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DJ Mustard f/Jeremih & Nicki Minaj "Don't Hurt Me" (Def Jam) Click Hear for audio sample of DJMustardNickiMinajJeremih-DontHurtMe
DJ Snake f/George Maple "Talk" (Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of DJSnakeFeatGeorgeMaple-Talk
French Montana f/Drake "No Shopping" (BB/YMCMB/Republic-Epic) Click Hear for audio sample of FrenchMontanaFeatDrake-NoShopping
Mike Posner "Be As You Are" (Island/Republic) Click Hear for audio sample of MikePosner-BeAsYouAre
Shawn Mendes "Treat You Better" (Island/Republic) Click Hear for audio sample of ShawnMendes-TreatYouBetter

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Tinashe "Superlove" (RCA) Click Hear for audio sample of Tinashe-SuperLove

After one week out of the top position, Drake's hit album Views is #1 once more on the Billboard 200. It earned another 92,000 equivalent album units during the past charting week, according to Nielsen Music. Views is just the 10th album in the last 20 years to spend at least 10 weeks at #1, reports Billboard. Views has been a massive streaming success, but is also the second-best selling album thus far in 2016, after Adele's 25.
    Rapper Schoolboy Q has the highest debut of the week, with Blank Face LP landing at #2 with 74,000 units, 52,000 of which were traditional album sales, giving him the best-selling release of the week.
    Last week's #1 album, California by Blink-182, slips to #3, followed by Twenty One Pilots with Blurryface at #4. The cast recording of Hamilton hits #5, followed by Rihanna at #6 and Beyoncé at #7. Veteran rockers Chevelle debut at #8 with The North Corridor, giving the Chicago band their fourth Top 10 album. Adele is at #9 and the Top 10 is rounded out with a debut from Switchfoot's new album Where The Light Shines Through.

The drama between Kanye West and Taylor Swift returned to the headlines overnight, as West's wife Kim Kardashian released recordings of the two superstars talking on the phone. Kardashian leaked the recordings, which she had recently told GQ existed but could not release due to a threat from Swift's attorney.
    On the recordings, West and Swift discuss the lyric in his song "Famous," where he says, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex." Swift tells him, "I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice," adding, "For you to ask me if I'd be okay with it, I really appreciate it. I'd never expect you to tell me about a line in your song."
    Swift had previously denied being aware of the lyric, especially since the track also includes West saying "I made that bitch famous."
    Following the leak, Swift released a statement via Instagram telling her side of the story. The statement reads: "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world. Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009." And the drama is still developing!

Following his new album Blank Face LP debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200, Schoolboy Q has announced a world tour for the rest of 2016. The North American leg begins in Indianapolis on August 30 and runs up to October 29 in Milwaukee. The rapper will spend early November in Australia and New Zealand before touring Europe from mid-November until mid-December.

Beyoncé and Adele are among the nominees announced this morning for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Adele's concert special Live In New York City was nominated for five Emmys: Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Lighting Design/Direction and Outstanding Technical Direction. Beyoncé’s Lemonade short film, which debuted on HBO, earned four nominations: Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Production Design and Outstanding Picture Editing. 
    The Netflix documentary on Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone?, was nominated for six Emmys as well. Other notable nominees from the music world include Lady Gaga’s song “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground and the Saturday Night Live episode from last season hosted by Ariana Grande.

Sean "Diddy" Combs and his Bad Boy Entertainment will release a box set celebrating two decades of music next month. Bad Boy 20th Anniversary compiles 80 songs over five discs, along with a 64-page book. "Bad Boy helped make hip hop what it is today -- and this collection highlights all the music, history and vision that made Bad Boy number 1," Combs said in a statement to Billboard. The Bad Boy 20th Anniversary box set will be released on August 12.

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