Staff Picks Playlist (April 1)
This week has proved to be pretty eventful when it comes to song releases. There was actually a lot to choose from when it came time to compile our weekly Staff Picks playlist, and we're expecting the commenters to call us out on any and all oversights. There were Drake leaks. There was a Weeknd remix of Bryson Tiller. There was a G-Eazy remix. There was a 50 Cent remix. There was a Lil Wayne remix. There was a Wavy Wednesday cut. There was a Lupe Fiasco freestyle. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
The Weeknd Will No Longer Support Rihanna On "Anti" Tour
Rihanna's ANTI Tour is already underway, and from the looks of it, things have been going really well so far. Unfortunately, the tour hit its first minor snag today, with the announcement that The Weeknd would no longer be opening for the singer on the European leg of the tour. "Due to some unforeseen changes with upcoming projects, The Weeknd will no longer be joining Rihanna on her upcoming international Anti World Tour," read a statement from Live Nation issued to FADER.
The 10 Best R&B/Rap Covers Of Classic Songs
Searching "rap covers" online is like walking into a minefield of acoustic guitars and webcams, leftovers from a war that began with Ben Folds' famous version of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit." An earnest-sounding white dude with a guitar and an angelic backing choir singing things like "Lick on these nuts and suck the dick" was (believe it or not) novel at some point, but now that approach has been beaten to death. Last year, for example, a ten year old covered "Trap Queen."
The Weeknd Hints At Starting A "New Chapter"
Since he started promoting Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd has been referring to the various phases of his career as "chapters," releasing a teaser for the LP with the title "Chapter 3," and at one point matching these phases to projects in his bio (Chapter 1: Trilogy, Chapter 2: Kiss Land... etc.).With this is mind, Abel's latest tweet is a little more interesting than it might seem at first glance.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 12)
As usual, there was a lot going on in the world of rap this week, and it was evident on Instagram. First off, Kim Kardashian started a whole dialogue on slut-shaming and empowerment by posting a censored nude selfie taken in her bathroom mirror. It caused a few women to speak out against Kim's choice, but more importantly it found many fellow celebrities supporting her, including Amber Rose, who suggested Kim speak out about slut-shaming at her SlutWalk event next year.
Charts Don't Lie: March 9
With the appearance of a brand new #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, each and every hip hop release highlighted below slipped over the past week, with the exception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who debuted at #4. That's a pretty wild trend to see: Rihanna went from #2 to #3, The Weeknd went from #6 to #12, Kevin Gates went from #9 to #13, so on and so forth.
Future & The Weeknd Shoot Music Video For “Low Life”
Well it looks like we’re going to get a music video for Future & The Weeknd’s hit collab “Low Life” soon. On Tuesday, the two superstars took to their respective snapchat stories to share some footage while on set.
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.