The Rap Up: Week of December 23, 2013

The Listening Magazine is back, once again, to let you know about the hottest news and music to come out of this week!

Rap Up

This Week In Music:
The minds behind the immensely popular Rap Genius lyrics website are in hot water this week after attempting to “hack” or “bypass” Google servers in the quest for new viewership. Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam attempted to gain this viewership by partnering with pre-existing blogs and essentially using them to link-build, a genius sneaky move for the website that would result in massive traffic. Google, however, was made aware of these actions and subsequently punished Rap Genius by moving their results off of the front page of the Google search engine. If the plan would have come to fruition, Rap Genius would be the extreme beneficiary of a database of Justin Bieber’s lyrics.
Speaking of Bieber, the teen pop icon has announced that he has decided to retire. Coinciding with the release of his new film Believe, the 19 year-old Bieber took to his Twitter account to deliver the shocking news to his 48 million followers. As is to be expected, Justin’s fans have rallied in an attempt to convince him to continue making music. Bieber cited treatment by the media as his main reason for wanting to retire, but also noted that he would never leave his fans. We will be keeping track of the pop phenomenon as the story develops.
In other news, songstress Beyoncé has officially reached platinum status with her most recent, self-titled album. The project, a full-length visual album, has been a major topic of discussion following its surprise release to the iTunes music store on December 13th. Beyonce’s choice to embrace and explore her feministic ideologies, in conjunction with her marketing strategy, has resulted in the album becoming one of the bestselling albums in recent memory.
The Listening Magazine would also like to offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of Jazz legend Yusuf Lateef (93) and original Three 6 Mafia member Lord Infamous (40).

News:
Top Dawg Ent. plans to release six albums in 2014
Gnarls Barkley makes plan to reunite this year
Kanye West brings supposed rival Drake on-stage at the final Yeezus tour stop
Drake on tap to host Saturday Night Live in January

Music:
Justin Bieber – “Flatline”
Beyonce – “Yonce” Video
Fabolous – The Soul Tape 3
BJ The Chicago Kid – A Soulful Christmas EP
Elle Varner – “Rover” ft. Wale
The Alchemist – “Pool Hall Hustler” ft. Action Bronson & Roc Marciano
Run The jewels (Killer Mike & EL-P) – “Pew Pew Pew”
The Neighbourhood – “Unfair”

Billboard Charts:
Hot 100: Eminem – “The Monster” ft. Rihanna
Radio: Eminem – “The Monster” ft. Rihanna
Digital: A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”
200: Beyoncé – Beyoncé
R&B/Hip Hop: Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Rock: Lorde – Pure Heroine
Independent: Garth Brooks – Blame It On My Roots

Bonus Track:
Beyoncé shops with fans at Wal-mart

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