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XXXTentacion scores posthumous US number one album

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The late rapper has bagged his second number one album of the year, following the success of ? in March.

Skins, his first album since he was shot and killed at the age of 20 in Florida, has gone to the top of the Billboard 200.

It sold 132,000 combined copies, including streaming, in its first week of release, with 52,000 in traditional sales, knocking Meek Mill's Championships off top spot.

The album has picked up several awards but the singer/rapper remains a controversial figure after appearing to confess to domestic abuse charges he was facing before his death.

Kanye appears to defend XXXTentacion on posthumous album

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XXXTentacion's posthumous second LP, Skins, dropped today.

The controversial singer/rapper was murdered in Florida in June, aged 20.

At the time of his death he was accused of domestic abuse charges. Though he denied them, a leaked audio tape emerged in which the late rapper apparently admitted assaulting his pregnant ex-girlfriend and stabbing nine people.

The new record features a cameo from another controversial rapper, Kanye West, who appears to defend XXX on track eight, One Minute.

Ye raps:

Now your name is tainted, by the claims they paintin’ / The defendant is guilty, no one blames the plaintiff.

Since his death, XXX has been honoured with accolades by the American Music Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards and, last month, joined Michael Jackson on Forbes' list of top earning dead celebs.

Skins is his second album of the year, following ?, which dropped in March.

Check out Bad from the album below and read more.

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Posthumous album from XXXTentacion announced

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Skins, a new LP by the controversial late rapper is due out on December 7.

XXX, who earlier this month joined Michael Jackson on Forbes' list of top earning dead celebs, was shot and killed in Florida in June, aged 20.

You can check out the lusty first single from the album, Bad, below.

It will be his second album of the year, following ?, which dropped in March.

At the time of his death the emerging hip hop star had charges of domestic abuse hanging over his head and recently audio emerged of him apparently admitting to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and stabbing nine people.

His last album, 17, won favourite album in the soul/R & B category at this year's American Music Awards.

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Michael Jackson joined by XXXTentacion on list of top earning dead celebs

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MJ, who died in 2009, holds his place at the top of business experts Forbes' list for another year, after raking in around $400m (£310m) over the past 12 months.

A large chunk of the cash comes from Sony's recent acquisition of his estate’s stake in EMI Music Publishing for an eye-watering $287m (£223m).

It sees The King of Pop hold off The King, Elvis Presley, in second with a mere $40m ($31m) to show for this year.

The bulk of Elvis' posthumous fortune comes from selling tickets to his home in Graceland and a new $45m (£35m) entertainment complex called Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Bob Marley sits in fifth having made $23m (£18m) this year and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who became eligible for the list in 2017, is straight in at number seven with an after-death haul of $15m (£12m).

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Perhaps most interestingly though from a music point of view is the appearance of controversial late rapper XXXTentacion in 11th place.

The rapper, who was murdered in Florida in June, made $11m (almost £9m), largely from being one of the most streamed musicians of the year.

The 20-year-old has racked up more than four billion streams and was honoured at both the American Music Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards.

He was facing domestic abuse charges at the time of his death.

Head over to Forbes for the full list.

Lil Pump drops posthumous XXXTentacion collab

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A new track by the controversial late rapper, who was murdered in Florida in June, has appeared online just days after he appeared to admit to having committed a series of attacks.

Arms Around You features previously unreleased vocals by XXXTentacion, alongside Lil Pump, Maluma and Swae Lee.

Check out the lyric video below.

Earlier this week, a secret recording obtained by US publication Pitchfork appeared to show XXX admitting to committing assault, domestic abuse and stabbing nine people.

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XXXTentacion appears to confess to crimes on new recording

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The late rapper, who was murdered in Miami this summer, appears to admit committing assault, domestic abuse and stabbing eight people in a secret recording obtained by US publication Pitchfork.

Before his death, the 20-year-old was facing charges of beating and threatening his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

On the new recording, which was reportedly taken from the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office, the rapper is apparently heard saying: “I put my source of happiness in another person, which was a mistake initially, right?

“But she fell through on every occasion until now. Until I started [messing] her up bruh. I started [messing] her up because she made one mistake.

"And from there, the whole cycle went down. Now she’s scared. That girl is scared for her life. Which I understand.”

Cleopatra Bernard accepts her son's award at the AMA's
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Earlier this month, XXXTentacion received a posthumous honour at the BET Hip Hop Awards, winning best new hip hop artist, and earlier picked up favourite soul/R&B album at the American Music Awards.

His awards were accepted by his mother Cleopatra Bernard (pictured above).

Her son will be ineligible for the same award at next year's Grammys, as his debut album 17 was released shortly outside of the eligibility period.

BET Awards: Vic Mensa stands by XXXTentacion diss rap

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The Chicago rapper has responded to criticism over his freestyle rap, which aired during last night's awards.

Mensa made a very pointed attack at the controversial late hip hop star, who was murdered in June aged 20.

His rap went: Only time you bear arms is in a wife beater, loser / Your favorite rapper's a domestic abuser.

XXXTentacion, who won the award for best new hip hop artist, was facing a series of domestic violence charges when he died.

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His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, was in attendance at last night's awards when the offending verse went out. Mensa has since posted on Instagram saying that it was not his intention to hurt her feelings but that he stands by his lyrics.

“I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her lost son,” he said in the clip.

“However, I vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers, and I will not hold my tongue about it."

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