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Beyonce doesn’t do too many collabos these days unless she’s letting her hubby jump on a track, which is why it’s sort of surprising Trey Songz claims he has something in the works with the Queen, or at least he did.
In an interview discussing his upcoming album, Chapter V, he spoke on a few of the artists who will be featured on the tracks like T.I., J. Cole, and Big Sean, but the interviewer threw another interesting name into the mix—Beyonce—and Trey had this to say.
“Beyonce, she had the baby. I thought about that last year because I’ve been making this album for a long time but she was on the road and pregnant and now she’s had the child. I very much respect her space, being that I have a friendship with their family, and I want to make sure that comes first before anything so that when the time is right for us to make a record it will be done.”
So he’s still basically in the hoping, wishing, and praying stage. I did forget that Jay-Z label mates do get first dibs on the queen—or king, I forgot which she’s going by these days—hence her work with Kanye and J. Cole’s mysterious new verse on “Party.” Considering Trey Songz is a part of the Roc-a-Fella fam we could see this collaboration come to light.
There’s another mama Trey has on his wish list, which is Swizz Beatz’ wife Alicia Keys. The singer said he had a track he thought would be perfect for her a little while back but she was also pregnant at the time so it never happened. Looks like babies bring Tremain bad luck.
Check out the rest of his interview here. Would you like to see Trey and Bey work together?
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By Charlotte Young
As anticipated, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” collaboration snatched the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. It sold 436,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, and is the second largest sales week of the year for an album, falling short only to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
According to Billboard.com, there are those in the industry who predicted “Watch the Throne” would command even higher sales numbers, reaching a total number of more than 500,000. Lady Gaga’s No. 1 “Born This Way” saw sales of 1.1 million.
Some say that the below 500,000 album is evidence that two hip hop greats don’t necessarily equal one gotta have it album. Still others assert that the super duo’s collaboration was hard to predict, due to its “staggered release.”
From Aug. 8-11, “Watch the Throne” was exclusively available through iTunes. For the Apple based music manager, “Watch the Throne” pummeled their previous one-week sales record, selling almost 290,000 digital copies. On Friday Aug. 12, it was available to all digital and physical retailers, but SoundScan’s tracking week ended on Sunday, Aug. 14. With this unusual marketing strategy, it was difficult to compare the album’s sales by the traditional model.
Those who really want to see how well the album sales did must be patient. The results that roll in from the second week combine both physical and digital sales which will provide a clearer number.
Despite the difficulty in obtaining exact numbers, nothing but the top spot could have ever been expected from Jay-Z or West.
This is Jay-Z’s twelfth No. 1 spot and West’s fifth. Jay-Z also takes the throne in longevity. He’s the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in history, second only to The Beatles who claim 19 No. 1s.
Jay-Z has also been part of two other collaborations that most recently topped the Billboard 200: Linkin Park’s “Collision Course” and R. Kelly’s “Unfinished Business,” which both debuted in 2004.
His last solo album, The Blueprint 3, came in at No. 1 with 476,000 in 2009. West’s last album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” in 2010, also took home the No. 1 spot.