Hip-Hop Rules The Albums Chart As LCD Soundsystem Runs The Show
Hugh McIntyre, Contributor
Lil Uzi Vert performs in the Sahara Tent during day 3 (Weekend 2) of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 2) (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
This week on the Billboard 200, electronic dance-rock band LCD Soundsystem is the only act with enough momentum to start a new album inside the top 10. Their latest effort, American Dream, begins at No. 1, granting them their first leader on the all-encompassing tally.
Coming in behind LCD Soundsystem is last week’s champion, Lil Uzi Vert, with his debut full-length proper album Luv Is Rage 2. The title only slips on rung this turn, and the same can be said for the No. 3 album in the country, XXXTentacion’s 17. The two records, which initially launched at Nos. 1 and 2 last time around and moved 73,000 and 51,000 equivalent units, respectively.
Hip-hop powerhouse Kendrick Lamar is still holding on towards the top of the tally with his most recent No. 1 album DAMN., which has settled at No. 4 this week, just in front of recent first-time MTV VMA winner Khalid with his album American Teen. Those titles shifted 40,000 and 33,000 units, respectively.
Rock pops back up again at No. 6, as Imagine Dragons vault their new album Evolve back into the top 10. The collection just barely missed rising from outside the highest region into the top five by 2,000 copies, as it moved 31,000 this past week.
Just as it looked like it was going to depart the uppermost region on the Billboard 200 after a pair of weeks spent inside it, Kodak Black’s second top 10 of 2017, the Project Baby 2 mixtape, actually reverses course and rises from No. 9 to No. 7 this frame. Speaking of hip-hop returning to the top 10, rapper Logic also bounces back to the premium tier with his No. 1 album Everybody, which is performing well thanks mostly in part to the recent success of his single “1-800-273-8255,” which features pop singer Alessia Cara and Khalid, who is clearly also enjoying his time on the charts. Everybody is back to No. 8 with 29,000 copies.
The final two slots this time are filled by another pair of records that return to the top 10, with SZA’s Ctrl bolting to No. 9 (from No. 14), while Ed Sheeran’s blockbuster release ÷ (Divide) climbs from 13 to 10 to earn yet another week inside the uppermost area on the Billboard 200. Both titles shifted 26,000 equivalent units.
John Legend & Netflix to Produce New Hip-Hop Competition Show 'Rhythm & Flow'
9/11/2017 by Nerisha Penrose (Repost)
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After the recent cancellation of WGN America's series Underground, John Legend is heading back to his producer chair. This time, however, Legend will shift his focus to a territory he's all too familiar with: music. Legend will dip his feet in the music competition world and is teaming up with Netflix to produce a new unscripted hip-hop competition series titled Rhythm & Flow.
Former NBC exec Jeff Gaspin and his Primary Wave Entertainment company will join the Grammy-award winning singer to produce the upcoming hip-hop competition series, Variety reports. While still in its nascent stage, Rhythm & Flowwill serve as Netflix's first foray into the talent discovery sphere, joining past competition shows like American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice.
No further details about Rhythm & Flow have surfaced and it is unclear as to what role Legend will play in the competition series aside from his producer title.
Legend is also developing a new WGN series titled Black Wall Street, with actress Tika Sumpter, to tell the story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot. The series has yet to receive an official premiere date.
Drake Credits Vince Carter With Giving Him Confidence in New Doc, 'The Carter Effect'
9/11/2017 by Karen Bliss (Repost)
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It might seem like Drake put Toronto on the map, but even the self-proclaimed 6 God admits it was NBA star Vince Carter.
The new documentary, The Carter Effect, directed by Canadian Sean Menard, executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Drake and Adel "Future the Prince" Nur, from production company UNINTERRUPTED -- chronicles the impact the Florida native had on the city, and to the game in Canada, when he was drafted to the fledgling Toronto Raptors in 1998, just three years into the franchise.
"Vinsanity" ensued, marked by a dunk contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star weekend that left jaws dropping. He soon became known as "Air Canada" or "Half Man, Half Amazing." He left the Raptors in 2004, an emotional part of his history with Toronto that is depicted in the film.
As Drake said onstage after the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Saturday (Sept. 9), "It just let me know that it was possible. It was confidence. It was the realization that it was attainable. This guy could come over here and lift us up. Imagine if it was one of us that could make it out there."
Until then, hockey had always been the dominant sport, but with Carter's acrobatic playing skills, basketball culture followed north of the border, particularly to Toronto, magnifying and exposing more hip-hop, helping to create the sneaker boom, and even launching bottle service in the T-dot when he partnered in a nightclub.
Drake -- who became the Raptors global ambassador in 2013 -- is all over the film, as is fellow Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall, who began his career in the mid-'90s and is sometimes called the "Godfather of Canadian hip-hop." Music video director X is also interviewed, as is Boi 1-da, Drake's producer.
But it's not a music film by any stretch. There are interviews with Steve Nash, Carter's cousin and then-teammate Tracy McGrady, and Carter's mom, Michelle Carter-Scott. Carter is also in the film, but did not make it to the screening.
In one particular revealing moment in the doc, Drake shows the cover of Slammagazine that features him, in a suit, flanked by current Raptors Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan with the caption "6 Gods."
"It's probably the coolest thing I ever got to do. To freeze this moment in time and dress like I own the team. I think this picture says a lot," Drake says. "This is the Carter Effect right here."