Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rap Phenomenon® Top UG Singles of 2008





T.I.'s 'Swagger Like Us' Collabo And More Top Underground Songs Of 2008.

Big Boi, Shawty Lo and Joe Budden also make the list.

"No one on the corner got swagger like these four guys." Lil Wayne was correct; it was an event, a milestone — Weezy, Jay-Z, Kanye West and T.I. on "Swagger Like Us."

The record brought together a cross section of cities on wax and four out of the top-10 MCs in the game. "No one on the corner got swagger like us." Hell yeah, M.I.A. — the track's producer Kanye West used her voice as a secret weapon, another musical firearm to go along with that sumo-heavy bass and marching-band drum line. It arrived out of nowhere (leaked several weeks before its strategically planned debut) and immediately became an anthem for sports teams and anybody in the club. The record also became a favorite of some MCs to freestyle on, trying to prove they too belonged on the all-star track.

"Swagger" might have been our Hip-Hop Song of the Year (an honor that went to Lil Wayne's "A Milli" instead) if the vision for the record were fully realized — there was no video and not even a proper live performance with all four of its stars. Still, it makes the top spot on our list of Underground Joints of '08 ("Swagger" was released as a single on iTunes prior to coming out on T.I.'s Paper Trail.) Here's a list of seven other songs you may have slept on but definitely need to have in heavy rotation.

Our Rap Phenomenon® Eight Essential Underground singles of '08

1. T.I. and Jay-Z (featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West) - "Swagger Like Us"
2. Joe Budden - "Who (Parts 1, 2 and 3)"
3. Jay-Z - "Jockin' Jay-Z"
4. Shawty Lo (featuring Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Lil Wayne and Plies) - "Dey Know" remix
5. Lil Wayne (featuring Jay-Z) - "Mr. Carter"
6. Big Boi (featuring Andre 3000 and Raekwon) - "Royal Flush"
7. The Game (featuring Nas) - "Letter to the King"
8. Nas - "Breathe"

Underground Phenomenon® Honorable Mentions

»Gucci Mane (featuring Yo Gotti and Yung Ralph) - "Bricks"
»Plies - "Ol' Lady"
»DJ Felli Fel (featuring Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri and Fabolous) - "Finer Things"
»Kid Cudi (featuring Jim Jones) - "Day 'N' Nite remix
»The Game - "Big Dreams"
»Fat Joe (featuring Lil Wayne) - "Crackhouse"
»Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth and B.O.B. - "Change Gone Come"
»Nas - "Testify"

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These records brought together a cross section of cities on wax and four out of the top-10 MCs in the game. "No one on the corner got swagger like us." Hell yeah, M.I.A. — the track's producer Kanye West used her voice as a secret weapon, another musical firearm to go along with that sumo-heavy bass and marching-band drum line. It arrived out of nowhere (leaked several weeks before its strategically planned debut) and immediately became an anthem for sports teams and anybody in the club. The record also became a favorite of some MCs to freestyle on, trying to prove they too belonged on the all-star track.

"Swagger" might have been our Hip-Hop Song of the Year (an honor that went to Lil Wayne's "A Milli" instead) if the vision for the record were fully realized — there was no video and not even a proper live performance with all four of its stars. Still, it makes the top spot on our list of Underground Joints of '08 ("Swagger" was released as a single on iTunes prior to coming out on T.I.'s Paper Trail.) Here's a list of seven other songs you may have slept on but definitely need to have in heavy rotation.

Rap Phenomenon Eight Essential Underground singles of '08

1. T.I. and Jay-Z (featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West) - "Swagger Like Us"
2. Joe Budden - "Who (Parts 1, 2 and 3)"
3. Jay-Z - "Jockin' Jay-Z"
4. Shawty Lo (featuring Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Lil Wayne and Plies) - "Dey Know" remix
5. Lil Wayne (featuring Jay-Z) - "Mr. Carter"
6. Big Boi (featuring Andre 3000 and Raekwon) - "Royal Flush"
7. The Game (featuring Nas) - "Letter to the King"
8. Nas - "Breathe"

Underground Rap Phenomenon® Honorable Mentions

»Gucci Mane (featuring Yo Gotti and Yung Ralph) - "Bricks"
»Plies - "Ol' Lady"
»DJ Felli Fel (featuring Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri and Fabolous) - "Finer Things"
»Kid Cudi (featuring Jim Jones) - "Day 'N' Nite remix
»The Game - "Big Dreams"
»Fat Joe (featuring Lil Wayne) - "Crackhouse"
»Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth and B.O.B. - "Change Gone Come"
»Nas - "Testify"



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Friday, December 26, 2008

RAP PHENOMENON® December 2008 - Sales!




Rap Phenomenon® or not!

Here is another example of how hard it is to sell records these days. In this week's Sales Wrap, Keyshia Cole rises to No. 2, Jamie Foxx's intuition leads him to No. 3 and Soulja Boy Tell 'Em shows signs of a sophomore jinx.


R&B Phenomenon® Keyshia Cole's A Different Me led the way against her urban competition landing at No. 2. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Cole's third solo release scanned 322,100 copies in its first week.


Academy Award winning singer Jamie Foxx trailed close behind as Intuition nabbed No. 3 on the charts. Foxx's latest disc moved an impressive 265,400 units after seven days in stores.


Grammy winning Phenomenon® Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce slid a couple spots to No. 5 this week selling a total of 195,400 copies. After just over a month of availability, her third album has sold a total of 1,247,900 scanned discs.


Taking a slight five-position dip this week is Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak, which landed at No. 11 with 138,900 records sold. Coming closer to a milli, Mr. West's fourth disc stands at 858,800 units sold after a month in stores.


Respected soul singer Anthony Hamilton marked his return into fans' hands as The Point Of It All debuted at No. 12. The North Carolina-bred performer's latest offering pushed 133,600 copies its' opening week.


Southern Rap Phenomenon® Plies debuted this week as Da REAList was able to reach No. 14 on the charts. His third solo project was moved 114,700 after seven days in stores.


Konvict labelhead Akon's Freedom fell 13 positions to No. 31 this week with 62,700 units sold. After three weeks in stores, the Grammy-nominated artist's latest album rests at 236,600 scanned discs.


The self proclaimed "King of the South," T.I., manages to continue selling records as Paper Trail dropped five spots and secured No. 35 this week with 55,400 albums sold. After 11 weeks in stores, Tip's latest LP sits at 1,444,500 moved discs.


R&B hottie Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad slipped one slot to No. 40 this week selling 49,700 copies. Still selling after 81 weeks in stores, the singer's latest project rests at 2,174,400 albums sold.


Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris' Theater of the Mind fell 18 spots to No. 42 with 49,100 copies sold. After a month of availability, Luda's sixth solo project stands at 381,600 sold discs.


Teen rap star Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's iSouljaBoyTellem.com got off to a rough start landing at No. 43 this week. His sophomore album debuts with 45,600 scanned discs.


Rounding out the Top 50 is Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter III which slid two spots to No. 49 with 38,800 albums sold. With 27 weeks under his belt, Weezy's latest disc has pushed a total of 2,817,600.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Best Phenomenon® Fueds of 2008



In 2008, celebrities waged war on each other, on purity rings, on the paparazzi you name it. There were battles fought in the pages of magazines, on YouTube and at airport gates. And we learned that when celebrities get a camera in their face they either ham it up (Heidi and Spencer) or beat up on the cameraman and/or his equipment (Kanye West).



So, here we look back on the greatest celebrity Phenomenon® feuds of the past year.

Kanye West vs. Paparazzi

Kanye West had not one, but two scuffles involving members of the media. In September, the rapper, along with his bodyguard, destroyed the property of a paparazzo trying to take a picture of the rapper at Los Angeles International Airport. He avoided felony charges because he destroyed only a piece of lighting equipment worth less than $100. Then, after a similar scuffle with a photographer in Jolly Old England, he was taken in for questioning again. He avoided those charges too, and blogged about it. This guy really hates getting his picture taken, but he really loves blogging.

Taylor Swift vs. Joe Jonas

Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas met, presumably fell in love and went to the VMAs together. Then they broke up, according to her, because of Camilla Belle, whom he met the set of his "Lovebug" music video. She said he dumped her in a 27-second phone call. She made a wacky video telling her doll not to date a Joe Jonas doll. Joe and his brothers took to their MySpace blog to deny everything Taylor said, but they later took down the post. She wrote a song about it and sold tons of albums. And now Camilla might be two-timing Joe with Robert Pattinson, and well, that's how young love goes.

Russell Brand vs. Purity Rings

Brand made a few naughty jokes at the Jonas Brothers' expense when he hosted the September VMA broadcast, poking fun at their purity/ promise rings. During the show, Jordin Sparks, who also wears a purity ring, spoke out against the comedian's remarks, saying some people don't want to be "sluts" (um, OK). And sometime later, Paris Hilton (yes, that one) stepped in and defended the boys. Brand later apologized for his remark and the Jonas Brothers accepted. But last week, Brand said he wanted to kiss them at midnight on New Year's Eve. Guess he can't take a hint.

Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez vs. Miley Cyrus and Mandy Jiroux

They're all young, cute Disney stars (and Miley's backup dancer). But little did we know that there's a mean girl lurking in each of them. In 2008, there was buzz starting that Demi or Selena could dethrone Miley as Disney Queen Bee. Demi and Selena also began making YouTube videos very similar to Miley and Mandy's. So, Miley and Mandy recorded a video that clearly mocked the others. She later said she was sorry about it. And in an attempt to play nice (or bow to the still-reigning queen), both Selena and Demi told us there was no Miley feud.

Aubrey O'Day vs. Diddy

On the season-three finale of "Making the Band 4," Diddy, in classic Diddy fashion, single-handedly kicked out the most famous members of Danity Kane, Aubrey O'Day and D. Woods, basically for being too famous. He didn't like O'Day's constant need to be in the limelight, while D.Woods was just guilty by association. The three remaining members of the group spoke out about Diddy's decision, but O'Day and Woods have been pretty quiet about the whole incident. But with a new season of "Making the Band" starting in 2009, we don't expect the feud to die anytime soon.

The Montags vs. Spencer Pratt

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag are without a doubt the most polarizing duo on "The Hills." And they stirred the pot once again when they eloped in Mexico in November. Heidi's mom gave the marriage six months and claimed that Spencer drugged her daughter to get her to agree to the elopement. Spencer denied the claim and said that she needed to take a chill pill. Heidi said that she couldn't be happier. Even Tom Cruise weighed in, advising Spencer that he'd eventually have to give Heidi the big wedding her family claims she always wanted. They've admitted they want kids. That may mean more trouble in 2009.


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