On the Charts: Lil Uzi Vert, XXXTentacion Invade Top Two Spots

New albums from a pair of emerging rappers debuted atop the Billboard 200 as Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 opened up at Number One, one spot ahead XXXTentacion’s 17.

Luv Is Rage 2 chalked up 135,000 total copies in its debut week, helped in part by the rapper’s MTV Video Music Awards appearance alongside Ed Sheeran. Of the 135,000 haul, 100,000 copies came from streaming equivalent albums, or SEAs, Billboard reports

The Philadelphia rapper previously peaked at Number 37 with his Lil Uzi Vert Vs. the World mixtape in January.

Florida rapper XXXTentacion also reached a new personal Billboard 200 best with 17, which sold a total of 87,000 copies in its first week (67,000 SEAs). That’s a massive improvement over the Number 44 peak of the rapper’s Revenge mixtape just two months.

It was a debut-heavy week in the Top 10 as seven new albums entered the upper tier of the Billboard 200: Queens of the Stone Age’s new Villains settled at Number Three and 73,000 copies; however, 69,000 of that total were traditional album sales, making Villains technically the week’s best-selling LP.

Fifth Harmony’s first album of the post-Camila Cabello era, Fifth Harmony, bowed at Number Four and 46,000 total copies; the now-quartet’s 2016 album 7/27 also peaked at Number Four. A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy and Old Dominion’s Happy Endings opened at Numbers Six and Seven, respectively.

At Number 10, the War on Drugs staked their first Top 10 album with A Deeper Understanding, which sold 31,000 copies in its first week; by comparison, the group’s acclaimed 2014 album Lost in the Dream maxed out at Number 26.

Of the returnees, Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. led the way again at Number Three, with Khalid’s American Teen (Number Eight) and Kodak Black’s Project Baby Two (Nine) also back for another week.

Next week, LCD Soundsystem will look to claim their first Number One album with their comeback LP American Dream.

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Tim Cook Says 250 Apple Employees Are ‘Dreamers’ as Donald Trump’s Decision on DACA Nears

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Sunday tweeted that Apple employs 250 so-called “dreamers,” or individuals who were brought to the United States at a young age when their parents or guardians illegally immigrated to the country.



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“I stand with them,” said Cook. “They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”







Cook’s tweet comes shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce whether he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program as he promised.



Last week, Cook and around 300 other business leaders signed an open letter urging Trump to preserve the program, and to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or similar legislation as a permanent solution.



DACA allows many illegal immigrants, who entered the United States at age 16 or under, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit in the country.



The program was created by way of an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2012.



Trump vowed to end DACA during his presidential campaign, but he later admitted it would be a tough decision. Trump said young individuals enrolled in the program will be treated with “great heart.”



If the program is ended, nearly 800,000 undocumented young individuals that fall under its protections would have the right to work legally until their two-year work permits expire, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.


“Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), also known as work permits, are generally valid until they expire or the government demands they be returned,” it said in an advisory posted to its website last week.



It’s unclear if U.S. immigration authorities would then target those individuals for deportation, but it’s certainly the feared outcome among those protected. Trump’s decision is expected to be announced by Tuesday.



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John Legend Is Looking For Fat Donald Trump Supporters For His Next Music Video!

Typecasting Middle America, or making a pointed statement at Donald Trump… or a little bit of both?!

John Legend is reportedly searching for some folks who look like what you’re imagining a stereotypical Trump supporter to look… and that means white, old, and overweight!

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A new listing has gone up on a casting website in El Lay this weekend searching for a very specific type of people for Legend’s new music video project, including a group of actors needed to play rally/protester types as “preferably out of shape” white men and women aged 30-65 years old!

Here’s where it gets interesting, though: the rally also calls for eight black men and women to play Black Lives Matter supporters, and ten “young and blonde” white males that must be tasked with portraying the white nationalist alt-right… we can only assume.

But the only listing that mentions a preferred body type is the Trump supporter group, looking for overweight actors to portray The Donald’s fan base.

Inneresting…

The shoot is set for Friday, so things will start happening here soon enough. We can only imagine what the finished product will look like!!

Thoughts, Perezcious readers?!

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Is John Legend’s characterization of Trump supporters the right one???

Let us know your thoughts in the comments (below)!!!

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Hamilton wins at Monza, takes Formula One lead from Vettel

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C.J. Spiller Reportedly Signs Contract with Chiefs Day After Release

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed running back C.J. Spiller on Sunday, a day after they released him as part of their 53-man roster cuts.

Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reported the news.

Spiller, 30, spent camp in Kansas City after splitting the 2016 season between the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets.

    

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Dogs Are Better Than People!

This is the cutest thing!!!

Chris Evans got home today from a very long shoot — ten weeks away, to be exact, in an unconfirmed film role that could have been for Avengers 4 or another one of his projects — and his dog gave him the BEST greeting upon return!

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Ch-ch-check out that AH-Mazing moment (below)!!!

Awww!!!

Dogs love so unconditionally… they are too good for us humans!!

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Isn’t that the cutest thing you’ve ever seen??

Now if we only knew what he’d been shooting for ten weeks… Hmm…

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