Solange Knowles Is Breaking Records With “A Seat At The Table” Album

Less than two weeks after dropping her first album in eight years, Solange has nabbed a hard-earned seat at the top of the music charts. According to Billboard, A Seat at the Table is officially Solange’s first #1 album and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Pardon us while we break out into an impromptu champagne-sippin’ dance session because this news instantly puts us in a celebratory mood.

The 30-year-old singer/songwriter is no stranger to making wonderfully raw and spiritual music, so we are totally digging the fact that she’s finally on the receiving end of some much-deserved recognition with her latest release.

Judging by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to A Seat at the Table, Solo definitely won’t be toasting to her huge success alone. ET Online reports that Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have #1 albums.

Practically every celeb on the planet completely freaked out over Solange’s new album, but perhaps the sweetest co-sign came from her mother Tina Knowles, who congratulated her daughter with a beautiful Instagram post. She even included the most heartfelt (and accurate) review of A Seat at the Table that nearly brought us to tears.

“It is an awesome, socially conscious, beautiful to listen to, Delicious to look at, (the visuals are amazing Art pieces, thought provoking to analyze, (the lyrics are clever , funnny, relatable and deep! The message is one of pride, anguish, frustration and triumph. She did the damn thing. A must hear!” she wrote.

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It’s Official: Kanye West Confirms Joint Album With Drake

Somewhere in Calabasas there might sit an already finished collaboration album between Kanye West and Drake.

The pair live not far from each other in the LA suburb, and Drake has previously admitted they spend a lot of time together, so it’s only natural that some of that time would be spent making music.

“We’re just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio,” Kanye told Vogue. “We’re working on an album, so there’s some exciting things coming up soon.”

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 The signs had been there for a while with Kanye previously teasing it and a billboard, probably of Drake’s doing, popping up in LA featuring the OVO owl and G.O.O.D. Music logo side-by-side.

Ye declined to give a release date for the album but just knowing it’s out there, and on the way, will be enough to satisfy some fans.

It won’t be the first time either artist has collaborated with someone on an entire album.

Kanye and Jay Z’s Watch The Throne was an instant classic, while Drake’s 2015 mixtape with Future What a Time to be Alive captured a moment in hip hop.

But given the influence Drake freely admits Kanye had on his sound and career, it’s easy to imagine he’ll be stepping the levels up on this as-yet untitled album.

See Track list Of Reekado Banks New Album “Spotlight”

The album listening event and after party of Mavin Records sensation Reekado Bank’s new album went down at 57, Lagos on Wednesday night.

The Headies Awards 2015 winner of “Next-Rated” award category dropped his 18 track album “Spotlight” (with 3 bonus tracks) yesterday. The album features collaborations from Patoranking, D’Prince, Falz, Kenny Blaq, Vanessa Mdee and others.

Frank Ocean Thanks Fans In Note Following Blonde Release

It’s been a good weekend for fans of Frank Ocean, who has released two albums since Thursday — but it’s been a long wait, one he vaguely acknowledged in a note posted to his Tumblr.

“I had the time of my life making all of this,” he wrote. “Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love you.”

By “all of this,” Ocean’s referring to visual album Endlessreleased Thursday, and Blondea collection that dropped Saturday. He also released a Boys Don’t Cry magazine at pop-up shops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London Saturday. A car-themed excerpt from the magazine is now available on his Tumblr.

These records are the first Ocean’s put out since 2012’s beloved Channel Orange. He’s been teasing new music for over a year now, and Channel Orange producer Malay Ho recently addressed the holdup in a Reddit AMA

“To be fair, art cannot be rushed,” he said. “It’s about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error… That goes for any creative [situation].”

Endless is now available to stream on Apple Music, while Blonde is available both to stream on the service and for purchase on iTunes. 

DJ Khaled Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Major Key’

DJ Khaled scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his latest release, Major Key, debuts in the top slot. The set earned 95,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 4, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 59,000 were in traditional album sales — DJ Khaled’s largest sales week since 2007.

Major Key was released July 29 through We the Best/Epic Records. It is his first effort for Epic

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Aug. 20-dated chart (where Major Key is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Major Key’s sales launch is DJ Khaled’s second-biggest week in his career — his only larger frame was logged back in 2007, when We The Best bowed at No. 8 with 79,000 sold.

DJ Khaled made his Billboard 200 chart debut just over 10 years ago, with Listennn: The Album, which bowed on the June 24, 2006-dated list. The set peaked at its debut position, No. 12, and was the first of his nine charting albums to date.

He’s since scored seven top 10 albums, including Major Key. His highest charting album, until this week, was the No. 4 debut and peak of 2012’s Kiss the Ring.

The new album was exclusively available in its first week of release through the Apple Music streaming service and for sale as a download through the iTunes Store. It became widely available through other streamers and digital retailers on Aug. 5. It will be make its CD bow on Aug. 12.

The album features a bevy of A-list collaborators, including Jay ZNicki MinajKendrick LamarLil WayneRick RossNasFuture2 Chainz and even Meghan Trainor.

Major Key is Epic’s second No. 1 album in 2016, following Future’s EVOL, which opened atop the list dated Feb. 27.

The new album boasts DJ Khaled’s second-highest charting single ever on the Billboard Hot 100: “For Free,” featuring Drake. The tune has so far risen to No. 14 on the list, nearing the No. 10 peak of DJ Khaled’s highest-charting single, “I’m On One,” featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, in 2011.

Drake’s Views dips from No. 1 to No. 2, after 12 nonconsecutive weeks atop the chart (80,000 units; down 5 percent). Might Views return to No. 1 for a 13th frame? If it does, it may not be in the short term, as early indications from industry forecasters suggest the new Suicide Squad soundtrack has a good chance of debuting at No. 1 next week. The multi-artist effort was released on Aug. 5, the same day its parent film was released in theaters.

Back on this week’s chart, Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface is steady at No. 3 with 39,000 units (up 8 percent).

Jake Owen notches his highest charting album ever, as American Love launches at No. 4 with 35,000 units (29,000 in traditional album sales). His previous high was tallied in 2011 when Barefoot Blue Jean Night debuted and peaked at No. 6 (with 55,000 sold in its first week). Owen recently snagged his eighth top 10 single on the Country Airplay chart with the new album’s “American Country Love Song,” which has so far peaked at No. 8.

Owen’s new album also bows at No. 1 on Top Country Albums — his second leader following Barefoot Blue Jean Night.

Rihanna’s former No. 1, Anti, falls one rung to No. 5 on the new Billboard 200 with 32,000 units (down 2 percent). The album recently surpassed 500,000 in total U.S. sales. Each of the diva’s eight studio albums have now sold more than a half-million copies.

Fantasia achieves her fourth top 10 album with the arrival of The Definition Of… at No. 6 with nearly 32,000 units (29,000 in pure album sales). Her last release came just over three years ago, when Side Effects Of You debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the May 11, 2013-dated list. It was her second No. 2-peaking album, following 2010’s Back To Me. She also visited the top 10 with her debut effort, Free Yourself, which peaked at No. 8 in 2004. (One further album, her 2006 self-titled set, peaked at No. 19.)

The new album has launched two top 20-charting singles on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart: “No Time For It” (peaking at No. 6) and “Sleeping With the One I Love” (No. 17).

Hillary Scott & The Scott Family’s Love Remains debuts at No. 7 with 31,000 units (28,000 in traditional album sales). Scott — of country trio Lady Antebellum — also arrives at No. 2 on Top Country Albums and No. 1 on Top Christian Albums.

Scott is the second member of Lady Antebellum to chart their own side project away from the group in 2016 on Top Country Albums. She follows Charles Kelley’s The Driver, which peaked at No. 6. (Lady A’s third member, Dave Haywood, produced Post Monroe’s self-titled EP, which hit No. 42 in June.)

Adele’s 25 descends 7-8 on the latest Billboard 200 chart (29,000 units; up 1 percent), while Blake Shelton’s If I’m Honest flies 24-9 with 28,000 units (up 88 percent). The latter is also up 127 percent in sales (to 23,000 sold for the week) thanks largely to a 99-cent sale price tag for the album in the Google Play store. (Shelton himself promoted the sale, via Twitter and Facebook. On the latter, he wrote: “Thanks to Google Play, my album costs less than a gallon of gas right now!”)

If I’m Honest’s download sales are unsurprisingly robust, owed to Google Play. It sold 16,000 digital copies — a gain of 373 percent.

Closing out the Billboard 200’s new top 10 is the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton, which moves from No. 8 to No. 10 (27,000 units; down less than 1 percent).

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Kanye West Promises New Collaboration Album With Drake

Kanye West has kept busy this year by dropping his The Life Of Pablo album, as well as embarking on his Saint Pablo Tour, but it sounds like he’s got even more in store for 2016. Taking to the stage at OVO Fest Monday night, Kanye announced that he and Drake are working on a joint album.

“Is y’all ready for this album?” Kanye shouted out to the crowd at OVO Fest. “I wasn’t talking about Pablo. I wasn’t talking about VIEWS. I wanna ask y’all right now: Are y’all ready for this album?” He clarified, pointing at Drake before pointing back to himself.

Kanye West and Drake are no strangers to the joint-project game. Kanye West and Jay Z joined forces for their ground-breaking album Watch The Throne in 2011. Drake also teamed up with Future for their joint mixtape What A Time To Be Alive last year, which pretty much topped every year-end list. We’ve seen what Drake and Kanye can do on solo projects, let’s see if they can create the same magic on a collaborative album. We’ll keep you posted as more details emerge….

“I Didn’t Know I Had A Son Till He was 2 Years Old” – Wande Coal

Black Diamond Entertainment boss Wande Coal was a guest recently on MTVBase Real talk, when he was asked how he kept his 6-year old son a secret from his fans. According to Wande, he never knew he had a son till the young boy was 2.

Wande told the show’s host:

 ‘Well, I didn’t know I had a kid till he was 2 years old. When they brought him to me, he already looked like me. So when I found out, I knew I had to do something about it and then I took him to my mum and she’s been taking care of him’.

Wande Coal celebrated his son’s 7th birthday on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Watch the video below…