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Post Malone Responds To "Rockstar" Chart Controversy

Post Malone has addressed the questions about the authenticity his first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. After multiple reports noted how a loop video for “Rockstar” on YouTube may have been used to game the system, Malone fired back by dismissing the controversy — specifically targeting a tweet and article by SPIN.

“Well the song is good so probably not the only reason why,” he tweeted on Tuesday (October 17) in response to SPIN tweet about the loop video.

Malone also expressed frustration with the doubt surrounding his 21 Savage-assisted single’s success.

“Whenever you live your dreams everyone wants to try to take it away from you,” he wrote later on Tuesday.

Republic Records, Malone’s label and the party that uploaded the video in question, hasn’t issued any statement or comment on the controversy.

(The original version this article was published on October 18, 2017 and can found below.)

Post Malone is allegedly reaping the benefits a curious YouTube video uploaded by his label, Republic Records, last month. According to The FADER, Republic may have used a loophole in order to help Malone’s new single reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The labeling the video would lead a viewer to believe it’s the full song for his 21 Savage-assisted record, “Rockstar.” Instead, the video is a loop the chorus featured on the song. 21 Savage’s verse is absent from the audio.

Additionally, the description the video reads “FULL SONG HERE,” and includes a link to the various streaming options for the song.

As Wednesday (October 18), a view count for the YouTube video stands at over 44 million. The comments for the YouTube video have been disabled.

It’s currently unclear just how big a role the video loop played in “Rockstar” obtaining the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this past week. In a statement to Genius, Billboard said, “U.S. streams for that clip do contribute to our songs charts, the same way an instrumental track or a remix a song would count towards the main song’s placement if downloaded or streamed.”

Regardless, the song is a bonafide hit, and has been topping the daily Spotify charts for more than a week with millions plays.

But Republic’s video has caught even more attention given that YouTube streams will reportedly soon be taken into consideration for the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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IMS conference talks global digital music explosion in the East

The International Music Summit held a conference to discuss the global digital music explosion in the East on September 21 and 22, specifically the rise streaming and the scale future income as China and Asia fully expand their music markets. The panel consisted five keynote speakers and was moderated by Mark Lawrence who is the CEO the Association for Electronic Music in the United Kingdom.

Five speakers were featured in this edition’s Asia-Pacific conference,  including , a Brazilian DJ, Bart Cools, Warner Music Groups executive vice president in global A&R marketing for dance music, industry executive Eric Reithler-Barros, Jessie Wang, international business director for NetEase Cloud Music in China, and Pyro Music CEO Spencer Tarring.

This specific conference was titled, The Digital Storm, and featured both Western and Eastern input on the booming music industry in China. This trend was reinforced by the China Electronic Music Market report presented on day two by Net Ease Cloud Music, which estimated 2.86 hundred million users electronic music in China in 2017 and confirmed electronic music as the second most preferred genre amongst users in the country.

IMS has completed a successful fourth installment its flagship event, IMS Asia-Pacific. The event, held in conjunction with A2LiVE and the STORM festival, brought together 700 leaders from the dance music industry from 24 countries for two days panels, production and DJ workshops and after parties in Shanghai.

 

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Bahamadia’s Phone-Produced “Dialed Up 2” Project Is Off The Hook

Philadelphia, PA – Since stepping out with her critically acclaimed debut, Kollage, in 1996, Philly native Bahamadia has established herself among the upper echelon  Hip Hop artists. From her work with the celebrated Lyricist Lounge series to collaborations with The Roots, the late Guru and Erykah Badu, she’s been a bright spot for female MCs.

Serving as the sequel to 2013’s Dialed Up, the B-Girl Records founder is back with Dialed Up 2, which — just like the first volume — was crafted entirely on her cell phone. For this round, Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede, Zion I, Kev Brown, Prozack Turner, Fat Nice, Groove Da Moast, Rasco and Dave Ghetto all make appearances. It came together as organically as possible.

“Various artist buddies and supporters were just down,” Bahamadia tells HipHopDX. “They liked my beat post on my social media, so I reached out and everyone featured on Dialed Up 2] came through pronto.”

“I believe in making music with those who see the vision and connect with it,” she adds. “Creating is spiritual to me, so making] it happen was unforced, like all things that are meant to be.”

It’s hard to believe the 12-minute mix was created so easily on a phone, but her innovative approach was entirely her idea, a testament to her unwavering artistic vision.

“I was] just being creative and became inspired to take a practical approach utilizing new media tools for music making mainly because I have found an ideal space to get ideas for my work to randomly,” she says.

As she continues helming her B-Girl Records imprint, she’s also putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited fourth studio album, HERE, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2018. It would serve as her first ficial album since 2006’s Good Rap Music. 

Bahamadia’s mission is still focused on delivering that pure boom-bap Hip Hop that she started churning out over two decades ago. At the same time, she’s intent on making more female voices heard.

“We need to bring back balance between women and men, and authentic Hip Hop artists and entrepreneurs,” she says. “The thing is … we here!”

Bahamadia’s Phone-Produced “Dialed Up 2” Project Is Off The Hook

 

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Porn Stars in Music Videos: An Absurdly Detailed Investigation

When a story breaks that won't be covered fairly (or at all) by larger media moguls, RefinedHype DJBooth is there. When some sort injustice or wrongdoing goes unreported, RefinedHype DJBooth is there. We are the lighthouse in the foggy, treacherous seas internet journalism. A beacon hope where there is only despair. If we didn't prove it with our groundbreaking absurdly detailed investigation into rapper poses we will certainly do it now.

Recently, B.o.B put Allie Haze in one his videos. For those readers out there who don't know Haze—which judging by the speed the booty the week answers and the borderline unhealthy stalking ScHoolboy's video girls is none you—she is an adult film actress, A.K.A a porn star. Sure, putting a porn star in your music video is provocative, but that won't stop B.o.B and it certainly didn't stop these artists. It's time for an absurdly detailed investigation into porn stars in music videos.

So that's Allie Haze and Skin Diamond in one video? Hot damn! But this isn't first-time B.o.B has incorporated the use Academy Award-winning talent in his videos. You might remember the "Headband" lyric video, which features the booties Kristina Rose, Ava Rose and Sunny Lane, because how could you forget? Damn... five porn stars in just two videos? It looks like Bobby Ray might just be the King Porn Star Featured Music Videos.

Not so fast, says Eminem. While you know Em for his funny, ten satirical videos, Shady has also been known to put quite a few porn stars in his videos. Obviously, Lisa Ann was in the "We Made You" video because she looks just like Sarah Palin. The legendary Jenna Jameson was in the "Without Me" video and the equally as blond (though definitely less popular) Gina Lynn was in the "Superman" video. Also, I'm not sure if this counts, but Paris Hilton was in the "Just Lose It" video, and we all remember that video. But, that's not all. Apparently, Eminem spends more time on Redtube than a 14-year-old boy without parental supervision. Em also put Sasha Grey, perhaps the most famous porn star on Earth, in his "Space Bound" video. Sorry B.o.B, but I think Eminem has you beat not only in star power, but volume too; he has starred alongside more porn actresses than Ron Jeremy.

Eminem's porn star obsession also rubbed f (no pun intended) on his mentee, 50 Cent. In the "Disco Inferno" video, not just any booty would do (although there is a lot any booty anyway), so Fiddy called on Daisy Marie to really put the booty over the edge. Also, ironically, the video features a cameo from Nick Cannon, who isn't allowed to watch porn because Mariah says so. He has to settle for BET Uncut videos.

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Hip-Hop Cares: Jay-Z, Cardi B, T.I., Fat Joe, Remy Ma & More Rocked TIDAL X: Brooklyn [Photos]

Even while Donald Trump is f golfing or tweeting, Hip-Hop cares for people that could use some help. The TIDAL X: Brooklyn benefit concert went down last night and it featured show-stopping performances from Chris Brown, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez and more.

Power 105’s Angie Martinez held down the hosting duties and let it be known that the artists graciously donated their time to help those affected by natural disasters in Puerto Rice, Mexico, Florida and Texas.

As for the show, while the opening acts like Fifth Harmony and Rapsody were cool, and got plenty support, there was no doubt everyone was waiting for the headliners. They weren’t disappointed thanks to fiery sets from Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Remy Ma and Fat Joe and Jay-Z.

Peep photos from the festivities below and on the following pages.

Yes, Fabolous was rocking a fur. Remy, too.

 

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Wiz Khalifa Announces Release Date For "Laugh Now, Fly Later" Mixtape

Wiz Khalifa recently teased fans by promising to release some music “very soon” The Taylor Gang leader is living up to his word, announcing a brand new mixtape titled Laugh Now, Fly Later due out on November 10.

The marijuana aficionado revealed the news by answering fans questions on Twitter. On Sunday (October 15), he shared the mixtape’s title with one user before quickly responding with the release date to another.

The upcoming mixtape will be Wiz’s third solo release 2017. Back in June, he dropped a pair EPs — Pre-Rolleds and Bong Rips — that each featured four tracks. Those EPs and his mixtape serve as preludes to his recently finished album, which is speculated to be the long-awaited Rolling Papers 2.

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Hip Hop Single Sales: Post Malone & 21 Savage Debut At #1 With "Rockstar"

Post Malone entered the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #1 this week with his 21 Savage-assisted single, “Rockstar.” Elsewhere on the chart, Michigan artist NF’s latest single “Let You Down” made waves by debuting at #7. Meanwhile, Gucci Mane and The Weeknd also got into the Top 10 at #9 with their collaboration “Curve” for the week ending on September 21.

The R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales chart this week also shows Cardi B still keeping the #2 spot warm with “Bodak Yellow,” complete with an 85 percent increase in sales. Additionally, Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” fell down two spots to #3.

Post Malone & 21 Savage Earn #1 Hit Song With “Rockstar”

“Rockstar” is Post Malone’s perfect follow-up to his multi-platinum selling “Congratulations.” The 21 Savage-featured single made its debut on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #1 and sold a total 79,564 digital downloads.

Additionally, the song was streamed 44.1 million times, according to Nielsen Music and is currently #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

NF Makes His Debut In The Top 10

Christian rapper NF makes his debut on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #7 this week. The record has sold a total 14,113 in digital downloads, helping it NF landed his very first Top 10 single.

The song is featured on his fourth studio album Perception, which is slated for release on October 6.

Gucci Mane & The Weeknd “Curve” Reaps Highest Sales Of The Week

Despite Mr. Davis getting pushed back a bit, it’s not stopping Gucci Mane from continuously making his mark on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts.

“Curve” featuring The Weeknd is Guwop’s second single from Mr. Davis to hit the Top 10. The single has sold a total 15,609 units so far and 13,343 those units are from the week ending on September 21. “Curve” accounts for this week’s biggest jump in sales by 489 percent.

The Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales For Week Ending 09/21/2017

#1. Post Malone f. 21 Savage — “Rockstar” — 79,564

#2. Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” — 56,103 (316,058)

#3. Logic — “1-800-273-8255” — 40,395 (395,952)

#4. Yo Gotti f. Nicki Minaj — “Rake It Up” — 18,744 (179,628)

#5. French Montana f. Swae Lee  — “Unforgettable”  — 16,980 (510,219)

#6. Calvin Harris f. Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean — “Feels” — 14,776 (315,643)

#7. NF — “Let You Down” — 14,113

#8. Khalid — “Young Dumb & Broke” — 13,887 (149,799)

#9. Gucci Mane f. The Weeknd – “Curve” — 13,343 (15,609)

#10. DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” — 11,769 (548,454)

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Dave Chappelle Honored With Key To Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. – Celebrated comedian and Hip Hop enthusiast Dave Chappelle was honored with the key to Washington D.C. on Friday (September 29), according to WJLA. Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the symbolic gesture at the Duke Ellington School the Arts where Chappelle graduated in 1991.

Chappelle, famous for Chappelle’s Show characters like Tyrone Biggums and Clayton Bigsby, shouted out his alma mater and other D.C. schools during his acceptance speech at this year’s Emmy Awards, prompting the #DCPublicSchools hashtag on Twitter.

The D.C. native was awarded his first Emmy — Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series — on September 17 for his appearance on last season’s Saturday Night Live, which also featured musical guests A Tribe Called Quest.

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RZA: Wu-Tang Clan Missed Opportunity To Remix Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever"

RZA has told Power 106 Los Angeles that a Wu-Tang Clan remix Drake’s “Wu-Tang Forever” is probably never going to happen. Admitting that Drake pretty much threw them an “alley-oop” by writing the song, he now feels like the opportunity has been “missed.”

Asked whether a Wu-Tang remix the track, which featured on Drake’s 2013 album Nothing Was The Same, was in the pipeline, RZA said, “That should have happened. First all I just want to shout Drake out, I think he threw an alley-oop to us right there.”

“I think we missed it,” he continued. When one the show’s hosts told him she thought it was “never too late,” RZA remained unconvinced. “I gotta say we missed it. I don’t regret it for no popularity or nothing, I just regret it for the fact that, yo, as you become an elder, it’s your duty to go back and work with youth and rekindle that fire.”

RZA shared stories artists like Isaac Hayes and Quincy Jones reaching out to help him, and said, “When somebody like Drake reaches out to Wu-Tang and says ‘Yo, let’s collaborate,’ it’s more our duty, forget the business. We gon’ make money regardless.”

The rapper/producer/actor revealed that he employed this policy with Joey Bada$$, recording songs with the 22-year-old and his crew, saying, “I recorded four songs with them … let ’em drop their acids on my studio floor. Let ’em smoke their blunts and drop their acids. My maid had to come and take care that.”

Watch the full interview below:

RZA has spoken about Drake’s “Wu-Tang Forever” previously. The track samples “It’s Yourz” from the group’s Wu-Tang Forever album, and RZA personally allowed Drizzy to use the sample free charge.

“I appreciate it,” RZA said. “He sent me the song because they couldn’t clear the sample. So I did it myself, personally, for free. Free charge. Because to me, that’s what we meant when we said, ‘Wu-Tang is forever,’” he told Rolling Stone in 2013. “We didn’t think we were going to live forever. We meant that the energy what we do would spread on in culture, generation by generation.”

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