Thousands of Indie Songwriters Rally Against Major Music Publishers' 'Industry Consensus' MLC

Thousands of indie songwriters are now speaking out against major music publishers like Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) over a questionable ‘black box’ collection scheme.

As the U.S. Copyright Office mulls over competing bids to run the Mechanical Licensing Collective, indie songwriters and publishers are becoming increasingly vocal.  Yesterday, the Copyright Office’s deadline for receiving comments on the selection of an MLC proposal lapsed, with hundreds of comments peppering the agency’s site.

Among the detailed commenters was the Nashville-based Songwriters Guild of America (SGA).  The Guild is headed by songwriter and musician Rick Carnes and represents thousands of writers.

In a detailed filing submitted to the Copyright Office and Register of Copyrights, the SGA raised flags over plans by the major music publishers to claim hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in unmatched and unclaimed royalties that likely belong to smaller songwriters.

The issue has been a serious sticking point since major publishers Warner/Chappell, Sony/ATV, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), among others, moved to control the Music Modernization Act’s Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.  Those publishers are represented by the National Music Publishers’ Association, or NMPA, which has remained silent on growing concerns about black box claiming processes.

The SGA emphatically underscored a serious conflict-of-interest problem.  “As to the first criterion set forth in the prior section above, transparency and accountability, Congress had reasons for serious concern that certain inherent conflicts created by the MMA would require particularly intensive scrutiny of the Mechanical Collective at both the threshold of its designation, and over the later performance of its duties,” the SGA declared in its filing this week (full submission ).

“The most obvious of these conflicts concerns the role of the Mechanical Collective in seeking to identify the rightful owners of hundreds of millions of dollars in unmatched royalties that will shortly be turned over to the Collective for identification and distribution.”

Carnes is a board member of the AMLC, which opposes the NMPA-backed MLC submission.  The group was largely formed to address perceived issues of unfair collusion among major music publishers.

Also chiming in: MusicAnswers, a group that has drawn more than 3,000 signatories for its ‘Declaration of Principles‘ surrounding fair music compensation and accounting transparency.

According to the group’s filing, major publishers are likely to claim more than a billion in unclaimed royalties, even though they have direct royalty-paying arrangements with major streaming companies like Spotify.

“A Board consisting largely of major music publishers, most of who have (or will have) direct licensing arrangements with digital music services, and whose royalties are therefore unlikely to flow through the MLC, strikes us as an inappropriate choice,” the group commented (full comment filing ).

“Moreover, because those same large publishers will receive the lion’s share of any distribution of unclaimed funds and would
have control over the distribution of those funds, it is a blatant conflict of interest for individuals representing those large publishers to occupy a significant number of the seats on the Board of Directors.”

Just yesterday, the highly-influential Recording Academy , noting that the group needed time to vet through the competing proposals before making a decision.



Lil Kim "Beyond Upset" Her Album Release Has Been Pushed Back

Instagram – Lil Kim announced her first studio album in 14 years was on its way last month. However, according to a recent Instagram Story, the release date has been pushed back.

The project — titled 9 — was originally expected to arrive on May 17, but Kim says due to label issues, there’s no telling when it will drop.

“EOne has pushed back the date of my album y’all if you have an issue take it up with them,” Kim wrote on her Instagram Story. “This has nothing to do with me. I am beyond upset with this and couldn’t wait to show you all what I’ve been working on.”

Lil Kim "Beyond Upset" Her Album Release Has Been Pushed Back

Kim added she was also frustrated with Spotify.

“Also Spotify is hating on me,” she continued. “I can’t understand why after all of the favors I’ve done for them. Direct all of your energy towards them too.”

Kim’s official studio album, The Naked Truth, hit the shelves in 2005, although she’s continued to drop mixtapes over the last 10 years. Lil Kim Season arrived in 2016. Her most recent single, “Go Awff,” made the rounds in February.

While fans await 9, Kim is whetting their appetites with another new single titled “No Auto Blanco.”

Check it out below.

Gunna Reveals "Drip Season 4" Is On The Way

College Park rapper Gunna derives from the Young Thug school thought. Which is to say, cherish expensive fabrics and never leave the studio. The latter quality has led to a prolific run from the melodic Gunna, who recently dropped f his divisive Drip Or Drown 2, alongside singles like “Speed It Up” and “One Call.”

The project fell on the heels Gunna’s already busy 2018, which brought Drip Season 3 and the Lil Baby assisted Drip Harder album into his discography. Now, it would appear that Gunna is once again looking to keep the pattern alive, having revealed another chapter his beloved series is in the works.

After two fans caught up with Gunna, presumably outside a recording studio, they proceeded to inquire about his upcoming plans. His response was enough to get the ball rolling: “Drip Season 4 on the way.” While the fans in question are visibly excited, others are slightly more wary about Gunna’s “sped up” workflow. Still, the Atlanta rapper has proven capable delivering quality, and we have no doubt he’ll continue to impress. You excited for that new Gunna, or should he take a break to craft something truly spectacular?

Robert Kraft Masseuse Arrested After Video Details Sexual Encounter

Back in February, Robert Kraft was reportedly busted for his alleged involvement in a prostitution ring at the Orchids Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Kraft was charged with two misdemeanor counts soliciting prostitution which he eventually pleaded not guilty to. Kraft has a day in court this upcoming Friday where he will continue to fight the alleged video which details the sexual encounters he received at the spa. Florida state laws dictate that the video has to come out by law, although for now, the judge has put a hold on that.

The video in question has now led to the arrest one the women who allegedly performed sexual acts on Kraft, according to TMZ. Shen Mingbi was picked up by authorities and charged with one count  deriving support from prostitution and eight counts fering to commit prostitution. Mingbi is currently in court to face those charges and as right now, her fate is unknown.

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Lei Wang was the other woman in the video, although she was arrested and charged back in February when the story first came to light. 

If Kraft is unable to block the video from reaching the public, Wang, Mingbi, and Kraft’s alleged acts will be for the entire world to see. 

Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Kevin Durant Disses Media For Free Agency Reports: "That’s Bad Journalism"

Kevin Durant has made it abundantly clear this season that he’s not a very big fan the media. At times, Durant has even lashed out members the media for their persistent coverage his upcoming free agency. Some have said that Durant will absolutely be leaving the Warriors and will end up with the New York Knicks. Durant hasn’t confirmed or denied any the reports, although he has criticized the media for their questions. The Warriors star even said the media is dependent on him and his situation.

“They need me,” Durant said according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Logan Murdock. “If I wasn’t a free agent, none this s–t would go on, right? None this speculation about who I am, what’s wrong with my mental, why I’m miserable, why I ain’t happy with life. Nothing.”

When it comes to the speculation, Durant admits that it is a big deal, although he feels like some members the press have been committing some egregious journalistic errors.

“That’s a hot topic,” Durant said. “But you don’t have to talk about it. And then you don’t have to get mad when I don’t want to talk about it. And then you don’t have to get mad when your little brain is roaming around, but you can’t find the correct answers. That’s bad journalism. That’s not doing your job well.”

Where do you think Durant will end up next season?

Air Jordan 33 Low "Black Cement" Drops Next Month: Details

This year’s latest numbered Air Jordan model is the Air Jordan 33 and so far, the shoe has received some great reviews from ballplayers, although the shoe hasn’t seen that many colorways. Heading into the second half 2019, it appears as though Jumpman has now transitioned their focus to the Air Jordan 33 Low, which sees a, as the name suggests, lower cut on the midfoot.

Now that the new model is here, Jordan Brand has been showcasing brand new colorways, one which will be released next month. This latest colorway pays homage to the Air Jordan 3m “Black Cement” model. This particular model is also dubbed “Black Cement” and sees many the same design tropes. The upper is completely black, while cement grey and red can be found on the tongue. Meanwhile, an icy blue outsole helps anchor a black and white midsole.

If you’re looking to cop this performance basketball shoe, you’ll be able to do so on May 3rd for $160 USD, according to Sneaker News.

Air Jordan 33 Low "Black Cement" Drops Next Month: Details

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Air Jordan 33 Low "Black Cement" Drops Next Month: Details

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Air Jordan 33 Low "Black Cement" Drops Next Month: Details

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DeMar DeRozan Fined $25K For Throwing Ball At Referee: Report

It was an intense playf battle on Saturday between the San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets ended up winning the game and tied the series at two games apiece. Perhaps the biggest storyline from game four came courtesy DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan was called for an fensive foul while trying to mount a comeback. Unhappy with the call, DeRozan threw the basketball at the direction referee Scott Foster. Of course, you can’t be throwing the ball at the ref, so DeRozan was promptly ejected from the game and the Spurs went on to lose. 

According to ESPN, DeRozan has now been fined $25K for the infraction in what has been explained as “recklessly throwing the basketball toward a game ficial and into the spectator stands.”

The Spurs and DeRozan don’t have to worry too much though. There will be no supplemental discipline outside the fine, which means DeRozan will be able to play in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

So far this series has been a back and forth affair with both teams playing some inspired basketball. With the series tied at two, it will be interesting to see who can prevail and make it to the second round. 

Lil Yachty Cites Laziness For Sailing Team’s Demise

While the Internet has been busy going crazy over Lil Yachty‘s revelation his heavy-handed involvement in the creation City Girls’ “Act Up” anthem his sit down with Kerwin Frost, the interview has proven to provide a boatload more gems from the young QC signee. 

Aside from his “Act Up” story, Yachty also revealed some interesting new insight as to why the collective hype the Sailing Team has died down in recent times. According to the young Atlanta artist, it came down to a matter  what seemed to be a one-sided effort and a serious lack work ethic.

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“When the Sailing Team became like my brothers and sisters, I felt the need to take care them,” Yachty says in the interview with Frost. “But it got to the point where I was spending so much money, almost a million dollars, trying to create this company out my own money, and they didn’t want it for themselves …] They were just really lazy. Not even a thing where they were envious or jelly, they were just really lazy. I was like, ‘Why am I sitting here trying so hard to make you guys?’ That’s the thing, I never wanted money from my friends either, I just wanted them to be great. I never signed any them. I never put none them on paper because I didn’t want that. I wanted them to get their own labels.”

Notably, the Sailing Team is a collective that hosted the likes TheGoodPerry, EartThePearll, K$upreme, Byou, Jbans$2Turnt, BIGBRUTHACHUBBA, and even Kodie Shane. Among the pack, Shane, has been the one to break away significantly, landing a deal with Epic and building a strong cult base reminiscent an earlier iteration Yachty’s successes, becoming a proper star in her own right.

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Ultimately, Boat said that it was A$AP Rocky who gave him advice on how to face what he was feeling in regard to the Sailing Team.

“I called Rocky a lot times. I used to call him, just like ‘Yo, what do I do with this group people? How do I get them to work?’” Yachty detailed. “And then Rocky just told me one phone call we had, ‘You can’t make anybody do anything. You gotta understand when enough is enough. You did your part, you know in your mind and your heart that you tried, and y’all still family, you still gang. But you have to do you.’”

Jimmy Butler & Jared Dudley Ejected From 76ers VS Nets Playoff Game After Fight

The Philadephia 76ers are facing the Brooklyn Nets in the first round the NBA playfs, and the series has proven to be very entertaining. The underdog Nets pulled out one win against the heavily favored 76ers already. At the time this article being published, the score between the two teams is separated by one point with about 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The 76ers are currently up by one game. 

As reported by ESPN Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley were both ejected from Game 4 the series after Dudley shoved Joel Embiid and players from both teams had to be separated by ficials. Dudley charged at Embiid with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter and Brooklyn leading 67-61. The incident occurred after Jarrett Allen was fouled near the basket. Dudley and Ben Simmons both spilled into the courtside seats along the baseline at Barclays Center during the altercation. Embiid was given a flagrant 1 foul on Allen, and both Dudley and Butler, who swung his left forearm at Dudley, were called for technical fouls and ejected from the game. Without Butler in the game, the Nets are likely to take Game 4 and tie the series at two wins apiece. 

Wiz Khalifa Drops New Project ‘Fly Times, Vol. 1’

Wiz Khalifa celebrates 4/20 with the surprise release of Fly Times, Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young.

On his second project of 2019 (following his Curren$y collaboration 2009), the Taylor Gang boss calls on friends including Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, Curren$y, Chevy Woods, and Houston singer Young Deji, who appears on six of the 14 tracks. The surprise release also features production from hitmakers like DJ Fresh, Harry Fraud, Statik Selektah, and TM88.

“I’m back and rolling joints bigger than ever,” the superstar stoner boasts on the opener “Real As You Think.”

Earlier this week, Wiz premiered his Apple Music documentary series Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam. During the five episodes, he offers fans an intimate glimpse into his life, with appearances from those closest to him including his son, mother, and Taylor Gang family. He can also be seen playing a skunk in Lil Dicky’s star-studded video for “Earth.”

Roll up some Khalifa Kush and get Fly below.

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Wiz Khalifa celebrates 4/20 with the surprise release of Fly Times, Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young.

On his second project of 2018 (following his Curren$y collaboration 2009), the Taylor Gang boss calls on friends including Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, Curren$y, Chevy Woods, and Houston singer Young Deji, who appears on six of the 14 tracks. The surprise release also feature production from hitmakers like DJ Fresh, Harry Fraud, Statik Selektah, and TM88.

“I’m back and rolling joint bigger than ever,” the superstar stoner boasts on the opener “Real As You Think.”

Earlier this week, he dropped his Apple Music documentary series Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam. During the five episodes, he offers fans an intimate glimpse into his life, with appearances from those closest to him including his son, mother, and Taylor Gang family. Wiz can also be seen playing a skunk in Lil Dicky’s star-studded video for “Earth.”

Roll up and get Fly with Wiz below.

Lil Nas X Responds To Dave East With Kevin Hart Soundbite

Dave East, without provocation, gave his unadulterated opinion on Lil Nas X’s mega-hit “Old Town Road,” calling it “wack with a cape on it! And super wack!”

The Billboard top-charter responded with a not-so-subtle Twitter post of a Kevin Hart video clip from an interview with Joe Rogan.

Hart articulates, “What’s cool is being negative. This is a great example … we talk about Titanic. Titanic, one of the biggest movies of all-time, fuckin’ great movie, (acting as Joe) yes it was a great movie, and one guy for no reason goes ‘I fuckin’ hated it!’”

The movie star continues, “Tell me why’d you hate it? ‘I don’t got time to talk to y’all about that.’”

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Rogan then slightly contests speaking, “I don’t know if it’s a cool thing — I think it’s usually people that are frustrated with their lives. I did a joke before saying do you think Michael Jordan leaves YouTube comments? I bet he doesn’t; that’s not for winners.”

Hart expounds, “What do you have going on that you have that time to just simply be that negative? I don’t think people understand how valuable they can be if they use their time correctly.”

“Old Town Road” is on a massive run, with the assistance of Billy Rae Cyrus, it surpassed Drake and set a new record with 143 million streams according to Billboard.

The track has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks consecutively.

French Montana, Younes Bendjima & More Party Hard For Kourtney Kardashian’s 40th Birthday

Kourtney Kardashian turned 40-years-old yesterday and her birthday party looked like the ultimate throwdown, including most her favorite and dearest people in her life. Aside from her mom and siblings (sans Rob Kardashian), Kourtney had her ex, Younes Bendjima, baby daddy Scott Disick and tons other A-List acts in attendance to dance the night away. 

From Kanye West, Quavo, French Montana, Travis Scott to Robin Thicke – who sang Happy Birthday – the gang really all came through. 

The video below shows Kourtney rightfully breaking it down on the dancefloor while her sister Kendall films her and French watches in laughter. 

Even Kourtney and Scott’s son Mason was bustin’ out some moves, clearly having a great time. 

Kourtney must be on cloud nine right now after all the love and blessing she’s received for her 40th year. Her numerous sisters have all shared kind words about their luck in having her by their side. “I am completely obsessed with each and everyone my siblings. Still blows my mind how blessed we are to call each other sisters,” Khloe wrote on Instagram.

“You and I have an incredible rare bond that no matter what, it can never be broken. You’re my best friend, one the rare few I can count on most in my life. I’m so thankful for that. I know that so many people go through life without their sister as their best friend, or without a sister in general and I don’t know how they do it. Honestly, without you my life would be boring and not as full. Today and every day, I pray that your soul is awakened and from your core, you’re happy! You deserve only magical things for the rest your life! In all the lifetimes before and in all the lifetimes after, I will love you!”

MMA Fighter Joyce Vieira Beats Up Masturbator During Beach Photo Shoot

Joyce Vieira, an amateur MMA fighter hailing from Brazil, was reportedly taking part in a swimsuit photo shoot on a beach in Rio de Janeiro recently when she was interrupted by a creep who was masturbating nearby.

According to reports, the 27-year-old fighter claims the man had his shorts down and was standing in front her and her friend while pleasuring himself. Vieira then took matters into her own hands and punched the dude until he retreated. 

Vieira reported the incident with police and the man, identified as 26-year oldJ osenei Viana Ferreira, was later arrested for committing an ‘obscene act.’ However, he has since been released after denying the crime, claiming that he was merely peeing in some nearby bushes.

After his release, Vieira told local media:

“We feel powerless. It’s very strange because he’s going to be in the same city as me, and who knows he might be in the same places.

“That’s why I have received an innumerable number messages from women saying that in similar situations] they didn’t file a report, because they know the suspects would end up being released. I think the punishment for these cases should be more severe.”

Tekashi 6ix9ine Sued For Allegedly Blocking Danish Rapper’s Collaboration Track

Tekashi 6ix9ine is finding himself in more legal issues as he sits behind bars.

TMZ reports Sleiman, a Danish musician, is suing the embattled rapper for allegedly not being able to release a song they collaborated on. The Bomaye artist recorded “Red Bandnna/Black Hoodie” in September 2018 and paid the Dummy Boy creator nearly 88,000 euros or $100,000 in the U.S. for his lyrical contribution.

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According to legal documents attained by TMZ, the $100,000 included a deal that gave Sleiman exclusive ownership of the track. The Danish artist alleges after the piece was completed he contacted 10K Projects, 6ix9ine’s label, to work on releasing the record. 10K projects claimed they had exclusive rights to Tekashi, and the vocals could not be distributed without their permissions.

The court filings also allege that 6ix9ine’s label threatened legal action if the song was released without their consent. Sleiman contends 10K is preventing him from obtaining a record deal and getting a return on his $100,000 investment. The “Don Diego” creator is requesting the judge grant him the rights as the owner of the track so that it can be distributed, and he is also seeking the incarcerated rapper pays for his legal fees.

Tekashi 6ix9ine is currently in jail on nine federal charges including conspiracy, firearm offenses, racketeering, and narcotics trafficking.  He was originally facing at least 47 years in prison if convicted on all charges. The troubled star struck a deal with prosecutors after being willing to testify against his co-defendants and could be free as early as January 2020.