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.
Charts Don't Lie: October 28th
Last week was all about The Game, and one would have assumed this week would be a similar story, but despite neck-and-neck projections, Machine Gun Kelly's General Admission pulled ahead of the Documentary 2.5, giving MGK the number one rap album this cycle. Still neither artist could get ahead of The Weeknd, who is pretty unstoppable right now, securing the number 3 spot on the Billboard 200 after 8 weeks.Check the full breakdown below.
Drake's "Hotline Bling" Misses The Number One Spot On The Hot 100
After the endless outpouring of memes following Drake's "Hotline Bling" video, it seemed certain that Drake would finally have his first number single on the Hot 100. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, as Billboard has announced that The Weeknd's "The Hills" will take the top spot once again.
Watch The Weeknd Perform "The Hills" & "Losers" At Apple Music Festival
The Weeknd is on top of the world right now. His latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness, looks to be one of the best-selling releases of the year, and he's had the No. 1 song in the country, "The Hills," for 5 weeks straight; before that it was "I Can't Feel My Face." To get an idea of just how big he is -- overseas, too -- watch him perform "The Hills" and "Losers," which could very well prove to be his next big hit, at last month's Apple Music Festival in London.
The Weeknd Pleads No Contest To Punching Officer Back In January
Remember back in January when The Weeknd was arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly punching an officer in the head? Well like most of us, Abel was forced to go to court on Thursday to face a judge for his actions, but ended up pleading no contest for it anyways.
Charts Don't Lie: October 21st
Last week belonged to The Game, who released The Documentary 2, the long-awaited sequel to his beloved debut, and the first of two new projects. Game's numbers weren't big enough to surpass Selena Gomez' Revival, but with The Documentary 2.5 releasing on Friday, he's doing alright for himself. Elsewhere on the charts, The Weeknd has continued to pull in big numbers, while J. Cole has proven his longevity, outlasting competitors like Nicki Minaj to be the only 2014 release within the top 40.Check out the full stats below.
The Weeknd Covers Rolling Stone
The Weeknd just keeps taking Ws. The singer hasn't let go of Billboard's #1 on the Hot 100 with his massive single "The Hills," which recently became even more massive thanks to two remixes, one from Eminem and one from Nicki Minaj. He's also made a very big effort to come out of his shell and do more promo, which means we've been seeing him on more magazine covers than ever before. Today the r'n'b sensation has revealed his new cover of Rolling Stone magazine. He posted the cover on Instagram with the caption, "i'm still shaking... proudest moment of my career."