Monday, June 17, 2024

Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” Quickly Replaced at Number 1 By “Free” Rap Album, Group Donates $100K to Causes


Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” got another surprise today. A new album by rap duo Run in the Jewels literally dropped out of the sky, went to number 1, and raised money for Black Lives Matters charities.

Crazy but true: the group’s fourth album, RTJ4, was supposed to release Friday at midnight. But given the situation with the murder of George Floyd, and all the protests, they decided to just let it go this morning. The album shot right to number 1 on iTunes despite the fact that it’s also available for FREE on their website.

Yes, you read that right. But on the website you’re asked to make a donation to a group of charities that will fund Black Lives Matter causes, legal defense funds, and so on. But 11pm, according to Run the Jewels partner El-P, they’d raised over $100,000.

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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