Charts Don't Lie: December 7
The Weeknd's Starboy absolutely crushed its debut, selling 200k physical copies and clockings 347k TAEU (total album equivalent units) when factoring in the massive amount of streams it received. Abel is #1 on the Billboard 200 by a wide margin and also has all 18 tracks from the album in the Hot 100, meaning he nearly occupies nearly 1/5 of the entire chart. Goddamn.
Listen To The Weeknd's Lost Verse From Drake's "Crew Love"
Drake's 2011 album Take Care was released eight months after The Weeknd's debut project House of Balloon and subsequent glow up.
All 18 Of The Weeknd's "STARBOY" Songs Charting On Hot 100
The Weeknd just took the top spot on the Billboard 200 with his third studio album STARBOY, and he's taken over the singles charts as well.
Top Tracks: November 28 - December 4
Easily the biggest story of this past week was the announcement of J. Cole's new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, the release of a "making of" documentary, and the ensuing drama. The doc contained videos for two new tracks, "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies," which have been construed to contain disses of Kanye West and Lil Yachty, respectively. A J.
The Weeknd's "Starboy" Scores Top Spot On Billboard 200
The Weeknd's winning streak just won't end. Starboy will snag the number one spot on the Billboard 200 for it's debut week. The album sold 348,000 copies in equivalent album units, with 231,000 of those coming from traditional physical sales.
Wiz Khalifa Drops Three Unreleased Tracks For "O.N.I.F.C." Anniversary
In honor of the fourth anniversary of his album O.N.I.F.C., Wiz Khalifa has dropped three unheard songs via the Taylor Gang website.
The Weeknd's "Starboy" (Review)
Earlier this week I came across a tweet from a music blog hyping a new artist as "mysterious," and for a second I thought I had travelled back in time to 2011. Mystery had been a prized value all throughout 20th Century pop music, having a hand in popularizing Led Zeppelin's fourth album, Jim Morrison's identity as a quasi-religious figure, Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" myth, and various Tupac death conspiracies, but the internet changed everything.
Taylor Swift Is Highest-Earning Musician Of 2016, Diddy Only Rapper In Top 10
Taylor Swift made by far the most money of all music-makers in 2016, according to Forbes' newly unveiled list of The World's Highest-Paid Musicians of 2016. She comes in first place with a grand total of $170 million, $60 million ahead of the Zayn-less boy band One Direction. Diddy, who made the vast majority of his income via non-musical ventures, is the only rap artist to make the top 10, grabbing the final spot with $62 million.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of November 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
The Weeknd Shatters Spotify Single-Day Streaming Record
If there was any remaining doubt that The Weeknd is one of the most popular pop stars on the planet, he has broken the record for most Spotify streams in a single day. Spotify confirmed the news to Pitchfork. Spotify did not specify the number of songs The Weeknd racked up over the course of the record-breaking day. He unseats Justin Bieber, whose music earned 36 million streams on November 13th of last year.
Vote: What's Your Favorite The Weeknd Album?
In the course of the past five years, The Weeknd has blossomed from cult favorite to international superstar, from Drake protegé to Drake foil. From the the opening notes of his 2011 debut House of Balloons, he represented a new paradigm for R&B. Has the quality of his music increased with his popularity?
The Weeknd's "Starboy" By The Numbers
On a sleepy, relatively quiet Friday last week, The Weeknd delivered Starboy. Early reviews, and general impressions of the album are extremely favorable.
Top Tracks: November 21 - November 27
Since debuting last year, Drake's OVO Sound Radio installation on Apple's Beats 1 has proven a huge force in debuting music by already-established stars as well as breaking new talent like Kodak Black, dvsn, and WizKid. Obviously, it's an engine that's benefitted its creator the most, creating huge events out of the debuts of What A Time To Be Alive, "Summer Sixteen," and VIEWS, but the 6 God has spread the love too.
The Weeknd's "Starboy" Expected To Go No. 1 With Huge Sales & Streaming
We expected The Weeknd's new album, Starboy, to have a big first week. The titular single, released in September, sits at No. 3 in the country, and a few more tracks ("Party Monster," "Sidewalks," "I Feel It Coming") off the album could easily do imminent damage on the charts. It will take the No.
The Weeknd On Collab Project With Drake: "Why Not?"
The Weeknd's decision not to sign with OVO fueled rumors that there was bad blood between him and Drake. But in a new interview with Beats 1, he showed respect towards his old collaborator, and didn't rule out the possibility of a collaborative project between them in the future.
Stream The Weeknd's "Starboy" Album
Here it is. After months of promotion, which included four singles, SNL & AMA performances, & a short film called "M A N I A," The Weeknd's highly anticipated third studio album, Starboy, has officially arrived on iTunes.
The Weeknd Says Kendrick Lamar Is "Really A Genius"
Sitting down with Zane Lowe for the quintessential pre-Starboy interview, The Weeknd opened up about topics ranging from working with Daft Punk to his struggles with sobriety. In one notable moment, Abel speaks on his relationship with Kendrick Lamar, and their collaboration on The Weeknd's upcoming LP. Apparently the song is called "Sidewalks," and it's a special one. Here's what The Weeknd had to say about Kendrick:
The Weeknd Previews New Music In "M A N I A" Short Film
In advance of his third studio album STARBOY, The Weeknd has shared a short film M A N I A, which features some new music from the project. The video is directed by Grant Singer, who previously worked with Abel on the visual treatments of "Starboy" and "Tell Your Friends."The video begins stylish and cinematic, opening with a scene featuring a menacing black panther, before cutting to Abel cruising in his Aventador. However, in the second half, things takes a very dark turn -- as most Weeknd videos tend to.
Top Tracks: November 14 - November 20
By the time the next edition of Top Tracks drops, it'll almost be December, which means that in terms of music releases, we're entering the year's equivalent of garbage time. We've still got projects from The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, and Drake on the way in 2016, but beyond that, don't expect too many surprises in term of full-length projects. What you can bank on, though, are some new singles dropping in order to carry hype into the new year. Let's start shaping up that early 2017 release calendar.
The Weeknd Shares Preview Of "MANIA" Short Film
This Friday, The Weeknd will release his third album, Starboy, which looks like it will create a major splash throughout the music world. The album's lead and titular single is currently the No. 3 song in the country, and it's likely that at least one of the two singles he released on Thursday (Nov.