Atlanta’s X-Rated "Freaknik" Street Party To Return As Fam-Friendly Event

In 2010, Atlanta’s then-Mayor Kasim Reed took to banning a loosely-conscripted street party called “Freaknik” some 20 years in-the-making. The decision was poorly amongst the adult “no kid-having” population. Incidentally, it was the other half the populace, the upstanding families Atlanta, who won the Mayor over to their side.

As a result the ban, a “Freanik” resistance movement came about in the Atlanta underground. “Freaknik” was essentially a Spring Break-like extravaganza where public booty shaking was not only accepted but an encourageable act for those who lied within the physical boundaries the festival’s main stage apparatus.

You could even build a case that “Freaknik” gave way to the global Twerking pandemic before it received the recognition it deserved across International waters. Oh and, the debauchery was indeed centered around a hip-hop based musical itinerary.

 

Fast forward nearly 10 years later and the “Freaknik” resistance movement has come to a head, unfortunately not with the results intended by its extremist core. According to its new organizing committee, the “Freaknik” relaunch will be more family-orientated and far less debaucherous than it was in the 80s and 90s.

“We want everyone to know it’s not the old Atlanta Freaknik,” said Tara Thomas, the publicist and branding expert contracted by the main festival committee. “When people think Freaknik, they think party and chaos. That’s not what we want to do. We want it to be a party, but an all-inclusive one.”

For what it’s worth, Tara Thomas isn’t even a native ATLien, as the inspiration to get involved was something she inherited from her spouse, himself a total proto-thot back in the era. If you’re old enough to remember the racy video uploads or the concerts themselves, hit us with your thoughts on the “Freaknik” relaunch. Your feedback is not only welcome but necessary in keeping this thread alive.

Iggy Azalea Says She’ll "Never Give Up" Despite Higher Ups Trying To Sabotage Her

Iggy Azalea is no rookie when it comes to clapping back to trolls or haters any kind whether it be on Instagram or Twitter. More recently, Iggy has sent out a couple tweets to some unnamed individuals who are allegedly trying to sabotage her career and as you can expect, Iggy’s not here for it.

Iggy Azalea Says She'll "Never Give Up" Despite Higher Ups Trying To Sabotage Her
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“One thing ya gotta know about me is you can try to stomp out my fire but I’m always gonna keep popping back up. I literally will NEVER give up. Never have. NEVER will. EVEEREERRRRR. X 1000000,” she wrote on Twitter. She later detailed how the person interest is someone “powerful” but that means nothing. 

“I hear about so many higher up ppl tryna stomp on my neck thinking it won’t get back to me. It does. But you know what? You might be powerful but I know me & everyone supporting gonna keep going regardless. All my battles will be fought with positivity,” she added.

If one thing’s for certain, Iggy has never been one to quit, give up or let the haters win and that’s something that will always be congratulated, especially considering the industry she’s in.

Baron Davis Emotional During Nipsey Hussle Segment On TNT "Players Only"

In the wake Nipsey Hussle’s tragic murder, people note from all walks life, from hip-hop, to sports, to even law enforcement have spoken out with an overwhelming showing support towards Nipsey and his legacy. The NBA has taken the news especially hard, with athletes such as Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry paying tribute to the late artist and philanthropist. 

Last night, former NBA player Baron Davis appeared on TNT’s Players Only and spoke about Nipsey’s influence in his hometown Los Angeles. Davis was clearly emotional over the whole situation and fered some heartfelt words about what kind person Nipsey was, as well as how much he meant to the people in L.A.

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“Growing up in LA, there are incredible people, but angels only come so ten. We watched him grow up through the struggle that we all grew up in. But as a young man, he was sharp. As an adult, he became responsible. As a father and a husband, he became a leader and our leader in LA. So when you see Russ, DeMarr, Kawhi, Trevor Ariza, James Harden, honoring this man, it’s because he led by example. Lot us come up in the 2pac generation and 2pac talked about all the things he wanted to do in the community. Nipsey Hussle did it. Nipsey Hussle was there.”

The latest NBA player to honor Nipsey Hussle was JR Smith, who got a tattoo the rapper’s face on his leg. 

Netflix Drops Off Retro "Stranger Things 3: The Game" Trailer

Netflix’s breakout hit Stranger Things wasted little time in becoming a beloved franchise, and the upcoming third season may very well the most ambitious drop yet. Now, Netflix is looking to expand the scope the Stranger Things brand, bringing forth the 16-bit, retro-inspired Stranger Things 3: The GameThe game is set to arrive in July in tandem with the new season, and will likely mirror the latest events the series. 

While it might be considered a mere cash grab under lesser hands, Netflix appears to be taking this one seriously. Teaming with BonusXP, Stranger Things 3 features both single player and cooperative experiences, as well as a wide release on Switch, Xbox One, PS4, Mac, PC, and iOS. Should you be intrigued at what’s in store, check out the ficial trailer below. Though it’s unclear who will be playable, it looks to include scenes with Dustin, Billy, a bat-wielding Mike, Hopper, Joyce and Steve – all which feature in the recent season 3 trailer. 

Check out the game’s teaser below, and sound f. This something you might be interested in binging?

Russell Westbrook F*cked Around & Caught A Triple-Double Dedicated To Nipsey Hussle

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – When a downtrodden Russell Westbrook entered the Chesapeake Energy Arena last night draped in a blue Crenshaw t-shirt as an ode to Nipsey Hussle, the stage was set for an incredible performance against the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

The OKC Thunder legend attracts triple-doubles like the average person attracts the common cold and his latest stat sheet of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists allowed the 30-year-old superstar to join Wilt Chamberlain as the only player to record a 20-20-20 NBA game.

“That was for Nipsey,” he cried as he beat on his chest after grabbing his final rebound with a little over a minute on the clock. The stellar playing propelled the Thunder above the LeBron-less Lakers 119-103 as they brace for the upcoming playoffs with the Western Conference eighth seed spot intact.

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“Grateful to play the game, but that wasn’t for me, man. That was for my bro, man. That was for Nipsey,” Westbrook told TNT post-game. “Rest in peace to Nipsey, man. I’m just thankful to go out there and compete at a high level, man. Thankful to have these teammates. Thankful and humbled to go out there and play the game I love.”

Fellow teammate and All-Star Paul George took notice of the marvelous job of the team’s leader.

“It’s just epic,” he told ESPN. “Man, the heart of that guy over there, honestly, is what’s so amazing about it.

“It’s the way he’s made up. There’s not many made like Russ. It takes somebody special to go out and have a performance like that, especially with how heavy his heart was for the loss of Nipsey. We warmed up to Nipsey and, honestly, I felt that changed everything.

“That changed the mood, that changed the vibe, and we were pumped.”

Nipsey was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 31) outside his own clothing store following an alleged verbal disagreement. His one and only homicide suspect has since been apprehended by police.

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Before tip-off, OKC head coach Billy Donovan was aware the night would be an emotionally charged one.

“He came over and talked to me about it, and I knew he had a close friend pass away, and he had mentioned and explained that to me,” Donovan told ESPN.

“I think for a few guys on our team, relationship-wise, this kind of hit them pretty hard the last couple days, just talking to them. But I think for Russell, that was something that really meant a lot to him, and he basically talked to me a little bit about it after the game.”

Supreme x Jean Paul Gaultier Collection Coming Soon: Preview

Supreme has teamed up with legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier for their latest collaborative collection.

Gaultier recently spoke with Vogue about the upcoming line Supreme gear.

“I have been including elements sportswear in my collections from the very beginning. It has been one my codes and my obsessions, I even developed a line ‘Junior Gaultier’ at the end the 1980s with that focus]. With Supreme, this inspiration will find its way to a new generation.”

According to Vogue, the apparel and accessories in the collection are actually inspired by the costumes Gaultier made for Madonna‘s Blond Ambition Tour in 1990. Bringing everything full circle, Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon, has signed on to model the upcoming collab.

The Supreme x John Paul Gaultier collection will reportedly be available Supreme’s online shop, as well as their brick and mortar locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London and Paris starting next Thursday, April 11.

Mo’Nique Believes Wendy Williams’ Current Struggles Are A Result Of "Karma"

It’s been a rough month or two for Wendy Williams. She’s openly admitted to living in a sober living home in an effort to battle temptations her previous drug addictions, and there have been rumors that she and her husband, Kevin Hunter, are talking about legally separating now that he reportedly has fathered a child with his mistress. While there have been a few friendly faces who have fered up support for Williams, there are others who think she may be getting exactly what she deserves.

One those individuals is Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique who discussed the talk show host in a recent episode  Mo’Nique & Sidney’s Open Relationship. The comedian, along with her husband Sidney Hicks, weighed in on Williams’ current state affairs, and it’s safe to say that they were less than sympathetic.

Mo'Nique Believes Wendy Williams' Current Struggles Are A Result Of "Karma"
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Mo’Nique thinks that this apparent downturn Williams’ luck should act as a warning that the host might want to reevaluate how she talks about people. “It’s all about how messy I can be,” Mo’Nique said. “It’s all about “Ohhh, how can I crack on this person. How hard can I make fun somebody’s downfall,’ or it] appears to be that way.”

“The lesson for me that my ears are hearing is, let me make sure what I put out there is what I would want to come back,” she continued. “Let me make sure I’m not so high on my ass that I can say or do, rip down, rip apart, tear down, whomever I choose to because it’s part the business…but now when the universe says, ‘Oh, you know it’s your turn.’ We don’t pay attention to that, we just pay attention to the mess.”

50 Cent recently took a jab at Williams by posting a fake photo her while writing the caption, “Where’s my blow?”

Lil Yachty Says No To Groupies: "I Wasn’t Raised That Way"

A message to women who are looking to hook up with Lil Yachty: No. The rapper is known for his carefree attitude and happy-go-lucky persona, both which have helped him usher in a what some call a “black boy joy” era rap. He doesn’t pretend to be something he’s not and recently made it clear that he isn’t about that groupie life, either. 

The 21-year-old Georgia rapper took to his Twitter today to send a message to any lady who thinks they’re going to sex their way into his good graces. “I feel sorry for women who have intentions on f**king me the first night they meet me,” he wrote, “Because I don’t do that I wasn’t raised that way. #gettoknowtherealme.” He sent out two other tweets that read, “Smh put your titties away please I just wanna hear about your day,” and “I’m disgusted with you.”

Recently, Yachty had to defend himself against allegations that he was trying to hit on Bhad Bhabie after reportedly gifting her with a diamond chain worth approximately $53,000. Someone on Twitter accused the rapper “grooming” the 16-year-old former Dr. Phil guest, a charge that Yachty didn’t take lightly. “U n****s wild I have a blood baby sister who is 15 and turn 16 in June,” he wrote. “U n****s perverts.”

New "Avengers: Endgame" Trailer Teases Round 2 With Thanos

Avengers: Endgame is already looking poised to shatter all sorts box fice records. For one, the pre-sale ficially launched today, and by many accounts played out in chaotic fashion. Many eager fans found themselves lined up in digital queues, with some sites ultimately crashing beneath the sheer volume. In any case, Marvel’s climactic chapter the Infinity Saga is arriving on April 26th, and a new trailer has arrived in tandem with the pre-sale announcement. While brief, it does provide loads new footage, including a look at the upcoming round 2 matchup with Thanos.

If we do this, we’d be going in shorthanded,” remarks a weary-looking Bruce Banner. “Cause they killed all our friends?” retorts an equally weary War Machine. Given the severity Thanos’ master-stroke, it’s no surprise the angst is heavy. Case in point, Hawkeye has a sleeve now. At least Iron Man managed to return to Earth alright, as he seems to be playing a pivotal role in organizing the team’s next play. He even appears to have mended all fences with Steve Rogers, as the pair exchange a heroic handshake.

And yet, Thanos isn’t shook in the slightest. “You could not live with your own failure,” he taunts, waiting for the upcoming second round. “Where did that bring you? Back to me.” Should be a fight for the ages. Have you bought your tickets yet? 

Tamar Braxton’s Estranged Husband Vince Herbert Reportedly Owes $4 Million To IRS

Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert are still sorting out the details behind their divorce and according to Tamar, they’re on good terms in the meantime. “Vince has been under the weather so I’ve been holding down the fort,” she previously stated. “But we’re not enemies…We co-parent really really well.” 

While their separation is going well, things on Vince’s personal financial front don’t seem to be so hot since The Blast reports that he owes a whopping $4 million back in taxes. The publication details how a tax lien was put on Vince for or unpaid taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Apparently, he hasn’t paid any the owing amounts and he’s being told to act on it quickly. 

Tamar Braxton’s Estranged Husband Vince Herbert Reportedly Owes $4 Million To IRS
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The breakdown is “$2,799,906.26 (2013), $759,758.19 (2014) and $466,069 (2015) for a grand total $4,025,733.45.” If money isn’t handed over soon, Vince’s assets will be seized from the IRS. Tamar is not listed on the lien, making the outstanding debt solely Vince’s.

Not too long ago Vince was dealing with other financial matters when he got evicted from a Los Angeles condo worth $37,000 per month. The music executive was being sued for $38,850 and other damages for running late on rent. 

Jussie Smollett’s Freedom Could Mean R. Kelly’s Imprisonment?

Chicago, IL – R. Kelly’s lawyer believes his client is facing a tougher battle in his sexual abuse case due to the outcome of Jussie Smollett’s highly-publicized disorderly conduct case.

Attorney Steven Greenberg thinks the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will be eager to prosecute Kelly to the fullest extent after dropping 16 felony charges against Smollett.

“I think it makes it more difficult for a friendly disposition because they’re going to be extremely reluctant to admit they brought these cases with scant evidence or that there are any other problems,” Greenberg told TMZ.

Greenberg suspects Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx will view Kelly’s case as an opportunity for redemption after facing intense criticism from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for dropping all charges against Smollett.

The former Empire actor has maintained his innocence, but police believe Smollett staged an attack on himself and filed a false police report in January.

Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is facing up to 70 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

The controversial singer has denied the allegations so far. He also broke down into tears while speaking about the situation during an infamous interview with CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King.

Swae Lee’s Girlfriend Releases His Phone Number & Accuses Him Of Cheating

If this isn’t the most toxic relationship ever, we don’t know what is. It feels like every week, we either report on Swae Lee and Marliesia Ortiz breaking up or getting back together. Their romantic history is as messy as can be. Things first started getting crazy after Marlie accused Swae cheating on her with Blac Chyna last year, calling him out on social media before getting back together. At one point during one their many spats, Marlie actually leaked her boyfriend’s phone number to the world. It seems like that’s a tactic that she’ll keep relying on because it happened again over the weekend.

During the latest f-again phase their relationship, Marlie Ortiz accused Swae having sex with one her friends, asking all her followers to flood his inbox and ask why he would do such a thing. At a certain point, both sides just need to agree that they’re not right for each other. I may not be close to either Swae Lee or Marliesia Ortiz but their arguments keep coming out on social media with both sides getting hurt. It might be the best idea to just date other people at this point.

Take a look at their latest exchange, including a FaceTime conversation between both sides, below.

Air Jordan 4 Flyknit Set To Release In Select Regions Across The Globe

Jordan Brand’s year-long celebration the 30th anniversary the Air Jordan 4 will include a colorful range Flyknit 4s.

Jordan Brand ficially introduced their Summer 2019 lineup over the weekend, which was highlighted by four all-new Air Jordan 4s, each which are constructed the lightweight knit material. The kicks come in Game Royal, University Red, Orange, and Volt.

Air Jordan 4 Flyknit Set To Release In Select Regions Across The Globe

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All the Flyknit Air Jordan 4s are scheduled to release on June 14 for the retail price $220. However, each colorway will be limited to a specific region across the globe, and it has not yet been revealed how Jordan Brand will distribute the sneakers.

Take a closer look at the first four Flyknit Air Jordan 4s below, and stay tuned for more release details as they become available. Click here to check out the rest Jordan Brand’s Summer 2019 releases.

Air Jordan 4 Flyknit Set To Release In Select Regions Across The Globe

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Air Jordan 4 Flyknit Set To Release In Select Regions Across The Globe

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Air Jordan 4 Flyknit Set To Release In Select Regions Across The Globe

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Air Jordan 4 Flyknit Set To Release In Select Regions Across The Globe

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Bo Jackson’s "Medicine Ball" Air Trainer 3 To Return This April

Bo Jackson’s Nike Air Trainer 3 was originally released in 1988 and was made famous with the “Medicine Ball” colorway which was recently implemented onto the Nike LeBron 16. It’s a classic Nike shoe that was most recently brought back to the fold in 2014, although we haven’t seen it since. Nike has been preoccupied with bringing a plethora classic sneakers back in 2019, so why not add one more to the list with this vintage staple. 

The shoe is famous for its toe strap and unique colorway that features a mixture white, blue, and ginger brown leather. This sneaker brings back the 80s vibes that were made so famous by Jackson, who was one few players who enjoyed a career in both baseball and football.

Bo Jackson's "Medicine Ball" Air Trainer 3 To Return This April

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Check out the specific details the shoe courtesy Sole Collector:

Nike Air Trainer 3 “Medicine Ball”
Release Date: 04/25/19
Color: White/Midnight Navy-Ginger-Light Bone
Style #: 705425-100
Price: $130

Bo Jackson's "Medicine Ball" Air Trainer 3 To Return This April

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Bo Jackson's "Medicine Ball" Air Trainer 3 To Return This April

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Bo Jackson's "Medicine Ball" Air Trainer 3 To Return This April

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Google/Alphabet Acquiring Spotify In $43.4 Billion Cash, Equity Deal

Google/Alphabet is announcing its acquisition of Spotify in a deal valued at $43.4 billion in cash and equity.

The acquisition, first reported by the Wall Street Journal with additional details supplied by Bloomberg, gives Google/Alphabet a much stronger position in the music subscription space.  The deal also gives Google a serious edge over competitors like Apple Music, now the largest streaming service in the United States based on paid subscriptions.

According to the Journal report, Apple’s rapid ascent may have motivated the on-again, off-again acquisition talks between Google/Alphabet and Spotify.  Earlier, a meteoric rise in Spotify’s stock price, followed by a late-2018 plunge, complicated negotiations despite interest on both sides.

But sources close to the negotiations indicated that Spotify’s first quarter stock recovery set the stage for a deal consummation.

Once the acquisition is finalized, Spotify will cease to trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which shares of SPOT being converted into Alphabet Inc Class C shares.

‘Major overhaul’ at Google Music

According to one source, the unexpected acquisition is part of a ‘major overhaul’ at Google Play Music and YouTube Music.  For years, the two properties have remained somewhat distinct, though both services will now be part of a broader umbrella that includes Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and Spotify.

That new property will live separately under Alphabet, Inc., instead of being tied to Google or YouTube specifically.

Daniel Ek, CEO and cofounder of Spotify, is now expected to share chief executive responsibilities with Lyor Cohen, currently Global Head of Music at YouTube.  The pairing is designed to bring more hip-hop to the combined Google Music mega-umbrella, with Cohen leveraging his ‘tight’ relationships with rappers like Kodak Black, 6ix9ine, Lil Yachty, and Moneybagg Yo.

At the time of acquisition, Spotify is understood to have more than 100 million paying subscribers.  That brings the total number of paying subscribers at Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music combined to approximately 104 million, according to analysts.

Substantial price multiple offered — Wall Street reacts

The acquisition price raised some eyebrows on Wall Street this morning, thanks to a lofty per-share multiple.  At the closing bell on Friday, Spotify’s market valuation was roughly $25.08 billion, with a share price of approximately $138.80.  At a $43.4 billion sale price, Google/Alphabet pegs the value of Spotify’s shares at more than $240, though the deal is a blend of cash and stock.

Accordingly, investor interest in SPOT is expected to remain muted, with most seeing a 1-for-1 value-swap with Alphabet Inc Class C shares.

Private press briefing: ‘We’re merging best of three worlds’

In a strictly-embargoed weekend briefing, key media outlets were given details of the upcoming deal.  “We’re beyond thrilled to bring Spotify into our vast family of music properties and innovations,” Google Music executive vice president Nathan Rutherford told the closed-door session (Digital Music News was not invited to the presentation).

“We look forward to combining the best of three worlds: Google Music, YouTube Music, and Spotify.”

The deal will general a enormous windfall for Goldman Sachs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Northzone Ventures, Jared Kushner, and billionaires Sean Parker and Li Ka-shing, all of whom will receive multiple billions as a result of the deal.

But artists and songwriters will also receive a handsome payout.  According to details tipped during the private press preview, Alphabet-owned Spotify will initiative a special streaming payout of 1-penny per-stream, for a limited 24 hour period.

After that 24-hour period, the ‘penny day’ rate will be dramatically reduced to a blended ‘Google Music rate’ of $0.000001763 per spin, or YouTube’s average advertiser payout rate, whichever is lower.

Perhaps most critically, Google/Alphabet is initiating what is being code-named ‘royalty re-engineering’ alongside the Spotify acquisition.  In one expected outcome, Google will seek to eviscerate traditional royalty payout models, while maximizing obfuscated direct-pay advertising ‘monetizations’ to its Alphabet parent.  “We hope this game-changing approach will truly re-orient artists towards an exposure model, while we continue to pay the labels,” Rutherford explained.

Separately, Lyor Cohen is expected to sign post-acquisition publicity deals with rappers Rich Boy and Moneybagg Yo to emphasize the lucrative nature of streaming payouts.  Both rappers have names indicating high royalty payouts and streaming wealth.

U.S. Department of Justice offers ‘pre-approval’; EU remains tricky

Formal signatures and filings are expected to happen on Wednesday, though regulatory approvals remain.  In the U.S., however, the deal is expected to receive a ‘rubber stamp’ approval thanks to sizable donations from Google/Alphabet to the Committee to Re-Elect Donald J. Trump.

Additionally, sources to the Wall Street Journal noted that the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have both offered rare ‘pre-approvals,’ with Trump receiving a ‘clean delete’ of all search results related to Stormy Daniels in return for the unequivocal approvals.

In the EU, however, officials are reportedly eyeing the acquisition with intense scrutiny, especially in light of the company’s arduous lobbying against the Copyright Directive.  “There’s going to be some horse-trading,” one source relayed, though a ‘hard Brexit’ could result in the acquisition being approved based on ‘hard burnout’ issues experienced by officials in Brussels.

‘Google Music-plex’ construction planned.

According to a separate report in the Financial Times, the acquisition includes the construction of a separate, multi-million dollar facility in Santa Monica, CA, with Spotify’s high-priced offices at 4 World Trade Center potentially facing abandonment.

City leaders in Santa Monica offered numerous perks to lure the new music property, including an agreement to re-open a long-dormant exit from the 10 freeway.  The off-ramp, currently covered in weeds and cracked pavement, will now be converted into an employee-only exit that feeds into a subterranean parking area with electric charging stations, AI valet amenities, solar-powered elevators, smart-parking support for self-driving vehicles, and a coffee machine.

Consolidated lawsuits against songwriters

As part of the acquisition, both Spotify and Google/Alphabet have agreed to combine their court appeals against the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board’s decision to increase songwriter royalties.  “We’re now even more of a united front,” Rutherford indicated, while pointing to for all songwriters affected by lower royalties.

The full Wall Street Journal article is here.  We’ll update as more aspects of the deal emerge.