AMA Noms: Drake Breaks Michael Jackson’s Record

Drake has broken Michael Jackson’s previously held record for most American Music Award nominations in a single year. Drake, who released his album Views this year, as well as a collaborative album, What a Time To Be Alive, with Future, and projects with Rihanna, Wizkid, and Kyla, raked in 13 noms, beating out Jackson’s record of 11 in 1984 during the Thriller era.

Rihanna grabbed 7 noms, and Adele 5.

The AMA’s are chosen by fan votes – click here to cast yours. Voting closes November 17, and the show airs on ABC November 20 at 8 PM EST.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

·       Adele
·       Beyoncé
·       Justin Bieber
·       Drake
·       Selena Gomez
·       Ariana Grande
·       Rihanna
·       Twenty One Pilots
·       Carrie Underwood
·       The Weeknd

·       Alessia Cara
·       The Chainsmokers
·       DNCE
·       Shawn Mendes
·       ZAYN

·       The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”
·       Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
·       Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign “Work From Home”
·       Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
·       Meghan Trainor Featuring John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

·       Beyoncé
·       Madonna
·       Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

·       Justin Bieber “Sorry”
·       Desiigner “Panda”
·       Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”

·       Justin Bieber
·       Drake
·       The Weeknd

·       Adele
·       Selena Gomez
·       Rihanna

·       The Chainsmokers
·       DNCE
·       Twenty One Pilots

·       Adele “25”
·       Justin Bieber “Purpose”
·       Drake “Views”

·       Adele “Hello”
·       Justin Bieber “Love Yourself”
·       Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”

·       Luke Bryan
·       Thomas Rhett
·       Blake Shelton

·       Kelsea Ballerini
·       Cam
·       Carrie Underwood

·       Florida Georgia Line
·       Old Dominion
·       Zac Brown Band

·       Luke Bryan “Kill the Lights”
·       Chris Stapleton “Traveller”
·       Carrie Underwood “Storyteller”

·       Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”
·       Tim McGraw “Humble And Kind”
·       Thomas Rhett “Die A Happy Man”

·       Drake
·       Fetty Wap
·       Future

·       Drake “Views”
·       Drake & Future “What a Time to Be Alive”
·       Fetty Wap “Fetty Wap”

·       Desiigner “Panda”
·       Drake “Hotline Bling”
·       Fetty Wap “679”

·       Chris Brown
·       Bryson Tiller
·       The Weeknd

·       Beyoncé
·       Janet Jackson
·       Rihanna

·       Beyoncé “Lemonade”
·       Rihanna “Anti”
·       Bryson Tiller “T R A P S O U L”

·       Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance”
·       Rihanna Featuring Drake “Work”
·       Bryson Tiller “Don’t”

·       Coldplay
·       Twenty One Pilots
·       X Ambassadors

·       Adele
·       Rachel Platten
·       Meghan Trainor

·       J Balvin
·       Enrique Iglesias
·       Nicky Jam

·       Lauren Daigle
·       Hillsong UNITED
·       Chris Tomlin

·       The Chainsmokers
·       Calvin Harris
·       Major Lazer

·       Purple Rain
·       Star Wars: The Force Awakens
·       Suicide Squad: The Album

Celebrate the Launch of Drake’s OVO LA Flagship With this Smooth ‘Hotline Bling’ Remix

Drake fans of Los Angeles rejoice. As of tomorrow, you’ll be able to get your hands on that coveted OVO swag when the Canadian rapper opens his very first American flagship store on the West Coast.

To mark the occasion, Drake dropped a moody video to the tune of a slowed down “Hotline Bling.” The rapper is found sporting a baby pink OVO tracksuit—sure to be a best seller when the store opens its doors at 11 am tomorrow—his arm draped around a model clad in the OVO women’s line. The lucky lady is none other than Christina Santini, who achieved moderate Internet fame for being one half of a very charming Tumblr love story.

And if OVO’s Toronto outpost is any indication, shoppers can expect Supreme store-esque lines by diehard Drake fans every time a new collection drops. Residents of LA hoping to proudly wear the owl better have a surplus of time and money—the classic owl hoodie alone costs a cool $150.


Top 5 Reasons Drake Sucks—According to Drake

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, much loved and much hated rapper Drake donned a dorky white face disguise—complete with hipster beard and thick frame glasses—and hit the streets to find out why exactly he sucks.

What we learned:

01. Most likely didn’t really “come from the bottom.”
02. It’s “baloney” that he didn’t acknowledge white athletes at the ESPYs.
03. He’s a “chickenhead.”
04. That Baby Gap public urination stunt was “childish”—literally.
05. “Maybe you could actually try to play an instrument, bro.”

How The Club Handled The Chris Brown-Drake Brawl

Everyone is asking me about the Chris Brown/Drake thing at W.i.P. I’ve taken enough pot shots at the changing scene over there. I won’t further the gossip about how the seating was done, despite warnings to management not to do it like that. The ensuing brawl, I am told, was "inevitable.” Multiple sources told of the seating "roped off the way it was resembled a boxing ring.” I won’t talk about the report of a young gal needing and getting multiple stitches but reportedly not being helped by club security. My source said "she got 16 of them.” A couple of people talked of art by photog Scott Alger valued at 10K+ being destroyed. One employee texted me that "it was late on a good night and that Mary J. had left and it was all good"…until it wasn’t. They added: "it isn’t nearly as rough as Sunday". Since the NY Post and the big news organizations are all talking about this, and me and those W.i.P./Greenhouse guys are getting along after a bit of a rough spell… there is no need for me to even mention it.

Man-about-town Terry Casey will be celebrating his gazillionth birthday at La Zarza, that wonderful little spot on First Avenue and 10th Street. This is turning out to be a big deal, not because it’s Terry’s birthday – God knows he’s had lots of those – but because of the talented DJs who will be on hand. Stephen Luke the LIV Miami resident will join Xander Phoenix and innovative DJ Kris Graham. Kris was one of the originators of the now-everywhere House Music brunches. Back in 2002 Kris was doing Diva on West Broadway and joined forces with Roberto Burchielli who helped bring the European programming to Provocateur

It’s Been Said Before: Greenhouse & W.i.P. Have Reopened

The news that Greenhouse/W.i.P. has reopened for booziness is welcomed. Although there will be future legal back and forths, for now it can serve its adoring public which includes the fabulous Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny’s Sunday night soiree. Last Sunday it was emails and Facebook messages and texts proclaiming it "on" and "off"… "on" and "off" until that game of musical chairs ended with…"off." I’m not a big fan of Greenhouse; I never go there, but I firmly believe that a club should not be held responsible for the bad behavior of its patrons unless management is either ignoring or complacent. Humans often behave badly… drunk humans more so. Bad behavior is to be expected on occasion. Accountability is important, but it is impossible to expect multi-million dollar investments in tax-generating, job-creating enterprises if a sword of closure hangs over operators’ heads for actions they may not reasonably be able to control. As much as I don’t listen to hip-hop or enjoy hip-hop-heavy parties, I surely recognize its impact on club culture and life in America in general. It is enjoyed by all demographics. The 800-pound gorilla that isn’t really spoken about is whether or not Greenhouse is being persecuted because this is an “urban thing.” A prince gets into a brawl at a chic meatpacking joint and closure isn’t an issue. Hey, this has been said before.

The city is scheduled to rule on a controversial plan to expand NYU’s village campus. According to many residents, this expansion will destroy the character of the neighborhood which has, of course, been a creative cauldron for NYC life as we know it for eons. We’re talking two million square feet in tall buildings with apparent loss of green areas and such. Worse than all that will be the expansion of the population of frat boys and frat girls and the changes their needs will bring. Mom and pop restaurants and quaint coffee shops will be gentrified out to accommodate student-friendly shops like 16 Handles and chain stores.

NYU is a dark force that should be pushed to areas like Wall Street or Brooklyn or Queens. The city has lost so much of its core character and can’t afford to be further compromised. Why do I care? Every few days I walk past the NYU Palladium Housing on 14th Street which once was this incredible theatre that I attended and then operated during my club years. I knew it as The Academy of Music where I saw The Clash, U2, The Cramps, and a long list of etceteras. I hung out there when it was the Palladium – the club – and saw early rock and dance. I operated it for Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager and came back to fill it a few other times for other moguls.

Once, when I was remodeling this beautiful 108,000-square-foot facility, I was prevented from nailing things into most walls or ceilings. I can’t find any official landmark references, but I was told at the time that it was one. It was protected because of its ancient and significant beauty…its recognized importance in design and architecture. I got married to my first wife there. I think it was its only wedding.

NYU came along…needed it …tore it down. The ultimate indignity is that when they built the Palladium Housing, they used the same logo or similar font as the legendary club. It’s fucking Mordor. This too has been said before.

Tonight I’ll be at White Rabbit DJing with a host of wonderful folks at the Tattoos & Art show at White Rabbit around 9 or 10pm or 10 to 11pm…you know how these things go… and, of course, this has been said before.

James Blake Comes Thru on Drake Remix

Back in 2011, the enterprising Philadelphia DJ Bombé mashed up James Blake and Drake for his appropriately-titled James Drake mixtape. Now the British crooner and Canadian rapper have come together for real, as Blake steps in to remix “Come Thru.” The penultimate track on Drake’s recently-released album Nothing Was The Same gets remade with blasts of airy synths, the original’s sudden change in tone turned into a thumping electronic fantasy.

Following his collaborations with RZA and Chance the Rapper, it looks like Blake’s still strengthening his hip-hop connections. The soulful singer/producer is currently on an extensive US tour in support of his second album, Overgrown, which came out earlier this year. Check out for full details.

Smooth Monday Jams: Canadian Edition

Hello! Kim Robinson here, one-half of the awesome party Sea Level that I put on with your regular scribe, Obey City.

For this week’s edition of Smooth Monday Jams, I’ve decided to take us on a journey northward to visit our pals in Canada. While some of the best smooth music has come from the states, there is no denying that the Canadians have a respectable catalog of smooth cuts. Here’s five songs that’ll tell you what some of our Canadian friends are aboot.

Dont forget: Sea Level has moved to Wednesdays at The Tender Trap, with the next party happening on March 6th! Come check us out and vibe to the smooth jams that will have you smiling throughout the rest of your week. Like Sea Level on Facebook to receive updates on our event

Destroyer – "Kaputt" (2011)

Dan Bejar of Destroyer excels at writing low-maintenance glam rock and indispensable smooth jams like the title cut from his album Kaputt. From the beginning of the track you know he means business with the filthy saxophone treatments sprinkled throughout. It’s a truly epic smooth jam that just keeps going on and on.

Feist – "One Evening" (2004)

Everyone knows Leslie Feist for the monster indie hit "1,2,3,4," but upon heavy inspection of her catalog we know that she’s a big fan of sultry R&B akin to Sade and Maxwell. Check this awesome video and song for this sleeper cut from the album Let It Die.

Gonzales – "Slow Down" (2008)

What can’t Gonzales do? Besides producing music for our previous artist Feist, he’s also worked with electroclash icon Peaches. On the side he plays amazing live solo piano recitals and records smooth jams for the intimate moments he’s created as a solo artist .

Joni Mitchell – "Coyote" (1976)  

You can’t go to Canada without visiting Joni. I’m a big fan of her early folk stuff, but have began to fully embrace her fusion-jazz work of the late ’70s. This track featuring the late, great bassist Jaco Pastorius was her first full jump into fusion, adding her beautiful vocals to a smooth jazzy landscape.


Drake – "Karaoke" (2010)


Produced by Sea Level fave Francis Starlight of "Francis & The Lights," this deep-cut was on Drake’s debut album, Thank Me Later. Over a smooth synth beat, Drake laments a lost love that doesn’t want the spotlight or attention of his new fame at the time. Sea Level would like to see more collaborations like this, especially when the results are this smooth. Thanks, Canada!

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Drakes Joins Kendrick Lamar For ‘Poetic Justice’ Video

Kendrick Lamar just released his music video for Poetic Justice, feautring Drake, and it’s kinda depressing. Even while sampling Janet Jackson’s song Any Time, Any Place.

Before the video even starts there’s a message onscreen reading:

"All characters in this visual are entirely fictional. The events that occur are purely symbolic and should not be taken literal."

Weird message, right? I wonder who that was intended for. 

The slow-mo video, theatrically lit, shows a group of young adults hanging out in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood before shots are fired and someone gets hurt.

"Haunting" is a good way to describe it

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Drake and The Weeknd Attend A Birthday Party and You’re Not Invited

The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye brings you another music video, and this time, he’s brought his best buddy Drake along. Drake appears in the middle of “The Zone” for a quick rap amid The Weeknd’s lovelorn, falsetto-packed echo chamber of a single.

The video, which Tesfaye also directed (as he did a couple of other recent clips for his songs), features Drake and himself wandering through various light-shadow combinations (kind of a theme in these videos), along with what appears to be a birthday party, with brightly-colored balloons and women in bikinis applying lipstick and such. I don’t think we were invited, but you can still watch.