Lana Del Rey Debuts at No. 1, Tyler, the Creator & Meek Mill in Top 3

The results are in, and Lana Del Rey is on top.

The pop songstress’ latest album, Lust for Life, sold 107,000 equivalent album units (80,000 traditional) to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 following a close race.

Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy and Meek Mill’s Wins & Losses were also in the battle for No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In the end, Tyler and Meek landed at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Despite The Creator’s fiery push for No. 1, Flower Boy ended up in the second position with 106,000 equivalent album units (70,000 traditional), just 1,000 shy of Del Rey. Meanwhile, Mill’s third album Wins & Losses finished with 102,000 equivalent album units (37,000 traditional).

This is the first time that the top three albums debuted with more than 100,000 units since last year’s Dec. 10-dated chart, which featured entries from Metallica, Bruno Mars, and Miranda Lambert.

Lust for Life gives Del Rey her second No. 1 overall following her 2014 chart-topper Ultraviolence. Meanwhile, Flower Boy is Tyler’s highest-charting album yet, besting 2013’s Wolf, which peaked at No. 3. Wins & Losses is Meek’s fourth top 10 overall, following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money (No. 1), 2012’s Dreams and Nightmares (No. 2), and last year’s DC4 (No. 3).

Back on the Billboard 200, Linkin Park’s One More Light jumps 17-4 (50,000) and Hybrid Theory climbs 27-8 (41,000). Each experienced a boost in sales after lead singer Chester Bennington’s tragic death on July 20.

Elsewhere on the chart, which was delayed due to technical issues, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN dips 2-5 with 48,000 units, marking the first time that the album has left the top 3 in 15 weeks. JAY-Z’s 4:44 also slides 1-7, and DJ Khaled’s Grateful falls 4-9.

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life – 107,000
2. Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy – 106,000
3. Meek Mill – Wins & Losses – 102,000
4. Linkin Park – One More Light – 50,000
5. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. – 48,000
6. Various – The Descendants 2 – 46,000
7. JAY-Z – 4:44 – 45,000
8. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory – 41,000
9. DJ Khaled – Grateful – 36,000
10. Romeo Santos – Golden – 36,000


Rap Radar Podcast: N.O.R.E. & DJ EFN

 Drink Time!

N.O.R.E. isn’t banned from TV anymore. Alongside partner DJ EFN, the duo have turned their Drink Champs pdocast into one of the most successful programs on REVOLT. N.O. has also expended his brand with cooking show on yet to be announced network. Months after celebrating the 20th anniversary of his landmark album, The War Report, N.O.R.E. talks about his new ventures, JAY-Z, classic material and more.

Photos: Evan Pierce

Source: Rap radar

New Music: The Weeknd feat. A$AP Rocky & Young Thug – ‘Reminder (Remix)’

If it ain’t XO, then it gotta go. The Weeknd calls on two of hip-hop’s most in-demand MCs—A$AP Rocky and Young Thug—for the official remix to his Starboy smash “Reminder.”

An Auto-Tuned Jeffery handles the first verse, sing-rapping about taking bubble baths with other rappers’ baby mamas. Elsewhere, he brags about his ice and his sex game. “Diamonds on me loud, got you silent,” he raps. “Got her bouncing on this dick like hydraulics.”

Following Abel’s verse and chorus — both borrowed from the original — A$AP Rocky joins in for the finale. “If I decide to cut my hair like Abel did, like Jaden Smith, I’d probably walk around all day with it,” he raps. “Okay, you lame, I’m A-OK with it.”

“Reminder” is a single off The Weeknd’s Starboy, which hangs at No. 21 on the Billboard 200. The original track is currently No. 90 on the Hot 100.

The video for “Reminder,” which features Drake, Rocky, Travis Scott, and many more, is nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, and Artist of the Year.

Re-up with the “Reminder (Remix)” below.


Kanye West Files $10 Million Lawsuit Over Canceled ‘Saint Pablo Tour’

Kanye West is facing another legal battle.

After reported lawsuits involving TIDAL, the Chicago rapper has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Lloyd’s of London, alleging that the insurer has not paid him for claims involving the early cancellation of his “Saint Pablo Tour” due to an alleged mental breakdown.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in California federal court and it falls on various entities, including Cathedral Syndicate. West is alleging breach of contract and a breach of good faith and fair dealing.

In court documents, West says that he has not been paid for a loss claim that he tendered two days after checking himself into a psychiatric center last year. “Nor have they provided anything approaching a coherent explanation about why they have not paid, or any indication if they will ever pay or even make a coverage decision, implying that Kanye’s use of marijuana may provide them with a basis to deny the claim and retain the hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums paid by Very Good,” states the complaint. “The stalling is emblematic of a broader modus operandi of the insurers of never-ending post-claim underwriting where the insurers hunt for some contrived excuse not to pay.”

The lawsuit claims that West suffered from a “disabling condition.” It also references the rapper’s onstage outbursts, citing “strained, confused and erratic” behavior ahead of the cancellation.

“While Kanye was still under medical care for his disabling condition, the Defendant syndicates demanded that Kanye submit to an immediate [independent medical examination],” states the court documents. “Kanye was made available for a purported IME by a doctor, hand-selected by the insurers’ counsel, who was predisposed to look for some reason to deny the claim. Yet even Defendants’ selected doctor had to admit that Kanye was disabled from being able to continue with the Tour. As demanded by the insurers, Kanye was also subsequently presented for an examination under oath (‘EUO’), and at least eleven other persons affiliated with Kanye and Very Good were similarly presented for EUOs.”

On top of this, West’s camp believes that his information was shared with news outlets through leaks, betraying non-disclosure agreements between both parties. “Plaintiff is informed and believes that the ‘planting’ of the Confidential Information with news outlets… was part and parcel of Defendants’ efforts to impair Plaintiff’s rights to the indemnity payments due under the Insurance Policies,” states the complaint.

Kanye’s lawyer Howard King says this is a lesson for all artists. “Performing artists who pay handsomely to insurance companies within the Lloyd’s of London marketplace to obtain show tour ‘non-appearance or cancellation’ insurance should take note of the lesson to be learned from this lawsuit: Lloyd’s companies enjoy collecting bounteous premiums; they don’t enjoy paying claims, no matter how legitimate,” he said in a statement. “Their business model thrives on conducting unending ‘investigations,’ of bona fide coverage requests, stalling interminably, running up their insured’s costs, and avoiding coverage decisions based on flimsy excuses. The artists think they they’re buying peace of mind. The insurers know they’re just selling a ticket to the courthouse.”


Beyoncé Looking to Buy Stake in Houston Rockets

Queen Bey keeps on reppin’ H-town. Sources close to the singer say that Beyoncé is interested in buying an ownership stake in the Houston Rockets, according to Bloomberg.

Rockets’ owner Les Alexander, who purchased the team for $85 million in 1993, is looking to sell the franchise, which could yield more than the record $2 billion that Steve Balmer paid for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

The Carters are no strangers to the NBA. After all, JAY-Z purchased a less than one percent stake in the Nets and was instrumental in their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. He eventually sold his share of the NBA franchise in order to start Roc Nation Sports, which represents athletes.

If Queen Bey chooses to purchase a stake in her hometown team, she would be joining other fellow artist/owners in major sports, including Justin Timberlake (Memphis Grizzlies), Jennifer Lopez (Miami Dolphins), and Nelly (Charlotte Bobcats).

With her global appeal, ‘Yoncé could be an important factor in an ownership group. According to the report, this would be an added bonus for a franchise that already has a large fanbase around the world and specifically in China.

Although Beyoncé has roots in Houston, she is currently living in Los Angeles. The Carters are reportedly planning to move into a Bel-Air mansion this year, following the birth of their twins Rumi and Sir Carter.


JAY-Z Calls Chris Martin ‘Modern Day Shakespeare’

Fresh off the release of his critically-lauded 13th studio album 4:44, JAY-Z delivers his own high praise for another musician: Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

During a recent interview with Guilty Pleasures, the Roc Nation boss said his longtime friend is a bonafide genius. “We are good friends — but what I got to say has nothing to do with our friendship,” he said (via Metro). “I have been in the industry long enough to know when I’m in the presence of a genius… and Chris Martin is just that.

“In years to come,” he added, “Britain will look back at him as a modern day Shakespeare. He is an incredible recording artist, an incredible songwriter, but where he really comes alive is performing live. If you get the chance to see Coldplay live, do it — you ain’t gonna regret it.”

JAY-Z and Martin have collaborated on “Beach Chair,” a mellow cut off Hov’s Kingdom Come LP, and “Lost+,” a remix to “Lost!” off Coldplay’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Up next, Jigga is set to embark on the “4:44 Tour,” which kicks off Oct. 27 in Anaheim. The North American jaunt is scheduled to conclude Dec. 21 in Los Angeles.