Friday, April 12, 2024

Kendrick Lamar Sets a One Day Streaming Record with New Album “To Pimp a Butterfly”


It’s not exactly “Songs in the Key of Life” or “What’s Going On.” But Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” set a record yesterday. Spotify says the R&B album was streamed 9.6 million times in 24 hours. The irony is that the album was supposed to be released next Tuesday but was “leaked” or something yesterday. I say or something because the idea that Interscope would somehow allow an album to be “accidentally” released seems preposterous. Anyway, it’s always good to take the audience by surprise. “Pimp” is full of samples, most especially The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady,” which is the foundation for the first single off Kendrick’s album. Ronald Isley is featured, which is good, I guess. What’s really good is that people wrote music in the 60s and 70s. Otherwise modern artists would have nothing to set their raps to.


Who’s that lady:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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