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The Weeknd Tops Billboard 200 Chart

Posted On: September 09, 2015

With the success of his latest album "Beauty Behind The Madness," The Weeknd climbs the Billboard 200 chart and crowns himself as king! 

1. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness – 412,000
2. Halsey – Badlands – 115,000
3. Luke Bryant – Kill the Lights – 50,000
4. Taylor Swift – 1989 – 44,000
5. Dr. Dre – Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre – 32,000
6. Ed Sheeran – x – 28,000
7. Maddie & Tae – Start Here – 28,000
8. Beach House – Depression Cherry – 27,000
9. Ben Rector – Brand New – 26,000
10. Disturbed – Immortalized – 26,000

Moving untis of his album, The Weeknd continues to generate sales.

Congrats!

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Rita Ora and Chris Brown Perform 'Body On Me' On "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Posted On: September 09, 2015

Rita Ora was the entertainment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night and took to the stage to perform her song 'Body On Me.'

Chris Brown was backstage, chillin' on a couch until his part came up. Rita and Breezy started their performance on the couch, giving a rendition of their duet song and got sensual with their body movements. The two of them ended up hitting the stage to close out their performance.

The song will appear on Rita' Ora's upocoming U.S. debut album later this year.

Until then, check out the footage below.

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Justin Bieber Hits #1 On Billboard 'Hot 100' Chart For 'What Do You Mean'

Posted On: September 09, 2015

Justin Bieber released the video for 'What Do You Mean' a week ago and yesterday the song debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Bieber also made history as the youngest ever to top the chart.

The song was produced by Skrillex and the visuals for the video showcase visuals of a mini movie that features: seductive scenes, a little suspense and the theatrics of making a music video. The video guest stars John Leguizamo and displays semi stunts from skateboarders.

Check it out below.

To celebrate his accomplishment on the Billboard chart, Justin Bieber released an acoustic version to the song as a way to thank his fans for all their love and suppport. This is Bieber's first time topping the Billboard chart.

Finally! I want to say we did it again but it’s my first number one so thank you. You guys are the best.”

-- Bieber

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2015 MTV VMA Recap Performance Of Nicki Minaj With Taylor Swift

Posted On: September 02, 2015

Nicki Minaj opened MTV's 2015 Music Video Awards for the second year at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this past Sunday. Nicki was dressed in carnival inspired attire and performed 'Trini Dem Girls' to kick off the live show. 

During her performance, Nicki brought Taylor Swift to the stage which was one of the highlights of the show.

Check out the footage below.

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Marvel Introduces New African-American Superhero For Children

Posted On: September 01, 2015

Marvel creatives introduced a new superhero for African-American children titled, "Moon Girl." The new character is spin-off from the late 1970's classic Moon Boy, who appeared in the comic book, Devil Dinosaur, about the adventures of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a caveman boy. The new reinvented Moon Girl features an African-American pre-teen, who is a genuis, with super intelligence power and the DNA of an alien. Moon Girl's character resembles Inspector Gadget according to Entertaintment Weekly but she is in a class of her own, due to her super cleverness. 

Marvel was concerned about the lack of African-American hereos in their books and storyline, they were inspired to create Moon Girl for the objective of representation and the principle of creating more superheroes, which African-American children can relate to. Nancy Bustos who is the artist behind the sketches and drawings of Moon Girl, made a statement about her role in creating the character and what Moon Girl is purposed for. 

“It’s great to be a part of the creation of something which can mean something special to so many people."

Bustos went on and eleborated about her upbringing, the lack of diversify superheroes for herself and other children.

 “I myself have come up against this dilemma of finding few or no cultural references, especially in Spain."

The pitch for Moon Girl is a pre-teen girl and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, who seek out adventures in the concrete jungles of New York City. The assistant editor for Moon Girl, Emily Shaw expressed, how Moon Girl can and will be applied for all genre of cultures which children, as well as adults can relate to.

“Generally, we’re skewing a little bit older with a lot of our titles and we wanted to create something that adults and kids could really love, like a Pixar feel. That’s where the tone jumped off for us."

 

Marvel's introduction and launch of Moon Girl is geared towards motivating mainstream media to familiarize with African-American superheroes and fictional hereos in developing TV shows, and movies across the nation. Emily Shaw expressed about the inspiration of creativity and aspiration of Moon Girl for mainstream media.

"It’s really important that the mainstream throws up new references like these, and it’s an honor to be a part of that change that Marvel is bringing to the comic book creative landscape."

Also in education and literature: when it comes to books, magazine and digital literature for readership of all cultures to divulge in.

"A greater number of readers are looking for characters they can identify with, and above all, with the aim that any reader, whatever their background or lifestyle, is capable of transcending their own identities to see themselves in a mirror of entertainment for 20 or 30 minutes without any difference."

 

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Common Is Going Behind The Scene, To Produce New Coming of Age Drama For Showtime

Posted On: September 01, 2015

Common who is a Hip Hop artist, an actor, a voice for the people and an activist in his own right, is going behind the scenes as producer to direct a new Black Coming of Age drama for Showtime.

Common has appeared in front of the camera playing characters in movies such as: Selma, American Gangster, Now You See Me, Just Wright and more. But this time the Hip Hop actor will be going behind the lenses to spread his wings as a producer and display his vision with Lena Waithe, who is the producer for Dear White People, to bring forth an untitled drama for Showtime.

The script will be written by Waithe and she will be an executive producer to assist Common in bringing the story and characters she created to life. The script is about the life of a young African-American male, who embarks on the survival of what it means to be Black in America.

During a press conference, Showtime president David Nelson, made a statement about the vision Common is bringing to Showtime, the different factors of emotions and tragedy Lena Waithe depicted in the script; and how the collaborations of these two for the new show, will proclaim genuine cinamatic talent.

"The two creative forces behind the show, both hailing from Chicago’s South Side, give this pilot an unparalleled authenticity. Lena Waithe is an extremely fresh, talented young writer with a unique voice and a deeply thoughtful perspective into the world where she grew up. I immediately gravitated to her script, which is emotional, funny, tragic and relevant, all at once. And, we are so fortunate to have artist and visionary Common for his first producing project in scripted television."

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Jay Z and Drake Hit The Stage At J Cole's 'Forest Hills Drive' Tour Finale

Posted On: September 01, 2015

J Cole closed out his "Forest Hills Drive Tour," after several months across the globe and brought the festivities to his hometown at the Crown Coliseum.

J Cole ended the tour by bringing his mentor, Rock Nation's captain, Jay Z to the stage, who brought the audience to their feet and moved the crowd. Cole introduced Jay Z as the greatest of all time in Hip Hop.

HOV performed cuts from several albums such as: his club banger, F^ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt, heat like Public Service Announcement  (PSA) and more. Jay Z  gave fans a star studded performance and Big Sean came to the stage to perform Clique the with OG of Hip Hop. Jay Z saluted and expressed to fans the effort and love Cole put in for the tour and showed Cole love, which was energized by the fans, who aso reciprocated the love back to J Cole.

Drake was on his hustle over the weekend and performed also at J Cole's tour finale.

Drake set it off for the audience and tributed J Cole for what he's brought to Hip Hop and the culture, against all odds and the issues they encounter as musicians in the music industry. Drake lit the mic up, spittin a new verse from his track, Back To Back.

Jeremih, Big Sean and YG also performed for the Forest Hills Drive Tour finale.

Video tags from: RealTalk NY

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Lil Wayne Brings Out Mannie Fresh, Hot Boyz, Master P and Drake During His 'Lil WeezyAna Fest'

Posted On: September 01, 2015

In honorance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Lil Wayne hosted and performed in his first ever "Lil WeezyAna Fest." The concert was held at the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, lasted for two hours and was available for streaming on TIDAL.

Lil Wayne performed several tracks from his Carter series album such as Mr. Carter, hits like Loyal, 6 Foot, 7 Foot and more. Weezy brought out Hip Hop soldiers from his Young Money camp such as Drake, Mack Maine, reunited with hs former group Hot Boyz (Juvenile andTurk), and producer, Mannie Fresh. He also brought Curren$y to the stage.

The Hot Boyz performance was the highlight of the show, with classic New Orleans' tunes such as: Bling Bling, Back That Azz Up, I Need a Hot Girl and more.

Drake's performnace was not available for streaming on TIDAL due to his contract with Apple Music, but it didn't stop the show.

The Six God hit the stage and brought the heat with his Meek Mill inspired diss track, Back To Back and lit the audience up. He performed HYFR and other songs. Drake tributed Lil Wayne as his mentor and expressed Weezy's greatness in Hip Hop.

“I learned from the greatest to ever do this sh*t."

 The Young Money generals sent their love to their Queen, Nicki Minaj who couldn't be at the concert but was in their hearts.

 

Weezy also brought out New Orleans' own, Master P and Mia X who performed, Make ‘Em Say Uhh. Other performers included: Cory Gunz, August Alsina, and more.

Picture and video tags from: Nigel D.

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