There are three big debuts in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week. Macklemore is the highest up, with his new album GEMINI coming in at number two with 51k. Following the Seattle native is Kevin Gates with the official debut of By Any Means 2. The album hit the Billboard 200 last week, but it was at number 100 as it was only out for one day of the tracking week. Now with a full 7 days, the album comes in at number 4 with 40k.
Right behind Gates is Jhene Aiko, with her new project Trip coming in at number 5 with 37k. Shout out to Mike Zombie on the “Overstimulated” track!
Looking ahead to next week, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s debut album, The Bigger Artist, is looking at 50-55k. This should put him in the top 10, and possibly even in the top 5! In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below.
Shot last month in L.A., YG drops the visual to his Still Brazy single, “Why You Always Hatin?” The track features Drake and newcomer Kamaiyah, and shows the trio living lavishly as they turn up through the streets of the City of Angels. (I had the pleasure of stopping by the set while they were shooting too – good times!)
Check out these visuals below, plus new videos from DJ Esco and Future, Tinashe, Young Thug and Travi$ Scott with Quavo and more.
On this week’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Iggy Azalea stopped by to dish her thoughts on a few past incidents, including her plastic surgery and apparent feuds with Macklemore and Nicki Minaj. A more confident and outspoken Iggy than we’ve seen in the past, she also promoted her new album, Digital Distortion, set to release this year.
On Macklemore‘s “White Privilege II” diss, Iggy reiterates that she wouldn’t have had a problem with the single if she had been notified about her being mentioned. Macklemore did apologize and even said he would call her sometime to talk it over, but clearly he never got around to it.
At the 2014 BET Awards, Nicki Minaj‘s acceptance speech included validating on her own songwriting credits, causing the media to point her words towards Iggy. “I don’t have the time to speculate unless my name is mentioned,” Iggy says washing her hands of the no-name shade throw.
See the interview below.
Back in January, Macklemore released his controversial “White Privilege II” track, and though it sparked a lot of much-needed conversation about race and racism, it also sparked a little tension between Mack and Iggy Azalea.
“The culture was never yours to make better/You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea,” Macklemore rapped. “Fake and so plastic, you’ve heisted the magic/You’ve taken the drums and the accent you rapped in.”
Iggy didn’t appear to be too upset over it, though she did reply to a fan and tell them that he shouldn’t have been so friendly over the years if these were his true feelings. She’d later get into a war of words with Talib Kweli over it (who accused her of being far more offended than she was,) and even told paparazzi that she did feel Macklemore made a decent point, it just shouldn’t have been at her expense.
Now in a new interview with Billboard, Macklemore admits he should have gone about things in a different way:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ new album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, will drop on February 26. With just a few weeks to go, the pair have unveiled the project’s tracklist – though not yet in its entirety.
Though we have the titles of all 13 tracks, the only features revealed thus far are from the tracks they’ve already released. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made will be released independently via Macklemore LLC. Check out the tracklist below!
Though she’s already shared her thoughts on Macklemore‘s reference to her on his new song “White Privilege II,” Iggy Azalea was asked about it once again while at the airport over the weekend. In between signing autographs for tons of fans (see – people DO still like her,) Iggy told the paparazzi that she actually likes the song and thinks Mack makes sense – to a point, though.
When asked about whether white people should “steal from black culture,” Iggy replied:
Macklemore’s song “White Privilege II” created quite a wave on social media last week, getting some much-needed dialogue flowing between many different races. Whether you feel Macklemore did the song out of sincerity or for brownie points aside, you can’t deny that it has sparked some necessary conversations about race and racism – and that’s always a positive thing!
One of those convos was less positive, and that was the one surrounding Iggy Azalea and her mention in the second verse. Along with Miley Cyrus and Elvis, Macklemore adds in Iggy’s name to say that people often him compare him to them, grouping them all into the “cultural appropriators” group. It was less of a diss and more of a statement about an observation he’d made, but nonetheless, people attacked and laughed at Iggy for it, and she eventually responded to a fan saying if he had any such feelings, he shouldn’t have been so friendly with her over the years – and of course that only led to more drama.
Now Mack is speaking out about Iggy and the song in a new interview with Rolling Stone, adding some clarity to the whole situation.