The artist's albums and tracks sold 7.7 million copies last year. That puts him significantly ahead of the next best selling artist Adele, who moved 2.2 million units.
The best-selling albums from the Purple One's catalog were The Very Best Of Prince (668,000 copies), Purple Rain (498,000 copies) and 1999 (169,000 copies). Read morehere.
The other categories are less confusing. The Album Award nominees are Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka, Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Dreaming Room by Laura Mvula.
In the Best Contemporary Song category, Mura Masa's "Love$ick" (feat. A$AP Rocky) will face off against Skepta's "Man" and NEIKED's "Sexual" (feat. Dyo). Read morehere.
"I didn't want to write 'stories,'" he said. "I wanted to write my stories, things that happened to me. The number-one thing was I wanted to be honest. I hadn't done that before."
Though that may sound like a dig at One Direction's expense, Styles maintains a diplomatic disposition on the group that made him a star. "I love the band, and would never rule out anything in the future," he said. "The band changed my life, gave me everything."
When pressed about his relationship with Taylor Swift, he remembered a date on which they were stalked by paparazzi on a walk. "Relationships are hard, at any age. And adding in that you don't really understand exactly how it works when you're 18, trying to navigate all that stuff didn't make it easier. I mean, you're a little bit awkward to begin with. You're on a date with someone you really like. It should be that simple, right? It was a learning experience for sure. But at the heart of it - I just wanted it to be a normal date."
And though he and Swift don't appear to be in touch, Styles knows that "Out of the Woods" and "Style" were reportedly written about him -- and they're inescapable.
"I mean, I don't know if they're about me or not…" he said. "But the issue is, she's so good, they're bloody everywhere."
See Harry's Rolling Stone cover here. Read morehere.
Sheeran fan Triona Priestly lost a long battle with cystic fibrosis in 2014 and her brother, Aiden, recently recounted her final moments and the happiness Sheeran brought her.
'We were in this small little ICU room," he recalled. "Triona in this huge bed covered in tubes and machines. My brother left the room. He returned then and said, 'I'm just going to put you on loud speaker,' and he clicks it, then Ed Sheeran comes on and saying, 'Hi Triona. I hear you're a big fan.'"
Sheeran spoke to Triona for a moment and said that he heard her favorite song was "Little Bird." Then he played the tune in its entirety for her. Read morehere.
'I'm so excited because I've heard a lot about Stagecoach over all of these years and I really can't believe that I'm only doing it now for the first time actually," Twain said. 'It's never too late for firsts."
Twain says the thought of sharing new music after a long hiatus scares her. "Every single song was a nightmare because I was stressed about sharing it," she said. "It was a whole mix of feelings for me all the way around, but I'm so glad to be at the stage now where I'm ready to share it with the world. It's a relief, actually. It was really scary, but it was also really therapeutic and I learned so much about myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it in the end because it ended up being an incredible experience." Read morehere.
For the newly released remix the Baby star starts the new track be performing a verse in English but then he switches over to Spanish for the chorus.
The "Sorry" singer built up anticipation ahead of the track's release by posting photos from his recording session on social media last week. One of the photos ended up being the cover for the remix. Listen to the remixhere.
The visual includes shots of Dolla $ign performing from a club stage as Miller, audience members wearing 3D goggles and an angel. No glass slippers or stagecoaches, though.
"Cinderella" is featured on Miller's latest album The Divine Feminine, from which Miller has already released videos for "My Favorite Part," which featured Ariana Grande, 'Dang!" featuring Anderson .Paak and 'Stay." Watch 'Cinderella'here.
The band's performance at SPF is the same day their highly anticipated seventh studio album, One More Light is released worldwide. The following night, Saturday, May 20, the party moves poolside when DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Derulo, Niall Horan and Post Malone perform at Boulevard Pool inside The Cosmopolitan. Doors open at 8:00 PM on both nights.
Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocalist and producer, Linkin Park, added, 'Looking forward to playing this awesome show and celebrating the release of our new album, One More Light, with our fans in Vegas." Read morehere.
"Cake By the Ocean" was inspired by their Swedish producers, Mattman and Robin, who confused the term "sex on the beach" with "cake by the ocean." And "Kissing Strangers" sticks with similar subject matter, as Joe told us.
"'Kissing Strangers' is a song about having fun with a stranger, getting to know them a little better, [and then] they're no longer a stranger. Just finding yourself; finding who you want to be with."
If that wasn't sexy enough, they also invited a guest on the track as well. "We have the amazing, beautiful, talented Nicki Minaj on the track as well. We shot the music video in L.A. a week ago, and we can't wait to share that."
"We're huge fans of her work," Joe explained. "And it was an immediate thought to have her be a part of the song, so we sent her the track, she wrote her verse in like, five minutes, and came out exactly how we'd hopes and she kills it… in the best way." Read morehere.
Bryan took to social media afterward with an enthusiastic, cheering photo of himself with the caption, "Let's do this." After the game, Bryan and fellow country star Dierks Bentley jokingly took credit for the Predator's 4-1 victory.
Writing on social media, Bentley joked, "I don't think we should take all the credit but I will say once @lukebryan and I put these hats on the @predsnhl scored two goals in a row! Just sayin." Check out the postshere.
In the segment called "Migos Get Cultured with Mike Tyson," the former professional boxer let Quavo, Takeoff and Offset meet his pigeons. Apparently, Tyson only wants the best for his birds and gives them Fiji brand water to drink.
Migos also got to try on Tyson's championship belts and listen to Tyson's daughter play piano. Quavo even revealed he is trying to buy a white tiger just like Tyson. Watch the full videohere.
The Odd Future alum raps Bill Nye's name over some title credits that will blow your mind with science, nostalgia and the snowballing threat of climate change. Nye tweeted the audio to promote the show, which debuts Friday on the streaming network.
He also shared a brief conversation with Tyler where they bond over Nye's 90s series. "It would come on Saturday morning before the cartoons," Tyler recalls. "My favorite part was the location. It was always like, this random--you never really knew where the wall ended."
"That was the whole idea: The world is the laboratory, we're having the coolest time because we're in the world," said Nye. Read morehere.
He first proclaimed that the album would be called "Boomiverse", in a teaser clip on social media. Captioning his video, the rapper wrote, "#New Album #BOOMIVERSE Coming Soon!"
The OutKast star then shared the first single, a track called "Mic Jack". Boomiverse will be released this June and also features guest slots from Jeezy and Run the Jewels' Killer Mike on a track called "Kill Jill." Stream the new trackhere.
However, this past Sunday (April 16) .Paak proved he could draw a crowd of his own when he performed a one-off headline concert at London's O2 Forum.
During the show, .Paak brought out The Internet for the encore and video of the appearance has made its way online Check out their performance of "Girl"here.
"The minute I wrote this song I knew I wanted to get it out before my tour started, to give fans something new and fresh in addition to everything from Illuminate," Mendes expressed in a statement.
"I can't wait to perform it on the tour, and for everyone to hear it. It's equal parts what is amazing about this album, and what I'm so excited for about the music I have coming up next." Listen to the new trackhere.
Produced by Murda Beatz and TM-88, "Coachella" came out Wednesday night (April 19) after Mane tweeted about it. The song ends with a sample of the festival crowd, which was treated to performances by Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Lorde and others.
"Coachella" is the fourth new song Mane has dropped this month. Just two-thirds into April, the prolific rapper has already released "Drop Top Wiztop Freestyle," "Pardon me," which features Rocko and a remix of "Both," featuring Lil Wayne and Drake. Listen to "Coachella"here.
According to Crackle, "the scripted original series explores the subculture of gangs, whose members are sworn to protect and defend their own." The series is also being written and created by former L.A. County Sheriff's deputy Joe Halpin, known for his recent work on Hawaii Five-O, Ice, and The Lottery.
"I am very excited to be partnering with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Crackle," said 50 Cent in a press release. "To be able to bring this story to life is something I'm looking forward to and Joe Halpin's personal experience will make this unlike anything that's been seen before." Read morehere.
The CBS host slammed Ahmed's acting ability, his show's viewership and even managed a dig at United Airlines. "Am I supposed to be afraid of Riz 'cause he raps?/ His lyrics lack depth just like when he acts/ You might recognize him from some TV shows/ or not at all if you don't pay for HBO/ This is a blood bath. It's not a fair fight/ It's like you were overbooked on the United Air flight."
Ahmed countered that Corden was just jealous, and sniped about Corden's game with the ladies -- before landing a jab at the controversial Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad.
'Yeah, I did do Star Wars. I bet that made you mad/ Too bad they weren't trying to cast Jabba the Hut's dad/ Yeah, I had Lena's baby. It was fun/ I was on Girls, but you never touched one/' You're not an emcee, you begged me to let you down gently/ I wouldn't stop this war if Kendall Jenner brought out Pepsis." Watch the full rap battlehere.
The crowd went wild when Drake hit the stage and performed the More Life collaboration with Scott in the city for which it was written. The duo also performed 'Gyalchester" and 'Know Yourself," reports Pitchfork.
During the set, nobody fell -- an improvement over the last time Scott and Drake appeared on stage together in London. Drake did wade into the crowd to say hello, though. Watch Drake and Scott take "Portland" to Portlandhere.
Wale was discussing the online debate of Eminem vs. Kendrick when he shared his thoughts, 'As far as executing, writing rhymes, and telling a story, [Kendrick is] one of the top five rappers of all-time," he told RevoltTV.
While Wale acknowledges the undeniable prowess of Marshall Mathers, he remains loyal to Lamar. Wale credits Kendrick's lyrical ability as well as his power and weight because K. Dot is loved by mainstream and the streets. Watch his commentshere.
Solange explained that when she encountered Hurston's work she was blown away. "I started like a lot of women start, like their eyes are watching God." The singer added that values the 'poetic-ness and its bluntness" in her writing.
During the doc, Solange spoke about the importance of the role Hurston played in her life, and the influence she had on her music. "As a black woman and as a black womanist and feminist, I felt incredibly empowered by Zora's work," Solange said.
She further acknowledged the impact of the author's work on her own saying, "One of things that I find really interesting and empowered by in Zora's work is this idea of breaking down and disassembling the angry black woman. Which is something that I felt really empowered to do in my own work." Listen to the six-minute cliphere.
During the trailer, Tituss Andromedon (played by Titus Burgess) delivers an homage to Queen Bey's "Hold Up," video that's pretty classic. The clip also shows the title character, played by Ellie Kemper, preparing to start her college education. Meanwhile, Lilian (Carol Kane) deals with a break-up with Robert (Fred Armisen), and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) celebrates Kimmy's change in marital status.
The trailer also features an appearance from Jon Hamm, who plays cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. The latest season of the show will arrive on Netflix on May 19. Check out the trailerhere.
"Heaven South" features Paisley riding in the back of an old pickup truck through the streets and countryside of Franklin, Tennessee. The song itself celebrates the quintessential Southern small town, which is richly showcased with numerous shots of people in the quaint community outside of Nashville.
Rolling Stone points out that the video seems to pay homage to a similarly styled video the Georgia Satellites created for their hit single, "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." Watch the videohere.
According to the organization's website, J-Lo and A-Rod acted very much like a couple. 'It was clear both J.Lo and A.Rod enjoyed their visit to the Fundacion MIR, affectionately hugging and smiling throughout," the nonprofit reports.
While at the school, Lopez and Rodriguez distributed 400 backpacks and other school supplies. Lopez shared a photo of her visit on Twitter, writing "Such a beautiful afternoon visiting with the students at #fundacionmir." Read morehere.
He recently spoke about his rollercoaster year and how his new material started in prison songwriting sessions. Piecing it together as a free man was the challenge. "I pretty much wrote everything in my cell in Austria," he told Complex. "I just wrote things down, wrote ideas, because I didn't think that I was gonna be able to rap again. You just never know man, so I just wrote a lot of sh*t. And when I got home I got production and just went in and pieced it together like a seamstress. Everything that I wanted to say I got it all out in this project."
At just eight tracks, the album runs a little short but the rapper says that's by design. He lamented previous projects that ran long, and says "short and sweet" is his new motto in the studio. Gibbs says that incarceration helped him open up lyrically on this album, and illustrated his point by referencing "Alexys."
"I dated a girl named Alexys and she was the first girl I got in a foreign car with," he recalled." Those little experiences like that, those small liberties that you take for granted, you see that when you're behind bars. I took a lot of people for granted, I took my baby mother for granted, so that's why I spoke a lot about her on the project. I think this is one of my most open projects." Read morehere.
Genre boundaries in music don't matter nearly as much as they used to. These days, country stars are influenced by boy bands, hip-hop MCs are also singers, and rock bands use drum loops. The lines are blurred and they have been for a long time.
In 1992, though, things were much more cut and dried. Rock, pop, and hip-hop each had their own sections in record stores (remember those?). Back then, to listen to music "on demand" usually meant plunking down $15 for a CD, and "sharing" an album meant borrowing a CD from a friend (or transferring it, in real time, to a cassette tape).
But even then, the Beastie Boys were ignoring any borders between genres. Or, more likely, they were laughing at them. Their world had room for Pink Floyd and the Meters, Bad Brains and EPMD, the Biz and the Nuge.
Today, most fans know that the Beasties started as a hardcore punk band (the 1994 Some Old Bulls— EP collects a lot of their seven inch singles from that time), but it wasn't common knowledge back then. Were they kidding with the guitar cases?
It turned out, they weren't kidding. They got back to their hardcore roots on "Time For Livin'" and created a new kind of psychedelic hip-hop/hard rock hybrid with "Gratitude." That song saw Horovitz on guitar and shouty, rapped vocals, backed by the surprisingly solid rhythm section of Yauch on bass and Diamond on drums; they were accompanied by a percussionist and "Money" Mark Nish*ta, who would be their keyboardist for the rest of their career. In the video, which was a sort of homage to Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii, they weren't going for laughs. They were showing off that they were a real live band. Read morehere.
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