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5 Artists Who Used Anonymity To Blow Up
5 Artists Who Used Anonymity To Blow Up Mar 1, 2016 at 03:22pm
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
Hip-Hop Reacts To The 88th Academy Awards Feb 29, 2016 at 06:05pm
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
Charts Don't Lie: February 24 Feb 24, 2016 at 10:33am
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.
Watch All The Performances From The 2016 Grammy’s
Watch All The Performances From The 2016 Grammy’s Feb 15, 2016 at 08:44pm
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. 
28 Grams: Hip Hop Instagram Recap (February 13, 2016)
28 Grams: Hip Hop Instagram Recap (February 13, 2016) Feb 13, 2016 at 09:58pm
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
Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo" Features Are Incredible Feb 11, 2016 at 06:11pm
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
Charts Don't Lie: February 10 Feb 10, 2016 at 10:35am
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.
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.