The geek in me is quite pleased to learn that in 2019, a compilation album comprised of "posse cuts" can rise to no. 1 in sales as Dreamville's Revenge of the Dreamers III so aptly demonstrated this past week. As predicted by several unfounded sources, Dreamville's ROTD III outpaced the competition by a sizeable margin, as reflected by a sales figure of 115,000 equivalent units.
Placing second to J. Cole's crowdsourced effort was Billie Eilish up a spot from her position last week. In third place, Chris Brown'sIndigo drops two spots from its preeminent position last week. Also dropping a couple of spots down the Top 200 was Lil Nas X, with 49,000 units, impressive given the near month his 7 EP has spent on the shelf.
In the fifth spot, Machine Gun Kelly earned himself his 4th ever Top 10 finish off the strength of Hotel Diablo. Bloom, General Admission, and Lace Up rose as high as 8th, 4th and 4th respectively on the Top 200.
Lizzo, Khalid, Post Malone, and the Jonas Brothers rounded out the top for the week ending July 11, as per Nielsen Music. Worth noting: Post Malone's beerbonds & bentleys wasn't in the Top 10 this time last week, but as Billboard's
Ed Sheeran’s Highly Anticipated Collab with Skrillex Doesn’t Really Live Up To The Hype
Before Ed Sheeran was signed in 2011 to Asylum Records, he made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project with Wiley, Devlin, P Money, Ghetts and Jme — no small names in grime. Now, 8 years later, he’s followed it up with No.6 Collaborations Project and way bigger friends. The new album out today features the likes of Stormzy, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Eminem & 50 Cent, and more.
For our purposes, we’re going to focus on the Skrillex collaboration, “Way To Break My Heart,” for a moment. If Skrillex didn’t have his name on the track, you’d hardly know he had any part in this collaboration. Yes, it’s “feat Skrillex” with Sheeran putting his mark primarily on the record, but it’s unlike Skrillex to take such a huge backseat on a track.
If I had to hypothesize what Skrillex’s part in the track was, the chorus/drop is a pretty good place to start. The percussion is just synthesized enough to sort of glean the producer’s influence, but it could have easily been anyone else with a sample pack at the end of the day. It would have been nice to have some Skrillex backing guitar, some vocal chops, or even Sonny’s own voice on the record. Alas, as a collaboration, it falls short of expectation.
As for the rest of the album, reviews range between “inspired” to “cringeworthy, dull and insincere.” Ultimately it’s up to you to make that determination for yourself. Listen to the full album below.