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Kanye West's 'Ye' Album Lands At No. 1 On Billboard 200

Given Kanye West's controversial rollout of his eighth solo studio album, it should come as no surprise that the producer/rapper's latest musical offering beat out its competition.

Given Kanye West's controversial rollout of his eighth solo studio album, it should come as no surprise that the producer/rapper's latest musical offering beat out its competition.

According to Billboard, West's Ye project took the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The 7-track soundscape also netted 180 million streams. Not too long ago, West celebrated the fact that the entire Ye project ranked from 1-7 on iTunes' Top Songs chart. The 41-year-old hopes to follow-up that success with his joint album with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts, which debuted last week Friday (June 8).

Ye features appearances by Ty Dolla $ign, Charlie Wilson, 070 Shake, Jeremih and more. Production was mainly spearheaded by West but also took melodic cues from Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Francis and the Lights, Caroline Shaw and others.

Next up on West's roster of executive-produced albums will be Nas' untitled project. This will be the Queens native's eleventh studio album since releasing Life Is Good in 2012.

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Lil Mama To Bow Wow: "I Will Slap The Sh*t Out Of You"

Her stage name may be Lil Mama, but Niatia Jessica Kirkland calmly yet assertively addressed disparaging comments made about her like an adult.

The 29-year-old Harlem native took to social media Saturday (Dec. 8) to vehemently refute Bow Wow's implications she was interested in him romantically and has been with several men in her past.

"I want to start this off just by saying you played yourself, kid," Mama said. "Bow Wow, you know, that in all the years that I've ever known you, you have never known a n****r to f**k me in a week. So to even give BT advice like 'Oh y'all gonna be f**king in a week.' you're being a clown."

Lil Mama then explained the only reason she invited Bow Wow to New York was to help provide a bit of stability, and that his insinuations she wanted anything more are false.

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"I was trying to bring you around some real n****s. You want to commit suicide one day. You're going crazy here. You're going crazy there. I come from a grounded environment that I was trying to bring you to. We're doing a TV show. We're creating content. You are far from the type of man that I could see myself being with, sleeping with or anything of that nature."

Lil Mama didn't dwell on the topic too long, an ended her diatribe with a warning.

"There are so many things that I could address about this show, but I'm not going to let everything pull my attention. Y'all could believe what y'all want to believe...before we start talking about a female beating my ass or anything like that let's just be clear: I will smack the sh*t out of you. Period!

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@shadmoss PERIODT

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Buju Banton Touches Down In Jamaica Following Prison Release

Buju Banton is a free man.

The reggae and dancehall star, who served nearly eight years in prison on drug trafficking charges, headed back to Jamaica after being released  from Georgia's McRae Correctional Facility on Friday (Dec. 7).

Banton was later spotted landing at Norman Manley Airport in Kington, Jamaica where he was met by crowds of fans. Now that he's back home, Banton plans to channel his energy towards helping Jamaica's youth find employment opportunities, the country’s culture minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange told The Guardian.

Given his criminal conviction, the Grammy winner will not receive an official “hero’s welcome,”Jamaica’s minister of national security said.

VIDEO: Reggae artiste #BujuBanton being escorted through the immigration hall at @NMIAJA (🎥: @taylor2nd) #GLNRToday pic.twitter.com/EfUtgOS4x7

— Jamaica Gleaner (@JamaicaGleaner) December 8, 2018

Last month, Banton released a statement on social media expressing his goals for the future.“In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love. I only want to be associated with my craft,” he wrote. "Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music. I just want to continue making music, which I've devoted my life to. I look forward to the opportunity to say a personal thanks to my fans and everyone who supported me.”

Banton was arrested in Miami in 2009 on charges of possession and conspiracy to distribute of more than five kilograms of cocaine. He was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to a decade in prison.

READ MORE: Buju Banton Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges

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Artists react to the news of their nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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2019 Grammy Awards: Artists React To Their Nominations

The 2019 Grammy Award nomination announcements took place on Friday morning (Dec. 7). Kendrick Lamar is the most nominated artist with eight possible wins, followed by Drake, Cardi B and H.E.R., with seven and five nominations a piece.

While many argue that the Grammys "don't mean anything," it truly is an honor just to be nominated. Check out some of the reactions to the nominations below.

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What a way to find out i got 5 Grammys nominations😩😩😩I’m tellin you my life is a movie .I work my ass off for this!Win or not atleast i know i had a chance and people was watching and admiring my work.Im Soo happy!THANK YOU!

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THIS IS INSANE. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY. 5 NOMINATIONS?????

— H.E.R. (@HERMusicx) December 7, 2018

 

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🤭 I gota figure out what I’m finna wear #grammys #Bubblin

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"Being a young, black, queer woman in America, there was something I had to say .. a group of people I wanted to celebrate, and I’m happy to be representing them. I hope they feel seen, I hope they feel heard. I hope they feel loved. & I hope they feel celebrated" [email protected] pic.twitter.com/eXPZXyIgWe

— Norah O'Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) December 7, 2018

IS THIS REAL LIFE?!?!?!?!? we are in SHOCK. can’t believe this. 2 GRAMMY NOMS 😭😭 so grateful, wow God is amazing https://t.co/CzqH7BARDZ

— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) December 7, 2018

on the moon.💜 https://t.co/D9cZpPZXoz

— lalah hathaway (@lalahhathaway) December 7, 2018

I grew up in Texas, singing to @xtina everyday, DESPERATELY trying to hit her high notes.. if you would’ve told me I’d have a Grammy nod with her I would’ve laughed in your face!! This is so surreal..

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 7, 2018

song of the year and best r&b song 🎉 be de da dooooooo ❤️

— Ella Mai (@ellamai) December 7, 2018

Congrats babe on your 69th Grammy nomination!!!!!! #ProducerOfTheYear @kanyewest

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 7, 2018

just woke up & heard i earned myself another grammy nomination. big love and big blessings. we going back! 🏆💌 pic.twitter.com/RPXtd57GEL

— bear (@6LACK) December 7, 2018

Thanks to @RecordingAcad for the nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album! pic.twitter.com/GJZaCqjJtJ

— Marcus Miller (@MarcusMiller959) December 7, 2018

 

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I totally forgot today was #Grammys announcement day. Landed in Miami to @jimmyfallon’s text & was confused. Wow man such an honor to receive this for #CreativeQuest I’m floored y’all. 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

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— Questlove (In E flat) (@questlove) December 7, 2018

Congratulations to @KendrickLamar and @TopDawgEnt on the multiple Grammy nominations today for "#BlackPanther: The Album," including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Song From a Film, and more! #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/cbBuZdQsA7

— Black Panther (@theblackpanther) December 7, 2018

80/85!!! That’s almost 1 Grammy nomination for every year I’ve been on this planet!! 😱 I. Am. OVERWHELMED. Thank-Q & congratulations to my beautiful team...my baby doonkie @iamrashidajones & the talented @pauladupre #AlHicks ❤️ pic.twitter.com/uKJdj49X1A

— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) December 7, 2018

2 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS😭🙈 sooo much love to my team & every one who has supported this project🖤 wow. so thankful!! pic.twitter.com/yLWthF38mF

— tori kelly (@torikelly) December 7, 2018

THANK YOU @RecordingAcad. Truly honored 🙏🏾 https://t.co/LdSPOMa2yd

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) December 7, 2018

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12/7/18: From this day forward its, “The Grammy Nominated” Pusha-T. Thank you for your cooperation... #Daytona

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