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Drake, Justin Bieber, & Kanye West Top Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artists of 2021

Drake, Justin Bieber, & Kanye West Top Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artists of 2021

As the year comes to a close, Spotify has revealed its top artists, albums, and songs.

With more than 9.1 billion streams this year, Bad Bunny is the most-streamed global artist of 2021. Following him is Taylor Swift (#2) and BTS (#3). The Certified Lover Boy himself, Drake, comes in fourth while Justin Bieber rounds out the top 5.

In the U.S., Drizzy tops the most-streamed artists list, followed by Taylor Swift, Juice WRLD, Kanye West, and Bad Bunny.

Olivia Rodrigo has the two most-streamed songs in the U.S. with “drivers license” and “good 4 u.” Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA takes third, followed by Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” and Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” featuring DaBaby.

The most-streamed albums in the U.S. are Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album, Doja Cat’s Planet Her, Justin Bieber’s Justice, and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die.

Starting today, Spotify users can access their personalized Wrapped experience in the Spotify mobile app.

Spotify 2021 Wrapped Global Top Lists

Most Streamed Artists Globally
Bad Bunny
Taylor Swift
BTS
Drake
Justin Bieber

Most Streamed Songs Globally
“drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” by Lil Nas X
“STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI
“good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo
“Levitating (feat. DaBaby)” by Dua Lipa

Most Streamed Albums Globally
SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Justice, Justin Bieber
=, Ed Sheeran
Planet Her, Doja Cat

Spotify 2021 Wrapped U.S. Top Lists

U.S. Most Streamed Artists
Drake
Taylor Swift
Juice WRLD
Kanye West
Bad Bunny

U.S. Most Streamed Songs
“drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo
“good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo
“Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)” by Doja Cat
“Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
“Levitating (feat. DaBaby)” by Dua Lipa

U.S. Most Streamed Albums
SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo
Dangerous: The Double Album, Morgan Wallen
Planet Her, Doja Cat
Justice, Justin Bieber
Legends Never Die, Juice WRLD

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NBA YoungBoy Says He Wants to Marry Doja Cat

YoungBoy Never Broke Again wants to put a ring on Doja Cat.

The Baton Rouge rapper, who was recently released from jail, revealed that he has a crush on the “Kiss Me More” hitmaker and would be first in line to marry her.

“If I ain’t have a family, if I ain’t have a girl, I’d be tryna marry Doja Cat,” he said during a Clubhouse chat with fans.

However, he is not about to make a move because he is already in a relationship with the mother of one of his eight children. “But nah. I got my little girl, her mom upstairs. I ain’t fu**in’ around like this,” said YoungBoy.

When asked what he likes about Doja, he responded, “She makin’ her own way out here… She hot.”

During his Clubhouse appearance, he also reacted to the recent deaths of Virgil Abloh and Young Dolph. “You know, that’s really not a bad thing though,” he said. “The only sad part is you can’t carry on with your life or just be there for your family, but you know, that’s not really a bad thing. You changing form. You going to the next chapter.”

After spending seven months in jail in his federal gun case, the 22-year-old MC was released in late October on $500,000 bond. He currently remains under home confinement in Utah.

YoungBoy recently earned his first Grammy nomination for Best Melodic Rap Performance for “WUSYANAME,” his collaboration with Tyler, the Creator. On Friday, he and Birdman are set to drop their joint mixtape, From Tha Bayou.

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Roddy Ricch Announces New Album ‘livelifefast’

The wait is over.

Before the end of the year, Roddy Ricch is set to return with his highly-anticipated sophomore album, livelifefast. Taking to Instagram, the Grammy-winning rapper revealed the Dec. 17 release date along with the cover art.

“livelifefast 12/17 spread the word,” he wrote in his caption.

livelifefast arrives two years after Roddy’s debut Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. The album opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the 7x platinum hit “The Box,” which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Roddy has been teasing fans throughout the year. In September, he revealed a screenshot of his iTunes library, which showed a 51-minute project with 18 tracks including the “Live Fast Intro.”

“It’s from a different place,” he told Nick Cannon of his new music. “A lot done changed in life so I just felt like giving my fans just a transparent new set of life, more so where I’m at.”

In an interview with Complex, he added, “I want to bridge the gap between my old fans and my new fans. That’s what I’m on a mission to do with this next situation that I’m working on.”

Back in June, Roddy dropped his Mustard-produced single “Late at Night,” which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the Grammys in March, he released “Heartless (Live From L.A.).”

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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, & Kid Cudi Honor Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton Show

Two days after his shocking death, Virgil Abloh’s friends from music and fashion came together to honor him at Louis Vuitton’s “Virgil Was Here” show in Miami on Tuesday.

Kid Cudi, Quavo, and Offset walked the runway alongside models, wearing the boundary-breaking designer’s Spring-Summer 2022 collection. A three-story statue of Virgil, with his Louis Vuitton portfolio in hand, greeted guests during the event, which took place during Art Basel.

Kanye West was seated in the front row alongside Kim Kardashian and their daughter North, while Pharrell, Gunna, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, DJ Khaled, Bella Hadid, and more were also in attendance.

The emotional show ended with the Louis Vuitton design team taking the stage to a standing ovation, some of them in tears.

An inspirational quote from Virgil played in the final moments. “There’s no limit. Life is so short that you can’t waste even a day subscribing to what someone thinks you can do versus knowing what you can do,” he said as fireworks exploded over the skyline.

The Louis Vuitton men’s creative director and Off-White founder passed away Sunday after a two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer. He was 41.

Beyoncé, Drake, Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, Cardi B, and Kim Kardashian were among those who shared touching tributes, while Kanye dedicated Sunday Service to the DONDA creative director.

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Rihanna Named National Hero by Barbados

Barbados officially became a republic on Tuesday, ending nearly 400 years of British rule.

The island’s most famous citizen, Rihanna, was on hand to witness the celebration, which formally cut ties with Queen Elizabeth II. It took place in Barbados’ capital, Bridgetown, where a young Robyn Fenty was raised before she moved to the U.S. to pursue a music career.

During the ceremony, the newly-independent country swore in its first president, Sandra Mason, while Rihanna was declared a National Hero. Prime Minister Mia Mottley honored the billionaire pop star for commanding “the imagination of the world” with her excellence, creativity, discipline and, “above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth,” according to The New York Times.

“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions,” said Mottley in a nod to Rihanna’s 2012 hit “Diamonds.”

Rihanna is only the 11th person to receive this honor and the second woman.

“This is a day that I would never ever forget, it’s also a day that I never saw coming,” she said while celebrating her Caribbean roots. “Barbadians are proud people. We are probably the proudest people I know. And no matter where I go in the world, I take that pride with me. No matter where we go, the world is gonna know that we Bajan to the bone.”

She continued, “I’m so proud to be a Bajan. I’m gonna be a Bajan till the day I die. This is still the only place I’ve ever called home. I love Barbados. I love you guys and I pray that the youth continue to push Barbados forward.”

A humbled Rihanna also addressed the Prime Minister. “I have traveled the world and received several awards and recognitions, but nothing compares to being recognized in the soil that you grew in, so I thank you so much for this.”

Britain’s Prince Charles was also in attendance to receive the Order of Freedom of Barbados.

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Key Glock Honors Young Dolph with New Tattoo

Key Glock Honors Young Dolph with New Tattoo

Key Glock is keeping Young Dolph close to him.

Less than two weeks after his death, the rapper revealed a new tattoo in honor of his late cousin. The tat features a portrait of Dolph’s face and covers up the majority of his left forearm.

“When they see me, they see you!!” wrote Glock.

In the days after Dolph’s murder, a heartbroken Glock paid tribute to his frequent collaborator with an emotional message.

“damn bro, im LOST😞 my heart is torn my brain bout to explode it HURTS when I breathe..why you leave me so soon?? I’ll never be the same, you was my lefthand man,my brother,my cousin,my mentor and drank partner,” he said. “for the past 2 years I been taking LOSS AFTER LOSS and still can’t understand why.”

He continued, “I know we can’t question GOD but GOD why?! There’s nothing no one can do or say to bring you back and that shit just eats me up by the second!! Nigga you was Phil Jackson and I was yo MJ😤 Remember I told you I got yo back no matter what?? I GUARANTEE THAT!! Words really can’t explain how I truly feel right now.. I’m sick to my stomach bruh!! Peace ain’t even working.. all I see is DARKNESS, only GOD knows how much you meant to me.”

Key Glock was signed to Dolph’s Paper Route Empire label. In 2019, he and Dolph released their collaborative album Dum and Dummer, which was followed by the sequel, Dum and Dummer 2, in March of this year.

Dolph was shot and killed when gunmen opened fire on him at a Memphis bakery on Nov. 17. He was 36. Police are investigating and have located the getaway vehicle that was spotted at the murder scene.

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Beyoncé’s Daughters Star in New Ivy Park Campaign

Beyoncé’s Daughters Star in New Ivy Park Campaign

Beyoncé roams the “Halls of Ivy” in her latest Ivy Park x adidas drop.

The fifth collection between Ivy Park and Adidas arrives right in time for the holidays and was created to “unite all people, regardless of background, color or creed, while celebrating each individual’s creativity,” according to WWD.

In the accompanying video, soundtracked by Blackway’s “It Feel Good to Be Me,” Bey struts through a wood-paneled mansion while decked out in collegiate-inspired looks. Bey’s own daughters, Blue Ivy, 9, and Rumi, 4, steal the spotlight in houndstooth outfits that match their mother.

NBA stars James Harden and Jalen Green also make appearances, along with Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s daughter, Natalia, and Ryan Phillippe’s and Reese Witherspoon’s children, Ava and Deacon Phillippe.

Bey describes the collection as a “figurative space that is somewhere between where you are now, and where you aspire to be. Described by some as a club, others as a collective, Halls of Ivy is a boundless, unconfined place where everyone is welcome.”

The collection includes 89 apparel pieces, 11 accessories, and four footwear styles, with prices ranging from $45 to $600.

Halls of Ivy will be available for 24 hours on adidas.com on Dec. 9 before being released globally on Dec. 10.

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Jazmine Sullivan Announces ‘Heaux Tales Tour’

Jazmine Sullivan Announces ‘Heaux Tales Tour’

Jazmine Sullivan is ringing in the new year with a tour.

The R&B singer has announced dates for her highly-anticipated “Heaux Tales Tour.” The 25-city North American trek kicks off on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver before hitting cities including Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, and Toronto, wrapping March 30 in Chicago.

“The Heaux Tales Tour is finally here. I can’t wait to see all of you there,” tweeted Jazmine.

Jazmine is fresh off her three Grammy nominations and two wins at the Soul Train Awards, including Album of the Year.

The tour comes in support of her critically-acclaimed album Heaux Tales, which was released in January and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

A Spotify pre-sale begins Wednesday, Dec. 1 followed by a public on-sale on Friday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. local time.

Heaux Tales Tour Dates

Feb. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 15 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb. 17 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Feb. 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Feb. 22 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre-Oakland
Feb. 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Feb. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Feb. 26 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Feb. 28 – Denver, CO – Summit
March 2 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
March 4 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
March 6 – New Orleans, LA – Fillmore New Orleans
March 8 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
March 9 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
March 12 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
March 13 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
March 16 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston
March 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
March 20 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
March 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
March 23 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
March 25 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
March 27 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
March 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis
March 30 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago

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Travis Scott’s Offer to Pay 9-Year-Old Astroworld Victim’s Funeral Costs Rejected

Travis Scott’s Offer to Pay 9-Year-Old Astroworld Victim’s Funeral Costs Rejected

Travis Scott’s offer to cover burial costs for those killed at Astroworld has been rejected by the festival’s youngest victim.

The family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount has declined the rapper’s offer to cover his funeral expenses. Blount was allegedly trampled at the Houston concert, and later died from his injuries. In a letter obtained by Rolling Stone, the family’s attorney turned down the offer while likening Ezra’s death to “a faucet of unimaginable pain that has no off handle.”

“Your client’s offer is declined. I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy,” wrote Blount family lawyer Bob Hilliard.

“There may be, and I hope there is, redemption and growth for him on the other side of what this painful process will be — and perhaps one day, once time allows some healing for the victims and acceptance of responsibility by Mr. Scott and others, Treston and Mr. Scott might meet, as there is also healing in that,” Hilliard added.

Ezra was laid to rest on Nov. 23 at a funeral in Texas. His family has filed suit against Travis and Live Nation, accusing them of gross negligence.

Hilliard said Scott’s camp previously reached out about setting up an in-person meeting. “We were pretty firm. With all due respect, no. This isn’t a photo-op story here. This is a ‘who’s responsible and why’ type of investigation. And he’s on the short list,” Hilliard said of Scott.

The rejection came after Travis’ attorney, Daniel Petrocelli—who represented Ron Goldman’s family in the wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson—reached out on behalf of his client.

“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son,” Petrocelli wrote.

Ezra was being carried on the shoulders of his father, Treston Blount, when the two became trapped in the deadly crowd surge that started shortly after Travis took the stage during the Nov. 5 festival, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured hundreds more.

In the wake of the tragedy, Megan Thee Stallion has canceled a Friday concert in her hometown out of respect for the victims.

“Out of respect for the lives lost in Houston earlier this month, I have decided to cancel my show at 713 Music Hall on Dec 3,” she said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle. “Houston is still healing and it’s important that our community be given the appropriate time to grieve. My heart goes out to all the families that are suffering during this difficult time.”

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Trey Songz Investigated for Sexual Assault

Trey Songz is being investigated for sexual assault.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently looking into claims of a sexual assault incident that occurred at The Cosmopolitan, reports TMZ. It’s unclear what day the alleged assault occurred, but the police report was filed on Sunday.

On Saturday night, the singer celebrated his 37th birthday at Drai’s Nightclub. A source at the hotel says Trey and his crew brought a group of women back to the hotel from the club before things allegedly took a turn.

Trey is reportedly cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made.

This is the latest drama involving the singer. Earlier this year, he was sued for battery by a bartender, who claims Trey punched him in the head during Cardi B’s Fashion Nova launch party in May 2019.

Back in January 2020, Trey was arrested following an altercation with a police officer at an NFL playoff game in Kansas City. However, the prosecution decided not to file charges against him due to insufficient evidence.

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Common and Tiffany Haddish Break Up

It’s over for Common and Tiffany Haddish.

The couple has called it quits after a year together. According to PEOPLE, they broke up because it was too hard to maintain their long-distance relationship.

“They are never in the same city together and both of them are just too busy for a serious relationship,” the source says.

Their breakup comes over a year after Haddish confirmed she and Common were dating after first meeting on set of their 2019 film The Kitchen. The two went on a virtual date before their quarantine romance turned into more.

“This is hands down the best relationship I’ve ever been in,” she told “Steve-O’s Wild Ride!” podcast. “I’ve lost 20 pounds since I’ve been in this relationship. I feel more confident in me and it’s not him that’s doing it.”

Haddish continued to gush about the Grammy-winning rapper. “I’m just way happier and it’s like knowing I got somebody that cares about me, that really has my back. It seems like he does anyways. And I love it. I love him.”

In turn, Common credited the comedian and actress for bringing out the best in him. “It’s about really just being in a relationship where you can grow and you really support each other’s purpose and vision,” he told PEOPLE. “I’m making you better, you’re making me better.”

Prior to dating Common, Haddish was married to her ex-husband William Stewart. Common has a daughter Omoye Lynn, 24, with his ex-girlfriend, Kim Jones.

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Mary J. Blige Says Her New Album Will ‘Blow Everybody’s Mind’

Mary J. Blige is ready to share her world once again.

The R&B icon has been hard at work on her first album in over four years. During her appearance on “Tamron Hall” on Monday, she opened up about learning to fully love and accept herself amid the “darkest moments” of her life.

Her experiences of the past several years, including her divorce, have inspired the project, which follows 2017’s Strength of a Woman.

“Wait till you hear it, it’s gonna blow everybody’s mind,” she said. “And it’s because it’s something I had to do, and something I had to say when I was in my darkest, darkest moments in that life, to build myself up to this person that I can see and accept my nose, accept my eyes, accept my cheeks, accept all the things that I used to hate.”

She has learned to accept her flaws and all, and has never felt better. “When I wake up with no hair and makeup, I’m accepting that chick that goes to the bathroom and I like her,” she revealed. “I hang out with myself a lot. I’m my own best friend.”

The Oscar-nominated actress, who plays Monet Tejada on Starz’s “Power Book II: Ghost,” also discussed her high-profile divorce from Kendu Isaacs, which was finalized in 2018.

“I just kept moving and I didn’t get bitter,” she said of the tumultuous time. “I was upset…I just let God take the wheel and do his thing because If I had done anything it would have been a disaster.”

In February, the 50-year-old superstar will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar.

“That’s a big stage, that’s the whole world really watching,” she told ET. “Just be beautiful and strong and courageous, and give the world what they need with that little bit of time I have.”

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Ari Lennox Arrested in Amsterdam, Says She Was Racially Profiled

Ari Lennox was arrested in Amsterdam on Monday for disturbing public order.

According to Dutch military police, who run security for Amsterdam Schiphol airport, the R&B singer accused airline staff of racial discrimination.

“They’re arresting me,” tweeted Lennox. “I’m being arrested in Amsterdam for reacting to a woman racially profiling me.”

Lennox continued to tweet about her experience. “F**k Amsterdam security. They hate black people,” she wrote.

Dutch military police tell Reuters that Lennox was taken into custody because of her aggressive behavior towards an airline official, and for being drunk in public.

“Our unit found a woman full of emotions, that wouldn’t calm down,” spokesman Robert van Kapel said. “That’s why she had to be taken into custody.”

In a since-deleted tweet, Lennox shared a photo of the woman was allegedly profiled her.

“Racism. Wow Amsterdam I’m horrified. I was so happy to travel and this evil woman… I’ve never experienced racism so blatant,” she said.

Police are investigating claims of possible threats made by Lennox during the incident. It’s unclear how long she will remain in custody.

“I just want to go home. I’ll never leave my house again,” she told her followers.

Lennox performed twice at the 2021 Soul Train Awards, which aired Sunday. She delivered her single “Pressure” and teamed up with Summer Walker for their collaboration “Unloyal.”

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Drake, Frank Ocean Pay Tribute to Virgil Abloh

Drake, Frank Ocean Pay Tribute to Virgil Abloh

Following the shocking death of Virgil Abloh on Sunday, tributes poured in from the worlds of music and fashion.

The iconic fashion designer died at 41 after a two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was remembered fondly with tributes from friends including Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Drake, who shared a series of photos of him and Virgil throughout the years.

“My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you…love you eternally brother 🕊thank you for everything,” Drake wrote in his caption.

Virgil designed Drake’s giant Boeing 767 jet “Air Drake” and his custom Patek Philippe watch, which he famously rapped about on “Life Is Good” (“Virgil got that Patek on my wrist goin’ nuts”).

The reclusive Frank Ocean returned to social media with a loving tribute to the Louis Vuitton artistic director and Off-White founder, who he saw at the Met Gala in September.

“In 2018, I believe it was, I called V and asked him how it was possible to play hundreds of shows a year and do numerous fashion collections a year and be a father and a husband and return EVERYONE’s texts with enthusiasm and emojis and encouragement and seemingly… with ease,” he wrote.

“I cannot remember how he responded verbatim but I’m sure it was quotable whatever he said .. he was always quotable. But the gist of his response was that he was interested in living and living to the maximum extent of his level .. which proved to be impossible today because he was BEYOND.”

He recalled Virgil dressing his younger brother, Ryan Breaux, for his prom. “I’ll miss you. When Ryan went to his prom you got him some pieces from your new collection at LV and he was GEEKEd. Couldn’t get him to take it off,” said Ocean, whose 18-year-old sibling died in a car crash in August 2020.

“When my brother passed, I never said anything because it was way too much but he loved you and really looked up to you. He was going to fashion school and everything. He wanted to be a designer. My family was proud of you like you were our family.”

Ocean remembered Virgil playing his Blonde song “White Ferrari” on the beach in Miami in 2016 (“A song with no drums or bass anywhere to be found”) and got the crowd to sing along. Virgil was also supportive of Frank’s luxury company, Homer.

He ended his touching tribute, writing, “I know grief is love that you don’t get to express so this is an attempt at expressing it. Love you V. You’re a hero.”

Shortly after news broke of Abloh’s passing, Kanye West dedicated this weekend’s installment of Sunday Service to his late friend.

The choir delivered a stirring rendition of Adele’s “Easy on Me” in his honor. “Go easy on me, father. I am still your child, and I need a chance to feel your love around,” they sang.

A message appeared at the end of the livestream: “IN LOVING MEMORY OF VIRGIL ABLOH, THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DONDA.”

Other artists mourned the devastating loss, including Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Gunna, Quavo, and Offset, as well as Virgil’s friends in fashion and art such as Marc Jacobs, Kaws, and Takashi Murakami.

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Quavo Reacts to Saweetie and Lil Baby’s Rumored Relationship

Quavo Reacts to Saweetie and Lil Baby’s Rumored Relationship

Saweetie and Lil Baby had the rumor mill in overdrive over the holiday weekend.

Last week, it was reported that the two were getting cozy after Lil Baby spent $100,000 on Saweetie during a shopping spree in New York.

Saweetie fueled the romance rumors by sharing an “icy dump” on Instagram, which included a video of her shopping at the Louis Vuitton store and a photo of a Chanel purse. Her last slide was a selfie she took while seated in an unidentified man’s lap.

It wasn’t long before fans identified the mystery man as Lil Baby by matching his outfit in Saweetie’s pic to one of his recent selfies.

Amid the romance rumors, Baby announced on Thanksgiving that he was single. “Baby not dating NO ONE !! I’m Single !” he tweeted. However, the tweet was later deleted.

Saweetie’s ex Quavo decided to weigh in on the rumors while seemingly referencing Baby’s ex Jayda Cheaves.

“Ain’t trippin we can swap it out!” he wrote on his Instagram Stories, prompting Jayda to “like” the repost on The Shade Room.

Baby reacted with a couple since-deleted tweets. “Bitches really be weird !!” he wrote. “If you want clout use BABY.”

Saweetie has since deleted the selfie with the mystery man from her IG slideshow.

The “Icy Chain” rapper has not addressed the rumors, but prior to all this, she declared her single status and shared her desire to become a mom.

“I want a baby,” she told Power 105.1. “I don’t have a man… I’m just ready. I’m getting older and I want a baby. I want to pop that sh*t out and I want to snap right back.”

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Virgil Abloh Dies After Battle with Cancer

Virgil Abloh Dies After Battle with Cancer

Virgil Abloh has died after a private battle with cancer.

On Sunday (Nov. 28), the designer for Louis Vuitton and Off-White passed away at age 41, his family announced on Instagram.

“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” read the statement. “He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.”

Abloh had battled a “rare, aggressive form of cancer” called cardiac angiosarcoma for the past two years.

“He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.”

The statement continued, “Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, ‘Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,’ believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.”

Virgil’s friends including Pharrell paid tribute to the iconic designer, calling him a “kind, generous, thoughtful creative genius.”

The fashion world also mourned the devastating loss. “I am so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. May you Rest In Peace and Power dear Virgil,” wrote Marc Jacobs, while Dior’s Kim Jones commented, “love always my friend x.”

After founding Off-White in 2013 and serving as Kanye West’s creative director, Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear ready wear line in 2018, becoming the first African-American artistic director of a top French heritage house. He worked with numerous brands throughout the years including Nike, Jimmy Choo, Moncler, and Ikea.

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A.E. Apologizes to Amber Rose for Cheating, Says He Wants His Family Back

Kanye West is not the only one who wants to reunite his family.

Amber Rose’s boyfriend, Alexander “A.E.” Edwards, is putting out a public plea to get his girlfriend back after they broke up over his infidelity. In a message, which he shared Saturday on Instagram Stories, the music executive apologized to the mother of his son for the “pain” caused by his indiscretions.

“I want to sincerely apologize to my beautiful wife @amberrose you didn’t deserve what I did to you,” wrote A.E. “You’re an Amazing person and a wonderful mother to our boys. I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve caused you, my son Slash and my stepson Sebastian.”

He also offered to do whatever it takes to make things right. “All I want is my family back and I’m willing to do anything to make things right. Please Forgive me,” he said.

Back in August, Rose put her boyfriend on blast for allegedly cheating on her with at least 12 different women. A.E. admitted to his infidelity at the time.

“I’m tired of getting cheated on and being embarrassed behind the scenes,” she said. “All 12 of y’all bums( The ones that I know of there’s probably more) can have him. Y’all very much knew he was in a relationship with a baby and y’all decided to f**k him anyway.”

According to Rose, this was the last straw in the relationship. “I can’t be the only one fighting for my family anymore. I’ve been so loyal and transparent but I haven’t gotten the same energy in return,” she added. “The lack of loyalty and the disrespect is ridiculous and I’m done.”

The model has not responded to A.E.’s apology. The couple, who started dating in September 2018, share a 2-year-old son, Slash Electric Alexander Edwards. Rose also has a son, Sebastian, with her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa.

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Teyana Taylor Hospitalized for Exhaustion

Teyana Taylor Hospitalized for Exhaustion

Teyana Taylor found herself in a hospital bed instead of the stage.

Before her “Femme It Forward” show in Mashantucket, Conn. on Saturday (Nov. 27), the R&B singer was rushed to the emergency room and was forced to cancel her performance after her body “shut down.”

Taking to Instagram, she shared a photo of herself in a hospital bed, while thanking her fans for their support.

“Thank you for being so understanding,” wrote Teyana. “Y’all know Petunia don’t miss no shows & most importantly, know I’ve been leaving it all on tha stage for a month straight 1000%. So I am really saddened to have not been able to do the same for you last night.”

While she tried her best, she wasn’t physically able to get on stage. “My team & I tried everything down to the very last second to get me out on that stage, but my body simply just gave out, which actually started a few days ago. SHUT DOWN, my body actually low key betrayed me cause ah bitch was tryna get on that stage.”

She continued, “Y’all know I’m with the shits! y’all have seen me with a broken foot and all types of other crazy shit but still got on that stage and bodied it 😩😩 But honestly you have to listen to your body and know when to sit down; or it will definitely sit you down….. in the ER.”

She will take some time off to recover before returning to the road. “I’ve since got the proper fluids and nutrients put back into my body all night/morning & will take the next few off days to continue to recover.”

She thanked her tourmates Ari Lennox and Sevyn Streeter, as well as her daughter Junie, for holding things down in her absence. She plans to reschedule the Connecticut show and will honor tickets for a new date.

The “Femme It Forward” show is part of Teyana’s final “Last Rose Petal…Farewell Tour,” which kicked off earlier this month. She plans to retire from music once the tour wraps.

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DJ Khaled Announces New Drake Collaboration

The Drake vocals are in.

DJ Khaled and Drake are teaming up for yet another collaboration. While celebrating his 46th birthday on Friday (Nov. 26), Khaled received a Rolex from his friend and collaborator. During the party, he FaceTimed Drake while opening his shiny new watch, which was covered in green diamonds.

After thanking his friends for their birthday wishes, Khaled got on the mic and made a big announcement.

“I got some new music with Drake coming out real soon,” he told the crowd. “This shit sounds crazy too. The vocals are in!”

It’s unclear when the song will be released, but this marks the latest collaboration between the two. In July 2020, they joined forces on “Popstar” and “Greece” for Khaled’s latest album Khaled Khaled.

Prior to that, they dropped tracks including “I’m On One,” “No New Friends,” “For Free,” and “To the Max.”

While Drake was not present, Khaled’s birthday party was a star-studded affair with guests including Big Sean, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E., Timbaland, and Diddy, who hailed Khaled as a “true living legend.”

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50 Cent Trolls Madonna Over ‘Like a Virgin’ Photo

50 Cent takes no days off when it comes to trolling.

After poking fun at Lil’ Kim and Tory Lanez, the notorious rapper was back at it, this time trolling Madonna over one of her photos.

On Wednesday, the “BMF” producer reposted a photo of the Material Girl with her ass and legs sticking out from under a bed while wearing fishnet stockings and black heels.

“yo this is the funniest shit! LOL,” Fif wrote in his caption. “That’s Madonna under the bed trying to do like a virgin at 63. she shot out, if she don’t get her old ass up. LMFAO.”

He continued to disparage the 63-year-old pop icon by posting another photo of someone recreating her pose and calling it the “Like a virgin 63 challenge.”

He also shared a Photoshopped image of Madonna under Dorothy’s house from The Wizard of Oz, likening her to the Wicked Witch of the East who was crushed when Dorothy’s house fell on her.

“STARZ ask me to do a remake,” he said of the 1939 film. “I said only if Madonna is gonna play the role because i need star power and sex appeal in this one.”

Madonna has not responded to 50’s taunts, but his many followers have weighed in including Beenie Man, Jay Pharoah, and Bow Wow, who told him, “fif you cold blooded for this 1.”

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Bobby Shmurda Wants to Make a ‘Strip Club Anthem’ with Adele

Bobby Shmurda Wants to Make a ‘Strip Club Anthem’ with Adele

Bobby Shmurda wants to collaborate with Adele.

The Brooklyn rapper shocked fans when he proposed a “strip club anthem” with the “Easy on Me” singer. Taking to Twitter, he tried to speak his wild idea into existence.

“You Know what the world needs …. #BobbyShmurda & #Adele to make a Strip Club Anthem,” tweeted Bobby alongside the laughing face emoji.

He also praised the 15-time Grammy winner, adding, “Her voice just make you wanna.”

Despite the unlikely probability of a collaboration, Bobby’s fans shared their support for the idea. “Would be a instant classic,” tweeted one of his followers, while an Adele fan added, “I proudly support this.”

Adele has not responded to Bobby’s collaboration request, but based on her track record, it may prove to be a tough task. She rarely collaborates with other artists, although she and Chris Stapleton recorded a remix to her chart-topping hit “Easy on Me” off the deluxe edition of her album 30, which is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the largest sales week of the year.

Meanwhile, Bobby has been releasing his own music. Earlier this month, he dropped his strip club-ready single “Splash.”

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Saweetie and Lil Baby Spark Romance Rumors

Saweetie and Lil Baby Spark Romance Rumors

Saweetie may have found her type.

A new report claims that the “Icy Chain” rapper is spending time with Lil Baby.

According to Hollywood Unlocked, the two recently went shopping in New York where Baby dropped nearly $100,000 on Saweetie at Chanel. A source claims there is security footage from the store that shows Baby and Saweetie together.

Saweetie was in New York last week for “SNL” and Powerhouse, where Lil Baby also performed.

“So far, it’s not clear if the two are dating,” says the source.

Prior to their rumored relationship, Saweetie announced her single status while also sharing her desire to become a mom.

“I want a baby,” she told Power 105.1 last week. “I don’t have a man… I’m just ready. I’m getting older and I want a baby. I want to pop that sh*t out and I want to snap right back.”

Saweetie previously dated Quavo, but the two announced their split in March. Lil Baby has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with the mother of his child, Jayda Cheaves, who reacted to the report by “liking” the headline on Instagram.

Saweetie has a lot to celebrate. Earlier this week, she earned her first two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap Song for “Best Friend.”

“I’m speechless I wish I had the words to express how I feel but I’m just so grateful!!!” she tweeted. “Being acknowledged for all the hard work me & my team have been doing feels AMAZINNNNNG 🙏🏽 thank you #TeamIcy for stickin with me through thick and thin y’all some real ride or dies IKDR!!”

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Kanye West Pleads for His Family to Get Back Together During Skid Row Visit

Never abandon your family.

Kanye West made a surprise appearance at Skid Row on Wednesday as part of the L.A. Mission’s annual Thanksgiving event where he donated over 1,000 meals to the homeless.

During his visit, he got on the mic and spoke about wanting to keep his family together despite his ongoing divorce from Kim Kardashian, who has seemingly moved on with her new boyfriend, “SNL” star Pete Davidson.

“The narrative that God wants is for you to see that everything can be redeemed,” said Ye, according to Page Six. “In all these relationships, we’ve made mistakes. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve publicly done things that were not acceptable as a husband, but right now today, for whatever reason–I didn’t know I was going to be standing right here in front of this mic–but I’m here to change that narrative.”

He also crtiicized E! and Hulu, the networks where the Kardashians have their reality shows. “I’m not letting E! write the narrative of my family. I’m not letting Hulu write the narrative of my family. I’m not letting Disney write the narrative of my family,” he said.

“I am the priest of my home,” added Ye. “I have to be next to my children as much as possible. So, when I’m out the house, I’ve got a house right next to the house. I’m doing everything to be right next to the situation.”

After realizing how his speech may be perceived, he said, “I’m trying to express this in the most sane way, the most calm way possible, but I need to be back home.”

He continued to advocate for Kimye’s union, saying that he and his estranged wife can be an example for other families who are going through divorce.

“If the enemy can separate Kimye, there’s going to be millions of families that feel like that separation is OK,” he said. “But when God brings Kimye together, there’s going to be millions of families that are going to be influenced to see that they can overcome the work of the separation, of trauma the devil has used to capitalize to keep people in misery while people step over homeless people to go to the Gucci store.”

Kim filed for divorce from her husband in February after seven years of marriage. She has been seen publicly with Pete Davidson, while Ye is rumored to be dating model Vinetria.

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G-Eazy Mourns His Mother’s Death

G-Eazy is mourning the death of his mother.

On Wednesday, the rapper revealed that his mom, Suzanne Olmsted, passed away. Still in a state of “shock,” a grieving G-Eazy penned an emotional tribute to the woman who raised him.

“The tears won’t stop. My eyes hurt, my face hurts, my body hurts, everywhere hurts,” he wrote alongside a series of photos of his mother throughout the years. “There’s no safe place to hide and there’s no way to lay, sit, or stand that doesn’t hurt. The pain is enormous. But I know you’re out of yours and that brings me peace. I love you so much.”

He went on to acknowledge his mom’s inspiring “plight to survive and protect us against all odds.” “You were the definition of super-human,” he added. “What you went through, the pain you endured, and the impossible adversity you faced will stay with me forever, deeply engrained in the fibers of my identity and being. You will always be my biggest inspiration.”

While he did not say how she died, G-Eazy credited his mother as the catalyst for making him go to rehab for alcohol and drugs.

“As deeply as I was worried about you and your physical health, I didn’t realize the extent of just how worried you were about me until you sent me the hardest letter I’ve ever had to read… Going to treatment for alcohol and drugs was my decision but your letter was what ultimately persuaded me.”

G-Eazy also shared a touching voice memo from his mother, who told her son just how proud she was of him.

“Coming home to this wasn’t easy, and nothing will ever be moving forward… but like you would always say, ‘one step at a time and don’t look at the summit,'” he said.

G-Eazy and his brother James shared a close bond with their mom and while heartbroken, they will keep her memory alive.

“You loved your two boys more than life itself and we love you the same,” he said. “Luckily we have each other to hold and to lean on and that’s all that matters. Our hearts are broken, but they are full of love and gratitude for the life you gave us. With us always… we love you mom.”

G-Eazy received support from his fans and collaborators including Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, and E-40, who shared their heartfelt condolences in the comments of his Instagram post.

Read his heartfelt tribute below.

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Young Dolph’s Family Releases Statement After His Death

One week after he was murdered, the family of Young Dolph is speaking out.

In a statement released Wednesday, they mourned the 36-year-old rapper and father of two, who was gunned down in his hometown of Memphis earlier this month. Following a poem from author Rudyard Kipling, the grieving family reflected on the enormous loss and the legacy Dolph leaves behind.

“There are no words that exist, that sufficiently express the pain we are feeling as a family,” they wrote. “Losing Adolph, Dolph, Man-Man, changes our lives forever. And while we will take each day as it comes, we are comforted in knowing that he leaves a legacy that reflects his heart. A heart that was for his family. A heart that was for the people.”

The statement continued, “We are grateful for the outpouring of love. We are grateful that his godly obligation to show kindness to the world is being acknowledged.”

“As a family, we were blessed to call him our son, our nephew, our brother, our cousin, our partner and our father. And now, we have the honor of calling him our angel. A role he has always played.”

Dolph’s friends and family have shared tributes, including Key Glock and Mia Jaye, the mother of his two children. Others including Monica, Rick Ross, and Gucci Mane also paid their respects on social media.

Dolph was killed when gunmen opened fire on him at a Memphis bakery on Nov. 17. Police are investigating the murder and have located the getaway vehicle that was spotted at the crime scene.

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Travis Scott Resurfaces for First Time Since Astroworld Tragedy

Travis Scott resurfaced for the first time since the Astroworld tragedy.

Over two weeks after the deadly events at the Houston festival, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured hundreds more, the rapper was spotted in the Palm Springs area this week. A photo shared on social media shows Travis seated alongside Mark Wahlberg and Cory Gamble on a patio with palm trees in the background.

Travis appeared to take in some golf with Michael Jordan and Wahlberg during the holiday break. French-American actor Saïd Taghmaoui shared the pics and video, including a selfie of him and Travis on the golf course, which has since been removed.

Travis may have traveled from Houston to California to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Kylie Jenner and their daughter Stormi. Kylie’s mother Kris Jenner owns a house in an exclusive community in La Quinta near Palm Springs, where he could be staying. The couple is expecting their second child together early next year.

Travis has kept a low profile and avoided social media following the Nov. 5 catastrophe. “I could never imagine anything like this happening,” he said a day after the tragedy. “I just want to send out prayers to the ones that was lost last night… My fans really mean the world to me and I always just want to leave them with a positive experience.”

He has reportedly reached out to the grieving families and offered to pay the funeral costs. “He’s very respectful of their need for privacy and space as they grieve,” said the rapper’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Travis and Live Nation are facing over a hundred lawsuits including one for $2 billion and another for $750 million.

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Quavo Hands Out Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Quavo is giving back this Thanksgiving.

On Tuesday, the Migos frontman handed out turkeys during his Quavo Cares Turkey Drive in Atlanta, hosted by his charitable foundation, which he founded in the wake of the pandemic.

Dressed for the cold in a puffer jacket, knitted cap, and Yeezy NSTLD Boots, the “Strub Tha Ground” rapper safely loaded up hundreds of trunks during the drive-thru event, which followed COVID protocols. He spread holiday cheer, posing for selfies with fans as they leaned out their car windows.

Quavo was also joined by members of his Team Huncho basketball team and his very own costumed mascot, who bore a striking resemblance to Huncho himself.

“No Matter How Far U Go U Gotta Take It Back To Where It Begin,” Quavo wrote on Instagram. “Happy Thanksgiving.”

He wasn’t the only one giving back this season. T.I. also hosted his 16th annual turkey giveaway in Atlanta and DaBaby handed out gift cards in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Will Smith Reveals That He Would ‘Gag and Vomit’ After ‘Rampant’ Sex

Will Smith is making more candid confessions about his sex life.

In his new memoir Will, which was released earlier this month, the King Richard star reveals that he became addicted to sex after his first serious girlfriend, Melanie Parker, cheated on him when they were teenagers.

As a result, the actor resorted to “rampant” sex as a way of coping with his broken heart.

“I desperately need relief but as there is no pill for heartbreak, I resorted to the homeopathic remedies of shopping and rampant sexual intercourse,” he writes, according to BuzzFeed News.

“Up until this point in my life, I had only had sex with one woman other than Melanie, but over the next few months, I went full ghetto hyena.”

The excessive sexual intercourse eventually led to him developing a “psychosomatic reaction” to having an orgasm.

“I had sex with so many women, and it was so constitutionally disagreeable to the core of my being, that I developed a psychosomatic reaction to having an orgasm,” he writes.

“It would literally make me gag and sometimes even vomit,” adds Smith.

While he was hoping to heal from the trauma, the random sexual encounters only exacerbated his pain.

“In every case, though, I hoped to God this beautiful stranger would be ‘the one’ who would love me, who would make this pain go away,” he says. “But invariably, there I was, retching and wretched. And the look in the eyes of the women even further deepened my agony.”

He and Melanie briefly reconciled before ultimately breaking up for good.

This is the latest revelation from Smith. In his book, he also admits that he used to fantasize about having a harem of 25 girlfriends including Halle Berry and Misty Copeland, and that he was “jealous” of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship with Tupac Shakur.

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First Look: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Gets Dramatic Reboot

The first teaser for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reboot is here.

Inspired by the ’90s sitcom, Peacock’s reimagined drama “Bel-Air” is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral fan film Bel-Air, which dropped in 2019. Newcomer Jabari Banks takes on the role of Will Smith’s character from the original series, which went off the air in 1996.

Smith, who serves as executive producer, provides a dramatic reading of the show’s theme song in the underwater clip. Banks wears Jordans as an homage to the sneakers worn by Smith’s character. There are also basketballs, trophies, and pairs of dice, a reference to the song’s lyrics, “The license plate said ‘Fresh’ and it had dice in the mirror.” At the end, a crown is placed on Banks’ head as he takes his throne as the prince of Bel-Air.

The hour-long reboot takes place in modern times and follows Smith’s journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.

“At its heart, Bel-Air is a coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength and love of the Black family,” said T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson, Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners. “We have stayed true to the original premise of the legacy series—Will’s life is turned upside down after he is forced to leave West Philly and lands in Bel-Air with its gated mansions and wealth, however, our new series brings Will and the Banks family into the world as we know it now.”

The series also stars Adrian Holmes as Phillip Banks, Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks, Coco Jones as Hilary Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks, and Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey.

“Bel-Air” will premiere next year and has already been picked up for two seasons.

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Adele Opens Up About Friendship with Drake

Adele has a friend in Drake.

The Toronto rapper has expressed his admiration for the “Easy on Me” singer, who he calls “one of my best friends in the world.” He was recently spotted cheering her on at the taping of her CBS special, “Adele One Night Only,” and she has often gushed about her love for him.

In an interview with “Spout Podcast,” the 15-time Grammy-winning singer opened up about their close friendship.

“We definitely have confided in each other… I certainly have confided in him over how I want to do things,” she told host Tamara Dhia. “But he’s great, he’s absolutely great.”

Adele revealed that she spoke with Drake prior to the release of 30 to get his advice.

“We definitely spoke about it this time because releasing music during a global pandemic, like no one’s done it before,” she said. “We always talk about work stuff and get each other’s opinions on it and stuff like that.”

As two of the biggest stars on the planet, they share a unique bond. “One of the reasons I love being friends with him is being able to have access to someone that really does know a lot of what it’s like to be you and stuff like that,” she said. “He decides everything and it can be quite daunting sometimes to make sure that you’re across all of that stuff.”

A year before the world heard 30, Adele played her album for Drake. But Drake didn’t give Adele any advance listens of Certified Lover Boy. “Oh no. He didn’t share the whole thing with me,” she said. “But I heard a couple snippets of it and stuff like that. But I love that record.”

Adele is on track to dethrone her friend for the biggest debut of the year. 30 is expected to sell over 800,000 equivalent album units, surpassing the record held by Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, which opened with 613,000 in September.

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