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Charts Don't Lie: February 3
Charts Don't Lie: February 3 Feb 3, 2016 at 10:14am
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.
Charts Don't Lie: January 27
Charts Don't Lie: January 27 Jan 27, 2016 at 03:43pm
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
Rihanna's "ANTI" Is Finished Jan 25, 2016 at 10:58am
After a number of false starts and strange delay rumors, it appears Rihanna’s highly anticipated record ANTI is nearing a public release.
The Weeknd's "Earned It" Is Nominated For An Oscar
The Weeknd's "Earned It" Is Nominated For An Oscar Jan 14, 2016 at 09:39am
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
Charts Don't Lie: January 13th Jan 13, 2016 at 04:22pm
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. 
Top Tracks: January 4 - January 10
Top Tracks: January 4 - January 10 Jan 11, 2016 at 04:17pm
2016 is looking like it's gonna be a fast year. Yeezy decided to become the year's frontrunner after jumping over Jumpman on New Year's Eve, and somehow, he outdid himself the next week, dropping a two-in-one package that had one of the craziest debuts in HNHH history -- and continues to do huge numbers.
The Weeknd, Drake, & Fetty Wap Crack Top 10 Best-Selling Albums Of 2015
The Weeknd, Drake, & Fetty Wap Crack Top 10 Best-Selling Albums Of 2015 Jan 7, 2016 at 03:04pm
Nielsen has announced the United States' best-selling albums of 2015. Representing from the hip hop sector are The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness at #5, Drake's IYRTITL at #6, and Fetty Wap's self-titled debut album at #10. Meanwhile, Adele's 25 absolutely obliterated the competition, selling more than twice as many copies as any other album despite having been released at the end of November.
Top Tracks: December 28 - January 3
Top Tracks: December 28 - January 3 Jan 4, 2016 at 02:54pm
Welcome to 2016, y'all. Did anything really change on January 1st, aside from waking up with a crippling hangover? Well, it certainly feels that way in the rap world, as some of the genre's biggest stars have made sure to come out with forceful statements that conveniently arrived in sync with the New Year. 
Top Tracks: December 21 - December 27
Top Tracks: December 21 - December 27 Dec 28, 2015 at 06:07pm
Things were just beginning to slow down, as we had spent enough time arguing over the year's best music with a series of year-end lists and were ready to start thinking about what's in store for 2016. As we approached the holidays, though, some of our favorite artists were feeling particularly generous and gifted us with a wealth of new material.
Hottest 50 Songs Of 2015
Hottest 50 Songs Of 2015 Dec 21, 2015 at 04:05pm
It's holiday season, and that means it's time to start rolling out the year-end lists. There was almost too much good music to handle, as notable releases week after week meant that only the hottest tracks were able to attain a shelf-life of longer than a couple of months.
Charts Don't Lie: December 16th
Charts Don't Lie: December 16th Dec 16, 2015 at 03:21pm
This week we had a bunch of high profile releases, some of which fared better than others. G-Eazy led the pack with an impressive placement at number 5, while Rozay followed close behind at 6. Later on, the showing become a bit more modest, with Dreamville at 29, Curren$y at 30, Kid Cudi at 36 and Jeremih at 41.Take a look at the full breakdown of releases and sales below.
Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell, Missy Elliott & More Perform On “The Voice” Season Finale
Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell, Missy Elliott & More Perform On “The Voice” Season Finale Dec 16, 2015 at 12:43am
On Tuesday night, NBC’s "The Voice" came to an end with it’s 9th season finale taking place live in Los Angeles. The two-hour show was filled with not just the contestants’ performances, but with performances from some of the biggest names in the music business altogether, including Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Usher, Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Coldplay, and more.
Travi$ Scott & The Weekend Performed "Antidote" Together In Houston Last Night
Travi$ Scott & The Weekend Performed "Antidote" Together In Houston Last Night Dec 14, 2015 at 12:58pm
The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind the Madness" tour is currently making its way around the country. Last night the tour stopped in Houston, hometown of opening act Travi$ Scott. La Flame had a treat in store for his hometown faithful, inviting The Weeknd to join him on stage for "Antidote," as well as "Pray For Love." We're not used to hearing The Weeknd perform with auto-tune, but he busts it out for his bro Travis, and it arguably sounds cooler than his actual singing voice. The crowd is particularly lit, even for a La Flame show.
The Weeknd Sued Over "The Hills" Sample
The Weeknd Sued Over "The Hills" Sample Dec 9, 2015 at 05:03pm
The Weeknd's mega-hit "The Hills" has already amassed nearly half a billion views on YouTube. But did it use an illegal sample? According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Cutting Edge Music Limited is filing a lawsuit against Abel Tesfaye and co, alleging that he and his producers illegally sampled the score from 2013 sci fi film "The Machine."
Charts Don't Lie: December 9th
Charts Don't Lie: December 9th Dec 9, 2015 at 04:32pm
It wasn't the most exciting week for releases, with Erykah Badu's But You Cain't Use My Phone being the sole big project. Outside of that, we saw the same players running the charts, with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Bryson Tiller continuing to do numbers.Check out the full breakdown below.
2016 Grammy Nominations Announced
2016 Grammy Nominations Announced Dec 7, 2015 at 09:07am
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are going down on February 15th, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Today the nominations have been announced, with Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd nabbing quite a few-- Kendrick has eleven nominations, while The Weeknd has seven. The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" is up for Record of the Year, against Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"), Mark Ronson ("Uptown Funk"), Taylor Swift ("Blank Space") and D'Angelo and the Vanguard ("Really Love").