Friday, April 19, 2024

Pop Charts: The Future Is Now as Rapper Has Top Two Albums of the Week


The future is now, kids.

The rapper Nayvadius Wilburn calls himself “Future.” He’s on L.A. Reid’s Epic Records via SonyMusic. And this week he has the top 2 albums on the charts.

Two Fridays ago Future released an eponymous album that went right to number 1. Then last Friday he released “Hndrxx,” a follow up with special appearances by Rihanna and The Weeknd. The latter album is supposed to be more radio friendly. It sounds that way from my quick listen. “Hndrxx” sounds like the latest album I;ve heard inspired by Marvin Gaye’s work from the early 70s. That’s not a bad thing.

Both albums exist in the air only, as digital downloads or for streaming. So far there is no physical product.

The streaming is so far beating the digital download side.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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