Ella Mai & Jorja Smith, New Queens Of UK R&B

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Ella Mai“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 »

J. Cole & Young Thug’s KOD Tour hits the Allstate Arena on 9/22

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On September 22nd, J. Cole’s KOD Tour with Young Thug hits the Allstate Arena — and tickets just went on …

Hittz links with Young Thug for “Longway”

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Produced by Young Forever Hittz comes out swinging on his new single for “Longway” — which features ATL hero, Young …

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

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Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

J. Cole announces “K.O.D.” tour with Young Thug

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Grammy-nominated rapper, producer, and all-around HANDSOME DEVIL Jermaine Lamarr “J.” Cole may have reportedly turned-out his latest album K.O.D. in a torrid two weeks time (which has been doing pretty okay in the charts, I guess); but now that the album is out there in the world, he’s taking his damn TIME, y’all.

He’s just announced a pretty LOOOOONG North American tour that’ll keep his pretty face on the road — accompanied by the also-reasonably-handsome (just in a different sort of way!) Young Thug — for the better part of three damn months. Gee, I hope he’s able to record six or seven new albums on the bus while he’s out there!

Thugger, you may recall, released an EP of his own last month. And together, the two dream boats will basically cruise from Florida to L.A. to Toronto and back again between the months of August and October of this year. YUK, just think of how many different kinds of weather they’re gonna have to dress for on that kind of trip! People always say that pop stars have it made…but I wouldn’t wanna have to pack that suitcase, I tell you what!

Krap-ton Of Dates tour (w/ Young Thug):

08.09.18 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
08.11.18 – Tampa, FL – Amelia Arena
08.12.18 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center^
08.14.18 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
08.15.18 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
08.17.18 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
08.18.18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
08.21.18 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena^
08.22.18 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl SDSU
08.24.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
08.29.18 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
09.02.18 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
09.04.18 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
09.05.18 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
09.07.18 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
09.08.18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
09.10.18 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09.12.18 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena^
09.13.18 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
09.17.18 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
09.18.18 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
09.19.18 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
09.21.18 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesar’s Arena
09.22.18 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
09.23.18 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
09.25.18 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
09.26.18 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
09.28.18 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
10.01.18 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden^
10.04.18 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
10.05.18 – Montreal, Québec – Bell Centre
10.06.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10.08.18 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena^
10.10.18 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

^ Young Thug not performing

One record label has managed to stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire year

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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

Via: Broadway World, H/T: YourEDM

Childish Gambino makes impassioned return with new music

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Donald Glover‘s made an impassioned return into the musical sphere, despite an announcement that his forthcoming Childish Gambino LP would be his last.

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.

Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

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Confession time: Until this past weekend, I was still excited about new Kanye West music. Still. After everything. This was — and is — directly in the middle of one of the most confusing and dispiriting spectacles I’ve seen in the decade-plus that writing about music has been my job. Kanye West had embraced Donald … More »

Young Thug releases new EP Hear No Evil ft. Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert

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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]

Young Thug – “Anybody” (Feat. Nicki Minaj), “Up” (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert), & “Now” (Feat. 21 Savage)

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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 »