Drake sells 851,675 week one with “Views”. Beyonce’s “Lemonade drops 60% week two.
Part of New York City’s wonder is the diversity it offers. The Northern Manhattan area of West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood is a major player in that variety. For several decades, this part of the Big Apple has been home to many Latino immigrants and first generation Latino-Americans.
One of the biggest corporate (and capitalist-fueled) partnerships in Hip-Hop in 2013 was Jay Z’s deal with Samsung. Through the deal, Samsung bought a million of Jay Z’s Magna Carta album and would be given to the first million Samsung phone and tablet users whom installed the Magna Carta app.
We’re in a period where it’s cooler to be independent than a major label ‘product’ to many artists. Predictably, this major-indie concept has extended to artists (*cough Macklemore) and culminated in a reevaluated appreciation of labels, leading to partnerships and joint ventures.