“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 »
That Post Malone shattered streaming records with the release of his album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, seemed only to foreshadow further success relative to the album. After attracting a whopping near 80 million global Spotify streams of the sophomore outing on the day of the album’s debut alone, Beerbongs & Bentleys has since claimed the No. 1 spot on the charts, selling a total of 461,000 equivalent album units in its first week. The production additionally sits atop Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, resting comfortably in the very first spot on the expansive list. The artist has also sold 153,000 copies of the album in terms of traditional sales.
2018 has seen a slew of big name releases exit from the studios of J. Cole, Justin Timberlake, and Migos, with each artist putting forth KOD, Man of the Woods, and Culture II, respectively. Despite the acclaim of each artist or group behind the above productions, it is Beerbongs & Bentleys that has enjoyed the most monumental first-week debut so far in 2018, an accomplishment evinced in Beerbongs & Bentleys’ gain of a Platinum certification a mere two days after the album’s drop date.
The statistics show a marked increase in Post Malone’s presence in the U.S. music market; his debut album, Stoney, weighed in at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, while selling 58,000 album equivalent units in its first week, 19,000 of which were traditional sales. It seems that the sky is the limit for Post Malone.
Bai Brands is a beverage company that makes low-calorie soft drinks that they claim are all-natural and have no artificial sweeteners. In 2016, Justin Timberlake invested in the company, becoming its first “Chief Flavor Officer.” He’s proceeded to become a spokesman for the drink, starring in an advertisement that ran during the 2017 … More »
The rather awesome RADIOZOO join us this week to share their 5 Musical Guilty Pleasures (which is always a tricky task for any artist). The duo has just released their new single “Closer,” which you can check out here. 1) Flume – “Never Be Like You” Probably one of the best songs of this
Springtime has a tendency to bring out the poptimist in all of us. The weather is too nice to justify spending your days indoors listening to sadcore. Summer hits are just around the corner. If there’s season to air your ’90s pop nostalgia, this is it. The spirit spread to Hollywood Boulevard today where ’90s … More »
Who knows how many centuries the fortune under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson went untapped before the Grosh brothers happened upon it. The Pennsylvanian preacher’s sons had become seasoned prospectors during the gold rush years of the mid-19th century, and that experience served them well in Nevada’s Virginia Range southeast of Reno, where in … More »
This past Sunday, Justin Timberlake played the Super Bowl halftime show, and the only part of the show that anyone really remembers is when Timberlake sang, in the stands, next to a little kid who couldn’t stop messing with his phone. This led to a lot of really good memes and to a … More »
In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII, there was much speculation surrounding Justin Timberlake‘s halftime performance. Should it really be Timberlake over Janet Jackson who gets another chance at performing after 2004’s nipple slip? Would his former NSYNC bandmates join him in Minneapolis? Would JT use a hologram of Prince, despite massive backlash?
While Prince did appear in some form — projected onto a giant curtain while Timberlake sat at a grand piano below singing a cover of “I Would Die 4 U” — it was a brief tribute performance that felt heartless and hollow on the whole. The two pop stars weren’t the best of friends and had a short spat around the release of “SexyBack,” followed by JT mocking Prince during the 2007 Golden Globes.
The entire performance seemed to fall flat compared to previous years. Just last year, Lady Gaga sang “God Bless America” from atop the stadium roof before flying down to the field on a wire, while Beyoncé‘s 2013 performance featured a Destiny’s Child reunion and political overtones. Timberlake’s appearance felt safe and bland, with the singer tackling “Rock Your Body,” which he cut short before the line that soundtracked the infamous moment he exposed Jackson’s breast to the world. View the entire performance above.
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