Daily Archives: March 26, 2017

On the Charts: Drake Breaks Streaming Record as 'More Life' Takes Number One

Drake broke his own streaming record as More Life sauntered to Number One on the strength of 505,000 total albums sold. More Life also marked the seventh straight time a Drake LP has topped the Billboard 200.

Of More Life‘s half-million haul, a record-setting 257,000 of that total came from streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs, which breaks down to roughly 384.8 million More Life streams since it was released last Saturday, Billboard reports.

The previous record for most streams was held by Drake’s own Views, which totaled 163,000 SEAs in its debut week in 2016. However, Views sold just over a million total copies in its first week of availability, and while More Life sold half of that, the 505,000-copy tally was still the biggest sales week since Views‘ arrival 10 months ago.

Digital-only purchases of More Life brought in 226,000 “traditional” copies, making it the year’s second best first week seller behind Ed Sheeran’s Divide. Physical copies of More Life arrive later this month.

Two more new releases infiltrated the Top 10: Rick RossRather You Than Me entered at Number Three and 106,000 total copies, while Depeche Mode‘s latest Spirit debuted at Number Five and 64,000 copies.

Sheeran’s two-week reign atop the Billboard 200 ended as Divide dropped one spot to Number Two. Despite a 75-percent sales gain thanks to its box office dominance, the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack could only muster fourth place as that album totaled 99,000 copies.

Further down, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic placed sixth, ahead of the Moana soundtrack (Number Seven), Future’s self-titled LP (Eight), the Weekend’s Starboy (Nine) and, at Number 10, Migos’ Culture.

Drake – who tied Eminem and Kanye West with his seventh Number One album; Jay Z is the top rapper with 13 chart-topping LPs – should remain in the top spot this time next week; Views previously spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at Number One in 2016.

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See Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder Sing 'Happy Birthday' to Elton John

Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder teamed to sing the latter’s “Happy Birthday” to Elton John at the rock legend’s 70th birthday party in Los Angeles Saturday.

Gaga and Wonder served up a duet of the Hotter Than July track, with Gaga occasionally modifying the lyrics from “Happy birthday to you” to “Happy birthday Elton” for the occasion.

John’s 70th birthday bash at Red Studios was a star-studded affair with a guest list that included Gaga, Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Hamm, James Corden, Rob Lowe, Roseanne Cash and many more.

The party, which doubled as a celebration for the 50th anniversary of John’s partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin, benefitted the Elton John Foundation and the Hammer Museum at UCLA, People reports.

In addition to the “Happy Birthday” duet, Gaga performed a piano-only mini-set that included hits like “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way.”  John alsoperformed a brief solo set during his birthday party.

Ryan Adams, who also attended John’s birthday, performed “Rocket Man,” a track that Adams and John have performed together numerous times in the past

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Speaking to Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe earlier in the week, John said of his upcoming 70th birthday, “Some people don’t like birthdays, they don’t like celebrating, they don’t want to know about them, and I’ve always enjoyed my birthday… Seventy sounds so archaic, doesn’t it? When I was growing up, 70 sounded like the end of the world. But things have changed — you’re only as old as you feel inside.”

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Snoop Dogg to Induct Tupac Shakur Into Rock Hall

Snoop Dogg will induct his late friend Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the April 7th ceremony in Brooklyn, Rolling Stone has confirmed.

The two rappers collaborated on All Eyez on Me‘s “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” and Snoop Dogg has often taken credit for bringing Shakur to Death Row.

News of Snoop Dogg’s involvement first surfaced Sunday in a TMZ report that stated the rapper and potentially Dr. Dre, who was enshrined in the Rock Hall with N.W.A in 2016, would participate in a three-song musical tribute to Shakur that included the hit single “California Love.”

However, Rolling Stone has learned that the final lineup for the all-star Shakur tribute has not been cemented.

In a 2015 interview with Michael Rappaport, Snoop Dogg reminisced about meeting Shakur for the first time at a wrap party for the film Poetic Justice, which starred Shakur and Janet Jackson. The two rappers were aware of each other’s music but had never met; however, they soon bonded during a smoking session. Eventually, Shakur aligned with Snoop and Dr. Dre on Death Row Records.

“‘Pac brought a spirit to the studio that was different than anybody we ever worked with,” Snoop said of the rapper in another interview. “He had a spirit – like this nigga could be in three different rooms at one time makin’ music. He would never listen to it.”

The 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also includes Pearl Jam, Yes, Joan Baez, Journey and Electric Light Orchestra. The ceremony takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 7th.

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