CHILDISH GAMBINO AND ERYKAH BADU
After Childish Gambino released his album, because the internet earlier this year, Huffington Post published a four-part series entitled, "Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui: Why because the internet is the Most Significant Album in Recent History," which built a case for because the internet as one of the most important albums of the decade. As an early adopter in emerging technology Childish Gambino blurred the lines between online and offline experience, introducing fans to augmented reality applications during his most recent tour, The Deep Web Tour. He has earned over 16.3 million streams of hit single 'V. 3005' on Spotify, reached over 14.5 million views of the 'V. 3005' video on YouTube, and charted in at #8 on Shazam's US chart for Hip-Hop/Rap. Upon hearing the news of his assent as the first independent artist on the Rhythmic chart on July 1st, CHILDISH GAMBINO tweeted to his fans and sent a ripple through the Internet. The buzz from fans launched him to #1 on Billboard + Twitter's Trending 140 chart, giving even deeper meaning to the aptly named record, because the internet. Universal Motown recording artist Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a four-time GRAMMY award winning American soul singer and songwriter. Regarded as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul", Badu's sound -- a concoction of soul, hip-hop and jazz -- cannot be contained to a single genre. Self-described as a "mother first", Badu is a touring artist, producer, dj, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, doula, vegan, and conscious spirit. Baduizm, Badu's highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 went triple platinum and, along with "On & On," won Grammy Awards at the 1998 ceremony. Spring of 2010, Badu released her fifth studio album, and second installment of a two-part New Amerykah series. New Amerykah, Part 1: Fourth World War, a concept album that was digitally produced and political in tone, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Rolling Stone named it one of the year's best albums. New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh, which features lush live instrumentation and taps into Badu's emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships, made its debut at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.