This week, Fabolous‘ Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever effort debuts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, marking the Brooklyn rapper’s seventh total top 10 effort on the coveted chart.
According to Billboard, SS3 earned 44,000 equivalent album units in the week ending December 5th, with 37,000 those going toward streaming equivalent units, translating to 46.9 million on-demand audio streams. It marks Fab’s first top 10 since peaking at No. 10 with his Jadakiss collaborative Friday on Elm Street tape from 2017.
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SS3 is also joined by 2001’s Ghetto Fabolous, which peaked at No. 4, 2003’s Street Dreams (No. 3), 2004’s Real Talk (No. 6), 2007’s From Nothin’ To Somethin’ (No. 2), and 2009’s Loso’s Way (Soundtrack) which cracked the top spot as the only No. 1 entry Fabolous’ career thus far.
Elsewhere in the top 10 this week’s chart, the holidays are ficially kicking in as the Frozen II soundtrack moves up to No. 1 with 80,000 units. Post Malone‘s Hollywood’s Bleeding trails at No. 2 with 65,000 units earned this past week. Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter To You 4 is up next at No. 3 with 54,000 units while Taylor Swift‘s Lover rises from 6 to No. 4 with 52,000 units sold. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is another familiar face at No. 5 with 50,000 units this week.
Michael Bublé’s Christmas album makes its seasonal return to the top 10 at No. 6 this week with 48,000 units while Penatonix’s The Best Pentatonix Christmas jumps from No. 18 to No. 8 with 43,000 units. Mariah Carey‘s Merry Christmas staple album follows the trend at No. 9 this week with 37,000 units sold.
Closing out the set is Summer Walker’s Over It, pushing 35,000 units.
The one and only El Producto, better known as El-P of Run The Jewels, has kicked off an extensive reissue campaign of his entire solo album catalog Fat Possum Records, beginning with I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. It marks the first time the album has ever appeared on streaming platforms.
The 2007 project features collaborations with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, Mars Volta, Aesop Rock, Cage and Cat Power as well as musical contributions from James McNew (Yo La Tengo), guitarist Matt Sweeney and the late, great Ikey Owens.
“This record means a lot to me,” El-P said in a press release. “Really, it’s a collection of short stories written from multiple perspectives … different characters living in the same confused, askew city of ‘Poisenville.’ No one is right in these stories and no one has the moral high ground, but everyone is trying to keep themselves from suffocating under the weight of their own reality and faults.”
El-P goes on to describe the various characters that pop up on the 13-track project — from a concentration camp guard to aging pessimist.
“A guy on a train asks a question he doesn’t really want answered,” he continued. “A concentration camp guard flirts with morality and ultimately chooses obedience. An older, pessimistic man thinks he’s doing the right thing by ending his relationship with a younger, optimistic woman but can’t help but self-aggrandize. A young man responds angrily to a draft letter.
“A lost soul is trying to find connections in a party scene only to realize he’s more alone than ever. An atheist makes an emergency plea to god on a plane that he knows he hasn’t earned. A man sits on a Brooklyn stoop at dawn fully realizing his own bullshit self-justifications and rejects them.”
Ultimately, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is about redemption but littered with darkness and doubt.
“It’s about the decision not to succumb to the darkest ideas we have about what we are,” he concluded. “I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead began as what I imagined the city of ‘Poisenville’ was saying to its inhabitants as a retort to being called a ‘city that never sleeps,’ but it ends with the discovery of something bigger than the maze of inner turmoil these characters feel — a resolve to fight for life, even if it’s someone else’s.”
The Company Flow founder’s solo albums, which were originally released on his iconic Definitive Jux label, will also be available on streaming platforms for the first time in 10 years.
Check out the I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead album stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Tasmanian Pain Coaster f. Omar Rodríguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala
2. Smithereens (Stop Cryin)
3. Up All Night
6. Dear Sirs
7. Run the Numbers f. Aesop Rock
8. Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love) f. Cage
9. The Overly Dramatic Truth
9. Flyentology f. Trent Reznor
10. No Kings
11. The League of Extraordinary Nobodies
12. Poisenville Kids No Wins / Reprise (This Must Be Our Time) f. Cat Power
Following the trials and tribulations teenage fame, a Billie Eilish documentary is set to be premiere on Apple TV+ in the new year. The project, which had a $1 million-$2 million budget, was a collaborative effort between director R.J. Cutler and Billie’s label Interscope Records, who produced it. The film invites viewers into Billie’s hectic life as she copes with the success her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and the stardom that came with it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Cutler was granted deep access to Billie’s] private moments with family and behind-the-scenes her public appearances.” The documentary will be an exciting opportunity for fans to see an even more vulnerable and honest side to Billie than she already presents.
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Billie’s success with Apple has been extensive this year. She had the most-streamed album on Apple Music as well as Spotify. She was also named Apple Music’s Artist Of The Year and earned the Album Of The Year award for WWAFAWDWG, as well as Songwriter the Year with her brother/songwriting partner, Finneas. She even headlined the first ever Apple Music Awards on Wednesday night at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, with a global, live-streamed performance exclusively on Apple Music. The documentary, however, will be released through Apple’s entertainment platform, Apple TV+, rather than the Apple Music streaming service.
Apple TV is reportedly paying $25 million for a documentary about pop star Billie Eilish that will cover her meteoric rise to fame this year.
The film was directed by R.J. Cutler and was produced in part by Interscope Records, which is Eilish’s record label. It follows Eilish in the aftermath of this year’s release of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which was her debut album, and it intends to provide an in-depth and personal look into the singer’s life.
No premiere date for the film has yet been announced. In fact, a spokesperson for Apple declined to make any comment at all about the project. But it is believed that the film will come out sometime next year.
This is not the first non-narrative film Apple has purchased. It bought and is streaming The Elephant Queen, and they have also bought a number of upcoming Oprah Winfrey projects as well as a film that will detail ual misconduct throughout the music industry.
The news of the film’s purchase comes on the heels of Apple Music naming Eilish the Artist of the Year during its inaugural Apple Music Awards, which took place on December 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.
Interestingly, the documentary will not be available through Apple Music but only through Apple TV, which is the company’s new video streaming service.
Previously, Apple Music had released a number of music-themed documentaries. This includes The 1989 World Tour (Live), which was about Taylor Swift, and Songwriter, which was about Ed Sheeran.
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which was written by Eilish’s brother Finneas, was the most popular album on both Spotify and Apple Music this year. In itself it received a pair of Grammy Award nominations to go along with the four others she earned.
He may we a well-respected, award-winning, A-List actor now, but there was a time when Jamie Foxx was trying to find his way in Hollywood like millions other hopefuls. The stand-up comedian went from performing on small stages to having his own sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, but the entertainer wanted to break his way into movies and become the next sought after actor. Even with a show under his belt and credits that included a hilarious stint on In Living Color, Foxx still had trouble making headway in the industry.
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In a recent roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter, Foxx chatted with Tom Hanks, Shia LaBeouf, Adam Sandler, Robert De Niro, and Adam Driver about countless topics, including a moment that helped define him as an artist. In 1999, Foxx starred in Any Given Sunday alongside Al Pacino, LL Cool J, Cameron Diaz, Bill Bellamy, Matthew Modine, Lela Rochon, and many more. The film was directed by the esteemed Oliver Stone who, according to Foxx, wasn’t a fan when the young actor initially read for his role.
“I remember Oliver Stone, when I first auditioned for Any Given Sunday], he was like, ‘You’re horrible.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘Just get the f*ck out here.’ As I’m walking out he said, ‘Jamie Foxx, slave to television.‘” Tom Hanks was shocked by the story. “But I learned from that toughness,” Foxx added.
Shia LaBeouf chimed in with an Oliver Stone tale his own. “He would never look me in the eyes while working on Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps]. He always looked just above my eye, to the eyelid.” Watch the trailer for Any Given Sunday below.
If Suffa wasn’t a member of Hilltop Hoods, the Aussie MC could easily be a stand-up comedian, or at the very least, a comedic actor.
His quick wit and gregarious personality shine through the phone as he talked to HipHopDX about Hilltop Hoods’ storied career, one that stretches back to 1994 when the group first formed in Blackwood, Adelaide, South Australia.
Six of the group’s eight studio albums have hit No. 1 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart, including their most recent, The Great Expanse. But over the past 25 years, their content has evolved as Suffa, Pressure and DJ Debris have incurred more “grown up” responsibilities.
While Suffa, who is married with two young daughters, still cops to being an “immature knucklehead” at times, he’s not afraid to broach topics that reflect where he is today — whether that be his role as a father, what it’s like juggling his career with family life or any inner turmoil he faces.
During the recent DX interview, Suffa talks about staying true to Hilltop Hoods’ roots, his feelings on their big hit “Cosby Sweater” in the wake of Bill Cosby’s imprisonment and why his three-year-old daughter may or may not be his biggest fan.
HipHopDX: Six of your eight albums have gone No. 1 on the Australian chart. Do you feel that it’s harder to breakthrough like that in the United States coming from a different country?
MC Suffa: Yeah, I was saying funny enough I think one of the barriers is our accent because we’re not like a Iggy Azalea, someone that puts on an American accent. [Laughs] My manager is making a face and claws at me like I’m being catty. I’m not being catty. I’m fine for her. She lived in Atlanta, like I get it. We sound like we sound. Sometimes people can find it a little different.
HipHopDX: I think different is good, but yeah. You actually addressed it in an interview with somebody. You were asked about the current Hip Hop landscape and trap music. I liked that you guys said you basically stay true to who you are. Are there ever moments where you feel industry pressure to conform to a more mainstream sound?
MC Suffa: You know what it is Kyle, I’m too old to care.
HipHopDX: I hear that.
MC Suffa: You sort of can’t corrupt someone who has nothing to lose. You know what I mean? If we were to do it, we’d do it badly because it’s not the kind of music that we listen to, so it would be disingenuous and not good.
HipHopDX: I hear you. I struggle with it sometimes. I am closer to your age and grew up with Run-DMC, De La Soul, Beastie Boys and Eric B. & Rakim.
MC Suffa: I’m the same but at the same time, there’s still Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole and there’s a heap of stuff out there for me as well. There’s still a ton of stuff for me, there’s more stuff to wade through.
HipHopDX: Do you think that touring in the United States is different than touring in Australia then?
MC Suffa: It’s definitely different for us. We just came off a tour back home and here, we’re playing much different clubs and theaters. Audiences are a bit different. I don’t know. I can’t put my finger in it. When we go to Europe and stuff, in Germany it’s a different feel again. You can blindfold me and I could tell you if it was a German audience. Sometimes they do the Hilltop chant. It’s really funny in Germany. It’s like Hilltop, Hilltop [in a German accent] and here it’s like Hilltop, Hilltop [in an American accent]. Back home, it’s like Hilltop, Hilltop [in an Australian accent].
HipHopDX: I like the German one. That’s hilarious. I want to experience that at least once.
MC Suffa: It’s actually really intimidating.
HipHopDX: I could see that. Actually, I wouldn’t want to be blindfolded at a German show. Fuck that [laughs].
MC Suffa: Yeah, not for me. I wouldn’t either.
HipHopDX: I was listening to The Great Expanse and I feel like there’s a lot of grown man raps, or “dad rap,” as Slug of Atmosphere calls it. He coined that phrase. Did your writing shift when you got engaged or when you had a kid?
MC Suffa: It was probably more for me when I had kids. Don’t get me wrong. We’re still kind of immature knuckleheads, but I couldn’t keep doing the same thing I’ve been doing all this time and reconcile it. Once again, it would come across as disingenuous. I kind of embrace it as well. You know what I mean? Dad rap, man.
HipHopDX: I think it’s great. I don’t want to stay stuck in the same place I was in my 20s. That happens to people. I’m still a dork, but I make sure that I’m trying to become a better person along the way.
MC Suffa: What did Muhammad Ali say? He was like, a man who is the same at 50 as he was at 30 has wasted 20 years.
HipHopDX: It’s so true.
MC Suffa: You got to evolve.
HipHopDX: Tell me a little bit about how fatherhood changed you in terms of being an artist and a human being.
MC Suffa: Time becomes more finite. I’m sort of a stay-at-home dad as well as a full-time musician. It’s a balance. Yeah, I don’t know. I wouldn’t be the same person [on albums] that I was when I was a 20-year-old knucklehead kid because in the back of my mind, there’s something there that’s like, ‘They’re going to hear this one day.’ Not that they haven’t heard it, but they’re going to hear this and understand it one day.
HipHopDX: Has your three-year-old figured out you’re a musician?
MC Suffa: The three-year-old sort of does. She comes to concerts and stuff like that, but it’s like watching really. There’s usually a bunch of kids at our shows, so she’d prefer to be backstage playing with kids. Then Mom drags her out to watch and she’s usually asleep within a song or two.
HipHopDX: Maybe not your biggest fan [laughs].
MC Suffa: Maybe not my biggest fan, yes [laughs]. She understands in the way that any kid understands. To her, it’s just my job. It’s no different than anyone else. Later on, she was sort of getting that it was kind of a different job, but at this stage, she’s just like, ‘That’s his job.’ I’m not a regular dad. I’m a cool dad.
HipHopDX: Yeah, my dad is a cool dad. He’s been in a band since I was born. We’d go to his rehearsals and stuff and then we’d go with him to the studio. We have all these funny recordings of us as little kids.
MC Suffa: That’s awesome. Does he still tour and stuff now?
HipHopDX: He still plays, yeah. His group is called The Firm, which started in the early 80s. Around the mid-80s, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin named his band The Firm. My dad’s band, being a group of lawyers, took Jimmy Page to court and sued him. They basically sold the rights to Jimmy Page so he could name his band The Firm. I just remember we got a new car soon after.
MC Suffa: Wow.
HipHopDX: I’ve always been so curious like what happens behind the scenes.
MC Suffa: That’s crazy. Jimmy Page had to pay. He basically kidnapped that 14-year-old girl. I’m glad your dad got him. There are people in this car and hearing that sentence on its own, they’re all just giving me a look.
HipHopDX: You’re going to love this question then. Did your feelings about your Bill Cosby Sweater song change after Bill Cosby got convicted?
MC Suffa: Here’s the thing. The song isn’t about Bill Cosby. It was about a sweater. Actually, it wasn’t even about a sweater. It was like, rhyming, and that was in the cards. I’m not going to lie, when that suit came out, I was like, “Oh this sucks.” I wish I had done like “goofy sweater” or “comfy sweater” or anything else because he’s a monster and just having any sort of known association sucks. We’ve never been great at naming songs. Well, I haven’t anyway.
HipHopDX: Hey, I think “Clark Griswold” is great.
MC Suffa: Honestly, yeah that’s a good name. But as soon as that came out, we were like, “Oh no. Oh no. Has Chevy Chase done anything?”
HipHopDX: [Laughs] You’re like, “Let me look into his criminal record first.” Have you considered changing the name of the song? Do you say Cosby? I can’t remember.
MC Suffa: They say Cosby sweater, but live it’s sort of mushed into the live show. It doesn’t even matter if they change a word. I don’t think people would notice. It wouldn’t be doing a service.
Hilltop Hoods are currently on tour. Check out the dates below.
The always outspoken Bhad Bhabie found herself on the defense after she was berated on social media for rocking box braids. She initially fired off at those accusing her of cultural appropriation in one of her Instagram Stories in an attempt to flip the script.
“To all the black females that are saying my hair ain’t meant for box Braids guess the fuck what y’all hair ain’t meant to be straight but y’all glue whole wigs on to your heads and sew Brazilian/Indian/Perun hair which is anything like your natural hair texture at all and I don’t say a god damn thing neither do the other cultures that you get the hair from.
“And on top of that I’m not one of the ppl who has ever made fun of or said anything bad about girls with box braids or any type of braids. I completely agree that would b out of line and culture appropriation if I was trashing black girls for wearing braids hen getting them but that’s not the situation at all so leave me tf alone or imma start getting real disrespectful.”
The Dr. Phil breakout star, real name Danielle Bregoli, later pointed out she was proud of the way she looked and proceeded to execute her initial threat.
“I love the way I look plus ya man agrees and we all know I look fine asf with any hair style I do from any culture because I’m just that bitch,” she added. “I hope y’all bald headed hoes stay up all night thinking bout this. Me and my braids are gonna sleep real good. goodnight.”
Unsurprisingly, the 16-year-old rapper’s comments were quickly torn apart and she had to issue yet another post to her Instagram Stories explaining her stance.
“Lol I knew the internet would find a way to flip what I was saying so first of all my comment was NOT directed toward ALL black women who wear straight hair only toward the black women who were saying I was trying to b black bc I was wearing braids,” she wrote. “All I did was say back to them what they said to me by saying they want to b like other cultures for wearing straight Perun, Indian and other hair types.”
Bhad Bhabie continued, “It’s dumb for me to say that huh? But why is it okay for someone to accuse me doing something I’m not but when I do the EXACT SAME THING back I’m wrong. And btw I didn’t call black women bald headed either that was in a whole different comment that was made about all the ppl who also had something to say about me.
“there was multiple other faces too even some white women were accusing me. And no I do not personally feel offended if black women wear a straight wig and I never even said that. idk were tf y’all get some of this shit from like why would I b bother by the way another girl decided to wear THEIR hair.”
Southside has now come through with an update to share his daughter on his Instagram feed and it sees the producer multitasking. As seen in the clip below, the Swervo producer is cradling little Summer who’s wide awake with the hiccups while he’s intensely focused on a game he’s playing. “Summer why are u just chilling with the hiccups ( my heart is really sitting in my lap ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️),” he captioned the clip.
In other Yung Miami and Southside updates, the couple declared 2020 the year the Sugar Daddy. The new trend was started after Southside sent Yung an image new handbags and asked her to “drag” him around and let him pay for everything – what a life.
With more than 28 billion streams to his name, the rapper is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the decade. The 6 God tops the streaming service’s “A Decade Wrapped” list, while his Wizkid and Kyla-assisted hit “One Dance” was the second most-streamed song of the last 10 years.
Following Drake is Ed Sheeran, whose “Shape of You” is also the most-streamed track of the decade with more than 2.3 billion streams. Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Eminem round out the top five, comprised of the artists who dominated the last 10 years in streams.
Malone also earns top honors as the most-streamed artist of 2019. He racked up over 6.5 billion streams globally, thanks in part to his latest album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, which is the second most-streamed album globally this year.
Grande, who released her album thank u, next in February, tops Spotify’s most-streamed female artists of the decade, followed by Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sia, and Beyoncé.
The most streamed song of 2019 is Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello’s “Señorita” with more than 1 billion streams, followed by Eilish’s “bad guy” with more than 990 million streams. “Sunflower,” Malone and Swae Lee’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse collab, is the year’s third most-streamed track, while Grande’s “7 rings” is No. 4 on the list. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ record-breaking hit “Old Town Road – Remix” rounds out the top five.
Spotify ‘Wrapped’ Global Top Lists
Most Streamed Artists of the Decade
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Post Malone
4. Ariana Grande
Most Streamed Female Artists of the Decade
1. Ariana Grande
3. Taylor Swift
Most Streamed Male Artists of the Decade
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Post Malone
5. The Weeknd
Most Streamed Tracks of the Decade
1. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
2. “One Dance” – Drake, Kyla, WizKid
3. “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” – 21 Savage, Post Malone
4. “Closer” – Halsey, The Chainsmokers
5. “Thinking out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
Most Streamed Artists of 2019
1. Post Malone
2. Billie Eilish
3. Ariana Grande
4. Ed Sheeran
5. Bad Bunny
Most Streamed Albums of 2019
1. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
2. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
3. thank u, next – Ariana Grande
4. No.6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
5. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
Most Streamed Tracks of 2019
1. “Señorita” – Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
2. “bad guy” – Billie Eilish
3. “Sunflower” – Post Malone, Swae Lee
4. “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
5. “Old Town Road – Remix” – Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus
Most Streamed Female Artists of 2019
1. Billie Eilish
2. Ariana Grande
3. Taylor Swift
4. Camila Cabello
Most Streamed Male Artists of 2019
1. Post Malone
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Bad Bunny
5. J Balvin
It was nine years ago when news began to circulate that singer Fantasia had been hospitalized following an overdose. The American Idol winner’s rise to fame was well-documented for reality show audiences, but her troubles were also reported on in the media. There were rumors about tensions with her label, court drama with her boyfriend and his estranged wife, and financial struggles. All Fantasia wanted to do was share her gift song with the world, but at every turn there were obstacles.
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The singer was featured on an episode Behind the Music back in 2010 just months after she attempted suicide. “I didn’t have any fight in me,” she said. “I didn’t care about anything. I just wanted out. At that moment I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with — all it, all that sh*t.” She added, “I just sat in the closet and looked at the mirror and took all the pills in the bottle. I wanted to go to sleep and just be at peace. I knew exactly what I was doing. You can’t accidentally take a whole bottle pills.”
Nearly a decade later, Fantasia’s entire life has changed for the better. The married mother recently released her latest album Sketchbook and is currently headlining a tour with Robin Thicke, Tank, and The Bonfyre. On Tuesday, Fantasia sat down with the ladies The Real and was asked if there was a moment in her life that she wishes she could change.
“Oh man,” she began. After some careful thought, she answered, “When I tried to just get away from the world. Some will say commit suicide. I didn’t think it was me trying to kill myself. I just wanted to be away from all the noise. If I could do that over, I would.”
In October, Fantasia chatted with us exclusively and spoke about how far she’s come. “I think people meet me and] think, ‘There’s no way in hell after all she’s been through, that she can be this nice,” she said with a laugh. “One thing I will never, ever lose, is my humility. I will never, ever lose the fact that I’m just like you. I’m just like you. The difference is] I just sing. I drive my own car. I shop for my own groceries. I cook my own food. Nothing will ever change about me.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was set to retire from his position in just a few weeks but due to “a series ethical lapses” Eddie has been fired from his position, NBC reports. Eddie is known for being just one the very loud voices who challenged Jussie Smollett’s innocence in his racist and homophobic attack but he will no longer play a role in the case since he has been let go.
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Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the news detailing how Eddie’s “intolerable” practices led to her decision. “Eddie Johnson intentionally lied to me several times even when I challenged him about the narrative that he shared with me,” she explained at a press release. “He maintained that he was telling the truth. I now know definitively that he was not.”
According to the publication, a police ficer called 911 after Eddie was found asleep at the wheel one night around midnight. A breathalyzer was not conducted but Eddie allegedly admitted that he had a couple drinks that night. Mayor Lightfoot was asked for more details on what exactly Eddie did to make her not trust him, but she declined to share more information.
“I don’t feel like it is appropriate or fair to Mr. Johnson’s wife or children to do so at this time,” she said adding how video evidence “makes it clear that the only choice that I had to take was the one that I’ve taken. There’s no gray area here.”
Apple Music has announced the first-ever Apple Music Awards event. A live-streamed performance by Billie Eilish will be held on December 4.
The awards show will honor the achievements of artists across five different categories. Apple Music’s editorial team chose winners for the Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year are based on .
Billie Eilish claimed the Artist of the Year award with the debut of her first full-length album. WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? also won Apple’s Album of the Year as the most-streamed album of 2019. Finally, Eilish also received the Songwriter of the Year award along with her brother FINNEAS.
Newcomer Lizzo claimed the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. Her hit album Cuz I Love You and its breakout single “Truth Hurts” helped Lizzo seal eight , too.
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus captured the Song of the Year award. The viral sensation turned Lil Nas X into an overnight superstar who dominated the Billboard charts this year.
To celebrate the Apple Music Awards, Billie Eilish will perform at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The event will be live-streamed to the world on December 4 at 6:30 pm PST. Apple has created a unique series of awards to hand out to its winners.
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Each Apple Music Award features Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between glass.
The wafers start as a perfect 12-inch disc of silicon with nanometer-level flatness. Copper layers are deposited and patterned by ultraviolet lithography to create connections between billions of transistors. The result of this multi-month process, before it is sliced into hundreds of individual chips, is stunning and distinctive.
These are the same chips that power the devices Apple makes for customers across the globe. Of course, Apple isn’t the only music streaming service with an awards show planned. Spotify’s awards show will be kicking off this year too.
Pregnancy is an incredible time for a woman and it would seem that Erica Mena is enjoying every minute it! Mena shared a photograph herself in FashionNova sleepwear on Instagram and she is absolutely glowing! In the picture, Erica has her hair done in braids, natural-style makeup on and a black maternity friendly bodysuit that hugs her curves.
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The mom-to-be says in the caption, “This is what our third trimester is looking like. Weeks away until we meet her.” Erica and her husband Safaree Samuels are soon going to be parents which is a huge turning point for any relationship. Throughout her pregnancy, Mrs. Samuels has shared tons photos her journey on the gram with her 4.7 million followers. In this particular picture, she looks content, at peace and happy which is what her fans and supporters hope for her at this time.
As her due date approaches, Erica seems to know how to rock her maternity gear more and more, but soon those days will be behind her. Very soon she will have a baby girl in her arms and take on the role “mommy” to the new addition to her family. The Samuels have a lot to look forward to in 2020!
Apple has revealed its most streamed songs of 2019 and some insights from Shazam. Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Post Malone top multiple charts.
The top streamed album this year is debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? took the crown for the most streamed song of 2019 with “Old Town Road.” Apple Music also revealed the top streamed artist by genre and some Shazam most-searched songs stats.
Apple Music Most Streamed Songs of 2019 — Globally
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Ariana Grande – 7 rings
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Post Malone – Wow.
Meek Mill – Going Bad (featuring Drake)
Halsey – Without Me
Gunna & Lil Baby – Drip Too Hard
Travis Scott – SICKO MODE
Apple Music Best Artists By Genre of 2019
Alternative – Billie Eilish
Classical – Ludovico Einaudi
Country – Luke Combs
Hip-Hop – Drake
J-Pop Artists – aimyon
K-Pop Artists – BTS
Latin – Bad Bunny
Pop – Ariana Grande
R&B – Khalid
Rock – Queen
Shazam Global Year-End Insights
Top 10 Most-Shazamed Songs
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
“Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi
“Dance Monkey” – Tones And I
“Calma (Remix)” – Pedro Capó & Farruko
“Piece Of Your Heart” – Meduza Feat. Goodboys
“Con Calma” – Daddy Yankee Feat. Snow
“Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X
“Sweet But Psycho” – Ava Max
“Giant” – Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man
“Say My Name” – David Guetta & Bebe Rexha & J Balvin
“China” – Anuel AA & Daddy Yankee & Karol G Feat. Ozuna & J Balvin
“I Like It” – Cardi B & Bad Bunny & J Balvin
“Con Altura” – ROSALÍA & J Balvin Feat. El Guincho
“Contra La Pared” – Sean Paul & J Balvin
Most-Shazamed Song in a Day (2019 and all-time)
“Dance Monkey” – Tones And I
Most-Shazamed Songs by Genre
Pop: “bad guy” – Billie Eilish
Alternative/Rock: “Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi
Latin: “Calma (Remix)” – Pedro Capó & Farruko
Dance: “Piece Of Your Heart” – Meduza Feat. Goodboys
While the digital streaming market has become increasingly competitive, Swedish giant Spotify remains the most commonly used to date. As such, it’s fair to say their findings can serve as a reasonably sound barometer taste, particularly where mainstream preferences are concerned. Today, Spotify has compiled a wealth data for our perusal, including a roundup last year’s most popular artists and songs. If that wasn’t enough, Spotify went one step further and presented a roundup the past ten years, confirming what we’ve long suspected: the people, barring the occasional Odd Future fan, simply adore Drake.
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This year, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande made up the top three most-streamed artists the year. Camilia Cabello and Shawn Mendes’ “Señorita” was the year’s most popular song, with Billie’s “Bad Guy” and Posty and Swae’s “Sunflower” in second and third. The most popular album belonged to Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? In an impressive turn, The Joe Budden Podcast led the pack as the most-streamed podcast the year (further pro the game would welcome a Joe Budden rap comeback), while Lizzo and Lil Nas X held it down as the top breakout artists.
Further 2019 statistics can be found here. Now, for the past decade. According to Spotify’s findings, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Eminem held it down in the top five most-streamed artists. Big Ed’s “Shape Of You” turned out to be the decade’s most popular song, with Drake and Wizkid’s “One Dance” coming in second and Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” rounding out the third position. If number crunching is your bag, be sure to check out the full list data here.