Drake topped the Billboard 200 for the eighth consecutive week as his Views sold an addition 124,000 copies to remain at Number One. Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘ The Getaway kept this week’s top spot a nail-biter until the end, but the band’s latest LP fell 6,000 copies short of Views ‘ total. 45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far However, the Peppers technically lodged the week’s best-selling album with 108,000 in traditional album sales; Views ‘ 33,000 in pure album sales was once again boosted by immense streaming numbers. For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band, The Getaway matched the Number Two peak of I’m With You and By the Way . RHCP’s only Number One LP comes courtesy of Stadium Arcadium , Billboard reports. Views becomes only the fourth hip-hop release ever to notch at least eight weeks atop the Billboard 200, joining Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (eight weeks), Vanilla Ice’s To the Extreme (16 weeks) and MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em , which spent a remarkable 21 weeks at Number One.
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50 Cent was reportedly arrested Saturday following a performance on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts after cursing onstage, which is prohibited by the nation’s law. The rapper was booked on charges of profanity after dropping a “motherfuckin'” while performing his hit “P.I.M.P.,” TMZ reports . 7 Ways Donald Trump and 50 Cent Are the Same Person The site added that 50 Cent’s DJ didn’t play a censored version of the 2003 single at the St. Kitts Music Festival, but when the F-bombs were broadcast over the speakers, the rapper still muttered the profanities instead of sidestepping them. That was enough for authorities to charge 50 Cent with using explicit language in public. “[Curtis “50 Cent”] Jackson was only booked to host the show, when he arrived at the festival organizers asked him to perform, he obliged and used the DJ they had there,” the rapper’s representative wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone . “Unfortunately, they didn’t have the clean version to his tracks, so there were profanities used during his performance.
Prior to the arena-filling premiere of Kanye West ‘s provocative, voyeuristic “Famous” visual , the rapper spoke to Vanity Fair about the video, which features synthetic versions of West and wife Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and more naked in bed together. “It’s not in support or anti any of [anyone in the video]. It’s a comment on fame,” West said of the video. Kanye West Unveils Provocative, Voyeuristic ‘Famous’ Video “Famous” was crafted over three months and was developed with several different collaborators, the rapper admitted. While the “Famous visual” was perhaps most indebted to Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep” painting, West name-checked another chief influence, saying that visual artist “Matthew Barney is my Jesus.” Before the Forum premiere, broadcast over a Tidal live stream, West screened the “Famous” video for some of his celebrity pals. “Guess what the response is when I show it to them?” West told Vanity Fair . “They want to be in the bed.” Considering the uproar over the “Famous” video, even West was surprised by the lack of fallout from the controversial clip: Prolific Twitter user Trump has not commented on his quasi-cameo, while Swift, Amber Rose and Rihanna have been similarly mum on social media
In 1999, singer Rob Thomas stepped away from his main gig in Matchbox 20 to record the song “Smooth” for guitarist Carlos Santana’s comeback album Supernatural . To call the result a smash is a little like saying the sun is hot — “Smooth” was a 12-week Number One and ended up as the Number Two Billboard Hot 100 song from the 20th century. Charles Kelley on ‘Humbling’ Solo Career and New Album So naturally, Thomas’ upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley includes the pair collaborating on “Smooth” among their other selections. In the video above, Thomas and Kelley take turns crooning the deeper verse parts and then join up for pristine harmonies on the urgent choruses, swaying to the song’s Latin rhythms. Their episode of CMT Crossroads airs July 1st at 10 p.m. ET.
Jeezy has released new song, “Magic City Monday.” Named after the famous Atlanta strip club and presumably one of the good days of the week to visit, it’s fitting the rapper teamed up with fellow ATL stars 2 Chainz and Future for the D. Rich-produced track. Watch Jeezy Explore ‘Dangerous’ Home Turf in New Video On the song, Jeezy steps up first and reminds listeners that “hustlin’ is the game.” Then 2 Chainz takes the reins mid-song, where he pulls up to the club and he “got the money on the floor.” Future rounds out the set with his rapid-fire verse, where he’s living it up in foreign cars. Jeezy took to Instagram to tease the song a couple days prior, with a snap that had him and his friends making it rain, befitting the song’s theme. A photo posted by @jeezy on Jun 21, 2016 at 7:31am PDT Jeezy dropped his latest album, Church in these Streets, in November. Just before he unveiled his new LP, he released “Where I’m From.” Last fall, Jeezy also featured on 2 Chainz’s “BFF.” Related 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne Celebrate Excess in ‘Gotta Lotta’ Video Future Sued for $10 Million Over Broken Contract 2 Chainz, Jeezy Keep Friends Close, Money Closer in ‘BFF’
Attorney Francis Malofiy, the lawyer for the plaintiff that brought a copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin , has responded to the verdict. On Thursday, a Los Angeles jury ruled in the legendary group’s favor , shooting down the allegation that the band had plagiarized the music to “Stairway to Heaven.” On Thursday a Los Angeles jury ruled in the legendary group’s favor. The suit was filed in 2014 on behalf of the estate of Spirit late guitarist Randy Wolfe who performed as Randy California, and asserted that the song borrowed from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus.” Led Zeppelin Win in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Trial “For Led Zeppelin, they won on a technicality – they should be proud of that,” Malofiy tells Rolling Stone in an email. “For Plaintiff, the jury’s verdict is disappointing, but largely determined by one ruling of the court: Plaintiff was not permitted to play the album recording of Taurus, which Jimmy Page had in his record collection. This ruling, which limited Plaintiff to using the sheet music deposited in the Copyright Office, effectively tied our hands behind our back. Needless to say, we do not believe it is legally correct or logically sound.” The jury was not legally allowed to hear the original recordings of “Stairway to Heaven” or “Taurus” when determining their verdict. What they heard in the courtroom instead was an expert perform both songs based on the original sheet music. Malofiy asserts that the “very basic piece of sheet music” had not been seen by anyone involved in the case, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Blink 182 ‘s latest song is short and sharp, a mix of pummeling guitars and anthemic shouting. “No Future” is from the band’s upcoming album California , their first album since 2011. Also the first with Tom Delonge replacement, Matt Skiba. Related: Blink-182 Celebrate Rebirth at Goofy L.A. Karaoke Bash Delonge stepped away from the group earlier in 2016, citing “artistic differences that are difficult to overcome” as one of the reasons for his exit. “We are at different places in our minds, careers and goals,” he added in a Facebook post .
Blink 182 ‘s latest song is short and sharp, a mix of pummeling guitars and anthemic shouting. “No Future” is from the band’s upcoming album California , their first album since 2011. Also the first with Tom Delonge replacement, Matt Skiba. Related: Blink-182 Celebrate Rebirth at Goofy L.A. Karaoke Bash Delonge stepped away from the group earlier in 2016, citing “artistic differences that are difficult to overcome” as one of the reasons for his exit. “We are at different places in our minds, careers and goals,” he added in a Facebook post . In an interview with Rolling Stone in April, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus suggested that some tracks on the group’s new album would explore uncharted territory
Adele plans to make 25 available for streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime and Tidal on Thursday at midnight, according to Billboard . When Adele released 25 seven months ago, the album could not be found on any of these popular platforms. Adele Says Streaming ‘A Bit Disposable’ “[Streaming[ probably is the future,” she acknowledged in a Rolling Stone interview , “But, eh . There are kids I know who are, like, nine who don’t even know what a fucking CD is! I’ve got my CDs out on display in my house just to prove a point. Maybe CDs will have a massive comeback like vinyl did. Actually I think cassettes, just to be a pain in the ass!” Spotify addressed Adele’s absence in a wistful statement . “We love and respect Adele,” the company said, “as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy 25 on Spotify alongside 19 and 21 very soon.” Despite making 25 harder to track down, the LP went on to set a number of commercial records. Adele sold 3.38 million copies of the album in the United States during its first week – the largest single-week sales mark since Nielsen Music began accurately tracking sales data in 1991.
Rap meets rock on the latest taste of the Suicide Squad soundtrack: “Sucker For Pain” features four MCs – Lil Wayne , Ty Dolla $ign, Logic, and Wiz Khalifa – alongside Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors. Watch the Ruthless, Chaotic New ‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer The song builds around an organ-heavy beat that creeps forward. The rockers appear to sing the refrain in between each rapped verse. Wayne shines during his verse, delivering self-destructive rhymes while skipping nimbly around the plodding beat: ” Might cut my head off right after I slit my throat/ Tongue-kiss a shark, got jealous bitches up in the boat.” In addition to the slew of contributors on “Sucker For Pain,” Kehlani, Eminem, Grimes, Skrillex, and Rick Ross all appear on the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The album hits stores the same day as the movie: August 5th. Related Jared Leto Debuts New ‘Suicide Squad’ Version of the Joker Flying High With Imagine Dragons: Behind an Unusual Show Ty Dolla $ign Talks ‘New Black Punk,’ Gritty ‘Free TC’ LP