Charts Don't Lie: July 13
Drake spent nine weeks at #1 before being dethroned, this time around, by Blink-182, whose record California now holds the top spot. R&B superstar Maxwell debuts at the #3 spot with blackSUMMERS'night, his first record since '09. Logic debuts at #16 with Bobby Tarantino and Desiigner begins his presence on the Billboard 200 at #22 with his mixtape New English.
First Week Sales Projections For Snoop Dogg’s “Cool Aid” & Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino”
While Drake’s Views continues to reign supreme atop the Billboard charts for a record 9 straight weeks, let’s not forget there’s been a couple other notable projects to impact the industry in the past week or so as well, including Snoop Dogg’s Cool Aid & Logic’s surprise release last Friday Bobby Tarantino. But now the question remains... what will they sell in the opening week?
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.
Logic Releases Surprise Project “Bobby Tarantino”
Well here’s an unexpected treat! Out of nowhere, Logic decides to drop off a surprise album for his fans called Bobby Tarantino.
Top Tracks: June 20 - June 26
Summer officially began this past week, and with it came a whole bevy of huge tracks, most of the biggest ones being collabs. There's something decidedly warm weather about the low-stakes posse cut, and that's mainly what our list consists of this week. All but two of these ten tracks didn't appear on last week's Top Ten, with a bunch of stuff falling off in the past week.
The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold. Abruptly switching gears from his softer interview tone, he'll adopt an Ali-esque swagger and go off the top to hype up the segment, saying things like, "There ain't no smoke, there's no mirrors, this ain't Hollywood." It's theatrical, yes, but the challenge, which asks rappers to freestyle over five random (and often very eclectic) beats selected by DJ Wonder, is one of the most difficult in the industry.
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
The "Suicide Squad" Soundtrack Includes Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates & More
The star-studded upcoming film "Suicide Squad" is currently hogging much of this summer's box-office buzz. Based on the DC Comics team of antiheroes who take the same name, "Suicide Squad" will star Jared Leto, Will Smith, Cara Delevigne, Ben Affleck, and more. The film also happens to have quite the soundtrack, featuring number of hip-hop elites as well as some unexpected cross-genre collaborations.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Logic Launches His Own Gaming Channel
Yesterday, Logic posted the first video to his new YouTube gaming channel. Speaking over an in-game clip from Metal Gear Solid, he repeatedly emphasized that he created the channel first and foremost to have fun. "I'm making this channel because I wanna have fun," he says. "I wanna have a good time... for me this isn't about money, this is about just having a good time." Logic says he wants to connect with fans and people who love video games; he wants it to feel like the viewer is his homie sitting on his couch and watching him play.
Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller, Logic, & More To Perform At Bumbershoot 2016
Seattle's Bumbershoot Music Festival has announced its full 2016 lineup. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are headlining. Notable hip hop acts include Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller, Run the Jewels, G-Eazy, Anderson .Paak, Tyler, the Creator, Logic, Flatbush Zombies; other acts that may be of interest to hip hop fans include Pretty Lights, Kamasi Washington, Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta.
Behind The Beat: 6ix
6ix was in his last semester at University of Maryland when he got a phone call from Logic, who had just signed a deal with Visionary Music Group. “The label wants me to come out to LA,” Logic told him. “I want you out there with me. Let’s fucking move!”
Logic Says He’s Currently Working On Two Albums
It looks like the Ratt Pack, aka Logic fans, have something to look forward to. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Def Jam rapper spilled the news that he’s currently working on TWO new albums at the moment. "I'm currently working on two albums at the same time...One of them is “fun” lets put it that way. The second one is from the perspective from all different types of people," Logic explained.
G-Eazy, Logic, YG, & Yo Gotti Announce "Endless Summer" Tour
The tour life never ends. G-Eazy wrapped up his "When It's Dark Out" tour with A$AP Ferg two months ago and Logic performed the final leg of his "The Incredible World Tour" last week in NYC. This summer, Young Gerald and Maryland's favorite son will hit the road together for the "Endless Summer" tour with YG and Yo Gotti in support. The 23-city tour kicks off June 28th in Dallas and snakes throug the contiguous United States for five weeks before wrapping up on August 5 in Hartford.
Future, Mac Miller, Logic, Tory Lanez, & More To Perform At Osheaga 2016
Osheaga Music Festival will return to Montreal for the 11th time this summer. The festival announced its lineup yesterday evening, revealing a very promising collection of hip hop artists that will perform this year.
Fetty Wap, Joey Bada$$ & G-Eazy Among Forbes' "Hip Hop Cash Princes"
Forbes, #1 producer of lists of wealthy people, is back with another category of the wealthy. This one is called “Hip Hop Cash Princes,” specifically ranks the rising under 30 stars who have already managed to start a solid bankroll for themselves. Without further ado, the Hip Hop Cash Princes Of 2016: 1) Boi-1da 2) Dej Loaf 3) Fetty Wap 4) G-Eazy
Charts Don't Lie: December 2nd
While we had debuts from Jadakiss, Tech N9ne and the Empire soundtrack, this was Adele's week. The UK songwriter moved 3.48 million equivalent units of her third album 25, making it simultaneously the biggest sales week of the year, the biggest selling album of the year, and the biggest sales week of ALL TIME. It replaces N'SYNC's previous record, in which they sold 2.416 million of their sophomore LP Bye Bye Bye in 2000.
Logic Announces "The Incredible True Story" World Tour
Logic's sophomore album, The Incredible True Story, was a rather quiet success for Def Jam. The album surpassed early sales projections, stealing the show for #1 rap album the same week Ty Dolla $ign and Jeezy dropped respective albums. The next logical move (ha) is to take the album on the road. Logic isn't only visiting North America, he'll be heading overseas for his "Incredible World Tour."
Charts Don't Lie: November 25th
After multiple weeks without any big chart debuts, we were starting to think it was a drought. Thankfully, last week saw some HUGE releases, with Justin Bieber, Logic, Jeezy, and Ty Dolla $ign all dropping their albums. Biebs unsurprisingly came out on top, beating out fellow pop superstars One Direction in what turned out to be less of a battle than expected (1D moved 460,000 units to Bieber's 649k). Nevertheless it was the first time two debuting albums had sold over 400k in one week since Kanye West and 50 Cent's infamous head-to-head in 2007.
Logic, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, & Justin Bieber First Week Sales Are In
The final first-week sales numbers are in for albums released on Friday, November 13th. According to Hits Daily Double, Justin Bieber's Purpose reigned supreme, with a whopping 649,000 units moved in terms of STS (sales-plus-streaming).