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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Scores No. 1 Album And Sparks Streaming Discussion

'Hoodie SZN' only sold 823 physical album copies.

While only selling 823 physical copies of his album, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 with Hoodie SZN. According to The New York Times, that aforementioned figure coupled with 83 million streams was able to shoot up to the No. 1 slot. On the digital aspect, by tying together the number of streams and downloads of certain songs, the 20-track project also garnered "58,000 equivalent album units in the U.S." Billboard reports.

Hoodie SZN initially entered the Billboard 200 at the second spot but later sat atop the roster in the following weeks. The feat has been made possible since outlets like Billboard and RIAA considered streaming as part of album/sales stipulations in 2014. According to Complete Music Update, "1,500 on-demand streams is the same as ten download track sales," meaning it's equivalent to a single album sale.

While spectators believe that artists can manipulate the streaming system by putting out longer albums, others believe it'll prove to be beneficial in the long run. In an article published by Rolling Stone, music industry power players discussed streaming's pitfalls and benefits when it concerns putting out super long albums. "I don't think it's a sales trick as much as [a response to] audience behavior," said Daniel Glass, Glassnote Records' president. "Hip-hop has been more in touch with their fans than anybody in the last few years."

On that same topic, A Boogie discussed with VIBE why he decided to record a bevy of tracks for his project. "This one is 18 tracks compared to my usual 12 to 13. It's long, so I wasn't going to drop anything after this for at least half a year so fans can really let the music sink in, but then I thought about it," he said. "I said, 'Hell no, I'm dropping every quarter.' I got enough music to drop all of that sh*t. I pick and choose what I want to put on what. Instead of just dropping a single, I like putting projects together."

 

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Kanye West To Debut ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

Tickets for Nebuchadnezzar can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com.

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Slick Woods Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Slick Woods is battling skin cancer. The 23-year-old model revealed that she will undergo chemotherapy treatment in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Woods later confirmed to The Shade Room  that she has stage 3 melanoma, and its reportedly spreading. Woods is “fighting for her life,” according to the website.

Stage three melanoma is an advanced form of the skin cancer that can spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes. As reported by Self.com, a 2016 medical study found that black people are less likely to contract skin cancer, but more likely to be diagnosed in later stages.

Despite the cancer diagnosis, Woods appears to be keeping her spirits up. She shared another message on Instagram this week captioned, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

The Los Angeles native, whose birth name is Simone Thompson, has worked with Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Yeezy and more. She is best known for appearing in numerous fashion campaigns for Rihanna’s ever-expanding Fenty empire, even while pregnant. Woods went into labor shortly after walking in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show last year.

She welcomed her son, Saphir, in September 2018.

 

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Chris Brown And His Ex-Girlfriend Reportedly Welcome Baby Boy

Chris Brown has become a father for the second time. According to numerous reports, Brown's ex-girlfriend, Ammika Harris gave birth to their son on Wednesday (Nov. 20). Neither Brown nor Harris have publicly confirmed the birth but fans suspected the reported baby news after the 30-year-old singer shared two cryptic posts on Instagram late Wednesday.

In one image, which fans believe was snapped at a hospital, Brown is seen looking down and smiling. He captioned the photo with the date, "11.20.19."  A second post features Brown wearing a sweatshirt with the words, “Born” on the hood.

 

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Harris also pointed posted to her Instagram Story, “I was in love with you the moment I first saw you,” TMZ reports.

The newborn is the first child for Harris and the second for Brown, who has a 5-year-old daughter, Royalty. Although Breezy has never directly addressed rumors about Harris being pregnant he may have dropped at least one clue. In May, Brown commented “BM BAD” on Harris’ Instagram account leading fans to believe that he was referring to her as his baby’s mother.

Aside from reportedly welcoming a new bundle of joy, the Virginia native’s “No Guidance” collaboration with Drake received a Grammy nod on Wednesday. Brown is also up for two  trophies at the 2019 American Music Awards, which air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Nov. 24.

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