Archive for : October, 2017

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Kendrick’s “HUMBLE.” Becomes First Solo Rap Record of 2017 to Break 1M Pure Sales

Kendrick Lamar earned the first solo No. 1 single his career and also delivered the highest-debuting rap record since 2010 when he released "HUMBLE." this past April.

On top  quickly becoming the biggest single his recording career, the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced record is now the only solo rap record released in 2017 to sell more than one million pure copies (non-streaming equivalents).

Per Chart Data:

DJ Khaled's "I'm the One" has also sold more than one million pure copies, though, the song features multiple guests (Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Quavo and Lil Wayne).

"HUMBLE." is the lead single f Lamar's 2x Platinum-certified album DAMN. If and when Lamar and his labels (TDE, Aftermath and Interscope) decide to submit an application to the RIAA for "HUMBLE." to also become certified—which, including streaming equivalents is probably pushing 3x Platinum certification—it will be his first Platinum single certification since To Pimp a Butterfly single "Alright" was certified this past February.

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Ski Mask the Slump God Wisely Distances Himself from XXXTENTACION

Ski Mask the Slump God has wisely decided to distance himself from fellow Floridian rapper and longtime friend XXXTENTACION, who was charged with aggravated battery a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering charges last year, and will finally see his date in court this December.

“I’ll always love that alien-looking nigga named XXX,” Ski Mask told his fans on Instagram Stories, “but] I had to distance myself because it’s like nobody would see me as an individual rapper if I don’t. On top that, that nigga crazy as hell.”

The 21-year-old Republic Records signee might have been surprised by how hard it is to be a successful pressional recording artist, but it isn't hard to imagine him being scared away by the horribly upsetting headlines that have followed XXX amid his ongoing legal issues. 

The expressions "guilty by association" and "you're judged by the company you keep" are ten misused and cliché, but in this instance, both are applicable. Ski Mask, for all his success up until this point, is still a newcomer in the industry. Being aligned with anyone—XXXTENTACION or otherwise—who, if convicted, would be facing substantial prison time, could have a negative impact on his reputation and, by extension, his entire recording career.

Don't take my word for it, though. Just ask Freddie Gibbs.

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Anita Baker Reaches Out To Andre 3000

One the more interesting moments in Andre 3000’s recent GQ Style interview is his praise Anita Baker. The R&B icon has reached out to the GOAT rapper Twitter. 

3 Stacks threw out the idea pitching Anita Baker on a line clothing bearing her likeness the story, and GQ Style was on board.

A longtime fan Baker, thanks to his late mother, the OutKast rapper copped some tees over the Internet quickly realized they were bootleg as hell.

Says GQ Style:

Making sure Anita gets a check led to his idea.

Now it sounds like the OutKast rapper caught a W. Yesterday (Oct. 31), Anita Baker reached out Twitter.

“Ur an artist we isolate S’times, become solitary & Yes, its true the Artistry Others pull us out. I know. I understand. We’ll talk ABXO,” she tweeted.


Frank William Miller Junior helped Andre with his Anita Baker gear, helping to bring his sketches to life.


A proper Anita Baker clothing collection on deck?


Photo: GQ Style

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Did Chrissy Lampkin G Check Jim Jones For Love Stunting On The ‘Gram?

Chrissy Lampkin and longtime fiance Jim Jones have been the subject online chatter about the actual occurrence  their nuptials, which hasn’t gone over well with the Dipset rapper in recent days. But in a bid to defend his woman’s honor, Jones seemingly got hit with a sly jab that indicates Lampkin is ready to say “I do” by way an Instagram post.

As captured by The Shade Room, the now-deleted posts from Lampkin featured a meme that read “I want to be the girl who makes your bad days better. The girl that makes you say, ‘My life has changed since I met her.'”

Jones responded to the post writing, ” My life has changed for the] better since I met u and it keeps gettin better since I’ve known u US love u big time.”

While it could have ended there, Lampkin added in another post a meme that read, “I don’t trust words, I TRUST ACTIONS” captioned with “N***A’s lie every day Bee” before taking the messages down.

Just days ago, fans took shots at Jones and Lampkin’s longtime engagement by suggesting Cardi B and Offset would wed before them, which prompted an angry response from Capo. However, the pressure might be on elsewhere if these recent public posts have weight to them.


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Hip Hop Single Sales: Chris Brown's "High End" Scores Highest Debut Of The Week

It’s Halloween weekend and Chris Brown plans on releasing his 45-track project, Heartbreak on a Full Moon on October 31, so it’s fitting that his single “High End” featuring Future and Young Thug made its debut on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts ending on October 23.

Also making a mark on the chart this week is Grammy Award-nominated songstress Andra Day, who broke into the Top 10 at #9 with her single “Rise Up.” And Khalid jumped up three spots to #4 with “Young Dumb & Broke.”

Unsurprisingly, Post Malone remains at #1 with the 21 Savage-assisted “Rockstar,” while Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” holds it down at #2 and Logic clings tight to #3 with “1-800-273-8255.”

Chris Brown, Future & Young Thug Turn “High End” Into A Hit

Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon single “High End” featuring Future and Young Thug earned the highest debut for this week’s R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #13.

The music video for Breezy’s new single looks like what a Halloween night with Illuminati initiates would be like. However, the beginning the video is equipped with a warning stating that it’s actually quite the opposite what it appears to be and assures the video has nothing to do with the occult. It created a buzz on social media, so naturally, it reeled in folks to see what the fuss was about.

Apparently, people really like “High End” because it racked up 8,468 in pure digital downloads, according to Neilson SoundScan.

Andra Day Reaches The Top 10

Andra Day’s debut album Cheers to the Fall was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album last year, and now her single “Rise Up” f the project has reached the Top 10 the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #9.

“Rise Up” has been out since Cheers to the Fall‘s dropped in 2015, amassing a total  700,403 in digital sales. Sales for the platinum-selling single hit 11,221 this week compared to the 4,739 it did the previous week, a 137 percent increase.

Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke” Jumps Up Three Spots

Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke” went from #7 to #4 on this week’s R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts. It’s the biggest jump any artist in the Top 10.

The American Teen cut pushed 13,878 in digital downloads this week, moving his sales total to 204,685. Last week, “Young Dumb & Broke” sales sat at 12,740.

The Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales For Week Ending 10/23/2017

#1. Post Malone f. 21 Savage — “Rockstar” — 54,000 (267,030)

#2. Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” — 36,663 (493,210)

#3. Logic — “1-800-273-8255” — 26,397 (525,834)

#4. Khalid — “Young Dumb & Broke” — 13,878 (204,685)

#5. Post Malone — “I Fall Apart” — 13,546 (119,582)

#6. French Montana f. Swae Lee  — “Unforgettable”  — 13,307 (570,101)

#7. G-Eazy f. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B  — “No Limit” — 12,958 (60,454)

#8. Yo Gotti f. Nicki Minaj — “Rake It Up” — 12,553 (238,092)

#9. Andra Day — “Rise Up” — 11,221 (700,403)

#10. Blackbear f. Gucci Mane — “do re mi” — 10,607 (235,207)

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Lyor Cohen Had “No Interest” in Taking YouTube Job But Wants to Help Creatives

Veteran music industry executive Lyor Cohen recently sat down for an interview with Complex for their Blueprint series, during which he spoke with Noah Callahan-Bever about not wanting to fuck up Def Jam after he arrived, how changing the label's logo led to signing Redman and how much the record business has changed over the past 30-plus years.

Last fall, Cohen left his executive role at 300 Entertainment—a company he co-founded in 2012 with Roger Gold, Kevin Liles, and Todd Moscowitz—to become the Global Head Music at YouTube, but according to the 58-year-old, the only reason he took the position was to help build a bridge between "the industry" and the creatives who believe that same entity doesn't care about them.

"I had no interest in this job, but I do have an interest in being helpful to our industry," Cohen explained. "And this is one the most prestigious and powerful companies in the world, that I think have had a fundamental misunderstanding with the creative industry. That I think that, by virtue me being there, can help shepherd, one, a basis understanding, and two, a basis building a business with the creative community that we can all be proud ."

Cohen called his own hiring by YouTube an "unusual choice" and, given his reputation as the label executive who pioneered the dreaded 360 record deal, I'd have to agree. It's almost laughable to think that any artist or producer who is familiar with Cohen's reputation, in particular, after he became Warner Music Group's chairman and chief executive in 2004, would believe he has their best interest at heart.

"Lyor Cohen has a reputation for being a lot things, but music industry peacekeeper is not high on the list," Tim Ingham wrote last year for MBWW.

So, how exactly does Cohen plan to make nice-nice? Similar to looking for the next superstar act, Cohen says he always his eyes peeled for the individual who will be able to revolutionize the industry.

"I jump into my shoes: maybe today's the day I am going to bump into someone that's going to change the creative landscape. That's my first thought every day for over 30 years," Cohen added. 

And the search continues.

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