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The Covid Pandemic May Have Stopped Concerts But Not Streams & Sales

Hip hop star Lil Baby was the biggest star of 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, he released  his 2nd studio album “MY TURN” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 following its release, It also marked the first album in 2020 to go 2x platinum. Official reports the project is the top grossing rap album of 2020, raking in over $19 million this year.

Pop Smoke’s posthumous Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon lands at No. 3 with $15.8 million.

Juice WRLD’s posthumous album Legends Never Die sits at No. 4 with $15.6 million.

The Weeknd’s After Hours rounded out the Top 5 with $15.5 million.

The Migos Could Finally Be Giving Us “Culture 3” Sooner Than Later

It’s been two years since the superstar trio released their last album “Culture II” and in that interim they have gone to release solo projects and enjoy massive success in their own right.

If you are a super fan of The Migos like me of course you enjoy their solo music but its nothing like the magic they create when they are together.

Off set took to twitter to let all the fans know that the new album will be dropping in 2021.

And after the year 2020 has been, we all need something positive to look forward to and new Migos music is on that list.

Megan Thee Stallion Finally Drops Debut Album “Good News”

YES its finally hear and it has been such a monumental year for the rap star for a multitude of reasons. Of course many career milestones such as the No. 1 song  with Cardi B  “WAP” and worldwide people were giving their renditions of her “Savage” dance and you know you have to be the hottest new starlet in the game when the Queen Beyoncé  takes notice of you and even jumped on the remix of her hit song.

Meg’s album features DaBaby, City Girls, Lil Durk, SZA, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Popcaan, and of course, Beyoncé.

Jeezy’s New Album ‘The Recession 2’

What a month of success it has been for the Rap Legend “Young Jeezy”. He rolled with a series of special  announcements. First, Jeezy revealed that he would be doing  The (Re)session podcast. The new podcast uses the titles of the album’s songs to create meaningful conversations with entertainers. Doing a podcast is a new lane for the usually private entertainer. He also revealed his new working title as the Senior Advisor to the Chairman at Def Jam records. All of this tie in with the release of a brand new album “The Recession 2”

Jeezy: “It’s an honor to return to the label I’ve called home for 15 years, not only as an artist, but as an executive, I spent most of my career learning from trial and error, I am happy to say that I am back on the team that helped me build my legacy from the streets to the boardroom and nothing makes me more fulfilled than being in a position to help guide and add value to the next generation.”

The Grammy Nominations For 2021 Are IN! The Date Has Been Pushed Back To March 14th.

The biggest night in music has rolled out its annual nomination list. It’s 63rd annual Grammy Awards and will be broadcast by CBS LIVE from Los Angeles. Comedian Trevor Noah has stepped up to the tough job.

Per Grammy.com

The following is a joint statement from HARVEY MASON JR., Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy; JACK SUSSMAN, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming, CBS; and BEN WINSTON, GRAMMY Awards Executive Producer, Fulwell 73 Productions.

“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021. The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.

WHO will host, Comedian & TV star Trevor Noah. WHO will actually show up its also all unknown at this time.

There were mixed feelings about this years nominations (as they are every year) a lot of surprises, a lot of snubs, and it wouldn’t be a true Grammy show if Queen Of Music Beyonce didn’t get top billing.

Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch picked up the most nominations. The Weeknd, Luke Combs and Brandy were among the artists shockingly left out after having a monumental year in their genre of music.

Record of the Year

“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Circles,” Post Malone
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion

Album of the Year

“Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko
“Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas
“Everyday Life,” Coldplay
“Djesse Vol. 3,” Jacob Collier
“Women in Music Pt. III,” Haim
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
“Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Post Malone
“Folklore,” Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Cardigan,” Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Circles,” Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post and Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
“Don’t Start Now,” Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa and Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“If the World Was Ending,” Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels)

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Yummy,” Justin Bieber
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles
“Cardigan,” Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Un Dia (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy
“Intentions,” Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
“Dynamite,” BTS
“Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
“Exile,” Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Changes,” Justin Bieber
“Chromatica,” Lady Gaga
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
“Fine Line,” Harry Styles
“Folklore,” Taylor Swift

Best R&B Performance

“Lightning & Thunder,” Jhené Aiko featuring John Legend

“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“All I Need,” Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia and Ty Dolla Sign
“Goat Head,” Brittany Howard
“See Me,” Emily King

Best R&B Song

“Better Than I Imagine,” Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello)
“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Collide,” Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar and Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 and Earthgang)
“Do It,” Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch and Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
“Slow Down,” Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley and H.E.R.)

Best Progressive R&B Album

“Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko
“Ungodly Hour,” Chloe X Halle
“Free Nationals,” Free Nationals
“____ Yo Feelings,” Robert Glasper
“It Is What It Is,” Thundercat

Best Rap Performance

“Deep Reverence,” Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
“Bop,” DaBaby
“What’s Poppin,” Jack Harlow
“The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
“Dior,” Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance

“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Drake featuring Lil Durk
“Lockdown,” Anderson .Paak
“The Box,” Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room,” Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

“The Bigger Picture,” Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew and Rai’shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour and Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake featuring Lil Durk)
“Rockstar,” Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch)
“Savage,” Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé)

Best Rap Album

“Black Habits,” D Smoke
“Alfredo,” Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist
“A Written Testimony,” Jay Electronica
“King’s Disease,” Nas
“The Allegory,” Royce Da 5’9”

For A Complete List Of The 2021 Grammy Nominations Head Over Tohttps://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/2021-grammys-complete-nominees-list

Teyana Taylor Angry At The Recording Academy Grammy Nominations

Popular Singer/Songwriter/Dancer Teyana Taylor has criticized Recording Academy officials for failing to showcase any female artists in the Best R&B Album category for the 2021 Grammy Awards.

The nominations were unveiled with John Legend’s Bigger Love, All Rise by Gregory Porter, To Feel Love/d from Luke James, Giveon’s Take Time, and Ant Clemons’ Happy 2 Be Here all earned nods for Best R&B Album – and Teyana wasn’t impressed.

She dropped her critically-acclaimed sophomore LP entitled ” The Album” Summer 2020, and it was among those snubbed for Best R&B Album, and she made her annoyance known on Twitter.

It wasn’t so much that she isn’t nominated herself, it was more so that the category didn’t include NO FEMALE SINGER at all.

She reposted  the Recording Academy’s nominations list, and she added “Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM cause all I see is d**k in this category (sic).”

Nicki Minaj Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Of Her Debut Album & Sets Out To Release Tell-All-Documentary

The producers of  the untitled series “will explore Nicki’s brilliantly creative mind and tell the story of her personal and professional journey”, No set air date yet but it will air on U.S. streaming service HBO Max.

“It’s going to give you guys a raw unfiltered look at my personal life and my professional journey and I can’t wait to share it with you,” The New Mom announced on social media as she celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her debut album Pink Friday.

Can you believe its been a full decade since The Rap Icon released her first album “Pink Friday” on November 22, 2010.  The album was an immediate success. Pink Friday debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart with 375,000 copies sold in its first week. It marked the second-highest debut week in the history of female hip-hop recording artists. The multi-platinum project was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012 but won the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album at the American Music Awards.

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Some Of Your Favorite Songs That Were Originally Meant For Another Artist

Could you imagine how some of your favorite songs being recorded by someone else?

Here is an interesting list of songs that were originally given to another singer/rapper before that passed on it.

GOLD DIGGER

Did you know one of our favorite Kanye West songs was originally given to One-Hit-Wonder Chicago rapper Shawnna

West’s 2005 take on this track, which features an appearance by Jamie Foxx, sailed to #1 Billboard‘s Hot 100 and was, at the time, the fastest selling digital download of all time.  Shawnna, who passed on it. Kanye tweaked the hook a bit, and the rest is history.

I’m A Slave 4U

Britney Spears iconic pop hit almost never happened, however, as the song was originally intended for Janet Jackson’s All For You album, but didn’t make the cut.

N!99@Z In Paris

Pusha T didn’t like the beat from this track, kicking it to the curb for “sounding like a video game”.

It was then discovered by label-owner Kanye, who immediately recognized the potential and used it for his collaboration with Jay-Z.

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

Originally written for Céline Dion,  Aerosmith power ballad was for the apocalypse flick Armageddon.

Steven Tyler so channels his inner diva on the track one has to wonder if it would really sound much different had she done it.

Rock Your Body

This song was just one of several songs originally destined for Michael Jackson’s Invincible album.

But got passed down to JT for his 2002 debut solo album.

My Humps

Super producer & Band member will.i.am penned this track for pop-group the Pussycat Dolls for their debut album.

But he decided to give them another song instead. The Black Eyed Peas then released it, on 2005’s Monkey Business, where it was the record’s most successful single, going double platinum.

Baby One More Time

Max Martin’s pop track was originally offered to TLC for their “Fan Mail” album, but the R&B group rejected the song.

Eventually served as Spears’ debut single. …Baby One More Time,” Spears perhaps does not arrive in such a huge way.

How Will I Know

Whitney Houston’s No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 stands as one of the artist’s most iconic tracks — but it could have sounded a lot different with Janet Jackson at the helm.

Songwriters George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam reportedly approached Janet’s management team with a demo, but a swift decline forced them to look elsewhere. Thanks in large part to Clive Davis, Houston was given the track.

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