Chris Brown & Drake’s "No Guidance" Launches To Top 10 On Hot 100

When Drake brought out Chris Brown last year on the Aubrey and The Three Migos tour, the two finally squashed a beef that’s been going on for years. Mind you, this came after Rihanna admitted that she hasn’t been in contact with either one her exes who presumably were beefing in the first place over her. After squashing their beef, the two have teased new music together but they kept the anticipation high until last week when they unleashed “No Guidance” which now serves as another top 10 single for both artists.

Congratulations are in order for both Drake and Chris Brown as their new collaboration, “No Guidance” launched to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song hit #4 on the Streaming Songs chart with 28M streams and 15K sold in its first week. This single marks Chris Brown’s 15th top 10 single on the chart and Drake’s 34th. The single also ties Drake for the second most amount top 10 singles on the Hot 100 with Madonna holding the record with 38.

“No Guidance” ties two other Chris Brown singles for his highest debuting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with 2008’s “Forever” and Lil Dicky‘s “Freaky Friday.”

Chris Brown and Drake’s collaboration is set to appear on Breezy’s forthcoming project, INDIGO which is set to arrive later this month. Keep your eyes peeled for that. 

Taylor Swift Breaks Apple Music's 'Pre-Add' Streaming Record

Taylor Swift’s upcoming Lover album has broken the record for most ‘pre-added albums’ by a female artist on Apple Music.

Pre-adds are Apple’s unique lingo for pre-orders of a streaming music album.

Swift’s album achieved 178,600 pre-adds worldwide in the first day of availability, starting June 13th. The album breaks the previous record held by Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next.

Since pre-adds opened on the platform, Lover’s number of pre-adds continues to grow. It is up to 222,400 at the time of writing and is increasing exponentially.

Lover will release globally on August 23rd, so there’s plenty of time to push that number above 500k or even one million.

Back to the definition: a single ‘pre-add’ occurs when an Apple Music subscriber registers their interest in a full album ahead of release. This happens when a user schedules the album’s arrival on their account.

racked up over 800,000 pre-adds in one week ahead of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? That release broke the all-time pre-add record for at the time.

Will Taylor Swift manage to shatter Eilish’s record? She’s got nearly two months to do so.

Apple says it still emphasizes the value of albums as a storytelling tool for artists to create context around their music.

“Pre-adds are great early indicators of engagement around an artist and the intention of the fans. To actively pre-add an album, much like the pre-order we invented with iTunes, means that the fan is excited about the content and wants to be among the first to enjoy it the moment its available. That kind of engagement is very valuable to an artist and to us.”

Last week Taylor Swift dropped her new single, “You Need To Calm Down” to celebrate Pride Month. Swift gave a shout-out to LGBT-friendly organization GLAAD, which caused a spike in donations for the organization.

Maxo Kream Announces Major Label Debut LP "Brandon Banks"

Maxo Kream is prepared to release his first official album for RCA Records. The Houston-bred rapper revealed his debut LP, Brandon Banks, is scheduled to drop on July 19.

“This album is me telling the story of how I’m just like my dad except he was a scammer and I was a trapper,” Maxo said in a press release. “Despite his flaws, he was a great parent, always made sure the rent was paid, made sure I went to school, taught me right from wrong. I wasn’t raised to be a trapper, it just happened because of my circumstances. My relationship with my dad now is great – I used to be terrified of him growing up but now that’s my nigga. We’re like yin and yang.”

Brandon Banks will feature collaborations with fellow H-Town natives Travis Scott and Megan Thee Stallion. Production is handled by Mike Dean, Murda Beatz and Ryan ESL, among others.

Check out the album’s trailer and cover art below.

Maxo Kream Announces Major Label Debut LP "Brandon Banks"

Drake Confirms OVO Fest’s Return

Toronto, CA – Drake decided to share some big news while celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 NBA Finals victory at their championship parade on Monday (June 17).

Drizzy announced his OVO Fest will be returning this year and invited his hometown team to the event.

“I hope all these guys will join me this year because we bringing OVO Fest back, so I hope we can go crazy!” he announced to the crowd while speaking in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square.

Although OVO Fest didn’t happen last year, the multi-platinum recording artist hinted his annual concert series might return in 2019 during the Toronto stop of his Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour.

In May, speculation about OVO Fest’s return was also heightened when Drake offered tickets to Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens’ daughter Mallory, who trolled the 6 God by wearing a Pusha T shirt to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The lineup and date of the next OVO Fest have yet be announced. However, it has typically taken place in August with the artists being revealed during the last week of June.

Past festival performers include The Weeknd, Eminem, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.

City Girls’ Yung Miami Talks Baby Daddy Requirements & Cardi B Wisdom

City Girls’ Yung Miami has been holding down the fort for the iconic duo despite JT serving time. And while we’re not certain she will have too much longer, considering the group’s Instagram teased JT’s return, the rapper continues to work overtime for the duo’s presence to remain felt. In a recent interview with BOSSIP, Yung Miami dished on a series varying topics. As you may know, Yung Miami recently surprised her supporters with the news that she was pregnant and expecting a baby with super producer Southside. The news came from a snippet a City Girls documentary. She thus kept things light and fered her top baby daddy requirements with the news outlet. She cited for him to be consistent, hardworking and have a career amongst other things. 

Moreover, the 1/2th member the popular girl group discussed the pregnancy cravings she’s been having lately which included pineapples with seasoning salt. She placed specific emphasis on seasoning salt. The rapper also chimed in how Florida-bred artist Trina has always inspired her. She also shared the pregnancy advice she’s received from fellow rap comrade, Cardi B, who has been vocal about supporting the City Girls in the past. Cardi reportedly encouraged Yung Miami to carry through and that she can put anything she sets her mind to. Check out the interview above.

#DXCLUSIVE: Knowledge The Pirate Teaches Lesson In "Tables Manner" Video

Knowledge The Pirate continues to deliver new visuals for his recently released album Black Cesar. After dropping “Science Born” prior to the LP’s arrival in March, Knowledge returns a few months later to premiere his “Table Manners” video on HipHopDX.

“‘Table Manners’ is about teaching niggas basic etiquette, like don’t talk with your mouth full and keep your elbow off the table,” he tells DX. “I may be referencing moving weight, but the same rules apply.

“In the video, we receive a truckload of ‘food’ at one of my warehouses, and then we proceed to sit down at the table and ‘eat.’”

Watch Knowledge’s “Table Manners” video above.

Tory Lanez Stops Video Director From Switching Out Model For One With Lighter Skin

Tory Lanez is taking a stand against colorism.

The platinum-selling artist has shared some behind-the-scenes footage of an incident that occurred during a video shoot. In the clip, Lanez steps in to prevent a black model with dark skin from being switched out for one with lighter skin.

“This is an On -Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop,” he wrote on Instagram. “As a black man , Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do . BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN.”

He continued, “countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC . … IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color #BlackIsBeautiful.”

Check out the footage below.

KXNG Crooked & Adam22 Discuss J. Cole’s Evolution On "Crook’s Corner"

KXNG Crooked a.k.a. Crooked I sits down with No Jumper podcast host Adam “Adam22” Grandmaison in the latest edition of HipHopDX’s series Crook’s Corner.

In episode four, Crook asks Adam about the podcaster’s past issues with J. Cole and examines the Dreamville founder’s evolution. The two also discuss the state of SoundCloud rap, the impact of Adam’s XXXTENTACION interview, DJ Khaled’s current beef with Tyler, The Creator over the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and much more.

Watch the new episode of Crook’s Corner above. Also, make sure to check out the past editions featuring Daylyt, Tech N9ne and Royce Da 5’9.

Lil Nas X Announces Release Date For Debut EP "7"

Lil Nas X looks to maintain the momentum of his breakthrough single “Old Town Road” with the upcoming release of his 7 EP. The country trap artist has announced his debut project will drop this Friday (June 21).

“7 DROPS ON JUNE 21ST!!” he wrote on Twitter, alongside an image of the EP’s cover art.

Lil Nas X’s 7 will feature the Billy Ray Cyrus-assisted remix of his hit song “Old Town Road,” which has spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. The project also includes a guest appearance by OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder.

Check out Lil Nas X’s 7 cover art and tracklist below.

1. Old Town Road (Remix) f. Billy Ray Cyrus
2. Panini
3. F9mily
4. Kick It
5. Rodeo
6. Bring U Down f. Ryan Tedder
7. C7osure

Guapdad 4000 Loses NBA Finals Bet To Drake, Dresses In Dinosaur Costume

Everyone who placed bets with Drake that the Toronto Raptors would lose the NBA Finals has to pay up, and rapper Guapdad 4000 had to do so in a major way. The Cali rapper dressed up in a dinosaur costume while holding a sign on the Bay Bridge that read, “Kawhi + Drake Beat the Bay.” It’s safe to say that drivers on the highway didn’t appreciate it.

Drake shared a clip Guap fulfilling his end the bargain on Instagram. “I always respect a man that honors his bets,” Drake wrote as the caption. “Thanks @guapdad4000 for this kind gesture and make sure to go check out his new video for Flossin cause it’s actually fire don’t judge him based f the fact that he’s in a Dino costume celebrating our win in his own city.”

Guap shared the video on his own Instagram page with the caption, “IM A MAN OF MY WORD @champagnepapi.” He added, “It’s still Dub Nation.” He also shared a screenshot the text message conversation he had with Drake when they were working out the details the bet. Apparently, the original sign was supposed to read, “Canada beat us.” Definitely not as interesting.

Oana Ruxandra to Lead Business Development at WMG

Oana Ruxandra will step up to oversee Business Development at Warner Music Group, just weeks after WMG’s Chief Digital Officer departed.

Ruxandra adds to her present position as Executive Vice President, New Business Channels & Chief Acquisition Officer at Warner Music Group.  Ruxandra was thrust into the role of CAO roughly six months ago, in December of last year.

Jonathan Monina will be joining Ruxandra in Business Development.

Warner veteran Ron Wilcox — WMG’s Executive Counsel, Business Affairs, Strategic, and Digital Initiatives — will be departing before the end of the year. However, it looks like Wilcox will play a role in the forthcoming digital negotiations.

The shuffling comes as Universal, Sony, and Warner are due to re-negotiate their global licensing agreements with streaming services like Spotify, YouTube, and Apple.  Those are regularly re-upped, though each round is fraught with wrangling and complex negotiations.

The changes were announced to WMG by CEO Steve Cooper in a note sent to staff. Cooper praised Ruxandra as having “a first-class strategic brain and keen sense of how to get deals done swiftly and effectively.”

Cooper’s description makes Ruxandra sound like an AI machine specialized in winning complex negotiations and strategic face-offs at rapid speed — except this one’s an actual human.

Ruxandra and her colleagues in business development will now be the primary contact for recorded music negotiations. Both established and emerging tech companies will need her approval for any negotiations.

Wilcox’s departure did not come as a surprise to senior management at WMG.  Cooper stated that Ron Wilcox confirmed that his most recent contract signing might be his last.

Cooper confirmed that he was confident that despite Wilcox’s departure, WMG is in an excellent place for the upcoming negotiations. Eric Mackay leads Digital Strategy for Warner Chappell Music, while Wilcox will continue overseeing Digital Legal Affairs.

The upcoming re-negotiations will likely be a sticking point between labels and tech companies. Cooper with elements of pricing from WMG’s streaming partners.

In the wake of a high-profile pushback by Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Pandora against publishing royalty hikes, there’s plenty of bad blood in the water.

“We’re going to continue to push back against the devaluation of our artists’ and songwriters’ music from freemium models, mismanaged family plans and other customer acquisition strategies employed by streaming platforms at the expense of creators and content producers.”

Raptors Receive Dinosaur Emoji Tribute On Apple’s Canadian Homepage

If you had told someone in Canada that the Toronto Raptors would have won the NBA Championship back in October when the season started, they would have called you crazy. Sure the team was playing great with Kawhi Leonard but after all the heartbreak the city had been through, many thought it a longshot that they would be world champions. Well, last night, the Raptors proved all the doubters wrong when they beat the Golden State Warriors in six games for the title.

The victory has seen plenty interesting celebrations and the tech world is taking notice. Today, Apple’s Canadian homepage went a little crazy with the emojis to mark the historic accomplishment. Users who went on apple.ca today noticed a flurry dinosaur, basketball, and Canadian flag emojis tossing and turning throughout the page.

It was a cute little way to pay homage to a team that captured the imaginations Canadians everywhere. The Raptors were able to unite an entire country that stands alone as the only Canadian franchise in the NBA. Leonard and company played with an “us against the world” mentality all playfs long and it ended up paying f for them.

Now if only a Canadian team could win the Stanley Cup. It is the country’s National sport after all.

#DXCLUSIVE: Che Noir Displays Her Rhyming Prowess In "Fall Of Rome" Video

Earlier this month, Che Noir dropped her 38 Spesh-produced project Thrill Of The Hunt 2. A week after its release, the Buffalo-repping MC is premiering a video for the album standout “Fall Of Rome” on HipHopDX.

“‘Caesar of this rap shit I gotta keep a sword/Got ya favorite rapper blood on these coliseum floors’ — that was the line that inspired the title ‘Fall of Rome,’” Che tells DX. “And the beat gave me a medieval times vibe. I wanted to bring back the essence for the fans, so that’s why we shot the video in the Bronx, where Hip Hop started. We also shot scenes inside D.I.T.C. Studios, so fans can see the feedback from fellow artists.

Watch Che’s “Fall Of Rome” video above. Purchase her Thrill Of The Hunt 2 LP here.

Aaron McGruder & Sony Set To Reboot “The Boondocks” In 2020

Annecy, France – Fans of The Boondocks can rejoice as it appears that 2020 will bring a new season of the critically acclaimed animated series — with creator Aaron McGruder back at the helm.

As first reported by Variety, the announcement was made on Wednesday (June 12) by Sony Animated Pictures president Kristine Belson during the 2019 Annecy Animation Festival, in Annecy France.

A co-production with Sony Pictures Television, the reboot is set to be a “complete re-imagining” of the OG series fans first fell in love with in 2005.

“[The show] chronicles the adventures of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules fictional Woodcrest County, Maryland with an iron fist,” a statement from Sony explains.

John Witherspoon, who voices Granddad, first confirmed that the show would be returning during an interview with Joe Rogan — though he didn’t elaborate on timelines.

The Breakfast Club’s very own Charlamagne Tha God witnessed the imminent comeback firsthand, having previewed a few new comic strips on his Instagram this year. And he understands the cultural significance of the show’s return.

The Boondocks is one of my top three TV shows of all time,” Charlamagne tells HipHopDX. “Aaron Mcgruder is a genius and I don’t use that term loosely. Programming like The Boondocks is what always made me my platforms have the perfect balance of ratchetness and righteousness because if you ever watched The Boondocks you understood the messaging in it was way deeper than animation.

“They truly knew how to put the medicine in the candy and this new incarnation of The Boondocks aligns with my current adult sensibilities the things I care about the most now will definitely be seen the lens of the World of Woodcrest and I can’t wait,” he added.

The series was initially set to end after three seasons but was revived without the involvement of the show’s creator — citing the reason for the spilt as a disagreement over the production schedule.

Forbes Reveals Top 5 Richest Rappers

JAY-Z may be hip-hop’s first billionaire, but he may soon have some competition.

Forbes has revealed its annual list of hip-hop’s wealthiest rappers. JAY-Z leads thanks to his lucrative empire, which includes $310 million from his Armand de Brignac champagne, $220 million for cash and investments in companies like Uber, $100 million from D’Ussé cognac, and $100 million from TIDAL. He and wife Beyoncé are now worth a combined $1.4 billion.

Not far behind Mr. Carter is Dr. Dre with $800 million. Despite Apple’s $3 billion 2014 purchase of his Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line, he hasn’t quite reached billionaire territory. The super-producer owned an estimated 20-25 percent of the company at the time, and Dre pocketed a little over $500 million in the sale. Now that his formal involvement at Apple is seemingly coming to an end, Dre may need to find other investments to cross the billionaire threshold.

Sean “Diddy” Combs falls to No. 3 on the 2019 list. His $740 million fortune includes cable network Revolt, his Sean John clothing line, and Ciroc, the main driver of his wealth. Forbes declares him the “most likely candidate to join JAY-Z in the billion-dollar club.”

Kanye West makes his debut at No. 4. In addition to music sales and concerts, Ye’s $240 million fortune is largely attributed to his successful partnership with adidas, who lured him from Nike several years ago.

At 32, Drake is the youngest rapper to make the list with $150 million. His fortune grew 50 percent over 2018, fueled by real estate investments and his Virginia Black whiskey, as well as a lucrative tour and residency at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

“Every year, we just want to get more prepared and better at touring and better at things that make money,” Drizzy told Forbes in 2013. “That’s pretty much my objective every year, other than making good music.”

Forbes Richest Rappers of 2019

1. JAY-Z – $1 billion
2. Dr. Dre – $800 million
3. Diddy – $740 million
4. Kanye West – $240 million
5. Drake – $150 million