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
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 wait is over! Nicki Minaj has just unleashed the video for Anaconda upon the world.
After many doubted the single would even impact the Billboard Hot100, Minaj kicked dust in the face of nay-Sayers by securing a top 20 position. The song hit #1 on iTunes garnering 141K in sales for the week.
This, without one ounce of promotion. The track got no live performances nor a accompanying music video to help it gain momentum on the chart (Until Now).
The success for Anaconda is a huge accomplishment for any urban single. And although, the track is expected to tumble quite a bit on Billboard for the tracking week ending Aug.17th.
Anaconda is sure to rise back into top 20 territory after being officially sent to radio today. The track has gained over 35 adds across Top 40, Rhythmic, and Urban Radio today. Not to mention her hotly anticipated performances at the VMA‘s this Sunday!
Check out the visual featuring a cameo of Drake below:
The dynamic trio has officially launched the promo for their new single Bang Bang. Although, the single has been consistently in the top two of iTunes since release – the track has never seen any professional promotion.
Grande and Minaj have been busy promoting their solo releases, both of which have seen the top 20 of the Billboard Hot100. Grande is set to take the stage twice, while Minaj is set to make at least three appearances at this year’s VMA‘s.
So, with the trio set to perform the single, and the visual due that midnight – expect to see their parent label Universal Republic pull out all the stops to ensure the single’s success.
Jessie, Ariana, and Nicki are all set to release new albums within the next few months. So, the single is sure to give their perspective albums a nice buzz.
Check out the latest roll-out from their promo train 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.
After ruling most of the summer with ‘Problem‘, Grande decided to release a second single entitled “Break Free” featuring Zedd. Although, it hasn’t impacted the charts as much as “Problem“, this video might be the boost the single needed.
After the release of the video – the tune soared to number 4 atop the iTunes chart, after debuting at number 1 a few weeks earlier.
The star has been on a constant winning streak following the lack luster sales of her debut album “Yours Truly“. She currently has “Big Mistake” featuring “Big Sean” at number 1 on iTunes, while her joint single “Bang Bang” alongside “Jessie J” and “Nicki Minaj” holds steady at 3, while “Problem” still sits at number 12.
Her sophomore album “My Everything” is only 12 days away, and with a commercial following this huge there’s no way it won’t outsell her debut within the first few months.
Check out the video for the new single below: