Thursday, December 31, 2009

Top Hip Hop & R&B First Week Sales 2009 Recap

The Nielsen/Soundscan 2009 recap, from top to bottom rounded & ranked to the thousand with the first week sold in parenthesis.

Eminem - Relapse (609,000)

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (476,000)
Alicia Keys - The Element of Freedom (417,000)
Michael Jackson - This Is It (373,000)
Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear (330,000)
Maxwell - BLACK Summers' Night (316,000)
Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (305,000)
Whitney Houston - I Look To You (305,000)

Rihanna - Rated R (181,000)
Prince - LOtUSFLOW3R (168,000)
Mariah Carey - Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (168,000)
50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct (160,000)
Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap (157,000)
Young Money - We Are Young Money (142,000)
The-Dream - Love vs. Money (141,000)
Justin Bieber - My World (137,000)
Jadakiss - The Last Kiss (135,000)
Trey Songz - Ready (131,000)
Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy (123,000)
R.Kelly - untitled (114,000)
Day26 - Forever In A Day (113,000)
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon: The End of Day (104,000)
Chris Brown - Graffiti (102,000)

Fabolous - Loso’s Way (99,000)
Keri Hilson - In A Perfect World (94,000)
Gucci Mane - The State Vs. Radric Davis (90,000)
Chrisette Michele - Epiphany (84,000)
Ciara - Fantasy Ride (81,000)
UGK - UGK For Life (76,000)
India.Arie - Testimony:Vol. 2, Love &Politics (75,000)
Drake - So Far Gone EP (73,000)
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx pt.2 (68,000)
Leona Lewis - Echo (67,000)
Bobby Valentino - The Rebirth (64,000)
Method Man/Redman - Blackout 2 (63,000)
Asher Roth - Asleep in the Bread Aisle (61,000)
Busta Rhymes - Back On My Bullsh*t (59,000)
Jeremih - Jeremih (59,000)
Snoop Dogg - Malice N Wonderland (59,000)
Charlie Wilson - Uncle Charlie (58,000)
J.Holiday - Round 2 (55,000)
Flo-Rida - R.O.O.T.S. (55,000)
Insane Clown Posse - BANG! POW! BOOM! (50,000)

Joe - Signature (49,000)
Lil Boosie - Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz (49,000)
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield (48,000)
Twista - Category 5 (45,000)
Notorious - Soundtrack (43,000)
Jim Jones - Prey IV Reign (43,000)
Cam'ron - Crime Pays (43,000)
Slim Thug - Boss of All Bosses (41,000)
Pitbull - Rebelution (41,000)
Mos Def - The Ecstatic (39,000)
Pleasure P - Introduction of Marcus Cooper (39,000)
Timbaland - Shock Value II (39,000)
Ginuwine - A Man’s Thoughts (37,000)
Janet Jackson - #1's (37,000)
Birdman - Pricele$$ (36,000)
K' Jon - I Get Around (33,000)
Letoya Luckett - Lady Love (33,000)
Mario - D.N.A. (32,000)
Gorilla Zoe - Don’t Feed Da Animals (31,000)
Jay Sean - All or Nothing (31,000)
Clipse - Til The Casket Drops (31,000)
Bow Wow - New Jack City pt.2 (30,000)
Tech N9ne - K.O.D. (30,000)
Sean Paul - Imperial Blaze (29,000)
Wale - Attention:Deficit (28,000)
Joss Stone - Colour Me Free (27,000)
Chris Cornell - Scream (26,000)

Mike Jones - Voice of the Streets (24,000)
Brian McKnight - Evolution of a Man (24,000)
Ryan Leslie - Ryan Leslie (23,000)
Twiztid - W.I.C.K.E.D. (23,000)
Juvenile - Cocky & Confident (23,000)
Paul Wall - The Fast Life (22,000)
Matisyahu - Light (22,000)
Tech N9ne Collabos - Sickology 101 (21,000)
Ace Hood - Ruthless (20,000)
Ghostface Killah - Ghostdini The Wizard of Poetry (19,000)
B.G. - Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood (19,000)
DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz pt.2 (18,000)
Teena Maire - Congo Square (18,000)
Maino - If Tomorrow Comes… (18,000)
Slaughterhouse - Slaughterhouse (18,000)
Queen Latifah - Persona (18,000)
Heather Headley - Audience Of One (15,000)
K'naan - Troubadour (15,000)
Street Sweepers Social Club (14,000)
Joe Budden - Escape Route (13,600)
Dorrough - Dorrough Music (13,000)
Trick Daddy - Finally Famous:Born A Thug Still A Thug (13,000)
Sean Kingston - Tomorrow (13,000)
Amerie - In Love & War (12,400)
Mims - Guilt (12,000)
D-Block - No Security (12,000)
Jay-Z - BP Collectors Edition (12,000)
Triple C's - Custom Cars and Cycles (12,000)
Ryan Leslie - Transistion (11,900)
Rakim - The 7th Seal (11,500)
Wu-Tang Clan - Chamber Music-v.1 (10,000)
New Boyz - Skinny Jeanz & A Mic (10,000)

Project Pat - Real Recognize Real (8,800)
DJ Quik & Kurupt - BlaQKout (8,800)
Brother Ali - Us (8,600)
KRS-One & Buckshot - Survival Skills (8,400)
Fat Joe - Jealous One's Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2) (8,300)
Playaz Circle - Flight 360:The Takeoff (7,900)
Blakroc - Blaroc Project (7,500)
Alchemist - Chemical Warfare (7,000)
Felt 3 - A Tribute To Rosie Perez (7,000)
Beanie Sigel - The Broad Street Bully (6,500)
Q-Tip - Kaamal The Abstract (6,500)
Wiz Khalifa - Deal Or No Deal (5,900)
J Dilla - Jay Stay Paid (5,800)
Jacka - Tear Gas (5,800)
La Coka Nostra - Brand You Can Trust (5,400)
Krizz Kaliko - Genius (5,400)
Freeway - Philadelphia Freeway 2 (5,300)
Electrik Red - How To Be A Lady v.1 (5,000)

Lil Wyte - The Bad Influence (4,900)
Royce da 5'9" - Street Hop (4,600)
F.L.Y. - Jamboree (4,500)
Skyzoo - The Salvation (4,500)
Juicy J - Hustle Til I Die (4,400)
Snoop Doggy Dog - The Lost Sessions v.1 (4,400)
Pastor Troy - Feel Me or Kill Me (4,200)
Skull Gang Starring Juelz Santana (4,200)
Capone N Noreaga - Channel 10 (4,000)
DJ Paul - SCALE-A-TON (4,000)
B-Real - Smoke and Mirrors(3,900)
Mack 10 - Soft White (3,800)
Cage - Depart From Me (3,700)
N.A.S.A. - Spirit of Apollo (3,500)
Yo Gotti - CM2 (3,500)
Swollen Members - Armed To The Teeth (3,400)
Z-Ro - Cocaine (3,400)
Wyclef Jean - From the Hut, The Projects To The Mansion (3,300)
Saigon - Warning Shots 2 (3,100)
Mayer Hawthrone - A Strange Arrangement (3,000)
Grouch & Eligh - Say G&E! (2,800)
M.O.P. - The Foundation (2,100)
Zion I - The Take Over (2,000)
Pretty Ricky - Pretty Ricky (1,027)
Fat Joe - Presents K.A.R. (250)

News You Should Know About 12/31

All the news link tidbits from the days past found on the web.

Lil Wayne HQ - Lil Wayne To Star In T-Pain’s New Cartoon, “Freaknik”

Poker Listings - Celebrities Flock to 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (rapper Nelly)

Washington Post - Jimmy Fallon's house band, the Roots, is one reason the show is a must-see

Ballerstatus - Organized Konfusion’s DJ, Omega Supreme, Dies of Cancer

Associated Press - Broadcasters' woes could spell trouble for free TV

Gawker - The 370 Dumbest Passwords, as Compiled by Twitter

Vimeo - The Queen Project (Tamia, Kelly Price & Deborah Cox) Paradise Theatre/Bronx NY Backstage Prep video

Los Angeles Times - Expedition marketing goes to extremes (Lupe Fiasco, Kenna & Pharrell Williams upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro climb)

PETA Press Release - Hip-Hop Sensation (Kid Sister) Turns Her Nose Up at Fur Garments

People We Will Miss & Remember In 2009

Michael Jackson - Musician

Edward M. Kennedy - Senator/Politician

David Carradine - Actor

Farrah Fawcett - Actress

Britney Murphy - Actress

Steve McNair - Football Player/Athlete

DJ Roc Raida

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein

DJ Omega Supreme

Mr. Magic - Radio Personality/DJ

Baatin - Rapper

Dolla - Rapper

Derek B. - UK Rapper

Natasha Richardson - Actress

Bea Arthur - TV Actress

Dom DeLuise - Actor/Director

Karl Malden - TV Actor

Ricardo Montalban - Actor

Billy Mays - TV Pitchman

Ed McMahon - TV Host

Marilyn Chambers - Porn Actress

Les Paul - Musician/Inventor

David 'Fathead' Newman - Jazz Musician

Koko Taylor - Blues Singer

Eddie Bo - Jazz Musician

Wayman Tinsdale - Musician

James 'The Rev' Owen Sullivan - Drummer

Soupy Sales - Comedian

Captain Lou Albano - Wrestler/Personality

Patrick Swayze - Actor

Walter Cronkite - News Caster

John Hughes - Movie Director

Roy Disney

Chris Henry - Football Player/Athlete

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jay Electronica At Joe Budden S.O.B. After Show Interview

A Joe Budden after show interview with Jay Electronica conducted by Shade 45's Angela Yee.

Joe Budden @ S.O.B.'s In NYC With Video & Photos

Clinton Sparks Works With Hip Hop Newcomer Jared Evan

Learn more about Jared Evan here:
Billboard - Jared Evan Is Ready To Make Major Noise

Jared Evan MySpace

Plies Pays Teen's Entire College Tuition To Attend University Of Miami

via NBC Miami

Usually, when Plies hits the stage, you can count on hundreds and twenties raining down on the crowd as he raps about how much dough is in his bank roll.

But recently the Florida rapper decided to spend his cash a little more frugally at a rap concert.

According to Hip Hop Enquirer, Plies invited an 18-year old high school senior on stage at a holiday concert in Atlanta.

The girl, Khambrea Johnkins, probably was thinking she was about to get serenaded with a lyric containing her name and maybe an expletive or two. But instead, Plies, whose real name is Algernold Lanier Washington, shocked the crowd by saying he was proud to hear she was a graduating senior and offered to pay for her tuition to any college in the country.

"I don't give a damn if its Georgia Tech Notre Dame, Flora State, Harvard, or Yale, if you want to go to college, i am going to send you to college," Plies announced in his most gully Fort Myers voice.

Now anyone who knows Plies' lyrics knows that when he is talking about brains, it usually doesn't refer to a woman's intellect (check the verses to "Becky" or "Bust It Baby" for those in the dark).

But the Christmas surprise was a refreshing look at the 33-year-old Plies, who despite his self-professed "goon" status attended college at Miami University in Ohio and Central Florida before blowing up on the rap scene.

Plies had been criticized for tossing $50,000 in the crowd at one of his concerts, which got the haters stirring probably because they didn't get any.

Johnkins immediately flashed the "U" sign letting the 15,000 party goers know she wants to spend the next four years of her life in Coral Gables at the University of Miami campus. She plans on studying nursing.

"Well F--- it, I guess you are going to the University of Miami," Plies replied.

That's what we call a Christmas gift rapped the right way.

Jazze Pha Shares His Favorite Rick James Story

DJ A-Trak Los Angeles Times Feature Story

A few years ago, the majority of kids turning out for DJ A-Trak shows were what he called “uber DJ fans” who preferred to film him for YouTube clips, as opposed to doing what his mixing suggested: dance.

But more bodies have been moving in the last couple of years, according to A-Trak, the 27-year-old DJ born Alain Macklovitch in Montreal. The wunderkind turntablist began winning international DJ awards at age 15, making him one of the youngest, greatest masters of the decks. He will bring his ever-evolving mix of rap, breakbeat, techno and house to the HARD New Year’s Eve DJ party on Thursday.

The Brooklyn-based DJ has a new look (think maturing hipster: Beard and fedora have replaced baseball cap and sunglasses), and he's pushing his sound further into the realm of the international dance charts in an attempt to further blur genre classification.

“This time is reminiscent of the mid-'90s, where hip-hop guys were making house music," he said during a tour stop in Mexico City. "That’s what allows me to play this Jeezy record or this Gucci Mane record next to some weird German techno record, because to me they make sense together.”

A-Trak started his indie imprint Fool’s Gold Records in 2007, toward the end of his 4-year run as Kanye West’s official tour DJ. He’s always kept busy with dance-worthy remixes, most recently of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll," but his latest focus is on planning his next album.

"It's kind of a blank canvas," he says. "It's my production, turned into song structure. Halfway between rap and electronic and whatever else I listen to. I'm not trying to make an esoteric, weird DJ record."

Read the full L.A. Times feature story here:
DJ A-Trak: Blurring the lines and building a global picture

Who, What, Where Weekly Photo Links 12/30

All the photo links from this week past for your consumption.

Tuesday, December 29

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon arrive at JFK Airport NYC:
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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival in Capri Italy:
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Usher, Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Akon and others at the Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. Atlanta Hawks game in Atlanta, GA:
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Black Eyed Peas performance at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV:
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Monday, December 28

John Legend's Birthday party with Consequence, Devo Springsteen, Ludacris and others in NYC:
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Soul Sensation Amel Larrieux performs at the Highline Ballroom in NYC:
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Joe Budden Concert At S.O.B.'s In NYC:
See coverage here

Ludacris at Heineken New Legend Concert Series at the Apollo Theater in NYC:
See coverage here

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon at the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival in Capri, Italy:
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Darryl "DMC" McDaniels performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, TN:
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Sunday, December 27

Kanye West & Amber Rose arriving/departing from 'Sherlock Holmes' movie in Hollywood, CA:
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Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez and others at Miami Dolphins game festivites in Miami, FL:
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Saturday, December 26

Hot 107.9's Jingle Bash Concert with Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minji and others at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA:
See coverage here

Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes and others at the M2 Ultra Lounge in NYC:
Film Magic

Friday, December 25

Snoop Dogg At the Laker game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center LA, CA:
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Thursday, December 24

Us Weekly Magazine Presents the 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers with Alicia Keys, Amber Rose and others in NYC:
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Wednesday, December 23

T-Pain's Christmas party at Nappy Boy Mansion:
See coverage here

Talib Kweli Blacksmith Night Before Christmas Concert at Highline Ballroom in NYC:
See coverage here

Legends of Hip Hop with Funkmaster Flex, Onyx, EPMD, ED OG & Masta Ace, Special K and others at BB Kings in NYC:
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Adrienne Bailon visits children at hospital NYC:
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Last week's
Who, What, Where Weekly Photo Links 12/23

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Cool Kids – Tires Ft. Boldy James (Video)

Lil Wayne Bids Adieu At Home Town Concert

(video courtesy of Linzwats1214 & HipHopRapper420)

Lil Wayne 'Farewell' Tour Dates:

Dec. 31 (Thursday) - San Diego Arena - San Diego, CA
Jan. 1 (Friday) – Don Haskins Arena - El Paso, TX
Jan. 2 (Saturday) -Tucson Convention Center - Tucson, AZ
Jan. 5 (Tuesday) – Ford Park Arena - Beaumont, TX
Jan. 6 (Wednesday) – Travis County Expo - Austin, TX
Jan. 7 (Thursday) – Allen Events Center - Allen, TX
Jan. 8 (Friday) – Cajun Dome - Lafayette, LA
Jan. 9 (Saturday) – Alltell Arena - Little Rock, AR
Jan. 10 (Sunday) – Desoto Civic Center - Southaven, MS

Alchemist And Evidence DubCNN Video

Evidence - 'Cats & Dogs' on Rhymesayers coming in 2010.

Kool DJ Supa Mike Spends Time With DJ Khaled & Rich Girl

Baton Rouge's Kool DJ Supa Mike Website:
The Crib Ent

Joe Budden @ S.O.B.'s In NYC With Video & Photos

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(video courtesy of jentwice143 & tispee)

Ludacris Live At The Apollo Theater Harlem NYC Video & Photos

As part of the Heineken New Legends Series, Ludacris performed at the Apollo Theater Monday, December 28.

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Dame Grease 'Respect The Producer' Documentary Trailer

(from description caption)

A Film By: John Darko
A Speed of Life Studios Production in association with
Luxury Life Global Media (A BMG Company)

Dame Grease - Respect The Producer
Coming Soon

It’s all about the hustle. This film will paint an intimate portrait of famed hip-hop producer Dame Grease.

Fully submersed in the day-to-day of a successful producer, viewers will have the opportunity to observe the hustle one takes to empower themselves to a higher platform. By featuring interviews with some of Grease’s most prominent collaborators, we will learn first hand; struggle is just a small part of the game.


All new music, soundtrack releasing soon.

Jingle Bash Concert @ Phillips Arena Atlanta, GA

Young Money HQ
Ozone Magazine

(video courtesy of Dolla One)

T-Pain's Christmas Party @ Nappy Boy Mansion (Video & Photo Tour)

Plenty of hilarity ensues at T-Pain's Christmas Party at the Nappy Boy Compound on Wednesday December 23.

Ozone Magazine

Monday, December 28, 2009

RJD2 'The Colossus' Artwork & Tracklist Posted Online

01. Let There Be Horns
02. Games You Can Win ft. Kenna
03. Giant Squid
04. Salud 2
05. The Glow
06. A Spaceship For Now
07. The Shining Path ft. Phonte Coleman
08. Crumbs Off The Table ft. Aaron Livingston
09. A Son's Cycle ft. The Catalyst, Illogic & NP
10. Tin Flower
11. Small Plans
12. Gypsy Caravan
13. The Stranger
14. Walk With Me

RJD2 - 'The Colossus' on RJ's Electrical Connections in-stores January 19, 2010.

Rick Ross Performs @ Haiti 'Starfest' Concert

via Rap Godfathers

Miami’s Rick Ross was integral part this year at the Haiti stop of the annual Starfest Multi-Cultural Music Festival (Dec. 4th & 5th), which drew an estimated 500,000 fans.

The star-studded event was founded to enthrall Caribbean and other international music fans with music sets featuring the best artists in the realms of Zouk, Compa, Reggae, Jazz, R&B, and Hip-Hop.

Adding to the music are parties, art exhibits, talents shows, food, and cultural awareness events. Also, Starfest brings an additional educational element by illuminating the issues of the Caribbean community.

According to festival founder and president DJ Louis, Ross received a huge reception for his performance despite being the only big name Hip-Hop act on the bill, which featured international stars such as Black Dada, Shabba Dkakout, Chale Republik, and RockFam.

“This was truly for a great cause which made it even more beautiful, but it also speaks as a global movement that is more than just about the music,” Louis explained in a prepared statement. “Along with Ross, we visited hospitals, several boys and girls group homes, and showed love to the men in duty in Haiti. It is a true blessing for the Starfest team to see the results in motion. Again, it wasn’t just about the great music, thank you to everyone that supports our movement including Rick Ross. I cannot stop thanking God for what just happened: it was not a walk in the park in any way. The work is still not done, but with the help of God, all things are possible. We have 15 more countries still to go.”

Ozone Magazine

News You Should Know About 12/28

All the news link tidbits from the days past found on the web.

The Age - In the days of the download, you need to know the score

Wired - 5 Legal Cases That Defined Music in 2009

Hollywood Reporter Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411 - Jennifer Hudson Is NOT Pregnant, Thanks

Crenk - Apple CEO Steve Jobs 2009 Salary was $1

Digital Music News - Christmas Eve: Apple (AAPL) Hits an All-Time High

Canoe - Rihanna wants sex for Xmas

The Nation - End of the Century (on music surviving without mass market/outlets?)

Los Angeles Times - Far East Movement hits the dance floor

New York Times - Changing the Face (and Sound) of Rap (emerging Female MCs)

Aspen Times - Public Enemy in Aspen — and Chuck D's rap against hip-hop

The Boom Box - Kanye West Serves Homeless At Los Angeles Mission

Billboard - 50 Cent, Val Kilmer Shooting 'Gun'

Snoop, Too Short & Mistah F.A.B. 'Blow The Whistle' & 'Life Of The Party' At S.F. Show

On the 'How The West Was One' tour stop at the Warfield in San Fransico, CA on Saturday, November 21.

Snoop Dogg 'How The West Was One' Anaheim, CA Concert Recap

(video courtesy of 24CAIN)

Souls of Mischief - 'Proper Aim' (video)

Souls Of Mischief - Montezuma's Revenge in-stores now!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

DJ Smallz Spends Christmas In Orlando, FL

Genius!: Boogie Down Productions 'Criminal Minded' Album 9mm USB

As seen on East Coast Digital Radio

Bootsy Collins To Unveil Warwick Signature Bass Guitar At Upcoming 2010 NAMM Show

via Guitarless

It looks set to be announced properly at NAMM but information is out about Warwick’s Bootsy Collins Infinity Signature Bass. One thing’s for sure; it’ll get you noticed.

Based on the Warwick Infinity bass, the Bootsy signature is available in two flavours – the Black Star and the Orange Star. Obviously enough, perhaps, the differences in the models are the colours of the stars in the finish – black on the Black Star (pictured) and orange on the Orange Star. Simple.

The bass has an through-neck in maple. The body wings (hollow) are maple at the front and ogangkol at the back. The rosewood fingerboard adds a touch of warmth and sports 24 frets. The f-holes (almost disguised by the flames around them) show the semi-nature of the bass. The star motif is continued up the fretboard with inlays and with a large star on the headstock. The body finish, under those stars and flames, is silver-flake for maximum sparkle.

Power comes from an active MEC Jazz and a Twin-Jass pickup. The MEC 3-band EQ lets you tweak to your heart’s content.

Young Money On Track To Sell 120K-130K First Week Sales

According to Hits Daily Double based on the first day sales round up, Young Money album 'We Are Young Money' is on track to sell between 120k-130k first week of release.

The Hits Daily Double numbers will become more firmer a day prior (on Tuesday, December 29) to the Nielsen/Soundscan (the industry standard) numbers as we will see next Wednesday, December 30.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Talib Kweli Blacksmith Night Before Christmas NYC Concert

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(video courtesy of IgnantWitted, Liberty252 & almandeto)

Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes And More At Power Live Concert NYC With Video & Photos

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(video courtesy of iceeightball, blast718 & mwblife)

News You Should Know About 12/24

All the links from the net of stories and news bits from the past days.

Belfast Telegraph - Jay-Z can't stomach chicken dinners

Gizmodo - The 40 Best Branded iPhone Music Apps of 2009

New York Times - The Trials of the Hardest-Working Man in Hip-Hop (Lil Wayne profiled)

Associated Press - Warner Music Group to provide content to Hulu

Digital City - Miami's Sexiest New Year's Eve Celebrations

WNEW - Classic Recording Studios: Conway Recorders

BBC - No decrease in illegal downloading

ARS Technica - Big Music: damn the numbers, give us antipiracy laws anyway

Telegraph UK - Alicia Keys interview

Music Radar - Ableton and Serato to announce new product?

Press Release - Music, TV and Movie Stars Set to Come Out for the 2010 NAMM Show

Fayetteville Observer - Listen Up: Rudy Currence signs with Ludacris' label

Live Daily - Timbaland brings 'Shock Value II' to intimate venues

Forbes - The World's Billionaires

Daily Mail UK - Fears grow over EMI loan target: Music giant could face takeover

Vibe - Polow Da Don In-House Producer Chase N. Cashe Interview

Myth Or Reality: Hip Hop Producer Nottz Remixes Susan Boyle?

via Hampton Roads & Vlad TV

No, seriously.

Nottz, the somewhat reclusive Norfolk-based producer who's done tracks for everyone from Dr. Dre, Kanye, Biggie and many more, has remixed Susan Boyle's "I Dream a Dream" and posted it on YouTube.

Now, us being only marginally interested in Boyle -- we don't really see why it's considered a big deal that a fugly lady can sing (have you never been to church?) -- we've always been kind of 'meh' about her and this song. But we must say, Nottz's sparse, snare and kick drum beat laid over the orchestral song make it sound pretty good. Really good, actually.

The only question is, why?

Perhaps Nottz was trying to send the message that he's so talented, he can take veritably any material and make it sound good.

Or maybe he was crunk off that egg nog and smoking on some mistletoe.

Child, I guess.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kidz In The Hall - 'We Gone' (Video)

Kidz in the Hall - 'Land of Make Believe' on Duck Down coming March 9, 2010.

Nas & Damian Marley On DJ Khaled's 'Road To Victory' Pt. 2 Webseries

On Friday December 18, Nas, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley & DJ Khaled are seen here at Mansion in Miami, FL.

Star Traks Photo
Rex Features

Nas & Damian Marley - 'Distant Relatives' on Island/Def Jam/Universal coming March 16, 2010.

Who, What, Where Weekly Photo Links 12/23

All the photo links from this week past for your consumption.

Tuesday, December 22

Megatainment's Devyne Stephens' 2009 Annual Christmas Party with Jermaine Dupri and others in Atlanta, GA:
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Holiday Party With ?uestlove in NYC:
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs seen in Los Angeles, CA:
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Kanye West & Amber Rose outside of 'Avatar' movie theatre in Hollywood, CA:
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Mary J. Blige Album Release party with Funkmaster Flex, Busta Rhymes and others in NYC:
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Mary J. Blige in-store signing event at Best Buy in NYC:
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Mary J. Blige on NBC's 'Today Show' NYC:
Rex Features

John Legend out shopping with girlfriend in NYC:
Rex Features

Rihanna in Beverly Hills & Hollywood, CA:
Rex Features
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Pitbull at Toy Drive in Miami, FL:
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Monday, December 21

Mary J. Blige performs at Sirius/XM Radio studios in NYC:
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Mary J. Blige and the cast of 'Precious' press event at the Four Seasons in NYC:
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Sunday, December 20

Toy Drive with Jermaine Dupri, Yung Joc & Upfront Megatainment's Devyne Stephens at skate rink in Atlanta, GA:
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Jamie Foxx, Tank, Jagged Edge and others at Mansion in Miami, FL:
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R&B legend Stevie Wonder at the Apple store in Hollywood, CA:
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Saturday, December 19

Rihanna & Jay-Z "New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly" pre-taping at Rockefeller Center in NYC:
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Wyclef Jean at Liv at Fontainebleau in Miami, FL:
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Wyclef Jean on his way to a flight to Haiti from Miami, FL:
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Friday, December 18

Michael Jackson memorabilia set to be auctioned at Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles, CA:
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Rex Features

Alicia Keys party with Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Funkmaster Flex and others in NYC:
See coverage here

Keri Hilson photo shoot in Berlin, Germany:
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Wednesday, December 16

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Kid Cudi Keeps Them Moving At L.A. Concert With Kanye & Friends

Artist Direct - Live Review: Kid Cudi — Club Nokia, Los Angeles as reported by Rick Florino

Kid Cudi knows how to make jaws drop.

In fact, after an hour-plus set at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last night (Dec. 22), the capacity crowd was left collectively speechless. Witnessing Cudi live is like seeing Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. or Eminem in the early days. He doesn't need to do much to impress; rather he's awe-inspiring when he's being himself and letting it all hang out.

Cudi possesses an un-extinguishable fire that makes him simply kinetic on stage. From the first bar's of his Blueprint 3 joint "Already Home," he never stopped moving. As he crooned out the song's chorus with an overpowering intonation, the audience chanted along at each and every word. Cudi doesn't post up in one spot of the stage—he bounces around, flailing, screaming and baring his soul with each rhyme and hook.

A crunchy guitar lead fueled "Down & Out," as Cudi's delivery turned gruff. He fired off the song's rhymes with a palpable passion that hit just as hard as the riff cackling below the song's beats. "Soundtrack 2 My Life" felt just as painfully poignant live as it does on Man On the Moon: The End of Day. Cudi twisted around with a (Korn frontman) Jonathan Davis-style stage catharsis as the audience carried the chorus to the heavens and back for him.

"Simple As…" spun out with a '60s psychedelica vibe that fit the Cleveland MC perfectly. He's like some kind of modern Jimi Hendrix, but instead of weaving intergalactic street poetry with guitar chords, Cudi does it with his vocal cords. "Up, Up, and Away" showed just how well Cudi can sing, as he flawlessly belted out the song's hypnotic chorus and then went back to his trademark rapping seamlessly. The man on the moon is mind-bending to say the least, especially screaming out the last lines of "Heart of a Lion" a cappella, that's right a cappella…no auto-tune here.

The room went straight up ape shit when Kanye West hit the stage for "Make Her Say" though. Mr. West has been laying low recently. In a studded black leather jacket, black shirt and combat boots, he resembled some kind of futurisitic hip hop hero of the apocalypse. Think The Road Warrior goes rap. West's presence was powerful as he ripped through his verse on "Make Her Say" with a new vigor that balanced with Cudi perfectly. "The Good Life" sounded even better, as Kanye cut through the beat and every fan bounced.

Neither Cudi nor Kanye had to say much. However, before debuting a new song, Kanye announced, "It's my first time back in America for the past three or four months. I had to get up out this motherfucker for a second. I love the game so much and I'm so passionate about it that I just can't take this sh*t sometimes."

That passion was in tact during his new freestyle as he declared, "I sold my soul to the devil. I know it's crappy deal, at least it came with a few toys like a happy meal."

Smiles abounded as West ripped up the stage with his new rhymes and promised to hit the studio January 1st, 2010. However one thing that Kanye said truly resonated. "If they take everything away from me, it won't matter. Artists be too afraid."

Thankfully Kanye and Cudi are both fearlessly still elevating the game to the next level. As "Day N Nite" took the crowd back to outer space, one thing was clear, the future has arrived, and it is Kid Cudi. Don't be afraid.

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(video courtesy of ibishuerta, carlozcabrera, ColouredRobot, Tae Beast & bseandon)