Adele Readies New Album for September

It’s been over four years since Adele’s last album, but the wait will soon be over.

The singer has revealed that her next album is due in September. She made the announcement while officiating the wedding of her best friend Laura Dockrill and former Maccabees member Hugo White over the weekend.

At one point during the party, she told guests to “Expect my album in September.” She also serenaded the bride and groom with a performance of “Rolling in the Deep,” as well as covers of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your Life,” and Candi Staton’s “Young Hearts Run Free.”

Adele’s last album 25 was released in November 2015 and sold 3.38 million copies in the U.S. in its first week. On her 31st birthday in May, she reflected on the past year of her life. “30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all,” said Adele, who split with her husband Simon Konecki after more than 7 years together. “Bunch of fucking savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up eh.”

Fans have been patiently waiting for new music from the singer. Last month, her manager Jonathan Dickins told Music Week that the album is coming this year. “The sooner the better,” said Dickins.

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This is 31…thank fucking god 💀 30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all. No matter how long we’re here for life is constant and complicated at times. I’ve changed drastically in the last couple years and I’m still changing and that’s okay. 31 is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself. For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once. Be kind to yourself people we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity. Learning to REALLY truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realized that that is more than enough. I’ll learn to love you lot eventually 😂 Bunch of fucking savages, 30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up eh ❤️

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A Boogie, Justin Bieber, & Tame Impala First Week Sales Projections

It was a good week in new music releases, which spanned across several genres with album drops from A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Justin Bieber, Tame Impala, $uicideboy$, and more all coming through with full-length bodies work. With so much to divulge, fans were busy on their streaming service choice hitting the replay button on their favorite ferings the week and, today, a projection for who will score the highest-performing album from last week has been released.

Hits Daily Double rarely misses with this sort information and, today, they’re reporting that Justin Bieber and his new album Changes will land on top all other new releases in the upcoming sales race. Moving up to 320,000 equivalent album units (with the majority which coming from merch bundles), Justin Bieber will comfortably debut at the top spot on the next chart, dethroning Roddy Ricch. The Compton product will probably find his way back there at some point in the near future, though.

A Boogie, Justin Bieber, & Tame Impala First Week Sales Projections
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Following up Biebs will be A Boogie wit da Hoodie, who continues to prove why he’s one the most highly-touted artists out the Bronx right now. Up to 130,000 equivalent album units will be streamed his Artist 2.0 display, which gives him the strongest rap debut the week. $uicideboy$ are set for 21,000 units while, on another side the spectrum, Tame Impala has the third-highest start with approximately 90,000 units moved.

Which album were you rocking with the most this weekend?

21 Savage & Metro Boomin’s "Savage Mode II" Is On The Way

Metro Boomin and 21 Savage appear to be getting ready to release their forthcoming project, Savage Mode 2later on this year, or at least that’s what it seems based on a recent tweet from the acclaimed producer. Metro hit the ‘Gram where he teased a slew projects that he appears to be readying to release later this year. Among them is the sequel to 21 Savage’s breakout mixtape, Savage Mode that was in collaboration with Metro.

The NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES mastermind also teased the release The Weeknd‘s forthcoming project, AFTER HOURS and the freshly announced, No Auto Durk with Lil Durk. Metro Boomin has been steadily locked in with The Weeknd in recent times, producing the single, “Heartless” and appearing in the video as well. The Toronto singer has yet to reveal a release date for the project but surely, it’ll arrive soon. As for No Auto Durk, the pair plastered billboards in Chicago during All-Star Weekend to make the announcement ficial.

The latest teaser for new music from Metro arrived a few days after his criticism towards new music coming out, although, to his credit, he admitted old age might play a factor in his disdain towards some the recent things he’s heard in the game. Either way, new Metro is ficially on the way and we couldn’t be any more excited.

Metro Boomin Isn’t Impressed With The Current State Of Hip-Hop

Metro Boomin isn’t too excited about the current state hip-hop. In a brief post to his Instagram stories, the Atlanta superproducer expressed his discontent with new music today.

“I be hearing new music all the time and just be sitting there like,” he penned before inserting an emoji with a straight face. “Ni–as either don’t really care anymore or I’m just getting old.”

Interestingly enough, his comments arrived this weekend at the tail end a number drops from some hip-hop’s biggest names. Nonetheless, Metro will soon find himself injecting his own originality after returning at the forefront a few high-prile projects. Currently, he’s working with Lil Durk on a collaborative No Auto Durk project that will find the Chicago emcee resorting to the same flow popularized on his track the same name. 

In addition, Metro has also reportedly been hard at work with 21 Savage on Savage Mode 2. The duo first dropped its predecessor in 2016, housing breakouts such as “No Heart” and the Future-assisted “X.”

They reprised the role by adding Offset to the mix with 2017’s Without Warning. However, Savage Mode notably made room for no features outside Future’s guest appearance. In the interest sticking to formulas, it will be interesting to see what 21 and Metro cook up as a unit this time around.

A Boogie wit da Hoodie, NBA Youngboy & More Slide Into Our "Fire Emoji" Playlist

While Valentine’s Day coincided with New Music Friday this year, this week’s releases weren’t particularly lovey. There were a few exceptions though. Everyone’s favourite on-and-f couple, Kehlani and YG, surprised us with their first collaboration, “Konclusions”, confirming that they are on at the moment. If you wanted a somewhat sappy anthem this V-Day, whether you’re single or not, they had you covered. We also selected a romantic cut from Justin Bieber‘s new album, Changes, for our “FIRE EMOJI” playlist on Spotify. On “Forever”, Biebs, Post Malone and Clever commit to being in their relationships for the long-run. 

While the first verse “Thug Love” may start out with A Boogie wit da Hoodie asserting that “this ain’t no fucking love song”, the rest his lyrics suggest otherwise. It may be a tad too raunchy to qualify as a traditional love song, but the affectionate sentiment is there regardless. So I guess you could say we did end up with celebrating Valentine’s Day with our playlist additions. We’re always trying to spread love. On top that, “Thug Love” allowed us to get some representation from A Boogie’s new album, Artist 2.0

This week also blessed us with new tracks from the freshmen class melodic rappers. Two its members, Calboy and Lil Tjay, teamed up for “Barbarian”. Another skilled crooner Polo G hosted some other young talents on “Go Stupid”, which called upon NLE Choppa and Stunna 4 Vegas to drop verses on the Mike WiLL Made-It/Tay Keith-produced beat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again could also be discussed in this category. With Still Flexin Still Steppin set to drop next week, YoungBoy delivered two singles in advance to get us ready. “Knocked Off” made it onto our playlist. 

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Rihanna Hits the Studio with The Neptunes

Rihanna is spending Valentine’s Day with The Neptunes.

The pop icon hit the studio with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, collectively known as production duo The Neptunes, for the first time this week to record for her long-awaited ninth album. Rihanna, who has remained tight-lipped about the project, shared a photo on her Instagram Story of the production console with The Neptunes name on it.

“Gang. back in da STU,” she captioned it.

Rihanna Hits the Studio with The Neptunes

She previously spoke about linking with Pharrell on Valentine’s Day. “I’m going to be in the studio. I’m so excited actually. I can’t say who I’m working with, but it’s somebody I’ve been wanting to work with him for a long time,” she told The Cut before revealing the secret. “Okay, I’ll tell you. [It’s] Pharrell.”

It’s been four years since Rihanna’s last album. In an interview with Vogue last year, she shared more details about the follow-up to 2016’s ANTI. “I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” she said. “It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae.”

Rihanna has never actually collaborated with The Neptunes on her own albums. However, she did appear on N.E.R.D’s 2017 hit “Lemon.”

Pharrell and Chad, who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this June, have also recently been cooking up new music with Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, Brandy, G-Eazy, and Lil Nas X.

Additionally, Pharrell can be heard on the newly-released remix to Snoh Aalegra’s single “Woah.”

Big Sean And Joe Budden Sit Down For A Conversation

Slowly but surely, the curtains are being drawn and revealing the finer points Big Sean‘s 2020 master plan. Fresh f a slew 2019 singles declaring his triumphant return, a late-night studio session with Nas, and a promising “managerial meeting” with Roc Nation overseers Jay-Z and Jay Brown, all signs point to an imminent album from the self-styled Don. And with that in mind comes the inevitable press tour, the bane an antisocial artist’s existence. Yet Sean is not to be deterred; taking to Instagram, he made it known that he was ready to make a major change this year.

Big Sean And Joe Budden Sit Down For A Conversation

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“As important as I know communication is I want to stop being so anti-social and share and talk n hopefully fer any type advice, insight, or perspective I can give,” he writes, indicating that his journey will begin with an appearance on Joe Budden‘s Pull Up. The full episode is set to premiere on February 16th, but given the jol tone set in the opening moments, it’s likely that the pair will have a grand old time. Perhaps Big Sean’s guidance will be enough to coax Joe Budden out retirement, though the odds aren’t entirely favorable.

Perhaps they’ll even cover the topic new music, giving us further indication as to when Big Sean will be delivering his new studio album. 

Summer Walker Nose Job Rumors Heat Up

Summer Walker has been in the news a lot lately after announcing that, after this year, she would no longer be releasing new music and now, she’s back in the headlines because her fans are theorizing that she’s gotten plastic surgery on her nose. Earlier this week, the rising singer was spotted wearing a mask to cover her face, much like Cardi B did a few weeks back. Both stars faced the same type chatter when they covered up their faces and, now that she’s ficially unmasked, people are convinced that Summer went and got some sort procedure on her nose. 

Comparing old and new photos will likely leave you believing that something has been done to change Summer Walker’s appearance but, until she comes out and confirms anything that nature, it would be unfair to assume. It’s not uncommon to find the artist’s name trending because something she’s said or done — like her retirement announcement for the end 2020 — but these allegations are new. Do you think she took a trip to her surgeon or are people reaching yet again?

This isn’t the only drastic change that Summer Walker may have effected in regards to her look. Just a few days ago, the singer debuted her freshly-shaved head, telling the world that she would be re-starting her hair journey from scratch.

Lil Pump Announces Retirement From Music

It looks like Lil Pump won’t be rapping anymore. The Harverd Dropout and Miami-bred poster child for Soundcloud rap took to Instagram today where he announced that he’ll be retiring. “I’m done doing music I quit,” he wrote on his Instagram Story. It’s unclear if this is a heat the moment decision or he’s actually fed up with the rap game but maybe it’s a bit both? Or maybe, he’s just taking a backseat on being an artist in order to further other ventures. Last year, he announced that he was readying to launch a record label and was seeking artists to sign on his Instagram. 

Lil Pump Announces Retirement From Music

At this point, it’s unclear what he has in store in the future but retirements in music, specifically in rap, don’t last a long time. I mean, Jay-Z announced his retirement and that only lasted a few years. But, in the social media era, this could just be some sort ploy to spark conversation before dropping a new single. 

It has been a hot minute since we’ve heard new music from Pump. The last single he fered was his collaboration with El Alfa on “Coronao Now” which recently received a remix featuring Vin Diesel. Only time will tell if Pump decides to drop some more music. Check out his post below. 


Kodak Black Dropping Valentine’s Day Freestyle

Kodak Black will be releasing a new freestyle tonight titled, “Because Of You” to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even if he’s not here to physically commemorate a day romance. The rapper took to social media where he announced the freestyle and shared the cover art for it including a heart with bullet holes in it. Surely, Heart Break Kodak will be emerging on this track with some vulnerable bars for the love birds out there.

As Kodak Black sits behind bars on Valentine’s Day, his lawyer recently shared an update on the rapper, saying he’s in good spirits as they work on his case. He also revealed that Kodak is plotting to drop new music as well. “It was good to see him and see he was in good spirits. He is working on new projects and reading,” he said. Perhaps “Because Of You” will serve as the first single. 

The latest update on his case arrived this week after the rapper ficially filed for an appeal. He argued that the judge’s sentencing was “harsh” citing a technical error in the guidelines the judge used to sentence him. According to his lawyer, the rapper was sentenced as a convicted felon which he argued isn’t the case. He claimed that because he pleaded “no contest” in a previous strong-arm robbery case in Florida, he was never actually convicted, therefore he believes he shouldn’t have been convicted under the guidelines for convicts. 

Quavo Appears In "Narcos: Mexico" Season 2

Quavo‘s applying his real-life experiences from Atlanta bandos into the world television with his recent appearance in season two Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico. The new season launched on Netflix earlier today and fans quickly noticed a familiar face as Quavo popped up on the screen. The rapper later celebrated his recent venture into the world  Narcos on Instagram.

We can only imagine that this has been in the works for some time. Culture II included the single inspired by the series, aptly titled, “Narcos.” With the power cross-branding, Netflix and Quality Control found a way to get both Migos and Narcos on the same page. Netflix gave them a “world premiere screening”  Narcos: Mexico season 1 in 2018 and filmed their live-reaction to the series. Clearly, that put them in a position to explore their relationship further with Quavo’s role on the show. 

In related news, Migos will be releasing new music tonight as fans eagerly await the release  Culture III. Alongside Young Thug and Travis Scott, they will unleash “GNF” which stands for “Give No F*cks.” This is presumably the first single f their forthcoming album which many have speculated will be arriving in late April or early May. We’ll keep you posted on any more updates surrounding Migos’ upcoming album. 

Peep Quavo’s Narcos appearance below. 

Dr. Dre, Xzibit & Ice T Are Working On New Music

Dr. Dre has been increasingly active late, much to the delight hip-hop fans worldwide. Not only did the Good Doctor reunite with his Relapse team to bless Eminem with four Music To Be Murdered By bangers, but he also linked up with Kanye Westto play a role on Jesus Is King 2Prior to that, Dre served as a watchful guardian over Anderson .Paak‘s two-part epic Oxnard and Ventura. It would appear that inspiration has taken control once again, as Dre recently connected with Xzibit and Ice T for another studio session.

Dr. Dre, Xzibit & Ice T Are Working On New Music

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Xzibit, who worked closely with Dre on 2001as well as his solo albums Restless and Man Vs. Machine, shared pictures the sessions on his Instagram page. “You have no idea wtf we about to drop like a atom bomb on,” he captions, alongside an image himself, Dre, and Focus at the boards. Another image depicts X, Dre, Ice T, Focus, Fred Wreck, and Hen Gee mean-mugging the camera.

Given the link-up’s legendary pedigree, it’s no wonder the legendary Ice T also documented the moment. “We started this gangsta shit!” he declares, alongside a badass image himself and Dre by the recording console. It’s unclear as to whether Ice is working on new music with the Aftermath mogul, but it’s still cool to see him involved in the process. Check out the pictures below, and sound f if you’re looking to hearing another collaboration from Xzibit and Dre. We’ll not soon forget “U Know,” “Best Of Things,” “X,” and “Losin Your Mind.”

Lil Wayne Hypes Reginae Carter’s "Ridiculousness" Appearance

Lil Wayne and his daughter Reginae Carter understand the importance a strong support system. Every time he drops new music, Reginae proudly reiterates her belief that Weezy is the GOAT in his field, a statement many would co-sign. Now, it’s Wayne’s turn to return the favor with some paternal support. As Reginae gears up for her big appearance on WTF!Ness, a special episode  MTV’s Ridiculousness, Wayne took to Instagram to show some love. 

Lil Wayne Hypes Reginae Carter's "Ridiculousness" Appearance

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“Watch This Forreal! Check out my daughter’s new show right after a new episode Ridiculousness starting at 10/9c, TOMORROW on MTV!,” writes Weezy, on some pure stay-tuned energy. For those intrigued by Reginae’s upcoming endeavor, WTF!Ness will find her sharing a couch with Hennessy Carolina, Spencer Pratt  The Hills fame, and The Challenge’s Johnny Devenanzio. Together, the “judges” will analyze some truly bizarre videos in an attempt to decode the dubious reasoning behind it all.

Should you be interested in supporting the Carter family in their creative endeavors, check out the full episode  WTF!NESS tonight. Gotta love Lil Wayne holding it down for his kin like a father oughta do. 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie to Release New Album ‘Artist 2.0’ on Friday

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is serenading his fans with new music this Valentine’s Day.

The Bronx rapper has announced that his highly-anticipated third studio album, Artist 2.0, will arrive on Feb. 14. Earlier this month, he offered a first taste with his new single “King of My City,” which was preceded by the Lil Uzi Vert-assisted “Reply” and “Mood Swings.”

The 24-year-old Highbridge rapper has also shared a trailer for the project along with the illustrated cover art.

Artist 2.0 arrives on the fourth anniversary of his debut mixtape Artist, and serves as the follow-up to his 2018 platinum-certified sophomore album Hoodie SZN, which spawned the hit singles “Look Back at It,” “Startender,” and “Swervin.”

His impact is being felt. Just last week, A Boogie called out those trying to replicate his style and even threatened legal action. “Keep on tryna sound like me without showing love and ima start to sue ya mf’s,” he tweeted. “Fr tho this shit is getting outta hand I’m not tryna knock nobody hustle I’m just getting sick of the craft ya bringing to the tableMaking this shit boring.”

Keri Hilson Admits That She’s Washed, But Her Career Isn’t Over

Keri Hilson‘s debut album, In A Perfect World… (2009), spawned a new R&B starlet that would land her first-ever studio album at the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart. With multiple hit singles like “Turnin’ Me On,” “I Like,” and more, the Decatur, GA-bred singer/songwriter was nominated for two Grammys upon her entry into the music industry. Unfortunately, multiple bouts depression caused her to take a nearly decade long hiatus from the limelight before she revealed she’s working on new music in 2018. It’s been two years since that revelation as she’s experienced multiple obstacles obstructing her from creating a release-worthy project including the death her father and failed business relationships. However, with social media being as draining and negative as ever, certain individuals tend to fancy reminding Keri Hilson her musical pitfalls. 

Under one her recent Instagram posts, Hilson displayed a level transparency and vulnerability many artists tend to distance themselves from. The “Covers Blown” singer admitted to going through the ups-and-downs life and not being completely in control her current circumstances. One Hilson’s bozo followers left a distasteful comment her glowing selfie stating:

“Your career over with, you ain’t have a hit in (nine) years, you washed up.”

To which the award-winning songstress clapped-back replying:

“Chiiile, I KNOW! You’re probably trying to hurt my feelings w/ that but I’ve long accepted I’m in that category… for now. But lemme correct you here: I haven’t ‘had a hit’ because I haven’t put out ANYTHING, not because I put out flops. And my career is far from over. I do hope you stay tuned this year.”

With major personalities like Jennifer Lopez, Dave Chappelle, and more currently on their second act, there’s no reason to count someone as musically talented and aesthetically pleasing as Keri Hilson out. It’s a new year and decade, the possibilities are endless for Keri Hilson to reemerge as an OG in this new renaissance era R&B with a plethora individual personalities that have all made lanes for themselves in their own unique way.

This isn’t the first time that Keri Hilson has had to check a “fan” and it won’t be the last. Check out Ms. Hilson’s epic clap-back in the Instagram post provided below.