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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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Drake Shares Tribute To Canadian Singer Gord Downie

Canada is mourning the loss rock icon Gord Downie — the face and voice Canadian hall--fame band The Tragically Hip. Downie passed away Wednesday (October 18) from an aggressive and incurable form brain cancer called glioblastoma.

Along with countless others, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto-born rapper Drake shared a tribute to the rocker his Instagram account.

“Rest In Peace legend … you will be forever treasured by this country and missed by the world,” he wrote in the caption the photo. The image was taken during the May 5 Toronto Raptors playf loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when Downie approached Drizzy during half-time.

Public Enemy front-man Chuck D also paid respect to Downie on Twitter, which was met with respect and admiration from many Canadian fans.

Downie was diagnosed back in 2015 after suffering a seizure. The Tragically Hip then embarked on a final tour, which ended with an epic sold-out final concert in their hometown Kingston, Ontario.

“Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived,” read an ficial the statement on the band’s website.

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HipHopDX sends condolences to Gord Downie’s family, friends and fans.

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Every Hip-Hop Artist With Over 1 Million Monthly Spotify Listeners

In March, Spotify reached the 50 million paid subscriber plateau. Along with their unpaid user base, the most popular streaming platform in the world currently boasts over 100 million active users. Though a vast number hip-hop fans prefer competing subscription services like Apple Music (because its exclusives) and TIDAL (because Jay Z) over Spotify, not to mention free options like Audiomack and SoundCloud, Spotify will likely remain the king the streaming castle for the foreseeable future. 

Spotify owes its success to a number factors, most notably a clean user interface and an expansive music library—save for most Jay Z's catalog, along with Dr. Dre and a handful others—but its music curation, millions playlists and daily updated charts are undoubtedly what has helped the platform grow over time while retaining its user base.

One chart that doesn't exist, though, is a ranked list all artists by monthly listeners, which is one the several metrics, along with total plays and plays by country, that is made available to the public. (It's important to note that neither Apple Music nor TIDAL discloses artist, song or album analytics to their paying customers.)

For several years now, people have been asking Spotify to deliver a chart that provides an up-to-the-minute ranking artists by their total monthly listeners, but to date, they have only fered Top 200 and Viral 50 charts, which users can filter by country and date.

That changes today.

Below you will find a list every hip-hop artist—as well as a number R&B artists whose sound and image are synonymous with hip-hop—that currently has over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, along with their top streamed song on the platform.

To make your browsing experience more friendly, we have separated artists into four tiers based on their total monthly listeners: "We Gonna Make It" (1 to 4.9M), "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" (5 to 9.9M), "Kinda Like a Big Deal" (10 to 19.9M) and, finally, "I Got The Keys" (20M+). 

While running through the list, it's important to keep four things in mind:

1. If your favorite artist doesn't appear, it's because they do not currently (as May 19, 2017) have over 1 million monthly listeners. Upset? Get to streaming.
2. Artists like Jay Z (7.9M), Beyoncé (17.1M) and Dr. Dre (6.2M) have not made their entire catalog available on Spotify because their stakes in competing streaming services. If they did, however, their monthly listener totals would be higher.
3. We're confident we found every single artist that meets our minimum criteria standard—at least 1 million monthly listeners—but there's a strong likelihood we did miss a few artists. We will update accordingly moving forward, we promise.
4. This is a fun exercise. Please keep this in mind as these numbers are constantly updating.

And here we go...

"I Got The Keys" (20M+)

38M        Drake (“One Dance” - 1.2B)
31M        Kendrick Lamar (“HUMBLE.” - 217M)
29M        Nicki Minaj (“Only” - 180M)
28M        The Weeknd (“Can’t Feel My Face” - 703M)
27M        Future (“Low Life” - 271M)
26M        Ty Dolla $ign (“Swalla” - 157M)
25M        Rihanna (“Work” - 674M)
24M        DJ Khaled (“For Free” - 118M)
20M        Kanye West (“FourFiveSeconds” - 380M)
20M        G-Eazy (“Me, Myself & I” - 600M)

"Kinda Like a Big Deal" (10 to 19.9M)

19M        Pitbull (“Timber” - 430M)
17M        Beyonce (“Halo” - 280M)
17M        Eminem (“Lose Yourself” - 351M)
17M        Wiz Khalifa (“See You Again” - 648M)
15M        Lil Wayne (“A Milli” - 105M)
15M        Big Sean (“Bounce Back” - 210M)
15M        Kehlani (“Gangsta” - 82M)
14M        Chris Brown ("Five More Hours" - 326M)
14M        Migos (“Bad and Boujee” - 280M)
13.9M      Post Malone (“White Iverson” - 276M)
13.8M      French Montana (“No Shopping” - 63M)
13.3M      Lil Uzi Vert (“XO Tour Llif3” - 106M)
13.1M      Khalid (“Location” - 154M)
13.0M      KYLE (“iSpy” - 223M)
12.4M      Travis Scott (“Antidote” - 193M)
12.3M      Rae Sremmurd (“Black Beatles” - 383M)
11.7M      Logic (“1-800-273-8255” - 29M)
10.9M      Machine Gun Kelly (“Bad Things” - 247M)
10.5M      J. Cole (“No Role Modelz” - 307M)
10.4M      Gucci Mane (“Both” - 59M)
10.1M      Young Thug (“pick up the phone” - 154M)
10.0M      Kodak Black (“Tunnel Vision” - 109M)
10.0M      Desiigner (“Panda” - 590M)

"FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" (5 to 9.9M)

9.8M        2 Chainz (“Watch Out” - 75M)
9.1M        D.R.A.M. (“Broccoli” - 343M)
9.1M        Wale (“My PYT” - 57M)
8.7M        Snoop Dogg (“Young, Wild & Free” - 298M)
8.7M        Childish Gambino (“Redbone” - 125M)
8.7M        Chance The Rapper (“No Problem” - 172M)
8.5M        Jeremih (“Don’t Tell ‘Em” - 191M)
8.5M        Ne-Yo ("Time Our Lives" - 376M)
8.3M        PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Run Up” - 169M)
8.0M        Notorious B.I.G (“Hypnotize” - 130M)
8.0M        Frank Ocean (“Thinkin Bout You” - 192M)
7.9M        Jay Z (“Niggas in Paris” - 351M)
7.8M        50 Cent (“In Da Club” - 169M)
7.7M        Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“Thrift Shop” - 358M)
7.5M        Tyga (“Ayo” - 243M)
7.5M        Fetty Wap (“Trap Queen” - 522M)
7.1M        ASAP Rocky (“Fucking Problems” - 244M)
7.1M        Mike WiLL Made-It (“23” - 99M)
7.0M        Outkast (“Hey Ya!” - 214M)
7.0M        Trey Songz ("Slow Motion" - 162M)
6.9M        Bryson Tiller (“Don’t” - 279M)
6.9M        Kid Ink (“Promise” - 103M)
6.8M        Rick Ross (“Purple Lamborghini” - 116M)
6.7M        A Boogie Wit da Hoodie (“My Shit” - 57M)
6.3M        Kid Cudi (“Pursuit Happiness” - 157M)
6.2M        B.o.B (“Airplanes” - 122M)
6.2M        Russ (“What They Want” - 97M)
6.2M        Dr. Dre (“The Next Episode” - 185M)
6.2M        Meek Mill (“All Eyes on You” - 156M)
6.0M        Lil Yachty (“One Night” - 99M)
5.9M        T.I. (“Whatever You Like” - 92M)
5.8M        2Pac (“Ambitionz Az A Ridah” - 83M)
5.8M        Sage The Gemini ("Now and Later" - 155M)
5.7M        Yo Gotti (“Down in the DM” - 100M)
5.7M        ScHoolboy Q (“Man the Year” - 115M)
5.6M        YG (“My N*gga” - 122M) “FDT” doesn’t show up in Popular]
5.6M        Joey Badass (“Devastated” - 75M)
5.5M        21 Savage (“X” - 162M)
5.5M        Mac Miller (“Donald Trump” - 114M)
5.5M        XXXTentacion (“Look At Me!” - 63M)
5.4M        NAV (“Some Way” - 30M)
5.2M        Fat Joe ("All The Way Up" - 105M)
5.1M        Metro Boomin (“X” - 162M)
5.0M        The Game (“100” - 66M)
5.0M        A$AP Ferg (“Work (Remix)” - 99M)
5.0M        Tinie Tempah (“Girls Like” - 168M)

"We Gonna Make It" (1 to 4.9M)

4.8M        Tory Lanez (“LUV” - 159M)
4.8M        Kevin Gates (“2 Phones” - 154M)
4.7M        Busta Rhymes (“Don’t Cha” - 73M)
4.7M        Aminé (“Caroline” - 217M)
4.6M        Lil Jon (“Turn Down For What” - 256M)
4.6M        Madeintyo (“Uber Everywhere” - 109M)
4.6M        T-Pain (“Buy U A Drank” - 74M)
4.2M        DMX (“X Gon Give It To You” - 124M)
4.2M        Lupe Fiasco (“The Show Goes On” - 65M)
4.1M        6LACK (“PRBLMS” - 47M)
4.1M        Stormzy ("Shut Up" - 52M)
4.1M        Juicy J (“Bandz a Make Her Dance” - 55M)
4.1M        Ludacris (“My Chick Bad” - 31M)
4.1M        Playboi Carti (“wokeuplikethis” - 15M)
4.1M        Miguel (“Adorn” - 99M)
4.1M        DJ Mustard ("In My Room" - 110M)
4.0M        Pusha T (“Trouble on My Mind” - 31M)
4.0M        PnB Rock (“Selfish” - 66M)
3.8M        Ayo & Teo ("Rolex" - 62M)
3.8M        Omarion ("Post To Be" - 182M)
3.7M        Rob $tone ("Chill Bill" - 194M)
3.7M        Waka Flocka Flame (“No Hands” - 98M)
3.5M        Roy Woods (“Drama” - 62M)
3.5M        Remy Ma ("All The Way Up" - 105M)
3.4M        will.i.am (“Scream & Shout” - 198M)
3.4M        Diddy (“Ill Be Missing You - 3.4M)
3.4M        Rich Homie Quan (“Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” - 161M)
3.3M        Missy Elliott (“Get Your Freak On” - 53M)
3.2M        Tee Grizzley ("First Day Out" - 31M)
3.1M        YFN Lucci (“Key to the Streets” - 36M)
3.1M        ASAP Mob (“Yamborgini High” - 33M)
3.0M        Nas (“If I Ruled The World” - 47M)
3.0M        Ice Cube (“It Was a Good Day” - 90M)
3.0M        O.T. Genasis (“Cut It” - 107M)
3.0M        SZA (“Childs Play” - 28M)
2.9M        Soulja Boy (“Crank That” - 74M)
2.9M        Young Money (“Trophies” - 88M)
2.7M        Jidenna (“Classic Man” - 109M)
2.7M        Jeezy (“Put On” - 54M)
2.7M        N.W.A (“Straight Outta Compton” - 79M)
2.7M        August Alsina ("I Luve This Shit" - 48M)
2.6M        GoldLink (“Crew” - 14M)
2.6M        Jhené Aiko (“The Worst” - 67M)
2.5M        Young M.A ("OOOUUU" - 112M)
2.4M        Ja Rule (“Always on Time” - 42M)
2.4M        Lil Dicky (“Save Dat Money” - 94M)
2.4M        Fabolous (“Into You” - 22M)
2.4M        Young Dolph (“Play Wit Yo Bitch” - 4M)
2.4M        ILoveMakonnen (“Tuesday” - 116M)
2.3M        Big Boi (“Shutterbugg” - 10M)
2.2M        Chief Keef (“Love Sosa” - 51M)
2.1M        Ugly God ("Water" - 54M)
2.1M        Fort Minor (“Remember The Name” - 146M)
2.1M        A Tribe Called Quest (“Can I Kick It?” - 44M)
2.1M        Ying Yang Twins (“Get Low” - 85M)
2.1M        K Camp (“Comfortable” - 55M)
2.0M        DJ Drama (“Wishing” - 44M)
2.0M        Tech N9ne (“Hood Go Crazy” - 33M)
2.0M        Wu-Tang Clan (“C.R.E.A.M.” - 52M)
2.0M        Nebu Kiniza ("Gassed Up" - 53M)
1.9M        Lil' Kim (“Lady Marmalade” - 58M)
1.9M        Vic Mensa (“U Mad” - 33M)
1.8M        Anderson .Paak (“Am I Wrong” - 19M)
1.8M        Lloyd Banks (“You Don’t Know” - 46M)
1.8M        Tyler, The Creator (“Yonkers” - 54M)
1.8M        Dae Dae ("What U Mean" 36M)
1.7M        E-40 (“Choices (Yup)” - 31M)
1.7M        Warren G (“Regulate” - 84M)
1.7M        Denzel Curry (“Ultimate” - 62M)
1.7M        Lloyd ("You" - 23M)
1.6M        The Roots ("The Seed 2.0" - 39M) 
1.6M        Bobby Shmurda (“Hot N*gga” - 134M)
1.6M        Eve (“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” - 59M)
1.6M        Yelawolf (“Till Its Gone” - 54M)
1.6M        Vince Staples (“Norf Norf” - 30M)
1.6M        Action Bronson ("Baby Blue" - 48M)
1.5M        Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (“Tha Crossroads” - 31M)
1.5M        Mobb Deep (“Shock Ones Pt. II” - 47M)
1.5M        Eazy-E (“Real Muthaphuckin G’s - 22M)
1.5M        Hoodie Allen (“No Interruption” - 52M)
1.5M        Common (“Glory” - 26M)
1.5M        Lil Durk (“Like Me” - 25M)
1.5M        Isaiah Rashad (“Free Lunch” - 12M)
1.5M        Skizzy Mars - ("Do You There" - 15M)
1.5M        dvsn (“Hallucinations” - 26M)
1.5M        BJ The Chicago Kid (“Turnin’ Me Up” - 17M)
1.5M        NF ("Grindin" - 19M)
1.4M        Skepta ("Shutdown" - 35M)
1.4M        Twista (“Slow Jamz” - 20M)
1.4M        Bankroll Fresh (“Walked In” - 46M)
1.4M        Ab-Soul (“Illuminate” - 13M)
1.4M        DeJ Loaf (“Back Up” - 77M)
1.4M        Eric Bellinger ("Valet" - 59M)
1.3M        Mike Stud ("These Days" - 24M)
1.3M        D12 (“My Band” - 27M)
1.3M        Rich Gang (“Lifestyle” - 93M)
1.3M        Method Man (“Da Rockwilder” - 26M)
1.3M        Cam’ron (“Hey Ma” - 33M)
1.3M        Ace Hood (“Bugatti” - 56M)
1.3M        Majid Jordan (“My Love” - 22M)
1.2M        Rich Chigga ("Dat $tick" - 26M)
1.2M        LL Cool J (“Doin It” - 21M)
1.2M        Run The Jewels (“Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” - 20M)
1.2M        Mos Def (“Ms. Fat Booty” - 35M)
1.2M        Syd (“YOU’RE THE ONE” - 9M)
1.2M        Ray J ("Sexy Can I" - 28M)
1.1M        Three 6 Mafia (“Stay Fly” - 17M)
1.1M        Bow Wow (“Shortie Like Mine” - 15M)
1.1M        Chingy (“Right Thurr” - 25M)
1.1M        Hopsin (“Ill Mind Hopsin 5” - 30M)
1.1M        Earl Sweatshirt (“Chum” - 27M)
1.1M        Lil Pump ("Flex Like Ouu" - 5M)
1.1M        Lecrae ("All I Need Is You" - 15M)
1.0M        Andy Mineo ("You Can't Stop Me" - 25M)
1.0M        Q-Tip (“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” - 101M)
1.0M        Smino (“blkswn” - 2M)
1.0M        Freddie Gibbs (“Crushed Glass” - 810K)
1.0M        Dave East (“Wrote My Way Out” - 5.4M)
1.0M        Bad Meets Evil (“Lighters” - 57M)
1.0M        Danny Brown (“Grown Up” - 24M)
1.0M        Mick Jenkins (“Jazz” - 15M)
1.0M        Juvenile (“Back That Azz Up” - 22M)
1.0M        Plies (“Ran Off On The Plug Twice” - 21M)

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Is Migos Holding Quavo Back From Becoming a Breakout Solo Star?

There’s been an ongoing joke on social media for the last few years that Migos are the male version Destiny’s Child. The comparison has nothing to do with music, and everything to do with Quavo’s undeniable star power.

There's a noticeable popularity surrounding Quavo, people see him as the group's leader, and the member most likely to achieve solo success. Kelly and Michelle were both talented vocalists, key ingredients to what made Destiny's Child such a sensation, but the girls didn’t carry the blinding glow Beyoncé Knowles. She had what cannot be bought, the kind X-factor that can be felt the moment she sings, dances, or even enters a room—the world knew Beyoncé had the radiant shine a future star that would go beyond an all-female singing group.

Quavo too exudes this shine and has the potential to break away from the trio and stand alone in this era rap music.

The group has had a huge influence on today’s sound; their flows and melodies have crawled into the veins trap culture, and it seems right to acclaim Quavo as heir to the trap throne. There’s swagger in his rhymes, charisma in his melodies, and an uncanny ability to turn a phrase into a hit.

During a short, promotional phone video for the Migos’ rap snacks—completely on the fly—Quavo came up with the “Dab Ranch” viral jingle. The video boomed across the internet, the gravitation toward the playful rhyme proving Quavo could be enticing without effort. The freestyle has ficially been made into a song that was recently previewed.

On Christmas, Quavo made a Migos-esque hook about Santa dropping the sack f, and Ducko McFli, one the producers on Mike Will’s Ear Drummers label, added a beat to the video clip, leading to the song accumulating over 43k plays on SoundCloud. Both examples display his innate gift to create captivating internet hits on a whim.

Quavo has outsourced his talents to peers on more than a few occasions. His prowess for hooks can be heard on 2 Chainz’s “Good Drank” and YFN Lucci’s “Key To The Streets”—both feature Quavo Wonder using his Auto-Tune-drenched Southern drawl to make infectious choruses.

One Quavo’s best performances, though, can be found on Travis Scott’s debut album, his feature on “Oh My Dis Side” bringing to light the power his presence. The back-and-forth with Travis is like watching Klay Thompson and Steph Curry take turns draining 3's from beyond the arc. Another winning performance was executed on “Pick Up The Phone”—there’s a chemistry between Scott and Quavo that needs to be explored through a bigger project.

When Chance brought him in on as a feature on Surf, that's when my eyes opened, not only can he stand alone apart from Takef and Offset, but he can also go outside the comfort zone the trap. Young Thug’s  “F Cancer,” G-Eazy’s “Meantime,” Ty Dolla’s “Long Time” and Meek Mill’s “The Difference” are just a few times Quavo appeared without his Migos brethren but brought the same charisma that makes him stand out when they're together. 

Swae Lee, ½ Rae Sremmurd, has also received a mountain requests for solo music. When fans are engrossed with a particular member a group, they turn that admiration into a demand. After the release Culture, I’m certain that Quavo will be hounded to focus solely on himself.

He has solo records out, a few floating around the net, but they don't seem like true solitary efforts, failing to capture his star power like Migo songs and his impactful features. His voice has always been accompanied by others, always someone contributing to a hook or verse. Even though Offset and Takef don’t have the same star quality as Quavo, I feel like the three all contribute to Migos’ enchanting charm.

Recently, during the promo for their album, the Migos read a children's book over the “Bad and Boujee” instrumental while at Power 106. Watching it, seeing how they play f each other, the adding ad libs—the teamwork—is like watching a team scientists in a laboratory. Alone, they would sound silly, but together, there’s a sense comradery, a unified energy that turned a playful task into a magic moment. This same feeling is at the heart their music, the fun comes from the three playing f each other's energy.

It makes me wonder if from the very beginning, could Quavo had made it without Takef and Offset? Honestly, I believe he couldn’t. They're like Huey, Dewey, and Louie—it's hard to imagine the three apart. 

I’ve always been a fan Krayzie Bone. Out all the members Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, I thought his solo career had the most promise. His debut album, Thug Mentality 1999, was well-received and was awarded a Platinum plaque. His sophomore effort Thug on da Line also was met with applause and sold enough to go Gold. But after being featured on Chamillionaire’s ringtone phenomenon “Ridin,” he hasn’t made much an impact in mainstream rap.

You can have style, promise, and charisma but still struggle to find your place when it comes to longevity. Quavo’s potential will likely transition into some solo success, but there's no telling how big he can be alone. Migos are currently the biggest group in rap, they will likely continue to conquer 2017, but splitting up too soon could very well bring to an end a very good thing.

Groups break up, they take breaks, and they explore the possibility standing alone. It took Jeezy leaving Boyz In Da Hood to become the trap star that he is today. It took Lil Wayne being left behind by his Hot Boys brothers to carry Cash Money on his back and become a giant in the rap game. Sometimes, it takes the courage to step out by yourself to realize how big you can become.

There are other examples: The Cool Kids took some time apart, explored the world as solo acts, and came back together. People are excited to see what they do next. Absence will make your fans grow fonder.

Maybe that’s what the Migos should do—separate while they're loved, see what the world fers, and come back together like the trap Voltron to a roar applause. Who knows, maybe Offset and Takef will be the ones to rocket to rap stardom?

Together or apart, there’s no question that Quavo Knowles has enough star power to light up a Christmas tree. If he chooses the path a solo artist, he has all the promise to be the rap industry's next breakout star. 

By Yoh, aka Yohavo Knowles, aka @Yoh31

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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.

 

Photos: Getty for Tidal X: Brooklyn
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Hip Hop Album Sales: Christian Rapper NF Tops Billboard 200 & Lil Pump Hits #3

The latest Billboard 200 chart finds Christian Hip Hop artist NF sitting in the #1 slot with his new album, Perception. Lil Pump’s self-titled debut made its entrance at #3, just below Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits album for the week ending October 12. Trippie Redd makes his debut at #34 with A Love Letter To You 2, while Post Malone’s Stoney, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s The Bigger Artist and Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 all hang in the Top 10.

Elsewhere on the chart, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. dropped out the Top 10 after a 15 percent decrease in albums moved. K. Dot’s double-platinum project was #9 last week.

Meanwhile, SZA, Khalid, XXXTENTACION, Drake, Kodak Black and Logic all maintain Top 20 placements.

NF’s Debut Is Heavenly

Christian rapper NF’s third studio album, Perception, has debuted in the #1 slot the Billboard 200. With 54,783 total album equivalent units (27,541 in pure album sales and a streaming count 21,092,927), it was enough to earn the crown. The Michigan native’s last album, 2016’s Therapy Session, peaked at #12.

Lil Pump Pumps It Up

With 46,184 total album equivalent units sold (6,149 in pure albums and a streaming count 56,807,624), the numbers for Lil Pump’s debut album have catapulted him to near the top the chart. The Miami native, who boasts 3.5 million follower on Instagram, has been steadily gaining notoriety since emerging with songs like “Lil Pump,” “Flex Like Ouu” and “D Rose” earlier this year.

Trippie Redd Makes His Debut

Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter To You 2 hit the chart at #34 with 13,306 total album equivalent units (1,347 in pure album sales and a streaming count  17,502,132). The Ohio rapper’s first installment, A Love Letter To You, yielded the single “Love Scars/You Hurt Me,” which has over 12 million views on YouTube.

Redd recently spoke to HipHopDX about his music, saying, “It’s mostly alternative rock, R&B, Hip Hop, all types shit just put together. I really just like … It’s my own subgenre. You can’t really put a name to it. I’m just versatile. I do everything.”

K. Dot Drops Out Of Top 10

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. has already been on the Billboard 200 chart for 26 weeks, debuting at #1 in April. For the week ending October 12, K. Dot’s fourth studio album sits in the #11 slot with 29,116 total equivalent units sold (4,549 in pure albums sales and a streaming count 33,394,393).

The Compton MC recently revealed his perfect verse can be found on the DAMN. single, “FEAR.”

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 10/12/2017

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. NF — Perception — #1 — 54,783 (37,968) 21,092,927]
  2. Lil Pump — Lil Pump — #3 — 46,184 (6,149) 56,807,624]
  3. Post Malone — Stoney — #4 — 44,693 (3,811) 55,735,596]
  4. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Bigger Artist — #6 — 38,989 (1,397) 54,663,563]
  5. Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #7 — 36,759 (747) 52,071,772]
  6. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #11 — 29,116 (4,549) 33,394,393]
  7. Khalid — American Teen — #12 — 27,954 (2,448) 34,598,046]
  8. XXXTENTACION — 17 — #14 — 24,357 (851) 33,884,604]
  9. SZA — CTRL — #16 — 21,965 (2,177) 27,691,830]
  10. Kodak Black — Project Baby 2 — #17 — 20,315 (408) 28,810,198]
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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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11 things we learned from ODESZA's Reddit AMA – Dancing Astronaut

Yesterday,  elated their family dedicated followers by sitting down for a  AMA. Hosted on the sub-reddit for , Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight took some time out their touring schedule while at the Ninja Tunes fices in London to fer some insights. Ranging from their favorite production tools and techniques, their impending Foreign Family Collective festival, and the resounding question the possibility their live show changing up, ODESZA were appreciably candid and thoughtful in their answers.

Here are 11 interesting facts we learned from the Seattle-based producers’ AMA:

1. ODESZA summed up their latest album in one word, “Perspective”

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

2. The meaning behind their iconic icosahedron is deep, and the two are highly receptive to Bonobo collab.

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

3. The boys are itching to work with Kevin Parker, the vocalist from Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala.

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

4. A festival is seeming more like an inevitability than a possibility. 

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

5. While their favorite festival to play is , their favorite venue is .

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

6. Their artistic creativity is grounded in never becoming too comfortable. Also, Maschine by is among their favorite synthesizer stwares. 

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

7. They gracefully addressed fan nostalgia over their earlier sound in Summer’s Gone…

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

8. A collaboration is definitely in the works.

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

9. Scoring a film is one their wildest ambitions. 

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

10. They are continuously adding new edits and pieces to their stunning live performance. 

11 things we learned from ODESZA&#039;s  AMA - Dancing Astronaut

 

Read the full AMA .

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Vic Mensa “Rollin’ Like A Stoner,” William Cooper ft. Sean Price & Stoneface “Holy Mountain” & More | Daily Visuals 9.29.17

Even though Vic Mensa has just recently released The Autobiography, he’s ready to live the life a rock star.

In his clip to “Rollin’ Like A Stoner,” the Chicago rapper hops on a motorcycle before taking the helm low rider while guzzling some potion straight out the bottle. Don’t wet that though, he was whippin’ it stationary status on a soundstage.

The spirit and lyrical genius Sean Price lives on as his features continue to leak out in William Cooper’s “Holy Mountain” where Sean plays the superhero role called upon in our Hip-Hop time need. R.I.P. P.

Check out the rest today’s drops including work from Zoey Dollaz featuring Chris Brown, Little Dragon featuring Faith Evans, and more.

VIC MENSA – “ROLLIN’ LIKE A STONER”

WILLIAM COOPER FT. SEAN PRICE & STONEFACE – “HOLY MOUNTAIN”

ZOEY DOLLAZ FT. CHRIS BROWN – “POST & DELETE”

LITTLE DRAGON FT. FAITH EVANS – “PEACE OF MIND”

LUTE – “MORNING SHIFT”

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