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‘Lean On Me’ Streams Gain 729% After Bill Withers’ Death

Following the death of Bill Withers on March 30 — and its announcement publicly on April 3, streams and sales of his iconic catalog of songs gained in great numbers, according to initial reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Overall, his songs tallied 22.1 million on-demand streams (audio and video combined) in the U.S. on April […]

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Woman Sues Fetty Wap for Assault

Lanie Langlinais says the “Trap Queen” rapper pushed, choked and threatened to kill her at a party last June. Fetty Wap is being sued by a woman who claims the rapper assaulted her at his Los Angeles home last June. According to the complaint, which was filed by attorney Greg Kirakosian on behalf of plaintiff […]

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The Weeknd's Mind Spins Out of Control in 'Until I Bleed Out' Video

While The Weeknd continues to enjoy his reign atop the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 for a second consecutive week, with After Hours and “Blinding Lights,” respectively, the XO singer drops off a video for “Until I Bleed Out” on Tuesday (April 7). Like his previous After Hours videos, The Weeknd is sporting his red suit […]

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7 Ways the 'Verzuz' Series Could Step Up Their Beat Battles

After a couple weeks of steadily building momentum — a crescendo that hit an early peak with Saturday night’s Lil Jon vs. T-Pain battle, watched simultaneously by over a quarter-million viewers on Instagram Live — the Timbaland- and Swizz Beatz-curated “Verzuz” battle series finally hit a snag. Sunday’s much-anticipated face-off between R&B legends Babyface and […]

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New York Judge Denies R. Kelly’s COVID-19 Plea to Be Released From Custody

A New York Federal judge has denied R. Kelly’s request to be released from prison due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly is awaiting trial in New York on charges of racketeering, transportation to engage in illegal sexual activity, coercion of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity among other charges. He is also awaiting […]

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Offset & Cardi B Hit The Gas in Adorable Trailer For Charitable Quibi Show Episode

The series launched on the bite-sized video platform on Monday (April 6). Now is the perfect time to pick up some new shows, what with all the free time most of us have on our hands. And wouldn’t you know it? Cardi B and Offset are here to help you out with a peek at […]

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Kevin Gates Pays Homage to Kobe Bryant in 'Wetty' Freestyle Video: Watch

Kevin Gates becomes one of the first artists to take a crack at Fivio Foreign’s recently released single “Wetty” with his own blistering freestyle Monday (April 6). Directed by Nicky Films, Gates stampedes his way through the AXL Beats-produced track with a barrage of haymakers, one aimed explicitly at Chicago producer Young Chop. While rapping […]

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Chance The Rapper Promotes Rest During Quarantine: 'Everybody's at a Pause'

Stephen Colbert isn’t letting quarantine stop his journalistic efforts. On Monday night (April 6), Colbert hosted The Late Show With Stephen at Home in light of practicing social distancing from the COVID-19 outbreak, and invited Chance The Rapper to chat via Zoom. Chance reflected on his epic 2019, which included getting married to his long-time […]

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Drake Previews Unreleased Music, Including Songs With Playboi Carti and Fivio Foreign

Just after releasing “Toosie Slide” last week, Drake appears to have more records loaded up in the tank. On Tuesday (April 7), Drizzy previewed unreleased music on OVO Mark’s Instagram Live, including a potential scorcher with New York upstart Fivio Foreign. “Sosa, Fivi looking like KD and Kyrie / My TD bank is on what? […]

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H.E.R. Joins R&B/Hip-Hop Livestream Wave With Weekly Music & Talk Series 'Girls With Guitars'

The event, kicking off Monday, joins ongoing initiatives from Anthony Hamilton, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, DJ D-Nice, The Roots & more keeping the global R&B/hip-hop community connected during the pandemic. Grammy winner H.E.R. is inviting music fans to rock with her via Instagram Live on Monday night (April 6, 8 p.m. ET) for Girls With Guitars. […]