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Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" Becomes First Rap Video To Hit 1 Billion Views

By Danny Schwartz

The "Fast and Furious 7" soundtrack hit single took exactly 6 months to hit one billion YouTube views.

Wiz Khalifa is now the only rapper with a music video that has been viewed one BILLION times on YouTube. "See You Again" feat. Charlie Puth hit the mark exactly 6 months after releasing the video in April. Take a bow, Wiz.

"See You Again" was a tribute to the late Paul Walker and the lead single on the "Fast & Furious 7" soundtrack. It went to #1 almost immediately, Wiz's second #1 hit after 2011's "Black and Yellow."

Here is a list of most watched videos of all time on YouTube, as of October 7, 2015:

1. PSY – ‘Gangnam Style’ 2,426,500,822
2. Justin Bieber – ‘Baby’ 1,219,883,321
3. Taylor Swift – ‘Blank Space’ 1,188,147,147
4. Katy Perry – ‘Dark Horse’ 1,121,919,001
5. Katy Perry – ‘Roar’ 1,085,316,510
6. Taylor Swift – ‘Shake It Off’ 1,073,453,852
7. Enrique Iglesias – ‘Bailando’ 1,070,883,424
8. Meghan Trainor – ‘All About That Bass’ 1,046,823,436
9. Mark Ronson – ‘Uptown Funk’ 1,045,536,246
10. Wiz Khalifa – ‘See You Again’ 1,004,350,672 (Read More)

Hip Hop Is The Most Streamed Genre In The World

By Danny Schwartz

Hip hop's young audience tends to gravitate towards streaming rather than downloading.

Hip hop/R&B is the most streamed genre on the planet, according to the New York Times. The genre comprises 17 percent of all industry album sales but 26 percent of streams, due in large part to hip hop's young audience.

Hip hop's share of the top 500 artists on Spotify is up 16 percent from 2014 and it is dominating rock in first-week streams this year -- the best week for a rock group in 2015 was Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind, which garnered 15.4 million streams its first week in May. By comparison, here were the most-streamed rap/R&B albums:

Drake and Future's WATTBA -- 40.3 million streams
Drake's IYRTITL -- 48 million
Kendrick Lamar's TPAB - 38 million
The Weeknd's BBTM - 57 million

But it's not just new albums. According to Nielsen senior analyst David Bakula, 60% of hip hop/R&B streams are songs that are over 18 months old.

Streaming is taking over the game, and so is hip hop. (Read More)

Big Boi Says Andre 3000 Really Likes Young Thug

By Rose Lilah

Big Boi also confirms his own appreciation for Young Thug.

Big Boi was a guest on RapRadar's latest podcast, and shed some insight as to what is currently inspiring him, throwing his rapping partner Andre 3000 into the mix as well.

The majority of the podcast focused on some story-telling from Big Boi (among the stories: a random adventure with B. Dot in Atlanta, Outkast attempting to get signed to Jermaine Dupri back in the day, Big Boi's grandma titling his Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors album, and more), with a bit of talk about his new collaborative album with Phantograms, Big Grams. However as the podcast came to a close, Elliott Wilson and B.Dot ask Big Boi what currently inspires him, and thinking about it for a minute, Big Boi says, "I like um...I know 'Dre really like that Young Thug, I like Young Thug, Thug got melody though. Thug talented too." There you go, for all the Young Thug naysayers, he's Outkast-approved.

Big Boi added, "T.I., I love what he doing." (Read More)

Jay Z: “TIDAL Is Platinum. 1,000,000 People And Counting”

By Patrick Montes

While many aren't exactly rushing to label TIDAL as an undeniable success, it looks like Jay Z is putting another one in his "Wins" column. Taking to Twitter this morning, the legendary rapper-entrepreneur-mogul announced that TIDAL had reached one million subscribers, and as he calls it, went "platinum." To celebrate, Jay Z broke the news that a forthcoming show would be held in Brooklyn on Octobero 20. No word on the specifics of that event, but considering the backing, it'll probably be one of the biggest tickets in town.

Jay - Z: "Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists" Tidal is platinum. 1,000,000 people and counting. Let's celebrate 10/20 Brooklyn. (Read More)

Nicki Minaj Comedy Gets ABC Family Series Commitment

By Nellie Andreeva

Nicki Minaj is set to executive produce and appear in a scripted comedy series for ABC Family based on the rap star’s life growing up in Queens, New York. The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, will film a pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown this winter, with the intention to continue to series.

Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, Minaj moved to the U.S. as a child. Written by Kate Angelo (Sex Tape), the untitled series willKate focus on Minaj’s growing up in Queens in the 1990s with her vibrant immigrant family and the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom.

“Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches,” said ABC Family’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke. “Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Minaj, Kaplan and Angelo executive produce with Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher (Boss), as well as Gee Roberson.

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”

ABC Family 1Minaj studied acting at Manhattan’s prestigious LaGuardia High School and originally pursued acting before launching a successful music career. Minaj, who is in the midst of her worldwide “Pinkprint” tour, is the first solo female artist to have seven singles charting simultaneously on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third full-length album, The Pinkprint, became the second highest-selling female debut of 2014 and arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.

Additionally, Minaj’s Image (4) kapital__140110211922-275x208.png for post 662065double-platinum Anaconda set the record for most Vevo views in 24 hours. Minaj also achieved the highest digital sales for any female artist in history with over 50 million track sales between solo and feature performances. She and Adele are the only two artists in history to sell 1 million copies of five different songs in one year.

Minaj made her acting debut with a voice role in Ice Ace: Continental Drift and a co-starring role in the feature comedy The Other Woman. She recently wrapped her first starring movie role in MGM’s Barbershop 3. On TV, Minaj drew attention with her appearance on Saturday Night Live last year where she was a musical guest but did a couple of skits and portrayed Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. Here is Minaj as Kardashian on Weekend Update:

This would mark Kapital Entertainment’s third series for ABC Family, along with drama Chasing Life and comedy Kevin From Work. The six-and-a-half-year old production company has seven on-air series — Secrets & Lies on ABC, The Mysteries Of Laura on NBC, Life In Pieces on CBS, Instant Mom on Nick as well as Chasing Life and Kevin From Work, and the upcoming comedy Divorce on HBO. Kapital also has a pilot at Showtime that is in pre-production.

Angelo started her writing career in TV with stints on Will & Grace and The Bernie Mac Show before segueing to features where she penned The Back-Up Plan and co-wrote Sex Tape. She’s repped by UTA and attorney David Fox.

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