Pop’s taken backseat to country, rap and rock yet again on the Billboard 200, as Slipknot came out on top, selling 132,000 copies of their latest album .5: The Gray Chapter in their opening week.
From there, the Top 10 is a melting pot of different genres, and six debut albums: T.I.‘s 80K-selling Paperwork came in next, followed by 73-year-old industry titan Neil Diamond, rapper Logic‘s Under Pressure and Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes, which originally charted at #1 last week.
Of particular interest to pop fans? Barbra Streisand‘s duets album Partners is holding strong at #8, while Annie Lennox makes a Top 10 debut with Nostalgia — her first since 2007′s Songs of Mass Destruction. According to Billboard, the standards album also awards Lennox with her first-ever Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Album #1 smashes. Brava, Annie!
Check out the week’s full Billboard 200 Top 10 after the jump. More »
Nicole Scherzinger tapped T.I. to feature on her debut solo single “Whatever U Like” way back in 2007. It’s only fitting then that they reunite — seven years later — on the former PCD diva’s long-awaited US debut LP Big Fat Lie. And while “Electric Blue” lacks the edge of their first collaboration, the Janet Jackson-channelling mid-tempo bop is an absolute gem.
Produced by The-Dream (it also features his vocals) and Tricky Stewart, “Electric Blue” is a throwback to the simplicity and swagger of ’90s R&B. “At night all I think about is you, on that high this is what you do,” coos Nicole over rubbery beats. From there, she launches into the almost bubblegum-pop chorus before Tip arrives late in the song with a typically explicit verse. Listen after the jump. More »
Azealia Banks is funny, I’ll give her that. The mouthy femcee couldn’t resist giving her two cents on Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg‘s beef (she found the whole thing “hilarious”), and even continued with her commentary after T.I. brokered a resolution. “Lol TI is always driving miss daisy,” quipped the 23-year-old on Twitter. She was, of course, referencing the 1989 movie about the friendship between a black chauffeur and elderly white woman.
The implication is clear — Tip is the one pulling the strings in the Australian hitmaker’s career. It looks like Azealia has still has a grudge against the Atlanta rapper for calling her a “syphilis-lipped rectum”. (She called his wife ugly first). Regardless of who is driving the car, Iggy will be performing her new single on Saturday Night Live this week, while the “Chasing Time” rapstress works on her forever-delayed debut LP. See her tweet after the jump. More »
Snoop Dogg‘s beef with Iggy Azalea is officially over. The rap veteran uploaded an Instagram video this afternoon (October 15) after speaking with T.I. (the “Fancy” hitmaker’s mentor) on the phone. He apologizes in the black-and-white clip but seems more concerned about disrespecting Tip than expressing regret for calling the femcee “a cunt” (among other things).
“I just got off the phone with my homeboy Tip,” Snoop begins the video before declaring that the beef is over. “No more bad talk, I apologize.” He then gets a little more personal, saying: “Iggy, I apologize, I won’t do it again.” The fight started over the weekend when the “Gin And Juice” rapper posted a picture of a male albino labelled ‘Iggy Azalea make-up free face’. Things just got uglier from there when the femcee retaliated. See his apology after the jump. More »
T.I. has revealed the tracklist for his ninth studio album Paperwork: The Motion Picture, out October 21.
While the Atlanta rapper has teased collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Busta Rhymes and B.o.B., none of those cameos will appear on the album. Instead, executive producer Pharrell appears on two songs, including the album’s title track. Jeezy and Rick Ross appear on one song each. T.I. has also teamed up with a few R&B stars: Usher, Chris Brown (on a song called “Private Show,” no less) and The-Dream.
So far, T.I. has built up anticipation for Paperwork with a few high-profile collaborations: Last spring he dropped “About the Money,” featuring Atlanta’s most compelling (and Nicki Minaj-approved) rap weirdo Young Thug. Later he released the feel-good, DJ Mustard-produced “No Mediocre,” featuring his Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea. Then T.I. added to the conversation surrounding the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown with “New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey.
See the tracklist for T.I.’s Paperwork: The Motion Picture below. More »
In response to the ongoing chaos in Ferguson, Missouri
, Georgia rapper T.I.
has teamed up with singer-songwriter Skylar Grey
on a hard-hitting new number called “New National Anthem.”
Complete with a menacing beat and a powerhouse hook from the “I Need A Doctor” songstress, T.I. addresses the topics of racism, gun culture, and, well, the actual state of the union. The “No Mediocre” hip-hop kingpin has been very vocal on the subject as of late, posting a personal letter about the death of Michael Brown via Instagram on August 19.
“I know radio prolly ain’t gonna play this,” T.I states in the beginning of the song. “But chopper going off in the hood man like Afghanistan or the Gaza strip somewhere, man/Yeah, we hear it so much. we probably numb to it by now. After all, it’s the American way, right?
Listen to the track after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: A minor-league baseball team plans to destroy Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus records due to their “musical disease.” The event has been dubbed “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It,” as inspired by the 1979 event in Chicago. [Los Angeles Times]
:: David Bowie hints that he will release new music soon. His last album, 2013′s The Next Day, was his first in a decade. [Pitchfork]
:: T.I. performed in the premiere episode of VH1′s new Soundclash series, produced by Questlove and hosted by Diplo. When the Atlanta rapper performed “Live Your Life,” Fall Out Boy and London Grammar filled in for Rihanna. [Stereogum]
:: Rihanna apologized for a contentious tweet she sent with the hashtag “#FreePalestine.” She says that she sent the tweet out on accident, without intending to take sides on the international conflict. [Billboard]
:: Girls creator Lena Dunham has one nagging question about MAGIC!‘s #1 hit “Rude” – has the girl mentioned “even consented to marrying a Canadian reggae singer?” Ingrid Michaelson‘s got answers. [Billboard]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
scored a surprise international hit in 2013 with “Hello”
— an irresistible dance anthem featuring Christina Milian
and Lil Wayne
. The Australian DJs are now hoping to repeat the feat with another high-profile collaboration. This time around, the boys have joined forces with diva Eva Simons
for a floorfiller called “This Girl”.
“Give me wings, make me fly,” sings the Dutch dance queen over fluttery synths before arriving at the fast and furious chorus, which basically consists of her repeating: “do it one more time for this girl!” T.I shows up towards the end to rap about “making love in the Benz” but the real star is the manic production. After a seemingly endless string of folk-tinged EDM anthems, it’s a relief to hear a balls-to-the-wall club banger. Listen after the jump. More »
plans to balance his Trap Muzik
roots with his pop-centric present
with Paperwork: The Motion Picture
, out September on Columbia. During a New York listening session hosted by VH1, the Atlanta rap mogul revealed that he plans to feature Lady Gaga
on the record, in a song called “New National Anthem.”
While the song already features rising R&B singer Victoria Monet, T.I.’s finalizing plans to feature Lady Gaga too, according to HipHopDX. This collaboration follows “Jewels N’ Drugs,” Gaga’s ARTPOP posse cut also featuring Too $hort and Twista. More »
escapes to Brazil for his video for “No Mediocre”
– what could be his answer to Snoop Dogg
‘s 2003 smash “Beautiful.”
Like that dynamic duo, he wastes no time getting to know natives a little, erm, better. He invites them for hookah at a bachelor pad, then leads a dance party with Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea in a neighborhood courtyard. These scenes make for the perfect settings for the minimal steel-drum rhythm by producer DJ Mustard, who’s become just as ubiquitous as the Neptunes were a decade ago. More »