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Twitter is ecstatic over Beyonce becoming the first
thief woman in history to have 7 albums debut at No. 1.
Surprisingly, Beyonce's new album Renaissance topped the Billboard 200 chart despite the dismal reviews from music experts.
Renaissance is the biggest debut week by a woman in 2022 — and the second-largest week of the year overall — with 332,000 copies sold. It is also her 3rd lowest in album sales.
The 40-year-old mom-of-three joins Janet Jackson as the 4th female artist with the most number 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. Janet also has 7 number 1 albums.
Adele's 30 ruled the top of the charts for six weeks (Dec. 4, 2021 to Jan. 8, 2022). Both 30 and Renaissance were released via Columbia Records.
Renaissance is Beyonce's first album since the 2016 classic Lemonade, which deserved its number 1 spot. Especially considering that the first single off Renaissance, the anemic "Break My Soul," failed to impress music fans.
Renaissance also topped the streaming chart - the largest week for a woman - with 179.06 million.
Unfortunately, Beyonce's historical achievement is tainted by talk of thievery and stealing.
Pop singer Kelis blasted Beyonce for stealing her "Milkshake" sample and not calling her first. Bey responded by removing the sample from her single "Energy."
Beyonce's chart dominance sparked rumors of payola and other shady backroom dealings.
On Wednesday, July 28, Lil Baby + Kirk Franklin unveiled the official music video to their #1 hit "We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" from Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack.
The music video (directed by Cam Robert) showcases scenes from Space Jam: A New Legacy. Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin join gospel singers who performed on the record.
"We Win" topped Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart, dated June 5.
The single, released on May 21, marks the first gospel song for the trap rapper, and Franklin's eighth chart topper.
"I'm humbled," 51-year-old Kirk Franklin told Billboard magazine.
"We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" has garnered over 10 million streams and counting. The two recently performed the track for the first time at the BET Awards where they opened up the show with a full choir. See the full BET Awards performance here.
Watch the official music video below.
Updated post originally published on June 3, 2021
Rapper Saweetie reached a milestone in her career with her highest debut on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
A week after earning her third RIAA certification for her single "Tap In," Saweetie's "Back to the Streets" premiered at No. 76 on Billboard's Hot 100.
The song, off her upcoming Pretty B*tch Music album, is her highest debut ever on Billboard.
Saweetie, best known as rapper Quavo's girlfriend, earned ridicule and scorn when she urged women to throw away their men if they don't splurge on a Birkin handbag.
The coveted Hermès Birkin bags retail for over $20,000. But gently lived-in Birkin bags can be found on eBay or other sites for less than half that.
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Juice WRLD (left) replaced rapper Pop Smoke (right) atop the Billboard 200 chart after debuting his posthumous album, Legends Never Die.
Juice WRLD's new release topped the U.K. charts on Friday and now it landed at No. 1 in the U.S. with the biggest sales week of 2020. The album scored equivalent sales of 497,000.
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Juice WRLD (pictured) replaces another late rapper, Pop Smoke, at number one. Pop's debut album Shoot for the Stars falls to No. 2, marking the first time two posthumous releases have scored the top 2 spots.
Legends Never Die is Juice WRLD's second number one album in the U.S., following the success of last year's Death Race for Love, which topped the Billboard 200 in March, 2019.
The new album is the first release of new music from the rapper since his overdose death in December.
The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical falls to number three, while Lil Baby's My Turn and Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone round out the top five.
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Rihanna is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her first U.S. hit song "Pon de Replay" and thanked her fans for supporting her long career.
Rihanna was a 15-year-old aspiring singer when she was discovered in her native Barbados by a record producer who signed her to is independent label.
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The producer shipped her demos to Def Jam Recordings, and in 2005, rap mogul Jay-Z invited the teenager to NYC to audition for the record label. The rest is history.
The Anti singer took to social media to celebrate her first breakthrough hit, "Pon de Replay," which dropped in 2005.
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"Man this is trippy. Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay [Z]," she wrote.
"'Pon de Replay' is where it all began. 15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!
"I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family. G4L!"
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Rihanna went on to score 14 number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, earning more Hot 100 No. 1 hits than any other artist in this century. She is also Spotify's most-steamed female artist.
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Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj pulled a huge upset over Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion by beating them to the top of the Billboard chart.
The duo scored their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with their remix "Say So".
Neither artist has ever topped the chart before and their collaboration kept Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce's remix "Savage" from reaching No. 1.
Doja Cat's track wasn't even in the top five a week ago, but Minaj's remix dropped on May 1st and led to a surge in sales.
Minaj dropped a scathing diss about Beyonce that pushed "Say So" out ahead of "Savage".
"Why you talkin' 'bout who body fake? With all them fillers in your face, you just full of hate. That real ass ain't keep your nigga home. Now you're lookin silly, that's word to silicone..."
Speculation ran rampant that Nicki was dissing either Beyonce or talk TV guru Wendy Williams in the remix. But Nicki cleared the air by taking to Instagram and posting: "The line ain't about Wendy tho #SaySoRemix."
In other music news, The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" falls to three on the new Hot 100, while Drake's "Toosie Slide" and Roddy Ricch's "The Box" round out the top five.
Meanwhile, Drake has tied Madonna's record for the most Hot 100 top 10s of all-time with "Pain 1993", which features Playboi Carti. The track debuts at No. 7 on the new Hot 100 countdown and becomes his 38th top 10 track.
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Travis Scott's new track "Highest in the Room" debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ending hip-hop singer Lizzo's reign at the top of the chart.
Lizzo's best-selling single "Truth Hurts" spent six weeks at No. 1. Lizzo now drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Highest" is the 28-year-old mumble rapper's second #1 hit in his short career. The track was released as a standalone single.
"Highest" was featured in Kylie Jenner's Kybrow's makeup commercial in April. Fans accused Scott and Jenner of breaking up to boost interest in Scott's single. Apparently the stunt worked.
Scott and Jenner share 20-month-old daughter Stormi.
In a recent interview Scott said he's taking his time recording his new album.
"I'm taking my time to come up with the next album," Scott told Billboard. "I'm always down to drop music and serve some packs to the fans. It's time for the fans to eat."
Lizzo, a 31-year-old Pisces, teamed up with pop singer Justin Timberlake to record a new tune.
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In August, the 38-year-old Aquarius shared a video that showed him and Lizzo in the studio making music together.
"I think she thought I was lying, but we got in and we got a couple of ideas," Timberlake told ET.
"I'm not going to tell you too much about what we did together in the studio. If she wants to tell you she can, but it's flames. It is so good. I am so excited about it."
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American pop star Lizzo landed her first number 1 hit with "Truth Hurts". Lizzo, real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson, originally released the song in September 2017.
The song was featured in the Netflix film Someone Great, which premiered in April. The song was subsequently added to Lizzo's critically acclaimed 2019 LP Cuz I Love You, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in May.
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Lizzo performed her hit song at Jay-Z's Made In America music festival in Philadelphia on Saturday. The festival was founded by Jay-Z in 2012.
Produced by Live Nation, the festival features several stages that continuously host live music from a wide range of genres.
Beyonce and Jay-Z watched Lizzo's set from the side of the stage. Beyonce looked like she was in awe of the full figured singer.
The 31-year-old Taurus previously asked fans and music writers to stop comparing her to Beyonce.
"There will never be a next Beyoncé. And I've worked too hard to be Lizzo to just become somebody else," Lizzo explained.
Cardi B was among the stars congratulating Lizzo on her first No. 1 hit.
She tweeted: "The fact that Lizzo a couple months ago felt underestimated and now she have a #1!!!!BITCH! take that!take that ! Makes me emotional .. It's the best feeling in the world."
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