Daily Archives: April 2, 2017

Winners Announced For The 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

LAS VEGAS, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Winners have been announced for the 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, which aired LIVE earlier this evening on the CBS Television Network from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The industry named Jason Aldean as Entertainer of the Year, the even…

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On the Charts: Drake's 'More Life' Rules Again

As expected, Drake‘s More Life spent a second consecutive week at Number One as the rapper’s “playlist project” sold another 225,000 total copies.

Of that haul, 169,000 were streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs, as streaming continues to breathe life into the suddenly revived music industry.

As Billboard notes, thanks in large part to Views‘ 13 nonconsecutive weeks at Number One, Drake has now occupied the top spot on the Billboard 200 for 20 total weeks over his career. That’s good for third place among rappers, with only Jay Z (23 weeks) and M.C. Hammer (21 weeks) spending more time at Number One. Drake could bypass both those rappers by the time More Life descends the charts.

More Life was aided in part by a week where only one new release cracked the Top 10: Trey Songz’ Tremaine, which debuted at Number Three and 67,000 total albums. That’s a significant drop from the opening week of the singer’s last LP Trigga in 2014; that album bowed at Number One on the strength of 105,000 copies.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide spent another week at Number Two after pocketing another 98,000 copies. The box office-breaking Beauty and the Beast planted its soundtrack at Number Four for a second straight week, with Metallica’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (still aided by a deal pairing copies with WorldWired tour tickets) at Number Five.

The back half of the Top 10 were all returnees: Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at Number Six, the Moana soundtrack at Number Seven, Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me at Number Eight, Future’s self-titled LP at Number Nine and the Weeknd’s Starboy closing it out at Number 10.

Drake should remain at Number One for at least one more week before a slate of possible competitors arrive on April 7th.

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Big Sean Awarded Key to City of Detroit

Big Sean was awarded the key to his native Detroit at a ceremony Saturday afternoon, with the rapper honored for his contributions through the Sean Anderson Foundation.

“Today I got one of the highest honors a person can receive, the key to the City Of Detroit,” Big Sean wrote on Instagram. “The mayor said he’s given it to 3 people… Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, and Me. I’m the youngest person to receive this in the history of the city!”

Earlier this month, Big Sean launched Mogul Prep, a series of small workshops aimed at teaching middle and high school students from low-income backgrounds the inner workings of the business side of the music industry.

The first Mogul Prep took place Saturday afternoon in Detroit prior to Big Sean’s concert at the city’s Fox Theatre, with similar seminars set for Baltimore, Miami and Atlanta.

“[The mayor] honored me and my foundation for motivating the city through my music [and] messaging and starting an actual curriculum called ‘Mogul Prep’ that teaches kids all the behind the scenes jobs available in the music industry and taught to them at a high school level,” the rapper added. “This will be applied to Detroit Public Schools come this fall and some schools in Baltimore and more.”

In addition to helping out the Motor City, the I Decided rapper also donated $100,000 to the city of Flint for the victims of their water-poisoning crisis and constructed a recording studio at his former high school.

Today I got one of the highest honors a person can receive, the key to the City Of Detroit. The mayor said he’s given it to 3 people… Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, and Me. I’m the youngest person to receive this in the history of the city! Thank u for this monumental moment! He honored me and my foundation for motivating the city through my music n messaging and starting an actual curriculum called “Mogul Prep” that teaches kids all the behind the scenes jobs available in the music industry and taught to them at a high school level. This will be applied to Detroit Public Schools come this fall and some schools in Baltimore and more. thanks to my mom for being a teacher n helping w/ this tremendously and our foundation @seanandersonorg. N thanks to all the people that attended this inspiring event! I’m a keep putting my energy into this 🙏🏾

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See Eddie Vedder Sing for Chicago Cubs in New Baseball Ad

Diehard Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder makes an appearance as a jingle writer in a new ad for the (fake) Bryzzo Souvenir Company and the upcoming baseball season.

A mash-up of Cubs sluggers’ Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo’s last names, Bryzzo co. specializes in delivering souvenir baseballs to fans via home runs. “We put the ding in dingers,” the duo proclaim in both their 2016 and 2017 commercials.

Following their century-long title drought-ending season in 2016, business is now booming, and the two young Cubs recruit their all-star fan to pen a song for the burgeoning souvenir company, with Vedder hitting on the slogan, “Kiss it goodbye, that ball was Bryzzo-ed.”

The Pearl Jam singer previously provided the Cubs rallying cry “All the Way” back in 2008.

The Associated Press was behind-the-scenes for Vedder’s Bryzzo cameo and provided footage from the shoot, as well as revealing that the singer gifted both Bryant and Rizzo with custom-made ukuleles that he had brought back from Hawaii.

In April, following Pearl Jam’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Vedder will join Cubs president Theo Epstein at his annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert in Boston on April 29th. Vedder also performed at the Chicago leg of the benefit in June 2016 as a surprise guest.

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