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Hip Hop Album Sales for the Week: J. Cole, Eminem, PRhyme|
By ice wolf - 19 hours ago
J. Cole's third album debuts at #1 and becomes the biggest first-week seller of the year from any Hip Hop artist.
J. Cole has the #1 album in the country and the biggest first-week sales numbers of any Hip Hop artist in 2014. With just over 350,000 albums sold in its first week, 2014 Forest Hills Drive knocked Taylor SwiftÂ’s big seller down to #2 for only the second time since her album was released. The news comes just a week after Wu-Tang Clan failed to break into the Top 25Â—they're at #120 this weekÂ—and Cole's numbers are more than double the sales projections for Nicki Minaj's new album, which will get its first sales report next week.
Meanwhile, Eminem's compilation album Shady XV dropped out of the Top 20 as did Rick Ross' Hood Billionaire following first-week debuts in the Top 10. In addition to a handful of R&B releases including a new album from K. Michelle, PRhyme and E-40 also counted their new projects in the highest-selling Hip Hop albums of the week. Ghostface Killah also saw his latest album, 36 Seasons, chart at #95.
J. Cole Has The #1 Album In The Country
Outpacing already lofty first-week sales projections of up to 270,000 copies, J. Cole sold a total of 353,538 albums as of Sunday (December 14). The release quickly jumped to the #1 spot in iTunes and despite a quiet promo lead-up was able to outsell the next biggest seller by more than 75,000 units.
In addition to the album sales, 2014 Forrest Hills Drive sold 103,676 single songs and was streamed 10,984,761 times, bringing its total Billboard activity number to 371,228. This third album from J. Cole is his second to debut at #1 and third to reach the milestone after Born Sinner climbed up to the top spot in its third week in stores last year. The latest numbers also highlight the biggest first-week sales numbers of Cole's career as well as the best first-week performance from any Hip Hop artist this year, eclipsing Rick Ross' outing with Mastermind in March.
K. Michelle Debuts At #6
With some first-week gossip controversy with Lil Kim keeping her name in the headlines, R&B singer K. Michelle outsold One Direction's album to take the #6 spot in its first week on the shelves. K. Michelle's Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? sold a total of 84,117 units and was streamed more than 1,578,000 times.
PRhyme & E-40 Debut At #59 & #61
Lower down the list, a trio of veteran artists arrived on the charts with a pair of albums released in the past week. The joint project between Slaughterhouse rapper Royce Da 5'9 and iconic producer DJ Premier reached #59 with a total of 13,547 albums sold. Just two spots down, the first of a trio of albums from E-40, Sharp On All Corners, debuted with nearly 12,000 units sold and more than half a million streams.
Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 12/14/2014
Note: The figures below represent this weekÂ’s Â“total activity,Â” an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams. A pure album sales figure is available in parenthesis and information about each album's streaming count is available in brackets.
#1. J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive - 371,228 (353,538) [10,984,761]
#6. K. Michelle - Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? - 87,140 (84,117) [1,578,410]
#25. Mary J. Blige Â– The London Sessions Â– 27,532 (26,398) [589,466]
#31. Chris Brown Â– X Â– 23,741 (15,877) [4,727,436]
#37. Eminem Â– ShadyXV Â– 21,019 (17,904) [2,082,585]
#44. Beyonce Â– Beyonce Â– 19,556 (11,436) [5,337,855]
#57. Pitbull Â– Globalization Â– 15,539 (10,216) [2,048,117]
#59. PRhyme - PRhyme - 14,188 (13,547) [249,667]
#61. E-40 - Sharp On All 4 Corners: 1 - 13,697 (11,770) [510,369]
#64. Rick Ross Â– Hood Billionaire Â– 12,543 (10,171) [1,505,176]
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Ja Rule Says That He "Has Three Albums Worth Of Material Recorded"|
By Avon_Barksdale - 19 hours ago
This past Saturday, Dec. 6, Murder Inc. rapper Ja Rule made a rare performance in his hometown of Queens at the Resorts World Casino New York City. Rule gave those in attendance a 35-minute set as he performed plenty of his hits from his early catalog. Before and after his show, the MC was taping segments for his upcoming reality show, Follow The Rules, set to drop next year on MTV.
Before Ja Rule hit the stage, XXL caught up with the Â“Always On TimeÂ” rapper to find out a little bit more about his reality show, his upcoming music and his thoughts on A$AP FergÂ’s new record titled Â“Ja Rule.Â” Â—Roger Krastz
XXL: When can we expect your reality show, Follow The Rules, to come out?
Ja Rule: ItÂ’s coming in 2015 on MTV. I donÂ’t have my exact air date yet but itÂ’s coming real soon!
What is something new that you think fans will learn about you?
That IÂ’m a clown. [Laughs] Nah, I think throughout my career people generally see me as a serious artist, maybe even sometimes, you know, mean in some aspects. But you know, IÂ’m a good dude. I like to have fun, laugh and joke and clown around a little bit, especially with your family and kids. You know, everybody is a little bit reserved and a little bit open in a different way with their family, so thatÂ’s what people are going to see a lot of with my family.
WhatÂ’s something new that youÂ’ve learned from your family while recording the show?
They clowns too! [Laughs] Nah, itÂ’s just a lot of fun. No arguing. No fighting. You know, we donÂ’t capture too much of that on camera, we try to focus on the good things that are happening in our lives versus the negative things. But we deal with a lot of real issues, you know, from teen marijuana use to whatever we deal with. So I think people are really going to enjoy the show.
You dropped a book earlier this year. Will there be second one in works?
Yeah, I think IÂ’m going to do another book. It will probably be a different format, but it wont be a memoir, itÂ’ll be something more educational, [a] self-help type of book.
How do you feel like the hip-hop community has stepped up to the current injustices in the country?
We are the new freedom fighters. IÂ’m very proud of what we are doing out there as far as getting the awareness out there and doing it very peacefully. So I think thatÂ’s the important part, getting out there, getting our message across, but doing it in a way where people are going to respect the message and not get it tangled up in some of the less fortunate things that went down. So I think weÂ’re doing a great job thus far and as long as we keep pushing forward I think the message will get heard and I think there will be some change.
What are your thoughts on A$AP Ferg and Big SeanÂ’s Â“Ja RuleÂ” record? Can we expect you on the remix?
You never know, manÂ… [Laughs] ItÂ’s a hot record. I applaud Ferg for putting that together and Big Sean for it putting it together. You know, itÂ’s hip-hop. I was very surprised. I laughed listening to it. I was like, these dudes are crazy. I said, Â“Ferg you a fool for this one.Â” But you know, itÂ’s love and itÂ’s good music. It sounds good and it feels good.
What can we expect from you music-wise in 2015?
You know, IÂ’m taking my time. IÂ’m working. I got about maybe three albums done so IÂ’m dropping some stuff in 2015Â—maybe not a full LP, maybe just some singles. I think IÂ’m going to work some singles through my vehicle with MTV, my television show and then drop an album later in the year.
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Spotify: Top 98 tracks of 2014|
By sammy1990 - 19 hours ago
Listed in the "2014 Year in Music" section on Spotify
This is GLOBAL.
2. Rather Be
4. Dark Horse
5. All of Me
8. Waves - Robin Schulz Radio Edit
10. Counting Stars
11. Am I Wrong
14. Stay With Me
15. Demons (Imagine Dragons)
16. A Sky Full of Stars
17. I See Fire (Ed Sheeran)
19. Bad (David Guetta feat. Vassy)
21. Riptide (Vance Joy)
24. Let Her Go (Passenger)
25. Hey Brother
26. Break Free
27. Talk Dirty
29. The Monster
30. Stolen Dance (Milky Chance)
31. All About That Bass
33. Prayer in C
36. Money on My Mind (Sam Smith)
37. Sing (Ed Sheeran)
38. The Man (Aloe Blacc)
39. Say Something (Christina & Her Band)
41. Bang Bang
42. Wasted (Tiesto)
43. Turn Down For What
44. Classic (MKTO)
45. Can't Hold Us
46. Blame (Calvin Harris)
47. Drunk In Love
49. Don't (Ed Sheeran)
51. Can't Remember To Forget You
53. Black Widow
55. Do I Wanna Know? (Arctic Monkey)
56. Safe & Sound (Capital Cities)
58. Boom Clap
59. Blurred Lines
60. Red Lights (Tiesto)
61. All of Me - Tiesto Remix
62. Wake Me Up
63. Animals (Maroon 5)
64. Lovers on the Sun (David Guetta feat. Sam Martin)
66. Changes (Faul & Wad Ad)
67. Best Day of My Life (American Authors)
68. Me & My Broken Heart (Rixton)
69. Hold On, We're Going Home
70. Bailando - Spanish Version
71. Budapest (George Ezra)
72. Wrecking Ball
73. Let It Go (Adele Dazeem)
74. Story of My Life
75. She Looks So Perfect
76. Ghost (Ella Henderson)
77. On Top of The World (Imagine Dragons)
78. Get Lucky
79. Addicted To You (Avicii)
80. Cool Kids
81. Love Me Again
82. Thinking Out Loud
83. Under Control (Calvin Harris)
84. Show Me (Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown)
85. Shot Me Down (David Guetta feat. Skylar Grey)
86. Love Runs Out (OneRepublic)
87. This Is How We Do
88. La La La (Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith)
89. Stay The Night
90. Wake Me Up
91. Wild Wild Love
92. Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais)
93. My Love (Route 94)
94. I Got You (Duke Dumont)
95. Locked Out of Heaven
96. I Need Your Love (Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding)
97. Sweater Weather
98. Take Me To Church
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Earl Sweatshirt interviews Mike Tyson|
By KORNZ516 - 19 hours ago
At the start of each issue, we all sit down to brainstorm potential profiles and features; Mike Tyson has been on*this list since issue one. With the article now realized, the ideas that everything happens at the right time for good*reason and nothing great comes easily ring all too true. When the opportunity to do a feature on him became a real*possibility for this issue, the question internally became how to share a side of Mike Tyson that is different from the*countless interviews, articles, biographies both authorized and unauthorized, documentaries and films to date.
We all agreed that our best shot at having a unique angle would be to find the right person to interview him, and*thanks to Leila Steinberg, Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future agreed to the task. On November 4th, we took a flight to*Las Vegas, where Earl sat down with Mike. There were many times when this interview could have fallen apart,*both in the days and weeks leading up to it and even after we arrived, but it happened, and the results were worth*every moment. I didn’t know much about Mike Tyson prior to this experience, but what I learned from him is*invaluable. That is not to say he is without faults like all of us, but he’s the first to admit them, and his honesty,*openness, insight, strength and perseverance make him someone I greatly admire. I hope you find the following*conversation as rewarding as Earl and all of us at*HUMANITY*do.
Mike: How old are you, man?
Earl: I’m 20.
Mike: What do you have to say to me?
Earl: So I got presented with the opportunity to come talk to you.
Mike: Yeah. *Where are you from?
Earl: I’m from LA. So I was trying to figure out kind of what angle to start at when I first got approached with this.
Mike: Are you now?
Earl: Well the first thing that came to mind after doing just a little bit of research that I did was just some of the parallels that – just between me and you, that I thought we had just at 20. Just with being in the position that you was in.
Mike: I mean, you’re pretty much an idiot at 20.
Earl: Right, that’s what I feel like. I got to 20, and I -
Mike: You’re not an idiot, but you are. You don’t really think you’re an idiot, but you are.
Mike: But you don’t think it. Like you’re in agreement, but you’re an idiot.
Earl: No, I swear, I was talking to someone yesterday, and I said the mark of me being an adult was when I got to the point where I realized how little I knew.
Mike: Oh, man. I’m humbled with that every moment of my life. *I think I know a lot, but I don’t know anything. I think I know a lot; they talk about a lot of subjects and issues but in the scheme of the world, it’s really not even a grain of salt.
Earl: So, I just thought you would have some real valuable insight just to give to people who are in positions like mine or just similar to mine where you’re just a young person getting pulled from every single different direction.
Mike: Who’s pulling you? Record companies and stuff?
Earl: Well, at first it was record companies, and then when that kind of settled down, it was management.
Mike: What do you need management for? When you think about it, what’s the purpose of management? In boxing, in my opinion. For boxers! I think they, I don’t know, they’re glamorized babysitters.
Earl: Yes, 100%.
Mike: So they say, “Hey, come here. We gotta go here. We gotta go there. We gotta go here. We gotta go there.” You have to give 10 or 15% of your money, whatever it is…
Earl: To think for you, almost, to handle like, kind of mindless duties.
Mike: Yeah, you’ve thought about that too?
Earl: Yeah. Me and Leila always talk about that, she tells me all the time I am unmanageable. Just because I am reclusive and I am the worst at communicating.
Mike: Well, that could be good too. Because the most important thing in the world for show business, really, you know everything’s a high-tech business, but what people want now is what they can’t get – exclusivity. You know, when you’re exclusive, you know what I mean.
Earl: It’s the allure.
Earl: It’s what draws people to you.
Mike: None of us are really who we appear to be. Like me talking to you, this is not who I am.
Mike: We’re in an interview. This is not who you are. We are never who we appear to be.
Mike: And yeah, but like you said it’s the allure, exclusivity. The less you give, the more they want.
Earl: It’s what has worked with so many people. I don’t know if you know one of my favorite artists, AndrÃ© 3000, like he has dropped probably 10 or 15 songs that fans of his know every single word to, as opposed to like 1,000 songs, some is good, some is bad. *A testament to the exclusivity.
Mike: Yeah, he is a big-time guy.
Earl: Because he does so little.
Mike: Sometimes, people have reasons for being that way, something that you’re hiding, sometimes just like – some people don’t want people to know them, because they’re vulnerable. They have no more power, they feel.
Earl: That’s true. I think mine was more gradual, because I used to be a much more social person. And when I was 16, I got sent away for bad behavior by my mom.
Mike: What did you do?
Earl: I hadn’t done anything specifically, but it was just like -
Mike: Did you break the law?
Earl: I broke the law, but it wasn’t so much that, she was worried about my identity, you know what I mean, and just how I was establishing it. Like the man I was becoming. So I had to spend that year and a half just like searching for myself, you know what I mean, just like figuring myself out.
Mike: We don’t know at 20 years old the man we want to be. I just recently found out the man I wanted to be in life. I said, “This is the guy I want to be.” And I realized everything I did in the past prevented me from being the person that I wanted to be, so I don’t do what I did in the past anymore. But it took me to be what, 45, 47, 48 to really get it, so it’s not like I’m some genius. I learned from experience, no one told me to follow anybody else’s example, I had to feel the stove to realize it was hot. Some people say I’m an idiot because it took me this long to get it and some people can get it right away, some people take a long time. But I got it, At least I got it, some people never get it. I grasped it. I realized I’m not in the streets, I’m not in the clubs no more, you know, I’m not sleeping with strippers or anybody like that.
Mike: But whatever it is I’m just not doing that. I never really knew what dignity was until recently. And I realized that more so not because of myself but the response I get from people, you know, a woman won’t have to worry about talking to me and worrying about me hitting on them anymore or anything like that.
Earl: And that’s gotta be the best feeling.
Mike: Yeah, it makes me feel good, because when you sleep with so many people, all my life I thought that was adding to who I was, but it takes so much away from you.
Mike: You know anger is my biggest enemy in life. I do a lot of reading on the history. I read the history, the whole history of the world, you know, from the beginning. And we have so many people, a lot of people. But do you know what we did more than fornicate?
Mike: War, yeah. We fought more than we fu*ked. Ain’t that crazy?* We got billions people on the planet. Even from the beginning, from the beginning of time when that book starts, fighting! What are we getting into now? Fighting! Fighting…from all that fighting, great names, great great great names, them fools be fighting, you know like George Washington All the great names, all these names came from fighting. And what for…
Earl: Fighting against something.
Mike: Yeah, themselves.
Earl: Some were fighting for like civil rights, you know – like it’s all fighting.
Mike: I think war is led by faith. I never think of physical fighting. It’s always spiritual. Fighting is spiritual.
Earl: Absolutely. Yeah. I got familiar with that concept early, just because my mom, she was always working, so she dropped me off at this martial arts dojo. And the dude instilled – we had to meditate for an hour every time, before we did anything. We would meditate. Just to connect to the spiritual side of it. And like, going inside of yourself and realizing the immense power that lies within you, just as a person.
Mike: You know young man; it’s all about spiritual awakenings. I could never stop drugs, I could never stop drinking, doing stuff, until I received my spiritual awakening. Now it’s not a problem anymore. But I’ve been doing this since the ’90s, late ’90s and I never could stop but I never understood the spiritual awakening. And once that comes into play, it’s really eye opening.
Earl: It’s so much bigger than human constraints.
Mike: You’ve got brothers and sisters?
Earl: yeah, I do. Like, my friends are my brothers. Like my real close ones. I got them like that. And I got siblings on my father’s side.
Mike: Tell me about you man, who you are, what’s your shtick, man.
Earl: I do music. So I came -
Mike: Like songs and stuff, records and radio and stuff?
Earl: Not so much radio. I was fortunate enough to – we like developed our own, like self-sustaining like fan base that was separate. So when I was like 14, I was getting better at rapping, like running around L.A., trying to find like people to do music with. And I linked up with this dude Tyler. And he had this whole thing going on already. We started making music, and it was like, it was idiot music, but it was really, I think, what we had in hindsight, what attracted so many people to it was potential. Like we weren’t necessarily talking about anything, but the way that the music was, it was like sophisticated in a sense for our age. So anyways, we’re doing that.
Mike: What’s the name of your music?
Earl: The group that I was in was called Odd Future. So we was doing that. Fast forward, 2010, so I want to say that was like 2008 to 2010. Mid 2010, I got sent away. And we blew up. Like at that moment, it was like hand in hand. I got sent away, and -
Mike: Tell me what you mean by “blow up”. I know what blowing up means but how did you experience—define “blowing up”. You got signed? They played your music?
Earl: Yeah, they started… but it wasn’t even so much, that they played our music on the radio, it was –
Earl: It was like – it was almost punk rock in the way that it took off. It was just kids became, like, obsessed with it, because they -
Mike: You a crunk dancer?
Earl: Nah…We didn’t dance too much, but it was – they got attached, because in the same way that that punk expressed, like, the angst of being a teenager so well, a lot of our music and early energy had a lot of those elements. You know, that teens, really attach to, you know what I mean – just illogical… passionate unaimed anger, you know. Like, I don’t even know, but I’m just swinging.
Mike: When’s your birthday?
Earl: February 24th.
Mike: Is that Pisces?
Earl: Yes, sir. So I get plucked out. It blows up while I’m gone. The whole time that I was gone, for the first year, I went to hell. It was the worst. Because I wasn’t involved.
Mike: Well, how exactly you wasn’t involved, because you weren’t there physically?
Earl: I wasn’t involved, I wasn’t there physically, I was mad.
Mike: But you were in the group; you were a member of the group on paper, right?
Mike: Did you receive your money?
Earl: I mean… I got money, but it was from when I signed my advance with the label.
Mike: I ain’t never loan friends money; I give it to ‘em and I don’t expect to get it back. Even when he says, “I’ll pay you back,” I never expect it. If he gives it back, then hey, that’s a feather in his cap, but I don’t expect to get it back.
Earl: That’s where I’m always at. I’m never…I was never even mad about it. I was just… way more obsessed with preserving the friendship.
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:shmurdasad: official smiley potential?|
By SlimDunkin - 19 hours ago
Makin em on my phone ,can't tell what size is good
What yall think
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Nicki Minaj Interview with Angie Martinez: Drake, Beyonce, Breakup details, New Album and More|
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Katie Got Bandz - Coolin In Chiraq (Tracklist)|
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Lupe Fiasco Continues To Tease Sequel To The Cool #Cooler|
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Stacey Dash Says Darien & Dame Dash Disowned Her When She Turned Republican|
By Avon_Barksdale - 19 hours ago
Politics and family go together like mayonnaise and arteries. ItÂ’s a combination destined for ruin.
Stacey Dash is learning that her now one-year-old dive into politics via the Right Side has cost her conversations when the holidays come around.
In a new interview with Edit magazine, she reveals that her views that align with FOX News has left her on the outs with not only her brother Darien, but Hip-Hop mogul cousin Dame Dash as well.
My family and I have not spoken. My cousin Damon and my brother [Darien, CEO of DME] were role models to me because they were great capitalists. Now weÂ’re not really talking because they were the ones who told me to keep my mouth shut.
When I get hateful tweets, I just re-tweet them. And then my fans pile in and attack the haters while I sit back. They felt that I should do certain things because IÂ’m black. Certain friends donÂ’t speak to me any more either. But you know what? In the street I get [approached by] so many people of every color saying: Â‘Thank you so much for standing up and being so brave.Â’ I thought it was time to have a black president and that it would unite us in such a profound way. But as a country, I donÂ’t think weÂ’ve been so divided since the Civil Rights Movement. I mean, isnÂ’t it extraordinary that we are even discussing race in 2014?
DashÂ’s disclosure of family skeletons is just the perfect launching pad that her forthcoming book, There Goes My Social Life needs to make a splash in 2015.
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