Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s collaboration ‘WAP’ has broken the US record for the most first-week streams for a song.
The track was confirmed as being the new US number one on the Hot 100 by Billboard yesterday (August 17), earning Cardi her fourth US number one single and Megan her second.
‘WAP’ drew 93 million US streams in the week ending August 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — the most for any track ever in its first week of release, surpassing Ariana Grande’s 85.3 million first-week streams for ‘7 Rings’ that she amassed back in February 2019.
Cardi and Megan’s collaboration is also the fourth Hot 100 number one in 2020 to be credited to two or more women (and no other billed acts), joining Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain On Me’, Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’ featuring Beyoncé and Doja Cat‘s ‘Say So’ featuring Nicki Minaj.
WAP has been a controversial single to say the least, yet Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have proven its commercial viability despite the explicit nature of the song. Here’s to more number ones for powerful female duos.
Why oh why oh why would you think we are championing the amazing Vina Rose well let us tell you right here right now ok …Vina Rose has performed alongside the likes of Italian superstars Andrea Bocelli, Zucchero, Alexia and Giorgia, both across numerous festivals and on television. Similarly, Vina has appeared on TV shows around the world: on the BBC (acting in the production Victoria and Albert -The Royal Wedding) and ITV as well as hugely popular worldwide hits such as Dancing with the Stars and MTV Unplugged. Despite these massive achievements, Vina opted to leave the comforts of her Milanese base and move to London where she could share her talents with a larger, more diverse audience. Vina’s tracks alternate between elegant ballads to EDM pop to soul and rock, incorporating subtleties in each to bring her own unique sound. The track Crossroads reflects on this seismic change in her life which has seen her leave behind a successful career in Italian media to perfect her craft in London.
And as if that is not enough let us tell you a bit more, sit down get your glass of Vino and let us tell you that Vina has worked with musicians including Ralph Salmins (previously drummer and collaborator with the likes of Paul McCartney, George Martin, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Madonna, James Brown, Tom Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross and Burt Bacharach) and Steve Walters, bass player for George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and many others to create a timeless selection of songs which present her as a brutally honest, passionate performer of the highest order.
Born in Catania, Sicily, Vina made her name in Milan, before relocating permanently to London in 2017.
So now get to grips with the important bit, the music and don’t forget The Crossroads EP is out 24th of April.
Artist: Ang Low Title: UP Release: Album Released 22nd February Lead Track: Like I Do; Funny Weather; Memories F.F.O: Frank Ocean; Stevie Wonder; Blood Orange
“A rhythmic tour de force…Low’s falsetto is stunning” – The Line of Best Fit
“Music to reach your soul” – Clash
“A NYC producer with head-turning pop numbers up his sleeve” – DIY
“Everyone wants to have that something special in the music world, that bit of spark to make them stand out. Ang Low has it in both hands with his beautiful melodies” – Wonderland
“Low’s fusion of electro-R&B mixes chiming keyboards, fluttering synths and the singer’s dreamy falsetto, ultimately making for an effortlessly cool love song” – Diffuser
Ang Low defies easy categorisation, with the exception of one: effortless talent. With a golden voice, his is a story of constant discovery and change. From military brat and choir boy, to petty thug and rejuvenated alt-soul icon du jour, Ang Low has seen it all and bought the outrageous t-shirt.
In his latest collection of songs, he’s synthesized two essential sides of his history: that of angel-voiced gospel singer, and that of the gritty, dancehall sound tracked street hustler-turned-popstar. “Like I Do” is the introduction to UP, his forthcoming LP, a thrilling, thought-provoking, ingenious, occasionally preposterous collection of some of the finest songs you’ll hear all year.
Following the success of his earlier EPs – with his debut “Life Goes Down” (released via Universal Music Group) clearing over 1 million plays on Spotify – his forthcoming LP, “UP” is a clear move forward. Before his LP drops Ang steps into his own as a songwriter and storyteller, cooking up tales of love and heartache on the streets of his imagination, while the musical world behind him just… slaps. Originally setting course on a path to be an actor, a facial scar he received in a knife attack whilst he was serving a prison term prompted a complete re-evaluation of his aims, fearing his look would damage the range of roles he could be considered for.
Creating a visual and audible presence which is equal parts psychedelic space alien and alt-electro soul high priest, Ang Low is now based in Brooklyn, New York having relocated from his original home in Tacoma, Washington. UP is his masterpiece, a clarion call to freaks, misfits and disaffected lovers of dark love songs and felt-tip wonderlands.
Created with Brooklyn based songwriter/producer Andrew Fox (Domino Publishing) and production collective The Creamery, the music is truly Ang Low’s world – a surreal dayglo-gospel-dancehall feast for the ears.
Soulful starlet set to release sassy new single March 23rd
For those of you suffering from a serious case of the winter blues and in need of a little summer sound in your life, look no further than the latest single from up-and-coming starlet, Scarlet Baxter.
With an ever growing fan-base, Scarlet is hotly tipped to vividly break on to the national music scene this year, and deemed as “one to watch for 2015” by Kat Orman (BBC Oxford), Scarlet showcases all the potential signs of becoming Britain’s next pop princess.
Sound-wise, think nostalgic, 90’s R&B, with a soulful, current twist. With the help of her incredibly talented guitarist Dominic Ireland, and co-writers, John McLaughlin, Judd Mahoney & Natalie DeLucia, Scarlet has derived an entire catalogue of original material in only a year. Hot on the heels from her previous releases ‘Backsliding’ and ‘Stuck’- from which she received critical acclaim as being “the next woman of pop” – Cigarette Sounds.
Scarlet’s latest single ‘Down With It’ is a sassy, chimerical track – ridiculously catchy, guaranteed to be a hit on everyone’s summer playlist, and destined for the dance floor – you can check it out here! https://soundcloud.com/scarletbaxter/down-with-it
She’s a fierce, determined individual with killer vocals and plenty of charisma, and you can expect big things and huge tracks from her in 2015!