Oct 28, 2012
Last week with the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, we asked if independent artists' marketing strategy would be the new wave and replace the major labels on the charts. Their album The Heist saw a steep decline in sales, and might have topped out early. In what is one of the slowest week in Hip Hop/R&B sales of recent months, we get a semi-surprising name at the #1 spot. This could be a...
This week as everyone is all-consumed by Kendrick Lamar's debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city, if you ever wanna step back from the hype surrounding it and put on something a little different I've got you covered. But good kid, m.A.A.d city is also a wise decision. DEEzo- Deck Feat. Dizzy Wright
Many people probably only clicked this
song for the Dizzy Wright feature, but the piano-laced beat...
Oct 21, 2012
HNHH continues to tackle the
issue of sales in the hip-hop world. This week we had two new-comers
top the charts, as well as an old head make an appearance. While
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform the best this week, it's becoming
more and more obvious that major labels may slowly be heading the way
of the tall T, as independent labels manage to do it just as big. Not
There was a lapse in UA last
week due to me being sick and not being in the mood to do it. But
this week we're back at it, giving you the tracks that HNHH posted
last week that I felt deserved more views! And we're pretty much mid-October and the month's been great to hip-hop so far. Tomorrow we're going to be getting a new Gucci Mane mixtape which I've been looking forward too (oddly...
Oct 13, 2012
Pattern recognition: utilizing data to classify the present
and better predict the future. For those of you following the charts week in
and week out pattern recognition is a discipline worth employing. On an
elementary level it reveals the fact that big names sell, female fans buy, and
strong singles provide additional reach. However, an increasingly analytical
approach reveals so much...
It’s true that rapper’s like Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins have
platinum selling albums. While others such as J. Cole and Big Sean do not. The
reason rests not in the quality of their product, but rather when they were
Despite the arrival of online file sharing, the music
industry didn’t fall into disarray instantly. In fact, as far as hip hop is
concerned it enjoyed...
UA has compiled four different
tracks this week, each with a unique feel and solid production,
setting them apart from the daily list of songs. Term & Lil Fame
vibe out over Alchemist production, Curt@!n$ returns to the music scene with
help from ScHoolboy Q, Gangsta Gibbs chops up the hard, and Jon
Connor does what he does best. Check them all out below.
Termanology & Lil...
The debate as to whether charts do, or don't lie, rages on. On one hand, there are the numbers themselves. As to what they
mean is a subjective matter. That said there is the argument that the numbers
are incorrect. Weighted sales are one such issue. Particularly problematic in
the late 90’s, weighted sales were a questionable algorithm included in
Soundscan’s overall equation. It...
The first week of September is upon us,
but the new music isn't slowing down just 'cause summer is.
We had a ton of mixtapes drop this past week, and still more to come.
Nonetheless, not all new music is good music!! But here is some shit
that is actually new AND good. Crazy shiet.
Blu- Rap Dope
I don't listen
to Blu very often, and I keep telling myself I'm going to download
more of his...
Sales charts are more than just bar graphs and seismic
looking line work, it is a complex network of retail results and online data.
Though it can’t be tallied to perfection, it is nevertheless reliable when
approached with a discerning eye. Such sight-seeing is at the core of Charts Don’t
Lie, an on-going look at the top performing records in Rap and R&B. Unlike
other coverage this...
As the last week of August comes to an end, here are some final summer jams to add to your playlist. A banger or two and some chill vibes.
Nitty Scott, MC- Flower Child Feat.
Many clicked on this song just for the
K.Dot feature, but Nitty Scott also brings it. It's a chilled out
track, and the beat even reminds me of flowers.
Rapsody- Round Table Discussion Feat.
Aug 25, 2012
Charts Don’t Lie… how easily you’re hated. Understandably so
considering math can be agitating. That said this ongoing chart is an aggregate
of the best record keeping the industry has to offer. From Nielsen Soundscan to
Billboard and beyond, these calculations are here to provide important
information. And this week is no different. For starters, as projected, 2
Chainz took the...
I was M.I.A. last week but now I'm
back! Last week was massive, a lot of big tunes were dropping every
day and some smaller ones dropped that were equally ill (if not
iller). It saddens me to say that summer is almost over, but if
you're heading back to school, at least you'll have some sick music
to help you get through the day. In this week's UA, Brother Ali takes on the "3 Kings"...
This week's UA brings you two up-tempo beats and two dark beats to enjoy in the summer heat. That kinda rhymed but it wasn't my intention. Also to clarify about UA, it's not necessarily for unknown artists, it's just artists that I'm feeling who's music HNHH posted but didn't get as much play time by HNHH viewers as I would have hoped. Aight.
Sir Michael Rocks- Now You Do
You know what it is. My favourite cuts from the past week, there's probably one or two you overlooked so now's your time to look them over. Some solid summer jams.
Jeremih- Val Venis (Remix)
I've really been digging Jeremih's shit
lately (see: this). He's doing a little bit of rap-singing on this
and I like it. The beat is dope, laced with some hi-pitched chiming
and bass every...
Wowwww I can't believe it's already July. A lot of good ish has been steadily dropping since summer started. G.O.O.D. Music has been releasing new singles, MMG, and all the other relevant crews I don't feel like listing. I wish it was summer year round.
Big Boi- Gossip Feat. UGK & Big
This is one of the singles off Big
Boi's upcoming album Vicious Lies & Dangerous...