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Drake on Macklemore's Grammy message to Kendrick Lamar: Apology was 'wack as f---'

Here’s a #latergram for Macklemore: Drake thinks the Can’t-Be-Holden star’s choice to post his private apology to Kendrick Lamar for taking home the Best Rap Album Grammy last month on his public Instagram was not a little bit of humble, little bit of cautious.

More succinctly, “that s— was wack as f—.”

“I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message?” Drake tells Rolling Stone in their current issue. “Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music. It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?” READ FULL STORY

Beyonce's brand new album -- stream samples of all the songs and videos here

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Ah, what innocents we were—going to sleep last night in a world with only four Beyoncé studio albums, and waking up to the bizzonkers news blitz that is her self-titled no. 5. (Read Nick Catucci’s review here.)

“I see music,” Beyoncé said in a statement about the many videos that accompany the album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

She also talked about the irregular nature of Beyoncé‘s sudden release. “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she said. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

EW’s music critic Nick Catucci is hard at work in his music-critic terrarium, prepping a full review of the album which will be up on EW.com this afternoon. (Update: Here’s the review!) In the meantime, though, you can take a look at the full run of the album’s video snippets (there are visual clips for each of Beyonce‘s 14 tracks, plus three bonuses), and draw your own conclusions:

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Drake won't be on tonight's Grammy Nominations show

Tonight’s Grammy Nominations Concert Live! will be star-studded, though one prominent musician with one of the biggest releases of the year won’t be present after all.

Citing a scheduling conflict with his nationwide Would You Like a Tour? trek, Drake pulled out of the show. That’s a strange excuse, because it looked as though his schedule was designed specifically around performing at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles tonight—he last played a show on Wednesday night in Tacoma, WA, and is scheduled to be in Kansas City, MO, on Saturday night. He could have made that flight pretty breezily.

Then again, tour logistics being what they are, sometimes the best laid plans go awry. It’s also possible that Drake is looking for an extra night of down time between dates, which is reasonable considering the amount of energy he expends every night just giving shout-outs to people in the upper decks of sold-out arenas.

Either way, Drake will almost certainly be getting a nomination or two for Nothing Was the Same, which was released just under the Grammy calendar deadline and is one of the best-selling and best-reviewed releases of the year.

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! airs tonight at 10 PM on CBS and will feature performances by Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Robin Thicke. LL Cool J will run the show, which will unveil the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards that will be given out on Sunday, January 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Watch Drake's 'Worst Behavior' video, featuring cameos by his dad, Juicy J, and more

Drake may be the greatest rapper alive. Perhaps he’s also the hardest working man in show business. And when it comes to making music videos, he’s Johnny on the spot: Always ready with ideas—some great, others head-scratching, and many of them pretty damn funny.

For “Worst Behavior,” a monster of a song, he has made a sprawling 10-minute video. He calls in—or grants—a bunch of favors, creating cameos for his dad, Dennis Graham, and Juicy J and Project Pat, who feature opposite OVO crew members Ryan and O’Brien a skit that’s certainly hilarious enough to watch once: READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Drake takes over Barclays in Brooklyn

Drake may be the greatest rapper alive.  And now we might want to crown him the hardest working man in showbiz, too. On the New York stop of his “Would You Like a Tour?” at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night (Oct. 28), the Toronto rapper emerged in workout-appropriate sneakers and a baby blue outfit that could’ve been a high-end take on the classic Canadian tuxedo, issued a formal introduction (“I go by the name of Aubrey Drake Graham”) and proceeded to pull out every last stop in romancing “one of the best audiences I have ever played for in my life.”

About three quarters of the way through the show, that included mounting a huge circular platform that dropped down from the ceiling and allowed him to call out section numbers in the nosebleeds, note women’s features that he liked (long legs, red hair) and chat up individuals in the crowd: “Hey, I see you in that Commes des Garçon hoodie … You! You’re clapping like you at a Miley Cyrus show …” If that soon seemed like a Borscht Belt routine (and it especially did when he described two men wearing suits as “Bernstein and Feldman over here”), the larger effort drew from the long tradition of soulmen wooing females from the stage. READ FULL STORY

The BE(s)T of the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013

The BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired last night on – you guessed it – BET, is not your average awards show. First, it’s not a live. The awards were filmed in Atlanta on September 28th and the full list of winners were announced in advance of the broadcast. Second, it’s really not about the winners’ reveal, it’s all about the performances and the cyphers.

Last night’s broadcast was a tightly packed two hours with a few standouts and one notable winner overall. Drake and Kendrick Lamar took home the most awards, but it was K.dot who left the most lasting impression. Let’s take a look at some of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ bests: READ FULL STORY

Chart report: Drake has No. 1 album, Lorde grabs top spot on Hot 100

It’s the attack of the mononyms!

And international ones, too: The Toronto-repping Drake scored big with his third album Nothing Was the Same, which debuted at No. 1 this week, while New Zealand teenager Lorde saw her breakout single “Royals” ascend to the top of the Hot 100.

Let’s start with Drizzy, since his numbers are especially impressive: The rapper’s latest wound up selling 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That easily gives the Canadian the year’s second-biggest sales week, just behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 968,000 bow.

As Billboard notes, it’s the biggest debut for any rap album since Lil Wayne’s 2011 Tha Carter IV. (FYI, it also beats Drake’s own 2011 release Take Care, which hit 631,000 its first week out).

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New Album Roundup: Read EW's reviews of Justin Timberlake, Drake, Icona Pop, and more

Every Tuesday morning in New Album Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Justin Timberlake, Drake, Elton John, Danny Brown, Icona Pop, and CHVRCHES. 

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2  The 20/20 Experience found Timberlake and longtime collaborator Timbaland turning the latter’s signature syncopated funk into a strangely insular experience. Apparently the producer saved his haymakers for round 2, because he’s in full classic-Timba mode here…. Those throwback blasts give 2 of 2 a more immediate punch than its predecessor, even as 2 falls prey to the same pitfalls.” (Click here for Kyle Anderson’s full review.)

Drake, Nothing Was the Same  Nothing Was the Same bristles with epiphanies, absurdities, and plenty of bluster, but it’s all fodder for a hyper-realistic portrait of Aubrey Drake Graham, not some coronation ceremony…. Meanwhile, the music itself, largely produced by his stalwart collaborator Noah ’40′ Shebib, explores affinities with songs that overlap and build on each other. It’s a thinking rapper’s paradise.” (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)

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Drake avenges his kidnapped lady love in 'Hold On, We're Going Home' video: Watch it here

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Today marks the long-awaited release of Drake’s excellent new album Nothing Was The Same. (Check out EW music critic Nick Catucci’s take on the album here.)

But Drake isn’t done dropping new material today: He just released the video for the single “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” In the clip, directed by The Matrix and Spider-Man cinematographer Bill Pope, Drake’s lady gets kidnapped by some gangsters, which transforms Drake and his crew into a balaclava-wearing, machine gun shooting SWAT team to infiltrate a warehouse where the thugs are hiding out.

Between his deep croon and the flashiness of the video, we get the sense that Drake is a passionate devotee of the R. Kelly videos that featured Ronald Isley as Mr. Biggs.

Check out the seven minute action movie below, and enjoy that A$AP Rocky cameo: READ FULL STORY

Drake talks Kendrick Lamar's controversial 'Control' verse: 'It was a moment'

When it comes to grabbing the title for the best rapper alive, Drake is more concerned about consistency, not “moments.”

On the promotional run for his album Nothing Was The Same, the Canadian rapper stopped by New York University’s Skirball Center on Sunday for an interview with rap journalist Elliot Wilson as a part of the CRWN live interview series presented by Myspace where he addressed a myriad of topics including his thoughts on Lamar’s now-infamous verse on Big Sean’s “Control.”

“That verse, he’s giving people moments,” Drake said. “That verse was a moment to talk about. He didn’t come in there on some wild, ‘I’m in New York, f**k everybody.’ I almost wish he had come in there on that shit because I kind of lost a little bit of respect for the sentiment of the verse.’ If it’s really ‘fuck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘fuck everybody.’ It can’t just be halfway.”

Apparently, his views on the verse have changed some since he spoke to Billboard about the topic in August, but Drake says he’s way past the lyrical banter and is focused on other aspects of Lamar’s work now:

“Are you listening to it now? At this point?” Drake asked about the “Control” verse. “I can’t wait to see what he does because now it’s time to show and prove consistency. It’s been, like, one album. Consistency is make more than one album. I look forward to seeing what he does. He’s super f**king talented. When it comes to competition, I’m more worried about consistency, about bodies of work. I’m talking about hit records, that’s Kanye West. He’s always going to be the guy who’s trying to out think and out-do. That’s my guy that I aspire to surpass.”

MySpace will premiere Drake’s CRWN interview with Elliot Wilson in three installments starting this Wednesday.

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