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    André 3000 Returns With New Music In Memory Of His Parents

    Mother’s Day 2018 just got real. After years of creative reclusion — intermittently broken by a steady string of dynamic guest vocal appearances on other artists’ projects — André 3000 has released nearly 22 minutes of new music in homage to his deceased parents.

    He’s posted the two soul-baring songs, “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)” and “Look Ma No Hands,” on SoundCloud and even created an Instagram page — likely his first foray into social media — where he’s posted handwritten lyrics to “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents),” along with song credits and a photo from childhood with he and his mother Sharon Benjamin-Hodo. The page also contains screenshots of text messages they exchanged on his 37th birthday, the day before she died in 2013. André lost his father Lawrence Walker less than a year later, in February, 2014.

    “Me and my mother drivin’ to the grocery sto’ / me ridin’ shotgun with my window rolled down,” he sings on “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents),” accompanied on piano by Kevin Kendrick. “She smokes cigarettes and gets what she gets by hustlin’ harder / rollers and a nightgown.” His second verse draws the contrast, with André riding shotgun to football games with his dad, who likes to sip cognac and keeps everybody laughing. “I was much happier when he was around…,” he sings. “Zen, he was around.”

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    ‘This Is America’ Earns Donald Glover His First No. 1 Hit

    Donald Glover‘s latest Childish Gambino release “This Is America,” which dropped in the late hours of Saturday, May 5 alongside a jarring, symbol-rich music video, has sparked hot takes, debate and abounding think pieces since its release. Now, the art has the metrics to back up the rhetoric: “This Is America” debuted at the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, bumping Drake to the No. 2 spot and marking the first No. 1 song in the 34-year-old’s music career.

    Before Glover nudged Drizzy off the leaderboard, the Canadian rapper held the top spot for 15 weeks straight, first with “God’s Plan” ruling for 11 weeks and then with “Nice For What” holding steady for four weeks. In addition to claiming the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, the song also simultaneously hit another high, with the Hiro Murai-directed video becoming YouTube’s biggest first-week debut of 2018 so far. The four-minute clip garnered 85.3 million views in its first week on the site and is currently at 119 million views and counting — well above its stream count on Spotify.

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    Former Playboy Centerfold Apparently Jumps To Death With Son

    A former Playboy centerfold involved in a custody battle apparently jumped with her 7-year-old son to their deaths from the 25th floor of a Manhattan hotel, law enforcement officials said Friday.

    Stephanie Adams and her son Vincent fell 23 floors and were found on a second-floor balcony at about 8:15 a.m. Friday in the rear courtyard of the Gotham Hotel.

    They had checked into the hotel’s penthouse suite at about 6 p.m. Thursday, officials said, just hours after she told the New York Post that her husband and his lawyer were blocking her from taking her son away on vacation.

    “All I want to do is take my son and get away from this nightmare for a few days,” the Post quoted Adams as saying. “But they won’t let me.”

    The law enforcement officials said the 46-year-old Adams, who first posed for Playboy in 1992, was involved in a custody dispute over Vincent with her estranged husband, a Manhattan chiropractor named Charles Nicolai. They said police had been called to their home several times in the past few months. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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    Drake Earns 20th Radio Songs Top 10 With ‘Nice for What,’ Tying Lil Wayne For Most Among Males

    As previously reportedChildish Gambino‘s “This Is America” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated May 19), dethroning Drake‘s “Nice for What,” which spent its first four weeks on the survey at No. 1.

    Still, Drake earns a notable consolation prize.

    “Nice” enters the top 10 of Billboard‘s all-genre Radio Songs chart (rising 11-8 with 72 million in airplay audience, up 18 percent, in the week ending May 13, according to Nielsen Music), becoming Drake’s 20th top on the airplay tally. With the ascent, he ties Lil Wayne for the most Radio Songs top 10s among solo males, dating to the chart’s December 1990 inception. The pair trails only Rihanna, the overall leader with 29 Radio Songs top 10s, and Mariah Carey, with 23.


    Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Blasts in at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100


    Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most Radio Songs top 10s:

    29, Rihanna
    23, Mariah Carey
    20, Drake
    20, Lil Wayne
    17, Beyonce
    17, JAY-Z
    17, Ludacris
    17, P!nk
    17, T-Pain
    17, Usher

    “Nice” concurrently climbs 3-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, becoming Drake’s record-extending 25th No. 1 (Usher ranks second with 15). Drake has led the list continuously for 12 weeks running, thanks to three songs: Before “Nice,” his own “God’s Plan” reigned for nine frames beginning (March 3), and BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive,” featuring Drake,” led the past two weeks (beginning May 5).

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    DJ Khaled Inks Partnership With ProSupps Energy Drink Company

    DJ Khaled is known for so much more than his musical skills. His extensive resume boasts a bevy of titles, including The Four host, multi-platinum recording artist, author, and King of Snapchat. Now, Khaled has pocketed yet another title, this time becoming a brand ambassador and partner for the ProSupps energy drink Hyde Power Potion.

    ProSupps founder TJ Humphreys said, “When seeking out a partner that embodies our core values of energy and performance, DJ Khaled was the first to come to mind.”

    Under his partnership with ProSupps, Khaled will use his platform to demonstrate the power of the energy drink through all his daily activities and high-energy performances. 

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    Sony Music Entertainment Japan has paid CAN $237 million (US$185 million) in cash to acquire 39% of Peanuts Holdings – the company behind the famous Snoopy and Charlie Brown cartoons.

    SMEJ will indirectly purchase 49% of DHX Media’s 80% interest in Peanuts.

    The deal leaves DHX Media with 41% of Peanuts, SMEJ with the aforementioned 39%, and the members of the family of Charles M. Schulz will continue to own 20%.

    DHX Media and SMEJ have also agreed to extend the duration of the current Licensing and Syndication Agency agreement with SMEJ’s consumer products division, Sony Creative Products Inc. (“SCP”) in Japan.

    SCP has represented Peanuts since 2010, and is currently spearheading multiple licensing programs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peanuts’ launch in Japan.

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    You might recall that, in the deep dark recesses of music streaming history – ie. two years ago – Jay Z-owned TIDAL left many in the music business scratching their heads.
    In March 2016, the firm claimed that Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo, a six-week exclusive on its platform, had been streamed 250m times in just 10 days.
    At the same time, TIDAL claimed that its platform had surpassed 3m subscribers.
    These numbers meant that, on average, every single TIDAL subscriber would have had to be playing the Kanye album over eight times a day.

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    Ne-Yo Unveils “Good Man” Cover Art, Track list & New Single

    Three-time Grammy winner Ne-Yo is back at it again, teasing the cover art and track list for his seventh studio album, Good Man.

    Along with launching the album’s pre-order on Friday (May 11), the R&B star has shared a new single, “Apology”, ahead of the album’s June 8 release.

    He took to Twitter to explain the latest single, saying that it was written for the women he’s hurt.

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    Wu-Tang Clan To Remake “36 Chambers” With 9 New Rappers “From Today”

    Wu-Tang is ringing in the 25th anniversary of their classic album in style.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s debut with the classic Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album and according to Loud Records’ Steve Rifkind the group plans on re-releasing the effort with a modern twist.

    “We’re gonna do a few things. We’re gonna remake the album with nine MCs from today and each new MC will play a character in the original 36 Chambers,” Rifkind told XXL. “There’s gonna be a major tour cause it’s also Wu’s 25[th anniversary].”

    The move is only one of the plans set in motion by Rifkind and Loud Records which found new life this year when it announced a partnership with RED Music after being sold to Sony back in 2002.

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