Murs Offers Criteria for Determining a Classic Album

Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ album recently dropped, and many fans have taken to the internet to call the album a classic. There are many who disagree, as the album hasn’t been out for over a week yet. Now, Murs has chimed in with his thoughts on what the criteria should be for a “classic” album.

Nicki Minaj Announces ‘Student of the Game’ College Fund Winners

Nicki Minaj continues to give back.

The Generous Queen has announced the first group of winners for her “Student of the Game” college fund program. The 37 Twitter handles were revealed on her website on Friday (June 29).

The winners will have their college expenses including tuition, books, and living expenses paid for by the rap queen herself. According to the contest terms, all money will be paid to the school or lender after verification. The amount requested may be different from the amount given.

Some of the winners took to social media to express their excitement after being chosen.

In order to enter, college students posted the amount requested on social media using the #StudentOfTheGame hashtag. Nicki and her team poured through the thousands of entries to choose the winners, who were contacted via direct message on Twitter.

Nicki previously gave out money for college expenses to over 30 students during an impromptu Twitter session with fans in May 2017. This led to the establishment of her “Student of the Game” scholarship initiative earlier this year.

If you weren’t one of the lucky “Student of the Game” winners, Nicki is also giving fans a chance to attend a listening session for her upcoming album Queen, due Aug. 10.


Zayn Covers Beyoncé’s ‘Me, Myself and I’

Zayn is putting his spin on a ‘Yonce classic.

The former One Direction member gears up for his new album by covering Beyoncé’s hit off her 2003 solo debut Dangerously in Love. Over the mid-tempo melody (originally produced by Scott Storch), the pop heartthrob adds his own sultry vocals and ad-libs, while remaining true to the original.

The cover earned praise from his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, who tweeted, “I meeeaaannnnn,” along with heart eye emojis and exclamation points.

Zayn posted the song as a teaser for his upcoming album. “Album is on the way, he tweeted. “Got a few surprises for you too .. here’s a taster.”

He is now readying his sophomore album, the follow-up to 2016’s Mind of Mine, which has already spawned singles including “Let Me” and “Entertainer.”

“I’m trying to keep it as mysterious as possible but there’s a plan with the roll out,” Zayn told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe in April. “It’s going to be different to I think anything anyone has done before.”


Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Breaks Spotify Opening Day Streaming Record

Scorpion is making streaming history.

One day after its release, Drake’s 25-track double album has reportedly shattered the global opening day streaming record on Spotify. According to, Scorpion was streamed 132 million times worldwide on its first day.

The record was previously held by Post Malone’s sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys, which earned 78 million streams on its opening day on April 27.

As HotNewHipHop points out, Scorpion currently fills out the top 23 spots on Spotify’s U.S. songs chart and the top 12 spots on the worldwide chart. XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” sits at No. 13, while Drake occupies 14-18.

Drake has reportedly also broken the global record for most opening day singles streams for “Nonstop” with approximately 9.2 million streams, besting Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” However, XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” still owns the largest global single-day streaming record following his death. “Nonstop” has reportedly set the record in the U.S.

Spotify has been promoting Drake heavily on its platform. The streaming giant launched a “Scorpion SZN” global takeover in honor of the new album, marking the first time a single artist has taken over multiple Spotify playlists on the same day. Additionally, Spotify revealed that the album was being streamed over 10 million times per hour upon its release.