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Drake Hits 6 Billion For Second Year Straight As Rap Dominates Streaming




Drake has surpassed 6 billion streams in one year for a second straight year as rap music continues to dominate mainstream music.

For the second year in a row Drake was the most streamed artist on the planet across all genre, and for the second straight year, he hit the 6 billion milestone. Drizzy is currently the only artist in the world to ever surpassed 6 billion streams in one year and he did it twice already, Variety reported. The only other artist who got close to the Toronto rapper’s numbers is Future who racked up 4.2 billion streams last year, a clear sign that hip hop world dominance is showing no signs of slowing down.

Music streaming has been seeing a massive growth with twice as many streams on any given day last year, 1.67 billion stream per day, when compares to 2016 which was averaging around 560 million daily streams. Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify continues to see massive growth in the number of paid subscribers as fans move away from buying and downloading songs to just streaming them via their smartphones and other compatible devices.

There is still a bit of a fuzzy area when it comes to the reporting on Drake’s streaming numbers since Spotify announced last month that Ed Sheeran racked up 6.3 billion streams on the platform last year. We also know that Sheeran had the most streamed album with his LP Divide picking up 2,645,600 equivalent units. Not surprisingly, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” was the most streamed song of the year with over 1 billion streams with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” being the second most streamed song when it picked up 979.3 million listens.

Last month, Apple Music reported that Drake’s playlist, More Life, was the most streamed album in 2017 on their platform, followed by Ed Sheeran’s Divide.

We also take a look at the makeup of Hip-Hop/R&B songs on the streaming charts and found out that 50% of the top 1,000 most streamed songs of the year was in the urban category. Hip-Hop/Rap made up 20.9% of the total streams last year making it the most listened to genre.

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Chance The Rapper Says Lil Wayne Is The Michael Jackson Of Rap Music




Chance The Rapper thinks that Lil Wayne is the Michael Jackson of rap music.

The Chicago emcee recently got into a Twitter row with some fans who claimed that he is the only independent artist to make it big and no other indie artists will ever get as big as he is. That assessment didn’t sit well with Chance who taste mainstream success over the last two years. The argument started over an article about the same topic involving a conversation between Apple Music’s Carl Chery and the hosts of Everyday Struggle where he spoke about the deal Chance the Rapper made with Apple to release his 2016 album The Coloring Book exclusively on Apple Music for two weeks.

Chery didn’t disclosed the full amount of the deal, but did say that Chance is a phenomenal artist with a great team around him. What really got the “No Problem” rapper angry was when some folks suggested that no other indie artist will reach the same height as he is. 2017 was a big year for artists signing major label deals. One fan on Twitter then asked him who is the Michael Jackson of rap.

“People jokingly say Em’s the Elvis of rap.. Well who’s the Michael Jackson of rap?,” the fan asked to which Chance responded saying, “Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. He been in this sh*t.” Dwayne Carter is Lil Wayne’s real name and comparing him to the great king of pop is far reaching given the heights that Michael Jackson reached in music.

People jokingly say Em’s the Elvis of rap.. Well who’s the Michael Jackson of rap?

— Lucius Septimius Bassianus (@CrookedIntriago) December 24, 2017

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. He been in this shit. https://t.co/90sQ8sArfu

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 24, 2017

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Gucci Mane Drops “El Gato The Human Glacier” Album: Listen


Gucci Mane is back with another album just before Christmas, El Gato The Human Glacier.

The 11 track album comes with not a single guest feature and was produced entirely by Southside. On the project you can find singles like “Peeping Out The Blinds,” “Mall,” “Side EFX,” “El Gato’s Revenge,” and more. With this new freezing album, Gucci Mane caps off a big year where he he dropped a joint project, Droptopwop, with Metro Boomin, another solo album, Mr. Davis, in October, and getting married to his longtime girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir.

Aside from Cardi B, Gucci Mane perhaps had one of the biggest years in hip hop among artists after being shipped home from prison in May last year looking a lot healthier and happier. The East Atlanta Santa rapper announced the new album last month, telling his fans on social media that it will arrive in time for Christmas. He made good on that promise and his fans are happy. He also informed us that the project will come with no guest feature despite 21 Savage being featured on the “Just Like It.” But Savage is not credited on the album for the feature.

Gucci Mane announced earlier this week that he will be making a movie about the album. “I’m gone make a movie about #ElGatoTheHumanGlacier so consider the 12 songs as my first screenplay,” he wrote on Twitter. Listen to the new album El Gato The Human Glacier on Apple Music below.

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G-Eazy Drops Double Album “The Beautiful & Damned”: Listen


G-Eazy double album The Beautiful & Damned is now available.

The robust album packs 20 singles with guest appearances from E-40, Jay Ant, Kehlani, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, Charlie Puth, and more. G-Eazy announced the album back in June and after six months of quietly working on the project he finally delivered it to his fans. Puth is featured on the single “Sober,” Cardi B and Rocky came through on “No Limit,” while Kehlani is on “Crash & Burn.” Among the producers who put in some work on the project includes Murda-Beatz, Boi-1da, Allen Ritter, The Futuristiks, and J Gramm.

“This is the next chapter of Gerald,” G-Eazy told Billboard. “I think [the fans] know me well enough by now, so this is just the next chapter of my life. I’m further exploring my Gemini; you know, the duality and the split personality of who I am. That’s The Beautiful and Damned. There’s multiple layers to the title and the concept of the album, but that’s one of the better messages. I’m exploring that yin and yang of my personality.”

Seven of the songs on The Beautiful & Damned were released ahead of the album. You can listen to the entire project below on Apple Music.


Listen Big Sean and Metro Boomin Joint Album “Double or Nothing”


Big Sean and Metro Boomin new album Double or Nothing is finally here.

Sean Don and Boomin come together with the help of some of their famous friends for a 10-track production that will keep your head nodding for the rest of the year. The tracklist includes guest appearances from 21 Savage on the single “Pull Up N Wreck,” Swae Lee on “Reason,” Travis Scott on “Go Legend,” Young Thug on “Even The Odds,” Kash Doll on “So Good,” and 2 Chainz on “Big Bidness.”

The project was only announced last week and earlier this week, Big Sean revealed that it will be hear on Thursday at midnight. Metro Boomin is also having a big year with two joint projects with Gucci Mane and 21 Savage. During a recent interview with Billboard he explains his thought process about putting the album together. “I was born in ’93,” he said, “and a lot of projects [from that era] had one producer, maybe two. They sounded more cohesive — better as a whole.”

“I believe music is a way of getting away from things,” Big Sean added, “but it was heavy on my heart, and I felt the need to talk about it.” This is BS second album this year after dropping I Decided in February.

Listen Big Sean and Metro Boomin joint album Double or Nothing below. The album is available on Spotify and Apple Music.


Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B Drop “Motorsport” Video On Vevo


Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B new video “Motorsport” is now available on Vevo.

The cut was exclusively released on iTunes last night but for those who are not subscribers to Apple Music can now view it on YouTube. The futuristic video was kicked off by Quavo who raps beside his vintage Ferrari. The fast and furious inspired video also features Offset and his girlfriend Cardi B riding off into the night in their supercar. What is very interesting about this video is the fact that Nicki Minaj and Bardi was never in the same scene together.

Nicki Minaj caught everyone eyes with her skimpy and shiny outfit. The Young Money rapper stepped in front of the camera wearing long pink braids while gyrating behind a white vintage Lamborghini. “Motorsport” is the first single to be released from Migos upcoming album Culture 2, slated for release in January. The Atlanta rap group has been working on the project for the last couple of months and it will be the follow-up to their No. 1 album Culture, released in January of this year.

Watch the video for “Motorsport” below.


Jaden Smith Drop New Album “SYRE” (Stream & Download)



Jaden Smith new album SYRE: A Beautiful Confusion is now available for you to listen to on major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

The album arrives three years after the rapper announced that it is in the making. The album comes with 17 tracks including the previously released singles “Batman” and “Watch Me.” A$AP Rocky is featured on the single “Breakfast” while Raury is featured on “Falcon.” Elsewhere on the album you can find singles like “Rapper,” “The Passion” which inject a little trap music, and the smooth joint “Lost Boy.”

According to Jaden Smith, the album is right for the time, despite the numerous delays over the past three years. During an interview with iHeartRadio back in March this year, he revealed that he has been working on an experimental genre. “I have a new genre I’m trying to work with that’s called Pop-Runk,” the rapper said. “I don’t really know what that means and there’s no definition for runk in the English dictionary. I feel like that’s what it is. It’s pop mixed with something you don’t know, that you don’t understand, that you cannot describe.

Stream Jaden Smith new album SYRE: A Beautiful Confusion on Spotify below.


Alkaline Overthrows Vybz Kartel For Top Dancehall Song This Week



Alkaline has overthrows Vybz Kartel for the top dancehall song spot this week.

Vybz Kartel’s “Mhm Hm” was the leading song in dancehall at least until this week when it was overthrown by Alkaline’s hot new single “Suave.” The rivalry between Kartel and Alkaline is showing no signs of slowing down and this can only means more hit songs for their respective fans. This week, the Vendetta leader seems to have the upper hand with two new singles bubbling on the dancehall airwaves.

Since it’s released a week ago, Suave clocked 1.2 million views on YouTube and around 3.5 million streams on Apple Music and Spotify. Coupled that with airplay on radio and in parties helped pushed the song to the top spot in the dancehall space in a week. Vybz Kartel’s new single “Kremlin” produced by Rvssian is also doing very well with around 850,000 views on YouTube. That song was also released the same day that Alkaline dropped “Suave” and is currently the second most listened to dancehall song over the past week.

There is currently an intense debate among dancehall fans on social media about which of the two songs is better. You can share your thoughts in the comments below.


CyHi The Prynce & Kanye West Drop Joint Single “Dat Side”



CyHi The Prynce and Kanye West teamed up once again for a new single “Dat Side” and you can now find it on iTunes/Apple Music.

Been a while since we’ve heard from Kanye West and since around the beginning of the summer of this year we heard that he was locked away working on a new album. On this track, CyHi The Prynce raps about Atlanta, selling drugs and banging females. If you’re not into all of what he is rapping about then simply just stand on the sidelines.

Kanye West follows a similar pattern in his lines over a piano-laden beat. “All the haters hating, wait a minute, stand on dat side / Moved into a neighborhood where I’m the only black guy / People claim they praying for you, really they be preying on you / All this sh*t is weighing on you, don’t look back, they gaining on you,” Kanye raps.

The track “Dat Side” is like a new anti-hater anthem to help you get by for the rest of the year and CyHi and Kanye did a pretty good job with their wordplay. Listen to the track on Apple Music below.


Vybz Kartel – All Aboard [New Music] | Listen



Vybz Kartel debut his new hustle anthem “All Aboard” a catchy single produced by TJ Records.

Earlier this week, the imprisoned dancehall star announced that he will be debuting the new single on Irie FM on Friday and all day yesterday DJ Wayne was spinning the new track. “Am so intriguing get the vision and wake up me do it / Run the boat spring cleaning money move hit season / Honeymoon this even no money marriage a mi dirty habit and me clean,” Kartel deejay.

“All Aboard” is also available for streaming on Apple Music. Sources inside the Gaza told us that Kartel is already prepping to drop more new music come next week. “We have more new music coming its a total dancehall domination this season stay tune,” our source said. We’re also told that the videos for “Mhm Hm” and “Don’t Come Back” will arrive sometime in the next two weeks. Vybz Kartel posted a preview of the two videos on IG yesterday hyping up his fans.

While his songs dominates the airwaves, Vybz Kartel is gearing up for his appeal trial in February of next year. The “Fever” deejay is confident that he will be vindicated of murder when his case is concluded in the appeal court.


Chris Brown Gets Eight Platinum Plaque For Old Singles



Chris Brown currently has a lot to be celebrating right now with eight of his singles getting multi-platinum certifications.

On October 3, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued eight new platinum plaques to Chris Brown for some songs that didn’t get certified in the past even though they sold millions. One song “Look At Me Now” featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes which was released in 2011 was certified five times platinum by the RIAA.

Three of the singles “She Ain’t You,” “Strip,” “Beautiful People,” and “Back To Sleep” gets certified platinum, while “Don’t Wake Me Up,” “Deuces,” and “Yeah 3X” are all certified two times platinum. For a single to be certified platinum it would need to sell one million units and in the age of music streaming, 150 streams equal to one unit sold.

Chris Brown is currently working on his new album Heartbreak on a Full Moon due for release on October 31st. The massive project comes with 45 tracks and guest features from Usher, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Def Loaf, Lil Yachty, Jhene Aiko, R. Kelly, Verse Simmons, Ty Dolla $ign, Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and Kodak Black. Chris Brown previously revealed that the project will be a double-disc album which means he could very well release hard copies, as well as, digital copies on major streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify. The album also comes with some previously released singles like “Privacy,” “Only 4 Me,” and “Paradise.”

The last album Chris Brown released is Royalty back in 2015, so this is his first major project in three years so he had a lot of time to record a lot of songs. Breezy is surely looking to score some platinum records off this new album due on Halloween. This R&B crooner will be announcing his new tour in the coming weeks to support the album.


Vybz Kartel Previews Fire New Single “All Aboard”



Vybz Kartel gave fans a preview of whats coming tomorrow when he posted a snippet of his fire new single “All Aboard.”

Dancehall HipHop previously reported that the track will be premiered on Friday by DJ Wayne on Irie FM radio. Sources inside the Gazanation camp told us exclusively that the track will be available on iTunes/Apple Music this weekend and will be a bigger hit that “Mhm Hm.” “This Friday on Irie FM tune in because DJ Wayne will be spinning this one non-stop,” sources said.

Overseas fans can also stream it Apple Music this weekend and it will likely be posted to Vybz Kartel Vevo channel. “We will have in on iTunes and on YouTube for the fans, but that will happen after the premiere on radio,” our source added. “We are excited about this song and DJs for the radio stations and selectors have been calling us non-stop to get a copy just to show you the level of interest in Vybz Kartel music right now. Just like the boss say one don.”

“All aboard all aboard, all a all aboard / All a all aboard we no frighten for things we know we can’t afford / If we want it do wa wi a hustle hard a road… / Give them somethin’ today yo a done / If yo don’t give him tomorrow you a batty man / You a pu**y yo fi dead Alright then check me round so / Mi have a thing for you as yo forward yo get bam bam bam,” Vybz Kartel deejay over a dancehall beat produced by TJ Records.

The single “All Aboard” was produced by TJ Records, who has been working with Kartel from before prison. The deejay and the producer are also working on a major project which will likely be released in the coming months. Since around the end of the summer, the incarcerated deejay has been dropping at least two songs per week and showing no signs of slowing down.


Tamar Braxton Album “Bluebird of Happiness” (Stream & Download)


Tamar Braxton new album “Bluebird of Happiness” is now available for streaming and download on iTunes/Apple Music.

The 11-track project is the follow-up to her 2015 smash “Calling All Lovers.” The new album was Executive produced by Braxton, her husband Vincent Herbert, and Rodney Jerkins and features Yo Gotti as the only guest artist. Tamar says that the album comprises or some previous work and some new material. She also revealed that this album will be her last as she will be taking a break from music to focus on her marriage to music executive Vincent Herbert.

“I have to take a step back and figure out what is working and what is not working,” she said in a recent interview with Wendy Williams. Tamar Braxton will also be joining legendary R&B group Xscape and R&B singer Monica for the highly anticipated “The Great Xscape Tour,” which is set to get started in Richmond on November 22.

Stream Tamar Braxton new album “Bluebird of Happiness” on Apple Music below.


Diddy & Drake Are Hip-Hop’s Highest Earners Over Last Year


Diddy and Drake made a lot of money over the last year, more than $220 million combined and are undoubtedly the Hip-Hop Cash Kings.

The two rap titans are by far the highest earners in hip hop this past year, according to Forbes magazine. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs made a whopping $130 million, Drake made $94 million, JAY-Z made for himself $42 million, Dr. Dre raked in $34.5 million, and Chance the Rapper made $32 million who round out the top five. So you can see Diddy is leading the pack by far and is one step closer to being hip hop’s first billionaire with a current net worth of over $800 million.

Diddy is undeniably the Hip-Hop Cash King of the last decade and this year he added a lot more cash to his pocket thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, his ownership stake in Diageo’s Ciroc vodka, and the sale of a third of his Sean John clothing line. That sale alone raked in $70 million for the hip hop mogul. Drake has had a hugely successful year both on the road and on digital media. He was the most streamed artist on Apple Music over the past year and he also made a lot of money from endorsement deals with Apple, Nike, and Sprite. The bulk of his $94 million was made touring for his Summer Sixteen Tour with Future and his Boy Meets World Tour in Europe.

JAY-Z and Beyonce are the first billionaire couple in hip hop but JAY-Z is pulling the most weight thanks to his $200 million deal with Live Nation and Sprint investing $200 million in TIDAL. Dr. Dre significantly increased his net worth when he and his business partner Jimmy Iovine sold Beats by Dre to Apple. That deal alone earned the rapper/producer a whopping #620 million back in 2014 which is the highest payday for any musician in history. Over the past 12 months, he made $34.5 million from royalties from his vast catalog and ongoing payment from Apple. Chance the Rapper banked a cool $33 million despite being an independent rapper who never sold physical copies of his albums. He distributes his music solely digitally. He also made some big bucks from endorsement deals with Apple and Kit Kat.

Check out the full list.

1. Diddy – $130 million
2. Drake – $94 million
3. Jay Z – $42 million
4. Dr. Dre – $34.5 million
5. Chance the Rapper – $33 million
6. Kendrick Lamar – $30 million
7. Wiz Khalifa – $28 million
8. Pitbull – $27 million
9. DJ Khaled – $24 million
10. Future – $23 million
11. Kanye West ($22 million)
12. Birdman ($20 million)
13. Swizz Beatz ($17 million)
14. Snoop Dogg ($16.5 million)
15. Nicki Minaj ($16 million)
16. Lil Wayne ($15.5 million)
17. J. Cole ($14 million)
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($11.5 million, tie)
18. Rick Ross ($11.5 million, tie)
20. Lil Yachty ($11 million)


Vybz Kartel & Lorde Featured On New Major Lazer Track [Listen]


Dancehall star Vybz Kartel and pop singer Lorde is featured on a new single from Major Lazer.

The new Major Lazer track was previewed on Lazer Sound radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 this week and you can tell that it will be another dancehall banger. You can hear Lorde’s distinct vocals over a retro dancehall beat. She sampled Jamaican legend Yellowman’s 1984 classic “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt.” Vybz Kartel’s vocals wasn’t in the preview, but you can see his name listed which means he will be on the full version of the single.

Kartel and Major Lazer are longtime collaborators and have in the past worked on some big hits. There was once a time on Twitter when Lorde told Diplo on Twitter that his penis was tiny, but it seems the two have put those differences aside and are now making music together. I guess we can all celebrate that moment when they make peace because now we have a potential banger from the two, and with Vybz Kartel in the mix, this will be epic.

Diplo firmed announced the single from all the way back in March of this year when he said that it’s coming but he just doesn’t know when. “I don’t know when it’s coming out, it’s pretty dope,” he said.

Listen to a preview of the upcoming single below.

Nice little surprise! Lorde with Diplo during Major Lazer show on iTunes … sing baby sing.TY @Cherrilme 4 heads up pic.twitter.com/nUgFgL29L5

— Lorde WorldWideNet? (@Lorde_WWN) September 25, 2017

Diplo just confirmed there's a song under Major Lazer featuring Lorde and Vybz Kartel "I don't know when it's coming out, it's pretty dope" pic.twitter.com/F59ILwuSxY

— Lorde Daily (@LordeDaily) March 10, 2017


‘Rockstar’ Post Malone Stage Dive And No One Caught Him


Fans didn’t treat Post Malone like the rockstar that he is when he stage dived at his concert over the weekend because no one caught him.

Fortunately for the “Rockstar” rapper he didn’t break any bones and continued rapping while on the floor. In the video clip below, you can see Post Malone on stage turning up in St. Louis. He then ran and stage dived into the crowd but everyone moved, absolutely no one didn’t even attempted to catch him. It was one of that moment where all you can do is say ouch and then laugh after you realize that he is okay.

Malone tweeted about it on Sunday while making fun of himself saying that he wish he had Lil Uzi Vert’s body. “Felt like jack black in school of rock tonight when i staged dived and nobody caught my fat as. wish i had lil uzi body,” he wrote. Someone who was close to the front row captured the whole thing on camera. Post Malone is currently having the time of his life with his new single “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage climbed to number two on Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. He also broke the single week Apple Music streaming record.

Perhaps this fan who was video the whole thing just got himself one of those new iPhone X with glass casing and did not want to test how drop proof it is.

felt like jack black in school of rock tonight when i staged dived and nobody caught my fat ass. wish i had lil uzi body

— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) September 25, 2017

Look like they never caught #postmalone ?

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Cardi B and Juicy J Teams Up For New Single “Kamasutra”


Cardi B and Juicy J teams up for a hot new single Kamasutra” featured on J’s new project “Highly Intoxicated.”

The mixtape is currently available and features guest appearances from Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa and production from TM88, Mike WiLL Made-It, Southside among others. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper delivers the hook and a killer verse on the infectious beat. “Them been to places I been (I’ve been) / That blue, the bag that I spent (I spent) / Had a nigga f**k me and my best friend (ah-ha) / J-j-jump on top then I do a little spin (spin) / Been back at it then I give a little grin (grin) / Give a ni**a super head like Karim,” Cardi B raps.

Juicy J also has a hot new single “Always High” with Wiz Khalifa on the mixtape. Cardi B is one of the most in demand rappers on the planet right now with her breakout hit currently sitting at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Everyone is paying close attention to see if she will hit the number one spot and overthrow Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” If anyone deserves a number one hit right now its Bardi because she worked hard for it and she never pretended to be anything or anyone that she is not. She won over a lot of fans with that realness about her. It’s true what they say, ex-strippers know how to make a real club banger.

Juicy J recently celebrated some success on the Apple Music chart with Three 6 Mafia classic single “Slob On My Knob” became the number one trending song in the world. J wrote on Twitter that he wrote the song when he was in the 11th grade. “Slob on the knob is trending #1 on Apple Music I wrote that song when I was in 11th grade & the bag still coming in $$$ thank you,” he tweeted.


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