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Wiz Khalifa “See You Again” new #1

“Uptown Funk” has finally been dethroned.

It took 14 weeks, but Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ infectious hit has slid down the charts in favor of Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 contribution and Paul Walker tribute. Not that “Uptown Funk” is a bad choice, I actually like the song like the masses, but that 14 week reign is pretty impressive (and good for the 2nd longest run in Hot 100 chart history.)

I’m just happy that it was overtaken by the touching “See You Again” that I have grown a fan of since seeing it as the fitting background in Paul Walker’s tribute at the end of the film. The music video does the franchise justice as well, so ICYMI, watch the video to the new #1 song in the country below (AND, UPDATE: His performance of the song on Ellen.)


Childish Gambino on the creative process

Childish Gambino was just featured in a new interview with Billboard and the focus was on the creative process, especially amidst a flurry of different projects that Gambino is involved in. From acting, writing, recording, and touring, Gambino does it all and provides a little insight into how he’s such a good multi-tasker. Salvador Dali then makes sense as a chief inspiration. I’m sure all of us can relate to multi-tasking in some ways… I feel do whatever works for you, whether it’s blending it all together or just focusing on the one thing.

Here’s an excerpt and more from the interview here*:

How I Work
“In my house, I have an empty room: I have my studio there, a whiteboard with the Atlanta scripts, a canvas for painting and all my albums and DJ equipment. I wake up every morning and I start grabbing things — spray-painting the walls, recording, writing. They’re all connected for me. It’s all about trying to get to the bottom of what being a human is.”

My Multihyphenate Hero
“Once for spring break I went to St. Petersburg [Fla.], which is wack, but I wanted to be around old people. (Laughs.) And there’s a Salvador Dali museum there. I wrote a postcard to myself that said, ‘Never forget Dali.’ He would paint, do sculpture, ­architecture, film, photography.”

*Billboard also says Gambino is recording for his third studio album!

Kanye West on Billboard Power 100 cover

Kanye West is, naturally, a part of a powerful trio on the cover of Billboard’s annual Power 100 issue, dedicated to the most profitable and, well, powerful people in the music industry. Lucian Grainge, the Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group, and one of ‘Ye’s favorite artists Lana Del Rey join him on the cover.

The execs who rule music now? Just follow the money, where new No. 1 Lucian Grainge keeps grabbing market share (while upending every business model), 31 first-timers break into the list and innovation — not fear — is now the force propelling these players forward.

Here is the full list of the execs and big-name industry heads you should get to know.

Lucian Grainge, Lana Del Rey, & Kanye West

Meanwhile, Kanye cryptically tweeted a link to yeezy.supply earlier today and it indicates a countdown culminating on February 12th — the reported release date, revealed yesterday, of his adidas collection. adidas also released a sign up for instant news to the collection over at adidas.com/us/kanye.

So yeah, it’s going to be a busy week for Mr. West starting on Sunday at the Grammys.

Kendrick Lamar supports Iggy Azalea

She’s doing her thing. Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here.

– Kendrick Lamar

Nice, peaceful words in a time of heavy criticisms and attacks on Iggy Azalea. This was one of the eye-raising quotables in Kendrick’s latest cover story with Billboard. The full story is on newsstands now, with the only other excerpt on the Grammys below.

I appreciate [the Grammys] recognizing me. That’s not my overall goal… It’s best to just go and enjoy the festivities.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full cover story.


ICYMI: Kendrick Lamar: In My Own Words (Excerpts + Cover Story)

Krewella’s Jahan Yousaf on cyber-bullying

Jahan has broken her silence on the Rain Man lawsuit and in the process made an important statement on modern-day societial issues, especially when it comes to cyber-bullying and sexism.

I thought it was especially powerful given the intense criticism her and her sister Yasmine received after Rain Man’s lawsuit went public. Here’s a couple snippets of the op-ed piece Jahan wrote for Billboard, titled ‘Deadmau5 Saved Me From Going Into Porn’.

This isn’t just about deadmau5 or porn. It’s about sex, media and humanity. After 10 months of being removed from social media, this highly publicized lawsuit has lured me out of my cave. “Highly publicized,” meaning it was embarrassingly the No. 1 trending topic on Facebook, disseminated by TMZ, and received coverage by almost every single dance music blog. I did not participate or respond to the Krewella breakup chatter. I just stalked the fuck out of myself, read comments, and played the voyeur like Peeping Tom. Can someone please create an algorithm for how many times the words “whore” and “krewella” are used in the same sentence online?? These are just a few of the hundreds I collected:

Some of you are probably laughing at these comments, as I did at first. But hell, I can’t even fake a smile right now. This sickens me, because the way we participate in Internet dialogue mirrors our attitude as a society. And what I see in that reflection is an immense amount of hatred and intolerance for one another. It’s time to smash the fuckin’ mirror. I have been silent for too long. I am relapsing after avoiding social media to share what I have learned and to encourage people to challenge and question what they read/hear/see from now on, and that goes for situations beyond our case, whether it’s politics or celebrity gossip. The sad part is that it is 2014, and people are still passively reading headlines for face value, parroting the words of celebrities, and jumping on the bandwagon of popular opinion. I don’t see enough people challenging the intolerance that deadmau5 preaches to his 3 million followers, researching beyond the headlines they read, or protesting against the derogatory dialogue that circulates on social networks.

Jahan also addresses her one-time relationship with Rain Man and overall, shares how her personal experiences and examples can serve for improvement and inspiration to the young generations in this digital information age. The entire piece is a well-written, important read here.

ICYMI: Krewella “Say Goodbye”