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The Chainsmokers Take Over the Billboard Charts in Dance/Electronic

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Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall form the DJ/Dance duo the Chainsmokers, who have been taking the dance/electronic world by storm the past year with their debut full-length album “Memories…Do Not Open” a perennial #1 on Billboards Dance/Electronic Albums Chart. In the year the album has been out it has spent 34 non-consecutive weeks at the #1 spot on that chart, tying with “Demon Days” for the third most non-consistent weeks at #1.

“Memories…Do Not Open” has been knocked off the top spot by several new releases in the past year but always seems to come back. Musicians such as Odesza, Above & Beyond, Kygo, William Control and the deceased Avicii all have put out material that takes the #1 spot for a time but the Chainsmokers always make a comeback and retake the #1 spot. In fact the album hasn’t left the top 5 since its debut.

With “Demon Days” being 13 years old it seems like a lock that the Chainsmokers will soon have that #3 spot all to themselves. If the album keeps going strong, which by all acounts it still is, it may even be able to move up to the #2 or #1 slot. The Chainsmokers staying power doesn’t seem to be slowing down: They have released several charting singles since “Memories…Do Not Open” was released last year. They continue to collaborate with other artists and have even expanded their own roles in their music with Pall providing vocals for some singles.

The duo formed in New York City when Pall was looking for a new DJ partner. Introduced by mutual friend and manager Adam Alpert the two immediately hit it off. Taggart, who knew Alpert from working in an art museum, moved to New York from Maryland and the Chainsmokers as we know them were born. Aside from their album “Memories…Do Not Open” and their various singles the duo have also released two EPs, “Bouquet” and “Collage.” Both spent time on the Billboard charts. The duo say they are always working on new material and plan to put out another full-length album.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2018/05/28/the-chainsmokers-debut-album-is-now-the-third-longest-running-no-1-on-the-dance-chart/#95bf4069c7a3

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New Releases for June 2018

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If you think the music releases in the month of May were crammed, then you haven’t experienced anything yet. Wait until you find out the singers planning to release new tracks in this coming month of June. Are you eager to know which track is set to be release and by who? Then stick around!

Kanye West (No Title Yet

  1. Kanye West (No Title Yet)

We all know how Kanye West is good at leaving his fans with anticipation and in suspense. He is set to release another album this year on Friday. That will be on June 1. Nevertheless, he has not yet revealed the title of the song but he put a photo of the surgeon who operated on his mother before she died on the cover. It is still hard to guess the title even with the hint. Well, that is the Kanye we all know of.

That is not all. Yeezy, will drop Kids See Ghosts, an album that has been anticipated for, with Kid Cudi on June 8. Nas is also set to be release his untitled album the week after, on June 15.

  1. Dizzy Wright

Dizzy Wright won’t be left behind too. The rap industry will be blessed with Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done by Drizzy Wright, this coming month.

  1. Wifisfuneral

Wifisfuneral is also among the artists that will heat up the month of June. He is set to release Ethernet Vol. 1 on June 8. The eagerly waited mixtape was to be released on MAY 25 but it was postponed because of clearance issues.

At the end of the day, all the artists set to release new tracks never disappoint. Therefore, we can’t wait for the release of these new tracks. It seems like the month of June will be all heated up. I am definitely excited, are you?

 

Eminem Fuels Nicki Minaj Dating Rumors

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One of the hottest stories in celebrity musicians news just got a little hotter. The rumor of rap industry titans Eminem and Nicki Minaj has been growing over the past couple days. Both parties have been relatively coy about the matter, neither denying it or offering a whole lot of elaboration. In a performance at the Boston Calling music festival, Eminem refused to quash the rumor.

 

In banter with the crowd, Eminem (birth name: Marshall Mathers), asked the crowd, “How many people in Boston want me to date Nicki Minaj.” After a jubilant response of approval, Eminem addressed Minaj, telling her that they would discuss it later.

 

While Eminem has been more low-key or avoidant about taking the matter seriously, Nicki Minaj has been seemingly more open about it. She’s eluded to dating Eminem (or a white man) on recent lyrics. When asked about her and Em’s relationship, she confirmed it to be true.

 

Given that Eminem offered no denial of his and Minaj’s relationship, it remains up in the air just how serious he is about it. It’s possible that they are dating, but that he isn’t ready to go public with it until there’s been more understanding of what sort of relationship they have. It’s also very likely that he would rather keep his personal life relatively guarded.

 

Minaj wouldn’t be the first high-profile relationship Eminem has been involved in. He has vowed that he was in a relationship with superstar Mariah Carey. He also had a well-known relationship to Kim Mathers, who he married and divorced twice. Whatever happens with him and Nicki Minaj, we can all but guarantee it will be interesting to watch.

A$AP’s New Record…”Purity”

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So far this year, three notable hip hop albums have come out: J. Cole, Pusha T and A$AP Rocky. Not to mention Cardi B’s album. It is – without a doubt – a big year here. We are still looking for two big names, Kanye and Drake. Of everything I have heard so far this year, however, one track in sticking heavy. And it is from the least likely source, A$AP Rocky.

 

MTV News writes about Rocky’s new album, Testing, here. And of that record, the track “Purity” is a standout. Why? Instrumentals and lyrics.

 

Instrumentals

 

Regarding a song’s instrumentals, that is the first determiner of whether a song is worthy or not. From the very beginning of this song, one hears melodic strings, wind instruments and harmony from low voiced instruments. Putting such an instrumental arrangement together is essential for a good song to be great and memorable. This song starts with a lovely acoustic guitar heading into natural voices. Then the rapping starts with electric drums. At the first stanza’s end, high pitched voices come in to match the bass beats. Wonderful!

 

Lyrics

 

A lyric ain’t a lyric if you cannot remember it. This aspect of rap is known as memorable quotes. Can you remember the quote? Does that quote stick in your mind? If the rap and/or song is good, it should. Rocky has a number of memorable lyrics in this song. They are really good. They sounds very natural: “when Noah’s Ark broke” is one such lyric

 

Features

 

Another aspect is who is featured on a song. In “Purity” Frank Ocean is the feature and he adds tremendously to the greatness of the record.

 

Overall, a very substantial entry into the pond of hip hop and rap. Even better if it is not a radio record and you can impress someone by knowing it without it being totally mainstream. That adds to one’s coolness.

Yeezy Keeping The Masses Guessing As Newest Album Drops On June 1st

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It’s Thursday, May 31st, and we still don’t have all the intricate pieces to Kanye West’s musical madness, but it is Yeezy season.

 

Here is what we know for sure:

 

Something is stirring, and it’s way out in Wyoming where the brilliant hip-hop star has been holed up.

 

An album listening party is happening on Thursday evening in Jackson Hole, reports HighsNobiety.com. Jewelry designer Yoon Ahn has been invited to the special RSVP event and shared the news with her fans at her Instagram Stories. Unfortunately, a prior commitment makes her unable to attend.

 

On Friday, June 1st, the second album from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music in 2018 will drop. We still do not know the title, but it is his eighth studio album. Remember when West originally tried to create the album cover with a photo of the plastic surgeon who performed on his mother Donda before her untimely death at age 58?

 

The surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams, wasn’t buying it and declined permission, but he did make a positive statement to Kanye West. “I am impressed that you want to ‘forgive and stop hating’.”

 

If one does a little digging around Yeezy’s social media sites, the last entry he made on Twitter was on May 25th.

 

The post features a handwritten note signed by #King Push #Daytona (The Album) and Diddy. The script talks about a flawless hip-hop gem being both “classic and current.”

 

We understand that album number two is a 7-track piece. Then, Yeezy is putting out a joint album with Kid Cudi. That album will be named after their collaborative project, “Kids See Ghosts,” and it debuts on June 8th.

 

That’s not all, folks; don’t forget about the Nas untitled album the following Friday on June 15th.

 

We’re Yeezy-dizzy at this point.

Troye Sivan announces fall tour to support “Bloom”

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Troye Sivan fans are going to have a great fall.

On May 30, the singer-songwriter announced a huge North American tour, which will kick off in Irving, Texas, on Sept. 21 and end in Vancouver, Canada, on Nov. 8. He will be joined on the tour, dubbed “The Bloom Tour,” by Leland, Kim Petras and Carlie Hanson.

Sivan, 22, took to Twitter to announce that pre-sale tickets will be offered on his app beginning on June 5. Tickets will be offered to the general public on June 8. To sweeten the deal, every ticket will come with a copy of the singer’s upcoming “Bloom” album.

“Bloom,” which will be released on Aug. 21, is Sivan’s much-anticipated sophomore record. Frenetic lead single “My My My!” has already been released to good reviews.

During an appearance on the “Today Show,” Sivan said that the new album is “really personal” and he’s “super proud” of it. He also said it has more dance tracks than his first album, “Blue Neighborhood.”

“Bloom” also features a collaboration with pop star Ariana Grande called “Dance To This.” Other track names include “Seventeen,” “The Good Side,” “Bloom,” “Plum,” “What A Heavenly Way To Die,” “Lucky Strike,” “Animal” and “Postcard,” which features Gordi.

The album’s cover is a stark black-and-white image of the back of Sivan’s head.

“The Bloom Tour” will make stops in 27 North American cities, including Miami, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Fans can see the full list of dates here.

Sivan, who is of South African and Australian descent, began his career as a YouTube personality.

 

Ariana Grande Shed Tears Making New Album

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Ariana Grande will be releasing her fourth studio album entitled “Sweetener” this summer. The first single from the album was “No Tears Left to Cry”. It has reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The 24-year-old singer stated that it was difficult to make the album.

 

Ariana was dealing with a lot of personal issues while she was making the album. She started working on the album after the Manchester bombing. She said that it was hard to talk about her feelings after the bombing, so she poured them into her music. She also spent time in therapy.

 

Ariana is set to release her new single soon. It will be a collaboration with Nicki Minaj. Rumor has it that Drake will also be on the song. Pharrell Williams was one of the producers who worked on Ariana’s album. He stated that the Manchester bombing gave the album a sense of direction.

 

Ariana stated that she felt vulnerable while making the album. However, she stated that she feels like she has graduated by talking about her feelings. She has almost felt like her music was great. However, the songs that she has on her new album are more personal to her and have more meaning than the previous ones that she has released.

 

Not only is Ariana Grande preparing to release a new album, but things are heating up in her personal life. There have been rumors circulating that Peter Davidson and Ariana are dating. The two confirmed on Instagram that they are dating. Peter Davidson is an actor and comedian. He is known for his roles on “Saturday Night Live” and “Guy Code.”

Gorillaz To Release New Album At The End Of June

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It’s been made official. Gorillaz will release their follow-up to last year’s Humanz, titled The Now Now, on June 29th.

 

The English virtual band is the brainchild of musician and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, as well as the comic book artist behind Tank Girl, Jamie Hewlett. The release of the band’s sixth studio album was made official after Hewlett’s wife Emma de Caunes confirmed the album title and release date through a story on her Instagram account.

 

The new album was originally teased with the launch of a new website by the band, TheNowNow.tv. The site includes a short teaser video that features a silhouette of Gorillaz singer 2-D sitting with a guitar in hand.

 

The band followed the website up with cryptic posters that popped up at the All Points East Festival in London this past Memorial Day weekend. One of the posters included the phrase “No More Unicorns Anymore”, which also appeared on the t-shirt of Gorillaz drummer Russel in artwork that co-founder Jamie Hewlett shared on his own Instagram account.

 

The Now Now is set for release only a little over a year after the release of Gorillaz’s fifth studio album Humanz on April 28, 2017. Since then, the band has performed two new songs not featured on their fifth album during concerts on the Humanz Tour. “Ode To Idaho” was introduced late last year, while the song “Hollywood” made its official debut at a Gorillaz show in Chile back in March, where Damon Albarn announced it as a track off the new album coming soon.

 

Considering that Humanz didn’t see a release until after a seven-year hiatus following 2010’s Plastic Beach, Gorillaz fans can rejoice in the fact that they’re in for a significantly shorter wait for the band’s next project.

Adrienne Bailon Going On Tour With Husband

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Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, who is the co-host of the talk show “The Real”, will be going on tour with her husband, Israel Houghton. She stated that her husband is working on a new album and will be going on tour soon. Adrienne and Israel are also working on music together. They have a studio in their home.

Adrienne stated that they sing and dance while they are cleaning. She is a music lover and stated that her favorite singers are J Blavin, Cardi B and Beyonce. She stated that listening to Beyonce makes her feel like she can handle anything. Adrienne and Israel have a blended family. They look forward to expanding it in the near future. She reportedly already has a nursery together.

When Adrienne is not working on music, she is working on her YouTube channel. She launched the YouTube channel back in April. She has over 300,000 subscribers. She managed to get 1.5 million views in less than a month. Adrienne stated that she is overwhelmed with her success.

She stated that when she got her 100,000 subscribers, she lost her mind. She is grateful for the award. She never imagined that people would be able to influence so many people.

Adrienne is happy to read the positive comments that she has received from people. She prepared for the negative comments that she would receive. However, she stated that her channel is for fans only. She also likes the fact that people can subscribe to channels that they love.

Israel Houghton released his most recent album entitled “Covered:Alive in Asia” back in 2015. He has also been featured on the Elevation Worship album.

Sugarland Returns – With Taylor Swift!

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After a lengthy hiatus, popular country duo Sugarland is back with new music. Their first single in seven years, “Still the Same”, debuted in late 2017 at No. 26 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Sugarland also recently released the title track “Bigger” ahead of their upcoming new album, due out on June 8.

For their latest single, “Babe”, Sugarland teamed up with country-pop crossover superstar Taylor Swift. The new single was co-written by Swift and Patrick Monahan (Train) and features Swift’s vocals on the chorus. Swift is the only guest artist featured on Sugarland’s upcoming album.

Swift and Monahan actually wrote the song for Swift’s 2012 “Red”, but the song was not recorded for that album. Swift reportedly offered the song to Sugarland upon hearing of their upcoming reunion. “Babe” is a breakup song about a bad relationship, and is an upbeat ode to moving on from the heartbreak.

Although Swift seemingly left country music behind for the pop world with her 2014 release of “1989”, the hit country song “Better Man” was also written by Swift. “Better Man” was record by Little Big Town for their 2017 album “The Breaker”. Swift and Little Big Town received several CMA and Grammy nominations for the collaboration, with Swift winning the CMA Song of the Year award.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have both been busy during their hiatus from Sugarland. Nettles released 3 solo albums and is a proud mother. Bush has kept busy with his own solo album and as an in-demand songwriter and producer. Swift is heading out soon on her “Reputation” stadium tour in support of her 2017 pop album.