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Taylor Swift’s Red Is The Year’s Second Biggest-Selling Album Already

Taylor Swift‘s Red reign continues. Red sold more than 1.2 million copies in its debut week, and has now topped the charts again in its second week on shelves, notching another 340,000 in sales to bring Taylor’s total to 1.55 million records sold. In just two weeks, she has outsold 2012′s previous best selling album released in 2012, One Direction’s seven-month-old Up All Night (1.33 million records sold so far this year), and finds her quickly approaching the year’s biggest seller: Adele‘s 21. In it’s second year out, Adele’s album that just keeps selling has sold a staggering 4.1 million records. It seems unlikely that Taylor will be able to catchup before the year end, but — Target deluxe editions, Walgreens circular covers, and pizza boxes, oh my! — she’s certainly trying her darndest. Read more…

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Mariah Carey And Rick Ross Sit Ringside At Meek Mill’s “Triumphant” Boxing Match

Whether you’re one of her lambs or not, there’s no arguing the fact that Mariah Carey’s new single is motivational. Unveiled to the world this evening, the video for “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” stars both of the song’s featured rappers, MMG ring-leader Rick Ross and his Philly protégé, Meek Mill. Given the opportunity to emerge a champ as the video’s protagonist and in real life, Meek plays the role of a boxer going twelve rounds in the ring against a hearty opponent, taunting him the entire time.

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Drake Serenades Toronto At OVO Fest With Surprises From 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj

Drake OVO Fest Brings Out 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Waka

Drake‘s priorities right now: OVO Fest and finishing his high school diploma. Oh, and somewhere between the two is showing the world his love for Aaliyah by executive producing her posthumous album. But last night it was all about giving back to his hometown, the 416. Toronto, Canada was in for a treat with a lively two-hour set at the OVO Fest from the rapper who’d dropped the new track “Enough Said” featuring Aaliyah hours before his show. In all white Drizzy performed a range of his catalog including “Take Care,” “Lord Knows,” “Over,” “Practice,” “We’ll Be Fine,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Headlines.” The cherry with sprinkles on top of the already delicious sundae was the surprise guests like The Weeknd (also a Toronto native), 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, French Montana, Snoop Dogg (er, Snoop Lion) and Nicki Minaj. Read more…

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Mariah Carey’s Inspirational “Triumphant” Sounds Like…Triumph

Mariah's "Triumphant" As Ever

This is triumph at its best. Now that that’s out of the way, we’re gushing over Mariah Carey‘s “Triumphant” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill from her upcoming 14th studio album. She may be one of the best selling music artists of all times, but Mariah knows all about victory after people counted her out. But when you’ve sold over 200 million records, have a five range octave and have 18 No. 1 singles, you don’t stay down for long. Over light piano keys Philly rapper Meek Mill effortlessly raps about grinding from the bottom to make it to the top. The brevity of Mariah’s voice in each octave is powerful and chilling at the same time. When she sings, “Can’t fall down stay triumphant keep on living/Stay on your toes/Get off the ropes/Don’t let em ever count you out/Realize all things are possible/In your heart who’s the greatest/Reach for the stars/Be all that you are/And make em all fall down” you believe her, because that’s the only thing to do when hearing a voice so beautiful. Read more…

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Mariah Carey Is Poised For A “Triumphant” Return

Mariah Carey is poised for a “Triumphant” return next month — August, for an august diva like she! — with the help MMG comrades Rick Ross and Meek Mill. Mimi shared the good news yesterday on Twitter, where she explained also that, “I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it. When you hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics.” An intriguing tease, as she sure has had quite the year or two between Dem Babies and her husband Nick Cannon’s health issues. It’s not like she needs a reason to sing it out, but if it gets her back to the studio? We’ll always be here to listen, Mimi.

Mariah has worked with Ross in the past on that “Touch My Body (Remix)”, and she bares an impressive catalog of rap collaborations past — who could forget that Bad Boy Remix of “Honey” or Jay’s verse on “Heartbreaker”? It’s exciting to see her hooking up with two of today’s biggest gets, but we worry that her comeback might get lost in the bunches of other Maybach Music branded singles currently dominating radio waves. We won’t worry too much, though, because Mimi’s no mere hook-girl, and one of her trade mark vocal runs and a twinkle of that whistle register will be quick to remind us of why she always “Triumphs.”

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Meek Mill And Drake Have An “Amen” Party, But Not In Church

Meek Mill’s recent dispute with local Philadelphia pastor over his song “Amen,” which Pastor Jomo Johnson believes to be blasphemous, didn’t phase Meek. Bright and early on Sunday morning he dropped the NSFW video to the controversial song featuring Drake. So, we’re assuming the Philly rapper wasn’t in church when he tweeted out the link to “Amen” followed by, “#amen? video is 100% real footage! Really my whips, really club liv, really my friends, really on a jet, really drake show! #mmg.” Everything is real footage, but we hypothesize the women passed out on the sofa and in the bathtub after a long night of partying isn’t “real.” But we get the drift. Read more…

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Meek Mill And Local Philly Pastor Have A Shouting Match On The Radio Over “Amen”

Meek Mill's "Amen" Causes Controversy With Local Pastor

Recently we picked Meek Mill’s “Amen” featuring Drake as one of the contenders for VH1′s Song of the Summer. Well not everyone is on the amen choir praising the organ laced track that shouts “amen,” “preach” and “church” to some questionable things that we’re not so sure is praise worthy in the traditional sense. All Hip Hop reports Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson (admittedly a hip-hop fan) got wind of “Amen” and called for a boycott of the song. Pastor Johnson called into Philly’s Hot 107.9 and said, “As a hip-hop fan I decided to check it out and listen to the lyrics. I was just completely shocked that Meek Mill, knowing that Philadelphia is a highly religious community, he would choose to make a song thanking the good Lord, for things that are completely contrary to the holiness of God.” We’re guessing a rendition of Meek’s infectious hit from his Dreamchasers 2 mixtape won’t be played at church this Sunday. Read more…

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Last Lap: The Flaming Lips and Grace Potter Rock A Led Zeppelin Cover

FLAMING LIPS AND GRACE POTTER ROCK A LED ZEPPELIN COVER
Last night in Mississippi, Potter joined the Flaming Lips for a cover of “The Song Remains The Same.” Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, the Lips will play their record breaking 8th show in 24 hours. Will you be watching? [OMA]

HAS MEEK MILL BEEN BANNED  FROM THE NEW YORK NIGHT LIFE?
If the MMG rapper’s Tweets are to be believed, club-going has been tough post-brawl. [GlobalGrind]

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Rick Ross and Meek Mill Get “So Sophisticated”

Rick Ross takes his steak rare, his women beautiful and his Ciroc by the bottle because he’s just “So Sophisticated” like that. Given the video treatment by Dre Film, Ross and Meek Mill’s “So Sophisticated” is a picture of opulence, replete with expensive cars, fire hot and a shirtless Teflon Don. Because what would a Ross video be without a cameo from Ross’ famous belly?

“I just make it look easy,” adlibs Ross on the song’s intro, setting himself apart from the rest. We find the two rappers in the monstrous warehouse where they garage their nicest cars and their in-house butcher shop, and where they host their most lavish dinner parties. Sometimes lights strobe and other times fire laps; we would be pretty scared to find ourselves in a place as ominous as this, but never does Ross break a sweat. Seated at the table, Ross clutches a glass of bubbly with one hand while he waves a steak knife at the camera with the other as he goes hard over a beat that’s so heavy in bass it could break your speakers. Elsewhere, he dances through flames in a Miami Heat hat and he hacks at away at an animal carcass (you free for dinner tomorrow). That is sophistication made easy.

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Summer Jams: Bene Viera Picks Three Of Her Fave “Song of the Summer” Candidates

Song of the Summer

Along with cocktails on rooftops and sunbathing by the pool, summer grants the official ok to zip by in your car with windows down blaring music from the speakers. Whether hearing someone’s music blasting from their headphones on the A train, or eating outdoors at my favorite low-key Brooklyn cafe, I look forward to observing what music gets the people going. Only hours into the official first day of summer there are already countless songs that are on constant replay on iPods or car stereos. For whatever reason, warm weather tends to bring proper music odes to the beauty of the new season. Cheers to this summer being one of producing music that makes you feel something. Here are three songs that I plan to have in heavy rotation over the next few months…

NOMINATION: Meek Mill ft. Drake & Jeremih, “Amen”
EXPLANATION:
Summer time is when I indulge in rap music. The beats, instrumentation, samples and lyrics boost my energy for jam packed days. Unless you were a music journalist or a diehard hip-hop fan, it’s likely you hadn’t heard of Meek Mill at this time last year. That all changed with his successful single “I’m A Boss” and later the Dreamchasers mixtape. The buzz around the Philly rapper grew with praises of his storytelling ability in tracks from the mixtape like “Tony’s Story.” He signed to Maybach Music Group where his buzz blossomed due to his first mixtape, but it’s the followup, Dreamchasers 2, that was the real attention grabber. “Amen’s” church choir sound can be attributed to the organ, a common instrument that has been used in black church spirituals for forever. Although “amen, preach and church” are rattled off through the chorus, don’t expect to hear anything church-y. The only thing spiritual about “Amen” is its divine sound.

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