Drake beats Adele’s record for most wins at Billboard Music Awards

At this year’s Billboard Music Awards Drake stole the show winning top artist, top male artist, top Billboard 200 album and many more, breaking Adele’s 2012 record.

The Canadian rapper entered the 2017 Billboard Music Awards yesterday with 22 nominations, and left with a record 13 awards. His incredible feat surpassed the previous record holder for the most awards won at the Billboard Music Awards, Adele who won 12 awards at the 2012 awards show.

Drake took to the stage in Las Vegas with an entourage of people including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and his father, saying: “I got my whole family up here.” Among his 22 awards Drake won the awards for the top Billboard 200 album for Views, top male artist and top overall artist, which was presented to Drake by Michael Jackson’s eldest son, Prince Jackson.

Other highlights from the night include Cher’s attendance, winning the Icon award and performing 2 of her songs. The 71 year old blew everyone away with a performance of ‘Believe’ scantily clad in a sequined dress with pasties. Cher said at the ceremony: “I wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old and I’ve been doing it for 53 years. I think luck has so much to do with my success with a little bit of something thrown in.”

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Other winners from the night include non-attenders Beyonce and Twenty-One Pilots who both won 5 awards. The Chainsmokers meanwhile, who were in attendance, drew with Drake for nominations with 22 band left the night with 4 awards. After ‘Closer’ beat Drake’s ‘One Dance’ Halsey said: “This feels good but it feels so wrong because I love Drake so much.”

Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons paid respects to Chris Cornell and led a moment of silence for the highly regarded singer who died last Thursday. Reynolds described Cornell as “a true innovator” and “a legendary performer” saying: “We send our respects as well as our love to Chris’ family at this time.”

An EP of unreleased Prince tracks to celebrate the anniversary of his death releases

This Friday an unreleased EP full of never-before-heard Prince tracks will be released to commemorate a year since the music star passed away.

The EP will be titled ‘Deliverance’ and will feature 6 six unreleased songs recorded by Prince between 2006 and 2008. The songs were reportedly recorded during a period where he wasn’t signed to any label and was also vehemently opposed to sharing music online, resulting in the tracks disappearing – until now.

The EP will apparently feature Man Opera – a track with a “four-movement medley”, Touch Me, Sunrise Sunset, No One Else, title track Deliverance and two versions of I Am. It isn’t clear who is set to receive the earnings made from this EP but it is being released independently by Vancouver-based record company RMA.

The tracks on Deliverance have been co-written and co-produced by one of Prince’s long-time collaborators, Paisley Park engineer Ian Boxill. Boxill, a renowned name having worked with Tupac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson to name a few, completed the tracks following Prince’s death. Boxill said: “I believe deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in the light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.”

Speaking on their choice of RMA for distribution, Boxill said: “Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”

Variety, who have already heard the album, describe the title track as “a bluesy slow-burner with some blazing guitar work, gospelesque backing singers and a soaring falsetto vocal from Prince”. They go on to say that the entire EP “is strongly reminiscent of Prince’s 2006 album ‘3121’.”

Prince’s estate haven’t responded for comment but the release of Deliverance this Friday could cause a legal issue depending on where the royalties are going from it. Regardless we’ll get to hear some new music from Prince tomorrow!

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. just went platinum in 3 weeks, certified legend

Less than a month since releasing his latest album Kendrick Lamar has bagged himself another platinum record to add to his collection.

The world went mad last month when King Kendrick dropped DAMN. and blew everyones expectations out of the water with a modern hip-hop album that bangs hard with a bunch of indie rock-type tracks thrown in. Kendrick’s fourth album and the follow up to 2015’s incredible To Pimp A Butterfly was preceded by just one single, ‘Humble’, released 2 weeks before and a non-album teaser track, which was enough to for hype to blow up globally.

Since DAMN.’s release the album has received critical acclaim, as you’d expect from a Kendrick Lamar album, and spent 2 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard 200 so far. His sole pre-album single Humble went number 1 last week as well, and just in case Top Dawg Entertainment didn’t have enough to celebrate, Interscope Records (Kendrick’s publisher) announced that DAMN. has gone platinum with 1 million album equivalent sales and streams.

It may not come as that much of a surprise as in just it’s first week of release DAMN. racked up 603,000 album equivalent units, the biggest week of any album so far this year. With the introduction of digital sales and music streaming the figures are now counted by compiling single sales that equal an album and streaming figures that equate to roughly an album sale and add them to full album sales.

Some say this is unfair as it’s changed the value of achievement’s like going Platinum but with album sales at an all-time low it is just taking into account new methods of music consumption.

Interscope Records made the announcement via Twitter:

Going platinum before it’s first month of release is even over suggests things are only going to keep growing from here for the world-renowned rapper and his new album. Double platinum? More than likely. Quadruple platinum? You won’t find a Kung Fu Kenny fan who doesn’t think it’s possible. With even the USA’s ex-president Barack Obama a fan, Kendrick is seemingly on an unstoppable path.

The Eagles are suing the Mexican ‘Hotel California’ for association

Hotel California isn’t such a lovely place when it faces a lawsuit for “actively encouraging” visitors that it’s related to the Eagles and their Grammy-winning song.

The Eagles have filed a lawsuit on a hotel in Mexico over the name of their hotel, which matches the band’s Grammy award-winning track from 1976. The Eagles claim that the modest hotel, located in Baja California Sur, would “actively encourage” visitors that they were associated with the band.

Documents filed to the Central District of California court on the 1st May claim that the hotel had been playing the song and other Eagles’ tracks around the hotel through their sound system. The hotel had reportedly also been offering merchandise that could be considered misleading, representing what could seem to be official Eagles merchandise.

Court documents say: “Multiple online reviews make clear that US consumers who visit the Todos Santos Hotel and buy Defendants’ merchandise do, in fact, believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles, which is not the case. Through advertising targeted to US consumers, and in-person communications, Defendants lead US consumers to believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles and, among other things, served as the inspiration for the lyrics in Hotel California, which is false.”

Whilst the Todos Santos hotel received it’s first name of ‘Hotel California’ in 1950 (well before the song of that name released) it was when new owners, John and Debbie Stewart from Canada, took over in 2001 that they reportedly began using association with the song to market themselves and sell merchandise.

The owners of ‘Hotel California’ are yet to make a public comment on the case.

1-year young live streaming app Live.me receives $60 million investment

Live.me is taking on YouTube, Twitch and more as they receive massive new funding to boost their successful mobile live-streaming app.

The one year old startup Live.me has gained a large user base in it’s short time, despite competing services from much bigger brands like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter’s Periscope and much more. Now the startup has managed to earn a massive $60 million in investment.

Funders included the app’s majority owner, Cheetah Mobile, who said that they will use the new funding to invest in research and development of the platform and improve their operations overseas. Cheetah Mobile now holds roughly 70% equity interest in Live.me down from 90% that they had previously.

The live streaming app’s niche comes from it’s stickers and “virtual gifts” which include overlays that change your appearance like snapchat filters and special emojis. Virtual gifts can be purchased through the app to send to your favourite streamers to show your appreciation or get their attention, and is assumably their primary source of revenue.

In his announcement of the funding Cheetah Mobile CEO, Sheng Fu said: “Since it’s launch, Live.me has demonstrated a track record of strong growth in user number, user engagement and number of paying users, particularly in the US market. We will have more resources to build Live.me into a global social community through partnering with top financial institutions.”