A look at the week's rap and R&B sales and chart placements.
HOT 97 has already lost three of its OGs when it comes to radio personalities, with Angie Martinez jumping ship for a competitor, Mister Cee parting ways for a smaller, newer station, and Cipha Sounds leaving for a position at Roc Nation.
While next week should be more exciting, the last round of rap sales were pretty lacklustre. With ASAP Rocky's album dropping to number 12, it's the first week in some time with no hip hop or R&B in the top ten. The LPs we've seen selling all year are still hanging in, with Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar all continuing to sell. Meanwhile, J.
"Dis for the ones that abandoned me," Future wrote on Instagram one year ago today, hours after releasing his mixtape Monster.
What a Time to Be Alive has finally resonated on our ears. The ten-song effort is a testament to many things: the prominence of the dark, druggy, Atlanta trap sound; Future's work ethic; Drake's diversity. The album is one of the more surprising releases in recent history, and recent history has almost exclusively boasted albums that were (at least trying to be) a surprise.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine launched the Beats Music streaming service in January 2014, and about four months later, Apple purchased the entire Beats company for $3.2 billion, the largest purchase in the tech giant's history.
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place.
First-Week Sales Projections For The Game's "The Documentary 2" Oct 10, 2015 at 07:59pm 56,686 Views
The first-week sales projections are already in for The Game's The Documentary 2, the sequel to his debut album, The Documentary, released in 2005.
What most music fans don’t know is that a major record label deal is not guaranteed change in your pocket. A recording contract is essentially a legal agreement which allows the record label to exploit an artist’s work through recorded material. This includes the album’s release, promotion, marketing, sales… you name it.
Each year around the beginning of March, artists begin sending in pitches to XXL, hoping to wind up on the magazine’s highly-coveted Freshmen list. Thus far, we’ve seen Lil Herb, Bishop Nehru, Fat Trel, and a few others try to convince us they have what it takes to grace the cover along with eleven of their peers, each turning in a short video clip to the publication.
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.
You know what it is. Staff Picks playlist has arrived, this week featuring a few familiar faces (Ty Dolla $ign seems to have been a Staff Picks playlist requisite the past few weeks).
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.
MF DOOM remains one of the most popular, yet extremely underground rappers out there. How’s that for a contradicting statement? After many records under many names, the Brit-turned-New-Yorker has finally garnered a legendary status. His work with Danger Mouse on The Mouse and the Mask is considered to be an indie classic.
The #FutureHive has proved that internet hype can very much inspire actual album sales, as DS2 soars to number one, giving Hendrix not only his first number one, but doubling the sales of Honest.
Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on shelves with MMLP2.
Last week saw a few highly anticipated releases, including new albums from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, and Logic. Surprisingly, none of those guys made it into Top Tracks -- well, except Logic, who somehow ended up on a Juicy J track. Instead, Pusha T, the new prez of GOOD Music, came out of hiding and hit us with two top 10's.
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.
With a box office record to its name thanks to millions and millions earned, "Straight Out of Compton" -- the NWA biopic -- has set Hollywood on fire. It comes as no surprise that the film industry is now looking in to the history of hip-hop to tell more stories on the silver screen.
Today has been very heavy on the album release side, as you've probably noticed by the almost insurmountable number of streams we've posted thus far (and there are more to come). In between this week's long list of new releases, as well as last week's, your iTunes should be busy for a while.
Take a look at our gallery of the biggest music video directors in the game, accompanied by some of the iconic visuals for artists like Rick Ross, Tyga, Lil Wayne, Tupac, Drake and more.
Shout out the weekend. Friday is upon us. We're kicking off the weekend as we usually do, with a dose of our staff's favorite Soundcloud releases from the past seven days. This week turned out to be pretty big on the mixtape side, with Ty Dolla $ign, Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss and Jeezy dropping free projects.
Last week belonged to Drake and Future, and while their numbers didn't live up to the inflated projections, they still managed to keep Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, and the persistent Beauty Behind The Madness out of the top spot.
Jay Electronica is now 38 years old. It's been nearly eight years since his first mixtape surfaced on the web, nearly five years since he signed with Roc Nation, and nearly four years since he claimed his debut album was finished. Album delays are commonplace these days, but four years? We heard a version of "Shiny Suit Theory" days after Jay E.
After a few weeks of relative inactivity on the charts, this was a very exciting cycle for debuts. The biggest story, of course, is Meek Mill's miraculous 250k entry into the charts, giving him the 3rd biggest rap sales week this year (behind only Drake and Kendrick Lamar). Miguel pulled in at number two with his third studio album, WILDHEART, while Vince Staples made a more modest entry at 39.