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Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Debuts At No. 2 In This Week’s Album Sales (5/21/2014)

Michael Jackson was all the talk this weekend. During the Billboard Music Awards, there was a special segment dedicated to the King Of Pop, where he “returned” in a form of a hologram...

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Tech N9ne’s ‘Strangeulation’ Cracks Top 5 In This Week’s Album Sales (5/14/2014)

For 13 non-sequential weeks, Disney’s Frozen soundtrack has been at No. 1. This week, Now That”s What I Call Music! 50 debuts with 153,000 copies that knocks out Frozen and puts the compilation at the top...

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iggy azalea the new classic interview
For Iggy Azalea, it's been a long wait to reach this point. The 23-year-old Australian rapper with a Def Jam deal and a co-sign from the King Of The South, T.I., has been prepping for the release of her major label debut, The New Classic, out today (Apr. 22), for nearly three years, with pushbacks and label confusion muddying the waters. Having been affiliated with Interscope and Grand Hustle before her current Def Jam deal since she first announced the album in December of 2011, she's been caught up in a dizzying purgatory that has seen her drop an EP and mixtape in the interim while trying to keep fans' attention focused on her long-awaited debut.

But finally the day is here, and despite some last-second pushbacks (again) that meant the album dropped a week after its final release date, The New Classic is on shelves today. Featuring the likes of Tip, Charli XCX, Mavado, Rita Ora and Watch The Duck, Azalea is expanding her reach as she sticks to her hip-hop roots, mixing pop and rap into her own blend of hip-hop. She's also begun exploring some new interests through the series of movie-inspired music videos she's dropped in the run up, from the Clueless-inspired "Fancy" to the Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert-themed "Work," as she delves into writing songs for movie soundtracks like The Other Woman, the new movie starring Nicki Minaj, and Million Dollar Arm, out in May.

Azalea kicks off her New Classic Tour tomorrow night in Boston, and in the buildup to the album's release, the 2012 XXL Freshman People's Champ spoke to XXL about the long wait for the album, her love of movies, and her relationship with Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, among other topics. The wait is over. Dan Rys
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Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’ Dips To No. 5 In This Week’s Album Sales (5/7/2014)

Disney’s soundtrack to Frozen holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 again. With its 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, Frozen is one of only 39 albums in the history to have spent at least 13 weeks at No...

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“Testify”

August Alsina: I might as well give you my all and here it is. It is in your face. It’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I’m telling you who I am. I am opening up the album out the gate and letting you know who I am and where I come from. You can really understand me, and it also lets me grab your attention. Let you know that this ain’t a joke. It’s called “Testify” because that’s what I am doing. For me and for every other person that’s just like me, 'cause there are so many people in the world that have similar stories to me, that comes from a struggle. So that’s what it really was about. I just felt that was the appropriate way to come on the album. This is August Alsina from day one to the man that you know me now.

Anytime you just being 100, it just comes naturally. I don’t know if you heard my EP, but you know how I had those interludes whenever I am talking and shit, it’s like a lot of times songs come from a conversation. You know, niggas going back and really listening to it and what I am saying. All I do is transfer that and speak from my heart.

I had a conversation with my dog, Sean. It’s crazy ‘cause so much of my music, like I said, comes from a conversation. Me and Sean, we’ve been writing together from day one. Sean Penn. It’s a conversation we had. It’s not even one conversation, it’s conversations over time. Just shit that I go through like everyday. He’s older and that’s my nigga. I holler at him in any and every thing. Advice, whatever the next. Just shit that I go through in a daily basis.

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August Alsina’s ‘Testimony’ Debuts At No. 2 In This Week’s Album Sales (4/23/2014)

Disney’s Frozen soundtrack does it again. According to Billboard, the album sits at No. 1 for the 11th week with 259,000 copies sold. Fueled by Easter weekend, Frozen jumped in sales from his previous week, where it only sold 133,000 copies...

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Reaches Double Platinum Status In This Week’s Album Sales (4-16-2014)

Disney’s Frozen soundtrack is on an unstoppable run. According to Billboard’s Nielsen SoundScan numbers, the album sold 133,000 copies, which places it at the 10th consecutive spot at No...

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YG’s ‘My Krazy Life’ Remains In The Top 10 In This Week’s Albums Sales (4-1-2014)

Last week, YG’s My Krazy Life sold 61,000 copies and topped the charts at No. 2. The following week hasn’t been as promising for the Compton rapper, where he only sold about 20,000 copies and fell to No...

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Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′ Goes Double Platinum In This Week’s Album Sales (3-19-2014)

Eminem’s latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, is officially double platinum. Em’s LP sold 13,000 copies this week, which allowed him to cross the two million mark...

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Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’ Debuts At No. 1 In This Week’s Album Sales (3-9-2014)

In this week’s sales, Rick Ross’ Mastermind is No. 1 on the charts. Ross' sixth studio album has sold 179,000 copies, according to Billboard...

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ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ Debuts At No. 1 In This Week’s Album Sales (3-5-2014)

ScHoolboy Q was forecasted to debut at No. 1 with Oxymoron. As predicted, ScHoolboy holds the top spot with 139,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan via Billboard...

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Tops This Week’s Album Sales (2-26-2014)

In this week’s sales, Disney’s soundtrack to Frozen is No. 1 on the charts. The compilation has sold 89,000 copies, according to Billboard...

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