This Week In Music (V.41): New Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + More

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. There’s so music that I’d like to highlight along with my take on the “new” sound of music. Click HERE to check out my previous edition and let’s get into this week.

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Billboard Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Sweet 16

Last week I posted the bracket for Billboard’s Hot 100 March Madness 2014 where songs were paired up in a list comprised of 32 songs and the sweet 16 was announced Monday (3.10). The votes are in and here’s who made the list. First up, my picks. Was I right?

Lorde ‘Royals’ v. Avicii ‘Wake Me Up’

Pink/Nate Reuss ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ v. One Republic ‘Counting Stars’

Pharrell ‘Happy’ v. Imagine Dragons ‘Radioactive’

Eminem/Rihanna ‘The Monster’ v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Can’t Hold Us’

Katy Perry ‘Roar’ v. Daft Punk/Pharrell ‘Get Lucky’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’ v. Pitbull/Ke$ha ‘Timber’

Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’ v. One Direction ‘Best Song Ever’

Katy Perry/Juicy J ‘Dark Horse’ v. Robin Thicke/Pharrell/T.I. ‘Blurred Lines’

 

Here’s the REAL standings (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

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I wasn’t too far off. All my votes were right except for ‘The Monster’ v. ‘Can’t Hold Us’; Mirrors beat ‘Can’t Hold Us.’ As for the last category I was wrong with my KP / Robin Thicke battle. It comes down to Lady Gaga’s, ‘Applause,’ versus Rihanna’s, ‘Stay.’ Tune in next week to see who makes the top 8.

Here are my picks:

Lorde, ‘Royals’ v. P!nk, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’

Imagine Dragons, ‘Radiactive’ v. Justin Timberlake, ‘Mirrors’

Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’ v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ‘Thrift Shop’

Miley Cyrus, ‘Wrecking Ball’ v. Rihanna, ‘Stay’

To vote, CLICK HERE!

Billboard’s, Hot Rap Songs Chart, 25th Anniversary

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March 11, 1989 was the day that Billboard implemented the Hot Rap Songs chart. In celebration of the chart’s 25th anniversary, Billboard has released lists of the Top 50 artists from 1989-2014, the top 100 rap songs of all time, and the artists with most #1s and top 10s.

Here’s how the ranking was determined:

The 25th Anniversary Hot Rap Songs ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Rap Songs chart, since the chart’s inception in the March 11, 1989, issue. Rankings are based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 having the greatest value and weeks at lower positions proportionately less. Due to various changes in chart rules, chart length and methodology throughout the years, songs had varying reigns at No. 1 and on the chart. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all 25 years, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference in turnover rates from those periods.

drake-001Here are the top 10/50 artists:

1. Drake
2. Jay Z
3. Lil Wayne
4. LL Cool J
5. Kanye West
6. T.I.
7. 50 Cent
8. Ludacris
9. Diddy
10. The Notorious B.I.G.

Female MCs did make the list such as Nicki Minaj (#16), MC Lyte (#21), Missy Elliot (#29), Salt-N-Pepa (#36), Da Brat (#38), and Yo-Yo (#48). Macklemore & Ryan Lewis make the list at #40 based off the success of The Heist which spawned hits, ‘Thrift Shop,’ ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ and ‘Same Love.

Here are the artists with the most #1s:

1.Drake -13
2. Diddy – 10
3. Kanye West – 9
4. LL Cool J – 8
5. 50 Cent
    Bow Wow – 7
    Lil Wayne – 7
    T.I. – 7
9. Ice Cube – 6
    Nelly – 6
    The Notorious B.I.G. – 6
Lil Wayne tops the Most Top 10s list with 288. Jay Z comes in second with 34 and Drake finishes 3rd with 29. Kanye has 26, Diddy-24, LL Cool J and Ludacris tie with 22, T.I. has 21, 50 Cent with 20, and Eminem and Snoop Dogg tie with 19.
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Missy Elliot holds the #1 spot for Rap song with most weeks at #1 with ‘Hot Boyz’ featuring Nas, Eve, and Q-Tip. It debuted in November 1999 and spent 18 weeks on the chart. Drake’s ‘Best I Ever Had’ and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’, ‘Thrift Shop,’ tie at #2 with 15 weeks on the chart. DJ Khaled rounds off that list with his track ‘I’m On One’ featuring Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne. It spent 13 weeks on the chart.
Enjoy the playlist below of the Top 20 Rap Songs of All-Time from the Top 100 Rap Songs list.

Billboard Hot 100 March Madness 2014

32 hits have been chosen from being in the Hot 100 from May 4, 2013 to the current chart. For the past 2 years Britney Spears has reigned SUPREME with 2012s, ‘Hold It Against Me’ and the 2013 collab with Will.i.am, ‘Scream & Shout.’

This year Britney isn’t in the running, but there are plenty of fan favorites. The Sweet 16 will be announced Monday, March 10th and the winner March 27th.

Check out the chart below:

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Here are my picks for the Sweet 16:

Lorde ‘Royals’ v. Avicii ‘Wake Me Up’

Pink/Nate Reuss ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ v. One Republic ‘Counting Stars’

Pharrell ‘Happy’ v. Imagine Dragons ‘Radioactive’

Eminem/Rihanna ‘The Monster’ v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Can’t Hold Us’

Katy Perry ‘Roar’ v. Daft Punk/Pharrell ‘Get Lucky’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’ v. Pitbull/Ke$ha ‘Timber’

Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’ v. One Direction ‘Best Song Ever’

Katy Perry/Juicy J ‘Dark Horse’ v. Robin Thicke/Pharrell/T.I. ‘Blurred Lines’

Tune back in next week for the official standings. It’s all up to the fans to vote so we’ll see. Vote here!

Macklemore Named The Source ‘Man of the Year’

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What a well deserved honor to 1/2 of the duo that dominated 2013. In the interview he talked about being nominated in a few of the same categories as Kendrick, especially Best Rap Album:

“In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick. He’s family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn’t win]. I’m not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album.”