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After taking a brief hiatus from the world of pop, Mother Monster is back and ready to dominate the charts with her new single ‘Perfect Illusion‘. The track is set to arrive this Friday, September 9th.
This is the star’s first attempt at reclaiming her pop throne, after almost three years. Gaga released ‘Applause’ the lead single from her third album ‘ARTPOP’ August 12th 2013. While the track was well relieved by critics, the single was overlooked by the general public and struggled to make an impact on the charts. So say it was because the single was too much of a departure from her previous efforts, some say it was because ‘Katy Perry’ released her lead single ‘Roar’ and the exact same day.
The universe of pop is anxiously waiting to see which musical direction the single will take — and furthermore how the single will fair on the charts.
We at the Golden Grenade can’t wait to hear the Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) assisted track. Are you excited? *Paws Up*
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that Rihanna will receive the Michael Jackson Vanguard award at this years VMA’s. The exciting announcement has since drawn mixed reviews, some believe the Bajan beauty Rihanna is undeserving of the honor.
However, what many naysayers have forgotten is although most Rihanna video are incredibly raunchy, they are just as infectious and exciting. Not to mention, the star Rihanna still holds the crown as most viewed artist on YouTube — it’s a know fact that Rihanna is a visual artist.
So, it’s awesome that the academy finally decided to recognize the young icon. We here at The Golden Grenade have chose to gather a list of her ten best music videos in order to celebrate the star. Found out where your favorite video landed by checking out our list below.
2) We Found Love
4) Man Down
6) Where Have You Been
9) Only Girl In The World
10) Rockstar 101
As a treat we have added our top two Rihanna featured videos
1) This is What You Came For
2) Can’t Remember to Forget You
While many of you were asleep, or away from your computers, something amazing happened. The Weeknd released two remixes of his #1 hit ‘The Hills‘ — packaged as ‘The Hills Remixes‘. One features Rap God Eminem, while the other features the reigning Queen of Rap Nicki Minaj. The two tracks sit #2 and #26 on iTunes, prospectively.
The Remixes is a move that is certain to keep ‘The Hills’ atop the Billboard Hot 100 next week, while many thought it would lose the top spot to Drake‘s ‘Hotline Bling‘ that is currently perched #1 on iTunes — the track also a had surge in radio play last week.
Both remixes offer some sultry yet insidious lyrics. However, the Eminem remix comes out on top. Slim Shady slows down his world renown fast flow to show off his darker side. A highlight from his verse:
“But tonight we don’t need those pills, just the effects of each other
But we gon’ film cause I will want your ex to see
(Get it?) that…”
Last night, Minaj joined The Weeknd on stage at SNL to show case her version. The Minaj remix did little to captivate the audience in the brief 42-seconds she appeared on the track. Unlike Eminem, Minaj only gave one verse (if we even consider her 30 seconds a complete verse). It was full of sexual innuendos, many of which seem to give the audience a sneak peek into her and Meek Mill‘s sex life. A highlight from her verse:
“Remember that time I showed up with just panties under my coat?
High heels, they was knee high, and my legs was grippin’ that throat”
Download both remixes on iTunes here: The Hills Remixes On iTunes
Check out The Weeknd‘s SNL Performance Featuring Nicki Minaj Below:
Today marks the launch of Jay Z‘s new streaming service Tidal. Tidal offers the ability to stream both music and videos, unlike its adversary Spotify.
Many artists have already joined the music titian in the fight of making streaming profitable for all. Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Madonna, Usher, Daft Punk and more have already joined the movement.
One star that surprisingly joined the movement was Taylor Swift. This is a surprising move on her part considering that she yanked her entire discography down from Spotify last October – citing Spotify and services like it as the reason why music sales are dwindling. The star also pointed out that artists receive less than one cent per streamed song, she also claimed this type of free accessibility lessens the value we as a society place on music.
However, the payment metrics taken on by Tidal will provide artists with an opportunity to make a profit from the music they’ve created. Tidal uses two month-to-month payment options, the ten dollar option grants you access to music video, expertly curated editorial, and music of standard sound quality. The twenty dollar option grants you the same experience, however your sound quality is upgraded to High Fidelty.
Check out Tidal’s promotional video below!
Will you be signing up? Let us know in the comments below
Drake just pulled the ultimate Beyonce! The rapper just released a LP titled: If You’re Reading This Its Too Late.
|3. 10 Bands|
|4. Know Yourself|
|5. No Tellin’|
|7. 6 God|
|9. Preach (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)|
|10. Wednesday Night Interlude (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)|
|11. Used To (feat. Lil Wayne)|
|12. 6 Man|
|13. Now & Forever|
|14. Company (feat. Travi$ Scott)|
|15. You & The 6|
|17. 6PM In New York|
This comes after he already released a surprise visual titled Jungle! Go check it out NOW!
You can purchase the album on iTunes here: smarturl.it/IYRTITL
You can also watch its supporting visual ‘Jungle’ below!
Taylor Swift‘s 1989 is set to sell at least 1M copies this week. This, is an incredible feat as it will be Swift’s third time crossing the one million mark in one week.
Just two weeks ago billboard reported that no album released in 2014 has crossed the platinum milestone. The best selling albums of 2014 were actually released last year (Beyonce‘s ‘Beyonce’ and Disney’s ‘Frozen Official Soundtrack’).
Because album sales are at an all time low, everyone doubted that Swift could pass the million mark this time around. We expected her to shift at least 500k its first week. But, two weeks ago, industry forecasters projected the record would sell 750k during its inaugural week of availability. A week later, that number was pushed upward to 900k. And after selling a total of 530K on it’s first day of availability, that number has now shifted upwards.
Industry sources now forecast the album to sell at least one million copies in its first week. That would make 1989 just the 19th album to sell a million in a single week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991, and Swift the first act to earn three million-selling weeks.
This, has helped Swift become THE ONLY ARTIST to ever have more than two albums cross the million mark during their first week of ability.
Shake It Off remains at the top of U.S. iTunes, and has earned Swift another double platinum plaque. And, with the holiday season soon approaching SWIFTober is far from over!
Fresh from dissing former label mates Drake and Nicki Minaj in Vibe Magazine. Tyga has decided to channel the beef in new diss track ‘Make It Work‘.
The star made it clear last week that he never liked Drake, he only pretended to befriend him for the sake of relationship with the label (Young Money / Cash Money). But, now that he’s leaving – he no longer has to pretend to like Drake.
On the track the rapper says, “Ni**as wanna take it there, we could take it there,”. He then continues, “why these ni**as wanna test me on the low though,” and more notably “ni**a never was my homie, all these b***hes know you’re corny.”
It will be interesting to see if Drake responds…
More interestingly Nicki Minaj is releasing her third single “Only” tomorrow featuring everyone who Tyga mentioned in his interview last week. The track will serve as the fourth offering from her highly anticipated “The Pinkprint” LP. At this time we cannot say if the track is the official third single or a promotional single as was “LAN“.
On another note, the track features appearances from Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown – all of which Tyga mentioned in his interview last week.
Do you think Drake respond to Tyga’s diss?
Fresh from his twitter rant bashing his record label, Tyga is yet again making headlines. And this time, it’s not because he’s rumored to be dating the youngest Kardashian sister, Kylie Jenner. But, because in his last effort to separate himself from the label he’s taken aim at label-mates Nicki and Drake.
The Star went on to tell Vibe, “Yeah, I’m tryna’ go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki Minaj“, but, that’s not all he said. He went on to tell the magazine, “I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together. It is what it is. But I been friends with Chris Brown for like six years. That’s my real genuine friend. We hang out all the time. He lives up the street from me, so we don’t just do music we hang.”
The question that everyone has been asking is, “Why now”? Why did he he just now decide that since he’s leaving the label chose to air out that fact he doesn’t like Drake or Nicki Minaj. In fact, he was just the opening act for her world wide arena tour along with Misha B.
Just a few months ago he was partying with the star and shot a video with her and Young Money CEO Lil Wayne.
Why pretend to like them? There are plenty of artist that are on the same label but won’t do songs together because of personal differences. Tyga, the fact you’ve pretended to like them pretty convincingly, makes you almost as “fake” as Drake doesn’t it?
Besides, we all know who the true breadwinners for Young Money Are…
*You can’t sit with us*
‘Fancy‘ rapper Iggy Azalea revealed during a twitter discussion that she’s enlisted one of the industry’s top directors for her new music video. As it stands, Lachapelle will be directing the star’s new video.
Lachapelle has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Huston etc. So, it will be interesting to see what he cooks up with Azalea.
It will be more interesting to see if Iggy will continue her stream of movie recreation. The star has used multiple classics to deliver videos that felt sort of – reductive! Black Widow used ‘Kill Bill‘, and Fancy ‘Clueless‘, but neither seemed to capture and delivered the iconic quality of the films into their respective videos.
During the discussion, the star also revealed that the original Nov. 24th release date for The New Classic ‘Reclassified’ is unlikely. The star is determined to boost the sales of her debut album. The set has managed to shift 570K Worldwide since it’s release in April, earlier this year.
When you take into account that star has garnered two top-three hits, the sales seem lack luster. Her Problem collaborator ‘Ariana Grande‘ has managed to top these sales with her new LP ‘My Everything‘ in just two months.
So, it’s clear why Azalea chose to re-issue the album. The questions is why is the re-issue facing a possible pushback. Is it because she wants the video to be released before the album, or is it because the day will be flooded with releases from even bigger stars?
Eminem (Shady XV), Beyonce (Beyonce Platinum Edition), and Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint) will all be releasing their albums on Nov.24th as well. All are typically album sellers, so it would be almost impossible for Azalea to brake through the clutter and come out on top.
Should Azalea push back her re-release? Let us know below
The past few weeks have given Minaj much to celebrate. After earning her 51st hit single on Billboard, that said single has now skyrocketed to the top 10 of the charts.
The song debuted at #19 on the Hot100, most of it’s points coming from sales. The following week the song dipped down to #39, from a decline in sales and hardly any streaming points. This decline is common when tracking new singles, especially if a video hasn’t been released.
But, this week the song spiked back up the charts.
Anaconda racked up 120K in sales, placing it #6 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. As, reported last week – Anaconda stood a chance in entering the top 20 after the release of it’s video.
After her performance at the VMA‘s this past Sunday, the single earned an extra boost. As of right now, the single is currently #4 (Explicit Version) and #69 (Clean Version) on the iTunes charts. The video has also continued to hold the crown for most streamed video, day by day.
Nicki now has two songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Anaconda’ at #2 and ‘Bang Bang‘ at #9. No doubt that Bang Bang will too soar up the charts next week after the accompany of it’s party themed music video.