The Stream: Drake Reigns Supreme
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Album Releases: ScHoolboy Q releases his second studio album, Blank Face through Top Dawg Entertainment. The 17-trak includes early singles like “Tookie knows II”, “ Groovy Tony”. The album also shines a light on the rest of the TDE family with a remix “That Part. Q gets back to his indie-hip hop roots on Blank Face. "All my music is pretty much dark,” he suggests. "This is the first time I've even put color into the album cover,” Q said in a Rolling Stone interview.
Blood Orange released his this album “Freetown Sound”. The R&B innovator focuses on the ‘heart of identity’ throughout his new album. “Freetown Sound” is the capital of Sierra Leone where Orange’s father is from. "It is as much a mixtape as it is an essay, a collection of voices in service of an argument,” says Hua Hsu is a contributing writer for newyorker.com and The New Yorker.
Charts: On the Billboard 200, "Views" by Drake sits at number one for its ninth week in a row. Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is up at second from third last week. Rihanna’s “Anti” has also moved up to the fifth place from last week’s seventh. In addition Bryson Tiller has also jumped to 11 from 27, his debut album, T R A P S O U L has been on the charts for 40 weeks. Tiller has the greatest gains this week. In addition, Kanye West’s Life of Pablo has moved from 31 to 16, Islah by Kevin Gates moved from 20 to 18, and Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” has moved from 23 to 21 with its third week on the charts.
On the Hot 100 Drake dominants with “One Dance” at number one for 13 weeks. Despite holding the crown at its peak position at one, Desiinger’s Panda has dropped from three to four on the charts. Rihanna’s “Needed me moved from seven to eight, and Kent Jones’ “Don’t mind” has also moved from nine to eight.
On the pop charts, “One Dance” keeps its spot as third for 12 weeks. In addition, Kent Jones’ “Don’t Mind” moved from 14 to 13, and Zayn’s “Pillow Talk” is down from 13 to 15. Ruth B rounds out the pop charts with “Lost Boy” at 17 for 18 weeks.
Videos Releases: Fire from the Gods continue to their ‘rap metal’ revival with the release of the video for their new track “Excuse Me” from their forthcoming album.
Gucci Mane releases “First Day Out Tha Feds" Video. The track is his first official single for his new album.
Sales: Beyoncé and Drake battle for the number one spot on the top album sales. Beyoncé and Drake both peaked at number one but have been up and down the top 10 the past few weeks. This week Beyoncé secured second, up from fifth on the charts and Drake right underneath her at third from fourth.
In it’s first week Lemonade sold 653,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 28, according to Nielson Music. In June, Lemonade went platinum.
Views, was consumed 2.61 million times -- 1.3 million album sales; 317,000 track-equivalent albums and 979,000 stream-equivalent albums.
Rihanna has the third best sale this week for her album "Anti". She has 423,000 sales, 765 million streams).
Updates: Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper release “LSD” for Woods’ upcoming full-length project titled “Heaven", which is due on July 11. Woods is known for her features on “Coloring Book" for “Blessings”. “LSD” is Corraine Bailey-Rae meets India Aire, and its just as refreshing as mint lemonade.
"LSD is an ode to Chicago, a song for the complicated love I have for my city,” said Woods in an interview with Pitchfork magazine.
Gonjasufi is artist from San Diego, CA. His forthcoming album, Callus is out August 19 through Warp Records. The album's feature song “manic depressant” has an addicting bass line. Callus is much anticipated since the artist hasn’t released anything since 2012 album MU.ZZ.LE. In addition, the album will also feature Pearl Thompson, former guitarist of the Cure, reported in an article by Stereogum.
Over the span of July 13-16, The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival returns for its twelfth annual celebration. The four-day festival showcases music, film, photography, fashion and more. Nas, Fabulous, and Talib Kwali are included on the lineup.
The 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival is back at Chicago's Union Park for July 15-17.the lineup includes artists like FKA Twigs,Miguel, and BJ the Chicago Kid.