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Rihanna Unearthed This 18 Year Old Riddim For Her Latest Single "Work"

Rihanna's official lead single from her eighth studio album, 'ANTI,' paid homage to her Caribbean roots.

Rihanna's official lead single from her eighth studio album, ANTI, paid homage to her Caribbean roots. For her melody "Work," featuring Drake, the Bajan artist pumped life into the 1998 "Sail Away" riddim, which was released by famed Reggae singer, Richie Stephens' Pot of Gold label, Jamaica Observer reports.

In an interview with the site, Stephens recalled how he felt when he received the call from Rih's management, stating he was "overjoyed" to learn that there was interest in the melody. "They contacted me last week Tuesday and asked if I was the producer and owner of the master and I told them yes," he says. "They said they would appreciate if I could move fast in assisting with the clearing of the sample because they wanted to release the song. So I put them on to my publisher."

"Work" was produced by Boi-1da, PartyNextDoor and Sevn Thomas, all of who trace their ethnicity back to Jamaica. The track also found an instantaneous home on the radio after its premiere on HOT 97. Since then, it has remained in rotation on the air waves, and there's speculation of a video dropping soon in support of the song.

Rih and Drake were spotted in Los Angeles on set shooting what we now know to be a visual for the aforementioned track earlier this month, but there's no word on its imminent arrival to add to the steam behind the single.

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Lizzo, Lil Nas X, And H.E.R. Nominated For 2019 VMA 'Best New Artist'

On Tuesday (July 23, MTV revealed its list of the 2019 Video And Music Award nominations, showing close categories for all artists.

A press release stated the nominations include "dozens of artists whose reach and influence have elevated the music industry and global cultural conversation." Among those artists are Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and H.E.R, who have each been selected as Best New Artist alongside Ava Max, Billie Eilish, and ROSALÍA.

“It’s been an incredible year in music and this group of nominees perfectly reflect the rich pop music landscape,” said Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Viacom and Co-Brand Head, MTV International. “We can’t wait to see the outcome, once the fans weigh in. It’s going to be an awesome, unforgettable evening.”

Singer and actress Lizzo has been in the entertainment industry for 10 years before making her big break. The singer/rapper/flautist exudes bonafide anthems for confident ladies rocking the skin that they are in. With hit singles "Truth Hurts," "Good as Hell," and "Juice," the songstress now adds actress to her list of accolades as she plays Liz in the upcoming film, Hustlers.

"Old Town Road" hitmaker Lil Nas X made tying-history after his track "Old Town Road" ruled the Billboard Hot 100 chart as No.1 for the 16th week. The country hip-pop hit has been streamed 86.2 million times in the U.S. according to Billboard he has remixed the song with Young Thug and Cardi B. Shortly after he dropped his single "Panini." He also has been nominated for eight categories including Video Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Art Direction.

Singer and songwriter, H.E.R., effortlessly graced the stage at the 2019 BET Awards to perform "Lord Is Coming" with YBN Cordae, leaving fans in awe with her spoken word and incisive lyricism. She took home the 2019 BET Her Award for her song "Hard Place."

The VMA's air Monday (Aug. 26) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, and will be hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco. Check out the full list of the 2019 VMA Award Nominees here.

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A$AP Rocky Will Reportedly Headline Rolling Loud NYC

The Rolling Loud hip hop festival will make its way to the Big Apple in October. Per the festival's social media pages, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert and the Wu-Tang Clan will reportedly headline the two day event.

Aside from the aforementioned artists, DMX, Fat Joe, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Young M.A., YG, DaBaby, and many many more will take to the stage at Citi Field from Oct. 12 to 13. Tickets are slated to go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (Jul. 26) at 10 a.m. EST.

The news comes on the third week of A$AP Rocky's incarceration. The A$AP Mob member and Harlem native was reportedly arrested in Sweden for allegedly assaulting a person on the street. Donald Trump, thanks to urging from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is attempting to help free the rapper, however, it was reported earlier today (Jul. 22) that his efforts may make matters worse for A$AP.

Peep the Rolling Loud lineup below.

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Ties Record For Longest-Running Number One Of All Time

For the 16th week in a row, Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” sits atop the Billboard Hot 100. This means that the track from the 20-year-old ATLien is tied for the longest-running No. 1 of all time.

According to reports, the single from the 7 EP ties Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ”Despacito," as well as Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day” for the record. If he stays at No. 1 for one more week, he will be the first song in the history of American popular music to reign for an unprecedented 17 weeks.

The initial song made waves  earlier this year after getting the boot from Billboard’s Country charts for allegedly not implementing enough elements of the genre. Since then, “Old Town Road” has seen three featured artists on two separate remixes– Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey. Last week, country music icon Dolly Parton hinted at hopping on the song’s next remix.

Do you think “Old Town Road” will set a new record next week? Sound off in the comments.

 

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