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Chart Check: Zayn Malik Makes Hot 100 History With Debut Single ‘Pillowtalk’

Rihanna Rises Closer To Top 5 With 'Work'

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Zayn Malik is definitely music’s newest heartthrob to give Justin Bieber a run for his money.

As reported here, the former ‘One Direction’ divo was set to zoom to #1 on the Hot 100 with his official debut single ‘Pillow Talk.’  With the tallying week complete reports indicate he not only bested initial predictions of 250,000 units shifted, the tune also bests the chart stats of his former group (who, to date, have failed to nab a #1 on the singles chart).  As if the impressive first week sales and ousting Bieber from the top spot weren’t enough, Malik also made history with his first trip to the chart’s summit.

Via Billboard:

*Zayn is the first U.K. artist to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with a first charted single.

*Zayn is the first artist whose first name starts with a Z ever to top the Hot 100.

*Zayn is the first one-time member of a Hot 100-charting boy band to score a No. 1 with a debut single.  

*Note:  Technically, the first was George Harrison of The Beatles in 1970, but that was pre-Soundscan.

But, before he gets too comfortable, it seems the crooner’s run at #1 may be short lived if the performances of Drake‘s ‘Summer Sixteen’ and Rihanna‘s ‘Work’ are any indication.  With strong showings not too far from Malik’s [on the streaming and airplay front] in the last chart week, next week’s Hot 100 may see a serious shake-up.

Until then…

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Queen of Digital Music: Rihanna Makes RIAA History With 100 Million Certifications

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As if we didn’t already have 100 million reasons why Rihanna rules the world, the RIAA gave us yet another one today when they announced the Bajan beauty has made history (all courtesy of her 8th album ‘Anti’).

The platinum project, which reigns atop the Billboard 200 this week, has helped Ri push her overall RIAA certification across a threshold no artist…we repeat…no artist has ever passed before her.   Find out what it was below:

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Kanye West Finalizes New Album Title (Again) / Reveals Tracklist (Again)

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Potent perfectionist or tricky troller? With Kanye West, it’s anyone’s guess.

Less than 24 hours remain until the rapper debuts his latest studio album in cinemas across the globe (live from Madison Square Garden) – and only now has its title been confirmed.

Changed officially four times (three of which occurred in the last month), the project (once titled ‘So Help Me God’…then ‘SWISH’…and then ‘Waves’) now has a new name.

Find out what Ye has re-christened the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Yeezus’ below, where it’s tracklist also awaits…

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Meet The Makers: Carlos King Spills On ‘The Next 15,’ ‘Hollywood Divas’, & ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’

Reality Producer Keeps It Real With TGJ

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That Grape Juice‘s latest feature ‘Meet The Makers’ spotlights the gifted names who engineer the spectacle in all facets of entertainment. Music, TV, and beyond. 

In our today’s instalment, we chat candidly with Carlos King – producer of television smashes such as ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and ‘Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.’

A force in the realm of Reality TV, King has upped the levels by launching his own production company (Kingdom Reign Entertainment), which has birthed the likes of ‘Hollywood Divas’ and TV One’s newest addition ’The Next 15.’

With the latter launching tonight (at 10/9c), the producer asserts that the show, which stars the likes of Tiffany ’New York’ Pollard and Claudia Jordan, will relay to viewers what really happens behind the scenes in the Reality realm. 

Join us after the jump, where a King recounts his journey and provides detailed advice to those wanting to break into the TV arena. He also spills delicious tea on new seasons of ’The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ ‘Hollywood Divas,’ and more.
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Justin Bieber Covers ‘GQ’

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Justin Bieber strikes a sharp pose for ‘GQ’ magazine this month, storming its pages to promote his new & improved persona and the critically acclaimed album it has spawned.

Named ‘Purpose’, the project is supported by the magazine’s March edition which offers snaps of the heartthrob dressed to impress as he continues to celebrate the success of his Dancehall-inspired jam ‘Sorry.’

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Hot Shots: Rita Ora Launches Clothing Line In Dubai

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It’ll take more than a messy breakup with Roc Nation to stop Rita Ora’s hustle away from music.

Keen to ensure her run as a model fares much better than her time as a musician the entertainer made her merry way to Dubai to launch her ‘Adidas Originals‘ clothing line in the market.

Peep pics from her exciting journey to the East below…

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Kanye West Leaves Roc Nation?

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After several reports claimed all was well between he and the company, it seems Kanye West has smudged Roc Nation out of his managerial portrait.

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Gwen Stefani Announces New Album ‘This Is What The Truth Feels Like’

No Doubt Star's First Solo LP In A Decade Arrives In March

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Following a series of delicate drips, Gwen Stefani has officially dropped details on her third studio album.

It has now been confirmed that the project is indeed titled ‘This Is What The Truth Feels Like.’ Check out its cover above.

The Target sticker is not featured for decoration. Stefani has teamed up with the company to not only issue a special edition of the album, but also to – as reported – create a “live music video” which will air during a commercial break of next week’s Grammy Awards.

Find out when you can grab the No Doubt star’s third solo album (and first in over a decade) below…

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Bruno Mars Praises Beyonce / Teases Super Bowl Return

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Bruno Mars has emerged as one of modern music’s premier performers. A fact which he cemented at Sunday night’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Following a fiery showing of ‘Formation,’ Beyonce (even above headliner’s Coldplay) has been the centre of the discourse. But Mars – who uplifted with a fun-filled rendition of ‘Uptown Funk’ – enters the mix after issuing a statement on the performance.

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Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Kenya Moore Sinks Claws Into Kim Fields’ Husband / Implies Homosexuality

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After a one-week hiatus, The Real Housewives of Atlanta returns to the box this week and will be bringing a whole lot of island spice.

The ladies are still in Jamaica and it appears the episode (which airs on Bravo at 8pm ET) will center on the husband of newcomer Kim Fields.

In a freshly released trailer, Kenya Moore is seen leading a catty charge against Chris Morgan – questioning the sexuality of the actor.

The move comes after the multiple clashes Moore has had with Fields.

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