"Westworld" Season 3 Trailer Highlights A Robot Rebellion: Watch

Westworld is hands down the best show on HBO now that Game Of Thrones is over. The cast Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden is magnificent. The show is based on an old school movie the same name, but there are major difference between the updated HBO series and the film from 1973. It’s hard to dive into the plot without revealing any spoilers, but if you know, you know. The basic plot the show revolves around an amusement park filled with life-like robots who do not know they are robots. Wealthy clients come and play in the amusement park by killing, having sex with, and going on adventures with the robots. Of course, things quickly spiral downhill. 

San Diego Comic-Con is currently going down, and HBO released a debut trailer for Westworld season 3 during the celebrations. The trailer brings the main characters out into the real world, something that has only been shown briefly in previous seasons. Now that the robots have made it to the real world, it looks like a plan is unfolding to remain hidden while more devious plots unravel. Check out the trailer for season 3 below. 

Dave East Says Free A$AP Rocky, But He’s In No Rush To Boycott Sweden

A$AP Rocky is currently sitting in a jail cell in Sweden, and has been there for about three weeks. Rocky was detained after an altercation which was caught on camera. The first footage to hit the internet seemed to show Rocky and his crew tossing and beating up a man. Once more videos were released online, it changed the perspective and appeared to highlight the man being attacked as the instigator. The arrest Rocky has become an international incident, and now even Donald Trump is involved in the process trying to get A$AP freed. 

The Swedish authorities are seemingly scfing at the idea that Trump can change the situation, since there is no bail fered in the country. “If you live in a country where bail is possible, I understand you’d be surprised,” Linnea Wegerstad, a lecturer in criminal law at Lund University in Sweden told The New York TimesTypically, they do not keep people locked up before trial unless they fall under 4 circumstances. A$AP Rocky is being labeled a flight risk, which is one the four circumstances that would allow the Swedish government to keep someone locked up before a trial. The other three circumstances are  if there is a risk they will refend, if there is a risk they may try to interfere with an investigation, and if the crime is severe. 

TMZ caught up with Dave East and asked him about the situation. When questioned about his support for his fellow New Yorker, East backed Rocky with pride. East was then pressed on the fact that G-Eazy was detained and released within 2 days in the same country. Eazy himself said he believed that alone showed systemic racism, and East agreed. “We Black, we got tats, braids, we smell like weed. But we got money so… anybody that’s not used to that is gonna have something to say.” Although East stands for his brother Rocky, he admits that he’s in no hurry to join a boycott Sweden. “If Sweden got money for me, I’m out there,” East stated. Check out the video below. 

Buzzfeed Is Getting Into the Live Concerts — "We Think This Can Become a Significant Business"

BuzzFeed is staging its first live event with the help of several huge social media stars.

The one-hour variety special will be filmed live at New York City’s Webster Hall.

The variety show will include headlining performances from Lil Nas X and JoJo Siwa. Other influencers and BuzzFeed personalities included are Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese, and Angelina Pivarnick of MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

BuzzFeed’s one-hour variety show isn’t going to make any money for the first showing. The company isn’t charging for tickets, and there are no announced sponsorship deals for the show. The invitation-only show will take place on July 25th.

CMO Ben Kaufman says BuzzFeed sees the live event as an investment in the future.

“We see this as an investment — we think this can become a significant business for BuzzFeed.”

BuzzFeed hopes to use the Internet Live event as a launchpad for producing ticketed events to generate revenue. Brand integrations for live shows will be another revenue-driving point.  Kaufman says the idea is to bring alive the best of the internet for the world to see.

Internet Live will feature live interviews, musical performances, interactive games, and tributes to memes.

Digital influencers are slowly expanding into touring live shows as another revenue stream.  BuzzFeed may have the name recognition to draw these Internet celebrities, but just how interesting is a live show?  BuzzFeed is known for producing GIF-laden commentary on its blog — but can the company diversify?

Meanwhile, the bigger picture is souring: BuzzFeed laid off 15% of its workforce earlier this year and the brand is steadily losing its sizzle. CEO Jonah Peretti has increasingly emphasized the need for BuzzFeed to diversify its revenue streams beyond just advertising, once a bulwark of the company’s revenues.

BuzzFeed says it expects around 500 attendees for its Internet Live event. Those in attendance will include partners, influencers, and some advertising clients. Despite the live event, BuzzFeed won’t stream the show while it’s happening. Instead, the show will be edited into a 30-minute video distributed across BuzzFeed’s video channels.

Young Thug Changes Upcoming Album Title

It feels like we could be getting Young Thug‘s ficial debut album very soon. Although a date has not been announced for its release yet, we at least knew what the project would be titled. The release “The London” last month seemed to signal that GOLDMOUFDOG would soon be following. We’re still waiting for information regarding Thug’s debut but now, we must refer to the mysterious album by a completely different name. The slime general was having second thoughts about his gold teeth and he decided to spread a little bit positivity, renaming the upcoming drop and announcing the new title on Twitter.

Young Thug Changes Upcoming Album Title
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We’re waiting patiently for Young Thug to release some new music. He’s proven that he is one the most innovative artists out today and we’re always interested in seeing what he’s got up his sleeve. This time around, the YSL veteran is just trying to enjoy himself, telling the world that GOLDMOUFDOG is no more. Instead, his forthcoming body work will be titled SO MUCH FUN

There’s still no word out on when this project will see the light day. Although we’re probably getting our hopes up, we’re still waiting on Hy!£UN35. Hopefully, SO MUCH FUN comes out soon. We’ll update you with more information as it comes.

New Music: Tory Lanez ‘Forever’

The One Umbrella summer continues.

One week after dropping “Melee,” Tory Lanez unleashes his latest track “Forever.” Over the Cassius Jay beat, the Toronto rapper celebrates brotherhood, loyalty, and unity—through ups and downs, legal drama, getting money, and beating cases.

“If shit get wild and you kill a ni**a / We bury and shovel together,” raps Tory. “I got you forever and ever / I got you through every endeavor.”

“Forever” follows “Melee” and “Broke Leg” with Quavo and Tyga. Tory plans to release even more music as he gears up for his long-awaited mixtape Chixtape 5.

He will join Chris Brown on his “INDIGOAT Tour,” which kicks off Aug. 20 in Portland.

Listen To The Beyoncé-Curated Compilation "The Lion King: The Gift"

Beyoncé has taken on the role of curator for the newly released compilation The Lion King: The Gift. The album acts as a companion piece to Disney’s Lion King remake, which hit theaters Thursday (July 18).

The LP features contributions by Queen Bey, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, Childish Gambino, Pharrell and more.

“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” Beyoncé said in a press release. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

View The Lion King: The Gift stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Listen To The Beyoncé-Curated Compilation "The Lion King: The Gift"

1. balance (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
2. BIGGER – Beyoncé
3. the stars (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
4. FIND YOUR WAY BACK – Beyoncé
5. uncle scar (scar interlude) – Chiwetel Ejiofor
6. DON’T JEALOUS ME – Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr. Eazi
7. danger (young simba & young nala interlude) – JD McCrary & Shahadi Wright Joseph
8. JA ARA E – Burna Boy
9. run away (scar & young simba interlude) – JD McCrary & Chiwetel Ejiofor
10. NILE – Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar
11. new lesson (timon, pumbaa & young simba interlude) – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen & JD McCrary
12. MOOD 4 EVA – Beyoncé, JAY-Z & Childish Gambino
13. reunited (nala & simba interlude) – Beyoncé & Donald Glover
14. WATER – Salatiel, Pharrell Williams & Beyoncé
15. BROWN SKIN GIRL – Beyoncé, SAINt JHN & Wizkid f. Blue Ivy Carter
16. come home (nala interlude)
17. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM – Tiwa Savage & Mr Eazi
18. follow me (Rafiki interlude) – John Kani
19. ALREADY – Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer
20. remember (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
21. OTHERSIDE – Beyoncé
22. war (nala interlude)
23. MY POWER – Tierra Whack, Beyoncé & Moonchild Sanelly
24. surrender (simba & scar interlude) – Donald Glover & Chiwetel Ejiofor
25. SCAR – 070 Shake & Jessie Reyez
26. i’m home (mufasa, sarabi & simba interlude) – James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard & Donald Glover
27. SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – Beyoncé

7digital's CEO and CFO Exit as Financial Situation Deteriorates

7digital CEO John Aalbers has stepped down as director and CEO of 7digital. He joined the B2B digital music platform less than four months ago.

CFO Julia Hubbard is also departing the company, effective immediately.  The move was cited as a cost-cutting measure.

In a statement emailed to Digital Music News this morning, Aalbers said his executive team was “immediately challenged with the financial difficulties” 7 digital faced.  DMN first reported last month that 7digital was .

Adding to the depressing diagnosis, Aalbers previously announced that the company would need a massive cash injection to stay afloat.  Since then, executives have been bailing on 7digital left and right.  Just two days ago, 7digital Group announced Tamir Koch and David Lazarus joined as non-executive chairs, with Koch spinning a far-flung blockchain savior plan.

Meanwhile, Mark Foster has also departed. Aalbers said he was happy to welcome the new members to “execute the new company strategy.”

That new strategy includes replacing Aalbers with Chief Operating Officer Paul Langworthy. The CFO of eMusic — Michael Juskiewicz — will assume CFO duties for 7digital, with Hubbard offering a transitionary hand.

Tamir Koch currently serves as president of eMusic.com, so Juskiewicz represents another eMusic addition. Upon announcing his role in joining the board, Koch said he hoped to expand the eMusic Blockchain Project. That project hopes to take a decentralized approach to music distribution and rights management.

Koch believes 7digital’s B2B business might be instrumental in creating “new economic models” between fans and artists.

All of this feels like an eMusic takeover, with 7digital getting a total executive makeover. And what about the looming bankruptcy? On that front, Aalbers says the situation is peachy.

“Three and a half months on, we have largely completed the rescue by securing a new, strategic majority investor, which has stated that it is prepared to invest further funds. The final phase of the fundraising is in progress and we expect an additional £4.5M to be raised in the coming weeks.”

Aalbers says these funds will provide 7digital with the necessary resources to implement the company’s “revised strategy.”

 

Iggy Azalea Dons Pigtails & Shows Some Skin In Album Promo Pics

Iggy Azalea was once viewed as one the frontrunners among her fellow female rappers. While the hype has worn f a touch, she still has a unique opportunity with each new release to take over once again. With Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Tierra Whack and others all dominating right now, Iggy Azalea has an advantage because her vast fanbase. The Australian rapper knows that her supporters have stuck with her throughout the good and bad times. That’s why she’s excited to deliver her next album, In My Defense, at the end this week for them. Tomorrow, the project will go live on streaming alongside her new single with Kash Doll and she’s pumping her social page full promotional material to get us all looking forward to midnight.

The Aussie styled her hair in pigtails and wore a colourful outfit, showing f her midriff and legs. The star was seemingly channelling the Spice Girls, rocking her Fila sneakers and captioning the modelling shot “SPICE WORLD” in advance her album drop. All week, she’s been freaking out over the release, panicking with her fans online. With just a few hours to go, she may finally be able to breathe again soon.

In other Iggy Azalea-related news, the rapper is rumoured to have gotten engaged to Playboi Carti. While that hasn’t been confirmed yet, Iggy has been showing f a ring on the correct finger, leading many to believe that she’s getting hitched.

Are you staying up to check out In My Defense?

WWE Announces “Smackville” WWE Network Event: What To Expect

WWE has today announced a special event dubbed “Smackville” which will air exclusively on the WWE Network just two weeks before the annual SummerSlam PPV. According to WWE, Smackville will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, July 27 starting at 9pm ET.

The full match card has not been revealed, but WWE is currently advertising a Triple Threat main event for the WWE Championship, featuring Ki Kingston, Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler. 

In addition to the Triple Threat Match, WWE has announced that Finn Balor will challenge Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a rematch their bout at the Extreme Rules PPV earlier this month. Of course, with Smackville taking place in Nashville, it’s only right that the event will feature a musical performance by Elias as well.

As mentioned, this unexpected WWE Network event comes just as WWE is beginning to shape the card for SummerSlam on August 11, which will take place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The only matches scheduled for SummerSlam thus far are: Seth Rollins vs Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Natalya vs Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Ember Moon vs SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Bayley. It is also expected that the new and improved Bray Wyatt will go up against Finn Balor, after he attacked Balor on this week’s episode Monday Night Raw.

YG Hangs With Trio Of Nude Women To Promote Summer Merch

YG created an entire brand with his 4Hunnid gang. The rapper has marketed himself flawlessly, bringing his name value from the streets, to the microphone, and to the cutting room floor. The Young Gangsta from Bompton recently released his new album 4REAL 4REAL, which was pushed back a couple times after the death Nipsey Hussle. YG was shaken up and felt it would have been disrespectful to put out music so soon after his friend was taken away, and while it never could have been the right time, he chose May 24 as his ficial release date. Now that his rollout is complete, the rapper is finding new ways to keep his fans engaged. Namely, the 4Hunnid clothing branch is striving and YG knows exactly what will get people to click.

YG Hangs With Trio Of Nude Women To Promote Summer Merch
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After wiping the majority his social prile, YG uploaded a photo himself and three naked women, censoring their nipples with tiny white scribbles. Although the girls have been somewhat covered up, the image is still far too NSFW for us to post here. You’ll see why. Peep it here.

YG has been caught up in a shooting that reportedly involved his SUV. His home was raided earlier today and we’re waiting to find out exactly what will happen to the rapper. He has maintained his innocence thus far. In other YG-related news, the artist recently welcomed his second baby girl into the world. Congratulations!

Lori Harvey & Diddy Spark New Dating Rumors After Model Drives His $400K Maybach

Somebody tell Meek Mill that it’s time to take Lori Harvey f his wishlist. Much the news surrounding Diddy this month has been about the revival his MTV series Making The Band. It was announced a few days ago that he would be rebooting the show, hoping to continue to build on his legacy as a mentor. The rap mogul is eager to get started, looking through the casting videos they’ve received and choosing who may be a good pick for the show. When it comes to his love life, Puffy has been single since his soulmate Kim Porter passed away. He has shared many social tributes to his ex-girlfriend but he is seemingly interested in moving forward. After his break-up with Cassie, Diddy was spotted with model Lori Harvey and a few others but they never actually confirmed that they were dating. Now, Lori’s choice vehicle appears to have spilled the beans for her.

Lori Harvey & Diddy Spark New Dating Rumors After Model Drives His $400K Maybach
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Several gossip websites, including Atlanta Black Star, have reported on Lori Harvey cruising around in Diddy’s chauffeured Maybach, meeting the rapper for lunch at Nobu. Diddy reportedly used the back entrance and arrived in a black SUV to prevent paparazzi action in front the restaurant. Still, people are all up in their business, assuming that Harvey and Puff are back on after their date.

Do you think Lori Harvey and Diddy are together or nah?

Jordyn Woods Lands Another Music Video Gig In Rick Ross’ "Big Tyme" Visual

Is it just us or has Jordyn Woods’ career seemingly gotten better since she was dropped by the Kardashians? After the 21-year-old kissed Tristan Thompson, the Kardashian crew said bye-bye leading her to move out Kylie Jenner’s home. By the looks things, the move was for the better since Jordyn has since landed endorsement deals in London and Dubaipartnerships with fashion companies, electronic deals and now it looks like she’s the “it” video girl. 

At the top the month, Jordyn was featured in Gunna’s “Baby Birkin” music video and today we’ve received a teaser that shows us she’s lined up for an appearance in another video with none other than Rick Ross. As per a clip shared on The Shade Room, you can see Jordyn dressed to the nines as she’s set to take the lead in Rick’s “Big Tyme” visual. 

Earlier this week, Jordyn clapped back at the numerous blogs that were alleging that she had words for Kylie amid her Kylie Skin girls trip. “We need to publicize better headlines.. who’s writes the articles? who decides what is posted on blogs? And why is there a new story every other day explaining “how I feel” about something I’ve never spoken to anyone about?” Jordyn tweeted.

She’s clearly doing just fine.  

Charles Barkley Reveals The Best Player He Ever Guarded

Charles Barkley will most likely go down in history as one the best NBA players ever, who never won a championship. Barkley played 16 years in the NBA and was known for being a beast out on the court. While Barkley developed quite a few rivalries over the years, he’s never been shy to pay respect to those who he felt were worthy adversaries. He knows when to give people their flowers and at a recent charity event, the NBA on TNT analyst revealed who he thought was the best player he’s ever gone up against.

Barkley gave a surprising answer as he said Kevin McHale the Boston Celtics was the best player he ever had to guard. McHale played 17 years in the NBA and won three championships with the Celtics throughout the 80s. He may not be a household name to today’s NBA crowd, but he was definitely a great player at the time.

“He’s one the greatest basketball players ever, and I actually work with him now on television,” Barkley said Sports Illustrated. “He’s the best player I ever played against and had to guard.”

Barkley also said that McHale was practically impossible to stop on defense and that he used to have nightmares about him. Considering Barkley played against the likes Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Magic Johnson, McHale is getting some pretty high praise here.

Chance the Rapper Announces Debut Album ‘The Big Day’

The wait is over.

Chance the Rapper is set to release his debut album, The Big Day, on Friday, July 26. During his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night, the Chicago rapper made the big announcement.

In exchange for Jimmy pre-ordering the project, he agreed to reveal the title and release date. “My name is Chance the Rapper and I will be releasing my debut album on July 26 entitled The Big Day,” he told the audience.

He also shared the cover art, which features his hand holding up a clear CD embedded with diamonds.

This will be the first time Chance has sold his music, which was previously available for free on streaming services. “I haven’t sold my projects before. A lot of my projects were free,” he explained.

The Big Day follows Chance’s 2016 mixtape Coloring Book, which won Best Rap Album at the 2017 Grammys.

In May, Chance dropped the Murda Beatz-produced “GRoCERIES” featuring TisaKorean. He has been previewing snippets from the album on social media, including one song that samples Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down.”

The Big Day is now available for pre-order. Chance also plans to tour in support of the release.


Aubrey O’Day Calls Out Diddy Over ‘Making the Band’ Reboot

Aubrey O’Day is out for redemption.

Earlier this week, MTV and Diddy announced that they were bringing back “Making the Band,” and the former cast member is feeling some type of way about it.

During an interview with The Blast, the Danity Kane singer said she supports the reboot of the reality competition series, on which she and her bandmates got their start, but also wants MTV to give her and her “MTB” co-stars a new show.

“I’m happy when any new artist gets an opportunity to shine and to develop, but I do think that MTV needs to bring back, along with ‘Making the Band,’ a Danity Kane show with our family that we created on the network with Day26, Donnie Klang,” she said. “We won’t stop until we get it.”

O’Day, who appeared on “Making the Band 3” in 2005-2006, also took a shot at her former mentor for not finishing what he started. “But I think it would be really interesting to see Diddy repair what he broke on national television,” she said. “I think it would be really interesting for him to show the world that he can come full circle with redemption with all of us. I think he needs to finish what he started.”

She went on to blame the Bad Boy mogul for Danity Kane’s breakup. “There are many factors and there are many reasons why things started to not work, but the breakup came from his mouth,” said O’Day, who last saw Diddy in a Las Vegas club with Ray J. “It’s been ages since Ray J was relevant, so probably a long time ago.”

Three members of Danity Kane, including O’Day, Dawn Richard, and Shannon Bex, recently released their new single “Neon Lights” and are currently on tour. O’Day can also be seen on MTV’s reality dating show “Ex on the Beach.”