Watch President Obama Dance To Drake's "Hotline Bling" At White House BET Party
Judging by his playlists, we know that Barack Obama has pretty good taste in music for a president, and he lived up to his reputation at BET’s “Love and Happiness” event, hosted Friday night on the White House's south lawn. The concert hosted performances from Jill Scott, Usher, the Roots, Janelle Monáe, De La Soul, and more, but the true highlight came when Barack joined his guests on the dancefloor.
Charts Don't Lie: October 5
With a new album at #1 on Billboard's 200 chart (Shawn Mendes' Illuminate if you're curious), Drake recedes back to the #2 spot this week, where he's followed by the Suicide Squad soundtrack, Travis Scott and Rihanna to represent hip hop in the top 10. Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Maxwell, and Usher remain in the top 20, while DJ Khaled slips into the #27 position. Ty Dolla $ign debuts just behind him, at #28, with his new Apple Music mixtape Campaign.
Charts Don't Lie: September 28
As new albums from Mac Miller and Usher crack into the top 5, it is Drake who is the real winner this week as he reclaims the #1 spot with VIEWS. That album also became the first record to hit a billion streams on Apple Music, which is just as monstrous as it sounds. Travis Scott and Suicide Squad: The Album also show up for hip hop in the top 10.
Here Are The Sales Projections For Mac Miller's "The Divine Feminine" & Usher's "Hard II Love"
Mac Miller's The Divine Feminine and Usher's Hard II Love were both released on all platforms Friday (Usher's project was available exclusively on Tidal 3 days prior to that), and the projected sales have now made their way in.According to Hits Daily Double, Mac is looking to move 35-40k in album equivalent units this week, and 30-35k in pure sales. Usher is expected to be behind Mac, debuting with 25-28k units (20-23k excluding streams).
Usher’s “Hard II Love” Album Is Available Now Exclusively On Tidal
Usher’s long awaited 8th studio album, Hard II Love, isn’t scheduled to arrive until this Friday, September 16, but for those of you who have Tidal, you can hear the album right now! The ATL veteran has teamed up with Jay Z’s streaming service to provide fans with an exclusive listen of Hard II Love a few days early.
Tracklist Revealed For Usher’s “Hard II Love” Album
A couple weeks ago, Usher revealed the release date & artwork to his long awaited 8th studio album Hard II Love, and now we know who’s going to be on it.
Beyonce Hosts Lit "Soul Train"-Themed 35th Birthday Party
Beyonce spent her 35th birthday on Sunday at Made in America Festival in Philly, where Chance the Rapper serenaded her with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday." The proper birthday turn-up didn't commence until Monday night, when Beyonce hosted a "Soul Train"-themed party.
Black Eyed Peas Release Epic Star-Studded “Where Is the Love?” Remix
The Black Eyed Peas returned Thursday in glorious fashion with an incredible star-studded remix to their 2003 international hit "Where Is The Love?" It's officially titled "#WHEREISTHELOVE" and features over 50 well-known musicians, actors, and other celebrities, including Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, A$AP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Khaled, J The Game, Jessie J, Snoop Dogg, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Randy Jackson, Tori Kelly, Kendall Jenner, Wilmer Valderrama, Omarion, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, LL Cool J, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jaden Smith.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of August 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Power 105.1 Taps Wiz Khalifa, Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller & More For Powerhouse NYC
After teasing that there would be a "big announcement" on the Breakfast Club last night, Power 105.1 announced the line-up for their annual Powerhouse event this morning, which goes down in October. This year's Powerhouse concert will feature a mix of old and new cats, putting on for New York with Young M.A., Desiigner, Remy Ma and Fat Joe all tapped. You can also expect performances from Bryson Tiller, Wiz Khalifa, Usher and Tory Lanez.
Top Tracks: August 21 - August 28
Can we finally breathe a sign of relief after what's proven to be a crazy August?
Usher Reveals Cover Art & Release Date For Album "Hard II Love"
It looks like Usher has changed tracks once again for his upcoming album, which will serve as the r'n'b artist's eighth studio LP. In January, Ursh announced that the title of his album would be Flawed, a title which he seems to have been promoting up until quite recently. However iTunes is saying something different.
Usher, Young Thug & Gucci Mane Shoot Video For "No Limit"
It looks like Gucci Mane, Young Thug & Usher all linked up this week to shoot the official video for “No Limit.” Thanks to Gucci Mane & his girlfriend’s snapchat stories, footage has surfaced online of the ATL icons doing what they do best in some behind the scenes footage from on set. From what we can see, the upcoming video looks to feature a lot of art, gold, cash, jewelry, and even zebras for that matter. Gucci Mane can be seen rapping in a classroom full of women, while Usher shows off his dance moves in the clip.
The 10 Best Hip Hop Protest Songs Since The Trayvon Martin Shooting
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.
4th Of July Playlist
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music. There's no better way to celebrate than with some great tunes -- as even President Obama will be spending the evening taking in a White House concert performance from Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar this evening. As there will be many barbecues to soundtrack today, we've put together a Spotify playlist with some of our favorite summer records from 2016 so far.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Watch Every BET Awards 2016 Performance
Sunday night's BET Awards was one of the show's best iterations in years. Performers included Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Young Thug, Future, Bryson Tiller, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, & Anderson. Paak -- and that doesn't even include any of the Prince tributes, which were bountiful and glorious. Sadly, the scheduled D'Angelo Prince tribute never came to pass. Otherwise, the show was nearly flawless.
Usher & Vic Mensa Sign With Scooter Braun For Management
Scooter Braun’s management roster just got a whole lot stronger this week. According to Billboard, Save Money rapper Vic Mensa & ATL legend Usher have both signed new management deals with SB Projects, bka Brauns's company.
Future, Usher & Bryson Tiller To Perform At BET Awards
The BET Awards are coming up quick, with June 26 on the horizon, the publication has announced more performers to except at the Microsoft Theatre this year.
Top Tracks: June 6 - June 12
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.