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.
Bryson Tiller Talks Playing Call Of Duty With The Weeknd, Working With Michael B. Jordan & More
Being named “Best New Artist of 2015” from anyone is dope, but Bryson Tiller got the added bonus of an in-depth interview from Apple Music.
Top Tracks: January 4 - January 10
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.