Nicki Minaj Releases New Single ‘Only’ ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Nicki Minaj
The anaconda queen is back with a new single and this time it’s packed with a superstar lineup. Titled “Only,” the track features verses from Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown over a beat produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut and J Mike.
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Download: Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown – Only
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iLoveMakonnen Drops ‘Tuesday’ Video Featuring Drake

Atlanta’s iLoveMakonnen has released visuals for the Drake-assisted remix of his breakout anthem, “Tuesday.” The song has amassed over 10 million SoundCloud plays since August and is currently the 7th most Shazamed song in the US.
Download: ILoveMakonnen ft. Drake – Tuesday – Drake Remix
Related: Interview with Drake Producer Mike Zombie

Ariana Grande Performs with The Weeknd on SNL

Ariana Grande made her debut performance on Saturday Night Live last night as the show began its 40th season. The singer performed two songs from her album, My Everything: the Zedd-produced “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder” with surprise guest, The Weeknd.
Related: Ariana Grande ft. Zedd – Break Free

Interview with Drake Producer Mike Zombie

New Jersey native Mike Zombie’s breakout came in 2013 when he produced Drake’s ubiquitous anthem, “Started From The Bottom.” The OVO signee has since go on to produce DJ Khaled’s hit, “They Don’t Love You No More,” and release a mixtape titled, End of the Beginning.
In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Zombie spoke on his background, introduction to Drizzy, preferred production gear, and more. The 22-year-old also dropped a freestyle to show folks he’s more than a producer.
Related: What We Can Learn From Drake Manager & OVO Founder, Oliver El-Khatib

Lil Wayne ft. Drake – Grindin’

Lil Wayne ft. Drake - Grindin

With their joint tour kicking off tonight in New York, Wayne and Drizzy join forces on “Grindin’,” their latest collaboration which features production from Boi-1da and Vinylz.
The track serves as the second single from Weezy’s highly-anticipated album, “Tha Carter V.”

Download: Lil Wayne ft. Drake – Grindin’
Related: Quincy Jones Criticizes Lil Wayne and EDM

What We Can Learn From Drake Manager & OVO Founder, Oliver El-Khatib

Oliver El-Khatib
Photo credit: Zach Gold
Drake Manager and OVO Founder Oliver El-Khatib recently spoke with Billboard about his involvement in building one of the music industry’s most successful brands.
“The story of El-Khatib’s climb is, famous partner or not, as interesting as Drake’s,” the website writes.
In just five years, the 27-year-old went from managing a tiny clothing shop to developing an international powerhouse in the unlikely city of Toronto with co-founder and producer, Noah “40” Shebib.
Like any great leader, he didn’t do it alone. Fellow Toronto native Gavin Sheppard (CEO and co-founder of the Remix Project) told Billboard that El-Khatib “has been and continues to be a leader and friend to young creators across the Greater Toronto Area [GTA].”
And while OVO is dedicated to fostering home grown talent, the company doesn’t sacrifice quality control:
“Music is the currency, he stressed, adding that there is a universal standard of quality; just because you’re from the GTA doesn’t make you exempt. The OVO team holds creators — songwriters, producers, photographers, videographers, whoever — to the same standard,” writes Billboard.
El-Khatib also stressed the importance of being versatile when starting your own business:
“To own the company, you have to be able to do everything, like getting down on your hands and knees to tie your shoes a certain way to be negotiating deals. There’s so many different levels of being part of a team. It’s a pretty egoless job at the end of the day to be able to make something work. Whether you own a small business or a restaurant, whatever the case, you have to be willing to do everything as the owner.”
It’s safe to say OVO wouldn’t be where it’s at today without Drake though. According to El-Khatib, Drizzy’s consistency throughout the years has been invaluable:

[Drake’s] ability to deliver again and again is what earned us the credibility and the following at the end of the day.

Read Billboard’s full article here.
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