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...
Lil B Apologizes For Dissing The Weeknd
Lil B confused pretty much everyone when he decided to take a shot at The Weeknd on his track, "4 The Record," very matter-of-factly stating "Fuck The Weeknd".
5 Artists Who Used Anonymity To Blow Up
The Internet, especially with the proliferation of social media, has changed the music industry in a drastic way. Artists can act as their own A&Rs, and though its common for one's management to seize control of his or her Twitter account, there's much less of a middleman between the brand an artist seeks to project and the one that fans receive.
Hip-Hop Reacts To The 88th Academy Awards
Around 34 million people tuned into the 88th Academy Awards last night, marking an 8-year low for the prestigious award show. Many attribute the ratings dip to the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity within this year's class of nominees and the resulting Oscars So White protest.
Charts Don't Lie: February 24
Following the Grammys there was a surge that gave hip hop artists a boost in sales. For example, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly jumped up from #60 to #16 after crushing it at the award show. The Weeknd also jumped from #12 back into the top 10, landing at #6 for his post-Grammy week on the charts.
Lauryn Hill's Team Claims She Never Confirmed Grammy Performance
Lauryn Hill wasn't able to perform at the 2016 Grammys, but according to her team, the fact that she didn't make the ceremony shouldn't have been a news item in the first place, as the performance was always up in the air.
The Weeknd's Grammys After Party/Birthday Was Shut Down By Cops
Last night, The Weeknd won two Grammys, which isn't a bad way to start the birthday celebrations. The r'n'b singer turns 26 today, and the festivities began last night post-Grammys with an after party put on by GQ magazine.
Watch All The Performances From The 2016 Grammy’s
The 2016 Grammy’s are underway on CBS right now, and as usual, there’s a star-studded list of performers set to take the stage this year. Look for performances from Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Alabama Shakes, Miguel, and more. In addition, Lady Gaga is scheduled to pay homage to David Bowie with a tribute, while there will also be a B.B. King tribute done by Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr., and Chris Stapleton.
The Weeknd Will Be Performing With Lauryn Hill At Tonight's Grammys
Fans of rap and R&B already have a lot to be excited for tonight, with Kendrick Lamar nominated for 11 awards, and many exciting performances in store -- but this latest news just took anticipation to the next level.
28 Grams: Hip Hop Instagram Recap (February 13, 2016)
The biggest stars in the hip-hop world were out and about this past week. It all began with Super Bowl 50, attended by rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z, the latter whose wife would make up for the underwhelming quality of the game with her roaring halftime show, which saw the live debut of her new single, "Formation."
Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo" Features Are Incredible
Last night, Kanye West revealed the final The Life of Pablo tracklist. Now, we have the features. They are: Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Travi$ Scott, Rihanna, Young Thug, Kid Cudi, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, Frank Ocean, Desiigner. Relive the madness that was Yeezy Season 3 here and checkout the tracklist below.
Charts Don't Lie: February 10
The Billboard 200 Chart shifted considerably over the past week, leaving artists like Tank in the dust as the likes of Rihanna and Kevin Gates rose to take the #1 and #2 positions, respectively. Rihanna's album, which debuted at #27 last week, claimed the #1 position we all expected it to have. The reasoning for the weak debut was on a technicality, but now that the album is properly available, it moved nearly 125,000 units.
The Weeknd Stars In Terry Richardson Photo Shoot For British GQ
Soon after leading Rita Ora's highly revealing cover shoot for Lui magazine, fashion photographer Terry Richardson has now taken on a male subject, The Weeknd, for what looks to be an in-depth profile piece for British GQ.
Charts Don't Lie: February 3
In case you missed it, the RIAA updated their formula for calculating Gold and Platinum Album certifications yesterday. While it helped a few artist reach Platinum, today we see if it has shaken up the charts in any significant way. We’re now counting the total combined streams, single and album sales as “total album equivalent units” (TAEU, for short), as driven by changes to Billboard’s new rating system.
Kendrick Lamar & Big Sean Go Platinum After RIAA Incorporates Streaming
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is mostly known for two things: suing the hell out of everyone for downloading music and giving out gold and platinum awards for best-selling records. Thankfully the news today only involves the latter.
Charts Don't Lie: January 27
This week, we saw the debut of Lecrae, an artist who -- with the Christian rap audience behind him -- managed to score a #1 debut with his last project, Anomaly. Rather than a proper follow-up to that album, Church Clothes 3 is a continuation of his popular mixtape series, and therefor places at 12 this week, a pretty admirable showing considering.
Rihanna's "ANTI" Is Finished
After a number of false starts and strange delay rumors, it appears Rihanna’s highly anticipated record ANTI is nearing a public release.
Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd To Perform At The Grammys
The Grammys announced the first round of performers who will take the stage on February 15th at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Representing hip hop? Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd.
The Weeknd's "Earned It" Is Nominated For An Oscar
Today, the full list of Oscar nominations was released, and The Weeknd will be pleased to see that he's earned a nomination for his "Fifty Shades of Grey" single (aptly-titled) "Earned It." The singer has had a carefully-planned, but extremely successful 2015. He welcomed the spotlight for a bit, doing a few different interviews, released a commercial success Beauty Behind the Madness, started dating an "It"-girl model Bella Hadid, and was nominated for seven Grammy awards.
Charts Don't Lie: January 13th
Since it's still pretty early in the year, we haven't had any big releases just yet, but that doesn't mean rap and R&B aren't selling a whole lot. This week, The Weeknd has moved back into the top 5 releases, while Bryson Tiller has hit his highest peak yet, proving his audience is growing each week. In other sales news, the RIAA has finally certified J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album platinum.