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Taylor Swift Rules The ‘New’ Billboard 200

December 4th, 2014 12:11pm EST
Taylor Swift
Out with the old and in with the new. The Billboard 200 has changed its charting formula that doesn’t just solely include albums sales, but also streaming and digital tracks. It’s definitely a contrast, but also makes complete sense given the current music climate. The days where it just comes down to album sales and nothing more are simply done – look at albums sales in 2014 alone. Still, the good old Nielsen Soundscan tabulates the sales via the Top Album Sales Chart.

But enough technicalities – time to jump right into the Billboard 200 – new or old. The holder of the number one sp...

Review: 8 Takeaways From Rick Ross' 'Hood Billionaire'

December 1st, 2014 4:15pm EST
Rick Ross Hood Billionaire
Rick Ross did something that few artists were brave enough to do in 2014 – release two studio albums. Yep, everyone should be dropping his or her jaws. After dropping a fifth number one album in Mastermind earlier in 2014, he issues Hood Billionaire. Maybe Ross just wanted to flex his ‘boss-ness.’ Regardless, he has given the hip-hop world more to listen, analyze, and of course critique. After listening and analyzing Ross’ latest, here are eight takeaways.

1) Ross attempts to be conceptual

Give Ross some credit (the key word being some). To an extent, it seems on Hood Billionai...

One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’

November 27th, 2014 9:03am EST
One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’: This We
'Tis the season where album sales are elevated and the music industry breathes a sigh of relief – until the deadness of January that is. While there have been few victory laps (besides Taylor Swift’s 1989), the numbers are stronger than earlier in 2014. That said, reliable chart-topper One Direction scored a fourth number one album with Four. Although 1D got it done, there is a ‘but’ to the scenario.

Four landed at a familiar spot for 1D, but did so in somewhat underwhelming fashion. Sure the 387,000 copies the British-Irish boy band moved is exceptional, but falls below both prognostic...

Beyonce & Rick Ross Lead Albums To Check Out

November 24th, 2014 1:00pm EST
Beyonce & Rick Ross Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
Finally, an article that doesn’t mention the staying power of Taylor Swift’s 1989 – Oops! To quote Kanye West, “No one man should have all that power…” Then throw in that fourth studio album by those British-Irish heartthrobs One Direction who are forecast for a big debut, its ‘fourth’ number one.

Regardless, this week in music has some interesting offerings, dropping off-cycle on Monday, November 24. There are some old and some new on the list, as this seems to be the week of the reissue and the compilation – looking at you ‘Yoncé! That said Rick Ross sneaks in with another studio album...

10 Of The Most Controversial Songs Of The 10s

September 20th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
10 Of The Most Controversial Songs Of The 10s
Controversy has become commonplace in music, particularly in the 10s. Musicians are certainly taking more liberties, pushing the envelope more than ever before. Often, the weapon of choice is sex, but ultimately, there are few limitations to controversy anymore. Below are 10 of the more controversial songs of the 10s. Perhaps these don’t necessarily rank as the biggest offenders, but they have all raised eyebrows and/or drawn skeptics for some reason or another.

1) Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I., “Blurred Lines” (Blurred Lines, 2013)

“Blurred Lines” has controversy ...

30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...

20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs

June 29th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs
Historically, hip-hop has no shortage of raunchiness. For years, hip-hop artists have pushed the boundaries, never being shy about spitting about a 'three-letter word’ – sex, that is. No need to blush yet – that’s what the list of 20 of the dirtiest rap songs is for! The list doesn't include every filthy rap track, but there's definitely a wealth featured in no particular order.

#1 Missy Elliott, "Work It"

from Under Construction (2002)

"Work It" is a crowning achievement for the critically acclaimed Missy Elliott. As addictive and revered as it is, "Work It" is equally risqué, ...

Rapper Rick Ross Arrested In North Carolina

June 29th, 2014 5:33pm EDT
Rick Ross
Rapper Rick Ross was taken into police custody on Friday night following a performance in North Carolina, where there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The rapper was busted following his set at radio 102 JAMZ' SuperJam 2014, held at the Greensboro Coliseum for failing to appear in court following an arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession in the city in 2013.

According to TMZ, Ross was taken into police custody and later released after posting $1000 bail.

Other acts that played the event included Yo Gotti, Young Thug and Kid Ink.

Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.



From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...

Rick Ross Tops The Billboard 200 With 'Mastermind'

March 13th, 2014 7:51am EDT
Rick Ross
Rick Ross has landed his fifth number-one album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Mastermind."

The rapper's latest offering has kept Pharrell Williams' latest album, "G I R L," from the top spot with 179,000 copies sold in its first week, while the album topped the UK charts.

Ross joins the company of only six other rap/hip-hop stars who have five or more number-one albums, moving into fourth place on the all-time list along with Tupac Shakur and DMX. Kanye West and Nas are tied for third with six number-ones; Eminem sits at number-two with seven; and Jay-Z leads the pack with 13 overall n...

Kanye West, Big Sean & Rick Ross Rap On 'The Arsenio Hall Show'

March 8th, 2014 8:11am EST
Kanye West, Big Sean & Rick Ross Rap On 'The Arsenio Hall Show'
Kanye West joined Rick Ross and Big Sean for a surprise performance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" on Thursday. Hall introduced Ross and the crowd erupted when Big Sean appeared on the stage.

One minute after launching into the song "Sanctified" from Ross' album "Mastermind," West came onboard and sang his lines from the song, which included the lyrics: "Wash my sins in the blood of Jesus/ People sayin' ''Ye we need another Yeezus.'"

West and Ross have mended ways after a long feud and are collaborating on the new “War Ready,” the video of which debuted on on Friday.

The ...

Review: Rick Ross Keeps A Good Thing Going Strong On 'Mastermind'

March 6th, 2014 2:30pm EST
Rick Ross Mastermind
Six albums in, the best way to describe Rick Ross is that he ‘is what he is’. Ross’ high watermark artistically was his fourth LP, 2010 masterpiece Teflon Don. Up until Teflon Don, it seemed that Ross was just trying to find his artistic identity – his niche if you will. After finally finding himself, Ross spent fifth LP God Forgives, I Don’t ‘flexing’, something he carries over into Mastermind. Mastermind ultimately is another sound, enjoyable Rick Ross album, even if it lacks some of the excellent, luxurious rap of Teflon Don or even the exceptionalness of the best moments of God Forgi...

Rick Ross Suing LMFAO For Copyright Infringement

January 3rd, 2014 3:48pm EST
Rick Ross
Rapper Rick Ross is suing party rock duo LMFAO for copyright infringement.

Ross claims that the duo's 2010 single "Party Rock Anthem," which features the line, "Everyday I'm shufflin'" directly rips off his single "Hustlin,'" off his 2006 debut album "Port of Miami, which includes the line, "Everyday I'm hustlin'."

"The use of 'Hustlin' ' in 'Party Rock Anthem' is readily apparent, despite the slight change from 'Everyday I’m hustlin' …' to 'Everyday I'm shufflin' …' and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work," the lawsuit reads, according to The Hollywoo...

Review: MMG 'Self Made, Vol. 3': As Money Pours In, Originality Drops A Smidgen

September 24th, 2013 6:20pm EDT
Let’s just cut to the chase… this is the third Maybach Music Group compilation.  That’s a statement in itself.  While the saying is that “third time’s charm”, this particular installment actually seems to be less enthralling than the previous installment. Sure, there is plenty of gangsta to respire here, but this time there is a lack of that surefire juggernaut like “Power Circle” or the coolest funeral arrangement tune “Bury Me A G”.  Maybe Rick Ross spent a little too much time counting his bread, but this feels much more like a compilation.  Oh well.

Self Made 3 opens with “Lil Snupe In...

Rick Ross Sampled Witness Testimony For Trayvon Martin Song 'I Wonder Why'

July 30th, 2013 6:36pm EDT
Rick Ross
Rick Ross has sampled a witness' testimony from the Trayvon Martin case in his latest track I Wonder Why.

The 37 year-old rapper's new song features the voice of Rachel Jeantel, who was the last person to talk to the unarmed African-American teenager before he was shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012.

Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Martin during a trial earlier this month and the controversial verdict sparked protests across the country  

Now, Ross has aired his thoughts about the homicide in a new track, in which he draws comparisons between his lif...

Rick Ross Was A Victim Of Corporate America's True Colors.

May 6th, 2013 2:25am EDT
Rapper Rick Ross
I was on YouTube one day and ran across a video of R. Kelly, circa early 2002, in a Reebok commercial. Here was the biggest R&B star on the planet on a commercial with one of the biggest sports equipment companies on the plant, as well. But, I couldn't help but think that maybe that was the first and last commercial he made for the company, before he was more and likely dropped stemming his future child pornography charges. R. Kelly was at his peak until that infamous sex tape was released, and now, 11 years later, Reebok had to pull its urban puppeteer Rick Ross under allegations he promot...

Rick Ross Admits Date Rape Lyrics Were 'Offensive,' Releases Official Apology

April 13th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
Rick Ross
After making light of date rape in the lyrics of a new song, Rick Ross has issued an official apology to his former business partners at Reebok and women's rights organisations.
On Thursday, the sneaker giant dropped Ross following the controversy surrounding lyrics on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O."
Activists urged Reebok execs to fire the hip-hop star, and Ross has come forward to acknowledge the hurt and pain his lyrics have caused.
He released a statement on Friday that reads: "Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for...

Reebok Drops Rick Ross Over Rape Lyrics

April 11th, 2013 10:31pm EDT
Rick Ross
Athletic giant Reebok has dropped Rick Ross from its list of brand spokesmen after the rapper's insensitive lyrics in Rocko's newest single, "U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain't Even Know It)" caused a controversy last week.

The song in question features a ryhme that glorifies date rape, which prompted womens rights activists to start a petition last week call on Reebok to drop Ross as an ambassador for the company.

Ross rhymed, "Put Molly (slang for the drug ecstasy) all in the champagne. She ain't even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain't even know it."

The petition resulted in over ...

Women's Rights Activists Protest Reebok After Rick Ross's Unapologetic Explanation Of Rape Lyrics

April 5th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Rick Ross
Rick Ross has issued an apology after coming under fire over his controversial lyrics that were featured in rapper Rocko's latest single, "U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain't Even Know It)."

The song, which features a ryhme that condones date rape, prompted womens rights activists to start a petition earlier this week and to call on athletic giant Reebok to drop Ross from his sponsorship deal with them. The petition garnered 72,000 signatures and over 100 activists from women's rights groups UltraViolet and NOW delivered it to Reebok's New York City flagship store on Thursday.

The offensive lyric name-...

Activists Disgusted By Rick Ross' Rape Lyrics In New Song

March 30th, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Rick Ross
Rick Ross is being criticized for a controversial line on rapper Rocko's new single, "U.O.E.N.O. (You Ain't Even Know It)" in which he says, "Put molly (slang for pure ecstasy) all in her champagne/ She ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it."
The offensive rhyme has prompted women's rights activists to start a petition on to force Ross to apologize for seemingly glorifying violence against women. On Thursday, the rapper insisted the drama was "a misunderstanding" because he would never condone rape.

However, he didn't apologize for the ...

Kendrick Lamar Is MTV’s Hottest MC In The Game, Kanye West Angry About Being #7

March 9th, 2013 12:34pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
MTV has chosen this year’s “The Hottest MC in the Game,” and it’s Kendrick Lamar, who beat 2 Chainz and Rick Ross.

Lamar topped the 2013 list following the success of his debut album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

He commented on, "It's very important for hip-hop. I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It's competitive. Even though we (are) doing these collaborations and stuff like that and we cool, at the same time, this is still rap. It's still competitive and I'm trying to compete with everybody to be the best."

2 Chainz and Ross (who was last year’s winner), pl...

Rick Ross Is 'Good,' Back In Recording Studio Following Drive-By Shooting

February 1st, 2013 5:29pm EST
Rick Ross
According to his hip-hop star pal Pusha T, rapper Rick Ross is back in the studio after surviving a drive-by shooting on Monday.

Ross crashed his Rolls-Royce into a building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after a gunman in another vehicle peppered his car with bullets on his 37th birthday.
Somehow Ross escaped without injury, and now he's already back at work as he prepares to release his sixth studio album, "Mastermind," later this year.
Pusha T told, "He just texted me. He's about to send me a record, but that was all we talked about... He good, he's good, if he's sending me re...

50 Cent Convinced Rick Ross' Drive By And Crash Was 'Staged'

January 28th, 2013 4:43pm EST
50 Cent
50 Cent has cast doubt on reports rival rapper Rick Ross was involved in a drive-by shooting in Florida on Monday, insisting the photos look "staged."

The heavyweight hip-hop star was in a Rolls-Royce which crashed into a building in Fort Lauderdale after a gunman in another vehicle peppered the car with bullets. It has since emerged that Ross was driving the vehicle with his rumored girlfriend, Shateria L. Moragne-el, as his passenger.

None of the gunshots actually hit the car and pair, which was celebrating Ross' 37th birthday, emerged unharmed.

Images from the scene have been poste...

Rick Ross' Car Target Of Drive-By Shooting In Florida

January 28th, 2013 11:28am EST
Rick Ross
Rick Ross was involved in a car crash in Florida in the early hours of Monday after he was allegedly targeted in a drive-by shooting as he celebrated his 37th birthday.

Police in Fort Lauderdale have confirmed the Hustlin' hit-maker, real name William Roberts, was a passenger in a Rolls Royce that was showered with "dozens" of bullets at around 5am local time.  None of the shots hit the car, but it crashed into an apartment building as Ross and a female companion tried to get away. No injuries have been reported and no arrests had been made as WENN went to press.

Ross, who grew up in ne...

Rick Ross And Young Jeezy At Center Of BET Hip-Hop Awards Brawl

September 30th, 2012 5:09pm EDT
Rick Ross
The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were taped Saturday night in Atlanta, Georgia, went off without a hitch -- at least, that's what viewers will think when the show airs October 9.

Organizers of the night's event were forced to call police to the Atlanta Civic Center after a fight erupted between the entourages of rappers Rick Ross and Young Jeezy.

Officers dispatched to the scene had to use pepper spray to break up the fracas, a spokesperson told; but no arrests were made.

"Atlanta Police Department officers on scene responded to break up the fight and used OC spray (pepper spra...

Mariah Carey Is A Gorgeous Golden Girl In 'Triumphant' Music Video

August 22nd, 2012 8:20am EDT
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey plays a boxing ring girl and sexy spectator in her latest music video "Triumphant (Get 'Em)", showing off her curves while rappers such as Meek Mill, DJ Khaled and Rick Ross join the singer with their own rhymes.

Carey shows off her gorgeous figure in various sexy gold two-piece ensembles as she prances around the boxing ring, holding up a "Round 1" card. The 42-year-old songstress also shows off her curves in a short, tight gold dress as she belts out verses such as: Can't fall down stay triumphant keep on living/ Stay on your toes Get off the ropes/ Don't let em ever count y...

Flo Rida Knocks Carly Rae Jepsen Off Top Of Music Charts

August 16th, 2012 11:08am EDT
Flo Rida
Carly Rae Jepsen's nine-week reign at the top of the charts has ended. Flo Rida's "Whistle" has bumped "Call Me Maybe" to number three, behind Ellie Goulding's "Lights," which stays put at number two.

"Whistle" is the rapper's third Hot 100 number-one hit.

Pop compilation Now 43 has scored the 16th number one on the Billboard 200 chart for the "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise, while rapper Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't" slips a spot to two.

Frank Sinatra's latest greatest hits collection, "Nothing But the Best," debuts at three, and Elle Varner's "Perfectly Imperfect," enter...

Rick Ross Sued For $2 Million Over Canceled Nigerian Concert

July 17th, 2012 8:25am EDT
Rick Ross
Rapper Rick Ross has been hit with a lawsuit for almost $2 million after he scrapped a performance in Nigeria last year.

The star was set to jet to the African country in December to play at the annual Star Mega Jam event but pulled his appearance following a bout of ill health.

In a suit filed by lawyers for U.K.-based promotional company Zons P.R. in New York earlier this month, it's alleged Ross was paid a deposit of $87,500 to promote their client, Star Lager Beer, during his trip to Nigeria.

The suit adds that bosses at the company tried to reschedule another show where he could ...

Rick Ross Axes African Concert Following 'Medical Emergency'

April 9th, 2012 10:17pm EDT
Rick Ross
Rapper Rick Ross has axed his Monday night show in Guyana due to health issues.

The hip-hop star, who has suffered two seizures over the last six months, was scheduled to headline the Easter Fest Rozay at the Guyana National Stadium on Monday.

Promoters at Hits and Jams Entertainment received news of the cancellation late on Sunday and released a statement to fans, which read, "Rick Ross' management this evening informed management at Hits and Jams that the artist has suffered a medical emergency and has been ordered by his doctors not travel.

"His management has given an undertaking tha...

Rapper Rick Ross Wins Legal Battle Over Name

March 29th, 2012 11:15pm EDT
Rick Ross
Rapper Rick Ross has won the right to keep his stage name following a long-running legal battle with former crime king Ricky Ross.

The former cocaine trafficker, who became infamous for running a drug empire in Los Angeles in the 1980s, filed suit against the rapper in 2010, alleging he infringed a trademark by changing his name from William Leonard Roberts II to Rick Ross.

The suit was dismissed in November, 2010 after a judge at California's U.S. District Court ruled that Ricky Ross' illegal activity made it impossible to determine if he had "valid trademark for his name".

The ex-convi...