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J.Cole "Neighbors" (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of JCole-Neighbors
Jax Jones f/Raye "You Don't Know Me" (Polydor/Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of JaxJonesFeatRaye-DontKnowMe
Jidenna 'Bambi" (Epic) Click Hear for audio sample of Jidenna-Bambi
Kid Ink f/Ty Dolla $ign "F With U" (RCA) Click Hear for audio sample of KidInkFtTyDollaSign-FWithU
NAV "Myself" (Republic) Click Hear for audio sample of NAV-Myself
Wizkid f/Drake "Come Closer" (RCA) Click Hear for audio sample of WizkidFtDrank-ComeCloser

Kendrick Lamar's new album DAMN. made a major impact on the Billboard 200 this week, earning the largest opening chart week in nearly a year. DAMN. totalled 603,000 equivalent album units and gives the rapper his third #1 album. With 353,000 in traditional album sales, Lamar also has the largest sales week of the year, surpassing Ed Sheeran's ÷. It's the biggest week since Drake's smash Views debuted with 1.04 million units in the first week of May last year. Drake also previously had the largest opening week in 2017 with More Life.
      Additionally, Lamar has announced his 2017 DAMN. tour. Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. will open all dates this July and August. The month-long trek begins July 12 in Phoenix and runs up to August 6 in Los Angeles.
      Drake is at #3 with the aforementioned More Life, followed by Ed Sheeran at #4 and The Chainsmokers, last week's #1, down to #5. The Moana soundtrack is at #6 with Bruno Mars at #7. Future's eponymous release is at #8 with the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack at #9. The third top ten debut this week is the soundtrack from The Fate of the Furious.

WQHT-FM (HOT 97)/New York has announced the official start-of-summer party, HOT 97 Summer Jam, going down Sunday, June 11th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ!  Exclusively announced this morning on Ebro in the Morning with Laura Stylez & Rosenberg, Young M.A, A Boogie, Don Q, Dave East, Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M., PnB Rock, Casanova, and PHresher will appear on this year’s Festival Stage, the premier platform for emerging artists to perform for the largest group of Hip Hop fans in the New York Tri-State area! 
      “HOT 97 Summer Jam is a legendary, one-of-a-kind event,” states Charlie Morgan, SVP/Market Manager of Emmis New York. “Each year, we host the biggest acts in music on two stages, plus have exciting experiences for our fans during the Festival Village pre-show.  Add in major surprise appearances from Hip Hop’s hottest artists, and you’ve got the best celebration of Hip Hop on the planet.  The center of the Hip Hop universe is at MetLife Stadium on June 11th!”
      "We’ve been doing anti-rain dances since the day after last year’s show!" laughs Ebro Darden, On-Air Host/APD for WQHT. "It’s all about the music and culture, and Summer Jam is the ultimate event to celebrate and appreciate Hip Hop.  Make sure you get your tickets early though; we have a few tricks up our sleeves that you’ll just have to be in the house to know about!”
      Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 28th at 12:00 p.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Alpha Media San Antonio has announced the launch of G 103.3 “San Antonio’s The Throwback Station!” KTFM-HD2, previously 103.3 The APP, will play your favorite throwbacks like The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Destiny’s Child and many more.
      Alpha Media VP/Programming, Phil Becker commented on the announcement, “As the other San Antonio operators show their lack of commitment to classic hip hop, Alpha Media sees this as an opportunity to super serve those who truly love the format. To put it simply, Yo! We got all the HOT throwbacks now!”
      “As someone who grew up as a P1 to this format, it was a no brainer to make the switch to classic hip hop when the opportunity presented itself last week. Our team at Alpha Media executed a flawless launch that went from an idea to a reality in less than 24 hours. I’m thrilled to be overseeing the brand and helping to position our cluster for continued strategic growth,” remarked Pat Cerullo, G 103.3 Program Director

Beyoncé's smash hit Lemonade has been honored with a prestigious Peabody Award. The prize was given to the Pop superstar's visual album for "[drawing] from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture." Donald Glover (aka Chidlish Gambino) was also honored for his series Atlanta as was the Mavis Staples documentary Mavis! The awards will formally be handed out on May 20 in New York.

Last week, a new EP of unreleased Prince tracks was announced, titled Deliverance. The title track was released digitally on Tuesday night. However, on Wednesday it was revealed that Prince's estate and Paisley Park had filed a lawsuit against engineer George Ian Boxill for control of the six tracks on the EP. The songs were reportedly recorded and co-written with Boxill in 2006.
      It was unclear what would happen with the EP, which was slated to arrive tomorrow (4/21), the anniversary of the music icon's death. However, TMZ reports that Deliverance will not be released after a federal judge granted a restraining order and has been blocked by the lawsuit from Prince's estate. Listings for the EP and the song "Deliverance" itself vanished from iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play on Wednesday evening.
      According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the court said that Boxill has no right to distribute the Deliverance tracks thanks to a confidentiality agreement he'd signed with Prince back in 2006. The agreement stated that Boxill would not use any recordings in any way and would return them to Prince "immediately upon request." The suit requires Boxill to return "any and all masters, copies and reproductions" of the songs.


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