Lil Nas X’s breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ rakes in another Billboard chart record

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Lil Nas X’s breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ rakes in another Billboard chart recordLil Nas

Few songs in history have dominated the zeitgeist like Lil Nas X‘s ‘Old Town Road,’ and now there is considerable data to support that statement. This past week, the country-rap crossover hit featuring Billy Ray Cyrus sat atop the coveted Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a record thirteenth week.

This is the longest any rap single has led the chart, beating out past monsters like ‘See You Again,’ by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, in 2015; ‘Boom Boom Pow,’ by The Black Eyed Peas (2009); and ‘Lose Yourself,’ by Eminem (2002-03). Beyond breaking rap records, only 11 other singles in history share this record, the last of which was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s ‘Despacito‘ which featured Justin Bieber.

‘Old Town Road’ also currently leads the Streaming Songs chart for the thirteenth week with 88.7 million streams in the U.S.. It’s on top of the Digital Song Sales chart once again as well with 59,000 downloads sold.

The song was already enormous prior to this record-breaking week, but an honest admission at the end of Pride Month from Lil Nas X that he is, in fact, gay gave the single an even bigger bump to close out June.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

H/T: Billboard

Ed Sheeran releases star-studded album tracklist with Skrillex, Travis Scott, Cardi B, and more

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Ed Sheeran releases star-studded album tracklist with Skrillex, Travis Scott, Cardi B, and moreEdsheeranglastonbury

To say Ed Sheeran has become one of the most successful artists in the streaming era in an understatement. He is the number one most streamed artist on Spotify with over 61 million listeners a month, with the number one most streamed song, “Shape Of You,”—the only song with over 2 billion plays. Sheeran has four songs with over a billion plays, and from the looks of the roster on his upcoming No. 6 LP, he’s rearing for more.

Featured collaborations on the newly revealed tracklist include Skrillex, Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Stormzy, Yebba, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, JHUS, Ella Mai, Paulo Londra, H.E.R., Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bruno Mars, and Chris Stapleton. This is also leaving out the two singles on the album that have already been released—”Cross Me” featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock and number 2 Billboard chart-topper “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber. In an eclectic variety of collaborators, the British singer/songwriter has blanketed his album with a smorgasbord of artists in almost every pop genre.

The album, No. 6, is set for release July 12.

Ed Sheeran releases star-studded album tracklist with Skrillex, Travis Scott, Cardi B, and moreEd Sheeran Tracklist No. 6

Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and more

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Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and moreElliott Landy Woodstock

The 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock Music and Art Fair has caused quite the stir in the rumor mill. After Michael Lang, one of the co-creators of Woodstock, told the Poughkeepsie Journal that “we have definite plans,” music fans across all genres have been spinning for details.

Known leak account Festive Owl got their hands on a deck that is proposing a separate event from the one mentioned by Lang. It’s called “Journey On” and was pitched sometime in the spring of 2018. The images list artists approached, including Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Logic, The Weeknd, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Kesha, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Phish, The Who, Santana, and many more artists pitched, looking to create a pan-generational lineup celebrating one of the most historic music festivals.

The event that brought more than 400,000 people to Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains in August of 1969 featured music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, and many more. It makes sense that this nexus for the larger counterculture generation could organize one of the most highly anticipated lineups of next year.

Although nothing is finalized, these images add to the stirring rumor mill with a music festival plan that has not yet seen the light of day.

Photo credit: Elliott Landy

Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and more

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Rumored Woodstock 50th anniversary lineup includes Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, and moreElliott Landy Woodstock

The 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock Music and Art Fair has caused quite the stir in the rumor mill. After Michael Lang, one of the co-creators of Woodstock, told the Poughkeepsie Journal that “we have definite plans,” music fans across all genres have been spinning for details.

Known leak account Festive Owl got their hands on a deck that is proposing a separate event from the one mentioned by Lang. It’s called “Journey On” and was pitched sometime in the spring of 2018. The images list artists approached, including Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Logic, The Weeknd, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Kesha, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Phish, The Who, Santana, and many more artists pitched, looking to create a pan-generational lineup celebrating one of the most historic music festivals.

The event that brought more than 400,000 people to Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains in August of 1969 featured music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, and many more. It makes sense that this nexus for the larger counterculture generation could organize one of the most highly anticipated lineups of next year.

Although nothing is finalized, these images add to the stirring rumor mill with a music festival plan that has not yet seen the light of day.

Photo credit: Elliott Landy

Eminem takes Machine Gun Kelly to task in scathing new diss track, ‘KILLSHOT’

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Eminem takes Machine Gun Kelly to task in scathing new diss track, ‘KILLSHOT’Eminem Kamikaze Min

After taking aim at Die Antwoord frontman Ninja on Kamikaze track, “The Greatest,” Eminem has locked, loaded, and fired a “KILLSHOT” at rapper Machine Gun Kelly, another target from Em’s recent surprise LP drop. Eminem originally targeted Kelly on Kamikaze‘s “Not Alike.” Kelly quickly rebutted the callout with a diss aimed back at Eminem on “Rap Devil.” “KILLSHOT” is Eminem’s scathing response to MGK’s returned volley, and as to be expected, the song is a coarsely worded verbal assault that essentially ends the conflict in four minutes.

“I’m 45 and I’m still outselling you,” Em spits, “I’d rather be 80-year-old me than 20-year-old you.” Eminem taunts MGK in his claim that he has “more fans” in MGK’s city than the Cleveland rapper himself, before taunting, “what good is a f****ng machine gun when it’s out of ammo?” The no holds barred diss track even goes after MGK’s man bun — the veteran Detroit emcee spares no punches. Eminem raps, in a nod to the single’s artwork, a sketch of MGK, complete with the aforementioned man bun and glaring crosshairs on the junior rapper’s face. If anything is for sure, it’s that Eminem just discharged another hollow point, and he’s not only got menacing aim, but plenty of ammo in the chamber.

Eminem cinches UK record for longest run of consecutive number one albums with ‘Kamikaze’

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Eminem cinches UK record for longest run of consecutive number one albums with ‘Kamikaze’Eminem Kamikaze Min

Rap veteran Eminem reclaimed the number one spot on the UK’s albums chart with Kamikaze, the Detroit bar spitter’s ninth studio production. Kamikaze’s peak position on the UK chart, however, signifies a larger career achievement for Eminem, who now boasts the longest run of consecutive number one albums in UK chart history, as per the Official Charts History

Eminem surpassed fellow chart dominators, Led Zeppelin and ABBA, who respectively earned eight number ones in a row. The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore, Relapse, Recovery, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Curtain Call: The Hits, and Revival previously cozied up in the number one spot before Kamikaze.

Kamikaze, like its name, was dropped as a surprise album by Eminem at the beginning of September. It quickly detonated on social media, courtesy of its numerous scalding attacks on other rappers.

H/T: Forbes

Die Antwoord frontman makes pointed response to Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ diss

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Die Antwoord frontman makes pointed response to Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ dissDie Antwoord

A rap album rarely arrives without a diss or two, and Eminem‘s 10 studio album was no exception. Eminem took aim at South African hip-hop group, Die Antwoord, on Kamikaze‘s second track, “Greatest.” Characteristically quickly spit, the verses that comprise the track contain a jab that is anything but thinly veiled. “Who the f*ck was I now Ninja try to duck my slugs/To let ya girl get f*cked by Muggs,” Eminem raps in a frontal address to the Die Antwoord frontman that suggests that Ninja’s current ex-wife and fellow Antwoord constituent, Yolanda Visser, was the “girl” to “get f*cked by Muggs,” the DJ for the California based hip-hop quartet, Cypress Hill.

Ninja and Visser appear alongside each other in a response video newly published to Die Antwoord’s YouTube channel. “It sounds like you missed us,” Visser states at the video’s opening. Ninja follows Visser’s remark with several short but nonetheless barbed verses that not only affirm the platonic nature of Ninja and Visser’s current relationship — as per Ninja, “Yolandi” is “not [his] girl, bra” — but burn Eminem’s approach.

“She’s just my best friend who loves me/And everybody knows Vissy dated Muggzy/Mad respect to my brother Muggs/Em you slipping/You used to rap better on drugs.” He later spits, “We bred these kids Em they ain’t giving no fucks/But they not feeling your rhymes or your botox,” Ninja concludes.

Eminem addresses critics in ‘Fall’ video featuring Justin Vernon

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Eminem addresses critics in ‘Fall’ video featuring Justin VernonEminem Kamikaze Min

Eminem recently surprise dropped his Kamikaze project which left everyone from day one fans to pop culture perusers in a frenzy.  One track from the veteran rapper’s latest LP that remains perhaps the most controversial note from the record is “Fall” featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who took to Twitter to state he was not a fan of the record’s message.

Now Marshall Mathers has unleashed the official music video for “Fall.” Released via Aftermath Records, the five-minute clip is dark and intense, with Shady tackling the demons that come constant social media attention and lashing online opinions. The new noir feature represents the track’s aesthetic accurately, further pushing Eminem’s polarizing new record into the spotlight.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon disavows new Eminem collaboration over homphobic slur

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Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon disavows new Eminem collaboration over homphobic slurBon Iver Disavows Eminem Collab

Eminem kicked off Labor Day Weekend with a surprise album delivery, Kamikaze, and the music world tuned in droves in to see what Shady was serving – count Justin Vernon among the album’s collaborators, but not its fans. Amongst the LP’s various twists and turns was an unlikely feature from the Bon Iver singer, lending vocals on the rapper’s diss-heavy track “Fall.” It appears Vernon didn’t have a chance to hear Em’s verses before contributing to the song, as the singer publicly voiced his distaste for the rapper’s use of a homophobic slur on the record directed towards Tyler The Creator.

The “Skinny Love” singer has decided to walk back on his own feature, and while it’s still unclear which actions Vernon can take at this point to affect the song’s distribution, he said in a tweet he’s aiming to “kill this track.”

Vernon did explain his thoughts on the matter further, clarifying,

“Eminem is one of the best rappers of all time, there is no doubt. I have and will respect that. Though, this is not the time to criticize youth, it’s the time to listen. To act. It is certainly not the time for slurs. Wish they would have listened when we asked them to change it.”

Photo Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen

Eminem strikes back with surprise full-length, ‘Kamikaze,’ takes aim at numerous rappers in scalding new material

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Eminem strikes back with surprise full-length, ‘Kamikaze,’ takes aim at numerous rappers in scalding new materialEminem Kamikaze Min

In a time where mumble rap is the mainstream as melodies, harmonies, and brands seem to matter more than the meaning of lyrics, Eminem strikes back with a scathing lyrical full-length, Kamikaze, out of the blue, executively produced by Dr. Dre.

The intro track, The Ringer, wittily attacks media for his less than stellar reviews on his previous album, Revival, dropped eight months prior. Em’s specialty is rap battling, so of course 8 Mile’s own had to counter. Though, from listening to Kamikaze, it seems like the media turning Eminem mad got him back to destroying anyone in his path with his legendary wordplay and lyrical prowess.

A good example of his high caliber rhyming is when he goes after this era’s popular hip-hop music:  “Get this f***in’ audio out my Audi yo, adios // I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me though.” Em goes back full-circle later in the verse, claiming that’s simply his opinion and if it were up to him, there’s a lot he would shake up. Who wouldn’t? “Not Alike” featuring Royce da 5’9″ also finds the Detroit rapper taking aim and spraying. With the same vocal cadence to Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Marshal Mathers and Royce go on to attack the conscious desire for uniformity.

On “Fall” Em attacked Joe Budden, Tyler, The Creator (amidst homophobic slurs), and the Grammys while celebrating his inspiration of some of todays hip-hop geniuses such as Hopsin, K. Dot, and Logic. Eminem is touted as this generation’s greatest battle rapper, and with everything happening around him, the seasoned emcee pulled out all the stops on his surprise new LP.