1. Pop's Boy-Girl Pals -- From Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran to Rihanna & Drake

    July 21, 2016 12:02 PM EDT Rihanna and Drake act like friends with benefits, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran  send each other cat videos, and along with this week's cover stars Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato , they all prove men and women can find more than romance in music’s upper echelons. Find out more about how the…

  2. Drake's Chart Dominance, Streaming, and Why Album Sales Aren't What They Used to Be: Guest Analysis

    July 19, 2016 11:06 AM EDT Album sales aren't what they used to be. Sales numbers have fallen as the playlist and the stream has become a more valuable currency. Nor do album sales have the same impact on the charts. Since streams count toward Billboard 's album chart, streaming often helps determine where an…

  3. French Montana Recruits Drake for 'Pump It Up'-Referencing 'No Shopping,' Joe Budden Responds

    July 18, 2016 11:00 AM EDT As French Montana continues to cook up his forthcoming studio effort  MC4,  the follow-up to this year's  Wave Gods  mixtape and 2013's  Excuse My French , the Bronx rapper grabs his homie from the North, Drake , for the fiery cut "No Shopping." The Noah "40"…

  4. Drake Shares Funny Letter He Wrote to His Mom in 2006

    July 17, 2016 9:08 PM EDT This week marks  Drake ’s 10th week at the top of the Billboard 200 with his album Views . But 10 years ago, his life looked a little different. Drake's 'Views' Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 for 10th Week On Sunday (July 17), the rapper unearthed a gem from 2006: a letter…

  5. Drake's 'Views' Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 for 10th Week

    July 17, 2016 5:35 PM EDT Drake ’s Views enters double-digit territory at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as the album jumps 2-1 to collect a 10th nonconsecutive week atop the list. The set earned another 92,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 14 (down 22 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Drake&…

  6. Spotify Unveils Radio-Like Playlists, Featuring the Story of When James Blake Rejected Drake

    July 13, 2016 3:31 PM EDT Spotify isn't taking the success of Apple's radio station sitting down. Spotify launched a pair of new playlists on Wednesday. Big whoop -- except this time the streaming service is taking a page from the Beats 1 playbook, enlisting artists to host the radio-like programs, dubbed AM…

  7. Drake's 'Honorable Mentions,' LeBron James' 'Prerogative' & Other Memorable Music Moments From the ESPYs

    July 13, 2016 2:12 PM EDT The 2016 ESPYs ("Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly" Awards) are hitting small screens tonight (July 13) for what is sure to be a night full of heart and major spoofage. With WWE superstar John Cena on hosting duty, the ceremony will also find the sports world colliding with…

  8. Blink-182 Bumps Drake From No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 10, 2016 3:00 PM EDT Rock band scores its second No. 1 album -- and first in 15 years -- with "California." After nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake ’s Views is dethroned from the top slot by Blink-182 ’s new set, California . The latter debuts at No. 1 with 186,000…

  9. Producer Zaytoven Hints at a Drake & Gucci Mane Collaborative Project

    July 08, 2016 5:39 PM EDT Is there a Gucci Mane and Drake collaborative project on the way? According to ATL producer Zaytoven, the duo's single "Back on Road," released June 4 as one of the first Gucci Mane singles since his release from federal prison May 26, won't be the last time the two appear…

  10. Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Frank Ocean & Beyond: Looking Forward to the Rest of 2016 After a Huge First Half

    July 08, 2016 12:20 PM EDT The first half of 2016 saw music filling a heightened space in the cultural conversation. It was sometimes triumphant, at times heartbreaking, and a lot of it felt unprecedented.  There was a momentous succession of albums from industry A-listers, each one seemingly trying to outshine the…

  11. Everything We Know About Joe Budden, Meek Mill & Drake's Internet Beef

    July 06, 2016 7:42 PM EDT Today's hip-hop critics often complain there's a lack of beef in the present-day rap game, claiming that some artists may be too scared to jump in the ring and drop competitive bars. However, the latest row between Joe Budden , Meek Mill and Drake is as bizarre and new-age as it…

  12. Drake's 'Views' No. 1 For Ninth Week on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 03, 2016 3:00 PM EDT "Views" pulls ahead of Eminem’s "The Marshall Mathers LP" to solely claim the third-most weeks at No. 1 by a hip-hop album. For a ninth week in a row, Drake ’s Views holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Views pulls ahead of Eminem ’s The Marshall Mathers LP (with…

  13. DMX Changes His Mind About Drake, Explains Health Scares on 'The Breakfast Club'

    June 29, 2016 3:14 PM EDT DMX  returned to Power 105.1's  The Breakfast Club  on Tuesday (June 28) and didn't skimp on conversation. Over the course of the hour-long discussion with the morning trio DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, Dark Man X revealed changing his opinion about Drake , his recent…

  14. Drake Filming Long-Awaited 'One Dance' Video in South Africa, According to Instagram

    June 29, 2016 12:47 PM EDT Drake has brought his talents to South Africa for the shoot of his "One Dance" video, according to photos and clips circulating Instagram. "Meanwhile in Soweto for the One Dance video shoot," read the caption of one flick from sound engineer and percussionist @matikamusic …

  15. Drake's 'Views' Spends Eighth Week in a Row at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 26, 2016 3:00 PM EDT Drake ’s Views continues to reign atop the Billboard 200 chart, as the set spends an eighth consecutive week at No. 1. The album debuted in the penthouse, and has yet to depart the No. 1 slot. In the week ending June 23, it earned another 124,000 equivalent album units (up 2 percent).…

  16. Drake Reportedly Cancels VIP Meet & Greets for Summer Sixteen Tour

    June 22, 2016 5:05 PM EDT Drake's tour kicks off July 20 in Austin, Texas. Drake fans looking to get face time with the Toronto rapper during his upcoming tour might be in for some bad news. According to  People , the self-proclaimed "6 God" has canceled the VIP fan packages, which include a meet-and…

  17. French Montana Says He Won $60,000 From Drake In NBA Finals Bet

    June 21, 2016 11:27 AM EDT Drake 's wallet is now $60,000 lighter after losing a bet to French Montana over Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The Land took home the championship on Sunday night (June 19) after the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89. In an Instagram clip, French is seen telling the…

  18. Nick Jonas Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Drake's 'Views' Steady at No. 1

    June 19, 2016 3:30 PM EDT As Drake ’s Views stays put at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- for a seventh week -- Nick Jonas ’ Last Year Was Complicated arrives at No. 2 and the Hamilton cast album hits the top 10 for the first time, rising 13-3. Views earned 121,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 16,…

  19. Recording Academy Embraces Streaming with Changes to Grammy Rules

    June 16, 2016 9:00 AM EDT The organization also modernizes its Rap, R&B and Blues awards categories. As streaming music approaches its cultural tipping point, the music industry has quickly taken notice. And next year, the Grammys will finally embrace streaming, too. Today, the Recording Academy announced that…

  20. Drake's 'Views' Album No. 1 for Sixth Week on Billboard 200, Paul Simon Debuts at No. 3

    June 12, 2016 5:35 PM EDT "Views" has earned the most consecutive weeks atop the chart for an album by a man in over 10 years. Drake ’s Views album, as expected , holds at No. 1 for a sixth consecutive week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The set earned 135,000 equivalent album units in the week ending…

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