As Billboard notes, thanks in large part to Views‘ 13 nonconsecutive weeks at Number One, Drake has now occupied the top spot on the Billboard 200 for 20 total weeks over his career. That’s good for third place among rappers, with only Jay Z (23 weeks) and M.C. Hammer (21 weeks) spending more time at Number One. Drake could bypass both those rappers by the time More Life descends the charts.
More Life was aided in part by a week where only one new release cracked the Top 10: Trey Songz’ Tremaine, which debuted at Number Three and 67,000 total albums. That’s a significant drop from the opening week of the singer’s last LP Trigga in 2014; that album bowed at Number One on the strength of 105,000 copies.
Ed Sheeran’s Divide spent another week at Number Two after pocketing another 98,000 copies. The box office-breaking Beauty and the Beast planted its soundtrack at Number Four for a second straight week, with Metallica’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (still aided by a deal pairing copies with WorldWired tour tickets) at Number Five.
The back half of the Top 10 were all returnees: Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at Number Six, the Moana soundtrack at Number Seven, Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me at Number Eight, Future’s self-titled LP at Number Nine and the Weeknd’s Starboy closing it out at Number 10.
Big Sean was awarded the key to his native Detroit at a ceremony Saturday afternoon, with the rapper honored for his contributions through the Sean Anderson Foundation.
“Today I got one of the highest honors a person can receive, the key to the City Of Detroit,” Big Sean wrote on Instagram. “The mayor said he’s given it to 3 people… Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, and Me. I’m the youngest person to receive this in the history of the city!”
Earlier this month, Big Sean launched Mogul Prep, a series of small workshops aimed at teaching middle and high school students from low-income backgrounds the inner workings of the business side of the music industry.
The first Mogul Prep took place Saturday afternoon in Detroit prior to Big Sean’s concert at the city’s Fox Theatre, with similar seminars set for Baltimore, Miami and Atlanta.
“[The mayor] honored me and my foundation for motivating the city through my music [and] messaging and starting an actual curriculum called ‘Mogul Prep’ that teaches kids all the behind the scenes jobs available in the music industry and taught to them at a high school level,” the rapper added. “This will be applied to Detroit Public Schools come this fall and some schools in Baltimore and more.”
In addition to helping out the Motor City, the I Decided rapper also donated $100,000 to the city of Flint for the victims of their water-poisoning crisis and constructed a recording studio at his former high school.
A mash-up of Cubs sluggers’ Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo’s last names, Bryzzo co. specializes in delivering souvenir baseballs to fans via home runs. “We put the ding in dingers,” the duo proclaim in both their 2016 and 2017 commercials.
Following their century-long title drought-ending season in 2016, business is now booming, and the two young Cubs recruit their all-star fan to pen a song for the burgeoning souvenir company, with Vedder hitting on the slogan, “Kiss it goodbye, that ball was Bryzzo-ed.”
The Associated Press was behind-the-scenes for Vedder’s Bryzzo cameo and provided footage from the shoot, as well as revealing that the singer gifted both Bryant and Rizzo with custom-made ukuleles that he had brought back from Hawaii.
“She didn’t perform anymore, and had removed herself from the music scene because of health concerns. She did still paint and tended a very lovely garden. She will be greatly missed by so many,” Hamlin’s daughter wrote. “Thank you for all your wishes and time and kind words. It meant a lot to her.
Hamlin penned “Angel Baby,” her and the Originals’ lone hit, when she was just 14, with her first boyfriend and the Penguins’ “Earth Angel” serving as her primary inspiration. After penning the song over a couple hours on afternoon, Hamlin and some instrument-playing San Diego friends laid down the first version of the track.
“We had trouble landing a record deal. We couldn’t even get an appointment with any of the labels. So we took one of our 45’s to Kresge’s Department Store in San Diego,” Hamlin wrote in her online biography. “They had listening booths in their music section where you could preview records before you bought them. We asked the manager to play our record and see if he could sell it in his store.”
A distributor from Highland Records heard “Angel Baby” and, without officially inking the group to a record contract, took control of the single’s master take and gave songwriting credit to the Originals’ eldest member. The single eventually found its way to famed DJ Alan Freed, who played “Angel Baby” numerous times a day in November 1960; two months later, the single peaked at Number Five on the Hot 100.
However, Hamlin parted ways with Highland after a legal battle over the song’s authorship and ownership. After disbanding the Originals, Hamlin recorded an album with her guitarist husband Noah Tafolla before leaving the music industry by 1963.
“Angel Baby” was one of John Lennon‘s favorite songs, with the former Beatle covering the track for his Rock ‘n’ Roll covers LP; although left off that album, his version emerged on the 1986 posthumous release Menlove Ave. and subsequent Rock ‘n’ Roll reissues.
The four-hour fundraiser – hosted by Tom Hanks and featuring appearances by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi and many more – brought in nearly $150,000, all of which went to the ACLU.
The Roots with Usher performed at the telethon’s one-hour and 23-minute mark, with the tandem collaborating on an updated take on Eugene McDaniels’ 1970 protest song “Cherrystones,” which was a criticism of the political inactivism at that time.
“Yo, being armchair activist is laziness, when this administration is the craziest,” Black Thought fired off in the song’s opening line. “Dedicated religious figures been going atheist / Each and everything must change, there’s no escaping this.” After the Roots refashioned the 1970 song with some fresh verses, Usher took over for the remainder of “Cherrystones.”
Earlier in the program, at the 19-minute mark, Norah Jones performed, while pre-recorded footage of Adams playing his “Tell Me Something Good” solo in his home studio pops up at the one-hour and 41-minute mark of the live-stream.
In the fundraiser’s final hour, Buscemi and ACLU members talked at length about legislation Congress pushed forward this week aimed at stripping away privacy rights on the internet, with the actor stating we must make sure “innovation doesn’t chip away at our civil liberties,”
“Here we are in 2017, which is already way past where Marty McFly went into the future, and your privacy is under attack by the Biffs of the world,” Buscemi said, alluding to Back to the Future‘s Trump-like villain. “Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal internet privacy protection that had been approved by the FCC. That’s bad, and we need to fight this.”
Other artists featured during the Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU included Hamilton Leithauser, Tituss Burgess, Emily King and multiple performances by house band Wyndham Baird.