Just behind Jersey‘s finest, Bon Jovi, at number one, Alicia Keys debuts at number two with Here. The project sold a solid 50k units, making for the singer’s seventh top 10 album. In comparison, her 2001 debut, Songs In A Minor, debuted at number 1, then The Diary of Alicia Keys (number 1 in 2003), the live album Unplugged (number in 2005), As I Am (number 1 in 2007), The Element of Freedom (number 2 in 2010) and Girl on Fire (number 1 in 2012).
Also in the top 10 is Rae Sremmurd, whose SremmLife 2 just jumped from number 21 to 5 with 39k units – all because of the popularity of “Black Beatles!” The leap is being powered by the mannequin challenge.
Elsewhere on the chart, Common debuted at number 25 with Black America Again selling 16k units. Meek Mill – last week’s number 3 – is at number 13 with 24k more units of DC4, and Jeezy – last week’s number 1 – is at number 14 with 22k more units of Trap or Die 3.
Looking ahead to next week, A Tribe Called Quest‘s new album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, is expected to sell 73-83k copies. In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below!
Fellow Willingboro, New Jersey natives Mike Zombie and Benzi Ayo have teamed up for a collaborative 12-track project, Ea$tside Story.
With an undeniable chemistry, Zombie and Benzi trade boastful rhymes over diverse production among the likes of Beasely Bangorz, Young & Fly and of course – Zombie himself!
Stream the project below, and cop on iTunes here!
You call her Hillary? I call her Billaryyyy!
Hillary Clinton had Twitter up in arms yesterday, when she revealed her alliance with Pusha T by tweeting out a contest to meet the G.O.O.D. Music rapper. Push has made quite the career off of rapping about drugs and violence, so it’s certainly an interesting choice for the Presidential hopeful. Not to mention, the Clintons were behind mass incarceration with their 1994 crime bill, so this is an interesting alignment for Push as well.
Says Push of the endorsement:
“These past few months, I have been given the opportunity to make an impact on my community and my culture. I will continue to speak for us any chance I get. Thank you @hillaryclinton for listening…”
Some people are swayed by Hillary‘s choice and are now rocking with her, others have been put off by what they feel is pandering, others are appalled at her choice of rapper. On Push‘s end, some are calling him a sellout, while others are praising him for using his platform for good.
At this point, guys, we have to pick the lesser evil, and Hillary is clearly the better option over Trump. #ImWithHer too, Push!
Check out some of the best reactions here, then hit the jump for the rest of today’s biggest stories!
The weekend certainly wasn’t quiet! While Khloe Kardashian confirmed her relationship with NFL player Tristan Thompson with a Snapchat makeout sesh, Quentin Miller (of Drake infamy) revealed that he’d just gotten his foot amputated and replaced with a prosthetic likely as a result of a serious car accident he was reportedly in over the summer. Chicago rapper Lil Reese also revealed a serious medical condition – as he found out he has Crohn’s Disease and nearly suffered a heart attack due to his low potassium levels. He is currently hospitalized and being treated. Prayers go out to both guys!
The biggest story this weekend were the dual explosions in New York City and New Jersey, however. NJ happened first, as a pipe bomb hidden inside a garbage can exploded just before thousands of runners were set to participate in a charity 5k run for the U.S. Marines at Seaside Park. No one was injured. Sadly, 29 people were then injured after an explosion in a dumpster on 23rd and 7th in NYC. Thankfully, they have all been treated and released. The NY Times reports a second device was found about four blocks away, but Mayor de Blasio says there was no link to terrorism and no initial claims of responsibility. More details and photos here, while info on the rest of the weekend’s biggest stories is below!
South Jersey trio Vars City have unleashed their latest single, “Roll With Me.”
The track is the second offering from the group’s soon-to-be released mixtape, No Love In The City, and it speaks to both sides of the conscious of new millennials. Check out the track, produced by Moofy, below.
Beyoncé turned 35 on Sunday, and she’s been celebrating in every way! On her actual birthday, Bey was at her hubby’s Made In America festival, and enjoyed herself as she watched the performances – including Chance The Rapper when he sang her happy birthday! (Malia and Sasha Obama were in attendance as well, and Malia trolled everyone by rocking a “Smoking Kills” shirt.)
Then last night, Bey threw a Soul Train-themed party on the rooftop of The Nomad Hotel in NYC, and the guestlist was insane! Chance, Diddy and Cassie, Kendrick Lamar and his girl Whitney, Usher, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys and many more were there, and it looks like a good time was had by all.
The birthday girl must have turned up a bit too much, though, as she’s now been ordered on vocal rest and is forced to postpone her show tomorrow.
MetLife Stadium in New Jersey revealed that Bey‘s show, which was supposed to kick off the second leg of the Formation World Tour, will now be moved to October 7. All tickets for the original show will be valid for the new date, but refunds will also be available at point of purchase if that date doesn’t work any longer.
Fetty Wap has been pushing his singles “Wake Up” and “Different Now,” which will live on his forthcoming sophomore effort. This will follow his 2015 self-titled debut, which topped the charts and remained in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 for months following.
In a new interview with XXL, the New Jersey native revealed some new details about the upcoming project, including its title and the projected release date.
“The title of my sophomore album is going to be King Zoo,” Fetty revealed while at an Adidas event earlier this week. “I’ll probably have it out by September. I really want to drop it around the same time I dropped my last album; that would be cool.”
On how it will be different from his debut: