Call it fifth and final: One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson has landed at Epic Records, joining a roster that includes DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, and French Montana. The singer’s deal comes via Simon Cowell’s Syco Records, which, like Epic, falls under the Sony Music umbrella.
Fellow 1D members Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are also signed to Sony — Columbia Records and RCA Records, respectively — while Niall Horan and Liam Payne are Universal Music Group artists (Capitol and Republic, respectively). It had previously been reported that Tomlinson would end up at RCA, but when Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone heard Tomlinson’s music — in particular the song “Back To You” featuring Bebe Rexha — she campaigned for the project.
Now, Rhone tells Variety, “We are beyond delighted to have Louis Tomlinson as an artist,” adding that his new music “is the perfect bridge from his past to his future, and we are just as excited as the fans to experience his journey and growth.”
“Back To You” is slated for release on July 21. Earlier this year, Tomlinson was featured on the Steve Aoki track “Just Hold On.”
One Direction is the rare boy band to have launched successful solo careers for multiple members. Styles, who stars in the Christopher Nolan film “Dunkirk,” hitting theaters July 21, released a critically acclaimed debut in May; Horan saw his understated “This Town” reach No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January, and now has “Slow Hands” climbing; Liam Payne’s “Strip That Down” is No. 23 on the Buzz Angle Top Songs chart; and Malik reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 in Feb. 2016 with “Pillowtalk,” and his collaboration with Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” peaked at No. 10 in March.
Epic has also seen an impressive string of radio hits in recent weeks, with Khaled currently occupying two spots in the Top 5 — “I’m the One,” (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne), and “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller — and French Montana exploding with “Unforgettable” (feat. Swae Lee).
DJ Khaled’s Grateful notches a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart — it is the first album to spend more than one week at No. 1 in two months. In the week ending July 6, Grateful earned 70,000 equivalent album units (down 53 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Traditional album sales comprised 16,000 (down 68 percent) of that sum.
DJ Khaled’s Grateful finished its second week stronger than expected, as some industry forecasters had suggested the album would earn around 60,000 units for the week. The album continues to be supported largely by streams, as it tallied 42,000 SEA units — down 48 percent — equaling 63.4 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs. Grateful also earned 12,000 TEA units for the week (down 36 percent). Read the full article via BILLBOARD HERE
21 SAVAGE RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM ISSA ALBUM EVERYWHERE TODAY
(Los Angeles, CA – July 7, 2017) After nearly a year of anticipation, multiplatinum-certified rapper, artist, and visionary 21 Savage releases his full-length major label debut album, Issa Album [Epic Records], everywhere today. Get it HERE. Upon going live, he immediately invaded multiple charts, seizing #1 on Apple Music Hip-Hop/Rap Charts & #2 on Apple Music Overall Albums Chart. The 21 takeover has just begun…
A mixture of trap-gone-slasher production and sharp lyrical murder, he delivers 14 real, raging, and raw anthems infused with timeless melodic prowess. Among eight tracks produced by frequent collaborator and studio icon Metro Boomin [Drake, Future], the opener “Famous” sets the tone with a violently catchy refrain and menacing soundscape. Meanwhile, 21 steps behind the board on the priceless “Bank Account,” while “Baby Girl” and the DJ Mustard-produced “FaceTime” flaunt some of his biggest hooks to date. It’s one brilliant and brutal banger after another. Issa classic…
Continuing a tradition of eye-popping visuals to match his game-changing sound, 21 teamed up with popular artist @Somehoodlum for the animated cover art. Moreover, he worked with Spotify on an innovative digital assault, including this immersive official website ISSAWEBSITE. Check it out HERE. The website evinces his cultural infiltration. It literally welcomes listeners into 21’s unique and undeniable world with the term ISSA as a gateway. Taken from an interview that spawned countless memes when he spoke on his face tattoo “ISSA (it’s a) knife”, the word is now forever embedded in the pop culture lexicon and emblematic of his influence. ISSA has become a linguistic phenomenon. Rihanna, Trey Songz, and even Pizza Hut have taken to using the term. Webster, where you at? When can the man get some credit in the dictionary? See his tweet!
In addition, the new web site links to 21’s official merch website! Every purchase of any item includes a digital download of ISSA. Check it out HERE!
21 also stars in the “The Year 2100” cartoon series. “WeBuyGold” Parts 1 & 2 are available for viewing HERE.
Next up, he appears on Genius for an in-depth interview about Issa Album July 12 before descending upon Chicago August 5 for what promises to be a standout Lollapalooza performance.
21 and ISSA have arrived.
Tearing through the game with tenacity, 21 Savage carved his own path to the top of 21st century hip-hop last year. Following a series of 2015 fan favorite mixtapes such as The Slaughter Tape and Slaughter King, he sent shockwaves through rap with the Savage Mode collaborative EP alongside super producer Metro Boomin. Not only did the project earn an RIAA gold certification, but it spawned the double-platinum “X” [feat. Future] and platinum “No Heart.” In between supporting Young Thug on tour and selling out his own headliner, 21 uncorked the platinum “Red Opps.” Now, he changes the game with ISSA.
1. “Famous” [prod. by Metro Boomin]
2. “Bank Account” [prod. by 21 Savage]
3. “Close My Eyes” [prod. by Metro Boomin]
4. “Bad Business” [prod. by Southside]
5. “Baby Girl” [prod. by Pierre Bourne]
6. “Thug Life” [prod. by Metro Boomin]
7. “FaceTime” [prod. by DJ Mustard]
8. “Nothin New” [prod. by Metro Boomin]
9. “Numb” [prod. by Metro Boomin]
10. “Dead People” [prod. by Southside]
11. “Money Convo” [prod. Metro Boomin]
12. “Special” [prod. by Wheezy]
13. “Whole Lot” [prod. by Metro Boomin]
14. “7 Min Freestyle” [prod. by Metro Boomin]
(Los Angeles, CA – July 5, 2017) Taking the crown yet again, GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum artist, producer, entrepreneur, author, and music guru DJ Khaled bows at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with his tenth full-length offering, GRATEFUL [We The Best Music Group/Epic Records].
Achieving 149,127 equivalent sales in total activity, this notably marks his biggest first-week at #1 Overall and #1 Hip-Hop, his second consecutive debut at the top of the chart in under twelve months’ time, and his seventh Top 10 entry overall since 2008.
It’s been an unbelievable journey to this milestone. Khaled took the first step on the road to GRATEFUL with his high-profile GRAMMY® press conference where he announced the impending release. That five-month journey culminates now as he clinched #1. Note, this is also his first #1 with infant son Asahd Tuck Khaled its Executive Producer.
Kicking off release week, he ignited the BET Awards with an unforgettable performance and starred in a hilarious Daily Show skit with Trevor Noah followed by a packed in-store at Urban Outfitters’ Space 15 Twenty the day the album dropped, and finally an appearance on ABC’s The Chew too. Watch it HERE!
Meanwhile, Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal dedicated widespread support on and off platforms. . Congrats to DJ Khaled, Asahd, We The Best, Roc Nation and Epic, for a #1 album yet again on the Billboard Top 200!
Sylvia Rhone, President of Epic Records states, “Grateful marks an incredible time in music as DJ Khaled continues to set the bar for creative excellence. His passion and work ethic are unparalleled and the impact that he has on culture is reflected as he claims the number 1 spot.”
Meanwhile, GRATEFUL has been a mainstay on multiple online charts. It’s consistently held #1 on Apple Music Overall and Hip-Hop/Rap. Moreover, the latest single “Wild Thoughts” [feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller] has taken off! Not only it a multi-format smash, but it surpassed 68 million Spotify streams in less than a month and moved to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, the platinum-certified “I’m The One” [feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, & Lil Wayne] holds the #2 spot, giving Khaled two of the top three songs in the country!
Moreover, it has received mass critical praise. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Khaled’s ability to summon music’s Avengers remains unrivaled,” and Rolling Stone affirmed, “Grateful has a guest list stronger than most award shows.”
Khaled introduced Grateful with one of music’s hottest hit streaks in recent memory. “I’m The One” became his first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieved RIAA platinum status in less than six weeks and also landed #1 in United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand! Meanwhile, “Shining” [feat. BEYONCÉ & JAY-Z] simultaneously pinned down #1 at Urban and Rhythm Radio. “Wild Thoughts” stood out as the #1 Most Added at Top 40, Urban, and Rhythm upon impact, and it’s replicating the same crossover success of its predecessors and then some. Check out the full Grateful all-star tracklisting below.
At a closer look, you might find a subtle theme at the heart of Grateful. It released June 23, its executive producer and Asahd was born October 23, it boasts 23 tracks, and he just dropped a collaboration with the most famous 23 of all—Jordan. It’s a number with history behind it. That history expanded with Grateful.
The keys to the kingdom belong to Khaled and Asahd— the youngest album executive producer in history. It’s a year to be Grateful.
1. (Intro) I’m so Grateful – DJ Khaled feat. Sizzla
2. Shining – DJ Khaled feat. Beyoncé & JAY-Z
3. To the Max – DJ Khaled feat. Drake
4. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
5. I’m the One – DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne
6. On Everything – DJ Khaled feat. Travis Scott, Rick Ross & Big Sean
7. It’s Secured – DJ Khaled feat. Nas & Travis Scott
8. Interlude (Hallelujah) – Betty Wright
9. Nobody Knows – DJ Khaled feat. Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj
10. I Love You so Much – DJ Khaled feat. Chance the Rapper
11. Don’t Quit – DJ Khaled & Calvin Harris feat. Travis Scott & Jeremih
12. I Can’t Even Lie – DJ Khaled feat. Future & Nicki Minaj
13. Down for Life – DJ Khaled feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Future, Travis Scott, Rick Ross & Kodak Black
14. Major Bag Alert – DJ Khaled feat. Migos
15. Good Man – DJ Khaled feat. Pusha T & Jadakiss
16. Billy Ocean – DJ Khaled feat. Fat Joe & Raekwon
17. Pull a Caper – DJ Khaled feat. Kodak Black, Gucci Mane & Rick Ross
18. That Range Rover Came With Steps – DJ Khaled feat. Future & Yo Gotti
19. Iced Out My Arms – DJ Khaled feat. Future, Migos, 21 Savage & T.I.
20. Whatever – DJ Khaled feat. Future, Young Thug, Rick Ross & 2 Chainz
21. Interlude – Belly
22. Unchanging Love – Mavado
23. Asahd Talk (Thank You Asahd) – Asahd Khaled