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Hip Hop Album Sales: Lil Uzi Vert & XXXTENTACION Keep Their Lead

Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 and XXXTENTACION’s 17 have repeated their spots in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending September 7.

With 73,290 total album equivalent units sold, Uzi’s ficial follow-up to 2015’s Luv Is Rage mixtape dips one slot from last week’s chart-topping debut, landing at #2.

Meanwhile, X’s acoustic guitar-heavy project nabs #3 with 51,275 total album equivalent units sold.

Elsewhere on the chart, Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album, DAMN., hits Week 21 on the chart and also remains in the Top 5, winding up at #4.

Khalid’s American Teen continues its success after 24 weeks on the chart, landing in the final spot the Top 5.

Kodak Black’s Project Baby 2, Logic’s Everybody and SZA’s CTRL all crack the Top 10, while 21 Savage’s ISSA Album jumps seven slots to land in #11.

Lil Uzi & X Hold On To Top 5

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Although Lil Uzi Vert and XXXTENTACION had explosive debuts last week, both albums’ numbers have taken a significant dip. Lil Uzi’s Luv Is Rage 2 fell 46 percent with 73,290 total album equivalent units sold (3,668 in pure album sales and a streaming count 100,343,449). Despite the plunge, the project still landed in the #2 spot, right behind LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream.

X’s 17 was cosigned by K. Dot upon its release, but this week it was met with more explosive headlines around the specifics the allegations violence that have been hanging over him. Still, 17 wound up in the #3 slot even with a 41 percent decline over the previous week, moving 51,275 total album equivalent units (3,598 pure album sales and a streaming count 69,150,181).

A$AP Mob Takes A Dive

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A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy took one the biggest hits  the week. With a 53 percent dive, the project ended up at #16 with 756 in pure album sales, 19,175 total album equivalent units sold and a streaming count 27,185,725. The album debuted last week at #6. The new project serves as the sequel to the collective’s 2016 debut studio album, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends, which peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200. 

Logic’s Everybody Returns To Top 10

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Logic’s third studio album, Everybody, climbed three percent, likely thanks to the recent success “1-800-273-8255,” the Maryland native’s first single to hit #1 on the Hot 100 chart. With 28,938 total album equivalent units sold, 3,821 pure album sales and a streaming count 27,436,555, it was able to climb three slots from last week and land in the #8 slot.

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 9/7/2017

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #2— 73,290 (3,668) 100,343,449]
  2. XXXTENTACION — 17 — #3 — 51,275 (3,598) 69,150,181]
  3. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #4 — 39,634 (3,257 ) 41,610,601]
  4. Khalid — American Teen — #5 — 32,663 (7,941) 39,372,408]
  5. Kodak Black — Project Baby 2 — #7 — 29,620 (1,149) 41,345,413]
  6. Logic — Everybody — #8 — 28,938 (3,821) 27,436,555]
  7. SZA — CTRL — #9 — 26,333 (3,474) 32,297,376]
  8. 21 Savage— ISSA — #11 — 23,079 (1,322) 29,735,748]
  9. Post Malone — Stoney — #12 — 22,332 (1,189) 27,800,794]
  10. Drake — More Life — #13 — 21,422 (590) 29,812,820]
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Secret Solstice releases official aftermovie and super early bird tickets for 2018 – Dancing Astronaut

Secret Solstice is a music festival unlike any other. Held over the summer solstice in Reykjavik, Iceland, the festival features over 96 hours continuous sunlight and some the world’s most exciting talent in an eclectic mix electronic, hip hop, and rock that establishes it as one the most unique festivals to date.

drew a crowd 18,000 and featured Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Seth Troxler, Black Madonna and many, many more. 2017 also marked the year that the festival broke records with the biggest stage ever constructed on the island 330,000 residents and 2018 is already shaping up to be bigger and better than years past.

In addition to the festival itself, Secret Solstice provides a series once-in-a-lifetime experiences that include a Midnight Cruise, a descent into a Lava Tunnel for exclusive Icelandic acoustic performances and live sets deep inside one the world’s oldest glaciers.

Camping, and VIP Early-bird tickets are also on sale through the

Stay tuned for phase 1 lineup announcements as we have them.

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Amsterdam initiating strict sound limitations for music festivals – Dancing Astronaut

The City Council has announce it will be enforcing strict sound limitations for large-scale music events within the city.

Sound will now be capped at 85 decibels in the Dutch capital, and organizers festivals will be doing “permanent acoustic research” for performances going forward so as not to inconvenience the city’s residents.

The council also stated that three sound-intensive days per year are acceptable to residents. An exception is made for more than 20 popular places in the city, however, such as the Zuidas, the Museum Square and the new event center in Westpoort.

“Organizers are now mainly concerned with how the sound sounds on the field,” a city council spokesperson said. “According to the new rules, they will also have to focus on the question the effect noise on the environment, and how to minimize the inconvenience.”

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XXXTENTACION Previews Uber Depressing Themes For Upcoming "17" Album

XXXTENTACION announced his forthcoming debut album, 17, last week after claiming he was going to “disappear.” The Florida wild card was presumably working on the project and needed some time to finalize it. In a clip posted to social media late Wednesday (August 2), X previewed a little bit the album, which is intended to help those who suffer from depression.

By the sound the two clips, X has busted out the acoustic guitar and melodic singing — not bars.

The album comes after a string wild concert dates on his Revenge Tour that saw X get knocked out onstage in San Diego and left a 19-year-old concertgoer stabbed. He eventually wound up canceling the remainder the tour after X learned his cousin had been shot.

17 is expected to arrive on August 25.  Check out the teaser clips above courtesy DJ Akademiks.

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5 undercard acts to catch at Panorama Festival – Dancing Astronaut

Goldenvoice’s Panorama Festival has been billed as “the East Coast Coachella,” and with a lineup including the likes Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, and Nine Inch Nails, it’s hard to dispute the notion. The three-day event, which returns next weekend, first arrived in New York in 2016, fering a for its inaugural stint on Randall’s Island.

Ahead Panorama’s second edition, we’ve compiled five undercards to catch at the festival. Rather than point out the obvious — as in not missing one Tame Impala’s final performances 2017 or skipping the psychoacoustic circus that is Nicolas Jaar — we’ve opted to highlight five lesser known acts that should be on your radar next weekend.

Panorama Festival takes place July 28-30 on Randall’s Island Park. Tickets are available .

1. Motor City Drum Ensemble

Danilo Plessow is one the more consistently celebrated talents the underground. One the few remaining vinyl-only DJs at his level, Plessow, under his beloved moniker Motor City Drum Ensemble, has become a bastion sorts for the true art DJing. Just as liable to throw down some old school disco as he is some ripping house music, Motor City Drum Ensemble is a surefire thrill behind the decks every time he takes the stage.

2. THEY.

Since launching in 2015 with their debut album Nü Religion, enigmatic R&B duo THEY. have caused quite a stir in the industry. Combining elements hip hop, rock, and electronic music, their sound is hard to pin down. If there’s one pervading element: it’s a fierce drive to lift genre preconceptions on their head. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the pair are backed by boutique label powerhouse, Mind a Genius, the same imprint that calls artists like Zhu and Gallant its home.

3. S U R V I V E

Fans Stranger Things will receive a special treat on Saturday with a rare performance from S U R V I V E, the highly celebrated composers behind Netflix’s hit sci fi series. Whether you’re a fan the show or not, S U R V I V E are worth checking out purely to witness the magic the self-described “experimental synth quartet.” Expect eerie ‘80s sound design, creepy melodies, and hypnotizing live synth jams.

4. DJ Shadow

A chance to see DJ Shadow should never be passed up. One the greatest turntablists all time, not to mention one the more forward-thinking producers the day, DJ Shadow has consistently proven a veritable innovator in the field. Still buzzing f the release his fifth studio album, The Mountain Will Fall, which topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart upon release, DJ Shadow is a must for fans trip hop, bass music, or turntablism in general.

5. Derrick Carter

The true soul house music will be well-represented at Panorama Festival thanks to veterans like Derrick Carter and Omar-S. The former, a long-standing Chicago legend, and the latter, one Detroit’s more contemporary stars, will hold down the festival’s new dedicated underground state, The Point. Carter in particular, what with his over two-decade career in the industry, will be a much appreciated treat for house-heads and techno enthusiasts alike.

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Watch This: Kygo & Ellie Goulding perform acoustic verison of 'First Time' at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – Dancing Astronaut

’s latest monster collaboration with , “First Time,” has been received warmly by the global dance music community, racking up over 9 million views in just over a week, continuing Kygo’s strong run singles which include “” with and “.”

Recently, Kygo and Ellie Goulding took to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to deliver a soulful, acoustic performance their hit single, which features the Norwegian on the piano, Goulding on the lead vocals and a plethora supporting musicians.

Interestingly, the duo also dropped an acoustic rendition ’ chart topping song “Sign Of The Times,” from his eponymous debut solo album.


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Lindsey Stirling beats The Chainsmokers in Billboard's best dance/electronic album of the year

were nominated for 16 Music Awards, and took home four titles over the weekend including Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Single, Top Collaboration, and Top Dance/Electronic Music song.

However, when it came down to the award for Top Dance/Electronic Album (a category in which both their Collage and Bouquet EPs were nominated), American violinist and producer  beat out the duo, as well as Flume and Kygo.

At the awards ceremony, The Chainsmokers played an acoustic performance “Young,” the penultimate song f their debut album, Memories… Do Not Open. Watch Alex and Drew’s pyrotechnic-assisted performance below:

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DX Digest: Gucci Mane & Zaytoven Take Us To Church & Frank Ocean's "Biking (Solo)" Gets Official Release

Thursday morning’s edition the DX Digest highlights two forefathers present-day Atlanta’s music scene, Gucci Mane and Zaytoven. This week, New York City was host to a special live acoustic performance by the duo at Red Bull Music Academy. And there’s no hyperbole when we say this is what greatness looks and sounds like. Zaytoven took the audience the church on the keys as Guwop delivered a sermon laden with his trap parables. See the footage below, along with a CDQ version Frank Ocean’s “Biking (Solo),” a new visual for Big Boi’s record with Adam Levine and more.

Gucci Mane and Zaytoven Perform Acoustic Set At RBMA Festival New York

This might deserve tears. Gucci Mane and producer Zaytoven have been a winning combination for over 10 years, and it showed last night during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York City. There, the producer/rapper team performed an acoustic set, with Guwop manning the microphone and Zaytoven maneuvering the piano keys as they ran through the former’s catalog.

Frank OceAN – “Biking (Solo)”

Episode 6 Frank Ocean’s blonded RADIO brought listeners plenty new material by and featuring the singer-songwriter. That includes this solo version “Biking,” a catchy song that originally featured Jay Z. It appears that Franky sees a future for this gem, as he adds it to the major streaming platforms.

Big Boi ft. Adam Levine – “Mic Jack”

Big Boi ficially announced that his third studio album Boomiverse releases on June 16. With that news came a visual for his Adam Levine-assisted tune “Mic Jack.” The Maroon 5 frontman doesn’t give the best customer service in the clip. However, he’s more than capable crooning the smooth hook. Separately, Big Boi’s mink is so cold that he takes it to outer space.

Brockhampton – “Heat”

Self-proclamation is big in rap, so we can understand why a rising group like Brockhampton calling themselves an “ALL AMERICAN BOY BAND” would inspire a deep sigh. Fortunately, the crew can back their claim with music, as proven in their new visual for “Heat.” Produced by Romil and Jabari, the abrasive tune finds Ameer Vann, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Joba, and Matt Champion trading verses. And yes, the track is as glorious as the Kevin Abstract-directed clip is striking.

Conway – “ConWay Not Humble!”

Jay Worthy f. Sha Hef – “Stepping Out”

It’s a crime that more MCs don’t commission The Alchemist to produce full-length projects. Luckily, Jay Worthy sees the big picture, as he and the veteran producer prepare their Fantasy Island project. Here’s the latest leak, “Stepping Out,” featuring Sha Hef. Backed by a beat smoother than any Uncle Clyde in existence, we hear the duo deliver their slickest rhymes. Don’t mind that the bars aren’t the most dexterous, this song is about the vibe. Birthed from a chance encounter the two had at a Meyhem Lauren show in Vancouver, Fantasy Island will feature six tracks.

Tate Kobang – “Dis Side”

Boom-bap drums are all Baltimore product Tate Kobang needs to get his thoughts f on “Dis Side.” The song receives a video treatment, in which the 300 Entertainment artist posts in a fiery warehouse with his homies.

T-Pain – “You don’t know shiT”

No T-Pain slander will be tolerated on this side, especially when he delivers songs that sound as good as “You Don’t Know Shit.” Music’s resident maestro autotune crooning is so adept at his craft that his lyrics on this one are crude at times. Of course, his words come in the framework a nasty argument between him and his girlfriend. Not an excuse, but I’m just saying.

Wifisfuneral f. Smoke Purp – “Run It Up”

Now that the ink’s dry on a deal with Alamo/Interscope Records, wifisfuneral returns with his new track, “Run It Up,” featuring Smoke Purpp. Produced by Cris Dinero, this release is very the moment, from the call-and-repeat-style chorus and trap-influenced production.

Troy Ave – “Press Spray”

Things just got spicy. Troy Ave ups the ante in his ongoing rap beef (if you even want to call it that) with retired rapper Joe Budden and fellow New Yorker Mysonne. The self-ordained NuPac’s back and forth banter with the aforementioned guys spills into his video for “Press Spray.” It’s not exactly a high-budget affair, but it certainly gives Troy Ave a platform to get his thoughts f.


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Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

The cold, quiet desert came alive with yoga and morning meditation sessions across Arcosanti’s architectural labyrinth in the early hours sunshine as  began its second day. As the day progressed, ‘s Saint Records imprint hosted a Saint Heron House panel at in Arcosanti’s most recognizable landmark, the open air Apse. Spiring cypress trees swayed in the warm breeze while somber actors sauntered across the windswept Vaults as part  Phoenix-based artist Jorge Ignacio and choreographer Liliana Gomez’s performance art piece,”Re Birth,” inspired by the Phoenix Art Museum’s Kehinde Wiley exhibit.

Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

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Rock outfit The Hotelier kicked f day-programming in the amphitheater, jokingly admitting they felt silly being “just a rock band” on such a variant and eclectic lineup. Into the afternoon, one FORM’s earliest supporters, Tom Krell, better known as How To Dress Well, performed a handful new selections in the Apse. The afternoon was occupied by an all-day pool party fueled by Don Julio tequila and DJ sets from the  crew. As the sun set over the desert, Grammy-nominated R&B trio KING occupied an evening slot at the Apse Stage, transforming the space into a singing, soulful soiree polished with brilliant image mapping on the inside the venue’s dome.

The second night’s programming came by way a spirited, high-energy performance by Future Islands and boozy musings from . The former Fleet Foxes proponent delivered a stripped-down performance that was equal parts witty and sardonic, introspective and existential. Only accompanied by a piano and an acoustic guitar, Misty’s deep croons bellowed from the amphitheater, broken up by quippy interludes and a refill what he purported to be ayahuasca Kombucha. The crowd laughed along as a stage tech brought out a bottle and poured, although something about Misty’s request suggested he may not have been joking. Moments pensive melody were stitched between belting, impassioned roars as Father John Misty took a packed amphitheater crowd down a deep, albeit entertaining rabbit hole.

Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

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The second night culminated with performing in the encircling Canyon Stage below the Arcosanti stronghold. Delivering a high-octane set chock full unheard material, Skrillex opened with “Chicken Soup” and 10 minutes house madness before cycling through an enormous, hip-hop leaning arsenal what felt like at least a hundred tracks spread over more than two hours.

Between cuts from Future, Drake, Rihanna, Toto, A$AP Ferg, Whitney Houston into Soulja Boy, , and something english words couldn’t accurately describe involving ,” Sonny weaved in menacing personal edits, unheard demos, and an endless lineup headbanging Skrillex classics. Best all, as Skrillex’s set wound down around 3AM, none other than Father John Misty swam out the dusty, hedonistic mob, fixed his collar, and walked f into the night.

Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

Photo: Jasmine Safaeian

Juxtaposing sun-drenched pool parties with envelope-pushing moments like screening Whose Streets, a documentary about the unrest in Ferguson catalyzed by Michael Brown’s murder in 2014, FORM continually pulls participants in contrasting directions, making for an incredibly gratifying festival experience.

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