“Hotline Bling” wins big at MMVAs; VIEWS stays at No. 1 for 7th consecutive week
Toronto, ON – With Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the new episode of Game of Thrones airing on the same night, it was unlikely Drake would be in attendance for this year’s iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.
But despite his absence, the 6 God made good work of his 7-nominations (tying him for the lead with Alessia Cara) and lead the pack of winners early on, taking home Best MuchFact Video (Majid Jordan’s “My Love” featuring Drake) and Most Buzzworthy Canadian. The X-directed “Hotline Bling” won Director of the Year, Hip Hop Video of the Year, and topped it off by winning the show’s top honour, Video of the Year. Drake also lost in a couple of categories, but walked away as one of the night’s biggest winners.
In other hip-hop/urban related news, The Weeknd took home the IHeartRadio Canadian Single Of The Year award for “Can’t Feel My Face,” while Alessia Cara was the first winner of a new category introduced this year, Best New Canadian Artist. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis kicked off the show with a great performance of “Dance Off” and also won the IHeartRadio International Duo or Group Of The Year.
Shout outs are in order for Toronto recording artist Jazz Cartier, making big strides with his career in a short time. Despite not winning any awards, Cartier picked up a pair of nominations and a ton of well deserved exposure. His single “The Valley/Dead or Alive” was nominated for Best Hip Hop Video and he also picked up a nod in the Best New Canadian Artist category. Click here to check out “The Valley/Dead or Alive” now or click here to check out Cartier’s latest project,
Views stays at No. 1 for 7th consecutive week
Along with yet another batch of trophies to find a home for, Drake will be happy to know his latest album VIEWS has retained its No. 1 spot for the 7th straight week. Eminem was the last artist to achieve that feat with The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. Marshall held on to the spot for 8 weeks so we’ll see if VIEWS can do the same for Drake. As HNHH reports:
“For the week ending June 16, VIEWS sold 121,000 equivalent album units, reports Nielsen Music. The majority of that sum can be attributed to streaming platforms, as the album was reportedly streamed 110.5 million times, which equates to 74,000 album units. Traditional album sales only accounted for 27,000 of the album’s 121,000 units.”
HNHH also acknowledged that Nick Jonas made his debut at No. 2 with Last Year Was Complicated, and included this noteworthy tidbit:
“It’s interesting to note that Jonas beat Drake in traditional sales, but was dwarfed once the streaming numbers were factored in.”
Stay tuned to see if Drake can beat Eminem’s record. Click here to purchase VIEWS on iTunes.
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