“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »
Ty Dolla $ign remains absolutely everywhere in music. In addition to his constant stream of high-profile guest features — most recently on Christina Aguilera’s Kanye-produced comeback single “Accelerate” — the West Coast R&B lothario is releasing six new solo tracks this week with the upcoming deluxe edition of his recent album Beach House 3, … More »
Sony/ATV Music Publishing just pulled off an especially difficult feat in the highly-competitive global music space — one that deserves a good old-fashioned tip of the hat and a pat on the back. As of yesterday, May 7th, the publishing house reached a milestone 52-week run of having published or co-published songs that reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S.
As the world’s leading music publisher, Sony/ATV’s uninterrupted chart-topping streak comes as artist/songwriter Drake enters his fourth week at No. 1 with “Nice For What,” in a sequence dating back to May 2017.
The year-long sequence began in record-breaking fashion when Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber‘s “Despacito” enjoyed 16 weeks ruling the chart from May to September of 2017. The span of time also equated to the longest stay at Billboard‘s No. 1 spot in the near six-decade history of the Hot 100.
The chart-topping run also involves some of Sony/ATV’s most popular and successful songwriters in Taylor Swift (“Look What You Made Me Do,” three weeks at No. 1), Ed Sheeran (“Perfect,” six weeks at No. 1), Post Malone (“Rockstar,” eight weeks at No. 1), and Cardi B, who had just then been signed to the company with her debut hit single, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”
Drake then rounded out Sony/ATV’s monumental year dominating the Billboard Hot 100 as he achieved back-to-back chart-toppers with “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” which has placed the Canadian rapper at No.1 for the past 15 weeks and counting.
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier, released a press statement upon the label’s accomplishment:
“This is an incredible accomplishment by our worldwide A&R team. At Sony/ATV we strive to be successful creatively on a global basis and the fruits of our labor are shown by the diversity of our songwriters who have been No. 1 on the Hot 100 over the past year.”
Sony/ATV Music & Publishing headquarters in New York City, NY.
Here is a week-by-week breakdown of Sony/ATV’s year-long stay at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100:
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber (Sony/ATV writers Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender) – 16 weeks at No. 1
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” – Cardi B (Cardi B, Jorden Thorpe) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Rockstar” – Post Malone feat. 21 Savage (Louis Bell, Tank God) – 8 weeks at No. 1
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran) – 6 weeks at No. 1
“Havana” – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug (Camila Cabello, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Pharrell Williams) – 1 week at No. 1
“God’s Plan” – Drake (Drake, Harmony Samuels) – 11 weeks at No. 1
“Nice For What” by Drake (Drake, Lauryn Hill, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) – 4 weeks at No. 1
Citing an eventual departure from music as an important step toward progress, Glover’s latest is a sociopolitical reckoning, and his first new material since 2016’s neo-soul pastiche, Awaken, My Love! On the heels of a widely buzzed Saturday Night Live appearance, in which Glover hosted, performed, and even made a playful jab at Migos with a segment dubbed “Friendos,” Glover’s now shared the new music video for his latest track, “This Is America.”
“This Is America” is a politically steeped directional piece by Hiro Murai, who’s also directed several episodes of Gambino’s television show Atlanta, and features background vocals from Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, and an appearance from SZA.
Last Halloween, the Migos rapper Offset and his Atlanta trap peer 21 Savage teamed up with producer Metro Boomin to release the surprise album Without Warning. “Ric Flair Drip,” the album’s best song and biggest anthem, was just an Offset solo track, but the album on the whole worked really well. Offset and … More »
Post Malone, oh Post Malone. Who would have thought that the goofy kid born Austin Post from Dallas, Texas with bangs and a mullet would become one of the most popular artists in only a couple years. By incorporating elements from different genres like hip-hop, rock, country and more, the 22-year-old, who many believed would be a one hit wonder, showed the world his resilience, and proved to everyone including himself, that he was here to stay.
The story starts with his debut release of “White Iverson” back in 2015, which would lead to signing with Republic Records and later releasing his freshman album, Stoney. With chart topping singles like “Congratulations” and “I Fall Apart,” it quickly became apparent that there was something unique about Post Malone. And after watching him life, his bubbly personality really starts to shine and it becomes almost impossible not to love his attitude and relatable demeanor.
Now he brings his sophomore album, beerbongs and bentleys, which features an impressive roster of 21 Savage, G-Eazy, Nikki Minaj, YG, and Ty Dolla $ign. The 18 track piece delivers on his genre bending sound and swirls with clean and minimal productions, riddled with solid kicks, masterfully placed guitar and of course Post’s impressive songwriting and rhythms. His messages range from basic things like partying and meaningless sex, to deeper messages of broken relationships, politics, “drinking the kool-aid”, and the true realities to fame and fortune.
With such a diverse sound and style, there is surely a track for everyone on beerbongs and bentleys. Post Malone once again demonstrates that you don’t have to fit into a mold to make it and, that believing in yourself and pursing dreams can go a long way.
Even if you don’t think you know Stargate, you definitely know Stargate. Tor Erik Hermanse and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, the Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based songwriting and production duo who go by Stargate, have been behind a whole bunch of American pop hits since breaking into the industry in the early 2000s — Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” Rihanna’s “Rude … More »
“You know what y’all?” Cardi B said midway through her set at Coachella tonight, just before performing her song “Best Life” with Chance The Rapper. “I’m living my best life.” And yeah, sure, that’s just regular stage banter. But you know what? It’s also true. Her debut album Invasion Of Privacy just debuted at … More »
Young Thug, rapper from Atlanta and lead actor opposite Diane Lane in romcom Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), has just dropped a new EP. It’s titled Hear No Evil, and it features guest spots from 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, and Nicki Minaj. But you have to act quick, because the EP is out RIGHT NOW on 300 Entertainment! If it sells out there, try Atlantic Records! And I bet YSL Records would have some too! COOL!!
Hear No Evil follows last year’s Super Slimey mixtape (his joint project with Future) and solo album Beautiful Thugger Girls. Scroll down to watch the “sign language video” for “Anybody (ft. Nicki Minaj),” which was made in tribute to Thugger’s deaf brother.
Hear No Evil tracklist:
01. Anybody Ft. Nicki Minaj [Prod. Rex Kudo & Charlie Handsome]
02. Up Ft. Lil Uzi Vert [Prod. Southside]
03. Now Ft. 21 Savage [Prod. DJ Spinz]
Back in February, Young Thug announced that he was going to “act deaf for a year” and not release any new music in solidarity with his deaf brother. He already broke that promise earlier this month, when he shared a new track called “Back Bone.” Young Thug says a lot of outlandish things … More »