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Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Scores Spotify's Second-Biggest Debut With Nearly 100 Million Streams In 24 Hours

At last, Kanye West’s “Donda” album has finally arrived. And in less than a day, it’s already managed to break streaming records on platforms like Spotify. According to a report from Chart Data, the billionaire artist’s tenth studio album had one of the biggest first day debuts of all-time on Spotify’s global chart, raking in nearly 100 million streams within 24 hours of releasing. The record-breaking streaming numbers could be largely attributed to West’s extravagant Apple Music listening events and unorthodox methods of promoting the album via fans and social media. While West’s latest Instagram post alleges that his record company, Universal Music Group — parent company of Def Jam Recordings (who the artist is currently signed to) — released his album without his approval, it still managed to have a wildly-successful Sunday morning release. News of West’s history-making debut arrives just days after his third...

Aug 30, 2021

Spelman College Attracts More Black Women Scholars, Experiences Highest App Pool in Its 140-Year History

Spelman College has received more than 11,000 applications for the 2021-2022 admission cycle, which is the highest app pool since its inception 140 years ago. The prominent HBCU shared the news in a press release to highlight how more young Black women scholars are attracted to the college following a tumultuous year. This increase in admission applications is a 20 percent increase compared to last year, and follows an upward application trajectory since 2014. “The increased interest in Spelman is a testament to the College’s reputation of graduating Black women with a competitive edge who rise to leadership roles across industries and impact positive change in their communities,” said Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell in a statement . “We are excited that these bright young minds are seizing the opportunity to experience our unique liberal arts education by applying to Spelman .” Applicants interested in attending Spelman boast impressive academic profiles. Applicants average...

Mar 30, 2021

Dwayne Johnson's Teremana Tequila Brand Makes History With Record-Breaking First Year Sales

From sports and entertainment to the business world, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has proven to be successful no matter what realm he ventures into. This time he’s dominating in the spirits world with recording-breaking sales for his Teremana Tequila brand, which is on pace to move more than 300,000 nine-liter cases in its first year, according to Forbes.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by therock (@therock) While this is a phenomenal feat for the spirits industry, Johnson told Forbes this is just the beginning for the brand. “Our entire Teremana team and myself are quite pleased and humbled that the brand is experiencing this incredible, off-the-charts success,” he said to the publication. “But we also recognize there’s so much more work to be done. We’re building a mana fueled legacy brand and I’m in it for the long term.” Unlike other celebrity-led brands, Johnson is more than a face attached to a bottle. He’s been intimately involved in the curation of the project...

Dec 9, 2020