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:
‘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
Rap is one of the most popular yet lowest selling genres in music today. That is, if you’re not Eminem or Lil Wayne. These two rap icons have taken over the industry and boast the highest selling albums of late.
Eminem came in at number one selling a total of: 8,949,039 albums since 2008. Eminem has only released three albums during this time period: ‘The Relapse‘, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2‘ and ‘The Recovery‘. It’s the latter that topped the list as best selling rap album since 2008.
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne came in second selling a total of: 8,605,960 albums since 2008. However, Lil Wayne has released 5 albums during this time frame (The Rebirth, I Am Not a Human Being 1 & 2, Both Tha Carter 3 & 4), that’s two more releases than his fellow chart topper Eminem.
Find out where your favorite rap album ranked below:
|Album Name||Artist||Year Of Release||Label||Album Sales|
|Tha Carter 3||Lil Wayne||2008||Young Money||3,811,000|
|The E.N.D||BLACK EYED PEAS||2009||Interscope||3,237,000|
|The Carter IV||Lil Wayne||2011||Young Money||2,320,000|
|The Marshall Mathers LP 2||EMINEM||2013||Interscope||2,170,000|
|Paper Trail||T.I||2008||Grand Hustle||2,151,000|
|Take Care||Drake||2011||Young Money||2,113,000|
|The Blueprint 3||Jay Z||2009||Roc Nation||1,932,783|
|Pink Friday||Nicki Minaj||2010||Young Money||1,910,000|
|808s & Heartbreak||Kanye West||2008||Good Music||1,740,500|
|Thank Me Later||Drake||2010||Young Money||1,713,000|
|Nothing Was The Same||Drake||2013||Young Money||1,604,000|
|Watch The Throne||Jay Z & Kanye West||2011||Roc Nation / Good Music||1,591,000|
|The Hiest||MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS||2012||Independent||1,381,000|
|My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy||Kanye West||2010||Good Music||1,365,000|
|Good Kid, m.A.A.d City||Kendrick Lamar||2012||Interscope||1,234,000|
|Magna Carta Holy Grail||Jay Z||2013||Roc Nation||1,144,000|
|I Am Not A Human Being||Lil Wayne||2010||Young Money||1,049,000|
|The Recession||Young Jeezy||2008||Def Jam||938,000|
|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded||Nicki Minaj||2012||Young Money||920,000|
|Man On The Moon||Kid Cudi||2009||Good Music / Republic||840,000|
|Rolling Papers||WIZ KHALIFA||2011||Young Money||821,000|
|Rebirth||Lil Wayne||2010||Young Money||820,960|
|Trilla||Rick Ross||2008||Maybach Music||797,000|
|Hell: The Sequel EP||BAD MEETS EVIL||2011||Interscope||773,113|
|The Beginning||BLACK EYED PEAS||2010||Interscope||753,964|
|Teflon Don||Rick Ross||2010||Maybach Music||741,205|
|TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition||Young Jeezy||2011||Def Jam||690,000|
|Born Sinner||J Cole||2013||Roc Nation||683,000|
|Cole World: The Sideline Story||J Cole||2011||Roc Nation||677,000|
|Based On A T.R.U. Story||2 Chainz||2012||Good Music||665,000|
|Yeezus||Kanye West||2013||Good Music||656,000|
|Theater Of The Mind||LUDACRIS||2008||Def Jam||651,779|
|So Far Gone EP||Drake||2009||Young Money||632,373|
|I Am Not A Human Being II||Lil Wayne||2013||Young Money||605,000|
|The Adventures Of Bobby Ray||B.O.B||2010||Grand Hustle||597,000|
|Definition Of Real||Plies||2008||Atlantic||589,934|
|No Mercy||T.I.||2010||Grand Hustle||589,000|
|Battle Of The Sexes||LUDACRIS||2010||Def Jam||588,751|
|We Are Young Money||Young Money||2009||Young Money||570,560|
|God Forgives, I Don’t||Rick Ross||2012||Maybach Music||565,000|
|Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager||Kid Cudi||2010||Good Music / Republic||529,395|
|Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head||T.I.||2012||Grand Hustle||521,000|
|Before I Self Destruct||50 CENT||2009||G Unit||474,843|
|Long. Live. A$AP||A$AP ROCKY||2013||Good Music||468,000|
|Cruel Summer||G.O.O.D MUSIC||2012||Good Music||468,000|
|The Gifted||Wale||2013||Maybach Music||468,000|
|Last Train To Paris||Diddy Dirty Money||2010||Bad Boy||450,000|
|Deeper Than Rap||Rick Ross||2009||Maybach Music||442,135|
|The State vs Radric Davis||Gucci Mane||2009||Warner||425,556|
|O.N.I.F.C||WIZ KHALIFA||2012||Def Jam||421,000|
|Ego Trippin||SNOOP DOGG||2008||Interscope||401,317|
|Mail On Sunday||FLO RIDA||2008||Atlantic||399,412|
|Blue Slide Park||Mac Miller||2011||REMember Music||391,000|
|Life Is Good||Nas||2012||Def Jam||384,000|
|Finally Famous||Big Sean||2011||Good Music||380,000|
|Dreams & Nightmares||Meek Mill||2012||Maybach Music||380,000|
|The Last Kiss||JADAKISS||2009||Def Jam||361,747|
|Mastermind||Rick Ross||2014||Maybach Music||360,000|
|Careless World : Rise of the Last King||Tyga||2012||Young Money||355,000|
|Hot Sauce Committee||BEASTIE BOYS||2011||Def Jam||353,030|
|Flockaveli||Waka Flocka Flame||2010||Atlantic||345,000|
|Loso’s Way||FABOLOUS||2009||Def Jam||318,187|
|Strange Clouds||B.O.B||2012||Grand Hustle||302,000|
|Jesus Piece||The Game||2012||Interscope||301,000|
|Project X||Original Soundtrack||2012||WaterTower Music||298,000|
|The R.E.D. Album||The Game||2011||Interscope||287,000|
|The New Classic||Iggy Azalea||2014||Grand Hustle||282,869|
|Self Mad Vol.2||MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP||2012||Maybach Music||281,000|
|Malice ‘N Wonderland||SNOOP DOGG||2009||Interscope||272,156|
|Indicud||Kid Cudi||2013||Good Music / Republic||271,000|
|Finally Rich||Chief Keef||2012||Interscope||265,000|
|La Revolucion||WISIN & YANDEL||2009||Universal||259,987|
|Wake Up!||John Legend & The Roots||2010||Def Jam||259,880|
|Distant Relatives||NAS & DAMIAN MARLEY||2010||Def Jam||258,427|
|because the internet||CHILDISH GAMBINO||2013||Universal||257,000|
|Shock Value II||TIMBALAND||2009||Interscope||250,712|
|Self Mad Vol.1||MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP||2011||Maybach Music||246,269|
|B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time||2 Chainz||2013||Good Music||244,000|
|Goblin||Tyler, The Creator||2011||Wolf Pack||241,000|
|Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty||BIG BOI||2010||Epic||240,000|
|Turtleneck & Chain||LONELY ISLAND||2011||Universal||238,799|
|All 6′s & 7′s||Tech N9NE||2011||Strange Music||230,500|
|Watching Movies With The Sound Off||Mac Miller||2013||REMember Music||222,000|
|Lace Up||MACHINE GUN KELLY||2102||Interscope||221,000|
|How I Got Over It||The Roots||2010||Def Jam||211,552|
|Stay Trippy||Juicy J||2013||Columbia||211,000|
|UGK 4 Life||UGK||2009||Epic||200,611|
|Asleep In The Bread Aisle||ASHER ROTH||2009||Universal||196,227|
|Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1||LUPE FIASCO||2012||Atlantic||188,000|
|Wolf||Tyler, The Creator||2013||Wolf Pack||181,000|
|Hotel California||Tyga||2013||Young Money||175,000|
|I AM||Yo Gotti||2013||Epic||169,000|
|My Name Is My Name||Pusha T||2013||Good Music||167,000|
|Excuse My French||French Montana||2013||Interscope||159,000|
|Something Else||Tech N9NE||2013||Strange Music||148,000|
|Hall Of Fame||Big Sean||2013||Good Music||146,000|
|My Krazy Life||YG||2014||Def Jam||133,000|
|My Own Lane||KID INK||2014||RCA||121,000|
|Testimony||August Alsina||2014||Def Jam||108,000|
|Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon||Kid Cudi||2014||Good Music / Republic||102,000|
|Rise Of An Empire||Young Money||2014||Young Money||53,000|
|Neverland EP||ANDY MINEO||2014||42,000|
|Beach House EP||TY Dolla $ign||2014||Atlantic||19,000|
|By Any Means||Kevin Gates||2014||Atlantic||18,000|
|Pinata||FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB||2014||Madlib Invazion||13,200|
While many counted her out and thought she had been replaced as Queen of Rap – the star has come back fighting. Minaj, has managed to swoop in and rule late summer.
Minaj, has garnered three Top 40 hits in the past three months.
Not even three months ago, Minaj released the ever so pleasant ‘Pills N Potions‘. And, in this short time span the single managed to sell 500,000 digital copies – reaching a Gold certification. Eventually, peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Soon after, she released a joint single with Jessie J and Ariana Grande called ‘Bang Bang‘. That track managed to sell 230,000 copies in its first week – reaching a peak of number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. And in just two weeks, the track has managed to sell over 371,000 copies.
‘Bang Bang‘ marked Minaj‘s 10th Billboard top 10 hit. Becoming the only female rapper in history to have over 9 songs make it into the top 10.
Last week, Minaj broke two other records. With the release of her new single ‘Anaconda‘ Minaj managed to become the only female rapper to top the iTunes chart as a SOLO act (without a featured artist). Not only that, Minaj became the first female rapper to occupy both the #1 and #2 position on iTunes with ‘Bang Bang‘ being the latter.
‘Anaconda‘ made it’s impact on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, debuting at number 19. The single was the 3rd best selling single this week, with sales of 141,000. Almost doubling the debut of her lead single “Pills N Potions” which sold 85,000 copies in its first week. ‘Anaconda‘ also became Minaj’s 20th top 20 hit.
Overall, the song has become Minaj‘s 51st Hot 100 entry, extending her mark for the most among female rappers (Missy Elliott is next with 31) and tying her with Eminem for the seventh-best total among all rappers; Lil Wayne leads the category with 122. Among all artists, Minaj breaks out of a tie with Michael Jackson and also equals Rod Stewart‘s 51 career Hot 100 entries.
Eminem‘s ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2‘ is predicted to bring in the highest first week sales this year, for any rap album . The LP is projected to sale around 700-750K. Sorry Drake. Sorry Hov.
Originally ‘Magna Carta‘ had the highest first week with sales of 528K, only to be bested by Drake’s ‘Nothing Was The Same‘ with sales of 658K.
Now that ‘Rap God‘ Eminem is back in the arena, he’s ready to reclaim the throne lyrically and sales wise.
His latest single ‘The Monster‘ has already reached number one in several countries.
While in the US the single debuted at number three but is schedule to top the Billboard Hot 100 next week. Congrats Em!
Eminem and Rihanna have topped the UK Official Charts with their new hit ‘The Monster‘. As reported last week, the single was made for Top 40. So its no coincidence that the single has become a massive success.
Since its release ‘The Monster‘ has topped almost every iTunes chart globally.
In the US, the single stands at number three on the iTunes charts while set to sale 400K copies this week. If forecats are correct it would see the single debut at number two on the Billboard hot 100 this week.
But it’s the single’s UK success that has put Rihanna in the history books. Rihanna, Elvis and The Beatles remain the only artists in UK history to score at least one Number 1 each year, over a seven year span.
Eminem has released ‘The Monster‘ his latest single from his upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″ release.
Rihanna‘s angelic vocals complement the aggressive flow of Eminem extremely well. The track switches between pop and rap almost instantaneously.
‘The Monster‘ sounds like a track built explicitly for Top 40 radio which should make it a massive success on the charts.
The last time these two came together for an official single was on Eminem‘s ‘Love The Way You Lie‘ which was recently certified 6X’s platinum and remains the highest selling single for both artists.
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With the release of his latest single ‘Rap God‘ Eminem has reclaimed the Rap throne . The rapper used the time to dismiss the Nay Sayers that thinks he “fell off”, and also uses the time to lyrically annihilate each and everyone of your favorite rappers.
‘Rap God‘ comes as a breath of fresh air. It brings back the old Eminem the world fell in love with, while also bringing something new. Lyrically ‘Berzerk‘ the rapper’s previous single, pales in comparison to ‘Rap God‘.
Eminem has yet another hit on his hands with this one. Soon after becoming the second best selling rapper of all time, the rapper conquers the iTunes chart.
And although, the song isn’t geared towards radio ,the single has been placed in heavy rotation throughout the country. With the millions of views this song has generated online, we could easily see the song top the Billboard hot 100 next week.
If ‘Rap God‘ does top the Billboard charts, it will be the first rap single since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s ‘Can’t Hold Us’ topped the charts earlier this year.
Haven’t heard the single?
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Earlier this year on ‘Tap Out‘ Minaj rapped “Pull up in that you can’t afford this. Only rap bitch on the Forbes list.” So it should come as no surprise that she made this year’s list too!
Nicki Minaj comes in on the list at number 4, beating out the likes of every rapper except Diddy, Jay Z and Dr. Dre.
Endorsement deals with: Addias, Pepsi, and her recent spot as a American Idol judge helped boost her earnings for this year. Her percentage of ownership in the Myx Fusions company, ‘Pink Friday‘ perfume and overall record sales, also helped improve this number. According to Forbes Nicki has raked in 29M dollars, since March 2012 alone.
Since the list’s inception in 2007, Nicki Minaj has been the only female to make the list. The question then becomes why is Nicki Minaj the only female on the list?
One because she’s the only female rap artist dominating the charts at the present time. But not only is she dominating musically but commercially as well. Her ‘Pink Friday’ perfume has sold over 1.1M units in the UK alone, thus silencing the Nay Sayers who thought the perfume would fail.
Yes, we have others like Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea and Angel Haze but none of their efforts have cracked the billboard hot 100. These up and coming female rappers have yet to make even the slightest impact commercially with any endorsements etc.
There are a few older female rappers who probably would have made the list during their time, those being: Missy, Eve, Lil Kim, and Lauryn Hill. All of which besides Missy, have run into deep financial troubles over the years.
We’ll start off with Lauryn who was recently sent to prison for owing the government more than 1M dollars in back taxes.
Then we have Eve and Lil Kim whose net worth’s are both 8M dollars, lower than Nicki’s income for this year even when combined. So you see the dilemma here. Forbes goes into further detail as to why no other female has appeared on the list.
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“Looking through this year’s list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings, you might find yourself asking, “Where the ladies at?” Nicki Minaj, who clocks in at no. 4 with an estimated $29 million, is the only woman on the list, earning more than Snoop Lion, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar combined. In fact, Minaj, who made her 2011 debut raking in $6.5 million has been the only female to ever make the Cash Kings list since its inception in 2007.
So where are all the other fierce females? Simply put, nowhere near the top. While a slew of upcoming female rappers have the potential to earn seven figures someday soon, in recent years, no woman MC other than Minaj has gained mainstream recognition and the record sales, touring, and endorsement deals that go along with it.
This year, Minaj nearly doubled last year’s $15.5 million pay check by clocking impressive tour numbers to go with her American Idol gig and endorsements with Mac, OPI and Pepsi. She also owns a stake in Myx Fusions Moscato, a sweet wine now making its way into her music videos and rap verses. These deals rank Minaj far higher than any of her male Cash Money labelmates, includingDrake, Lil Wayne, and YMCMB head honchoBirdman.
“I’ve never been afraid to walk into the boy’s club,” Minaj told a FORBES contributor. “Ever. Ever, ever, ever.”
“Nicki’s just got it,” says music attorney Lori Landew, a partner in the entertainment division ofFox Rothschild. “Part of the reason she’s so authentic is because she’s so chameleon-like, which could come across as cartoonish and not attractive to a brand, but it works for her.”
Minaj is not hip-hop’s first high-earning female, however. Had there been a list prior to 2007, ladies like Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliot and Eve probably would have been Cash Kings in their prime. Fugees star Lauryn Hill, whose solo shows grossed over $100,000 back in the day according to PollstarPro, certainly would have made the cut.
And that’s not to say women aren’t earning money in the music industry today. Thanks to her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, pop star Beyoncé made $53 million this year – about $10 million more than hubby Jay Z, who came in at No. 2 on the Cash Kings roster. Queen Bey’s pay check doesn’t even come close to Madonna’s, who topped this year’s FORBES list of highest-earning celebrities banking an estimated $125 million in the past year. Lady Gagaearned 10th place on that list, generating $80 million in the 12 months leading up to March 2013.
Potential future female rap stars include Azealia Banks, who pulled in over $1 million this year mostly from live shows – and she hasn’t even released an album yet. Blonde Australian MC Iggy Azalea signed to Wilhelmina Models in 2012 and became the face of Levi jeans off the buzz of viral YouTube videos, a mixtape and an EP. Other upcoming rappers include Angel Haze, whose venomous freestyles and fast-flowing rhymes got her signed to Universal Republic and Island Records.
So what’s keeping these women from joining the millionaire boys club? Unlike the corporate world, where females might provide mentorship to each other, women MCs have lately proven more likely to feud publicly than offer a guest verse. Azealia Banks’ Twitter feed alone has been the virtual scene of spats with nearly every female rapper around, including Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, Angel Haze and Kreayshawn.
“Hip-hop today has become so much more competitive because there are so many more artists vying for attention,” said Wendy Day, founder of Rap Coalition, a non-profit which helps artists navigate fair record deals. “It’s a very male dominated industry, and it’s very, very hard to establish yourself as a female rapper.”
“It seems there’s only one [female rapper] that gets anointed at a time,” Landew said. “I think it’s just more difficult for women in rap to break through the mainstream and to cross over into the male market.”
While competition is an expected and often fruitful part of hip-hop, if these ladies hope to become Cash Queens, they will need to focus on selling records, growing their audience to become big touring acts, and endorsing wisely.
As Minaj says, “It’s time for a female Jay, a female Puffy.”
#1. Diddy – $50 million
#2. Jay Z – $43 million
3. Dr.Dre – $40 million
4. Nicki Minaj – $29 million
5. Birdman – $21 million
6. Kanye West – $20 million
7. Lil Wayne – $16 million
8. Wiz Khalifa – $14 million
9. Ludacris -$12 million
10. Pitbull ($11M)
11. Drake ($10.5M)
12. Snoop Dogg ($10M)
12. Eminem ($10M)
14. Kendrick Lamar ($9M)
14. Pharrell ($9M)
14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($9M)
17. Swizz Beatz ($8.5M)
18. Tech N9ne ($7.5M)
19. 50 Cent ($7M)
20. Lil Jon ($6M)
20. Rick Ross ($6M)
20. Mac Miller ($6M)
20. Jeezy ($6M)
20. Questlove ($6M)