The only genre of music with sales increases was hip-hop, so it makes sense that this genre is one of the most competitive. In fact, it was such a good year for hip-hop that many good releases were overshaddowed by phenomenal ones. Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West released some of the best albums of all time, and Ludacris, Big Boi, and Young Money released stellar Platinum efforts. This gives this year’s Grammy’s so much competition. These are our picks, now comment on this, and tell us yours.
Best Rap Solo Performance
▪ “Over” – Drake
▪ “Not Afraid” – Eminem
▪ “How Low” – Ludacris
▪ “I’m Back” – T.I.
▪ “Power” – Kanye West
Critics loved Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it was named Album of the Year by multiple publications, but because the album was not released in time to be elegible for the Grammys Kanye’s only nomination comes from the album’s lead single the incredible, cocky, and high-production Power.
The best track on this list is Drake’s Over. The top ten hit’s sweeping orchestral mix and fast pacing lyrics defintely proved that Drake is one of the best rappers of all time.
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
▪ “Shutterbugg” – Big Boi & Cutty
▪ “Fancy” – Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
▪ “On To The Next One” – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
▪ “My Chick Bad” – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
▪ “Lose My Mind” – Young Jeezy & Plies
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Rihanna went out parting tonight in preparation for the Grammy Awards on Sunday. The Barbadian superstar is nominated in five different categories including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Dance Recording.
She is also set to perform her #1 hit What’s My Name? with Drake at the awards ceremony.
One of the highest anticipated performances for 2011’s Grammy Ceremony is Rihanna and Drake’s first live performance of their #1 hit What’s My Name. Rihanna recieved five Grammy nominations including “Record of the Year” and “Album of the Year”, while Drake recieved four thanks to his multi-platnium album Thank Me Later.
The performance nearly came to end because Rihanna has been suffering from bronchitis this weeks, but the Barbadian superstar assures that the show will go on.
Catch this video below of a rehersal for their performance, the video also features seven time nominee Bruno Mars talking about his Grammy experience.
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As projected 2010 had another music sales decline. This was driven by illegal downloads and peer-to-peer sharing.
The music industry was provided with one bright spot in 2010, from Rap. The genre which has in the past been driven by illegal downloads and mixtapes showed a 3% increase in 2010 reaching total sales of 27.3 million units. 3% increase in album sales is not something to brag about, but in a year where CD sales were down more than 20% it was a pleasant suprise to industry execs. Rap album sales have been on decline since 2005 where they sold 75.1 million units.
The genre was the home of the year’s top-selling album Eminem’s Recovery. The album, which was Eminem’s seventh sold 3.415 million copies. The other top rap sellers came from Drake’s Thank Me Later which sold 1.27 million copies. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Lil Wayne’s Rebirth and I Am Not A Human Being each pushed more than 650,000 copies this year.
Another bright spot for the genre came from newcomer Nicki Minaj who sold nearly 400,000 copies of her album Pink Friday in November. The album has since been certified platnium.
This is really great! Congrats!
What do you think? What albums did you buy in 2010?
This week, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are reportedly shooting the music video for Fly a song from Minaj’s album Pink Friday. Sanaa Hamri will be directing the music video that is set to be released mid-Feburary. Minaj also has another video in store, Moment 4 Life with his the MC’s collaboration with Drake.
This is not Nicki and Rihanna’s first collaboration. On Rihanna’s album Loud the two perform the song Raining Men together.
Earlier we reported that Pink Friday has been certified platnium by the RIAA in 5 weeks on the shelves! Awesome!
What do you think? Are you excited for FLY?
Weezy F. Baby debuted in the top 10 with his new song 6 Foot 7 Footoff of the forthcoming Carter IV.
It is his second top 10 debut this year, following Right Above It featuring Drake.
What Do You Think? Are you excited for TC4?
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