Ashanti has always been beautiful but at this stage her career, she’s been absolutely revolutionizing the art the thirst trap. There’s not much to a thirst trap either. Of course, there will always be the queens making men and women do double-takes on their Instagram feeds and historically, Ashanti hasn’t been part that group. The Kardashians and a select number famous “Instagram models” earn that title. The 38-year-old singer is creeping her way to the throne though because, in the last few months, she’s posted dozens stunning shots herself by the beach, enjoying her life and taking in the sun.
South Louisiana’s Créamo$up is continuing to promote his Interstellar: The Rebirth project, which dropped in April, by sharing some new visuals. The New Orleans native shows off his skills behind the camera by co-directing the video for his OG Muchee-produced intro “Straight Out Da Boot.”
“My first line was ‘I’m at the top beaming on these niggas’ — that’s how I feel,” Créamo$up tells HipHopDX. “And I also feel like this is one of the hardest intros ever. Y’all ain’t ever heard no shit like this Premium shit; me and my blood cuzzin Muchee spazzed.”
Watch Créamo$up’s “Straight Out Da Boot” video above.
Every time ScHoolboy Q uploads a new picture to Instagram, it’s usually worth it to venture into the comments section. A number his peers love to roast the TDE rapper for damn near anything with Tyler, The Creator ten being the first to chime in. When Groovy Q decided to show f his new pants after a golf trip, he likely wasn’t expecting his friends to go this hard on him — especially YG, who doesn’t usually end up trolling Q — but that’s exactly what he got.
“THis pic kinda lame I jus want y’all 2 see my pants,” wrote ScHoolboy Q on a photo himself sitting with his legs crossed, wearing white pants with a light teal stripe down the side. He was not immune to the jokes though because YG and Tyler, The Creator got him good pretty quickly. Tyler kept things sweet by saying “cute pants quincy” while the Young Gangsta from Bompton made sure Q knew just how “lame” the shot actually was.
“Lame as fuck bro,” wrote YG in the comments. “You should stop tryna be different. Your a gang member. Youll never make it out the HOOVERZ.” He added a series laughing emojis so that Quincy knew he was joking around but still, you’ve got to feel for the 32-year-old from South Los Angeles. He just can’t seem to catch a break with his buddies.
Jussie Smollett may have endured public scrutiny that aided in him being removed from Empire, but according to reports, the actor wants to clear his name. The investigation into the infamous alleged attack against Smollett reportedly uncovered evidence that he staged the entire incident, according to the Chicago Police Department, but the actor continues to maintain his innocence. His close friends and family members have rallied behind him and spoken out in support him, but in the court public opinion, there is an overwhelming consensus that Smollett orchestrated a hoax.
During the investigation into the racially-charged, homophobic assault, CPD stated that they discovered the Osundairo brothers, associates Smollett’s, were hired by the actor to pretend to beat him up. The department claimed that a number text message conversations supported their theory, but according to TMZ, Smollett’s camp insists that investigators interpreted the correspondences incorrectly because they didn’t have anything to do with an attack.
The outlet reports that in a text that reads, “Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?” Smollet was asking about a herbal steroid that reduces belly fat that was illegal in the U.S. The actor allegedly wanted Abel to get him some when Abel visited Nigeria and, according to Smollett’s camp, Abel Googled “banned supplements” and “steroids” on his phone.
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Also, there was a call made by Smollett to Abel soon after the incident. There was speculation that the phone call was somehow related to the alleged attack, but TMZ reports that Smollett only wanted to let the brothers know that detectives would be contacting them to corroborate the timeline the actor gave them. Smollett told investigators he’d spoken to Abel earlier in the evening. TMZ also states that Smollett’s doorman did mention that the actor told him he had been jumped and noted that there were cuts on the actor’s face.
Then, there is allegedly a text from Abel to Smollett hours after the attack right after everything became public that reads: “Bruh say it ain’t true. I’m praying for speedy recovery. S**t is wild. prayer emoji].” This information that they shared with TMZ they say is all included in the police’s ficial documents, including a report from a security guard at a nearby Sheridan who went on record to say they saw the two alleged masked assailants running from the scene.
You won’t see many paparazzi pictures or red carpet photographs music icon Tina Turner. For decades the 79-year-old superstar has laid low and now she lives a quiet life in Zurich, Switzerland with her husband six years, Erwin Bach, who is 16 years her junior. Turner sat down with Gayle King for CBS News in her luxury home to discuss her life and legacy, including the tumultuous years she was with Ike Turner.
Turner told King that in her eyes, when she tied the knot with Bach, it was the first time she’d been married, even though in 1962 she wed Ike. “When Ike asked me to marry him, knew it was for a reason,” Turner said. “But, I had to say yes or I knew it was gonna be a fight. And so, when we drove to marry—that wasn’t my idea my wedding.” As King asked her about her mentioning Ike in her book, Turner pauses.
“I get emotional when talking about certain things,” she said as her eyes teared up. “I get emotional because in the beginning, Ike was very good to me.” Turner shared that when she first saw Ike, she thought he was “the ugliest person I’d ever seen.” However, his presence captivated her. He dubbed Anna Mae Bullock “Tina Turner” and the two began singing together, but she quickly became the face, and the voice, that the public wanted. “He was cruel because he depended on me,” she recalled his abuse. “He didn’t like that he had to depend on me, and I didn’t want to start a fight. It was always a black eye, a broken nose, a busted lip, a rib.”
In Turner’s recently released memoir My Love Story, she details how sex with Ike was a “kind rape” because it was done with a drug-fueled hostility. Ike’s daughter has denied that her father ever raped Turner and called the What’s Love Got to Do With It sexual assault scene a complete work fiction.
Lo and behold, Aziz Ansari has bounced back from the uncertainty that arose from the allegations made against him in January 2018. Without so much as a drumroll, Ansari broke the news: his imminent return to Netflix on July 9, by way a stand-up special, directed by the one and only Spike Jonze.
As you can see, the clip depicts the comedian in a variety intimate vignettes that set up the final taping the stand-up special. Netflix’s recruitment Ansari marks the first time since the allegations first came to light – that he’s participated in a creative project any kind, be it television, film, or the good old stand-up grind (for the most part).
If you’ll recall, the woman’s allegations against Anzari were uncovered by Babe.net, in fering a platform to speak candidly about her alleged experience with Ansari. It took a month for Aziz to respond to her claims, but when he did, it came at the cost his own mortification. “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” he admitted during a comedy gig in February 2018. Needless to say, without the woman’s consent, I highly doubt Ansari will speak the incident during his comedy special. Will you be tuning in on July 9th?
In a new lawsuit from Steven Samedi filed against his bosses at Barclays, the former security manager (notably fired after the incident between rappers Tekashi69 and Casanova during the Adrien Broner-Jesse Vargas boxing match) claims the venue lacks “basic security measures.” Samedi’s bosses “refused multiple requests by Barclays security for resources, claiming that they] do not have the budget for even the most basic security measures,” according to the Brooklyn Federal Court claim.
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The current dispute stems from the infamous shooting involving Tekashi 6ix9ine and Casanova. Despite Samedi warning his bosses about 6ix9ine’s gang affiliation, he claims management “didn’t want to pay more than $20,000,” to ensure adequate safety. Members from both 6ix9ine and Casanova’s crews began pushing each other before a .32 caliber round was fired, causing a panic outside the VIP section. Although the shooting resulted in no injuries, the blame was placed on Samedi and he was subsequently fired. Samedi claims to be the fall-man for larger ignorance on apart management.
A spokeswoman for the venue has stated that Samedi’s claims are “patently false,” and guarantees the venue’s security measures “exceed all standards.” The Barclays Center is home to both the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Nets.
Spotify is slamming the brakes on its ambitious direct upload and distribution plans.
Spotify’s ambitious expansion into distribution is now being abruptly shut down.
According to an email sent to artists participating in its beta-stage launch, the program is now being transitioned to other distributors. Accordingly, participating artists have less than 30 days to transition their content to another distributor, or lose their Spotify placements.
Roughly 9 months ago, Spotify and outlined plans to start distributing artist content as well. The program coincided with a major investment in distributor Distrokid, and allowed artists to directly upload their material onto Spotify.
The concept sent shockwaves into the music distribution sector. For starters, the direct upload program threatened to bypass established distributors, all of whom count Spotify as one of their most important endpoints. Even worse, Spotify was potentially offering the entire direct upload concept for free, and almost certainly undercutting standalone distributor pricing.
Even more threatening was a plan by Spotify — lightly sketched — to distribute artists to other streaming platforms as well. Layer in better payouts, and the death knell was being rung for a raft of music distributors.
Fortunately or unfortunately — depending on where you sit — it looks like Spotify is hanging up its hat on this one.
After running the nine-month beta trial, Spotify came to the conclusion that the program didn’t make sense. Last year, distribution executives were wondering if Spotify was seriously underestimating the tasks involved in distribution. Now, it looks like immense chores involved, including encoding, metadata, and customer service, proved overwhelming.
Running the backend on a lot of this was Distrokid, though it’s unclear how that partnership played out in the beta. Theoretically, Distrokid would be handling the ‘blocking and tackling’ involved in distribution, though perhaps Spotify still found it difficult to scale the expansion.
Here’s the ‘sorry’ note sent to participating artists this morning, and forwarded to Digital Music News.
A sad day for me as I’m writing to let you know that at the end of this month, the Spotify for Artists upload beta will come to an end. Over the past year, we learned a lot from independent artists about how they release music, and we realized we can serve you best by focusing on tools that you can only get from Spotify and by continuing to work closely with distributors to improve the experience of delivering music to Spotify for all artists and labels.
Both as a company and speaking from my own perspective – we’re incredibly grateful to you and the other artists that participated in the beta. Spotify wouldn’t be what it is today without artists and teams who’re willing to collaborate with us to build a better experience for creators and listeners. You can check out the Spotify for Artists blog to learn more about why we’re making this decision.
Here’s what you need to know:
All music released through the beta will come down on July 30 and the final royalties will be paid in August.
You’ll need to redeliver your content through another distributor before July 30 to prevent any gaps when your music is not available to fans and to ensure your Spotify play count and playlist placements will not be affected.
Be sure to log into Spotify for Artists to download your ISRC codes and any royalty information that you’ll need for your records.
If you were testing out the Canvas looping visual product, you do not need to re-upload it. As long as you deliver the product with the same audio and ISRC our system will track-link it to the old product, retaining play counts, playlisting, and Canvas.
As a formality, please be advised that this email constitutes our 30 day notice to you that we are terminating the Spotify Content License Agreement.
I’m here to hep with this transition so please read along and check out these FAQs for more details, or reach out to me directly with any specific questions.
I assume you already used an artist aggregator partner to deliver this content to all other DSPs, but if you do need a new service we’ve arranged for discounts with the distributors in our Preferred Provider Program.
Or reach out to our support team if you need additional assistance redelivering your content to the distributor of your choice.
Once again, a massive thank you for trusting us with your time, input, and art. While this program is ending our goal to help artists of all sizes find their fanbases will not.
Shortly after this email was sent, Spotify also posted this bulletin on its blog.
We’re Closing the Upload Beta Program. Here’s What Artists Need to Know:
Almost a year ago, we started to beta test a feature that lets independent artists upload their music directly to Spotify. Today, we notified participating artists about our decision to close the beta program, along with how we can help them migrate their music to other distributors over the next month.
The insights and feedback we received from artists in the beta led us to believe:
The most impactful way we can improve the experience of delivering music to Spotify for as many artists and labels as possible is to lean into the great work our distribution partners are already doing to serve the artist community. Over the past year, we’ve vastly improved our work with distribution partners to ensure metadata quality, protect artists from infringement, provide their users with instant access to Spotify for Artists, and more.
The best way for us to serve artists and labels is to focus our resources on developing tools in areas where Spotify can uniquely benefit them — like Spotify for Artists (which more than 300,000 creators use to gain new insight into their audience) and our playlist submission tool (which more than 36,000 artists have used to get playlisted for the very first time since it launcheda year ago). We have a lot more planned here in the coming months.
We’re working with our distribution partners to help make this transition as simple as possible for the artists who uploaded music through the beta. At the end of this month, we’ll stop accepting any new uploads through Spotify for Artists, and artists will need to move their already released content to another provider.
Artists who have released music in the beta should review our FAQs and keep an eye on their email for more details — including discount codes from our preferred distributors. They can reach out to our dedicated customer support team for personalized assistance.
Thank you to the artists who participated in our upload beta. We’re incredibly proud to have played a small part in the music they released. Spotify wouldn’t be what it is today without artists and labels who are willing to collaborate with us to build a better experience for creators and listeners.
On the final day Pride Month, Lil Nas X decided to shock the world by coming out as gay. He believed that his sexual orientation was pretty obvious, linking his fans to a tiny rainbow in the cover art to his debut project 7 but still, people were surprised to see him reveal his truth. He knows full well that this could affect his fanbase and with “Old Town Road” being the most successful song the year so far, boosting Nas X to superstardom, it was a bold move to make for the rapper. LNX is in the beginning stages his career and we all know that the LGBTQ+ community is not yet welcomed with inviting arms in the hip-hop world. While we inch toward that eventual day, Nas X is helping make it a reality with his revelation.
As you would expect, his announcement came with several his fans making “Old Town Road” jokes, snickering about his lyrics in the song and even making their own remixes based on the artist coming out. LNX has been co-signing a lot the reactions to his post, seemingly happy and feeling free about his decision to speak his truth. The general reaction to Lil Nas X’s coming out is one wholesomeness with the majority his fanbase still accepting him with open arms. Obviously, some people were not very receptive, cutting f the 20-year-old altogether.
It’s safe to say Jay Z has had a pretty exciting 24 hours. His Brooklyn Nets just had a monster free agency and landed some the best players available in the NBA, including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving & Deandre Jordan. Now to celebrate the Nets & Roc Nation’s big day (who KD is signed to), Hov has gone ahead and made the record with Santigold, “Brooklyn Go Hard” available on Tidal.
The song, which served as the theme for 2008’s Notorious, had previously been available only through download, but now, fans can stream it on Tidal. It’s unclear if the move was in fact correlation to yesterday’s free agency news, but one would think it is. Brooklyn was very popular on Twitter yesterday and I’m sure Tidal is wanting to capitalize f the attention.
The news “Brooklyn Go Hard” hitting the streaming network was confirmed & further pushed by Tidal’s own Editorial Director Elliott Wilson, who shared the song on his IG.
Check out the posts (below) and listen to the song right here.
As reported by Variety, Mary J. Blige has just signed an exclusive first-look television deal with entertainment giant, Lionsgate. Under the contract, Blige and her newly-launched Blue Butterfly productions will develop, as well as produce, TV series for the studio. The singer/actress will also be given the opportunity to create content across Lionsgate’s various business platforms.
“Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being. We’re delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice,” stated Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “Every art she touches blossoms and we’re humbled she’s chosen us as her home. We look forward to all the exciting new content Mary and her Blue Butterfly banner will bring to our television slate and Lionsgate 360 orbit.” As for Mary, she “couldn’t be more excited to be working with Lionsgate.” Saying, “They are incredible collaborators and have been natural partners from when we first started talking. I can’t wait to bring all our projects to life,”
Blige’s recent acting roles include “Mudbound” on the film side – which earned her acting and music Oscar nominations – as well as Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” on the TV side. Blige is only one the latest artist to begin developing content with Lionsgate, as the company’s growing talent roster includes Courtney Kemp, Jonathan Levine, the Erwin Brothers, and Eugenio Derbez, among others. Also signing a multiplatform deal with the company, is Seth Rogen and his Point Grey Pictures banner. The deal includes motion pictures, TV packages, and potential programming for Lionsgate’s cable channel Starz. Lionsgate’s biggest productions on the TV front included “Orange Is The New Black,” “Mad Men” and “Dear White People.”
Mary J. Blige‘s acting career has been hot as late. She was perfect in Netflix’s Umbrella Academy, stunning in Mudbound, and she been making appearances all over in series such as Black-ish, Scream: The TV Series, Empire, and more. Now, Billboard is reporting that the super popular singer/songwriter/producer/actress has signed a first look deal with Lionsgate studio.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Lionsgate,” stated Blige the union. “They are incredible collaborators and have been natural partners from when we first started talking. I can’t wait to bring all our projects to life.”
Lionsgate Television Group chairmanKevin Beggs also commented, stating, “Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being. We’re delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice. Every art she touches blossoms, and we’re humbled she’s chosen us as her home. We look forward to all the exciting new content Mary and her Blue Butterfly banner will bring to our television slate and Lionsgate 360 orbit.” The first look TV deal with Lionsgate will develop and produce series through Blige’s recently launched Blue Butterfly Productions. The deal also gives Blige the power to create content for the studio’s collection platforms.
The verse included bars that featured recurring analogies on rappers with “the Lil name” prefix.
Unfortunately, Mister Cee wasn’t impressed and commented that Masta Ace already did this concept in 2009. In return, the West Coast vet retorted by clowning his sexuality.
Eventually, a remorseful Game deleted his comments and offered an apology to DJ Premier in the comment section, advising he was acting out of his character.
The Game has recently been promoting his upcoming album Born To Rap though his actions outside of music have kept him in the headlines. His recent music that went viral was a provocative snippet of a song, supposedly from the upcoming album, name dropping his past encounters with Kim Kardashian and others.
With Summer days now ficially here, people are looking to up-the-ante in terms their wardrobe, and what better to make a statement with your fit, than by incorporating some dope accessories to set yourself apart from the crowd? If there’s one Summer staple in terms accessories, it’s most definitely a hat. Though caps are most ten the hat choice for most people, why restrict yourself to one style? For those looking for something a little more unique, and eye-catching than just your standard cap or snapback, I introduce to you: the visor. A visor is basically a cap, but with the top part missing, which means you won’t have to compromise a good hair day to make a statement. And one such company that is known for its extensive visor style headwear options is Gucci.
Adding to their collection, Gucci has put together another take on the unique hat, this time, centering around its signature colors. Crafted in Italy, the latest Ribbed Knit Visor Hat is created from wool and features a ribbed knit weave headband in a mix deep red and green. To block out that Summer sun, a 3-inch vinyl brim in bright red is attached to the front the visor. Finally, a green leather trim adds an extra touch luxury, and frames the unique brim. Priced at $350 USD, Gucci’s Ribbed Knit Visor Hat is available now at LN-CC.
New reports by Variety confirm that Toy Story 4 is on a continuous winning streak at the box fice. According to the news platform, the Disney Pixar sequel brought it another $17 million dollars in ticket sales this past Friday. The latter resulted in a decisive victory over the weekend debuts Annabelle Comes Homeand Yesterday. After clocking in a total $118 million dollars in it’s opening weekend last week and more than $167 million in its first six days, Toy Story 4 continues to kill the domestic box fice with an estimated $55.9 million dollars in sales for its second weekend. These numbers are placing Toy Story 4 slightly behind Toy Story 3 which took in about $59 million dollars in its sophomore weekend.
Annabelle Comes Home was not so lucky with the box fice and took home $6.6 million dollars in Friday ticket sales for an estimated $19.2 million dollars in three days and $30 million dollars for the week in total. The film, which debuted on Wednesday, is considered to be the Conjuring franchise’s worst opening ever. That is considering Annabelle: Creation held the title with a $35 million three-day opening back in 2017. The film is the third movie about the infamous possessed doll and the seventh entry the Conjuring universe.