Nov 18, 2012
This week we see three r'n'b singers
are charting on Charts Don't Lie. On top of this, hip-hop is
also keeping itself near the top half of the charts, with help from
Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill. With Nicki Minaj and Rihanna both
dropping big albums next week, it doesn't seem like hip-hop will be
leaving the charts any time soon. It's always impressive to see a
rapper atop the charts, as...
Feb 24, 2013
performed at the Grammys or (better yet?) won an award, gained more than just
the honor—they gained new fans, perhaps reached a wider audience than usual and
thus increased sales of their music. Over the past week, overall album sales
increased 17%, which is due in part to the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, but also, Valentine’s Day-- lest we forget the extremely commercialized...
Nov 24, 2013
This week we have two new-comers on Charts Don't Lie, the first being buzzing singer Jhene Aiko and the latter, veteran in the game, Bun B. Jhene Aiko pulled pretty good numbers for her debut EP, leaving us hopeful for what's to come from the West Coast native. Her buzz will only continue to climb leading up to the release of her debut album, Soul(ed) Out, and so dropping the EP was definitely a...
Apr 26, 2012
More than any other substance, marijuana has played a most crucial role in the uprising of rap music. And though he doesn't deserve all of the credit, who knows how the genre would have formulated had it not been for the Ambassador of Pot himself, Snoop Dogg.With the recent wave of weed obsessed rappers, new marquees of hip hop have arisen, from producer Clams Casino's cloud rap beats for ASAP...
Mar 17, 2013
As the past few months have been slow all-around when it comes to music, we are not seeing many, if any, new hip-hop entries on the charts. However this shortage of music is coming to a close; the past week or two have seen many big songs drop, and a mixtape or three. We'll definitely begin to see some new names on Charts Don't Lie as early as next week,...
Jun 29, 2013
Of the dozens of rappers debated as the G.O.A.T dead or alive, Nas's name probably comes up with the most frequency behind The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac (maybe ahead depending on the source).
In truth, covering all of Nas's accomplishments over the years would take days. His career is a thick volume in an industry dominated by brief brochures. But, with such a colorful career some moments are...
Jul 16, 2013
The temperatures rising during the summer and so are tempers as both Kevin Durant and J.R. Smith had some choice words for reporters who had rubbed them the wrong way. ESPN’s Chris Palmer tweeted a list of the 17 “smartest” players in the NBA. Among that list: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Steve Nash, and Ricky Rubio, to name a few. One name that was absent is the league’s...
Dec 29, 2013
The past week brought Christmas, which undoubtedly brought sales in all departments, music or otherwise. However not all hip-hop artists were lucky enough to benefit from this Christmas season. Although B.o.B released his album Underground Luxury just in time to enjoy some holiday giving, his album fell completely flat, managing to debut at #22 this week on the Billboard 200, moving only 35k....
May 12, 2013
Last week we questioned the grip of Will.i.am's influence on the mainstream, with his solo effort, #willpower, moving less than 30k opening week. We could also blame this on the ever-waning sales of albums in general. This week, we get LL Cool J's Authentic album as a new entry in Charts Don't Lie. The old school rapper only moved around 13k, and so we gotta ask, what factors played into his...
Nov 21, 2013
Waka Flocka has not been shy about his support of the EDM genre, he's even touring with electronic DJ Steve Aoki at the moment. We caught Waka on a day off in L.A. and got a quick update on what it's like to tour with Aoki, Flockaveli 2, and his EDM rap album.
Waka doesn't reveal many details about Flockaveli 2, which has been delayed until 2014, but he does say, "I wanted to go back...
Dec 24, 2013
With Christmas arriving tomorrow, we decided it was only appropriate to make our recent interview with Kid Ink Christmas-themed. Ink will no doubt be busy this holiday prepping the release of his debut album My Own Lane for the New Year (January 7th, to be exact), but nonetheless, even rappers have time to celebrate Christmas.
Ink tells us all about his best and worst Xmas gifts, as well as the...
Nov 30, 2013
As we do every week, we provide you with several overlooked tracks that appeared on the site this past week in Underrated Audio. The records on here didn't quite hit as many views as we thought they deserved, so we're giving them a second look.
Check out the five selections of the week in the gallery above.
This week r'n'b singer and hit-maker extraordinaire, The-Dream, enters the charts with his latest effort, IV Play. The-Dream is an interesting artist to analyze, because while he creates hits on top of hits for tons artists in the game, his own fan-base is much smaller, yet extremely devout to the singer. The-Dream writes (and produces) tracks of all kinds for huge stars like Rihanna, Kelly...
Jan 19, 2014
This week we welcome a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, Kid Ink. Kid Ink is a prime example of a rapper who took his internet fame way past the internet. The Alumni rapper is now signed to a major label, and was able to successfully release his debut album My Own Lane-- he actually surpassed the sales projections of 40-45k. Ink sold a respectable 50k, which isn't too shabby for an artist who is not...
Jan 20, 2013
This week on Charts Don’t Lie, R&B artists who infuse
their music with hip hop collaborations and sounds continue to rule, however
things are about to change as A$AP Rocky’s studio debut is projected to top the
Billboard 200 next week. In the interim,
we see the holdovers from 2012 selling solid with some of the best albums of
the year still appearing on the charts.
This past week has been pretty interesting for the Billboard 200. Following the Grammys and more recently, the Super Bowl, we've seen several artists gain substantial increases in sales. First, the song that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed at the Grammys, "Same Love", as we reported earlier this week, saw a crazy increase in sales of 350%, while their album, The Heist, saw a 62% increase....