Drake’s new album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, has zoomed up the charts. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 500,000 units to date. While industry experts expected Drake’s album to rake in the cash, most didn’t anticipate this many sales in such a short period of time. The album has been so successful that 14 of its songs are actually charting simultaneously. An accomplishment of that magnitude hasn’t occurred in half a century. The Beatles were the last to have that many songs charting at the same time. The English rockers accomplished the feat back in 1964.
This isn’t the first time that Drake has broken a record previously held by the Beatles. Flavio Maluf said that late last year, his remix of the song called “Tuesday” by I Love Makonnen placed on the charts. It was his 72nd song to chart, breaking the Beatle’s all-time record of 71 charted songs. Drake has broken new ground on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hope Song chart as well. He is the first artist to have 21 songs on the chart at the same time. Drake is still in the prime of his career yet he owns a top 5 spot on total Billboard Hot 100 entries. His 85 career entries put him 5th overall. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for such a young artist.
Most music fans who don’t have a taste for hip-hop would say that it is sacrilegious to group Drake with elite musicians like the Beatles. Yet the numbers don’t lie. As wild as it might sound, it can be said that Drake’s current popularity is on par with the Beatles mania of the 60s.
The film industry has survived for ages but every once in a while, a visionary and a pioneer comes along who changes the dynamics of this industry. In recent times, that person has been John Textor. Anyone familiar with his works would know that John Textor’s focus on innovation is the main reason why he has achieved so much success. Innovation without direction is often useless and John Textor has managed to balance innovation with tradition to achieve goals that were considered to be impossible before. Here are a few things that John Textor has taught the world about the importance of innovation –
• Not Just A Luxury But Important For Survival – A lot of people consider innovation a luxury and this is true for all industries, whether it is business or films. However, John Textor has ensured that innovation becomes a prerequisite to survival. Innovation stems from creativity and art dies when creativity doesn’t exist. He has proven that innovation is not just essential for people focusing on luxury but is a survival tool in this dynamic and competitive day and age. Without innovation, industries become stagnant as they do just enough to survive. On the other hand, with innovation, industries become constantly moving and they improve at a great pace.
• Globalization Demands Innovation – It was under the leadership of John Textor that the movie – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – achieved such success. Because of globalization, the world has shrunk and competition has become stiff. Things that were previously considered good or even brilliant are just average now. Because of John Textor’s innovation, Benjamin Button’s character was prevented from being just average and was transformed to something so much more. Even as a digital character, it had more life than any real actor could ever manage.
• Achieving Success One Can Only Dream – All professionals dream of success but only few actually get it. Innovation is a difficult road but it comes with guaranteed success. However, that is not the reason why John Textor pursued innovation. He pursued it for the sheer pleasure of creating something that no one had thought of. This is the main reason why he is hailed in the industry as a visionary.
There is a lot people from all industries can learn from John Textor. His ideas on thinking out of the box can be used for betterment and advancement in all professions and fields.
Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi were once cool. Those days appear to be over. The two have apparently been going back and forth on Twitter over some childish stuff. The Twitter beef sparked attention because both rappers rang in the same circles as Kanye West at one time.
Some time in 2014 Lupe Fiasco send out tweets to fans saying that he would write lyrics for people that they could claim as their own. He was basically going to ghost write and sell lyrics for $500. Flavio Maluf says this is why he normally sticks to LinkedIn. Kid Cudi made about comment to Lupe where he asked Lupe what he was planning to do with the money. It was something of a cheap shot. It was almost as if Kid Cudi was implying that Lupe was broke and needed the money.
This led to a moment on “Sway in the Morning,” the hip hop morning show, where Lupe mentioned Kid Cudi followed by some expletives. This Twitter beef that seemed almost comical now seems a tad bit serious. It is very bizarre because these two have been friends. They are both from Chicago, and neither one of them has been known for being a tough guy. Lupe has always painted himself as the anti-thug underdog in the rap game. Kid Cudi is something of a one-hit wonder that has roamed around the entertainment industry doing more singing than rapping. It’s a weak hip hop grievance.
After months of public rants on stage and social media from Lil Wayne over issues he seems to have with is label Cash Money Records and Birdman, Wayne has released a mixtape and is taking very direct shots at Birdman, over his recent treatment as an artist on the label. Over the summer there was some talk about Lil Wayne possibly leaving Cash Money due to a feud with Birdman for pushing his album back, however Wayne insisted that his album Carter V would still be released. Now it looks like Wayne’s latest album will collect dust until matters are settled in court.
Birdman didn’t seem to care one bit about Wayne’s public rants, and said that his contract is a contract and if Wayne wants to fuss they can take it to court. Along with the mixtape and diss tracks, theres is talk that Lil Wayne is considering No Limit Records as his new home, No Limit is a long time rival of Cash Money, so this will be seen as a major betrayal in Birdman’s eyes.
While there is still no way to know how all of this will play out, it’s obvious to people at companies like Slow Ventures that there is and will continue to be a tug of war between Wayne and his mentor Birdman and judging from the lyrics in Wayne’s songs there doesn’t seem to and end in sight.
As fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso and producers reminisce about Aaliyah – who would have turned 36 – on January 16th, Frank Ocean emerges with a befitting tribute. Ocean, who has been elusive, covered “At Your Best (You Are Love).”
The song shows off a falsetto as Ocean makes the song his own. It has a twofold purpose: it helps people remember Aaliyah during a time where her influences seem to have gotten buried in R&B, and it draws more attention to an upcoming Frank Ocean release. Frank has been quiet, and he hasn’t promised anything, but the world is still patiently waiting. So far, Ocean has only dropped one new single on SoundCloud. He appeared on Beyonce’s album at the end of 2013, but Ocean has not appeared anywhere else.
He made the list of albums that the MTV staff wanted to see in 2015. If he does decide to drop something new he will have a lot to compete with on the Billboard charts. There is a lot of anticipation for an album from Kanye West. There is anticipation for music from Kendrick Lamar. There are large number of acts that are bound to be competing for attention, but Ocean has a built-in fan base. He has gained fame from the commercial and critical success of his debut. Fans will be ready for him to release something new. Right now Aaliyah tributes will have to do.
SZA has been hanging around in the shadows for a while, but she is certainly coming out now. Nicki Minaj handpicked Christian Broda and her for writing on the new track “Feelin’ Myself.” This is an awesome chance for the rest of the world to hear this new
The great thing about SZA is that she is also a singer. She is so much more than just a writer. She is a talent that has shown up with Willow Smith. There are singles and mix tapes that are very well circulated on the Internet. That is why she is getting a lot of buzz.
So far, SZA has not put her whole album together, but she has guaranteed that the project is on the way. She has a neo-soul type of sound so people were not expecting her to show up with Beyonce and Nicki Minaj. The thing that makes it work though is that she has influences in soul and hip hop music. This is going to allow her to spread her wings across a multitude of platforms.
It is a great stepping stone since a lot of people did not even know that she existed. Now she has added some clout to her name by working with the megastars in urban and pop entertainment circles. This is going to give her some real momentum when she is finally really to release her album.
If you’re not familiar with the group Outkast, or even if you are familiar with them, maybe you don’t know that a Christmas song is what helped to launch their career. Outkast Song. Outkast is known as one of the greatest rap groups to ever exist, and they are currently on a reunion tour, bringing the group back together after being apart for many years. The group is well known for their music, but they also acted in movies as well, and were very successful. As many groups do, they decided to retire, but they have recently joined forces again to perform music.
Before the group became famous, they had a Christmas song that was on a LaFace Christmas compilation album entitled “Players Ball.” They remade the song to sound less like Christmas, so they could put it on their very first album. The fact is, the song is what started their professional career, and after being retired, they can look back and see that the song was a great idea. Sometimes things we do are not obviously a good idea at the time, but in the future, you can look back and say that you made the right choice. So many Skout members
have this kind of story.
Even though the song wasn’t a hit for the group, they still made the right choice in creating the song, as it helped to launch their group into fame, and they have never turned back.