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The Weeknd: Releases The Hills Remixes Featuring Eminem and Nicki Minaj

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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.

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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:

Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more join Jay Z’s: Tidal for All Movement

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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

Tyga: Releases Diss Track Towards Drake Named ‘Make It Work’

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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.

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Do you think Drake respond to Tyga’s diss?

Tyga Disses Drake & Nicki during Interview with Vibe Magainze

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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.”

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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.

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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…

Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne

*You can’t sit with us*

IGGY: Teases ‘Beg For It’ Director & Reveals Possible Pushback for her Re-release

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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 FancyClueless‘, 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

Nicki Minaj: Unwraps Her Lethal Anaconda Video

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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:

Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, & Ariana Grande: Launch Bang Bang Promo With New Beats Commercial

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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:

Best Selling Rap Albums Since 2008

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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
Recovery EMINEM 2010 Interscope 4,541,000
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
Relapse EMINEM 2009 Interscope 2,238,039
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
LAX The Game 2008 Interscope 1,113,000
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
Untitled Nas 2008 Def Jam 523,149
Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head T.I. 2012 Grand Hustle 521,000
Lasers LUPE FIASCO 2011 Atlantic 517,813
Planet Pit PITBULL 2011 RCA 509,000
Ambition Wale 2011 Maybach Music 485,000
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
Incredibad LONELY ISLAND 2009 Universal 387,100
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
Pluto FUTURE 2012 Epic 368,000
Plastic Beach GORILLAZ 2010 Warner 364,922
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
Nelly 5.0 Nelly 2010 Universal 316,000
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
R.O.O.T.S FLO RIDA 2009 Atlantic 264,001
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
Oxymoron SCHOOLBOY Q 2014 Interscope 236,000
Gravity LECRAE 2012 Reach 234,500
All 6′s & 7′s Tech N9NE 2011 Strange Music 230,500
Camp CHILDISH GAMBINO 2011 Universal 228,000
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
Rebelution PITBULL 2009 RCA 208,097
UGK 4 Life UGK 2009 Epic 200,611
Asleep In The Bread Aisle ASHER ROTH 2009 Universal 196,227
Radioactive YELAWOLF 2011 Interscope 193,000
PriceLe$$ Birdman 2009 Young Money 189,092
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
Honest FUTURE 2014 Epic 110,000
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
100 EP KB 2014 Reach 18,000
By Any Means Kevin Gates 2014 Atlantic 18,000
Pinata FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB 2014 Madlib Invazion 13,200

Nicki Minaj: Makes History With Anaconda

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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 ‘AnacondaMinaj 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.

Ariana Grande: Breaks Free in Galactic New Video

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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: