. Despite lengthy stints in anger management and continued, sometimes confusingly-rabid fan support (like this stuff), the enigmatic Brown continues to play the role of the antagonist, engaging in countless reckless feuds on the mega-public stages of nearly every social media platform available.
Rihanna Stalker Investigated By LAPD Following Death Threats
Rihanna has some seriously terrifying stalkers. The singer has had a couple of home intruders over the last few years, but the latest invasion of her privacy might be the scariest.
Charts Don't Lie: July 4th
The only true debut in this week's charts came from King Los' God Money War. While the pre-cursor to Los' upcoming official debut managed to move 7,357 units (8,331 with streams), it only came in at number 67. Another notable debut was Tyga's Gold Album, though it actually failed to crack the Billboard 200. Released on Spotify on a Tuesday and later as an iTunes Download on a Friday, T-Raww's new album had a near full-week of streams and a few days of purchases to accumulate under 5,000 sales.
Rihanna Named Best Selling Digital Artist Of All-Time
With the iTunes store only opening in 2003, the digital music industry is still pretty young, but it's far from devoid of competition, commerce and platinum-selling artists. The most successful of these, it turns out, is none other than Rihanna.
10 Songs Created By Hip-Hop Couples
Couples making songs together is a natural thing. From the Sonny & Cher days to present-day power couple Beyonce and Jay Z, it only makes sense for a couple talented people to create music together, especially when they're in love.
Rihanna Rumored To Be Dating Another Celebrity
Rihanna has generally been known to date fellow celebrities, but she usually keeps things pretty low-key, at least, as low-key as you can get when you're one of the biggest artists in the world. Of course, she's had an on-and-off relationship with Drake over the years, and most recently she's been linked to perpetual bachelor Leonardo Dicaprio, but her latest conquest comes from the world of sports.
10 Essential RL Grime Tracks
For the better part of the past three years, "trap" has referred to much more than the music of Young Jeezy, T.I., Gucci Mane, etc. Beats like Baauer's "Harlem Shake" and RL Grime's remix to Kanye West's "Mercy" have ignited dance-floors and festivals using the same label to describe their sound.
Places & Faces Referenced On ASAP Rocky's "A.L.L.A."
After his debut album, Live.Long.A$AP, ASAP Rocky went quiet for awhile-- music-wise, that is. In the interim between L.L.A. and A.L.L.A., Rocky rose atop the fashion world and romanced some very high-profile celebrities. He didn't forget the music, though, and A.L.L.A. is certainly his most ambitious project yet.
Drake Swaps "Madonna" Lyrics For "Rihanna" During Houston Show
Drake had a pretty big weekend, with his second annual Houston Appreciation event going down (on top of which, a few songs sprung a leak onto the web). We've already seen a few photos from HAW, and now we've got footage from Drake's inaugural "Jungle" tour show in H-town, which alludes to some Madge/Drizzy beef.
Rihanna And DC Comics Beefing Over "Robyn" Trademark
In June 2014, one Barbadian pop singer by the name of Robyn Rihanna Fenty applied with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office to trademark the name "Robyn."
Rihanna Performs "Bitch Better Have My Money" & "American Oxygen" On SNL Finale
For the final episode of SNL's 40th anniversary season, host Louis C.K. was accompanied by a very special musical guest, Rihanna, who performed two of her recent hit singles. First, badgirl RiRi begins "Bitch Better Have My Money" while seated in the front of her car, hands on the wheel, while being chased by the police on a green screen behind her. The woman tied up in the backseat--presumably the wife of her label exec.; "Bitch Better Have My Money."
First Images From Rihanna's Dior Campaign Revealed
A few months back it was reported that Rihanna would be the face of the new Dior campaign, becoming the first woman of color to do so. Today, we see the first images from the print campaign, which should be rolling out soon.
Vote On The Song Of The Summer
Summer's almost here, and as the weather heats up, so does the music. More than any other season, we define summer by our favorite tunes, which usually coincide with our most memorable (or never to be remembered) moments of revelry.
iLoveMakonnen's Twitter Hacked, Drake & Rihanna Dissed
Since some old Makonnen tweets came out of the woodwork a couple months back, it hasn't been clear whether or not the Atlanta newcomer and Drake are on good terms. Some speculated that Drizzy was distancing himself from Makonnen following some lines on IYRTITL that seemed to be directed toward a disloyal co-sign.
Met Gala 2015: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & More On The Red Carpet
Last night the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted their annual Met Gala, inviting the wealthiest of people to converge on their red carpet in all sorts of haute couture.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.