Since 2010, Drake has used OVO Fest, his annual hometown show, as a sort of regular statement of dominance. Every year, Drake takes over a Toronto arena and brings out a dizzying array of surprise guests. At the 2017 OVO Fest, that meant appearances from the Weeknd, Migos, Cardi B, Nelly, Rae Sremmurd, and previous … More »
Rolling Stone has succeeded its May announcement of Rolling Stone Charts with the first slew of chart placements. Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” is the first single to occupy Rolling Stone’s 100 chart, while The Raconteurs’ Help Us Stranger is the inaugural album to weigh in on the authority’s top 200 albums chart.
The self-proclaimed “6 God,” Drake maintains his reign in the context of Rolling Stone Charts. The “God’s Plan” hitmaker further evidences his white-knuckle grip on the contemporary music market in his possession of the number one spot on Rolling Stone’s roster of the 500 most preeminent artists. Meanwhile, Seaforth’s “Love That” proves hot given its position at the top of the Trending 25 chart.
The Rolling Stone Artist 500 reflects the most-streamed artists, while the Trending 25 follows the tracks that denote the most rapid chart movement based on metrics. Finally, the Breakthrough 25 encompassed newcomers that enter the charts for the very first time.
Rolling Stone visualizes Rolling Stone Charts as a streamlined method of tracking rising releases, and a potential driver of further brand pervasion. “PMC’s (Penske Media Corp., the owner of Rolling Stone) strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms,” CEO Jay Penske, said. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular, and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”
Rolling Stone Charts places Rolling Stone in a position of direct competition with Billboard’s branded charts.
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HBO’s new Drake-produced series Euphoria follows a cast of troubled teens. In yesterday’s third episode, one of those teens gets really into writing fan-fiction. She writes about a sexual encounter between former One Direction bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, or “Larry Stylinson.” An animated cartoon illustrates her graphic story of the two singers fooling … More »
The rush that comes with a perfect pop song is elusive but unmistakable. “Pop music” can mean many things, but there’s a certain kind of monster jam that scans as POP MUSIC in neon lights, the kind that sends euphoria coursing through your nervous system and launches your body onto the dance floor. More »
The juggernaut rolls on. Billboard reports that Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ implausible country-rap smash “Old Town Road” is once again the #1 song on the Hot 100, a position that the song has now held for 12 weeks in a row. In the process, “Old Town … More »
There’s an outdoor pool up the street from my house, and the swim teachers there are pleasantly leathery middle-aged guys who like to play Eagles and Bob Seger songs on weekend afternoons. This weekend, though, “The Weight” faded out, and some familiar spindly guitar notes came in. The boy sitting near me — blonde, cornfed, … More »
The Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship Thursday night, and no one is happier than Drake, the team’s global ambassador. The city’s most popular music export has been a mainstay on the sidelines throughout the playoffs, inspiring fun subplots and remaining loudly, visibly involved in the … More »
What Drake promises, Drake delivers, hence The Best in the World Pack. The two-track offering is the direct result of the Toronto Raptors’ recent triumph over the Golden State Warriors. The win earned the Raptors their very first NBA championship title.
“The chip to the 6,” Drake wrote in an Instagram post that he shared shortly after the Raptors arose as the victors in the matchup. “See you 2mrw with a 2 pack.”
The Raptors’ win proves fortuitous for fans of the Canadian team and Drake alike: The “Nice 4 What” rapper comes through with “Omertà” and the Rick Ross-assisted “Money In The Grave.” A fitting acknowledgement of the Raptors’ accomplishment, The Best in the World Pack will pave the way for another summer of inescapable Drake songs.
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Two nights ago, when the St. Louis Blues won their first-ever Stanley Cup, nobody really worried about what Nelly’s reaction was. (As it turns out, Nelly Instagrammed himself yelling at his TV.) But Toronto is not St. Louis, basketball is not hockey, and Nelly is not Drake. And when Drake’s hometown Toronto Raptors … More »