Wiley Accuses Ed Sheeran Of Clout Chasing: "I’m Getting My Guitar & Foot Pedal Out"

In the span numerous Tweets, Wiley has accused Ed Sheeran priteering at the expense the UK’s Grime scene, a position he’s taken against other supposed charlatans in the past – namely Drake, and in recent months, by re-igniting his longtime feud with Skepta. In this instance, Wiley’s Tweets were deleted within hours being published, quite possibly due to a compromise being cut in the background.

Wiley’s Twitter rant against was seemingly incited by news  Ed Sheeran and Stormzy unveiling a remix to “Take Me Back To London.” In light Wiley’s remarks and his stature in the game, Stormzy felt it was necessary to quell the storm from a neutral position. “No Wiley you know Ed been doing this from early, been a real one from early, can’t question that, you know I love you and respect you brother but nah don’t do that,” Stormzy wrote Twitter, in an attempt to coerce Wiley into thinking otherwise.

Wiley elaborated on his position by stating that Ed Sheeran by hanging out with people in the UK community to gain some form credence or popularity. Wiley wrote, “shall I get my guitar and foot pedal out?”, in mocking the method to Ed Sheeran’s madness: power chords and a foot pedal controlling the beat on loopty loop.

“Anyone who uses us and our sounds are culture vultures… I’m getting my guitar and foot pedal out and I don’t wanna hear nobody moaning about nothing,” Wiley continued in one the since-deleted Tweets.

Others beyond Stormzy have risen to Sheeran’s defense. Jaykae, a Grime artist from Birmingham, has pretty much taken up the lead position in defending Sheeran against Wiley’s claims. Social media users joined in as well, in referencing a Grime song Sheeran collaborated on as early as 2011 (with Griminal and Devlin). Wiley is sworn to protect “the culture” at all costs, even at the risk flying over the edge at times. Hit us with your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

50 Cent Previews New Song ‘Remarkable’

50 Cent is feeling “Remarkable.”

The “Power” producer is teasing fans with new music. Taking to Instagram, he shared a snippet of the club-ready track, which finds Fif celebrating the good life and serenading a special lady.

“I could be your homie, comfort you when you’re lonely / A lover and a friend, right now begin,” he raps, while an unnamed vocalist supplies the soulful hook: “Girl, you make me feel so remarkable / This is so unreal.”

50 recorded “Remarkable” for his Starz show “Power,” but it’s unclear if and when it will be released in full. “This song is called remarkable I never released it,” he said. “I made it for POWER so they could understand what I wanted to do.”

50 Cent Previews New Song 'Remarkable'

Meanwhile, fans are still awaiting a new album from 50, whose last album Animal Ambition was released in 2014. He previously said that his next album, Street King Immortal, would be his last. “I want to finish with that project,” he told Muscle & Fitness in 2016. “I don’t want to write another record after that.”

Last month, he dropped a remix to “Big Rich Town” with Trey Songz and collaborated with Ed Sheeran and Eminem on “Remember the Name.”

Jamie Foxx Lets Singer Sela Vave Move In With Him: Report

According to multiple reports, Jamie Foxx‘s new young “friend” Sela Vave has moved in with him. However, he insists it’s all business related.

Rumors a romance between the two started last weekend after the couple were spotted in LA holding hands while leaving a nightclub. Then the next day reports surfaced saying Jamie had split with his long time girlfriend Katie Holmes months prior. Now single, Jamie is reportedly working with Sela Vave, and now she’s staying at his house.

Foxx confirmed that she was in residence, but insisted he is just helping to launch her music career. “When I met Ed Sheeran, I didn’t know him from Adam,” Foxx said. “He slept on my couch for six weeks. Nick Cannon was 13 years old, he used to sleep at my old house … everybody come to my crib.” Foxx continues, “I did the same thing with her … We took her under our wing … We wanted to treat her the same way and give her the opportunity.” He called speculation about a romance with Vave a “double standard.”

“I spoke to that girl’s mom and she put her trust in me,” Foxx added. “We don’t ever cross lines like that, personal. I wanted to let you know, for all who were scandal chasing, that’s our artist, that’s our family … We are working.”

What do you think? Is Jamie telling the truth here and just working or nah?

Rick Ross’ ‘Port of Miami 2’ Debuts at No. 2

The Bawse is back on the Billboard charts.

Rick Ross debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with Port of Miami 2, which sold 80,000 equivalent album units (25,000 in album sales) in its first week. The highly-anticipated sequel to his 2006 debut, which features Drake, Lil Wayne, and Nipsey Hussle, is Ross’ highest-charting album since 2014’s Mastermind debuted at No. 1.

Additionally, Port of Miami 2 is Ross’ tenth top 10 on the chart. All 10 of his charting major-label releases have reached the top 10, with five of them hitting No. 1.

Trippie Redd also debuts in the top 10 at No. 3 with !, which sold 51,000 equivalent album units (7,000 in album sales). It marks his third top 10 effort following 2018’s A Love Letter to You 3 (No. 3) and Life’s a Trip (No. 4).

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project drops 2-5 (43,000), Chris Brown’s Indigo slides 5-6 (36,000), and Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You rises 8-7 (33,000). Last week’s chart-topper, Drake’s Care Package, falls 1-8 in its second week (31,000).

Khalid’s former No. 1 Free Spirit re-enters the top 10 at No. 9 (30,000), while Lil Nas X’s debut EP 7 rises 11-10 (29,000).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind – 118,000
2. Rick Ross – Port of Miami 2 – 80,000
3. Trippie Redd – ! – 51,000
4. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 44,000
5. Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project – 43,000
6. Chris Brown – Indigo – 36,000
7. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – 33,000
8. Drake –Care Package – 31,000
9. Khalid – Free Spirit – 30,000
10. Lil Nas X – 7 – 29,000

Lil Nas X Makes the Cover of TIME Magazine

Four months after the rise of “Old Town Road,” rapper Lil Nas X is on the cover of TIME Magazine.

Detractors thought the rapper’s meteoric rise to success would fade quickly. But Lil Nas X has dominated the top of the charts for months, blocking out singles from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Bieber.

“Old Town Road” is a combination of country and hip-hop that caused a national debate when it landed. The song itself was disqualified from Billboard’s country charts, drawing accusations of racism.  That imbroglio only strengthened the song’s meteoric rise, and the initial removal prompted a remix with Billy Ray Cyrus that drove the song to further success.

Lil Nas X purchased the beat he used in the and wrote the lyrics himself. He went from being a college drop-out living on his sister’s floor to a mega-star overnight. He’s carved out a niche for himself, not only as a black man in country music, but as a .

He used the internet to beat Nashville at its own game. The country capital has a long-held tradition favoring its version of country music.

Unfortunately, the numbers tell this tale of exclusion.  “Old Town Road” stalled at number 50 on Country Airplay, and most Nashville DJs ignored the song.

The fame Lil Nas X has achieved is welcomed, but not without its problems.

“It gets overwhelming. I just shut down on everybody — I’m still a loner in a lot of ways.”

But Lil Nas X can’t stop interacting with his fans on Twitter. Sharing memes, reacting to their comments; it’s how the rapper keeps the social media generation engaged. And his success has sparked a lot of competition.

recently signed Sueco the Child, whose song “Fast” went viral on .  Y2K and bbn0$ signed with Columbia after their song “Lalala” went viral — also thanks to TikTok. In fact, most of Lil Nas X’s competition seems to be from stars rising to fame on the TikTok platform.

Whether country trap becomes a brand-new genre is anyone’s guess.  Though Nashville isn’t exactly embracing the possibility.

The Game Readies ‘Born 2 Rap’ for October

The Game is coming this fall.

The Compton rapper has announced a release date for Born 2 Rap, his ninth and final album. Taking to Instagram, he revealed that the highly-anticipated project will arrive in October.

“Played the album for the @applemusic team & let’s just say… they know what it is. It was a party in that building…… dropping October !!!!” he wrote.

Earlier this month, he dropped the Mad Max-inspired video for his street single “West Side” co-starring Dave East and Jackie Long.

Born 2 Rap marks Game’s first album since 2016’s 1992. In January, he previewed the project, including collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Migos, Anderson .Paak, Eric Bellinger, and Snoh Aalegra.

“I put everything I had into this album,” he previously told fans. “My TRUE FANS deserve this CLASSIC!!!”

The Game Announces October Release For "Born To Rap"

The Game‘s been teasing his “final album” for a hot minute. He kicked f the campaign on a controversial tip when he decided to preview a single f the project which references to an alleged fling he had with Kim Kardashian. Then he revealed allegedly hooking up with Joe Budden’s then-fiancee Cyn Santana. Needless to say, the term “clout chasing” should be synonymous with the rollout for Born To Rap. Thankfully, he’s focused more on the music than antics which means that we’ll finally be receiving the album soon.

The Game’s album is ficially on the way. The rapper came through with a tidbit info for fans on the update on the project. After playing the album for Apple Music and turning the building into a party, he revealed that the final product will arrive in the hands his fans this fall. “Played the album for the @applemusic team & let’s just say… they know what it is. It was a party in that building…… dropping October,” he wrote.

Although a tracklist has been revealed yet, he has teased a few features. Among the singers that are set to appear on Born To Rap are Ed Sheeran, Trey Songz, Miguel, Chris Brown, and more. He also teased a posthumous Nipsey Hussle collaboration that will appear on the project. 

Drake’s ‘Care Package’ Debuts at No. 1

Drake does it again.

His Care Package compilation debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 109,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 8. Of that amount, 16,000 were in album sales.

The project consists of 17 archival tracks, many of which were previously only available on SoundCloud or YouTube, including “The Motion,” “Jodeci Freestyle,” “5AM in Toronto,” and “4PM in Calabasas.”

This marks Drake’s ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, extending his own record for most No. 1 albums this decade. He previously topped the chart with Scorpion (2018), More Life (2017), Views (2016), What a Time to Be Alive with Future (2015), If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015), Nothing Was the Same (2013), Take Care (2011), and Thank Me Later (2010).

He also joins some legendary company, tying Garth Brooks, Eminem, Madonna, and The Rolling Stones for most No. 1s on the Billboard 200 with nine each. Only The Beatles (19), JAY-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand (11), and Elvis Presley (10) have more.

Additionally, Care Package marks the first No. 1 album on Drake’s OVO Sound label. All of his previous albums were released Young Money/Cash Money/Republic.

Coming in at No. 4 is Lil Durk, who earns his first top 10 album with Love Songs 4 the Streets 2, which moved 44,000 equivalent album units (4,000 in album sales). The Chicago rapper has five previous entries on the Billboard 200 and previously peaked at No. 14 with 2015’s Remember My Name.

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project rises 3-2 (49,000), while Chris Brown’s Indigo remains steady at No. 5 (37,000).

Last week’s chart-topper, NF’s The Search, dips 1-6 (36,000), Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You slips 7-8, and Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day falls 2-9 in its second week (33,000).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Drake – Care Package – 109,000
2. Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project – 49,000
3. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 47,000
4. Lil Durk – Love Songs 4 the Streets 2 – 44,000
5. Chris Brown – Indigo – 37,000
6. NF – The Search – 36,000
7. The Descendants 3 Soundtrack – 36,000
8. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – 34,000
9. Chance the Rapper – The Big Day – 33,000
10. Tool – Ænima – 33,000

Lil Durk’s 1st Week Sale Are in For "Love Songs 4 the Streets 2"

Lil Durk just hit a personal best this past week, as Love Songs 4 the Streets 2 succeeded in placing 4th on Billboard’s Weekly Album Chart, no small feat for a rapper from such humble beginnings. Only Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Billie Eilish fared better than the 26-year-old vet at the box fice – a gulf nearly 50,000 units sold standing between Drake and Durkio in 4th place. 

Lil Durk's 1st Week Sale Are in For "Love Songs 4 the Streets 2"

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Of the 44,000 units equivalent sold between the project’s debut (August 2nd) and the weekly cut f date, 4,000 figure as “traditional sales.” Lil Durk’s previous high occurred in 2015 when Remember My Name peaked at number fifteen. Rounding out the Top 5 was Chris Brown standing pat for the second week in a row.

Trickling down the list were a series companion projects and soundtracks. Oddly enough, Tool stole away with number ten on the list, for an album released back in 1996. The reason for the sudden upshot: their project wasn’t available on streaming platforms up until last week. The band was long considered to be Luddites for resisting the changing conventions the streaming age. A top ten placement is a good way to mitigate the shame. Kudos to Durkio and Tool, you’ve really outdone yourselves this time.

Drake Earns Ninth #1 Album With “Care Package”

For your least shocking news the day, Drake has another #1 album. Billboard just reported that his newly released Care Package project landed the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this past week, earning 109,000 equivalent album sales.

Serving as his ninth #1 album, Care Package contains 17 previously released Drake records, most which were never ficially released on any the streaming networks. It is also serves as the first No. 1 album for OVO Sound, the newly launched label co-founded by Drake. All Drake’s previous albums were released Young Money/Cash Money/Republic.

Behind Drake for the No. 2 album is Ed Sheeran and his No.6 Collaborations Project. Meanwhile, Lil Durk scored his first top 10 album ever with Love Songs 4 the Streets 2, which debuted at No. 4 with 44,000 equivalent album sales.

For what it’s worth, Drake is currently tied with Garth Brooks, Eminem, Madonna, and The Rolling Stones with nine #1 albums each. He’s got work to do to if he wants to catch The Beatles though and their nineteen (19) #1 albums. Drizzy did just beat The Beatles Hot 100 record, and to celebrate he got a new Beatles tattoo the other day, which you can peep right here if you missed it.

 

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Acquires Benny Blanco's Hit-Heavy Catalog

Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired copyright ownership to a large number of songs in Benny Blanco’s catalog.

Hipgnosis now has 100% copyright ownership to 93 songs, which have been streamed over 10 billion times. Some of the catalogs include Blanco’s share of royalties for chart-topping songs.

  • “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber
  • “Cold Water” — Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ
  • “Fire and the Flood” — Vance Joy
  • “Same Old Love” — Selena Gomez
  • “Luv” — Tory Lanez
  • “Don’t Wanna Know” — Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar
  • “Freaky Friday” — Lil Dicky
  • “Castle on the Hill” — Ed Sheeran
  • “2002” — Anne-Marie
  • “Lonely Together” — Avicii

The entire catalog of 93 songs include hits that have been released since 2015.  Blanco has had ten songs hit the top of the charts since 2015 alone.

Benny Blanco was represented by Doug Mark, Andrew Luftman, and Zvi Edelman in the deal.

Merck Murcuriadis— founder of Hipgnosis— said the ability to produce hits for ten years is astounding.

“That longevity, to be able to write No. 1 songs consistently for more than a decade and to have made incomparable contributions to establishing the most important artists of our time, is an almost impossible feat. He has literally defined the modern pop era in a way that very few others can lay claim to.”

In terms of accolades, Benny Blanco was honored with the BMI Songwriter of the Year award five times. He won the Producer of the Year award at the iHeartRadio Awards and has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards.

Meanwhile, Hipgnosis has been working on acquiring the rights to several high-profile songwriter catalogs.  In April, the company  to continue those acquisitions.  Hipgnosis has since between June 2018 and March 2019.  Amongst the high-profile artist catalogs acquired include Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Johnta Austin, Ari Levine and .

Hipgnosis recently the firm now has a pipeline of catalogs valued over £1 billion.

That sounds like some serious revenue flow, though acquiring the IP to create that pipeline was magnificently expensive.  Now, the question is whether the Hipgnosis acquisition prices were low enough to generate meaningful long-term returns, or whether songwriters and publishers are merely getting rich on the payouts.

Chance the Rapper’s ‘The Big Day’ Debuts at No. 2

The Big Day makes its big debut.

Chance the Rapper’s long-awaited debut album opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 108,000 equivalent album units (27,000 in album sales) earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 1.

The Big Day marks Chance’s highest-charting project yet and his first to be simultaneously sold and released on streaming services. His mixtapes, 2012’s 10 Day and 2013’s Acid Rap, were released to streaming services for the first time in June. Acid Rap bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, while 10 Day debuted at No. 73. Coloring Book, which was previously only available on Apple Music before its wide release in June, peaked at No. 8 in June 2016.

Chance lost the No. 1 spot to another rapper. NF scores his second leader on the Billboard 200 with The Search, which opened with 130,000 equivalent album units (84,000 in album sales), earning the fourth-largest week for a rap album in 2019.

Both NF and Chance boosted their sales with merchandise/album bundles. Chance bundled The Big Day with an access code to the pre-sale for his upcoming tour.

YBN Cordae makes his first entry on the Billboard 200 with his debut The Lost Boy. The album, which features Meek Mill, Pusha-T, and Chance, opened at No. 13 with 28,000 units.

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project falls 1-3 (58,000), Chris Brown’s Indigo rises 6-5 (40,000), Lil Nas X’s 7 slides 4-6 (39,000), and Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You remains at No. 7 (37,000).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. NF – The Search – 130,000
2. Chance the Rapper – The Big Day – 108,000
3. Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project – 58,000
4. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 47,000
5. Chris Brown – Indigo – 40,000
6. Lil Nas X – 7 – 39,000
7. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – 37,000
8. Key Glock and Young Dolph – Dum and Dummer – 36,000
9. Of Monsters and Men – Fever Dream – 34,000
10. Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III – 33,000

Ed Sheeran Has the Highest-Grossing Tour of All Time

Ed Sheeran is dividing and conquering.

The singer’s “Divide Tour” has broken the record for the highest-grossing tour of all time. According to figures from Billboard Boxscore, the global trek has grossed a whopping $737.9 million and sold 8,503,496 tickets.

Since launching in Turin, Italy, on March 16, 2017, Sheeran has played 246 shows across Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and North and South America. His Aug. 2, 2019 show in Odense, Denmark pushed him over the edge, grossing $6,862,620 in one night.

The record was previously held by U2. The band’s “360° Tour” grossed $736.4 million during its 2009-2011 run. They are followed by The Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang Tour” ($558 million), Guns N’ Roses’ “Not in This Lifetime… Tour” ($529.6 million), Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams Tour” ($523.3 million), AC/DC’s “Black Ice World Tour” ($441 million), and Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet Tour” ($408 million).

Sheeran’s record-breaking trek, which comes in support of his 2017 album Divide, has nine dates left before wrapping on Aug. 26 in Ipswich, England, with a projected gross of $770-775 million.

Last month, he released his No.6 Collaborations Project. The star-studded project, which features collaborations with Cardi B, Eminem, and Travis Scott, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Ed Sheeran’s "Divide" Is Officially The Highest-Grossing Tour Ever

It’s ficial! Ed Sheeran has surpassed U2 for the highest-grossing tour all-time, as predicted earlier in the week. Technically-speaking, multi-national tours don’t normally run as long as Sheeran’s Divide Tour, which began as early as March 16, 2017, in Turin, Italy. Since that date, Sheeran has taken his travelling troupe on an incredible 246 concert stops spanning Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and North and South America. It had become apparent that Sheeran stood a good chance eclipsing the record once held by U2, as December last year.

Ed Sheeran's "Divide" Is Officially The Highest-Grossing Tour Ever

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At a rate  $737.9 million in prits over 8,503,496 tickets sold, Ed Sheeran will have his name etched into the record books at such an early stage his career. U2’s record  $736.4 million gross earnings held firm for 8 years. The Irish rockers had themselves broken a record previously held by The Rolling Stones and their A Bigger Bang tour in 2005-2007. Records are, for all intents and purposes, meant to be shattered.

Although The Divide tour was inevitably conceived in support his LP bearing the same name, Ed Sheeran’s enduring appeal at the box fice was undoubtedly boosted by the release new material just last month. Does Ed Sheeran belong in the same category as the U2’s and the Roger Waters’ the game; only time will well?

The Game ‘West Side’

Wild wild west. The Game rules the “West Side” in the post-apocalyptic video for his Born 2 Rap single.

Inspired by Mad Max, the Aaron Green and PhillyFlyBoy-directed visual takes place in a dystopian West Side wasteland. The Compton kingpin faces off with his arch nemesis, played by Dave East, while actor Jackie Long also makes a cameo in the cinematic clip.

“West Side” is the street single from The Game’s upcoming ninth album Born 2 Rap, which he says will be his last. “I put everything I had into this album,” he wrote. “My TRUE FANS deserve this CLASSIC!!!”

Earlier this year, Game previewed the project, including collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Migos, Anderson .Paak, Eric Bellinger, and Snoh Aalegra.