Island Def JamIggy Azalea and Future shared the same release date for their respective albums this week and it seems they are both off to a solid sales start.
According to Hits Daily Double, the Australian rapper's debut album,The New Classic, is projected to sell between 50,000 to 55,000 copies in the first week. Industry forecasters suggest Iggy will enjoy a top 5 debut on Billboard 200 chart.
Meanwhile, Future’sHonest is expected to sell approximately 45,000 to 50,000 in its first seven days in stores. The album could best the first-week sales of the rapper's 2012 debut, Pluto, which sold 41,000 copies and landed at number eight on the Billboard 200.
The official sales tally will be released on Wednesday.
While DrakeandRihanna have remained mum on their relationship status, sources close to the famous pair are spilling new details on their feelings for one another.
"They got on so well and have always had a special connection from the moment they met…and now they have found each other again, everyone just feels like this is it," a spy tells E! News.
Ri Ri and Drizzy have been spotted at various public places, including a recent date where they hugged and kissed at the Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles on April 10.
"Their friends are so happy that they're together. There's a real feeling among their inner circle that they were always meant to be together," the insider continued. "They really are made for one another. Everyone knows it. And Drake could not be happier. They couldn't be better suited."
James Franco and Seth Rogen have made it a point to poke fun at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, from their parody "Bound 3" video last November to their recent recreation of Kanye and Kim's Vogue cover, where they superimposed their faces on the bodies of the "#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple." Now, it seems the comedic actors have been invited to partake in the couple's wedding festivities.
During a recent interview on on ABC's The View, Franco says West invited the duo to "perform [the 'Bound 2' parody] live the night before his wedding at Versailles."
Franco adds that they seriously considered the offer but says he's "I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen." He explains, "I think it would have been awesome for about 10 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front of all the Kardashians and all the rap world."
Kanye and Kim are reportedly set to exchange vows next month in Paris.
Courtesy Miguel Via InstagramAfter recently logging studio time with Jessie Ware and J. Cole, Miguel has tapped the legendary DJ Premier for the follow-up to his breakout 2012 album Kaleidoscope Dream.
The crooner revealed the news by posting to Instagram a black-and-white picture of himself standing next to the producer, who has worked with everyone from The Notorious B.I.G. to Christina Aguilera.
So what are the two cooking up? Miguel teased the collaboration with a brief video, in which he's sitting next to Premier on a couch, playing his guitar while the track plays in the background.
"Honored work w you Big Bro @djpremier #livinglegend #artgang #artdealerchic," the crooner wrote in the accompanying caption.
Premier added, "Banged out some iLL s**t with @miguelunlimited in Cali…he’s fast writing and records himself right at the board…no booth…Jack Daniels & Cazadores Tequila…Dope Professional Session."
Miguel's third studio effort is expected to arrive later this year.
Sony Music Entertainment/Roc NationJ. Cole has announced plans to embark on his second annual Dollar & a Dream Tour, which will celebrate the five-year anniversary of his 2009 mixtape, The Warm Up. The rapper is expected to perform the project in its entirety this summer.
The rapper shared the news via his Instagram page. "The Warm Up. Dollar and a Dream. See you in the summer," Cole wrote in the caption.
The dates for the upcoming trek will be revealed at a later time. Similar to last year's outing, fans can anticipate the tickets to be issued on a first come, first serve basis.
Def JamAugust Alsina has a lot be happy about. The singer's debut album, Testimony, has scored the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week, replacing Pharrell's G I R L, which slipped from #2 to #7.
The set sold more than 67,000 copies in its first week and also claimed the #1 position on the R&B chart. However, it seems August was already privy to the album's success before the rest of the world found out on Wednesday.
He posted a press release on his Instagram page on Tuesday night announcing the news. "Just got an email. .... Thank you guys for hearing & being apart of my #Testimony. I'm humbled. We gotta keep growing, take that #1 spot," he wrote in the accompanying caption.
He later shared a image of himself smiling, adding "Happy like pharrell said #LateNight."
The 13-track project boasts guest appearances from Fabolous, Trinidad Jame$, B.o.B, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross as well as the Jeezy-assisted single "Make It Home."
Columbia RecordsUnlike the 24-hour visual for "Happy," Pharrell Williams has released a five-minute video for "Marilyn Monroe," the second single off his album G I R L.
"My new video for #MarilynMonroe: That which makes you different, is what makes you special," Pharrell tweeted with the YouTube link.
In the clip, the singer dances with women from various ethnic backgrounds while famed choreographed Fatima Robinson looks on. At one point, Kelly Osbourne also makes a cameo to perform her line on the song.
Interestingly, a dark-skinned model appears on the single cover for "Marilyn Monroe." Earlier this year, Pharrell was criticized for excluding black women on his album cover, which features three fair-skinned women wearing shades and bathrobes.
On Sunday, Chance the Rapper cancelled his scheduled appearance at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, after he was hospitalized with an unspecified illness. On Wednesday the rapper's manager updated fans on his client's diagnosis.
In a statement, manager Patrick Corcoran revealed that the rapper's illness was caused by a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis. He added that Chance is currently recovering in his Los Angeles home and is scheduled to meet with a specialist this week to see if surgery is required.
In addition, according to the statement, the rapper was instructed by his doctors to cancel his remaining shows scheduled for the week of April 23-27.
Bad Boy RecordsThere’s a reason Diddy chose Revolt TV as the name for his new multi-platform cable network. He says traditional music television has abandoned music.
"The leaders of so-called music television -- and we don't represent music television by the way. We'll get to that in a second -- but the leaders of music television they changed their business model and I don't knock them for that," Diddy explained to advertising executives and media Tuesday night inside New York City's Marquee Nightclub. "They changed their business model and started getting into reality TV shows. They changed their business model and kind of in a sense abandoned music. They didn't understand the appetite for music and the passion for music...it's the future."
That, said Diddy, is why he stepped in. "It was natural for me. I've spent over 20 years in the music industry," he said. "My relationships with recording artists, my relationships with record companies, my reputation of understanding how to curate music and find and identify that next star, it was a natural transition for me."
Diddy, who serves as founder and chairman of Revolt TV, said he modeled Revolt TV after his two favorite cable networks -- CNN and ESPN.
"I'm going to cover music and cover the artists of the music the same way CNN covers the elections down the every detail, down to the behind-the-scenes," he explained. "The way ESPN covers...who's coming up, who's next to look for. The way they cover Kobe [Bryant] before Game 5, 6, or 7, or Lebron [James], I'm going to cover Drake like that, I'm going to cover [Kanye West] like that, I want to cover Kendrick [Lamar] like that, Schoolboy Q, and so on."
RCA RecordsAfter being postponed twice, Chris Brown's misdemeanor assault trial was expected to start Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court. Now the trial has been delayed once again.
The Washington Post reports the judge overseeing the case delayed Brown's trial until June 25, which is the same day the singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will be sentenced. Earlier this week, Hollosy was found guilty of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.
The paper reports Hollosy has refused to testify against Brown, who allegedly participated in the physical altercation, in an effort to avoid incriminating himself prior to his sentencing. Brown's bodyguard faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
While Brown has denied hitting his accuser, he faces the same penalty as Hollosy. In addition, Chris also could face problems in California, where he's on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. If he's found to have violated his probation in that case, he could face four years in a California prison.
TheWeeknd.comThe Weeknd is celebrating his international success by releasing a mini-documentary called One Night with The Weeknd, which captures his biggest show during his Kiss Land Tour.
Complete with backstage footage and candid interviews, the video gives fans an intimate look at The Weeknd's sold out concert at London's O2 Arena. "Greatest show of my entire life," says The Weeknd to a packed crowd. "It’s over from now on. We can’t go backwards from this. We can’t go backwards."
The seven-minute project was presented by camera company GoPro and its posted on the company's official YouTube page.
Atlantic/AnkenmanWiz Khalifa is gearing up to embark on a summer outing, officially dubbed the Under the Influence of Music Tour.
The upcoming North American trek will kick off July 24 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania and its scheduled to close on August 24 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.
The rapper has recruited an multitude of supporting acts including Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, DJ Drama, Iamsu, Mack Wilds and Sage the Gemini.
Fans can expect the tickets to on sale at 4:20 p.m. ET on Friday, April 25 via Live Nation.
Here are the dates for the Under the Influence of Music Tour.
7/24 -- The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pennsylvania 7/25 -- Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, New Jersey 7/26 -- Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia 7/27 -- Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Virginia 7/29 -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario 7/31 -- Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York 8/1 -- First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania 8/2 -- Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts 8/3 -- PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey 8/5 -- First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Illinois 8/6 -- Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana 8/8 -- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 8/9 -- Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 8/10 -- DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan 8/12 -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis, Maryland Heights, Missouri 8/14 -- Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas 8/15 -- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman, Woodlands, Texas 8/17 -- Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, New Mexico 8/19 -- Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado 8/22 -- Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California 8/23 -- Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Chula Vista, California 8/24 -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine, Irvine, California
Cliff Lipson/CBSLast month Beyonce shot a Toyota commercial for the auto maker's new campaign titled “Get Going.” Now, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has surfaced on Tuesday.
In the two-minute clip, posted on one of her Beyhive's YouTube page, the singer films three spots as her latest single, “XO,” plays in the background.
"I feel like it’s a very emotional spot. It goes through my growth and my childhood and who I wanted to be and who I have become," Beyonce says during an on-set interview.
The commercial was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously helmed Beyonce's video "Pretty Hurts" and "Move Your Body." She comments, "We all can relate to the idea of 'get going' and how we all need that motivation in our own lives."
Island Def JamAfter several false starts, Iggy Azalea released her debut album, The New Classic, this week. The rapper tells ABC News Radio how it feels to not only have her first studio effort available on shelves, but to learn that her set has jumped to #1 on the iTunes chart -- beating out new releases from Future, Asher Roth and Kelis.
"I'm really excited. I woke up this morning and I saw everybody tell me it was number one and I was not expecting that to happen at all," she laughs. "I would have been happy even if it was in the top 50. So, I'm feeling really like all my Christmases have come at once today."
The rapper explains that she titled her project The New Classic in an attempt to spark a conversation about the new generation of hip-hop.
"Just from being a generation that is so nostalgic, I wanted to kind of make a statement and say to people my age, 'Hey I think what we're doing is important too.' And I think there's kids that will look back and be nostalgic about the things that we're doing at the moment as well," she says.
While many are quick to compare her to the likes of Nicki Minaj, Iggy feels everyone has his or her own lane. "It's pointless comparing yourself to people. And for me I just always remember loving so many different artists as a kid, I try to remember that when I feel like I start to compare myself to other people."
Iggy adds that her fans appreciate her need to remain true to herself. "Its very important to my piece of mind, or else you'd drive yourself crazy," she says.
The rapper's album features contributions from Timbaland, T.I., Mavado, Stargate, Watch the Duck, Charli XCX and Katy Perry, who penned "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora.
In related news, Iggy is scheduled to begin her 14-date North American trek on April 23 in Boston, making stops in major cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles, before concluding May 22 in Seattle.
Aftermath/Shady/InterscopePerhaps it's no surprise after Eminem posted his cowboy-themed Instagram photo, but the rapper has been announced as part of the lineup of performers for this fall’s Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.
The rapper will serve as a headlining performer alongside OutKast when the event takes place over two weekends on October 3-5 and October 10-12. The 13th annual festival will also include showcases from Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Pearl Jam, and more.
Three-day passes cost $225 and they're available now. Fans can expect single-day tickets to go on sale at a later date.
EpicAfter a long promotional campaign, Future has unleashed his sophomore album, Honest, which arrived in stores Tuesday. The rapper used Twitter to express his gratitude to his loyal fanbase for purchasing the set.
"The fans supporting this Album 100%," he tweeted on to his 1.1 million followers. "Couldn't have done this without You.honest."
The follow-up to his 2012 debut, Pluto, features the Mike WiLL Made It-produced single “Move That Dope” with Pharrell and Pusha T, as well as guest appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, among others.
Next month, the rapper will embark on his North American outing, dubbed the Honest Tour, beginning May 23 in Milwaukee and concluding on July 12 in Montreal.
Courtesy Rachel Ayanaw Via Twitter; ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend has seemingly found his doppelganger via social media.
Earlier this week, a Twitter user named Rachel Ayanaw shared an image of her nephew, Caden, and pointed out his resemblance to the famous crooner. "My nephew looks like John Legend lol," she wrote on April 20.
Shortly after, her message was re-tweeted by over 10,000 followers and eventually caught the attention of Legend, who responded by posting a photo of himself as a baby, “for comparison’s sake,” he wrote.
In an interview with GoodMorningAmerica.com, Ayanaw shared her reaction after hearing hearing from Legend. “I was really shocked,” she said. “I didn’t expect any of this to happen.”
Courtesy Nicki Minaj Via InstagramOn Tuesday morning, Nicki Minaj sat down with Good Morning America to promote her role in The Other Woman, which stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. The rapper explained why she was apprehensive preparing for her first blockbuster film.
"I was so nervous," she revealed on GMA. "I felt a lot of pressure ’cause I am sitting this close to Cameron Diaz and I know if I don’t get my lines right, she has to do her lines over. That pressure was scary."
Minaj portrays Diaz's opinionated assistant, Lydia, who seemingly encourages Diaz to pursue a married man, but Nicki makes it clear she doesn't share the same views as her character. "Marriage is sacred," she says.
Nicki adds the only similarity she shared with her character was that they both wore wigs. However, Nicki now has done away with her flamboyant hairstyles and explained why she's toned down her image.
"Before my first album even came out, I said on my third album, I would wear my natural hair," said Nicki. "I did the wigs, I did the colors, I did the heavy makeup and all that stuff, and now I guess I’m more confident in myself."
RCAR. Kelly fans are finally getting a compendium of his greatest hits. RCA announced plans to release the crooner's first hits collection, titled The Essential R. Kelly.
The upcoming 35-track, double-disc set will feature his classic songs including “Down Low,” “Bump & Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” “When a Woman Loves,” and “I Believe I Can Fly,” among others. Fans will also have access to hard-to-find remixes and rare movie soundtrack cuts.
The label issued an official trailer for the highly anticipated set, arriving on May 19.
In other R Kelly news, he is currently traveling the country with Tamar Braxton for his Black Panties Tour, which will travel to Jacksonville, Florida this Friday, April 25.
AliciaKeys.comAlicia Keys will help the pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by participating in Essence Festival's Year of Empowerment, which takes place July 3 through July 6 in New Orleans, LA.
Organizers announced the singer has been tapped to speak at a free workshop series called Empower U, which will feature a panel of celebrities -- ranging from Yolanda Adams to Steve Harvey -- discussing community initiatives and forums. Alicia will discuss black women and HIV/AIDS.
"Moving to shine light on 5 HIV positive women's stories for #EMPOWERED," Keys tweeted on Monday.
The upcoming event is just one of many free workshops that are designed to improve the day-to-day lives of women and families. For more information, visit EssenceFestival.com.
As previously reported, the Essence Festival will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The event's 20th anniversary celebration will include headlining performances from Prince, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Charlie Wilson, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Tamar Braxton and The Roots.