Beyoncé's sixth solo studio record is also her sixth solo studio record to debut atop the Billboard 200. The mag's site reported Sunday that Lemonade notched 653,000 equivalent album units (485,000 of those as pure album sales) in its first week, and, consumption-wise, has so far enjoyed the best first week of any 2016 release. Drake might better both feats next week, however, as forecasters project his recently released Views to sell more than 800,000 copies. Until then, Queen B takes the top spot from Prince and his now-No. 2 Best of album, while the late music icon dominates the rest of the chart with four other top-ten titles (Purple Rain, The Hits/The B-Sides, Ultimate, and 1999).
While it's been three (!) years since Haim released a new album, if they continue doing spontaneous covers like this, we're willing to be a little more patient. At a benefit for the Girls Rock Camp Foundation in Los Angeles Friday night, the trio — who have a well-documented affinity for Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac — performed "Dreams" from the band's virtuoso Rumours. Captured by the lucky attendees on Instagram below, Haim's rendition of the song is dreamy and hauntingly beautiful ... as it should be.
At the Toronto launch party for Views, Drake, the nice, nerdy guy with an affinity for sweaters who’s actually really rich and famous and not such an underdog anymore, held up his phone and touted to fans that the album had allegedly sold over 620,000 copies in one night, numbers that would make Adele blush. But those impressive numbers are misleading — you might even say that they're "too good to be true." Back in February, the RIAA announced a change in policy, decreeing that streaming numbers would count alongside traditional album sales. That means “Hotline Bling,” which was as widespread as poison ivy at summer camp, counts towards the album’s sales. The album hasn’t had a physical release yet. Here's a track-by-track vivisection of the 80-minute album.
We may still be mourning Prince, the prodigious and prolific artist who made purple cool, and struggling to find his music online without resorting to Tidal, but we may soon have as many as 2,000 new Prince songs to ease the pain. ABC affiliate KSTP-TV reports that Prince’s vault — like, a literal vault, with a spinning wheel lock and everything — of music has been opened amid uncertainty regarding the allocation of his fortune and music. (His sister, Tyka Nelson, confirmed that the musician left no will.) On The View in 2012, Prince said of his unreleased songs, "One day, someone will release them. I don't know that I'll get to release them. There's just so many." As if the Purple One didn’t have enough outrageous stories already. This is the most exciting opening of a vault since Geraldo excavated Al Capone’s, which was, to put it mildly, disappointing.
Radiohead ‘Knows Where You Live,’ Teases the Long-Awaited Song ‘Burn the Witch’ With Creepy LeafletsBy Greg Cwik
If the internet is good for anything, it's conjuring up Radiohead rumors. A new album may or may not come out in June, Paul Thomas Anderson may or may not have shot a music video with the band ... etc. Between the new company they started and the massive tour they're embarking on in a few weeks, Radiohead has been awful busy lately, and it appears that they've officially begun building hype for the purported upcoming album: U.K. fans report receiving creepy, ominous leaflets — yes, as in tangible, snail-mail-sent paper products, which were widely used before the advent of the internet — festooned with lyrics from the long-gestating song "Burn the Witch" and an official Radiohead logo. The lyrics read, "Sing a song of sixpence that goes/Burn the Witch/We know where you live." The song was first teased by Stanley Donwood's art for 2003's Hail to the Thief, and the opening chords have been played by Thom Yorke & Co. at least twice, in 2006 and 2008. The lyrics appeared on the band's site in 2007, though the song has been presumably percolating in a cauldron for a decade. You can see the leaflet, and hear a very brief snippet of the song's opening chords, below.
Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Attempt Another Drum-Off, But in a Classic Rock and Roll Power Move, Get Other Musicians to Do the Drumming on Their BehalfBy Devon Ivie
Will Ferrell and his brother-from-another-mother Chad Smith hosted the Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceañera last night, and, as you would hope, a drum-off was the centerpiece of the event. The duo ended up eschewing their previous Tonight Show format and the actual drumming duties, but don't fret — they recruited some top-notch substitutes to take their places for an epic team drum-off extravaganza. Taylor Hawkins, Tommy Lee, Fred Armisen, Mick Fleetwood, and Stewart Copeland all got a chance to showcase their particular set of skills. Alas, no holograms of Keith Moon or John Bonham, sadly.
You can always count on brands to out-corny even Drake. Naturally, someone at the Cheesecake Factory caught wind that a certain swole rapper prefers to spend his cheat meals at their establishment, as we learned on Views. He gave the restaurant a shout-out on "Child's Play," explaining just how much his quality time at there means to him: "Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake / You know I love to go there / Say I'm actin' lightskin, I can't take you nowhere / This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney / They don't need to know all of our business." As is corporate social-media code, the Cheesecake Factory had to respond. (Remember what happened to Red Lobster when they took too long?) Don't worry, it only took them the whole day to come up with their very own spin on the Views meme:
The last time Rihanna and Calvin Harris made a song together it led to Rihanna's longest-charting No. 1 hit (unless"Work" returns to the top), and one of her best music videos to date. So it's only right to assume that lightning can strike twice, right? That's exactly what they're hoping for with "This Is What You Came For," their first new song together since 2011's "We Found Love." The song, an even more house-infused banger with Rih's voice at the fore, comes less than two weeks after they performed their first hit together at Coachella, during Calvin's headlining set. But wait just a damn second — rewind to that weekend in the desert and you may remember Taylor Swift's bleach blondness stealing the show. But did you happen to notice something else in the photo in which she debuted the new look? That's right, Tay was wearing a bomber with the cover art to her man's new single all along. Sly one that Swift is. Introducing your new Song of Summer contender:
As promised, Zedd and Kesha's official version of "True Colors" is here. The song, first showcased as a Coachella surprise, features the latter passionately delivering many of the original lyrics: "All my life, one page at a time / I'll show you my, my true colors," Kesha roars in the chorus. "And no, and no, I won't apologize for the fire in my eyes / Let me show you my, my true colors / It ain't a rainbow." A powerful change comes during the bridge, however, when the singer explains, "I've escaped my capture, and I have no master." Listen below:
Well would you look at that: An album, in 2016, actually landed on semi-schedule. Drake's Views (f.k.a. Views From the 6) has arrived! His fourth "proper" album (depending on how you count these things) hit iTunes and Apple Music — where it will remain an exclusive for a limited time — just before midnight on Thursday, complete with an in-depth interview on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio. But like anything Drake does these days, Views isn't just an album — it's a megameme event. To catch you up to speed on all the latest controversies, possible Meek Mill disses, and failed attempts at romancing Rihanna, we broke down all 20 (!) Views songs, below.
How Drake Feels About His Work Relationship With Rihanna — and Other Highlights From His OVO Sound Radio InterviewBy Devon Ivie and Sean Fitz-Gerald
Coinciding with his highly anticipated Views release, Drake sat down Thursday night with Zane Lowe for an exclusive OVO Sound Radio interview. The rapper quickly teased new material, noting he'll have "a whole arsenal of songs that don't even have to do with Views," by the time the Summer Sixteen tour begins. The duo's lengthy chat also spanned topics ranging from his mom's life advice, to his future in acting, to his relationships with a handful of collaborators and friends. Read on for the highlights:
Views, Drake's fourth studio effort, is out now on iTunes and Apple Music. The rapper's latest dropped Thursday night, ahead of a planned OVO Sound Radio listening party and interview with Zane Lowe. "The album is based around the changing of the seasons in our city," Drake said during their talk, alluding to Toronto. "It's a very unique place: You start to value your days a lot more, when seven months are spent in the icy cold."
Neil Young Is Now Available to Stream on Tidal, So You Can Keep on Rockin’ in the $19.99/Month WorldBy Devon Ivie
Remember that time Neil Young said "streaming has ended for me ... I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution"? It seems like a distant memory. (It was last July.) Well, major kudos to Tidal, because they've somehow managed to get Young to do a complete 180 about his negative views on streaming. As reported by Billboard, Young's entire catalogue (57 albums!) is now available to exclusively stream on Tidal, both on its "standard" and "high-fidelity" options. It's good timing, too: Young announced today that he will be releasing a new album, EARTH, in June. Maybe next time, Spotify.
Comedians have been doing Kanye better than Kanye for years, but never has he admitted it ... until now. Earlier this month, Aziz "Lil Bud" Ansari and his Master of None co-star Eric "Big Bud" Wareheim took some time off from filming the show's second season in Rome to frolic around the Italian capital, stuff their faces, hump cars, the usual — all to the tune of Kanye West's "Famous," featuring Rihanna. They bromanced hard, and if there's one person in this world who appreciates male bonding, it's Kanye. So much so that he's now made Ansari and Wareheim's gleeful parody the song's official video, according to Wareheim, whose comedy collective JASH has confirmed the news. “Eric uploaded it on his own YouTube channel with the help of JASH, a comedy collective that he helped found, when Kanye agreed to have it be the official music video for the song,” says a rep. So unlike Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, and James Franco before them, Aziz and Eric can say they finally out-Kanyed Kanye, with his permission. Salute!
Watch Beyoncé Salute Prince With ‘Purple Rain’ — Plus Other Highlights From Her First Formation ShowBy Sean Fitz-Gerald
After DJ Khaled, along with the likes of Lil Wayne, Future, 2 Chainz, and Rick Ross, had readied the Marlins Park crowd, it was time: Beyoncé's much-anticipated Formation World Tour finally began in Miami on Wednesday night, with a wide-ranging arsenal of hits and a flurry of emotions. (Also, with police and fun shirts.) "She moved so skillfully between vulnerable and in control," wrote Kelli Kennedy for the AP, "that it was impossible to tell what was real and how much was artistic posturing." Coming only a few days post-Lemonade, the opening night featured songs ranging from "Drunk in Love" and "Crazy in Love," to "Daddy Lessons" and "6 Inch."
Queen B also took time to salute the late Prince, using one of her costume changes to send her audience into a partial "Purple Rain" sing-along, embedded above. "Prince, thank you for your beautiful music," Bey said later on in the show. "He's an artist that inspired all of us." She reportedly gave Jay Z a shout-out, too, when she ended the night with "Halo." "I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband," she said. "I love you so much."
Check out more highlights, which fans shared via social media, below:
NBC News, citing federal law-enforcement officials, reported Wednesday that the DEA has been asked to help local authorities investigate the death of Prince. The officials told NBC prescription painkillers were found in the late music icon's possession last week, but did not say whether or not the undisclosed medication played a role in his death. "DEA's role," Pete Williams explained on Nightly News With Lester Holt, "will be to determine such things as where the medications came from, and what prescriptions Prince had obtained." The update comes two days after the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported investigators were focusing on Prince's alleged painkiller use. Prince's initial autopsy was completed last week, one day after he was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park estate: There were no signs of trauma, and police ruled out suicide. The rest of the results, including the final cause of death, won't be made public for several weeks.
Blink-182 Released a New Song Without Tom DeLonge Called ‘Bored to Death,’ So Don’t Confuse It With the Hit HBO Show, Okay?By Devon Ivie
It seems only yesterday when we were bopping up and down in our Vans to Enema of the State, crooning along to "What's My Age Again?" while basking in our youthful angst. Alas, it's now 2016, and we, and Blink-182, have both grown up — so much so that Tom DeLonge left Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker last year in a "friendly divorce," soon to be replaced by Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio. If the trio's new tune "Bored to Death" is any indication, though, the infectious spirit of the "old" Blink is still very much alive and well. Rock on and enjoy.
Kesha's mother Pebe Sebert has dropped her countersuit against Dr. Luke, Billboard reports. Luke had previously filed a lawsuit against Kesha's mom in Tennessee for defamation and interference relating to a separate lawsuit that Kesha filed against the producer in 2014 alleging emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Sebert subsequently countersued, alleging that Dr. Luke was responsible for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress stemming from the allegations of abuse against her daughter. On Tuesday, Sebert voluntarily dropped those claims after also recently dropping her lawyer, Mark Geragos.
This development comes after a judge dropped Dr. Luke's lawsuit against Pebe Sebert in New York in February, but also after another New York judge dismissed all but one of Kesha's counterlclaims against Luke earlier this month. As Kesha's case now stands, her denied preliminary injunction in New York is now in appeals court, her California lawsuit against Dr. Luke is on hold, and Dr. Luke's lawyers are reportedly seeking to depose both Kesha and Sebert in June.
Drake wasn't lying: His new album will indeed have 20 songs, and now we know all 20 of their titles (but not the features, because he can't just give it all away). We also now know that it probably isn't called Views From the 6 anymore — just Views, for short. And how do we know all this? The man tweeted the tracklist himself:
- Culture Editor
- Lane Brown
- Editorial Director
- Neil Janowitz
- West Coast Editor
- Josef Adalian
- Hollywood Editor
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
- Senior Editor
- Kyle Buchanan
- Senior Editor
- Jesse David Fox
- Senior Editor
- Gazelle Emami
- TV Reporter
- Maria Elena Fernandez
- Movies Reporter
- Kevin Lincoln
- Associate Editor
- Nate Jones
- Associate Editor
- Dee Lockett
- Associate Editor
- E. Alex Jung