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.
The Weeknd Sued Over "The Hills" Sample
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
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
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").
Drake Is The Most Streamed Artist On Spotify In 2015
You know Drake's about to take over all these impending year-end lists. Be prepared, troll or otherwise. It begins today, with the release of Spotify's Year in Music lists, which round up some of the most-streamed artists on their worldwide platform.
Travi$ Scott Debuted Another New Record The Other Night
Travi$ Scott is not only opening for The Weeknd on a stadium tour every night, he's getting turnt even further at shows that follow his opening sets, in whichever city he happens to be in. In some cases, these are shows in between "The Madness" shows.
Rihanna Announces "ANTI" Tour With Travis Scott, The Weeknd, & Big Sean
With her 8th studio album ANTI reportedly scheduled to drop on Black Friday, Rihanna announced her ANTI 2016 world tour today. Travi$ Scott will be joining her for the North American leg, and The Weeknd & Big Sean will join her throughout Europe.
The Weeknd & Nicki Minaj Among The Big Winners At The 2015 AMAs
Tonight, most of the world's biggest pop stars, minus Adele and Taylor Swift, gathered in L.A. for the 2015 American Music Awards. The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj were among the night's big winners, taking home two awards each. The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness won Favorite Soul/R&B Album, and the year's best hip-hop album was awarded to Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint, which beat out J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive and Drake's If You're Reading This Its Too Late.
The Weeknd Makes Tragedy Spectacular At Madison Square Garden
On Monday night, The Weeknd took on his first ever show at Madison Square Garden, perhaps the most elite venue listed on his fall "Madness" tour, sponsored by his new XO-branded PAX vaporizer. All 18,000 seats began steadily filling up during opening sets by Travi$ Scott and Banks.
Charts Don't Lie: November 18
We just experienced our second week in a row with no notable rap and R&B debuts, but it's all leading up to the huge sales week that will include Jeezy, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and Justin Bieber. In the meantime, the same major players have been keeping the charts populated, with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Drake, and Future making up a big chunk of sales, while Bryson Tiller continues to surprise with consistent numbers.Check out the full breakdown below.
The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Vince Staples To Perform At Hangout Fest 2016
Hangout Musical Festival just announced their 2016 lineup for the epic weekend about to go down on the Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20-22. The Weeknd will headline along with Calvin Harris and Florence + the Machine. The festival lineup is a little thin from the hip hop department, but still enough that there will be a couple hip hop shows each day. Here are the hip hop acts that will be hitting Hangout 2016: Fetty Wap, Big Grams, Run the Jewels, Vince Staples, Raury, Pell, will
Dr. Dre's "Compton" & The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" Go Gold
Album sales don't move as fast as they used to, but the biggest releases do manage to hit gold within a year, with a very select few making it to platinum status. The two most recent 2015 releases to get gold certification from the RIAA (which is measured on a different scale than Nielsen Soundscan, and doesn't include streams) are Dr. Dre's Compton and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness.
Charts Don't Lie: November 11
This was a bit of a dry week for rap and R&B releases. While we await projects from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, and Logic next week, things are pretty quiet, with no big debuts this cycle. The good news is, there are still quite a few rap albums occupying the top ten, with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Drake & Future's WATTBA continuing to do numbers. Meanwhile, Bryson Tiller continues his low-key but impressive presence within the top 30.Check out the full breakdown below.
Kanye West Calls Upcoming Album "A Sonic Painting"
Famed L.A. radio personality Big Boy was recently inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, and today, he received a congratulatory phone call from a future member of a few different HOF's: Kanye West.
Lil B Says "F*ck The Weeknd" On New Song "4 Tha Record"
The BasedGod curse is a powerful thing. Just ask James Harden, whose poor performance tonight helped contribute to Houston's third consecutive loss of over 20 points. Though he hasn't quite delivered another spell just yet, Lil B has recently directed his disapproving gaze upon a musician. He just released a new song and accompanying video, "4 Tha Record," off his upcoming mixtape, Thugged Out Pissed Off, and he's indeed more pissed than usual, with harsh words directed at the artist who currently holds the No. 1 song in the country: The Weeknd.