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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 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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Meghan Trainor Debuts ‘Better’ Featuring Yo Gotti

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Better” is the latest taste off Meghan Trainor’s forthcoming sophomore album, Thank You. It follows “I Love Me,” “Watch Me Do” and the smash lead single “No” which has peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Like the others, it’s a sassy urban-tinged track.

“I deserve better, better than you/ I deserve better, better than you/ I deserve better/ Tell ‘em what they already know, I deserve better,” Meghan sings in the chorus.

Wasn’t a huge fan of her debut album, but I gotta say, the 22-year-old has won me over with her new sound. I’m excited to hear the rest of her LP. Give “Better” a listen below.

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Rapper Jake Miller Will Leave You Thirsty

In: Donovan, Music, Totally GAY!
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HOT DAMN I’m speechless. After checking out his pics, Jake Miller will have the same effect on you as well.

Honestly, I had no idea who the 23-year-old rapper was until I stumbled upon his pics. Thank God, I did. I have a new Instagram crush. Dude can rock out red swim trunks like a lifeguard. Speaking of which, The Rock should really consider adding Miller to the Baywatch movie. Give that Zac Efron a run for his money.

Check out his sexy Instagram pics below, which includes one of him naked with only a bit of fabric covering his naughty bits. I also added a couple of his music videos in case you wanted to check out his other talents. He’s actually not bad. MTV named him an Artist to Watch in 2014. The network was definitely ahead of their time.

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Prince passing away took many by surprise including myself. I’m still shocked the legendary singer is no longer with us. His music played non-stop after hearing about his death.

Broadway was also still reeling from the heartbreaking news. Both The Color Purple and Hamilton paid tribute to the late 57-year-old singer on Thursday night. Jennifer Hudson and her co-star Cynthia Erivo gave a rousing rendition of “Purple Rain.” Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast joyously blasted “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Check out both touching tributes below.

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