Post Malone’s second album, beerbongs & bentleys debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Malone’s debut has surpassed J.Cole’s KOD as the biggest first-week debut for 2018. Malone also has the biggest debut since Taylor Swift’s Reputation was released in December 2017. Malone’s second album also broke streaming records set by J. Cole and Drake. beerbongs & bentleys became the biggest streaming week of 2018, breaking J. Cole’s at-the-time 2018 record for KOD. beerbongs & bentleys also broke Drake’s record for highest first-week on-demand streams of all-time. Malone’s first album, Stoney, also made its way back into the top ten, hitting No. 9 for this week.
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Two years after settling her legal battle with Roc Nation, Rita Ora is accusing her former record label of discrimination. Ora explained why she felt like JAY-Z’s label discriminated against her as a woman in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times. Ora explained, “but I do feel I got discriminated against because I was a woman. I almost felt — maybe this is just my interpretation — I could have had a better chance if I’d been male.” Ora also said, however, that the split with Roc Nation was amicable. When she later bumped into JAY-Z and label president Jay Brown, she said they “were very cordial” in greeting her. Ora plans to release her new single “Girls,” featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX on May 11 via Atlantic Records, the same day as the launch of her upcoming European “Girls Tour.”
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Travis Scott has teamed up with Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert on new single ‘Watch’, after he previously teased the collaboration online. The track was released on Spotify; it’s the very same collaboration that Kanye told fans to expect on Twitter last week. ‘Watch’ also seems to reflect some of the hot topics that Kanye has been discussing – with his verse reflecting on his 2017 battle with opioid addiction, as well as his return from the ‘sunken place’. The track’s release comes near the end of a crazy week that has seen Kanye facing intense scrutiny for his comments on slavery in the US.
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Rihanna‘s Fenty PUMA brand is adding to its Spring/Summer 2018 campaign with new footwear. For the latest Spring/Summer 2018 items, consumers can expect to find Avid Cutout Sneakers, Leather Pointed Toe Racing Booties and Fenty Espadrilles on shelves now or in the very near future. The Avid sneakers are available in Black, Green and White colorways, while the leather Racing Booties come in White and the Espadrilles are scheduled to arrive in Black, Grey and Yellow iterations. For more information, check out some highlights from Rihanna’s Fenty PUMA Spring/Summer 2018 runway show.
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Kodak Black is switching things up; the rapper, who’s currently serving 364 days in prison after being convicted on gun and marijuana charges last month, has changed his legal name. A Florida judge permitted Kodak to change his name from Dieuson Octave to Bill K. Kapri. Kodak’s lawyer Bradford Cohen says that, in the face of his current troubles, Kodak was simply looking for a new beginning. Cohen also says that the child services investigation against Kodak has been dropped after police investigated the situation that found his son at the scene when they discovered weed and gun ammunition in Kodak’s house this past January. Kodak has also been getting GED tutoring since he’s been behind bars.
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During BET Experience 2018, fans will find several of their favorite artists appearing at the annual event. This year’s fest will go down at L.A. LIVE and will be presented by Coca-Cola from June 21 – 24, 2018. BET Experience 2018 at L.A. Live will feature Nas, Rae Sremmurd, Chris Brown, SZA, A$AP Ferg, Nipsey Hussle, Playboi Carti, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Kamaiyah, Ella Mai, Wondagurl while Leikeli47, Tee Grizzley, Duckwrth, Jessie Reyez, YBN Nahmir, Molly Brazy, Lil Skies, Lil Baby, Derez Deshon, Bryant Myers, A. CHAL, M. Mereba and other special guests will take on the BETX Main Stage. Fans can visit BETExperience.com or call (877) 234-8425 for VIP and general admission tickets to all the events and schedule.
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Kanye West raised some eyebrows at the TMZ newsroom, and upset at least employee, when he suggested slavery was a “choice.” In clip from the rapper’s visit toTMZ Live, West touched on a number of topics, but spent a chunk of time talking about Donald Trump and what a big fan he is of the president. At another point in his visit, while talking with Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere, West made a comment in which he suggested that slavery was a “choice.” “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said. The TMZ interview follows a series of controversial tweets the rapper sent last week in which he called President Trump his “brother” and said that they both possessed “dragon energy.” You can see the TMZ clips below.
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Lauryn Hill took the stage at the Apollo Theater in New York on Tuesday and surprised the crowd. Hill was in the middle of performing the timeless classic, “Ex-Factor” when she cut the music, and fired up Drake’s “Nice For What,” which samples her hook. Lauryn Hill is gearing up to go on tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Misedcuation of Lauryn Hill, the album where “Ex-Factor” is featured on. You can see the performance in the article below.
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Rae Sremmurd, consisting of Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee, are dropping three projects this week. SR3MM will consist of Jxmmi’s Jxmtro, Swae’s Swaecation, and the duo’s joint effort. The brothers also shared the artwork for their upcoming triple album. In a series of Instagram videos set to previously released singles, the vibrant covers were revealed to showcase both brothers alone on their individual albums. The collaborative SR3MM will all be released Friday, May 4. Check out the new covers below.
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J. Cole continues to make history with KOD. After breaking both Spotify and Apple Music’s 24-hour streaming records, J. Cole makes Billboard history. Cole has now become the first artist to debut three songs simultaneously on the Hot 100. Cole’s new tracks, “ATM,” “Kevin’s Heart,” and “KOD” arrive at Nos. 6, 8, and 10, respectively. He is the first artist to debut three top 10 cuts on the songs chart in the same week. Additionally, the songs open at No. 2, 3, and 6 on the Streaming Songs chart, according to Billboard.
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