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Friday, March 27th, 2015


The rapper rules the chart, thanks to sales of his new album 'To Pimp a Butterfly.'

Kendrick Lamar has made the biggest vault to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 since the list launched eight months ago, rocketing 82-1 for his first week on top, powered by sales of his new album.

The Artist 100 is the first weekly survey dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Top Album Sales and the Social 50. The Artist 100 blends data measuring album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Kendrick Lamar Earns His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Lamar bests the 69-1 Artist 100 surge of Taylor Swift, whom he dethrones after 19 weeks at the summit, as she slips to No. 2; he handily dominates, boasting a two-to-one lead in overall chart points. Swift established the previous record jump when her 1989 bowed at No. 1 on Top Album Sales (Sept. 6, 2014). Likewise, Lamar's charge to No. 1, with a 2,248 percent gain in activity, according to Nielsen Music, is owed largely to To Pimp a Butterfly's debut at No. 1 on Top Album Sales (324,000); album sales account for 82 percent of his Artist 100 points sum.

Meanwhile, Lamar, who had previously ranked as high as No. 30, is the second rapper to lead the Artist 100. He follows Drake (now at No. 5), who reigned for two weeks beginning Feb. 28.

Joining Lamar, Swift and Drake in the Artist 100's top five, Maroon 5 drops 2-3 and Ed Sheeran holds at No. 4.



Rihanna has unleashed her new song. But you have to sign up to Dubsmash to hear it. 

The Barbados-raised singer had earlier teased the release of "Bitch Better Have My Money” (or “BBHMM”), her new single. RiRi shared news in the small hours of its release on Dubsmash, an app where users can video themselves lip-syncing to tunes. At the time of writing, the song hadn’t leaked in full though snippets can be heard through the iTunes link in her tweet. 

Head to Dubsmash for my new single #BBHMM!!

— Rihanna (@rihanna) March 26, 2015

The pop star recently shared details on her forthcoming eighth studio album. "I've made a lot of songs that are just really, really big songs. From the jump, they just blow up," she told MTV about the album. "And I wanted to kind of get back to - not that they weren't real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever." Rihanna also noted that the release will have a "timeless" vibe to it.



Carly Rae Jepsen fans are really, really, really going to like this news: the Canadian pop star is set to make her Saturday Night Live debut on the first Saturday of next month, and Mumford & Sons to return to the show the week after.



In further Khloé Kardashian-and-French Montana-are-totally-probably-maybe-dating-again news...

It turns out the are-they-or-aren't-they couple once again suggested that they areafter being spotted partying at the Red Bull Guest House in Miami alongside fellow celeb pals Diddy and Cassie.

A source tells E! News the foursome came in together and first went through the Public School gifting suite and were gifted a capsule collection of goodies (jealous!). Afterwards, French and Khloé went outside hand-in-hand to sit at the cabana by the pool together. 

"They were acting very much as a couple," the insider tells E! News. "French is all about Khloé and can't keep his eyes off of her," adding, "Khloé looks really great and fit. They are all enjoying their night so far!"

Along with the good company, the group along with others in the crowd danced to the tunes of DJ Guy Gerber.

VIDEO: Khloé hints at future with French Montana 

The duo have been sparking speculation of a reconciliation for some time now after being seen hanging out together in recent months.

Koko and sister Kylie Jenner were recently spotted out on the town to supportTyga and French Montana at a concert in Inglewood. The E! reality stars went to watch Chris Brown and Trey Songz serenade a sold-out crowd at The Forum and shared many a selfie during the show.

Their outing came on the heels of reports that Khloé joined the rapper for a beachy getaway in Key West, Fla, where E! News learned that the group may have also ventured off to a resort on the island of Sunset Key, which is only accessible by ferry from Key West.

Both stars have kept it pretty quiet when it comes to their relationship via social media, but it definitely seems like things are heating up again.



The dating speculation between Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris is in full force.

Swift and Harris have been seen mingling before, but this time it's a little different because they were spotted together at Whole Foods in Nashville. Yep, these two artists were grocery shopping together, and we all know that's not something you do with just anyone.

As if that alone wasn't enough, the pair were wearing matching outfits! Seriously! In a photo that surfaced on the Internet via a Calvin Harris fan-run Twitter account, Taylor and the EDM producer were snapped wearing a gray (or an olive green...the lighting isn't that great) top and black bottoms. Coincidence? We think not.

Furthermore, the 31-year-old deejay is currently touring (with a slated appearance for Lollapalooza in Brazil this weekend), but managed to make a pit stop in Nashville to see the singer. How sweet!

Now, to be fair, these two could just be working on music together. After all, inside sources at the 2015 Brit Awards reportedly claimed that the two artists "have a mutual respect for each other's work, and spent most of the evening talking about music."

Additionally, the source said that "Taylor is producing more dance music now and would love to write a track with Calvin."

Plus, Harris shockingly revealed during a radio interview with Capital Breakfast earlier this month that he would swipe left on Taylor if he came across her profile on Tinder.

"She's just the opposite of my type. She looks lovely, she's the opposite of my type, so I would just go left," he said, and later explained that he likes brunettes.

But he could have been lying to keep whatever is going on here on the down-low? Or maybe he changed his mind? Or maybe he really doesn't care for blonds and they're just friends?



Ed Sheeran is making our hearts melt once again!

The 24-year-old singer recently surprised a happy couple on their wedding day to sing for their first dance. The surprise stunt was organized by the Australian radio show Kyle & Jackie O for Sydney lovebirds Kya and Matt Debono.

In a video of the nuptials, Kya and Matt get ready for their first dance before the radio hosts walk in and say, "It is time for our first dance, and that is a very memorable moment at a wedding. So we wanted to make your first dance a little bit more special today. We're going to leave you with a little wedding singer we organized and we hope you enjoy, everyone."

Cue Sheeran! The Brit star walks in as the newlyweds gasp in excitement.

"Happy wedding day!" Sheeran says to the couple before belting out his super-romantic hit song "Thinking Out Loud." Matt and Kya dance and kiss to the tune and Sheeran sings.

After the sweet surprise performance, Kya tells Sheeran, "You're amazing, thank you!" Sheeran replies, "Have a good day. Make lots of babies tonight!"

Sheeran also shared a cute pic of himself posing with the couple on Instagram, writing, "Just surprised this lovely couples first dance. Available for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvah's, contact your local super market for details."

Watch the heartwarming video for yourself!



Zayn Malik isn't just walking away from his One Direction bandmates; he's also leaving a multimillion-dollar payday behind.

E! News caught up with ForbesZack O'Malley Greenburg to find out exactly what's financially at stake for the young pop star.

"Last year, we had One Direction [estimated] at $75 million, which put them in our top 10 on our Celebrity 100 list. It is mostly fueled by live shows but also record sales and merchandise sales," Greenburg shared.

And while the 1D guys "played about 70 shows in the past 12 months," it seems like that would "definitely put them on track to meet if not exceed that $75 million figure for the next year."

Greenburg explained that while Malik "is walking away from a lot of money," that $75 million is pre-tax and "before all the agents and managers take their cuts, and then you divide it by five. It is still millions of dollars, but it isn't quite as outrageous as it looks on the surface."

He continued, "Could [Malik] do a fifth of the business on his own that One Direction is doing? I don't know, it would be tough, but don't forget that these guys have something that these other boy bands didn't have, which is social media, and they have a direct line to their fans and a way to retain the audience that boy bands of the past haven't had."Wednesday morning, Malik broke the news in a Facebook post that he was exiting the band:

"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologize to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."



- Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith sent each of his players $200 after he died. His trust executed the request with a note that read: "Enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."


Taylor Swift has made Fortune magazine's second annual list of the “World’s Greatest Leaders”. She is #6 and ahead of Bill and Melinda Gates (18), Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg (25) and Jimmy Fallon (45).

As for Swift, the magazine says: "She has crossed swords with Spotify, embraced corporate sponsorship, and moved to secure dozens of trademarks.''

Barack Obama did not make the list.



The Daily Beast claims Willie Nelson is launching his own marijuana brand called 'Willie's Reserve'. A brand spokesman tells the site that Willie plans to open stores where he will sell his weed as well as others. ''There will be our own, and then there will be opportunities for other growers, who meet quality standards. Let’s just call it the anti-Walmart model. Personally, internally, that’s what we call it. A certain standard by which growers have to account for carbon and such, in a way that empowers small growers who are doing the right thing. It will be like when you walk into a Whole Foods store. Whole Foods has their 365 brand, or you can buy Stony Brook, or you can buy Horizon… It’ll all fall under that umbrella of “here’s our core beliefs, and here’s our mission statement,” and they will be a part of that, to be a part of us.''


OK! magazine claims Jon Gosselin may run for office. They quote him as saying: I’m contemplating running for office. Like political office, so I have a meeting but I’m still hesitant on that because I’m more intimidated, even though politics is kind of like entertainment, it’s just a different kind of world. State representative. But I haven’t made a formal announcement yet, but I have to soon. Actually I have to make an official announcement by January of next year because they are two year terms. There’s a lot of stuff I have to put in place.”


Naughty Gossip claims Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper looked 'friendly' at the premiere of “Serena” this past weekend. A source tells the site: “Bradley was looking forward to seeing Jennifer at the after-party to the premiere – they had a lot to catch up on. He was very handsy and she laughed at every word he said. People immediately started talking about how great of a couple they would be…”


InTouch Weekly claims Paul Walker is going to be honored at the "Furious 7" premiere. A source tells the mag: “Paul’s father and mother are going to come, as well as his daughter, Meadow, and all of his brothers. The studio is planning a special tribute to commemorate the event and are working with his family to decide exactly what that will be. Regardless, they're planning to donate a ton of proceeds from the film to honor Paul’s foundation Reach Out World Wide and everyone feels that this is something that will not only honor Paul, but his legacy as well.”


Michael Strahan tells Rumor Fix that his brothers called him BOB growing up.“You know what Bob stands for? Booty on back, which means I was chubby. My commitment was to keep my brother and his friends from calling me Bob.''

He used Jane Fonda workout tapes and the Herschel Walker Workout Book to get in shape.



Contact Music claims Britney Spears is taking pre-algebra classes in order to help her sons with their homework. The site quotes her as saying: ''They go to a really hard school, and this week we had three hours of homework [a night]. Some of it is hard for me. Next year when [Preston's] in fifth grade, he's going to be doing pre-algebra, and I'm taking classes so I know how to do it! If they get so many A's, they get one toy a month. Preston just asked for a high allowance like $10 a week or $20 a week - but we'll see.''


Justin Bieber came to a mountaintop and then did something really bizarre this week on a hike. The Biebs was roaming Runyon Canyon when he passed a hiker and his wife, who recognized him and said, "Hey Biebs, what's up?" So began a 20-minute reflective conversation in which Bieber opined about life, L.A. and fame. The hiker, Mike Maedke, tells us, as they sat on a bench looking down on the haze of Hollywood, Bieber said, "It's so chaotic down there." Bieber then talked about how much he missed Canada, and then a random woman passed by with her dog. Bieber got down on his knees and played with the mutt. The conversation continued, as if Bieber had no place to go and no one to talk to. But all good things must come to an end. Two girls came along and started screaming Bieber's name, so he gave Mike a fist bump and started walking away. But there was one piece of unfinished business. Mike wanted a pic but wasn't conversant in the art form, so Biebs taught him how to take a selfie. And that's a day in the park with Justin. (TMZ)


Pregnant Kate Middleton Continues to Show Support for Children Struggling With Mental Health, Hopes to End Society's Stigma. Ahead of the birth of her second child, Kate Middleton is continuing her mission to aid children struggling with mental health. In a message to the U.K.'s The Times, the Duchess of Cambridge says great strides have been made to improve the stigma of adult mental illness, and she hopes the same will happen for children struggling with psychological issues. "I have been heartened to see that so much progress has been made in ending the taboo of adults openly treating mental well-being as the health issue it is," Middleton said in a message to The Times. "I believe that our generation of parents, carers, teachers, and health workers now have the chance to give the mental health of our children the focus it requires." Prince William's wife is due "mid-to-end" of April, and the 33-year-old royal is expected to make her final public appearance before giving birth on Friday. "I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help," Prince George's mama continued. "Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties." Middleton is the Royal Patron of Place2Be, a nonprofit organization providing mental health services to kids in schools, mainly those in areas of socioeconomic deprivation. She has served as patron of the organization since 2013, and last month, she paid a visit to a hospital school to meet with children struggling with psychological illness. "This is a discussion that William and I hope to play a part in during the months and years to come," Middleton told The Times, suggesting she hopes to further her children's charity work after the birth of royal baby No. 2. 


Kendall Jenner Nabs Another Major Modeling Gig For Calvin Klein Jeans. Kendall Jenner is the new face for Calvin Klein, but it's not for what we thought! Following rumors of the model's participation in a Calvin Klein Underwear campaign, the brand announced on Twitter that, yep, we got Kendall -- but for a limited edition denim series which will be available at Opening Ceremony on April 15 as well as Calvin Klein's website beginning May 15. "Modeling for Calvin Klein Jeans is really a dream come true," Kendall said in a statement about the new partnership. "I've grown up wearing the brand and seeing the iconic advertising in magazines and on billboards featuring some of the world's top supermodels. To now be a part of that legacy is truly an honor." (The model, who's obviously super-excited, also posted the announcement to her Instagram.) The 19-year-old model poses in a series of shots (including a sexy forehead-to-forehead snap with model Simon Nessman) for the new collection wearing crop tops, high-waisted demim and overalls. This collection, which will feature jeans, logo tees, sweatshirts and joggers, as well as unisex backpacks and hats, was largely influenced by Calvin Klein's wide-reaching "#mycalvins" social media campaign, which many celebs-including Kendall and Justin Bieber-participated in. The big announcement comes after an even bigger week for the star model: Kendall is appearing in the April issue of Vogue alongside Justin and bestie Gigi Hadid for a spread that dubbed them the "new brat pack." Her latest video for Estee Lauder's new Courreges collection was released on Monday. Can't stop Kendall! (Eonline)


Harry Styles Cries on Stage, Joins Liam Payne in Tweeting About Zayne Malik's Exit From One Direction. They say time heals all wounds, but since Zayn Malik announced his departure from One Direction only Wednesday, it's safe to say the hurt is still very fresh for Directioners everywhere. But no one seemed more saddened by the sudden loss than Harry Styles, who was filmed crying onstage during the band's first scheduled concert without Zayn in Jakarta. Dressed in all black, Harry stepped away from his three other bandmates to wipe away some tears he started to shed. In addition to wearing his heart on his sleeve while performing, Harry also tweeted about Zayn's decision, writing, "All the love as always. H." His tweet came after fellow member Liam Payne also posted about the shocking news. At first he cracked a joke on Twitter, posting a photo of the band in which he covers up Zayn's face and captioning it, "#makinglightofasituation sorry for the laughs guys." But the joke might have been one that came a little too soon because it didn't sit well with Twitter fans, causing him to follow up with "Some people can't take a joke ... Bit of banter guys chill out." The day must have taken a toll on all of the boys, which is probably why Liam ended his day by writing, "So glad to be in bed after a long and strange 24 hours."


American Idol season one runner-up Justin Guarini stars in a new ad campaign for Diet Dr. Pepper. Guarini takes on an alter ego named Lil' Sweet in the commercial. The pint-sized heavy metal-soul man shows up at a suburban home unexpectedly -- where a child's birthday party is in progress -- to deliver "zero calorie sweet treats." "He sings in the key of sweet and always carries a spare six pack of Diet Dr. Pepper with him," reads a description on the soft drink's YouTube channel. "No one knows where he keeps it though." In the ad, Lil Sweet defies gravity by sliding down the banister as he rescues two dads craving a cupcake, but fearful of the calories. In other news, Guarini recently appeared as Julio in a revival of Paint Your Wagon at New York City Center. He is also set to star as Bobby in the play Company at the Bucks County Playhouse from May 29 through June 21. His Idol cohort Kelly Clarkson is slated to appear on the Fox show as a mentor on April 1. (Billboard)



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