Atlanta Rap Hero Future on Making Chart History and Kicking It With ‘Superstar Females’
The Atlanta rap god Future, like other gods before him, is known by many names. He was born Nayvadius Wilburn into a family of street hustlers going back at least two generations. As a kid he picked up the moniker Meathead, both for his oversize dome and, later, his general gangster toughness. When he began rapping in his teens at his cousin Rico Wade’s Dungeon studio — where OutKast was busy reinventing hip-hop — he was given the name Future (as in “the future of music,” which is kind of mind-blowing, coming from a place making tunes like “So Fresh, So Clean”). And to his friends he’s mostly known as Pluto, which is all at once the title of his 2012 major-label debut, a metaphor for getting supremely high and a symbol of the scale of his ambitions. “I’m the astronaut kid,” he says, impassive behind a pair of ever-present sunglasses. “At the end of the day, I’m out of here — above anything.”
The previous week, Future had surprised fans with the self-titled album (his sixth, not counting the hit packed mixtapes he has released through his own Freebandz label), which landed at No. 1, becoming his fourth consecutive album to do so. Then, in a move unprecedented in chart history, HNDRXX arrived just seven days later and replaced Future in the top spot. (Epic Records says the two albums will also be combined into a physical release later this year.) Future’s clearly pleased with the success but insists that he values authenticity more than numbers. “If I’m the biggest artist in the world, cool, but I want to just be me,” he says. “I want my money to be different. I’m not trying to have rapper money. My goal is to be able to get everything from the world that I can get.”
(March 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning multiplatinum pop powerhouse and one of TIME’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016,” Zara Larsson unveils her anxiously awaited full-length album, SO GOOD [Epic Records/Ten], today. Upon going live, it soared to the Top 10 of iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart. Get it HERE.
Among its 15 anthems, the record boasts the red hot new single and title track, “So Good” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. With its upbeat swagger and the sizzling chemistry between Zara and Ty, the track generated a staggering 20.4 million Spotify streams in under a month, while its gorgeous and glittery music video racked up 13.1 million-plus YouTube/VEVO views. Returning to the stage at Ellen with Ty, Zara delivered an unforgettable performance of the song in February.
The international pop maverick continues to attract widespread tastemaker and critical applause as well. Entertainment Weekly crowned her, “Pop’s fearless new voice,” while in its review of the album, The Guardian claimed, “She’s like a Rihanna-doting teen gatecrashing a tropical house party, gun fingers blazing, and sugar-soaked songs that have more than 1bn Spotify streams.” Refinery29 put it best: “Zara Larsson has released some of the best pop tunes in recent memory.”
Next week, Zara engages a full-scale television takeover. She performs on Good Morning America March 22, Wendy Williams March 23, The Late Late Show with James Corden April 4, and Live with Kelly! April 20. Be sure to tune in!
Extending her influence into the world of fashion, Zara also debuts her H&M Capsule collection in select stores and online March 18. Check it out HERE.
Later this month, Zara hits the road with English electronic outfit Clean Bandit beginning March 31 in Seattle, WA. The tour rolls through major markets across the U.S. before wrapping up May 2 in Chicago, IL. See the full itinerary below.
With an impressive vocal range, effusive energy, and classic je ne sais quoi, 19-year-old Zara Larsson has quietly become the face of 21st century pop music worldwide. Born and raised in Sweden, she landed two back-to-back multiplatinum smashes during 2015 in the form of the RIAA double-platinum “Never Forget” with MNEK and the platinum-certified “Lush Life.” She landed on TIME’s coveted “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016” list, while joining the “BILLIONS Club” on Spotify. On the road, she closed the UEFA Euro 2016 with David Guetta and shared the stage with Beyoncé for the European leg of the Formation Tour. Following an explosive performance at the MTV EMAs, she received “Best New Act” and “Best Swedish Act.” Along the way, Glamour, InStyle, WWD, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, and more have sung her praises.
Now, Zara stands ready to formally take over pop and culture at large with SO GOOD.
1. “What They Say”
2. “Lush Life”
3. “I Would Like”
4. “So Good” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]
6. “Only You”
7. “Never Forget You”
8. “Sundown” [feat. Wizkid]
9. “Don’t Let Me Be Yours”
10. “Make That Money Girl”
11. “Ain’t My Fault”
12. “One Mississippi”
14. “I Can’t Fall in Love Wihtout…”
15. “Symphony” w/Clean Bandit
3/31 Seattle, WA
4/1 Portland, OR
4/3 San Francisco, CA
4/5 Los Angeles, CA
4/7 San Diego, CA
4/8 Tempe, AZ
4/10 Denver, CO
4/12 Dallas, TX
4/13 Austin, TX
4/14 Houston, TX
4/15 New Orleans, LA
4/17 Atlanta, GA
4/19 Washington, D.C.
4/21 New York, NY
4/22 Philadelphia, PA
4/24 Toronto, ON
4/25 Montreal, QC
4/26 Boston, MA
5/1 Detroit, MI
5/2 Chicago, IL
(March 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Building on months of widespread excitement and anticipation, four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum rap icon and Maybach Music Group mastermind Rick Ross unleashes his ninth full-length album and first for Epic Records, Rather You Than Me [MMG/Epic Records] today. Get it HERE. As soon as the 14-track offering became available at midnight, the record seized #1 on the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Chart and #2 on iTunes Overall.
It’s been a banner week for the artist. Last night, the multitalented icon hosted and performed at the MTV Woodie Awards broadcasted live from SXSW in Austin, TX on MTV. Throughout the proceedings, the MC kept the audience laughing and smiling with his undeniable presence, and he trended online in the process. As soon as the festivities came to a close with rousing applause and cheers, MTV exclusively world-premiered the music video for the Rather You Than Me’s latest single “Trap Trap Trap” [feat. Young Thug & Wale].
With its bulletproof bars from Ross, Wale‘s airtight rhymes, and spacey flows courtesy of Young Thug, “Trap Trap Trap” quickly racked up 1 million Spotify streams. Featured on both Spotify’s Rap Caviar and VEVO, the music video sees the three rappers flexing their signature styles and inimitable bravado in another explosive big screen-worthy narrative you have to see to believe. Watch it HERE.
Rather You Than Me represents the apex of the rapper’s catalog thus far. There are moments of soulful emotion on the likes of “Apple of My Eye” [feat. Raphael Saadiq] and pure rap fireworks during “Powers That Be” [feat. Nas] and “Dead Presidents” [feat. Future, Jeezy, & Yo Gotti]. It holds quite a few surprises too including “Idols Become Rivals” [feat. Chris Rock] and the stunning “Maybach Music V” [feat. Dej Loaf]. See the whole tracklisting below.
Now, Rather You Than Me marks the beginning of a new era for Rick Ross and rap music.
“Untouchable” is the best way to describe Rick Ross’s decade-plus run at the top of rap. Along the way, he achieved five Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts and three #2 debuts, received four Grammy Award® nominations, graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and made history more than once. His debut single “Hustlin’” became the “first mastertone ever certified RIAA platinum before the associated album had been released.” He sold millions of singles and albums and cemented his status as one of rap’s biggest and brashest voices. Moreover, he founded Maybach Music Group home to Meek Mill, Wale, and more. Signing to Epic Records in 2016, his “untouchable” streak continues with Rather You Than Me.
RATHER YOU THAN ME TRACKLISTING:
1. “Apple of My Eye” Feat. Raphael Saadiq
2. “Santorini Greece”
3. “Idols Become Rivals” Feat. Chris Rock
4. “Trap Trap Trap” Feat. Young Thug and Wale
5. “Dead Presidents” Feat. Future, Jeezy and Yo Gotti
6. “She on My Dick” Feat. Gucci Mane
7. “I Think She Like Me” Feat. Ty Dolla $ign
8. “Powers That Be” Feat. Nas
9. “Game Ain’t Based On Sympathy”
11. “Lamborghini Doors” Feat. Meek Mill and Anthony Hamilton
12. “Triple Platinum” Feat. Scrilla
13. “Maybach Music V” Feat. DeJ Loaf
14. “Summer Seventeen” Feat. Yo Gotti