Who Should Win, And Who Will Win, At The 2020 Grammys

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Lizzo & Lil Nas XPROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »

Drake and Future convene for new single, ‘Life is Good,’ with accompanying visual in tow [Watch]

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Drake and Future convene for new single, ‘Life is Good,’ with accompanying visual in tow [Watch]Drake Future

It’s been just about four years since Drake’s name has been credited alongside Future’s, since the What A Time To Be Alive days to be exact, but the collaborative drought has ended with “Life Is Good,” so pop the champagne and let it bubble. A sharp exposition of Drake and Future’s synergy, the earlier LP yielded the pervasive cuts “Jumpman” and “Big Rings,” and “Life Is Good” appears destined for the same sort of ubiquity.

The hip-hop mavericks’ latest outing rebels against the conventional song format in which rappers fluidly trade verses over the same sustained beat. In contrast to this stylistic standard, “Life is Good” is essentially two singles bundled under its titular umbrella, one supplied by Drake, the other, Future.

Drake handles the opening duties, and with a decisive switch of the beat, passes the verbal baton to Future, whose flow is characteristically voluble. “Life is Good” is accompanied by a music video that sees both artists assume various service roles as 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and other artists make cameos.

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Future – “Life Is Good” (Feat. Drake)

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Earlier this week, Drake and Future started teasing something new. The two previously teamed up for the 2015 collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive and toured together on the back of it. And now they’ve gotten together once again for a new Future song featuring Drake called … More »

Drake & Future Are Teasing Something

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Drake-FutureBack in 2015, Drake and Future got together to record the collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive — a pretty solid piece of music, even if it was a relatively minor work from both of them. A year after that, Drake and Future toured together. At the time, it … More »

The 2020 State Of Pop Address

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Billie EilishThe #1 song in America this week was released more than 25 years ago. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is often deemed the most recent tune to become a holiday standard, but for reasons mostly related to business, technology, and Billboard chart rules, it was not a Hot 100 … More »

Girl Who Threw A Chair From A Balcony Is No Longer In Drake’s “War” Video

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DrakeThrowing chairs from condo balconies is not wavy, and Drake is willing to have his music videos reedited to make sure you know that. Two days ago, Drake released his new single, the UK drill-influenced “War.” In the murkily shot video, Drake attempted to look tough while skiing. The version of the video … More »

Drake Discusses Whether Pusha T Went Too Far In Their Rap Battle

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DrakeDrake did not take Christmas off. On Christmas Eve, Aubrey Graham came out with his fake-British-accent UK drill track “War.” And yesterday, Drake took up way too much time on people’s holiday with a two-and-a-half-hour longform interview. Drake sat down with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson and Brian Miller for a “podcast” that’s really … More »

Drake – “War” Video

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Drake is back with a new track called “War,” which is included on a new mixtape from one of his frequent collaborators Oliver El-Khatib called EL-KUUMBA TAPE VOL. 1. It’s the latest loosie in a year in which Drake has pretty much only released loosies, including the compilation album Care PackageMore »

Watch Drake Join DaBaby Onstage In Toronto

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DaBaby-and-DrakeFor the past decade, Drake has shown an unearthly ability to recognize and collaborate with exciting up-and-coming rappers; it’s part of what’s kept Drake on top for so long. But DaBaby has been famous for almost a year now, and before last night, Drake hadn’t gone out of his way to acknowledge DaBaby’sMore »

Spotify names Billie Eilish’s debut LP the most-streamed album of 2019

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Spotify names Billie Eilish’s debut LP the most-streamed album of 2019Billie Eilish Debut Album E1554050828895

At just 17 years old, Billie Eilish has released Spotify’s most listened to album of the year, becoming the first female artist to ever claim the title. The California-based singer/songwriter amassed a walloping 6 billion streams for the year, and if her recent audio exposé “Everything I Wanted” is any indication, it seems like Eilish’s artistic discovery may be just beginning.

Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artist of 2019, however, goes to the universally adorned Post Malone, who leapfrogged his way to the head of the pack in the 12 weeks since the release of Hollywood’s Bleeding, the genre-bending vocalist’s third consecutive LP to seem destined for the upper echelon of critical acclaim. Streaming royalty Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran take the third and fourth spots of most-streamed artists for the year (with Eilish nabbing second).

Drake has had a light year in terms of releases, but it’s still strange not to see the crowned King of The Stream making any of the yearly lists. Fear not though, as the Canadian rapper wears his crown comfortably atop the Decade’s Most Streamed Artists, below.

Spotify’s Global Top Lists 2019:

Most-Streamed Artists

  1. Post Malone
  2. Billie Eilish
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Ed Sheeran
  5. Bad Bunny

 Most-Streamed Female Artists

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Camila Cabello
  5. Halsey

Most-Streamed Male Artists

  1. Post Malone
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Bad Bunny
  4. Khalid
  5. J Balvin

Most-Streamed Tracks 

  1. “Señorita” – Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
  2. “bad guy” – Billie Eilish
  3. “Sunflower” – Post Malone, Swae Lee
  4. “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
  5. “Old Town Road – Remix” – Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus

Most-Streamed Albums 

  1. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
  2. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
  3. thank u, next – Ariana Grande
  4. No.6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
  5. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Most-Streamed Podcasts

  1. The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal
  2. My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
  3. Gemischtes Hack
  4. Fest & Flauschig
  5. The Misfits Podcast

Most-Streamed Spotify Original Podcasts

  1. The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal
  2. Gemischtes Hack
  3. Fest & Flauschig
  4. Serial Killers
  5. Herrengedeck – Der Podcast

“A Decade Wrapped” Spotify’s Top Lists 2010–2019

Most-Streamed Artists of the Decade (Global)

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Eminem

Most-Streamed Female Artists of the Decade (Global)

  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Rihanna
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Sia
  5. Beyoncé

Most-Streamed Male Artists of the Decade (Global)

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Eminem
  5. The Weeknd

Most-Streamed Tracks of the Decade (Global)

  1. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
  2. “One Dance”  – Drake, Kyla, WizKid
  3. “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” – 21 Savage, Post Malone
  4. “Closer” – Halsey, The Chainsmokers
  5. “Thinking out Loud” – Ed Sheeran