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“This sh*t is not a love song, this a f*cking stripper on a mink rug song.”

I literally brought in the New Year with a few friends while listening to this on repeat. Drake’s “Trophies” didn’t necessarily live up to the hype and wait, but the braggy tune is the perfect anthem for days like today. The song was initially previewed in a Nothing Was The Same trailer last year, but it did not make the actual album.

I love when Drizzy puts his feelings aside and spits a few cocky bars. Continue reading

Justin Timberlake in "Mirrors" video | Daft Punk and Pharrell in "Get Lucky" video | Miley Cyrus in "Wrecking Ball"

Justin Timberlake in “Mirrors” video | Daft Punk and Pharrell in “Get Lucky” video | Miley Cyrus in “Wrecking Ball” video

I’ve been pretty fond of 2013 and the singles that were released. From comeback singles to sleeper hits, artists were able to churn out some pretty noteworthy releases, for the most part.

There were 15 songs that stood out to me as the top singles of the year. From Justin Timberlake to Drake, find out what made the list and how they ranked below!!

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NBC

Last night Justin Timberlake appeared on Saturday Night Live for the second time this year alongside his pal Jimmy Fallon, who served as the host for the episode. The singer performed two cuts from his latest album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.

Timberlake’s first performance included a laser show and distorted vocals for “Only When I Walk Away.” He then slowed things down and performed “Pair Of Wings” while sitting and playing the guitar for his final performance.

In related new, Saturday Night Live announced Drake as the host and performer for their Jan. 18 episode. Am I the only one excited about how good this could be? Continue reading

Mercury | Universal | Columbia

Mercury | Universal | Columbia

Let’s face it, end of the year lists aren’t factual. As much as we’d all like to think they are, in reality they’re just heavily weighted opinions. And they are stressful. Honestly. The only thing more stressful than asking me to name my favorite album/song of the year is asking me to name my favorite album/song of all time. People who are able to do this effortlessly should not be trusted. It is as simple as that.

Anyway, it was a struggle, but I think I was finally able to pinpoint the 15 albums that I loved the most from this year. Continue reading

Drake in "Worst Behavior" video

Drake in “Worst Behavior” video

Would we like a video? Yes. Would we like a 10 minute video? Not really.

Drake loves asking rhetorical questions before making announcements and dropping new material. Today the Canadian rapper released the video for Nothing Was the Same track “Worst Behavior” and it is literally ten minutes long. The video was shot in Memphis and Atlanta and shows Drake’s dad, Dennis Graham, rapping along to the song in front of a fleet of pink cars. Flossy and fitting. Then Juicy J comes in for an extremely long comedy sketch and it goes downhill from there.

The song is still one of my favorites from Nothing Was the Same, though. Continue reading

RCA

RCA

Twenty eight weeks after Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling the most records in 2013 thus far, Timberlake has scored another no. 1 album. The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 topped the chart this week with 350,000 copies sold in it’s first week. The first volume sold 968,000 in it’s first week.

Drake’s Nothing Was the Same fell to no. 2 on the chart this week, followed by Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine. The “Tennis Court” singer’s album sold 129,000 copies in it’s first week.

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Robin Thicke in “Give It 2 U” video

Robin Thicke, Drake, Keith Urban and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are set to perform during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! when it airs on Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. on CBS. In between performances, host LL Cool J and a group of unannounced presenters will reveal the 2014 nominees in major categories like Best New Artist. The Grammy Awards has been airing a live nomination concerts since 2011.

The Grammy Awards will air on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.

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OVO | Universal

Drake and Lorde, two of the most talked about artists in the industry right now, both topped the Billboard Charts this week.

Drake’s Nothing Was The Same is the no. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 658,000 copies sold in it’s first week. Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience is the only album that has had larger first week sales in 2013. That album sold 968,000 copies when it was released in March.

Meanwhile, Lorde topped the Billboard 100 with her single “Royals” this week, following the release of her debut album Pure Heroine. The 16-year-old snatched the top spot from Miley Cyrus, whose single “Wrecking Ball” was no. 1 for two weeks.

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Drake in "Hold On We're Going Home" video

Drake in “Hold On We’re Going Home” video

Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” has become a favorite amongst couples thanks to it’s sentimental lyrics, but that didn’t stop the rapper from having a shootout to the song during the 7 minute video. “Would you like a video,” Drake asked fans on Twitter, linking to the new visuals that features AS$P Rocky, Majid Jordan and more.

Basically, Drake is out toasting to the good life when he gets a call that his fiance has been kidnapped. This eventually leads to a full blown shootout with the kidnappers and a romantic reunion, in which Drake takes off his jacket to clothe his love, who was abducted in nothing but her underwear because this is a rap video.

“Hold On We’re Going Home” is featured on Drake’s third album, Nothing Was The Same, which was released today. Continue reading

Drake performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Drake performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Drake stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday to promote his new album Nothing Was The Same with a performance of “Hold On We’re Going Home.” Drizzy was joined by Majid Jordan for the performance, which featured some shaky vocals and Diddy-like shoulder dancing.

Drake’s album won’t be released until Tuesday, Sept. 24, but the album leaked earlier this week. Check out my review here. Continue reading