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Thanks to a Greatest Hits compilation released in 2007, The Notorious B.I.G. has now scored his fifth million-selling album in the States. Billboard reports that the compilation sold 4000 copies for the week ending February 8, pushing the album's sales past the one million mark. The sales for that week are up 339% from the previous week, and as Billboard notes, it's likely because the album was sold for $4.99 on the iTunes store for that period. Because of this surge, all five of Biggie's solo albums have reached the million-selling mark, with the two albums he finished when he was still alive coming through the biggest numbers. His second studio album, Life After Death, has over five million in sales, while his debut, Ready to Die, has almost four million. The two posthumous albums, Born Again and Duets: The Final Chapter, gained 1.96 million and 1.17 million respectively. Biggie has now sold 13.4 million albums in the U.S. alone, and that number will likely gradually r..
#MusicBiz - Birdman Releases Trailer for Upcoming Cash Money Documentary called Before Anythang: The Cash Money Story, February 16, on Apple Music. Cash Money Records was...
After a 15-year stint at J and RCA Records, Alicia Keys is now a free agent. Currently, the R&B singer is looking for a new label home. According to Variety, Keys’ manager Johnny Wright is putting the word out in the industry that his longtime client is ready to sign a new recording deal. He’s currently fielding offers from a variety of labels, including Warner Bros. Records who are on the top of the list. But Keys is still looking for the perfect deal. RELATED: Hitmaker - Jermaine Dupri's 10 Greatest SongsAs Variety noted, Keys last album, Here, didn't do so well sales-wise, so her cache in the biz might not be so pristine. But an insider told the publication that her recent performance at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy party has piqued the interest of executives as several different record labels. “The price went up” said the source. We are quite sure that Keys will find a home at a major label. But if it doesn't work out, she can always go independent. Reps for Keys ha..
Over the past few weeks, Lil Pump has been in the middle of a bidding war amongst record labels after it was reported he left Warner Bros in January. The Florida sensation, who exploded onto the scene last year with his hit single “Gucci Gang,” currently has nearly 10 million followers on Instagram, and has become one of the hottest new artists in the industry. Everyone from DJ Khaled & Epic Records to Gucci Mane & any other label you can think of wanted him on their roster, but it appears after weeks of bidding Guwop is the lucky winner. RELATED: Lil Pump Announces "Harvard Dropout" Mixtape After Pump was spotted rocking a 1017 chain the other day, which initially started rumors of his signing, his manager, Dooney Battle, decided to hop on Instagram Friday and pretty much confirm the news of Pump signing with Gucci’s 1017 Eskimo label. While on FaceTime with Pump, Battle can be heard saying “Signing Day, Lil Pump signing day. Show ‘em who you signing with,” before Pump shows the came..
In case you needed a reminder about why exactly Beyoncé is known as Queen Bey, Spotify is here to help you. The streaming service reports that Beyoncé is the first woman and only artist to have three of their albums surpass one billion Spotify streams, according to MTV UK. Bey's fourth studio album, 4, which spawned the hits "Love On Top" and "Run The World (Girls)," hasreached the one billion mark on Spotify. It now joins Sasha Fierce and BEYONCÉ as one of her three albums to hit the billion stream mark on the service. Specifically, "Love on Top" and "Run the World" have 400 million streams combined. This feat becomes even more significant when you consider that Beyoncé doesn't even have all her albums on Spotify. She owns TIDAL with JAY-Z and Lemonade still isn't even available on Spotify. It took a full year for BEYONCÉ to even be added to Spotify. Yet, she still dominates. She currently has over 31 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Her latest record-breaking news..
EXCLUSIVE Nothing can stop Remy Ma from canning Tamar Braxton's estranged husband, who's been cut from Remy's team for failing to be "super" ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us Remy fired her recently-hired manager, Vincent Herbert, when she felt he was spending more time repairing his relationship with Tamar, than furthering Remy's career. We're told he came up short on promises of being a "super manager" for Remy. We're told Remy's complaints include Vincent dropping the ball on basic manager duties like booking studio time, and scheduling performances. On the other hand, Remy wanted no part of Vincent's family drama -- Tamar filing for divorce and a baby mama allegation -- and our sources say that stuff was his focus. Short story long ... Vincent's out.
50 Cent is plotting the next moves in his expanding television empire. The G-Unit boss is trying to obtain TV-related trademarks for his debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ and 2005 single “Hustler’s Ambition,” according to TMZ. In addition to the TV trademarks, 50 is also seeking to get the paperwork in order for “Hustler’s Ambition” apparel. The moves hint at a new adaptation of his breakthrough LP. 50 previously made his feature film acting debut in 2005’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin,’ a movie loosely based on his life. “Hustler’s Ambition” served as the lead single of the film’s soundtrack. A potential TV rendition of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ could be part of 50’s newly inked deal with Starz. The Power producer/actor expanded his relationship with the premium cable network, extending his contract to September 2019. 50 currently has three TV projects in the works: a series based on the Black Mafia Family, a superhero show titled Tomorrow, Today and an unknown series.
After much speculation and plenty of predictions, Migos' Culture II studio album has officially made its debut on the Billboard Hot 200 charts, claiming the No. 1 spot on the list in its first week, earning the trio their second No. 1 album. RELATED: Offset Earns First Solo Platinum Single With "Ric Flair Drip" According to Nielsen, Culture II pushed the equivalent of 199,000 units to secure its standing at No. 1, nearly one year after their sophomore Culture album accomplished the same feat when it moved the equivalent of 131,000 units in its first week in February of last year. Of its 199,000 sales, only 38,000 account for pure album sales This new accomplishment now places Migos in an exclusive club, becoming only the fifth rap group to have more than one No. 1 album. They're joined in the company of the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and D12. Following behind at No. 2 on the chart, spending its fifth week in a row somewhere in the top two is the..
Wiz Khalifa's single "Most of Us" came out back in 2015, but this week he was hit with a lawsuit by a rapper he met in 2012 at the Salt Lake City airport. According to the rapper, who goes by the name of Cymple Man, he ran into Khalifa at the airport and handed over two copies of a song he made called "Most of Us." The hope was that Khalifa would collaborate with him and the chance encounter would turn out to be his big break. Instead, he claims that Khalifa's single "unmistakably copies the essential elements" of Cymple's original. According to a report from TMZ, Cymple Man is suing Khalifa for damages and is asking him to stop using the song. You can hear both versions above and below, and decide for yourself whether Khalifa has committed plagiarism. Khalifa isn't the only rapper getting sued today. TMZ is also reporting that a lawsuit has been filed against Kanye West for an uncleared sample on "Everything I Am." The Cymple Man lawsuit continues Khalifa's ba..
EXCLUSIVE Kanye West and Solange Knowles must now answer a lawsuit claiming their songs were a ripoff of a song called "If We Can't Be Lovers." Leroy Mitchell, also known as Prince Phillip Mitchell, wrote "If We Can't Be Lovers" in 1970. He claims Solange's song, "F*** the Industry" and Kanye's song, "Everything I Am" both extensively sample his work without his permission. Solange's song was not a big song and Kanye's "Everything I Am" didn't make a big splash either. And, check this out ... we found out Solange's song was originally supposed to be on a mix tape, called "I Can't Get Clearance." The lawsuit seeks damages and wants Kanye and Solange to stop performing the songs and to put a halt to radio play as well. The lawsuit alleges Kanye and Solange willfully committed the infringement ... Mitchell is asking for punitive damages.