Ed Sheeran Tops Spotify's Global Streaming Record With 69 Million Monthly Listeners

Following the release of his No. 6 Collaborations album, Ed Sheeran has broken another Spotify streaming record.

The collaboration album became the fastest-selling album so far this year.

Spotify confirmed today that Ed Sheeran set a new record for the highest number of global monthly listeners on its platform. At the time of writing, Sheeran sits just shy of 70 million monthly listeners. That number dwarfs Drake’s monthly listener count shortly after he dropped the Scorpion album last year.

Under Spotify’s rules, a monthly listener is defined as the number of individual global users who have played an artist’s music within a rolling 28 day period. Spotify’s monthly active users from March indicate that the company has around 217 million users. That means approximately 32% of Spotify’s user base has listened to at least one Ed Sheeran song this month.

That’s astounding, though it also raises serious questions about the extreme conglomeration of streams around top artists like Sheeran. Whether the hold of top-ranked, major label-powered artists is easing has been debated, though stats like these suggest that top-ranked superstars will continue to horde listening hours — at the expense of emerging and indie talent.

But even the gulf between Sheeran and number two is eye-popping.  Shawn Mendes sits comfortably in second place with ‘only’ 56.48 million monthly listeners.  Spotify confirmed that Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations landed in more than 800 playlists since its release on July 12th.

Spotify Artists With The Most Monthly Listeners — 2019

  • Ed Sheeran – 69.65m
  • Shawn Mendes – 56.48m
  • Camila Cabello – 54.99m
  • J Balvin – 54.58m
  • Khalid – 54.56m
  • Justin Bieber –52.05m
  • Billie Eilish –50.02m
  • Post Malone –48.54m
  • Lil Nas X –48.37m
  • Daddy Yankee – 46.70m

Despite the massive success, however, it doesn’t appear as though No. 6 Collaborations will surpass Sheeran’s 2017 album Divide.

The new album features Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Stormzy, Eminem, and Travis Scott.  Sheeran and Scott recently took the stage together at The O2 in London to perform “Antisocial,” one of the hits from the album.

Five of the top ten tracks worldwide on Spotify were from Sheeran’s latest album on July 12th.  Sheeran’s song with Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care,” was Spotify’s second-biggest song worldwide on its release day.

 

50 Cent Roasts Young Buck With FaceApp Old Age Challenge Amid G-Unit Feud

The constant infighting within the G-Unit camp is back on. After 50 Cent took a break to promote the upcoming final season Power, he returned to regular form, trying out viral challenges and clowning his former friends. Fiddy has made several rare musical appearances this month, remixing “Big Rich Town” and popping up alongside Eminem on Ed Sheeran‘s “Remember The Name” and now that he’s galloped his way out the studio, the rapper is back on Young Buck‘s neck. Trying out the FaceApp Old Age Challenge, Fif shared an image what he expects to look like in thirty-forty years. He joked around that at that point, he would likely be launching the fortieth season his hit STARZ show. Then, he took aim his pistol and launched a shot at Buck, posting up with his old buddy and reminding him that he’s still got interest to pay on his loan.

“You know I’m all for payment plans when you ain’t got it, so you know get what you can together for me and let’s talk before Monday,” wrote the entertainer on a photo that’s supposed to show his former G-Unit compadre and himself together. Clearly, Fiddy doesn’t have high hopes that he’ll see his money in the next couple years. He thinks it will take much longer.

Are you getting tired the feud between 50 Cent and Young Buck? At this point, it’s pretty one-sided…

The Game & Dr. Dre Are Straight Outta Compton In Nostalgic Pic

The Game is about to unleash Born To Rap, touted as his final studio album. Now, with the album set to surface by summer’s end, Game has kicked f a nostalgic wave, drawing back to the time he first brought Dre to his hood. Are you queuing up The Documentary yet?

“Just a young kid with a story to tell. Had Dr. Dre in Cedar Block,” writes Game, in honor “west coast Wednesday.” My n***s couldn’t believe their eyes when he pulled up.” A brief tale, but an effective one. Dr. Dre’s legacy runs deep, and the Compton icon was at the height his second age during Game’s introductory stages. It’s easy to remember an era in which Dr. Dre was bodying instrumentals for Eminem, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, and Eve, before eventually turning his vault loose on Game in 2004. From there came The Documentary, which featured eight Dre-produced tracks, including “How We Do” and “Westside Story.”

Though Game and Dre ultimately underwent a few peaks and valleys, the pair have stayed connected to this day. Case in point, Game recently called up the good Doctor mid-interview, prompting Dre to answer before the first ring even started. Ride or die, as they say. With Born To Rap on the way, and Dr. Dre having mixed two tracks (we’ll know which ones, promises Game), it’s clear the two West Coast icons still have stories to tell. 

Jadakiss’ All-Crust Pizza Order Will Have You Mirroring His Iconic Laugh

The juries verdict is in. Jadakiss‘ now-viral pizza order has been ficially deemed among the “Top 5 Dead Or Alive Strangest Pizzas.” Legendary though he may be, Jada’s “crust-only” take on the deconstructed pizza has been raising more than a few eyebrows. Now, Jadakiss is a noted health-connoisseur, so he’s long sworn f the cheese. Still, that hasn’t stopped fans from taking the piss outta the Lox icon, after Cuts And Slices pizzeria put his most recent creation on display. Behold, the Jadakiss special:

“Special request for @therealkiss ❗️ Who else like Crust only?” writes the pizza spot, sharing the ring dough for all to see. Though crust is an integral piece the puzzle, and those who don’t eat it should think twice before laughing at Kiss, it’s rare to see someone so committed to the outer rim. Complex points out that the image was originally captured in 2018, and brought to attention by Cuts And Slices CEO Randy Mclaren. Yet for whatever reason, Cuts and Slices decided it was time to bring the doughy-ring back into the spotlight, prompting glee from the Twitter-sphere at large.

Maybe Jadakiss is onto something, and the world shouldn’t knock it until they try it? But tradition is difficult to break, especially where something as sublime as pizza is concerned. Would you ever consider trying “The Jada?” And if so, are you haggling before placing your order?

Snoop Dogg & KXNG Crooked Reflect On Tupac’s Comedic Side

On the most recent episode “Crook’s Corner” (presented by HipHopDX), Crook linked up with Snoop Dogg for a private premiere I Wanna Thank Me. Snoop and Crook actually share an interesting connection, being that both men spent time on the Death Row imprint, albeit at different times. Yet the pair indeed crossed paths on occasion, with Crook sharing a memory witnessing the Doggfather in the studio with 2Pac Shakur. “I came up into the studio,” says Crook, “and you and Pac was in there making something. Think it was the St. Ives commercial.” “Pooh made that beat,” replies Snoop. “I walked in there, seen ya’ll two standing at the board, I was like ‘damn, I can’t believe this shit,” marvels Crook. “It took my mind to a whole other place, like, maybe you can make it one day. These n***as in here!”

“I didn’t know how blessed I was,” continues Crook. “Me neither,” says Snoop, with a laugh. “We always got hindsight when we look back at it, but those are some precious moments. Me and Pac, we had a light clash, but the clash was always funny. It wasn’t too serious where we would be fighting, but it’d be some funny shit we’d be clashing bout…the n***a was funny! We’d be more clowning than anything when we was in a session. I remember those moments with him more being about fun than work. He would always let it be fun.”

“He’d tell a n***a like, don’t listen to the record too long,” continues Snoop. “Cause before he got there, we used to listen to records for like a week, n***a. You know that old remedy, you make a record, you listen to it for a week, and you keep listening to it? That n***a would make a record and be like, alright, we heard it, move on to the next one.” 

Salute to Crooked and Snoop for keeping Pac’s legacy alive. Rest in peace, Pac.

Kendrick Lamar’s "good kid, m.A.A.d city" Now Shares Eminem’s Billboard Record

Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 sophomore album good kid, m.A.A.d city has apparently tied a Billboard record belonging to Eminem.

On Monday (July 15), Chart Data fired off a tweet proclaiming, “@kendricklamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ has now spent 350 weeks on the Billboard 200. It joins ‘The Eminem Show’ as the only hip-hop studio album to reach this milestone.”

good kid, m.A.A.d city followed Lamar’s 2011 debut, Section .80. 

Upon its release, the Aftermath/TDE project hit the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2, selling roughly 242,000 copies in its first week. As a result, it became the highest first-week Hip Hop album sales of that year from a male artist as well as the best-selling debut from a male artist.

The album boasted features from Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock and Compton’s Most Wanted vet MC Eiht, among others.

By comparison, The Eminem Show was released in 2002 and served as Shady’s fourth studio album. It debuted at No. 1 on not only the Billboard 200 chart but in 18 other countries as well.

In 2011, the project earned diamond status from the RIAA — Em’s second album to achieve the prestigious distinction. (2000’s Marshall Mathers LP was also certified diamond in 2011.)

The Eminem Show yielded several massive singles, including “White America” and “Without Me.”

Kendrick Lamar Makes Hip-Hop History With Eminem For "good kid m.A.A.d city"

Artists and labels have been using the help industry insiders to find out approximately how well their songs have been streaming, depending on sources like Chart Data to let their fans know their success. Reporting on when albums and songs are eligible to be certified platinum, chart numbers, album sales and more, the service is usually pretty accurate. There have been times where they were proven wrong but they remain one the most trustworthy sources around for information on sales figures. This morning, it was reported that Lil Nas X became the first openly gay man to have his debut single stay at the top the Billboard Hot 100 for fifteen weeks or more. Another milestone was met by rapper Kendrick Lamar, who made his own slice hip-hop history by meeting Eminem‘s The Eminem Show in the all-time ranks.

According to Chart Data, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d city has ficially spent 350 total weeks on the Billboard 200, which joins The Eminem Show as the only other hip-hop album to hit that mark. The longer Kenny stays on the chart for his 2012 musical effort gives him more a chance to surpass Eminem, which would take a strong effort. Slim Shady has a ten-year jumpstart on Kendrick but Lamar is still racking up sales numbers in high volumes. Do you think that one day, Kendrick will beat Em in this aspect?

Hip Hop Album Sales: Dreamville’s "Revenge Of The Dreamers III" Nabs No. 1 Billboard 200 Spot

Dreamville Records finally unleashed Revenge Of The Dreamers III on July 5 and it didn’t disappoint. Unsurprisingly, the J. Cole-curated project has nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for the week ending July 11.

Meanwhile, Chris Brown’s Indigo (which sat in the No.1 spot last week) moves to No. 3 and Lil Nas X’s 7 drops from No. 2 to No. 4.

Machine Gun Kelly’s Hotel Diablo has also made its debut in the Top 5, while Jaden Smith’s ERYS has landed in the Top 15.

Dreamin’

Cole and his small army of collaborators have made Revenge Of The Dreamers III a bona fide success. With 115,412 total album equivalent units, 23,284 pure album sales and a streaming account of 120,792,837, the project has earned the coveted Billboard position.

J.I.D, EARTHGANG, Buddy and Vince Staples are just a few of the artists who contributed to the massive compilation album.

Revenge Of The Dreamers II, which arrived in 2015, peaked at No. 24. The latest installment in the series’ No. 1 debut is a testament to not only Cole’s growth as an artist but the label’s as well.

Read the Revenge Of The Dreamers III review here. 

Open For Business

MGK’s latest project Hotel Diablo has made its chart entrance at No. 5 with 38,870 total album equivalent units, 16,430 pure album sales and a streaming count of 27,659,289.

The 13-track project features Trippie Redd, Phem, Lil Skies, Naomi Wild, Madison Love and (naturally) an Eminem mention.

Hotel Diablo has already performed much better than 2018’s BINGE EP, which failed to capitalize off Kelly’s highly publicized beef with Slim Shady. The EP debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 21,510. It dropped to number 111 in its second week and disappeared completely in its third week.

Read the Hotel Diablo review here.

Fresh

Jaden Smith has continued his SYRE saga with ERYS, which boasts contributions from artists such as Tyler, The Creator and Kid Cudi.

Armed with plenty of star power, the project has debuted at No. 12 with 23,932 total album equivalent units, 4,036 pure album sales and a streaming count of 25,643,090.

In 2017, SYRE, made its Billboard 200 entrance at No. 24 with roughly the same amount in sales.

Read the ERYS review here. 

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 07/11/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Dreamville Records — Revenge Of The Dreamers III — No. 1 — 115,412 (23,284) [120,792,837]
  2. Chris Brown — Indigo — No. 3 — 49,574 (3,661) [57,586,083]
  3. Lil Nas X — 7 — No. 4 — 48,536 (780) [60,528,550]
  4. Machine Gun Kelly — Hotel Diablo — No. 5 — 38,870 (16,430) [27,659,289]
  5. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You — No. 6 — 32,463 (4,204) [32,683,938]
  6. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 7 — 31,569 (4,347) [34,952,031]
  7. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 8 — 24,639 (1,082) [31,649,967]
  8. Mustard — Perfect Ten — No. 9 — 24,484 (280) [32,634,747]
  9. Jaden Smith — ERYS — No. 12 — 23,932 (4,036) [25,643,090]
  10. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 23,555 (821) [28,115,540]

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 07/11/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Dreamville Records — Revenge Of The Dreamers III — No. 1 — 115,412 (23,284) [120,792,837]
  2. Chris Brown — Indigo — No. 3 — 49,574 (3,661) [57,586,083]
  3. Lil Nas X — 7 — No. 4 — 48,536 (780) [60,528,550]
  4. Machine Gun Kelly — Hotel Diablo — No. 5 — 38,870 (16,430) [27,659,289]
  5. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You — No. 6 — 32,463 (4,204) [32,683,938]
  6. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 7 — 31,569 (4,347) [34,952,031]
  7. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 8 — 24,639 (1,082) [31,649,967]
  8. Mustard — Perfect Ten — No. 9 — 24,484 (280) [32,634,747]
  9. Jaden Smith — ERYS — No. 12 — 23,932 (4,036) [25,643,090]
  10. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 23,555 (821) [28,115,540]

#DXCLUSIVE: Enkay47 & Ekoh Team Up For "What’s My Name" Video

HipHopDX Premiere – Aspiring Oregon rapper Enkay47 has is back with another new single called “What’s My Name.”

Produced by Trunxks Beatz, the track features fellow burgeoning lyricist Ekoh and finds the ambitious duo swapping bars over the ominous production.

Enkay47 has drawn comparisons to Eminem due to his rhyming style, but he brushed those off last August with his video for “My Own Lane.”

“I want to show people that I’m my own artist and steer clear of the constant Eminem and NF comparisons,” he told DX at the time. “So what’s the solution? I dye my hair blue, throw in some blue contacts and get on a trap beat. This is me finding myself as an artist.”

“What’s My Name” serves as the first single from Enkay47’s forthcoming album Grow Up, which is expected to arrive this September.

Listen to the track above.

Bon Iver Announces New Album "i,i"

Bon Iver has established himself as a friend hip-hop, despite disavowing his Eminem collaboration “Fall” over the use a homophobic slur. Though turning his back on Slim caught him a share amount flak from certain fans, Justin Vernon has more than earned his place as a key support player. His work on Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus helped steer the sonic direction one Ye’s most acclaimed runs, and for that, he’s earned his place.

Now, the avant-garde musician has come forward to announce his fourth studio album, i, i. Following up last year’s 2016 22, A Million, Bon Iver’s new project looks to be his most “adult” thus far, by his own admission. “It feels like when you get through all this life, when the sun starts to set, and what happens is you start gaining perspective. And then you can put that perspective into more honest, generous work,” explains Vernon, in a press release shared by HypeBeast

The project is set to release on August 30th, and you can check out the ficial tracklist and artwork below. Anyone got love for Bon Iver?

01. “Yi”
02. “iMi”
03. “We”
04. “Holyfields,”
05. “Hey, Ma”
06. “U (Man Like)”
07. “Naeem”
08. “Jelmore”
09. “Faith”
10. “Marion”
11. “Salem”
12. “Sh’Diah”
13. “RABi”

KXNG Crooked & Snoop Dogg Talk Death Row Record & More On "Crook’s Corner"

On the sixth episode Crook’s Corner, KXNG Crooked chopped it up with industry OG Snoop Dogg and their conversation reflected the knowledge the Long Beach-rapper amassed through his lengthy career in music. The episode was shot at Snoop Dogg’s studio in what appears to be a special edition the regular interview series. Snoop talked about his upcoming and highly-anticipated OG’s album I Wanna Thank Meand explained the origins underlying the creative title. Apparently, the latter was inspired by Snoop’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Speech where he recognized the tireless hard work he placed into his illustrious career over 25 years. Along with this, the duo also dished on Suge Knight, Death Row Records and how Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic has significantly changed the industry standard for Hip Hop artists. Check out the interview below. 

The latest episode from the HipHopDX conversation series that we covered was with Royce Da 5’9.  The third edition the online series involved an interesting conversation between the duo wherein Crooked and Royce discussed the legacy Slaughterhouse and the meaning the group’s streak in the Hip Hop industry. Moreover, they brought forth topics surrounding Eminem. Precisely, Royce Da 5’9 chimed in on his relationship with Eminem which he mentions he enjoys collaborating and working with. Additionally, Royce spoke on Shady’s prior beef with Machine Gun Kelly which we chronicled during its comical course. Royce commented on who he thought won the battle between Shady and MGK.

Drake Announces 9th Annual OVO Fest Lineup

OVO Fest returns.

Drake has announced the lineup for his 9th annual festival, which will take place over the course of eight days in his hometown of Toronto. It all kicks off on July 29 with five days of OVO Basketball, followed by the OVO Summit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Aug. 2.

B2K will bring its sold-out “Millennium Tour” to Canada on Sunday, Aug. 4 with special guests Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Ying Yang Twins, Chingy, and Bobby V.

Drake will cap off the festivities with a headlining performance on the Budweiser Stage on Monday, Aug. 5.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m.

OVO Fest returns after taking a year off in 2018 while Drake was on his “Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour.” Drake announced that he was bringing it back during the Raptors’ NBA Championship parade last month.

Since its inception in 2010, OVO Fest has featured appearances from hip-hop and R&B’s biggest stars including Eminem, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar.

Ed Sheeran feat. Travis Scott ‘Antisocial’

Ed Sheeran dropped his No.6 Collaborations Project last night featuring collaborations with Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Travis Scott.

The Astroworld rapper appears on the song “Antisocial,” for which he has also debuted a cinematic video. In the outrageous Dave Meyers-directed clip, the two take on different characters, rocking costumes and wigs in the movie-inspired scenes.

Ed rides in a Popemobile-like Jeep while birds crash into him in one scene inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, while Travis channels Edward Scissorhands while playing a dentist. There are also references to Pulp Fiction and The Martian. At the end of the clip, Sheeran asks Scott for the last French fry while sitting at a diner.

“Check out my video for the next single, Antisocial with @travisscott, was so fun shooting this,” Ed wrote on Instagram. “Can you spot the movie references?”

During an interview with iHeartRadio’s Charlamagne Tha God, the British crooner opened up about the collaboration. “‘Antisocial’ is almost an extension of ‘I Don’t Care,’ in relation to his social anxiety,” said Sheeran, who bonded with Travis over their similar experiences with anxiety. “He has it, and we were talking about it, and I think he’s very lucky that the girl that he’s with [Kylie Jenner]. He says that they have a similar thing where they just have their little circle.”

He added, “He struck me as someone that I had a lot in common with, basically. He doesn’t seem to me to be the type of person that’s chasing fame. It’s all to better himself as an artist.”

No.6 Collaborations Project is available now featuring 15 tracks, including “BLOW” with Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton, “Beautiful People” with Khalid, “I Don’t Care” featuring Justin Bieber, and “Cross Me” with Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock.

Ed Sheeran Confirms He’s Married On Eminem & 50 Cent Collab "Remember The Name"

Ed Sheeran‘s No.6 Collaborations Project has finally arrived in all its glory, fronting some major features from Travis Scott, Bruno Mars, Chance The Rapper, Camila Cabello, H.E.R. and lots more. One track in particular, “Remember The Name” featuring Eminem and 50 Cent has just one line that has revealed to Ed’s fans that he’s ficially a married man.

Ed Sheeran Confirms He's Married On Eminem & 50 Cent Collab "Remember The Name"
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Watch how the lyrics in this song might get twisted/My wife wears red but looks better without the lipstick,” Ed says on the track. In a recent conversation with Charlamagne Tha God, Ed explained how the lyrics were created even before he and Cherry Seaborn got married. 

“It was actually before me and Cherry got married, and I knew that we’d be married by the point that the song came out,” he said. “So I said, ‘Watch how the lyrics in this song might get twisted/My wife wears red but looks better without the lipstick.’ And I was like ’cause someone’s going to hear that and be like ‘Oh they’re married,’ and I didn’t know how that would be. But, obviously, it’s already come out.”

He added his wife: “I constantly wake up every day with Cherry and I’m just like, ‘Why the f–ck are you with me? You could literally be with whoever you wanted, and you’ve chosen me. And I’m saying all the things that I think are wrong with me, but you still want to be with me,'” he says. “And I just find that amazing.”

Stream the full tape here.

Eminem Fan Drops Diss Track Against MGK Over "Floor 13" "Wannabe Rappers" Line

The feud between Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem is kind old at this point but every so ten, either one them will take a jab at the other. It’s unsure what’s to be accomplished from that but either way, it’s safe to say that tensions have yet to die. Last week, MGK released his new project, Hotel Diablo which included a few references to his feud with Em. At one point, MGK raps, “I just spent too many minutes watchin’ little videos wannabe rappers dissing me/ I just spent the winter livin’ after someone tried to send a kill shot, missin’ me.” Apparently, there’s a rapper, and Eminem fan, who took that line as a jab at him and decided to issue his own response to MGK.

DAv1d dropped f a new song in response to Machine Gun Kelly. The track is titled, “Hotel Dia-Blow” and opens up with snippets from both Eminem’s “Killshot” and MGK’s “Rap Devil.” DAv1d really thought he was on one with this one but it seems like his issues with MGK have been bubbling for a minute.

“Eminem has been very important to me, he helped me through a lot hard shit, shit I don’t know if I’ll ever discuss,” DAv1d told HipHopDX. I’m always gonna be grateful to him. When MGK released ‘Rap Devil,’ it really burned me, more than I honestly thought it would and that’s why I wrote ‘Sniper,'” he continued. “I knew Marshall Mathers] would be able to handle his own beef, but I needed to express myself.”

However, when it came down to MGK’s latest record, DAv1d took it upon himself to address the “feud.”

“With this second track, honestly it’s not so much about the anger anymore, I felt personally attacked, but that’s never been the type shit that bothered me. This is just battle. Send a subliminal? I’m not just gonna let shit slide. I can murder anybody on a beat,” he continued. “Kelly got me going. Pussy better follow up on his shit tho.”

Peep DAv1d’s song below.