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Pop Smoke's Posthumously Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 With 'Faith'

Pop Smoke is back on top of the charts.

The late superstar, who passed away last February in a shooting, returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his second posthumous album, Faith, via Billboard.

The star-studded album, which was released on July 16, pushed 88,000 equivalent album units in its first week.

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New Details Revealed About Pop Smoke's Murder

New details have surfaced about the murder of Pop Smoke.

The star died at just 20 years old after being fatally shot during a home invasion robbery in 2020, and now the LAPD is speaking out with additional information.

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New York Police Tried to Get Pop Smoke to Give Them Information Before His Murder

The police tried to get Pop Smoke to give them information prior to his death, a new report claims.

The rapper, who was tragically murdered in a home invasion at his place in Hollywood back in February, was “hounded” by authorities to inform on gang members and reveal what he knew about a pair of Brooklyn shootings, The Post reported Sunday (August 2).

He was reportedly first grilled by a NYPD gang detective back in December after being arrested for possessing a stolen Rolls Royce Wraith, questioned about a non-fatal shooting earlier in the summer where he was allegedly seen driving a car in reverse near the scene of the crime.

“Any conversation with Pop about cooperation was a very short one. It’s something he would never entertain doing,” his lawyer Peter Frankel said.

“Jackson was hit with six state charges, including criminal possession of stolen property, on Dec. 4 for allegedly having the car, according to a now-sealed criminal complaint obtained by The Post. But when he refused to cooperate, he was suddenly also slapped with a federal charge in January 2020 — a move Frankel said was likely to put pressure on the rapper to flip,” the outlet reported.

“They hoped the force of the federal indictment would persuade him to cooperate — meet and speak with them. It’s not uncommon for the federal government to become involved in an investigation when they believe that doing so will help them in a way a state court prosecution may not be able to do,” his lawyer added.

He was arrested by the FBI at JFK Airport after returning from Europe, and the same detective reportedly grilled him about the 823 Crips and another shooting in New York.

The detective “wanted information about another non-fatal shooting on Jan. 4 outside of Jouvay nightclub in Jamaica, Queens. He again refused to cooperate.” He was released on bond and agreed to stay away from known gang members and submit drug tests.

In a memo from his federal case in February, U.S. pretrial services sought to block him from performing at the BK Drip Concert later that month, as they were reportedly notified that several performers were identified gang members.

“Just three days after he was slated to perform, Jackson was gunned down in an apparent home-invasion robbery at a luxury rental home where he was staying in the Hollywood Hills.Four people were charged with the slaying in July, and investigators believe they robbed the home after seeing social media posts about where the rapper was staying,” The Post reported.

His posthumous record, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, recently came out and had a huge opening…

Pop Smoke's 'Shoot for the Stars' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

Pop Smoke‘s first studio album is on top of the charts.

The late artist, who was tragically murdered at the age of 20 back in February, landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with his posthumous set, Shoot for the Stars, as of Sunday (July 12) according to the chart company.

The album was released on July 3 and garnered 251,000 equivalent album units in its first week. It now marks the sixth biggest week of 2020 for any album, and the third largest for a hip-hop album. It also had the fourth largest streaming week of 2020, and is the first posthumous No. 1 since December of 2018 with XXXTentacion‘s Skins.

Five people were just arrested in connection to his murder. Find out more…

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Five Arrested in Alleged Connection to Pop Smoke's Death

There’s an update in the investigation into Pop Smoke‘s death.

Five people have been arrested in alleged connection to his fatal shooting at the age of 20 in February, Los Angeles police confirmed on Thursday (July 9).

“Three adult males and two juvenile males were taken into custody, police said. No additional information was offered. A motive is not currently known, but police are expected to release more information soon,” THR reported.

The 20-year-old star, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed when masked men broke into his Hollywood Hills home. He was quickly taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but was pronounced dead.

“We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of @POPSMOKE10 . Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together,” Republic Records said following the horrific news.

We are thinking of Pop Smoke‘s loved ones at this difficult time.

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Pop Smoke's Manager Gives Update on Murder Investigation

Pop Smoke‘s manager is giving fans an update on the investigation into the late rapper’s murder, nearly five months after he was killed in a home invasion.

Pop‘s manager Steve Victor said in an Apple Music interview that the investigation is “way closer than it was a couple months ago.”

“I’m getting information from Pop’s criminal attorney and he’s in communication with LAPD and the detectives out there,” he said (via Rap-Up). “It’s definitely way, way closer than it was a couple of months ago… Justice will definitely be served.”

It has been reported that Pop was shot and killed in a targeted hit on the morning of February 19. Four masked men broke into his rented home in the Hollywood Hills and fired multiple shots. Pop was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.

Pop‘s posthumous debut album has been released and you can stream it now.

Pop Smoke's Posthumous Debut Album Has Been Released - Stream It Here

The late rapper Pop Smoke‘s debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, has been released posthumously.

The young star died back in February at the age of 20 after he was shot and killed during a home invasion. His cause of death detailed the injuries he suffered in the attack.

Pop Smoke‘s album features collaborations with lots of big stars, including 50 Cent, Future, Quavo, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Tyga, Swae Lee, and more. The album was originally supposed to be released in June, but it was delayed to the civil unrest happening in the U.S.

While Pop Smoke has released two mixtapes in the past, this is his first full-length album.

You can stream the full album below thanks to Spotify or you can go to iTunes right now to download.