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Proud HBCU Grad Megan Thee Stallion Explains How She's Manifesting Her Dream Life

Megan Thee Stallion — née Megan Pete — is the epitome of a real “hot girl,” constantly soaring to new heights and trusting the journey throughout it all. In a recent interview with Billboard, the 26-year-old explained how much it means to now be the product of a historically Black-owned college and university (HBCU). Back in December 2021, the Texas native walked among her peers to accept her bachelor’s degree in health administration from Texas Southern University, a feat that she managed to knock out of the park all while becoming one of the world’s biggest rap superstars. “I really feel like I did something that was very prestigious,” she said to the outlet. The accomplishment hits different for the “Savage” emcee, who says that she is most proud to continue the HBCU legacy of all of the women in her family. “I feel like I’m making all of the women in my family proud,” Megan Thee Stallion expressed. “All the women in my family went to HBCUs. I’m just going down the legacy of...

Feb 4, 2022

Autograph To Release NFT Collection With The Weeknd To Celebrate Billboard Hit 'Blinding Lights'

The Weeknd’s chart-topping hit “Blinding Lights” shattered records spending 90 weeks on the Hot 100 Chart. The accomplishment earned the three-time Grammy winner the top spot on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time Hot 100 Chart, surpassing Chubber Checker’s classic hit “The Twist.” To celebrate, Autograph will be partnering with The Weeknd and Billboard to launch a limited edition NFT collection. “This collaboration highlights a momentous achievement and a very special moment in time for one of the most influential artists today,” said Julian Holguin, President of Billboard, in a press release provided to AfroTech. “We’re thrilled to celebrate that moment and translate the most quoted rankings in music to innovative, new formats. The digital trading cards and NFTs launched in partnership with Autograph will truly capture the excitement that ‘Blinding Lights’ inspires and allow fans to own a defining moment in music history.” As AfroTech previously told you, Autograph — the NFT...

Nov 24, 2021

About 25 Years After Its Release, Aaliyah's 'One In A Million' Makes Billboard's 200 Top 10

Aaliyah and her reign continues. When Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” album first released in 1996, it peaked at No. 18 despite influencing the music industry and being a fan favorite. Fast forward to 25 years later, HipHopDX reported that the late singer’s sophomore project — which recently became available on streaming platforms — has reentered the Billboard 200 and secured the No. 10 spot. According to MRC Data, “One in a Million” sold 26,000 equivalent album units. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Blackground Records 2.0 (@blackgroundrecords2.0) After a drawn out legal battle between her label Blackground Records — now renamed Blackground Records 2.0 — and her estate, fans were finally granted their wish of access to Aaliyah’s entire discography. As previously reported by AfroTech, Blackground Records 2.0 partnered with Empire, an independent distribution company, for Aaliyah’s music to go digital. On Aug. 20, 2021, “One In A Million” kicked off the R&B icon’s music...

Sep 1, 2021

Billboard's 'First-Ever Creator-Centered Music Chart' Will Give Creators The Credit They Deserve

Viral TikTok trends have become the new way for music fans to discover artists and their discography. Although the skyrocketing streams have been keeping artists’ pockets stacked and their social media platforms growing, TikTok challenges ‘ impact on music hasn’t received the same official documentation, praise, and recognition that charting hit records on the radio receive. Billboard is now introducing the Song Breaker Chart — its “first-ever creator-centered music chart.” The new monthly chart is a collaboration with Logitech and will further highlight digital creators as music consumption and the industry’s structure continues to evolve. “Every day we see new trends exploding in popularity across social platforms and we are beyond thrilled to highlight these breakthrough creators who are redefining stardom in the music industry,” said Julian Holguin, president of Billboard, in an official statement. After the success of Logitech’s Song Breaker Awards, Billboard decided to join...

Aug 17, 2021

Drake, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Baby Make Billboard's 'Top Paid Musicians Of 2020' Report

A report from Billboard has revealed the highest-paid musicians and artists of 2020, and many of Hip-Hop’s favorites are topping the list. Amid a year with very little touring due to the pandemic, some of the biggest names in the music industry still managed to come out on top of Billboard’s 2020 Money Makers list bringing in millions and millions of dollars. “For the first time in the history of Money Makers, concert revenue did not determine the No. 1 spot on the list — and because of the pandemic had little influence over the ranking in general,” Billboard reports. The list of highest-paid artists was created based on data from the 2020 U.S.-only MRC Data and Billboard Boxscore statistics. The methodology mostly accounted for artists’ streaming and publishing, leaving off revenue from merchandising, synchronization or livestream gigs. Hip-Hop acts like Drake, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, Future, Roddy Ricch, Rod Wave, Kanye West and Travis Scott all...

Jul 20, 2021

Hip-Hop and R&B Dominate 2020: Nearly A Third of All Streams in the U.S. Came From the Genre Last Year

It’s no secret that Black people run the culture, and the latest report on music streams is proof. Over 30% of all on-demand audio and video streams in the U.S. last year were tracks recorded by R&B and hip-hop artists, Music Business Worldwide reports. The new stats were from industry monitor MRC Data — compiled with Billboard. “In the case of on-demand video streams, the ‘R&B/hip-hop’ category actually claimed over a third of all plays, at 33.9%,” according to Music Business Worldwide. This breakdown finds that the “R&B/hip-hop” category increased its market share of total “album-equivalent sales” here in the U.S. during 2020. One of the most popular tracks for both on-demand audio and video streaming platforms in the U.S. last year was Roddy Ricch’s “The Box.” The song garnered 920.4 million on-demand audio plays and 399.2 million on-demand video plays during 2020. In second place was The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” at 691.5 million followed by DaBaby’s “Rockstar” featuring Roddy...

Jan 13, 2021

Billboard No Longer Counts Merch and Ticket Bundles Toward Album and Song Charts

Merch and ticket bundles have been a major point of contention for artists and fans alike. Now, Billboard is changing the rules . On Monday (July 13), the revered music authority announced that it will no longer count “albums bundled with merchandise and concert tickets on its album and song charts altogether.” The rule has no set date on when it will apply—for tours, it will begin in October 2020—but under the new mandate, all albums bundled with merch or tickets “must be promoted as an add-on to those purchases in order to be counted on the charts.” Billboard Announces New Chart Rules: No More Merch & Ticket Bundles — billboard pro (@billboardpro) July 13, 2020 If an artist chooses to bundle their release with add-ons, Billboard requires that both the album and extras must be available for purchase individually at a lower cost, alongside the music, on an artist’s direct website. Ever since the bundle wars began, the argument has been that sales don’t...

Jul 14, 2020

Nigerian Artists Grace the Cover of Billboard's First Issue Devoted to Africa

African artists are quickly taking over in the music industry and setting trends while doing so. For the first time in Billboard Magazine’s history, three Nigerian music artists grace the cover of the first issue ever devoted to the entire continent of Africa. "This isn't a fad": Three of Africa's biggest stars on making the industry come to them. Read the full cover story: — billboard (@billboard) May 21, 2020 Nigerian artists Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Mr Eazi are the subject of Billboard’s latest cover story, “Africa Now,” titled “This Isn’t a Fad: Three of Africa’s Biggest Stars on Making the Industry Come to Them,” that states “the next musical revolution is brewing in Africa.” According to Okay Africa , Gail Mitchell — writer of the story — included interviews from each artist, which were conducted on a video conference call. The featured story detailed topics tackled by each artist including life under quarantine — where Davido...

May 22, 2020

How the Drake Effect Led to His Seventh Total Billboard Chart-Topper

As Drake scores his seventh total chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “Toosie Slide,” landing at the top, he has now become the first male artist — and second overall — to debut three songs at No. 1. However, many critics and fans wonder how Drake manages to be successful with overexposure. Drake is one of the few rap stars left of the blog era of rap , which leaves him in a unique position to effortlessly navigate through incessant waves of the internet, particularly social media. This double audience, at its core, loves both hip hop and social media trends. He understands this and has used it to his advantage throughout his entire career. He went from releasing singles via his blog like the rollout of his sophomore album, “Take Care,” to creating his own music festival (OVO Festival). He then started releasing diss tracks through multiple social media platforms , all while fulfilling the traditional roles of an artist signed to a major label. His new single...

Apr 15, 2020