Gunning for The Weeknd?
We hear that fast-rising rapper Gunna – who upset The Weeknd on the Billboard 200 chart by hitting No. 1 last week – will perform during DirecTV and Maxim’s Super Bowl LVI weekend party in Los Angeles on Feb. 11.
Gunna (real name: Sergio Giavanni Kitchens) joins a lineup that already includes The Chainsmokers and Lil Baby at City Market. The two-day party, dubbed “MaximBet Music At The Market Powered by DIRECTV,” will also include a Feb. 12 show headlined by producer and DJ Tiësto, with 50 Cent hosting.
Sources say The Weeknd – who headlined the halftime show at last year’s Super Bowl – will perform at a competing party the same night.
Gunna’s new album, “DS4Ever,” debuted the same day as The Weeknd’s latest effort, “Dawn FM,” with Gunna surprisingly edging out the “Blinding Lights” crooner.
Since then, both Gunna, 28, and The Weeknd, 31, have subsequently been displaced atop the charts by Disney soundtrack “Encanto,” which bounced back into the top spot this week after falling to No. 3.
Gunna was all smiles after beating out The Weeknd with the debut of his new album.Best Image / BACKGRID
Gunna’s single “Pushin P” with Future and Young Thug has recently gone viral. The title has become a popular phrase in hip-hop circles and on social media.
If you’re like NBA star Serge Ibaka – who inquired what “Pushin P” meant via Twitter – Gunna explained in a DM that the term refers to “Keepin it Playa.”
Gunna’s latest album also includes guest appearances by 21 Savage, Chris Brown, Lil Baby and Roddy Ricch. It’s his second album to debut at No. 1 after 2020’s “Wunna.”
Gunna will join a lineup that already includes The Chainsmokers. AFP via Getty Images
Other Super Bowl LVI weekend bashes and concerts happening around LA before the big game on Feb. 13 include performances by Miley Cyrus, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Halsey and Zedd.
Page Six has also exclusively learned that Diplo will DJ a bash on Feb. 11 at TAO LA, “The Yieldstreet Party,” as part of the “TAO Big Game Weekend” presented by Element.
The weekend is jam-packed with branded events from Bud Light, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Wheels Up, Wynn Nightlife VIP, Pepsi and more.