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Both of Kendrick’s previous singles ‘i‘ and ‘The Blacker The Berry‘ made noise when released for very different reasons.

‘i’ marked his return to music following a long break after the release of good kid, m.A.A.d city and it garnered a mixed reaction from fans. Some praised its effortless feel-good vibes whilst others dismissed it as an attempt at gaining radio play. ‘The Blacker The Berry’ came at a time where it caused people to become self-reflective and its aggressive but truthful nature spoke to people. It was obviously not meant for the radio.

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J. Cole’s third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive was never meant to have songs with radio appeal. But the young NC rapper was still able to score a decent hit with ‘Apparently’ which peaked at #58 on Billboard Hot 100 and got significant radio play.

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T.I.’s latest album Paperwork received mixed reaction from fans and critics when it released back in September 14th last year.

But Tip isn’t giving up on the LP anytime soon. After the success of ‘No Mediocre’ featuring Iggy Azalea and ‘About The Money’ featuring Young Thug, he is readying the release of the next single which will be the Chris Brown-assisted ‘Private Show’. The smooth tune (stream it below) was produced by Sak Pase & Ace Harris and will hit Urban radio in the week of February 24th.

Do you think it will be another hit for the Grand Hustle boss?

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D’Angelo has created waves in the music industry by releasing his first album in 14 years. Black Messiah is receiving positive reviews from all quarters and currently holds the #1 position on the iTunes album chart which means it will do some decent numbers as well.

Along with the album release, RCA has sent ‘Really Love’ as the official single to radio stations to help boost the campaign. Was this the right move? Let us know your thoughts.

This post is a part of our Play It On The Radio series.

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TDE is currently prepping the release of Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock’s new albums so ScHoolboy Q can sit back and continue to push his debut album Oxymoron.

He has picked the fan favorite ‘Hell Of A Night‘ produced by DJ Dahi as the next single from the LP which is set to impact radio on October 21st. Will it be a success?

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Album sales continue to take a hit as the world transitions to its new favorite way for listening to music: streaming.

Overall album sales in the US in this past chart week (ending July 13) totaled 4.1 million units which is the lowest weekly sum for album sales since SoundScan began tracking data back in 1991. Weekly album sales have been below the 5 million mark in past 12 consecutive weeks. The 5 million mark has only been surpassed in 5 weeks this year, in comparison to 21 weeks at this point last year.

Sia’s new album 1000 Forms Of Fear was able to debut at #1 this week with only 52k copies sold.

Along with album sales dipping low in general because of continued tendency of consumers to favor streaming, low sales can also be attributed to the fact that not many of the world’s top musicians have released projects in the first half of 2014.

UPDATE: Here’s more bad news. This week, the album sales hit a new low. This week’s 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It’s also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million mark in that time span.

Wiz Khalifa third album Blacc Hollywood debuted at #1 this week with sales of just 90,000 copies. Three other albums debuted inside the top 10 on Billboard 200 but averaged only 31,000 units each, showing the downward trend in album sales.

Via Billboard