Drake’s ‘More Life’ Playlist Includes Some Intriguing Titles

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It looks like he’s done it again — Drake has managed to send the internet into a frenzy with his release of new music. Shortly after dropping his 22-track playlist, More Life, on March 18, Drizzy reportedly set Google ablaze with searches of his newfound lingo, according to Mashable. Apparently, many fans are asking: What exactly is a gyalchester, anyways? The song title sure sparked some intrigue.

If you can remember, the 6 god damn near broke the internet when he released the video for «Hotline Bling,» introducing it as the lead single off of his highly anticipated Views album back in 2015. And he’s apparently right back at it, as listeners have begun flocking to the world wide web in an effort to learn more about the interesting song titles from More Life.

As Mashable reported, there have been three words in particular which have seen a major uptick on Google Trends since last weekend’s release: «blem,» «gyalchester» and «Giggs.» Both «Blem» and «Gyalchester» are titles of tracks listed on the playlist, while Giggs is a London rapper, who happens to be featured on several of the new songs.

While Drake’s dialect seems to be heavily influenced by the English-based, creole language of Jamaican patois, Urban Dictionary helps to break down the possible definitions of the newly popular slang. «Blem» is explained as the act of being high on marijuana. Meanwhile, the term «gyalchester» is described as «the well-known nickname for the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies,» and appears to be a portmanteau of the patois-spoken word for girl or «gyal,» merged with Manchester, perhaps indicating that beautiful women originate from that area. So, there you have it — Drake has worked his magic once again. This time, not for his epic dance moves, but for his enchanting terms of speech.

Drake’s ‘More Life’ Playlist Includes Some Intriguing Titles

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It looks like he’s done it again — Drake has managed to send the internet into a frenzy with his release of new music. Shortly after dropping his 22-track playlist, More Life, on March 18, Drizzy reportedly set Google ablaze with searches of his newfound lingo, according to Mashable. Apparently, many fans are asking: What exactly is a gyalchester, anyways? The song title sure sparked some intrigue.

If you can remember, the 6 god damn near broke the internet when he released the video for «Hotline Bling,» introducing it as the lead single off of his highly anticipated Views album back in 2015. And he’s apparently right back at it, as listeners have begun flocking to the world wide web in an effort to learn more about the interesting song titles from More Life.

As Mashable reported, there have been three words in particular which have seen a major uptick on Google Trends since last weekend’s release: «blem,» «gyalchester» and «Giggs.» Both «Blem» and «Gyalchester» are titles of tracks listed on the playlist, while Giggs is a London rapper, who happens to be featured on several of the new songs.

While Drake’s dialect seems to be heavily influenced by the English-based, creole language of Jamaican patois, Urban Dictionary helps to break down the possible definitions of the newly popular slang. «Blem» is explained as the act of being high on marijuana. Meanwhile, the term «gyalchester» is described as «the well-known nickname for the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies,» and appears to be a portmanteau of the patois-spoken word for girl or «gyal,» merged with Manchester, perhaps indicating that beautiful women originate from that area. So, there you have it — Drake has worked his magic once again. This time, not for his epic dance moves, but for his enchanting terms of speech.

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ & 4 Other Songs That Added Writers After Release

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Ed Sheeran photographed on March 12, 2017 in Milan, Italy.News came Tuesday (March 21) that Ed Sheeran added the writers of TLC’s «No Scrubs» to the credits of his current Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit «Shape of You.»

Since the Sheeran’s song’s release, the pre-chorus («Boy, let’s not talk too much/ Grab on my waist and put that body on me») has been scrutinized over comparisons to the 1999 hit for its similar lyrical rhythm («No, I don’t want no scrubs/ A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me»). In turn, Sheeran validated the similarity by adding «No Scrubs» co-writers Kandi Burruss and Tameka «Tiny» Colette, of the girl group Xscape, along with Kevin «She’kspere» Briggs to the «Shape of You» credits.

Sheeran is not unique in this move. Since 2013 when when the family of Marvin Gaye sued Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. over the authorship of their hit «Blurred Lines» (and later won in 2015), Sheeran is only one of several high-profile artists to have added songwriters to a track after its release, avoiding any potential legal issues down the line.

Last year, The Chainsmokers added two members of rock band The Fray to the credits of «Closer» following comparisons between the DJ and production duo’s hit track and the The Fray’s «Over My Head (Cable Car)» from 2005. Fray lead singer Isaac Slade and guitarist Joe King are now credited on «Closer,» along with The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart, Shaun Frank, Frederic Kennett and Halsey, who sings on the track.

 

 

Miguel adds Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan to «leaves» credits

Like probably everyone else on this list, Miguel hadn’t intended to imitate the Smashing Pumpkins‘ megahit «1979» on his Wildheart track «leaves» but realized later he had subconsciously done just that. So, he reached out to frontman Billy Corgan and made things right by adding him to the credits. In 2015, Miguel told The Associated Press, «Kind of after we finished the song, it was like, ‘You know what, this is reminiscent of this song,’ so we made sure that they heard it and made sure that it was all good.»

 

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars add members of The Gap Band to «Uptown Funk» credits

Mark Ronson’s «Uptown Funk» had only four songwriters when it was written, but soon that number grew to six and then 11. Before the Bruno Mars-featuring hit was even released, Nicholas Williams (aka Trinidad James) and producer Devon Gallaspy were approached without prompting to offer a share of the song for a sampling interpolation for James’ «All Gold Everything.» Later, while «Uptown Funk» was spending 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, publisher Minder Music submitted a claim to YouTube’s content management system on behalf of The Gap Band and its song «Oops Upside Your Head.» Ronson and Co. wound up adding the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons as co-writers.

Still, Ronson later insisted to Billboard that he didn’t take anything from The Gap Band, intentionally or otherwise. «It was too risky,» he said, noting the then-recent «Blurred Lines» verdict. «We made the song from such a place of joy and that’s what it brought to people, so to mar it in some kind of messy lawsuit, to poison the karma of the good feeling of that song, would have been a Pyrhhic victory. We did what we felt was right [and settled].»

Sam Smith adds Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne to «Stay With Me» credits

Sam Smith’s Grammy-winning single «Stay With Me» wound up with two big names added to its credits after Tom Petty’s team heard the song. The track bears similarities to Petty’s iconic «I Won’t Back Down» and, following a conversation with Smith’s representatives, Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra received proper acknowledgments. In a statement to Billboard, Petty called the situation a «musical accident» and praised Smith for quickly addressing the issue. He also said the word «lawsuit» was never uttered in the conversations. As for Smith’s side of the story, his rep said that Smith and the song’s other writers had not been familiar with Petty’s 1989 hit and called the likeness a «complete coincidence» that came to «an immediate and amicable agreement.»

 

This article originally appeared on Billboard

Drake’s ‘More Life’ Finally Arrives: Stream

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Drake’s More Life has arrived. He premiered it on his Beats 1 show OVO Sound today (March 18) before it hit streaming services.

This latest full-length — not an album or a mixtape, but a “playlist of all original music” — was announced back in October with “Two Birds One Stone,” “Sneakin’” featuring 21 Savage and “Fake Love.” Of those tracks, however, only “Fake Love” made the final cut, which Drake only finished last week.

More Life also sees Drake reuniting with Kanye West (“Glow”) QuavoTravi$ Scott (“Portland”), 2 Chainz, Young Thug (“Sacrifices”) and PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Since Way Back”). Lil Wayne and Skepta make brief cameos, while an uncredited Sampha is featured on “4422.” New-to-Drake collaborators include UK hip-hop fixture Giggs, as well as DJ Black Coffee and Jorja Smith in standout “Get It Together.”

The rumors were also true, sorta — Jennifer Lopez is featured, though only via a sample of “If You Had My Love” on “Teenage Fever.”

This article originally appeared on Idolator

Nicki Minaj Passes Aretha Franklin for Most Billboard Hot 100 Hits of Any Female Artist

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Nicki Minaj attends the Balmain aftershow party as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 at Manko Paris on March 2, 2017 in Paris.  

Nicki Minaj makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as she passes Aretha Franklin for the most total appearances among women in the chart’s 58-year history.

Minaj debuts three songs (on the Hot 100 dated April 1): «No Frauds,» with Drakeand Lil Wayne (No. 14), «Regret in Your Tears» (No. 61) and «Changed It,» with Lil Wayne (No. 71). Minaj ups her count to 76 career Hot 100 entries, surpassing Franklin’s career output of 73.

Franklin had held the mark for the most Hot 100 visits among women all to herself for nearly 40 years: from June 18, 1977 (when «Break It to Me Gently» debuted as her 54th appearance, lifting her ahead of the prior record-holder among women, Connie Francis) through March 11, 2017. Minaj matched Franklin at 73 charted titles apiece on the March 18 tally, when «Make Love,» with Gucci Mane, debuted.

All three of Minaj’s latest songs were released on March 10, and debut in the top 15 of the Digital Song Sales chart: «Frauds» flies in at No. 2 with 79,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen Music; «Regret» bows at No. 10 (39,000); and «Changed» enters at No. 13 (35,000). The tracks also sport first-week totals of 12.1 million, 4.4 million and 4.8 million U.S. streams, respectively, in the tracking week.

Here is an updated count of the female soloists with the most charted Hot 100 entries dating to the ranking’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception (though the chart dated April 1).

Most Hot 100 Entries Among Women All-Time
76, Nicki Minaj
73, Aretha Franklin
70, Taylor Swift
58, Rihanna
57, Madonna
56, Dionne Warwick
54, Beyonce
53, Connie Francis
48, Mariah Carey
48, Brenda Lee
43, Miley Cyrus
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Janet Jackson
40, Diana Ross

In line with the collaborative style of hip-hop, Minaj has been credited as a lead artist on 32 of her Hot 100 entries and featured on 44. Franklin has boasted lead billing on all 73 of her Hot 100 hits (with much of her career predating years in which featured credits became common).

Minaj first hit the Hot 100 dated Feb. 20, 2010, as featured on Lil Wayne’s No. 44-peaking «Knockout.» She first charted as a lead with «Your Love,» which reached No. 14 in August 2010. Minaj has achieved 13 top 10s, with 2014’s No. 2 hit «Anaconda» her highest-charting.

Franklin’s span on the Hot 100 stretches from 1961 to 1998. The legend has notched 17 top 10s, including the No. 1s «Respect» (two weeks on top, 1967) and «I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),» with George Michael (two weeks, 1987).Among all acts, the cast of Fox’s Glee leads with 207 charted Hot 100 titles, followed by Lil Wayne (now up to 135) and Drake (up to 133). Minaj now holds ninth place among all acts for the most Hot 100 appearances, passing Ray Charles, who now ranks 10th with 75 visits.

 

The Chainsmokers Reveal Debut Album’s Full Track List

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The Chainsmokers have shared the track list to their highly anticipated debut album, Memories… Do Not Open, revealing previously unknown features from Florida Georgia Line, Jhene Aiko, Emily Warren and French singer Louane. The DJ and production duo announced the news on Facebook with an image of the song titles written on a piece of lined paper.

Warren’s voice will feature heavily on the album. She is uncredited on the hit single «Paris» and will be featured on two more tracks. Warren previously collaborated with the Chainsmokers on «Until You Were Gone» and the Grammy-nominated «Don’t Let Me Down.»

 

 

The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open track list:

1. The One
2. Break Up Every Night
3. Bloodstream
4. Don’t Say (feat. Emily Warren)
5. Something Just Like This (with Coldplay)
6. My Type (feat. Emily Warren)
7. It Won’t Kill Ya (feat. Louane)
8. Paris
9. Honest
10. Wake Up Alone (feat. Jhene Aiko)
11. Young
12. Last Day Alive (feat. Florida-Georgia Line)

This article was originally published by Billboard

 

Pentatonix Use Video to Support Inclusivity

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Pentatonix send a message with their latest music video, released Friday (March 10), for their cover of the John Lennon classic “Imagine.”

In the video, each of the members holds up a sign with a word that describes them personally and then flips it over to reveal another word that can be applied to them more generally. Phrases included “LGBTQ+,” “Man,” “Jewish,” “American,” “Black,” “Christian,” “Latina” and “Woman.”

Pentatonix’s cover of the song will be included on their upcoming album PTX Vol. IV – Classics, which will be available April 7 and also includes their Grammy-winning collaboration with Dolly Parton on her hit «Jolene.»

At the end of the video, each of the five members grabs a board and writes a letter on it. Then they flip them over in unison to spell out a single word: “H-U-M-A-N.”

This article originally appeared on Billboard