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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.

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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.

MTV VMAs 2013: 10 things you didn't see on TV

Another MTV Video Music Awards is in the rearview, and this year brought us Katy Perry’s boxing pantomime, Lady Gaga’s seashells in the flesh, and Justin Timberlake’s 20 minutes of magic.

But not every great moment was found by the television cameras, which is why EW was inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to watch what happened in between, and to take notes while wiping away the sweat caused by Drake’s pyrotechnics. Check out some highlights from the view inside the building.

1. DJ Cassidy provided the pre-show and between-segment entertainment inside the Barclays Center, and while nobody cared much about him as they were taking their seats, he accidentally inspired some of the night’s biggest reactions. Case in point: During one commercial break, he spun Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which inspired a pretty intense singalong even as the show was coming back on the air.

2. The stage crew working the MTV VMAs were super busy, as always: They hustled to deconstruct Lady Gaga’s elaborate set following her show-opening performance, and had to build what was essentially an entire third stage—the one that the other four members of NSYNC emerged from—over the course of a single commercial break. (It was mostly seamless.) READ FULL STORY

Drake responds to Amanda Bynes sex tweet: 'It's a little weird and disturbing'

Back in March, onetime Lucille Ball cypher and current professional crazy person Amanda Bynes unleashed what is undoubtedly the greatest tweet in the short history of Twitter: Apropos of nothing, she announced, “I want @drake to murder my vagina.”

A month later, she decided that he was ugly. How did Drake process Bynes’ shifting enthusiasm for him?

Very calmly but with profound confusion, as it turns out. In an interview with XXL, Drake was asked about the tweets and said, “I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about. If that is her, I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing. It’s obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me. Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going.”

So to recap: Even if Bynes still wanted Drake to end the life of her birth canal, he wouldn’t be into it, and in fact would be skeptical that such a request was actually legitimate. Thanks, Internet!

Meanwhile, Bynes remains in involuntary psychiatric hold in California, and Drake’s new album Nothing Was the Same will be out in September.

Drake teams with 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Aziz Ansari for 'All Me': Hear it here

As you probably know by now, Aziz Ansari is a friend of rap. Now thanks to Drake, the cuddly comedian is getting immortalized in song form: his douchey Randy character kicks of Drizzy’s latest, “All Me.”

Of course, he’s not the only guest; Big Sean and 2 Chainz also make sizable contributions to the track. Listen to it below, and let us know if you also think it’s kind of funny to hear 2 Chainz rap about Toronto:

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BET Awards: Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj win; Justin Timberlake performs with Charlie Wilson

Who won video of the year again?

The BET Awards were barely about the actual awards as wild performances stole the night. They also didn’t present the top honor Sunday.

Janelle Monae ended the three and a half hour-plus event with a top notch performance of “Q.U.E.E.N.” alongside Erykah Badu, who brought a white poodle onstage. It was just one of the night’s best performances, which also featured stolen moments from a seductive Ciara, a slick Miguel, a random — but welcomed — reggae set and a playful Justin Timberlake with an even more playful Charlie Wilson.

Timberlake took a backseat to the soul singer, joining Wilson onstage for a medley of his solo and Gap Band hits.

Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie were also part of the tribute to 60-year-old Wilson, who earned the lifetime achievement award.
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Drake leads BET Awards with 12 nominations

He started from the bottom, but now he’s on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations.

BET announced the nominees Tuesday. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are up for 8 awards each. READ FULL STORY

Drake releases 'one for the city' with '5am in Toronto' video: Watch it here

“That might be like my first viral video,” Drake wrote in a Twitter post after October’s Very Own tweeted out the “5am in Toronto” video.

“Doing it for the city this time around,” Drizzy continued. “Well every time but this time especially.”

So, what did the city get? Pretty much just three-or-so minutes of dark footage of Drake and his crew walking around like they own the town and catching a particularly raunchy match of night volleyball.

How does it compare with Drake’s recent “Started From the Bottom” video? Well, that expansive, all-around badass clip gave its song a giant boost. And since this new one doesn’t feature an all-white-wearing Drake jumping out of a white car in the middle of a snowstorm… well, we’ll let you decide.

Take a look a the “5am in Toronto” clip below:

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