In other Drake news: We may as well call this Drizzy week seeing as he’s hogging all the headlines. ‘Views’ that record-breaking album Drake released back in April, was first to reach yet another milestone. After topping the Billboard 200 for a record 13 weeks, Views is now the first album to be streamed a billion times on Apple Music. This significant achievement called for a significant celebration so Tim Cook, the Apple CEO himself flew out to meet Drake in California to present him with a special plaque. If we’re to go by the base rates streaming services pay artists, that unique milestone will have earned Canadian hip hop’s flag bearer a cool $1m.
Omarion sued for ‘Post to Be’: Is it just me or are musicians getting sued more and more for alleged plagiarism? It seems folks have been emboldened by the Marvin Gaye estate’s historic win over Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. Next in the firing line is former B2K crooner Omarion whose collaborative hit with Chris Brown is alleged to have been lifted from another song. That other song, ‘Came To Do’, is actually a Breezy song, so yet again the controversial R&B star is caught in legal crosshairs. But this time he’s the victim. Or actually music distributorship giant BMG is as they and the song’s co-writers, Red Wine, are the custodians of Came To Do’s rights. In seeking to protect their rights they’re suing Omarion for $300,000 and have also put in an injunction to stop the singer from earning more money from the song.
Kid Cudi readies new album: Back in June Scott Mescudi, A.K.A Kid Cudi, promised fans a brand new album, in fact two albums. One of these was meant to have been unveiled in summer but then he told us to wait till September. Now September is drawing to a close and we still don’t have an album. But we do have an album title, and no, it’s not ‘Man on the Moon III’. If we can take Cudder’s latest update as the gospel truth, his sixth full-length will be called ‘Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’’. Just to prove it’s not hot air, he’s also dropped the album’s track list which reveals a total of 18 cuts, divvied into three acts as shown below.
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Among them you will find ‘Frequency’ and ‘All In’, which he released earlier. You will also find the names of a few mainstream artists including Pharrell Williams and the resurrected Andre 3000.
The life & times of Dwayne Carter: Well, that’s not its official title, but Lil Wayne has a biography coming out soon. Its name is ‘Gone ‘Til November’ and it contains some interesting nuggets drawn from Weezy’s personal diary (who would have thought he kept one?), penned during his eight-month sentence at the Rikers Island prison six years ago. One of these is the time he officiated a wedding between two inmates, another is discovery of an affair between Drake and his girlfriend. It promises to be an interesting read. But Weezy is not the only ex-con rapper with a book on the way. Gucci Mane has signed a deal with publishers Simon & Schuster so look out for some Guwop reading material soon. I have a feeling rap heads would rather have ‘The Carter V’ and ‘Woptober’ though.
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The Weeknd inks Puma deal: Following his return to the scene with his hot new ‘Starboy’ single, The Weeknd has made yet another winning move. He has joined Puma’s growing list of musical ambassadors and will have his own line of Puma apparel starting next year. But before then he will rep the German sportswear giant’s newly released IGNITE evoKNIT shoes and Evo Apparel as the face of the ‘Run the Streets’ campaign.
We leave you with footage of the beautiful Corinne Bailey Rae thrilling the tiny audience in the latest of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts.
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