JAY-Z is at number one on the Billboard 200 for a second week in a row, with 4:44 selling an additional 87k this week. Hov now has a cumulative total of 25 weeks at number one on the chart with 14 albums, with Eminem as the only other rap act to beat (at 31 total weeks.)
French Montana‘s long awaited sophomore effort Jungle Rules makes its debut at number 3, selling 52k units. In comparison, his previous and only other effort, 2013’s Excuse My French, debuted at number 4 with 56k.
Looking ahead to next week, Lana Del Rey and Meek Mill will both be making their debuts. The exact numbers aren’t in just yet, but they’re both estimated to be in the six figure range! Looks like that Drizzy beef didn’t hurt Meek as much as people thought!
Stay tuned for those numbers next week, but in the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below.
As expected, JAY-Z‘s 4:44 debuted at number one the Billboard 200, after it was released on all streaming platforms following its exclusive one week TIDAL release. (The TIDAL release did not count toward Billboard.) The album sold 174k units, and makes for Hov‘s 14th number one! This now makes him the record holder for solo artist with the most number one albums in the history of Billboard!
Had Hov not dropped, 21 Savage‘s Issa Album would have debuted at number one. Instead, it comes in at number two with a super solid 77k! Issa hit! Outside of the top 10, Sevyn Streeter‘s new album Girl Disrupted had an extremely dismal debut at number 92. Sheesh.
Looking ahead to next week, French Montana‘s Jungle Rules is on pace to sell around 45-50k, which should give him a top 5 debut. In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below!
There was SO much going on today! I will get into the Game vs. Meek Mill beef in a separate post because it’s just too complex, but we have to get into Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle‘s surprise birth announcement, Nick Gordon being found guilty in the lawsuit over Bobbi Kristina‘s death and of course – Max B‘s shortened sentence!
The news was first announced by Wiz Khalifa, who has always been a champion of Max and names him as one of his biggest inspirations. (He’s also who publicly called out Kanye West when he was trying to name his album Waves.)
Taking to Twitter, Wiz wrote, “Max B is coming home. Sentence got shortened. Looks like the Gang will be working wit the Wave.” Max B was sentenced in 2009 after being convicted in 2006 for a botched robbery at a hotel in New Jersey, and was sentenced to 75 years. He has served seven years thus far at the New Jersey State Prison. Continue Reading
Looks like French Montana is proving to be the perfect rebound man once again, as Iggy Azalea is seemingly healing from her rough breakup from NBA star Nick Young with the popular rapper.
Much like Khloe Kardashian following HER breakup with an NBA baller, Iggy has been spending tons of time with French, and the pair weren’t shy about revealing that over the weekend. In videos and photos shared to social media, it was clear to see that the pair traveled to Cabo together along with some of their friends, and they were right next to each other in every clip! From private jets to yachts and romantic villas, French pulled out all the stops this weekend, and Iggy seems to be loving every second.
We don’t know if this will last, but French is a good guy and it never got messy with Khloe – so this will, at the very least, be a great distraction for Iggy. Check out the videos below!
Last night, Kanye West used his time on the VMAs stage to premiere the video to his Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone-assisted single off of TLOP, “Fade.” Though none of the aforementioned musicians appeared in the visual, singer/actress/G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor made up for it, as she showed off her amazing body in an 80s-inspired dance routine. There was also a cameo from her boyfriend, NBA star Iman Shumpert, and their beautiful daughter Junie.
Also premiering on the VMAs was Ariana Grande‘s video for “Side To Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj. The pair performed the song at the show, using props similar to the aesthetic in the actual video. Between this one and “Fade,” one thing was made quite clear – we all need to get our butts to the gym!
These videos below, plus new visuals from Belly and Kehlani, Gucci Mane and more!
French Montana‘s sophomore album, MC4, was set to drop on August 19. However, just two days before, French took to Twitter to reveal that the project had to be pushed back for sample clearances. It was quite strange, considering that the album had already been pressed up and shipped out, so it would result in a loss of money for the parent label, Epic Records. It’s also pretty unheard of to have gone that far ahead with an album without first getting the proper clearances for samples.
As suspected, that wasn’t the actual reason.
Last week, French Montana announced that the release date of his sophomore album MC4 had to be pushed back. Taking to Twitter, the rapper explained that the delay was due to “some sample clearances that are still being worked out.” However, it looks like a few retail stores didn’t get the memo.
Just days after the announcement, reports of Target (among other retail outlets), carrying the album began to surface. The new release date of MC4 has been set for October 14, but fans have already taken to Twitter with the CD in their hands.