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Post Malone Has Six Top 10 Hits On The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart | Billboard




Post Malone’s record-setting achievement comes courtesy of his beerbongs & bentleys album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with the highest one-week streaming sum for any album.

Below the top tier on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, 12 more beerbongs cuts are on the 50-position list: “Ball For Me,” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 11), “Some Bitches,” featuring G-Eazy & YG (No. 13), “Zack and Codeine” (No. 15), “Over Now” (No. 16), “Takin’ Shots” (No. 18), “92 Explorer” (No. 26), “Otherside” (No. 29), “Blame It on Me” (No. 30), “Sugar Wraith” (No. 37). Plus, previous release “Candy Paint” re-enters at No. 23, two spots below its best showing.

NICKI ADDS A TOP 10: Meanwhile, on Rap Airplay, Nicki Minaj powers to the top 10 with “Chun-Li,” which darts 15-10. The spike stems from an 18 percent lift in audience in the week ending May 6, according to Nielsen Music.

“Chun-Li” becomes Minaj’s 28th top 10 on the Rap Airplay chart, which began in February 1999. Her sum is more than twice that of the next female challenger, Eve, who claims 12 top 10s. On the overall leaderboard, Minaj ranks fourth behind only Drake (51), Lil Wayne (46) and JAY-Z (35).

MIGOS ‘WALK’ MOVES: Speaking of Drake, he logs a record-extending 51st top 10 on Rap Airplay, as his collaboration with Migos, “Walk It Talk It,” struts 11-6. The song flies with a 44 percent burst in audience for the week and secures the week’s Greatest Gainer prize.

For Migos, “Walk” gives the trio an 11th top 10 on Rap Airplay. Impressively, eight of the group’s nine most recent chart entries have reached the region.

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#BigInterview! Indian playback singer Thomson Andrews: My turning point as a singer was when Maestro A R Rahman’s team called me to sing with him onstage | Hindi Movie News




Thomson Andrews is an Indian playback singer who has crooned songs in multiple languages. Today he is known for his songs like ‘Happy Nagar’, ‘Saridhaana Saridhaana’, and more. However, did you know before working as a full-fledged musician, he worked in the corporate field as an HR executive? There are many more things like these about him, that the singer and songwriter told us during his recent interview with us.

Here are the excerpts:

How did the journey begin?

I always had a musical streak in my upbringing as a catholic boy, singing hymns in church and at home with family during our personal prayer time. Music wasn’t my initial career choice in my teen years, as I pursued science as my major in college to eventually become a doctor. No one in my family tree including my ancestors had ever chosen the Arts as a career hence music as a career was never a thought on my mind.

However, by the time I completed High school, I was already touring internationally, performed in France, Germany, Spain, and singing with industry veterans as early as 17 years old. I starting working in a US corporate firm as an HR executive out of their Indian operations and later worked in the audits department of a telecom company in Mumbai. On weekends, I would pursue singing & perform on stage for live shows, studio recordings for Bollywood films, Ad jingles, Disney film dubbings, and more. After I performed with Maestro A R Rahman on stage, I started being recommended for my work by industry professionals including Clinton Cerejo, Suzanne Dmello, Rupert Fernandes, and others to work with renowned Music directors, Ad agencies to hire me as a singer for studio sessions for big banner projects, top brands and more.

Soon I got hired by MTV Cokestudio as their vocal arranger for episodes with top music directors Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Hitesh Soni, Amit Trivedi, Clinton Cerejo, and others and eventually also worked with Pritam, Salim Sulaiman, Ranjit Barot, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vishal Dadlani on film sessions, Live shows, MTV unplugged. Soon, I sang my debut playback song ‘Rumani’ featuring Kartik Aaryan and Nusrat Barucha, following a playback song for Shankar Ehsaan Loy, a Jazz Bollywood song ‘Shehar Mera’ and so on. Since then I’ve sung on several playback film songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu. I’ve worked with all the top singers including Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan, Arijit Singh, Shreya Goshal, Neha Kakkar, and others. Today I am very happy that my work is recognized across all industry professionals and has gotten me worldwide appreciation among Indian audiences as I toured globally with Sunidhi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan, Salim Sulaiman. It’s always a blessing to receive professional work simply through word of mouth to date, for which I am truly grateful for every opportunity I keep getting. It’s fun working with the best musical talent in India.

What was the turning point in your career?

My turning point as a singer was when Maestro A R Rahman’s team called me to sing with him onstage at an Awards ceremony! This was the biggest break I could ever imagine as the start of my career with India’s musical icon. This opened for me an opportunity for a permanent shift into music, a dream come true, and also a wake-up call for me to make a headstrong decision to follow my passion and pursue my dreams, for which I am extremely glad, blessed, and grateful today.

What are the things that helped you get a stronger hold over the industry and what are the things that you believed you need to work on?

As a western vocalist, my musical influences have always been RnB, Neo-soul, Jazz, Funk, Hip-hop, Blues, Gospel & Soul along with broadway musicals. These genres are my niche and became my forte in the industry, as all my singing and dubbing work had an influence & flavor of these genres. However, since I’ve also been inspired by Indian Pop/Film OST’s, Sufi music and have also briefly trained for 4 years in Hindustani Classical singing from Gwalior Gharana, my singing style became more versatile. I retained my RnB flavor and my ability to sing in 12 + languages also worked in my favor to be recommended and hired for projects. I underwent Hindi and Urdu diction training with diction specialists, to rectify the mistakes in my pronunciation and speech, which really helped me while singing Hindi songs in the studio or on live shows. Besides this, I always said yes to singing, wherein ‘music’ has been my main focus, not the monetary compensations of such projects as the deciding factor. If I liked the project/music or the work of the musician/producer hiring me, I would do it, even if the budgets may have not met my expectations. This ‘music focused’ attitude along with my willingness to learn, unlearn at times to correct my techniques, determination, drive, patience, positive attitude, easy to work with a trait, striving for excellence during dubbs, and extremely alert & attentive pitch recognition/ear training skills technically helped me do my best in all my sessions and live shows.

The things I need to work on at the present phase in my career are learning to play the piano well and learning music production. Since I compose, sing, and also write my own lyrics for a few of my singles, this trait would really help me portray my personality through my music.

How different is it to work for a movie and create your own single?

Well, essentially the creative process of making a tune, singing, and writing lyrics is similar in both kinds of musical content creation. However, in a movie, the music and song have to be in sync with the character and story portrayed on screen by the actors, hence a definite theme, vision, script, and character are pre-locked when singing a playback song in a movie. Whereas when making your own singles, an artist has the complete creative liberty & freedom to explore genres, various themes, feel, and emotion of the song he/she wants to communicate to the listeners and also create a unique storyboard for the music video is an artistic interpretation that suits their own personality & brand.

You did a lot of stage shows, do you miss the experience owing to covid crises?

Yes, I’ve performed in more than 15 countries and I do miss touring and entertaining the audiences at such events so much. The rehearsals with my band, our ideation sessions for making our stage and studio music interesting with new arrangements to existing songs, the joy of performing for a real audience and feeding off their excitement and energy while interacting with them is such an irreplaceable high for me. I hope the live music and entertainment industry gets back on its feet, as our industry has been hit really badly by the pandemic. A lot of artists/musicians, backstage technicians, event companies, and talent agencies have suffered so many financial losses with no incoming revenue stream. However, this is a tough phase for the whole world and I’m sure things will soon be alright, slowly but surely, and I look forward to resuming entertaining and performing at live events very soon.

Amid the pandemic, what kept you going?

I am a workaholic and working from home is something I’m used to, as a freelancer, for 12 years, hence there is already a set discipline and routine I follow with my time each day. From vocalizing/riyaaz to working on my singing & composing chops, learning new marketing skills and networking to increase my connections, creating new music/content, and staying connected with my fans on social media. However, I have been additionally busy for 2 years as an entrepreneur too, focusing on my Startup company ‘Throan Of Art LLC’ – a PR, digital marketing, and brand solutions firm. My life now as an artist and entrepreneur brings in an added sense of drive, passion, and determination to succeed and I’m grateful to my team who has been working endlessly creating music, shooting music videos for artists on other labels, focusing on brand building for corporates and celebrities via our PR and digital marketing expertise and network. I have also recently launched by Indie Music Label ‘Throan Of Art Music’, which I am super thrilled to build, featuring promising artists across musical genres and cultures that I love. My Label’s aim is to contribute great Indian music to a global audience with a flavor of our varied & rich cultural heritage, music with no boundaries of language, culture, genres; just a pure focus on creativity and artistic liberation through music made by Indian talent.

Tell us about your upcoming projects?

Since the start of the pandemic which had us all working from home, I’ve had additional time to work on my music, create new content & complete unfinished projects. I dubbed for three OTT films last year and this year I’ve been busy singing on the BGM for Ayan Mukherjee’s upcoming film ‘Bramhastra’ for music director Pritam. Besides this, I’ve sung on several ad jingles, OTT projects, singles too. I also had the pleasure of composing a motivational song called ‘Badlega Ye Waqt’, a social wellness message ideated by renowned Life Coach Ashna Dhanuka, an established motivational speaker in India. It’s a fun ‘pop motivational’ song that will lift your spirits and get you grooving to the hook steps, while you sing along to the social message of being happy and positive minded during this pandemic, conveying the thought that good times will come and we must do our bit to stay safe. This song is released on my own Indie music label.

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5 emerging LGBTQ+ R&B stars you need on your radar




11 June 2021, 10:00

5 emerging LGBTQ+ R&B stars you need on your radar
5 emerging LGBTQ+ R&B stars you need on your radar.


Trailblazers. Trend-setters. Innovators. This is the new generation of LGBTQ+ musicians leading the way.

Inclusion and representation within music is really important, so it’s incredible to see so many talented and emerging LGBTQ+ artists truly putting their stamp on the industry.

June is Pride Month, so we’re celebrating the new generation of smooth R&B crooners who are trailblazing their way to the top and inspiring their listeners to find their voice.

You’re going to want to keep an eye on these bright young stars, because they’re here to stay.

  1. Arlo Parks

    West London’s Arlo Parks has already scooped herself up a BRIT Award for Best New Artist, and it’s no wonder – the singer-songwriter is absolutely spellbinding.

    Parks, who is openly bisexual, made waves with her melancholy single ‘Black Dog’ in 2020, while popular singles ‘Caroline’ and ‘Hope’ followed.

    Parks described coming out at the age of 17 as a “spontaneous decision, just another part of my world”, and often cites fellow LGBTQ+ artist Frank Ocean as one of her biggest inspirations.

  2. Kaash Paige

    R&B starlet Kaash Paige is living proof of just how powerful social media can be when it comes to propelling new artists.

    The Dallas native flew to fame on SoundCloud and TikTok with her viral smash hit ‘Love Songs’ and was soon snapped up by Def Jam Recordings.

    Paige is openly bisexual and says she uses her sexuality to her advantage when it comes to her music, rather than letting it limit her.

    “I find it cool because it’s like I’m speaking from a male and a female perspective at the same time,” she told the Dallas Observer, “So I feel like that’s why everybody really f**ks with me.”

  3. Hope Tala

    If you like your music to sound like long, lazy summer days, then Hope Tala and her heavenly vocals are right up your street.

    The London-raised singer-songwriter blends R&B and soul with thoughtful storytelling to form her addictive mellow sound, and has spoken openly about how important LGBTQ+ visibility is to her when it comes to her music.

    “I want everyone to be able to like my music, no matter of creed, race, religion, gender, or sexuality. If I hadn’t had that music, I would have struggled quite a lot, so I’m really conscious of the fact that there are people out there who need to feel seen and represented,” she told Gay Times.

    “When I was a teenager and questioning my own sexuality, it was really useful for me to be able to listen to music that mirrored that experience, she added, citing queer artist Kehlani as one of her biggest inspirations.

  4. Seeva

    British-Asian artist Seeva writes songs that are so beautifully introspective, it’s like taking a look inside his diary.

    A fusion of electronic sounds, delicate, soulful vocals, and deeply personal songwriting, Seeva’s music is already achieving critical acclaim.

    The queer singer released his debut album, We Need To Talk, in 2020.

    “I wanted to prove to myself that I could dive in deep and be honest with myself about mental health, heartbreak, sexuality and just growing up in our society,” he told Music Crowns, “and finishing the album during lockdown allowed me time to reflect and write even more intensely.”

  5. Joy Oladokun

    Nigerian-American musician Joy Oladokun is blossoming right in front of our eyes.

    In 2019, she made huge waves with her single ‘Sunday’ which she described as the song “that 12-year-old Joy, seated in the back of church youth group, needed to hear.”

    “She needed to hear that you can be queer and happy. Queer and healthy. Queer and holy. She needed to see married women kissing and playing with their kids.”

    Oladokun, who recently dropped a song with Maren Morris, is destined for greatness.

Together with giffgaff, we’re encouraging you to pick up the phone to talk, listen, learn and stay connected, especially with those in the LGBTQ+ community this Pride Month. Find out more here.

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