Weird Al Drops Michael Jackson Songs After 'Leaving Neverland'

Weird Al Yankovic is in the middle of his 2019 North American tour — with a very noticeable setlist alteration.

The “Strings Attached” tour features a full symphony orchestra and no Michael Jackson-inspired songs.

Yankovic rose to fame through parody songs “Eat It” and “Fat,” but after Leaving Neverland aired, these spoofs are missing from the tour setlist.  Yankovic explained in a recent interview that he’s trying to be respectful by not performing the songs.

Right now, he has no idea if the decision to remove the parodies will be permanent, but felt it was the most respectful thing to do.

“I felt I had enough fan favorites in the show that I could get away with it.  I haven’t gotten a lot of pushback. There have been some people who have expressed disappointment, but we decided to err on the side of not offending people.”

Leaving Neverland aired on HBO earlier this year, revealing a stunning story of alleged child sexual abuse. The four-hour account of sexual abuse from Wade Robson and James Safechuck provoked a massive lawsuit from the Jackson Estate.

Prior to the documentary’s release, the Estate tried to .  Afterward, the Estate and called the film ‘propaganda’.

Regardless, much of Hollywood is now pulling back from any affiliation with Jackson.  Quincy Jones, who produced many of Jackson’s most iconic hits, from his recent tour.  The producers of The Simpsons decided to stop airing a 1991 episode featuring Jackson.  Even of Michael Jackson songs from his tour setlist.

Yankovic kicked off his 2019 tour in Clearwater, FL and will be touring throughout the summer. Yankovic’s last show was in Atlanta before moving on to Ohio and the rest of the Midwest.

Weird Al Yankovic – Upcoming Strings Attached Tour Dates

  • 07/02 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theatre
  • 07/03 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion
  • 07/05 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
  • 07/06 – Cleveland, OH – KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square
  • 07/07 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
  • 07/08 – Toronto, Ontario – Budweiser Stage
  • 07/11 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
  • 07/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House
  • 07/13 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
  • 07/14 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

The “Strings Attached” tour has dates through September. For more tour dates, check out Weird Al’s website.

Ticketmaster Hit With $3.2 Million Fine for Deceptive Trade Practices

The Canadian government, through its Competition Bureau, has issued Ticketmaster with a CND $4.5 million fine ($3.44 million in U.S. dollars).

The fine was issued after an investigation revealed that the company had inflated the advertised prices of tickets purchased either online or through one of its mobile apps from 20% up to 65%.

The ruling came after the government had sued Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, in January of last year.

The fine includes a CDN $4 million penalty and an additional CDN $500,000 fine for the cost of the investigation.
In addition to the fine, a number of Ticketmaster subsidiaries will have to submit to a 10-year agreement that will ensure that they will comply with all relevant laws into the future.

The Competition Bureau’s investigation determined that consumers could not buy tickets at the advertised prices because of fees that were required at the end of the purchasing process.

The Bureau also stated that the Ticketmaster subsidiaries had 30 days to comply with Deceptive Marketing Practices Provisions of Canada’s Competition Act.

The mandatory fees that Ticketmaster added at the later stages of the purchasing process are known in the industry as “drip pricing,” and they can include such things as:

  • Service fees
  • Facility charges
  • Order processing fees

Inflated ticket prices are not the only issue Ticketmaster has been struggling with as of late. At the same time the Competition Bureau was conducting its investigation, the company battled charges that it was actively working with various ticket resellers to artificially inflate ticket prices.

Ironically, those charges stemmed from an , which secretly recorded a Ticketmaster employee disclosing secret deals with scalpers.  The stunning admission helped to explain why ticket prices are frequently unavailable, or only purchasable at extreme prices.

Jared Smith, who is the president of Ticketmaster, denied the allegations when they were made.  Still, he added that the company was conducting an internal investigation into the matter.  The charges eventually led to another lawsuit against Ticketmaster.

50 Cent Destroys Wendy Williams’ Pride Photo: "Skipped Leg Day For 20 Years"

This weekend, talk show host Wendy Williams was in New York City to celebrate the final days Pride Month. She was decked out in a full rainbow ensemble, donning a bodysuit, a “W” chain and some flashy shades. Wendy has been having a rough year and she’s finally getting back on her feet, getting a new boyfriend after her rocky divorce with Kevin Hunter. During her family drama, 50 Cent was vocal about his hatred for Williams, talking as much shit as you would imagine. Curtis Jackson doesn’t hold back on social media and when it comes to Wendy Williams, anything is fair game in his mind. From “E.T.” comparisons to now critiquing her gym routine, Fiddy flat-out does not like Wendy.

50 Cent Destroys Wendy Williams' Pride Photo: "Skipped Leg Day For 20 Years"
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Yesterday, he decided to roast his rival by reposting her photo on his own feed, adding some his trademark commentary in the caption. He didn’t go easy on her either. “This bitch skipped leg day for 20 years,” wrote the rapper before adding in a series unrelated hashtags pertaining to his numerous business ventures. Knowing Fif’s history, he could have gone a little harder on her. Maybe he’s finally growing a heart?

The commenters generally agree with Curtis’ brash sense humor but this time, people think he might have crossed a line. One person said that he was “body-shaming” the entertainer while others are urging him to stop being an online bully.

Joyner Lucas Crowns Chris Brown’s "Indigo" As The "Hottest Album Of 2019"

Even though Joyner Lucas will likely be releasing his new album in the coming months, he has picked another artist for the top album the entire year. We’ve still got a long time before 2019 comes to a close but the Worcester, Massachusetts rapper is convinced that one man will be sitting on the throne come next year. Following up with the same strategy as his last body work, Chris Brown dropped Indigo last week to much fanfare. His diehard crowd supporters is hyping up the project (I’m looking at you, Deathstroke!) and so far, casual listeners have agreed. With just over thirty songs attached to the tracklisting, there’s a lot to go through but Indigo is an early AOTY candidate for Joyner Lucas. 

Joyner Lucas Crowns Chris Brown's "Indigo" As The "Hottest Album Of 2019"
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The rapper took to social media to promote the album, telling everyone to check out the single with himself and Lil Wayne. He even went on to make a pretty bold comparison that some would absolutely agree with (again, I’m looking at you Deathstroke.) “Big congratulations to Michael jackson jr aka my brother @chrisbrownficial for dropping the hottest album 2019,” wrote Joyner on his socials, comparing him to the King Pop. Breezy is a multi-threat, proving that he can sing, rap, dance, paint, design, direct, and basically do everything. Some would argue that he’s the closest thing to Michael Jackson we’ve seen since the legend passed.

“Thank u for making me apart it. Our joint with @liltunechi gon set the strip clubs on fire 🔥. On god,” continued Lucas. Do you think Indigo will still be considered one the hottest albums at the end the year?

Warriors Expected To Trade D’Angelo Russell: "It’s Just A Matter Of When"

One the biggest surprises on the opening night NBA free agency was the sign-and-trade between the Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets that landed All Star point guard D’Angelo Russell in the Bay Area. According to reports, Russell’s deal with the Warriors is for four years and $117 million. However, it doesn’t appear that DLo will be remaining with the Warriors for the duration that contract.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday morning, The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported that the Warriors intend to trade D’Angelo Russell at some point, “It’s just a matter when.”

Says Stein (h/t Andrew Perlf):

“De’Angelo Russell does not fit there whatsoever. They just did not want to see Kevin Durant walk out the door with no compensation. … They will trade him. It’s just a matter when.” 

Russell was originally drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft, before Magic Johnson traded him to the Brooklyn Nets after his sophomore season.

The 23-year old point guard developed into an All Star last season in Brooklyn, averaging career highs across the board with 21.1 points, 7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while leading the Nets to the playfs for the first time in four seasons.

Fyre Festival’s Private Island Can Be Yours For $11.8 Million

You may recognize Saddleback Cay from the initial, now infamous Fyre Festival promo videos featuring a plethora partying models, yachts and breathtaking beaches. According to Forbes, the island is now available to purchase for $11.8 million USD.  While purchasing the island won’t ensure you get to party with Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, and more, it will land you a protected bay and seven beaches spanning thirty-five acres. 

The Fyre Festival originally gained traction on social media after attendee’s posted about nightmarish conditions in 2017, but it received a revival attention earlier this year when both Netflix and Hulu released separate documentaries about the event. Attendees were promised gourmet meals and luxury villas but instead, were welcomed to the island with dull prepackaged sandwiches and limited tent space as well as a host other inconveniences. Billy Mcfarland, the founder the event, has since pled guilty to multiple counts fraud

Saddleback Cay is not the final island used for the festival (Great Exuma) nor does it have any connection to Pablo Escobar, but it is strikingly beautiful and won’t leave you trapped with limited rations. You can find the ficial listing through the Bahamas realtor HG Christie.

Knicks Refused To Offer Kevin Durant Max Contract: Report

The New York Knicks entered free agency on Sunday with enough cap space to fer two max contracts, but they apparently weren’t willing to use up one those slots on Kevin Durant. As we know, Durant opted to sign a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, where he’ll team up with All Star point guard Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan.

Shortly after Durant made his announcement, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks and team owner James Dolan “were not prepared to fer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury.”

Durant, who will turn 31 in September, is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season as he recovers from a ruptured achilles. The 10-time All Star averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game for the Golden State Warriors last season.

Meanwhile, the Knicks spent much  their cap space on a plethora power forwards, most notably former Lakers and Pelicans forward Julius Randle. The 24-year old is coming f a career-year in New Orleans, where he posted 21.4 points per game last season to go along with 8.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per night. 

In addition to Randle, the Knicks signed Brooklyn-native Taj Gibson (two years, $20M) and Bobby Portis (two  years, $31 million).

KXNG Crooked & Snow Tha Product Discuss Her Career Longevity On "Crook’s Corner"

Los Angeles, CA – Snow Tha Product steps into the Crook’s Corner hot seat for an in-depth conversation with host KXNG Crooked. In the latest edition of HipHopDX’s interview series, the two lyricists have a very frank discussion about the highs and lows of Snow’s career.

The former Atlantic Records artist explains how she’s persevered through adversity and relied on a dedicated fanbase to find success as an independent artist. She and Crooked share some of the reality checks they’ve each experienced in the music industry too, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the label politics involved in collaborations.

Snow also opens up about her artistic evolution, why she’s looking to help other Mexican rappers and much more.

Watch Snow on Crook’s Corner above.

Slim 400 Shot in Compton

Rapper Slim 400 was rushed to the hospital after being shot during an attack in Compton.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that they got a call around 8:30 p.m. on Friday (June 28) for a male who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Details surrounding the shooting remain unclear, but a black vehicle suspected to be involved was seen leaving the scene.

Sources close to Slim 400 say he was shot eight times and underwent surgery. He is reportedly in critical but stable condition. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that a shooting occurred and that the victim was still alive.

The 31-year-old Compton native is best known for his “Bruisin” collaboration with YG and Sadboy Loko. He is also featured on YG’s 2016 album Still Brazy.

The shooting comes nearly three months after Nipsey Hussle was murdered outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Central L.A.

AfroBeats Star Wizkid Launches Limited Edition Clothing Line

Afrobeats legend Wiz Kid recently stepped into the fashion industry by partnering up with the Amsterdam-based menswear brand Daily Paper. The duo is set to work on a limited edition collection clothing and accessories. The seven-piece collection will be exclusively available online along with with a 3-day pop-up shop which will take over at the brand’s flagship store. Each unique piece will feature Wizkid‘s other alias STARBOY and its straightforward designs will include socks, hats, t-shirts, and hoodies. Further releases are expected for major cities such as London, Lisbon, and Accra. Moreover, each pop up will consist additional products added to the collection as it goes.

This would not be Wizkid’s first time collaborating with a company for some limited edition products. Previously, the artist secured a deal with Nike for a STARBOY soccer jersey back in 2018. The shirt simultaneously spoke to his local pride and Nigeria’s cultural clout. The jersey’s green and white trimming reflected the Nigerian flag. Moreover, along the years, Wizkid has dominated the Afrobeats genre with his summer-time anthems and hits. The most recent news surrounding the artist includes his Nigerian comrade Tiwa Savage joining him and Davido in scoring some global record deals outside Nigeria.

Remy Ma Reveals Reality Star Sent Her A Heartfelt Letter While She Was In Prison

Remy Ma may have been nominated for Best Female Rapper the Year at this year’s BET Awards, but unfortunately for her, she wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. She shared a video speaking directly to her fans as she explained her court-ordered circumstances that have been afflicting her personal and pressional life. ” I currently have about 42 days parole supervision left and one person, not my parole ficer but someone who I do not even understand why they are involved in my parole supervision, is denying my travel to California to work,” she said.

“Mind you, when I got out prison almost five years ago, one the main stipulations is that you have to maintain employment,” Remy continued, before stating that she’s been doing her best to adhere to the rules but it doesn’t seem as if the parole department is looking out for her best interests. In 2014, Remy was released from prison after serving six years after being convicted  intentional assault in connection to a shooting. While she was locked up, Remy was going through one the most difficult periods her life, but she recently revealed that Flavor Love/Love & Hip Hop Atlanta/Love & Hip Hop Miami‘s Shay Johnson wrote her a letter.

According to Remy, she and Shay weren’t friends and hadn’t even met, but that didn’t stop Shay from writing Remy in prison. “I didn’t know @iamshayjohnson from nowhere,” Remy shared on Instagram. “Yet, when I was going thru one the darkest times my life she sent me the most heartfelt letter that shined a little sunshine into that dark, dirty cell. When I met her she was so regular- all like, ‘heyyy it’s so nice to meet you’ I was like ‘Nooo, give me a hug and thank you for that letter you wrote me & the pics u sent when I was in prison; I will never EVER forget that and you will for always have a place in my heart’ I truly mean that.”

Blueface Handcuffed During Traffic Stop: Report

Blueface was just minding his business, riding around in his black Porsche when he was pulled over by the police on Friday. TMZ obtained footage the incident, recorded by a witness passing by in their vehicle, that showed the rapper sitting on the curb in handcuffs. According to the outlet, Blueface was initially pulled over after cops say he was speeding. As they inspected the vehicle they noticed that his windows were tinted and there were no plates on the car.

Officers also claimed that because the rapper was in a residential area, they decided to cuff him until they ran his information. After finding that he didn’t commit a crime and didn’t have any warrants, they let him go with just a warning. Just moments before being stopped by the police, Blueface was uploading video clips himself jamming out in his car. He was showing f his jewelry and singing along to music without a care in the world.

Meanwhile, the show must go on and fans will be able to catch their favorite bussdown rapper in Sacramento tonight performing an all-ages show at the Ace Spades.

Safaree Begs For Erica Mena’s Forgiveness Following Cheating Scandal

In case you missed it yesterday, Safaree “SB” Samuels was exposed by an ex-girlfriend, Gabrielle Davis, for trying to win her back while also claiming he does not plan on marrying his current girlfriend Erica Mena. His ex even provided the pro by sharing the texts online, which closed any doubt her lying.

After being caught red handed, Safaree tried to make things better by sending dozens roses over to Erica’s crib, but she quickly trashed those. Now, Safari is taking to twitter to publicly apologize to Erica, saying he wouldn’t be complete if he were to lose her.

“This is not a loss I would be able to handle.. I’ve lost a lot b4 and dealt with it.. but seriously I cannot lose you. I have never felt so complete in my life and that feeling will be gone if I lose you. You are my everything and I cant see my future without you. Please Erica. I am sorry for any embarrassment I have brought to you from me being immature. I apologize from the depths my soul & heart. You are the most important person to me in the world. I know this is a joke to some ppl but this is real life and I made a mistake. I’m sorry. And after this I’m taking a real break from the world every body’s opinions in ya business Social media.  Misery loves company out here. Locking down and recentering!”

Check out the series tweets (below) and let us know what you think. Should Erica take him back or did he go too far?

Listen to Nipsey Hussle’s ‘Perfect Ten’ Collaboration with Mustard

It’s been three months since Nipsey Hussle passed away, but the Marathon continues.

Following DJ Khaled and John Legend’s “Higher,” Mustard debuts his Perfect Ten collaboration with the Crenshaw legend, which serves as the title track off his new album.

The stripped-down production is a powerful tribute to the slain MC, who explains his Marathon movement. “That’s why I call my thing the Marathon because I’m not gonna lie and portray this ultimate poise, like I been had it figured out,” says Nipsey. “Nah, I just didn’t quit. That’s the only distinguishing quality.”

The fallen hero also shares his journey (“I went through every emotion trying to pursue what I did”) and praises YG (“I think protest music is important. I think that YG was a genius”).

During an interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1, Mustard reflected on Nipsey’s passing. “He was doing everything,” he said. “When you really look at his life and what he’s doing, he’s doing it all. It’s up to everybody to keep that going and really lock into it.”

In addition to Nipsey, Perfect Ten features collaborations with YG, Ella Mai, Ty Dolla $ign, Future, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Young Thug, Gunna, and more.

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Times revealed more details on what happened March 31, the day Nipsey Hussle was murdered. He was signing autographs and taking photos with fans outside his Marathon Clothing store. Less than 30 minutes into his visit, Eric Holder approached the rapper and the topic turned to snitching. According to the prosecutor, the conversation “moved Eric Holder to a point of wanting to return to the parking lot and kill Nipsey Hussle.”

Chris Brown & Suge Knight Escape 2014 1 OAK Shooting Lawsuit

Los Angeles, CA – A 2014 lawsuit stemming from a shooting at 1 OAK nightclub involving Chris Brown and Suge Knight has reportedly been dismissed.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Amanda Miller, the woman claiming she was injured as a result of the incident at the club, has dismissed the lawsuit she filed in 2015 with prejudice.

In her lawsuit, Miller alleged Brown “was and is known to associate with known criminals and/or gang members, and events where he has entertained in the past have been attended by known gang members and marked by violence and gang activity.”

She also blamed 1 OAK, claiming that the club knew of both Brown and Knight’s reputations and “had a duty to provide adequate ‘security’ to ensure those entering the event were not carrying weapons and that known gang members and/or their affiliates would not be allowed to enter the event.”

Though the dismissal of the case is a win for both Brown and Knight, it is especially a win-win for the singer, who was also being sued by Knight for the incident, but the case was eventually dropped.

Knight was shot seven times at the event and went on to make a full recovery.

Alas, the former Death Row CEO is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for the 2015 hit-and-run killing of Terry Carter.