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Prince Dominates Billboard Top 200 After Passing

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Not surprisingly in the wake of his tragic death, Prince has risen to the top of the Billboard 200. But exactly how much he dominated the chart is impressive.

The late 57-year-old legend takes both the No. 1 and No. 2 slots with his greatest hits set The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack respectively. With regards to the former, it moved 179,000 equivalent units (100,000 of which was in traditional album sales). Meanwhile, the latter shifted 69,000 units with 63,000 of those in pure album sales.

more Prince chart activity after the jump

Todrick Hall Debuts ‘Hakuna Truvada’ PSA

In: Donovan, Music
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“It means less worries for the rest of the gays. It’s our HIV prevention key — Hakuna Truvada!” sings Todrick Hall in his new clip.

The city of West Hollywood in partnership with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation enlisted the 31-year-old YouTube sensation to craft a musical to sing the praises of PrEP. Together with Mean GirlsDaniel Franzese and Kory DeSoto, the trio galavant through WeHo discussing the drug and the importance of regular STI testing.

Check out the video below which includes a cameo from Drag Race alum Willam.

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Beyonce’s Lemonade Available On iTunes

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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After her highly-anticipated HBO special premiered, LEMONADE, immediately became available for streaming and sale exclusively on TIDAL. As much as I love Beyonce, I didn’t cave in and sign up for a free 30-day trial. Wise move on my part. Just 24 hours later, Bey’s 6th studio album appeared on iTunes and unlike her previous album initially, tracks were available to purchase individually. With regards to streaming though, it appears LEMONADE will stream “exclusively in perpetuity” over at TIDAL.

Did you watch LEMONADE on HBO this past weekend? I did and even had a few people over to catch it. While I enjoyed her ambitious feminist feature film with beautifully-shot images of Afro-American Southern imagery, voodoo visuals and futuristic moments, I was a little underwhelmed by the music. IMHO, there wasn’t a single track that screamed instant radio hit. With that being said “Hold Up, “”6 Inch” feature The Weeknd, “Daddy Lessons” and “Sorry” I instantly liked.

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In the wake of his death on Thursday morning, it’s been non-stop Prince news everywhere you look. If you still can’t get enough of the Purple One, there’s plenty more in store on the way. Here are just a few of the upcoming tributes.

Purple Rain Re-Release

AMC Theaters announced it will bring Purple Rain back to theaters for a limited time. The 1984 musical will screen at 87 of their locations in the United States from April 23-28. It’s not playing near me but I plan on reliving the revolution on DVD this Sunday.

FOX New Girl

Prince guest starred during the third season of New Girl. FOX will re-air the special episode on Tuesday at 9:30 following two brand episodes at 8 and 9pm.

more after the jump along with a wicked mashup

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The red carpet isn’t the only place these days for fashion moments to be made. In this selfie-obsessed camera-phone age, a simple walk to the grocery store can be a major photo op. It’s no wonder GQ’s Stylish Men class of 2016 exhibit both runway and impeccable street style.

Five of the 13 dashing men scored individual covers. Ryan Reynolds dubbed the “Double Taker, along with Drake (the Coziest Baller), Tom Hardy (the Misleading Man), Future (the Lord of the Brim), and model Lucky Blue Smith (the Genetic Sweepstakes Winner) were the lucky ones.

Others called out for their chic sense were Eddie Redmayne (the Natural), Diplo (the Globe-Trotter), football player Odell Beckham Jr. (the Body Artist), Harry Styles (the Prince of Prints), football player Russell Westbrook (the Sartorial Daredevil), comedian Aziz Ansari (the Minimalist), Idris Elba (the 007 of Style) and international-leader-of-the-moment, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (the Prime Minister of Suave).

I maybe a little biased here, but Trudeau should’ve snagged a cover too. Check out the other covers below and weigh in on who’s the most stylish man in the world.

check out who else made the cut after the jump

Aidan Anderson For C-IN2 Underwear

In: Donovan, Fashion, Totally GAY!
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It’s all about about light and shadows for C-IN2 underwear’s recent promo clip, “Made In The Shade.” Model Aidan Anderson flexes his bountiful muscles while showing off the brand’s line of briefs. Now this type of shady I can handle. Check out the sexy clip below.

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The great Sean Paul resurgence continues!!!

After appearances on “Cheap Thrills” (Sia), “Lay You Down Easy” (Magic!), “Make My Love Go” (Jay Sean) and “Hair” (Little Mix), comes another new track featuring the 43-year-old reggae artist. Norwegian DJ Matoma taps Sean Paul and London-based singer KStewart for “Paradise.” 2016 is definitely a renaissance for Paul.

“Sean and I met in L.A. a couple months ago and wrote this together with Bonnie McKee,” Matoma told The Fader. “I’ve always been a huge fan of his and to see him in the booth recording these vocals that were just so sick, it was amazing. I think the combination of our vibes is perfect for summer!”

I’m a sucker for a fun tropical-house beat and for the underrated KStewart. Naturally, I’m on board with this. If you haven’t checked out her single, “Ain’t Nobody,” definitely do. It’s one of my favorites.

Paradise” is off Matoma’s long-awaited full length album due out later this year. Check out the summer-friendly offering below.

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Merriam-Webster is getting with the times. About 2,000 new entries were added to the company’s unabridged dictionary recently. Some are definitely very millennial targeted.

FOMO (fear of missing out), ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) and TMI (too much information) were some of the text-friendly acronyms that made the list. Speaking of your smart phone, “nomophobia“- fear of being without access to a working cell phone also made the cut. See what other notable words and phrases are now included.

check out a few more after the jump

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"The Meticulous One" : Formerly the VP of a Top 20 kids/teen online magazine property, Donovan brings his online expertise for this project. Donovan and Brian have been together for almost a decade! Who knew relationships could last this long. He's the one taking the pictures, with a library consisting of thousands of photos - he's got dirt on all of us. Check out his Q&A questionnaire. Follow him on Twitter!

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