Beyoncé’s "Lemonade" Is Now Available Across All Streaming Platforms

Fans have been streaming Lemonade on Tidal and well, wherever they can find it on the internet, but today Beyoncé’s No. 1 album is finally available for streaming across multiple platforms. The conceptual album was once only available on Tidal and the platform saw a dramatic increase in memberships following the record’s original release exact three years ago on April 23, 2016.

Not only is the record available on Spotify and Apple Music, but the re-release also has one additional song. Bey gifts fans with an alternative version “Sorry” that is shown to be the original demo. The remainder the album remains the same, including all the coveted features by Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, James Blake, and The Weeknd

Beyoncé's "Lemonade" Is Now Available Across All Streaming Platforms
Larry Busacca/Getty s

This re-release comes just days after Bey’s Homecoming documentary premiered on Netflix and the accompanying Homecoming: The Live Album was released (which included two bonus songs, “Before I Let Go” and “I Been On).” She teased fans with “Where Is The Formation World Tour DVD” merch yesterday and is said to be working on two new projects with Netflix. According to VarietyHomecoming was just the first three specials with the online streaming network. Beyoncé reportedly inked an incredible $60 million deal with Netflix for her trio projects, sparking rumors that she may be headed to for a break and transitioning to doing even more with her production company, Parkwood Entertainment.

Wendy Williams’ Divorce: Lauren Lake Speaks On How Mistress’ Gifts, Addiction & More Will Play A Role (Exclusive)

Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter are currently in the midst a complicated divorce process. After over twenty years marriage, the talk show host filed for divorce from her husband, fired him from his role as an executive producer on her popular show, and banned him from her studio. The move comes after Wendy found out about her husband’s double life, wherein Hunter got his mistress pregnant, after spending over a decade by her side. He had been using Wendy’s hard-earned money to buy gifts for Sharina Hudson, the woman that mothered his out–wedlock child. With such high stakes in the marriage, many Wendy’s fans have been asking questions about what’s to come. She’s already lined up a few dinner dates but could her finances be in jeopardy?

We reached out to Lauren Lake, the judge you know from Paternity Court, to speak about everything that Kevin and Wendy are facing at the moment. With one son together and an illegitimate child outside the marriage, questions arose regarding custody and naturally, money came up in the conversation. Would Kevin be walking away with millions, as it has been reported? Or will Wendy keep much her fortune? Read through our interview with Lauren Lake below to learn more about the legalities behind Wendy’s divorce proceedings.

Wendy Williams' Divorce: Lauren Lake Speaks On How Mistress' Gifts, Addiction & More Will Play A Role (Exclusive)Johnny Nunez/Wire/Getty s

HotNewHipHop: After an over 20-year marriage, is there anything special we should know about the divorce proceedings for Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter?

Lauren Lake: There’s good and bad news in this divorce proceeding. The good news is that the State New Jersey does not have a mandatory waiting period for marriages that have lasted longer than six months. Also, NJ promotes collaborative divorce law featuring alternative dispute resolution, ADR. This allows both parties to seek an amicable solution regarding custody, finances, and property thus, potentially avoiding complications that can create for a time consuming and messy divorce proceeding. However, when dealing with a marriage and business relationship lasting over 20 years, the process equitable distribution assets can pose a challenge. Both parties may have their own independent idea who was the primary contributor to amassing these assets. With each being successful in their respective careers, the division assets will most likely be time-consuming and could become contentious.

When do you expect the divorce to be finalized?

I will say this – if they are smart they will get in a room with their respective attorneys and say, “let’s get this done together,” which means they will negotiate their division assets in a civil way so they don’t have to go to court. The proceedings could take a very long time with all their property. If this is a marriage that can’t be saved and Wendy doesn’t want to save it at this point – the quickest course action is to negotiate together respectfully. If they have good attorneys, they will tell them to get this done amongst themselves, but this could take years if it makes its way to court.

Will there be custody issues regarding their 19-year-old son, Kevin Jr.?

Kevin Jr. is over the age 18 so the court will not need to consider a custody arrangement or child support. However, Kevin Jr., still may have dependent expenses as any young adult has such as; healthcare, college education, car insurance, housing, and general living maintenance which would likely need to be negotiated in this divorce process.

What assets are at stake in the divorce? We reported that Kevin Hunter bought his mistress a new Ferrari the other day. Are she and Kevin entitled to keep gifts and property transferred during the marriage?

This is where the process becomes fascinating, and not knowing all the facts, we should look to the big picture. In the absence specific details,   assets acquired during the marriage are part an equitable distribution process in NJ. The State NJ does not always guarantee a 50/50 split. These co-mingled assets and funds will need to be divided and both parties are required to submit pro how they were purchased or earned. For example, any gifts purchased and given to Kevin’s mistress will need to be traced to the bank account/funds used to pay for them. Ownership and title with respect to all marital assets will be relevant information. If Kevin and Wendy co-mingled their funds, things can get very messy. Since they both are stakeholders in their successful production company, it will be quite interesting to see how this plays out.  

Kevin’s mistress recently gave birth to a baby girl. Will there be any custody drama pertaining to children born outside the marriage?

No. The new baby allegedly born to Kevin and his mistress is not Wendy’s biological child. She has no responsibilities for child care or support. If Kevin is not listed on the birth certificate as father and there is no executed acknowledgment paternity, he will have no legal responsibility to support the child until paternity is established. If and when it is established, he would be responsible for child care costs and expenses from the time birth. 

Wendy Williams allegedly suffered a hairline shoulder fracture during an altercation with her husband in December 2018. Could that come into play during the legal process?

Alleged instances Kevin’s physical abuse and Wendy’s addiction will come up in the divorce proceedings. Hopefully, they can find a way to settle so this isn’t necessary.  

Wendy Williams' Divorce: Lauren Lake Speaks On How Mistress' Gifts, Addiction & More Will Play A Role (Exclusive)
Bobby Bank/Wire/Getty s

What kind money will Kevin Hunter walk away with at the end the divorce?

I don’t know their exact net worth but I will say that he will definitely walk away with a significant sum money, especially because most success they have received has been together. Wendy accumulated into a huge success and he has been a big part that as he is her manager and the Executive Producer on her talk show. This gives him a pretty big level equity in her success. 

With Kevin being her manager, how could that affect the legal proceedings, if at all? As well as the fact that they jointly own her company, Wendy Williams Production? How would the division that work?

Wendy and Kevin more than likely have their ownership percentages in the production company established. This is where the equitable distribution assets comes into play. With the company being classified as a marital asset, the court will consider a host factors in determining the distribution percentages. Again, negotiating a fair settlement through ADR where both parties win can avoid and resolve all this potential drama with the court interceding.

We previously reported that this divorce could divulge just how much Kevin spent on his mistress…is that correct?  How would those assets play a part?

This is correct and I hope this dirty laundry would not become tabloid news. Any funds used during the affair that are from their business and joint accounts would be considered part the division assets. I can’t stress enough the importance negotiating an agreement that avoids all these details and prevents the divorce process from dragging out longer than necessary. In the end, lawyers are the only winners long drawn out divorces.

Justin Bieber Teases Return To "Bugatti" Form With New Album

When he first entered the game as a babyfaced Canuck, Justin Bieber was as far from the hip-hop realm as one might have imagined. Known for penning saccharine and wistful puppy-love anthems, the teen sensation rapidly ascended in superstardom. Luckily, his momentous rise coincided with a musical maturation, and Biebs soon found himself embracing alternative sounds, many which dipped toes in the hip-hop waters. As such, “Bugatti Biebs” was borne, and the young singer was embraced by the hip-hop community at large.

Justin Bieber Teases Return To "Bugatti" Form With New Album

Chelsea Lauren/Getty s

Since then, Bieber has collaborated with Ludacris, DJ Khaled, Quavo, Lil Dicky, Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Drake, Chris Brown, Future and more. As the hits piled up, Biebs decided to take a hiatus sorts, stepping away from the spotlight in order to get himself right. After getting married, finding a renewed sense spirituality, and nursing a waning creative spark, it would appear that he’s once again ready to return to the fold. 

Bieber, in full Bugatti form, took to the Coachella stage to join Ariana Grande in a spontaneous performance. “I wore this fly outfit not knowing that I was going to be on stage,” begins Beibs. “This is my first time on stage in like two years. So I had to get my swag back on. Thank you so much and by the way, album coming soon.”  The as–yet untitled album will be the first from Bieber since Purpose, which dropped in 2015. Will you be patiently waiting for his return?

]

Kanye West’s Sunday Service At Coachella Details Announced

Kanye West was supposed to perform at Coachella this year as a headlining act but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Apparently, Kanye wanted to build a dome for his performance which the organizers the festival weren’t necessarily down for. However, they found an alternative for Kanye. Instead headlining one the night’s, he’ll be bringing Sunday Service to Polo Grounds for a special Easter Sunday performance. 

Coachella has unveiled the location and other details surrounding Kanye’s special Sunday Service for Easter. The performance will take place at “the mountain” in camping with doors for the special event opening at 6 a.m. The performance itself will take place at 9 a.m. while brunch will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Coachella will be serving everything from “plant-based breakfast burritos and fresh acai bowls, to decadent-yet-nostalgic bagels dishes and chicken & waffles.” They also advise attendees to find the Bloody Mary bar in camping. Coachella also revealed shuttle bus details which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Coachella also laid down the rules for items that are and aren’t allowed on the grounds during the performance which are pretty standard. You could check out the list rules right here.

For those you who won’t be able to attend the second weekend Coachella, YouTube will be streaming the sets from that day including ‘Ye’s Sunday Service. This marks the first time in Coachella history that both weekends will be streamed live. 

Jason Momoa Shaves Iconic Beard, Sending Fans Into Frenzy

The Prince gypsies has decided to shave f his iconic beard to the displeasure many, many fans. The late beard became central to Momoa’s signature look and accompanied the actor in an array memorable roles such as “Khal Drogo” in Games Thrones, “Aquaman” in the self-titled movie and “Batman v Superman: Dawn Justice” amongst others. The 39-year old celebrity made the announcement his Instagram where he admitted to not having shaved since 2012.

In the full-length version the announcement, which was shared his Youtube channel, the movie star and producer dives into the numerous benefits aluminum usage: “It’s 100% recycleable, so you drink the can and in about 60 days, it’ll be back.” Considering the greater cause underneath it all, fans may be able to forgive Momoa for getting rid  his iconic beard. Perhaps it’ll also renew in 60 days like these eco-friendly cans. 

Furthermore, it seems the act is not without cause. Precisely, in an effort to save the environment, the “Justice League” star encouraged his 11 million strong following to cease all use plastic water bottles. He instead fers aluminum as a better alternative, deeming it “infinitely recycleable.” In the shared post, we see Momoa shaving f his beard and then giving viewers a first look at a well-designed aluminum can. The cans stem from Momoa’s new line canned water, created to support a planet-saving initiative.

Jussie Smollett Intensely Asserts His Innocence On The Phone

For months, Jussie Smollett has told us all that he is an innocent man after being accused staging his own hate crime. If you ask him, he really was jumped at 2 in the morning on a cool Chicago night, had a noose tied around his neck, bleach poured over him, and racist and homophobic pranities yelled in his face. After all the charges were dropped against him, we have no alternative but to believe him. After all, he’s been proven innocent in a court law, right? Not entirely. Empire fans and those who have followed the story closely are not convinced in the least bit that Smollett was actually attacked. That appears to include his friends because while on a vacation in Hawaii, Jussie was videotaped arguing with his friend on the phone, attempting to assert his innocence and repeatedly saying that he didn’t plan the attack.

Jussie Smollett Intensely Asserts His Innocence On The Phone
Alexander Tamargo/Getty s

In a video captured by Daily Mail, the actor can be seen pacing around a parking lot while on the phone with his friend. Jussie was animated during the conversation, gesturing with his hands and seemingly getting upset that his friend was not buying his story. “Ryan. Ryan. You have to believe me,” he reportedly says. “I did not do this. The charges were dropped. I got f.”

According to witnesses, members Smollett’s family were dining at a restaurant close by. Watch the video here.

Spotify Expands Its 'Spotify Lite' Beta Into Asia — Starting With Malaysia

The Spotify Lite beta app with data cap features is now available in Malaysia for Android only.

Spotify Lite is currently in beta and is aimed at developing countries where data usage is at a premium.

The beta app features many of the same features of Spotify Premium like playlists, favorites, music discovery, and recommendations. However, it does not support podcasts, offline music, high-quality streaming, or .

Spotify Lite is designed to use the least amount of mobile data possible while streaming music.

The app gives users the setting to set the monthly Spotify Lite data cap inside the app. Users can choose between 250MB, 500MB, 750MB, 1GB, 2GB, or 3GB of data usage per month. This feature is essential in most of Asia, where data usage can be a premium charge.

Spotify Lite launched last year on the Google Play Store for users in Brazil, Mexico, and Indonesia. The expansion into Malaysia brings Spotify into another target market where music streaming may not be suitable for most users if data caps can’t be utilized.

The regular Spotify app is ~100MB to download install, while Spotify Lite clocks in at just under 15MB.

Spotify Lite launched over 10 months ago with no support for offline playback, which seems odd.

The app is designed to reduce data consumption by removing features, but it offers no way to download music for offline listening. It also severely limits the premium subscription options, too. Android Police got their hands on the Brazilian version of the app and found that even members can’t select specific songs to play.

Spotify Lite relies on the shuffle button, making it a glorified Pandora alternative.

With so many premium features cut out, the Spotify Lite app only has value to free users who want to stream music.  But given that this is a beta release, some improvements may be ahead.

Spotify Expands Its 'Spotify Lite' Beta Into Asia — Starting With Malaysia

Spotify Expands Its 'Spotify Lite' Beta Into Asia — Starting With Malaysia

Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — 'Surface Buds'

Noted Microsoft leaker Paul Thurrott believes that the company is working on a competitor to Apple’s AirPods. But is there room in the market for more competition?

According to Paul Thurrott, the rumored Surface earbuds will feature Cortana integration and noise cancellation. He speculates that they could arrive by the end of 2019, but that’s “not guaranteed.”

Apple just debuted its second generation of AirPods, which feature a wireless charging case. Other companies like Jabra and Bose have also released competitors.

A cursory search of Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon shows numerous options, all mimicking the AirPods design. These also feature integration with digital assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant, making them a suitable alternative to AirPods.

Microsoft made its splash in the audio world with Surface Headphones last year.

The Surface Headphones featured a touchpad for gesture-controlled music and excellent battery life. Despite those features, the expensive price and sound quality had critics less-than-enthused about Microsoft’s first foray into audio equipment.

Thurrott says the internal codename for these earbuds is Morrison, likely named after Jim Morrison. The internal codename for the Surface Headphones was Joplin, likely named for singer Janis Joplin. Surface Buds is a name that is in consideration for the Morrison prototype, though that could easily change.

Microsoft isn’t the only company rumored to be entering the space, either. Rumors earlier this month suggest Amazon is working on a set of .

Let’s not forget that Google’s Pixel Buds are available with real-time translation for Pixel owners. Much like the AirPods, Pixel Buds can be used with other phones, but they work best with a Pixel device. Will Microsoft opt for similar exclusive features with the Surface Buds?

Whether Microsoft can succeed in the crowded hearables market is a question that requires an outstanding product to answer. So far, Microsoft hasn’t struck the right balance between quality, performance, and price with any of their products.

Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — 'Surface Buds'

Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — 'Surface Buds'Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — 'Surface Buds'Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — 'Surface Buds'Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — 'Surface Buds'Looks Like Microsoft Is Releasing an AirPods Competitor — 'Surface Buds'

T.I.’s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

There are three things ATL-bred rapper T.I. takes seriously: his family, his reputation, and his title as the undisputed King Trap Music. Unlike his fellow industry mates that are quick to fer an apology on social media, T.I. boasts the wealth and influence necessary to speak his mind. However, Tip is no newcomer – he remains careful to keep his beef grounded in substance, never to become tabloid fodder as little more than a trollish instigator.

“I have discrepancies with people I don’t’ see eye-to-eye with, but I keep it out public consumption,” says Tip, referring to his penchant to only make beef public when drawing attention to a larger issue at hand (racism, bigotry, the sexualization minors, etc.). “When you do present those discrepancies in public, it becomes more like WWF wrestling than anything else. Sometime it goes overboard,” he continued. “There’s good, there’s bad, on-camera and f-camera. I don’t let myself be part it, because it usually all blows over in the end.”

From lambasting fellow A-listers for showing f their Gucci duds amidst the fashion label’s “blackface” scandal, to dragging Kanye for his association with Donald Trump, behold some the “U Don’t Know Me” rapper’s most savage Instagram clapbacks.  


Donald Trump 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Tom Pennington/Getty s

Like almost every other celebrity on the planet, T.I. has no love for president Donald Trump. Before Trump even took fice, Tip took aim at the then-Republican nominee and made his stance clear: on no uncertain terms would any his fans ever be caught sporting a MAGA hat.

“Donald Trump, this message is for you. My name is Clifford “T.I.P.” Harris. I say this as non-violently, but unapologetically as possible: Fuck you and fuck what you stand for. Nobody who supports me will support you. End message,” said an emphatic Tip, in a 2016 Instagram video. “I know u got plans for my people that are contrary to OUR BEST INTERESTS. Make no mistake… WE AINT ON THE SAME SIDE. Whatever U ARE,IM NOT!!!! Be CLEAR!!!! I have a family, I have children, I have ancestors that I WILL NOT LET DOWN.”

Unsurprisingly, Tip also slammed President Trump for coming after Snoop Dogg on Twitter in response to his “Lavender” collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD. Once Trump slammed Snoop Dogg’s alleged “failing” career, T.I.’s gloves came f, showcasing some rather inventive name-calling to drive his point home.  

“Snoop Dogg is a Fuckin Legend u Fucking Tangerine Tanned Muskrat scrotum skin, Lacefront Possum fur Wig wearing, Alternative fact, Atomic Dog diarrhea face ass man!!!!” wrote Tip, in a scathing Instagram message. “Leave our legends names out ya fuckin old ass puppy piss smelling ass mouth & continue to focus on dividing minorities, building barriers, alienating immigrants, &fuckin this country up like u been doin.”


Kanye West

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Oliver Contreras /Getty s

After publicly slamming Trump and his policies, its no surprise that Tip showed little love to Kanye West after the “Runaway” rapper threw his support behind the president. “This shit is next level, futuristic Sambo, Hopping Bob, Stephen f Django ass shit Ye!!!! This is the most repulsive, disgraceful, Embarrassing act desperation & auctioning f one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen,” captioned T.I. alongside a video Yeezy’s highly publicized meeting with Trump.

“Now I recall you asking me to come with you to have this meeting and I declined (naturally)… but bro… if ain’time I would’ve been in there wit you and you behaved that spinelessly in my presence, I feel that I’d be compelled to slap de’Fuq outta you bro For the People!!!” wrote T.I. holding nothing back. “You ass kissing and bootlicking on a whole new level & I refuse to associate myself with something so vile, weak,& inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good ALL OUR PEOPLE!!!!”


Lil Wayne 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Ethan Miller/Getty s

Lil Wayne’s commentary on the Black Lives Matter movement struck a chord with Tip, so much so that the ATL rapper felt compelled to slam Weezy on Instagram for his wayward beliefs. Disgusted by Wayne brushing f the movement on the basis that HIS life matters (“especially to his bitches”) Tip put the “Don’t Cry” rapper on blast, chiding him for refusing to use his elevated platform as a force for good.

“Bro if you don’t stand for something out here, all the money, jewelry, cars, mansions bandannas & hit records don’t mean shit!!!!” captioned T.I. “Our people are being oppressed!!! We are being hunted, captured & slaughtered out here daily!!! You have to get outta that bubble that you’ve been living in & get out here & educate yourself on what’s going on around US!!!”


Yella Beezy 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Rachel Murray/Getty s

When a MAGA bigot was caught on camera beating a black woman in Dallas, Texas, T.I. felt that the city’s rappers and street soldiers should have carried out their own form justice and punished the racist accordingly. Hopping on Instagram, T.I. called out rappers Yella Beezy and Trapboy Freddy by name and slammed them for not living up to their “tough” reputations.

“If you in Dallas, if you is in Dallas…Yella Beezy…Trapboy Freddy…all you cats out there who holdin’ down the turf…Whether you’re Dallas, Fort Worth, wherever you at. It’s on your watch!,” said Tip. “This shit on your watch. I don’t wanna hear none that tough shit man from none y’all. It’s time n–a.”


Gucci

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty s

When luxury brand Gucci came out with a mask that resembled blackface, T.I. was quick to boycott their line and called for his followers to do the same. Despite the longstanding ties that Gucci has with the hip-hop community and the fact that Tip used to rep the brand himself, Gucci committed an unforgivable sin in the eyes the King the South. For that, the ATL rapper felt compelled to hit the brand where it hurts the most: their bank account.

“We ain’t going for this “oops my bad I didn’t mean to be racist and disrespectful towards your people” shit!!!” wrote Tip on Instagram, refusing to accept Gucci’s apology. “Y’all knew wtf y’all was doin and WE AINT GOING FOR IT!!! We ALL GOTTA Stop buying, wearing, and supporting this piece shit company And ALL PIECE OF SHIT COMPANIES UNTIL THEY LEARN TO RESPECT OUR DOLLARS & VALUE OUR BUSINESS!!!!”


Fans 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Vivien Killilea/Getty s

When fans attempt to drag Tip and his family, he refuses to take their disses lying down. After haters recently called wife Tiny “Miss Piggy,” T.I. issued a lengthy clapback. “Be out here shaped like a whole 2liter Peach Faygo and got the nerve to make critical, disrespectful comments about MINES?!?!” said T.I. “I obviously love it and have loved it for over 18yrs now… IF YOU HAD A MAN WHO LOVED YOU AS MUCH AS I LOVE HER I doubt you’d be miserable enough to leave such hateful comments.”

When a fan called out T.I. for being a “cornball” with his Gucci boycott, the rapper wasn’t willing to let that slide.


Zonnique’s Fans 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Jason Merritt/Getty s

When T.I. uploaded a picture his daughter Zonnique on Instagram, it didn’t take long for thirsty fans to infiltrate the comment section. Once T.I. got wind someone fering to “make a jacuzzi out her dimples,” it didn’t take long for the rapper to respond and shut down the crude comment. “I could put a pothole in your temple too my Boi…let’s play,” the King the South clapped back.


Gucci Mane 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Paras Griffin/Getty s

According to T.I., there’s only room for one king to claim the throne as the founding father trap music. When Guwop hopped on Instagram and declared himself to be the “Inventor Trap Music,” citing his 2005 album Trap House as the OG trap rap album, T.I. quickly arrived on the scene to shut him down.

“Ok, so…. AGAIN for the slow ones in the back…August 19th, 2003, Birth Trap Muzik & Only fools dispute facts!!!” captioned T.I, alongside a picture his 2003 album Trap Muzik. “FOH wit that Christopher Columbus ass…“Look what I discovered, even though they was already here” ass shit!!!!WITCHO GOOD CAPPIN ASS 😂”


Joel Osteen 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Cindy Ord/Getty s

Browsing through the collection Tip’s many call-outs makes one thing abundantly clear–the ATL rapper absolutely loathes hypocrisy. Quick to slam everyone and anyone who doesn’t practice what they preach, Tip won’t make an exception for anyone–even someone who claims to be a man God. When megachurch pastor/evangelist Joel Osteen was slow to open his doors to the struggling survivors Hurricane Harvey, Tip hopped on the ‘Gram to slam Osteen for turning a blind eye to those in need.

“This is why people (like me) don’t trust the mega churches,” argued T.I. “How can someone (especially a so called man God) make 70 Ms a yr TAX FREE from citizens a city that’s now in distress & in dyer need food water & shelter NOT OPEN THE DOORS OF GODs HOUSE (supposedly) to help those in need? @joelosteen YOU SIR ARE A FRAUD!!!!”


Wendy Williams 

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Santiago Felipe/Getty s

No one is safe from Wendy Williams’ razor tongue and penchant to talk trash about the personal lives celebrities – not even a hip-hop veteran like T.I. Consistently casting shade at T.I.’s t-tumultuous relationship with Tiny, Williams has always been quick to judge Tip for his numerous infidelities. So, when in 2017 pictures surfaced Williams sporting a less-than-perfect bikini body that highlighted her numerous trips to the plastic surgeon’s fice, T.I. surprised everyone by not going IN on the talk show host.

Instead, T.I. used the embarrassing moment to prompt Williams to be less malicious and judgmental as she herself was clearly not above reproach. True to form, however, he did still share the unflattering shot to his 10 million followers. “I’m gon be respectful because regardless her flaws she’s still a independent black business woman that’s had to fight her way through life to get where she is,” wrote T.I. “JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE SHE JUDGES DAILY!!! Let’s see if the power mercy moves her heart to not be so malicious & vindictive in the future when she’s speaking on the lives other strangers when they’re going through their own PERSONAL tough times.”


Fans Again

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

Nicholas Hunt/Getty s

When fans felt the need to speak on Tiny serving T.I. with divorce papers back in 2017, Tip hopped on Instagram to set haters straight about their unsolicited opinions. “f I didn’t need your blessings to get married…. if I didn’t ask YOU what I should do then…. What makes you think I need your advice now?” said the rapper. “Just sit back & watch the show in silence. Put ya phone on vibrate & extra butter on ya popcorn.”

As one the performers at 2pac’s 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, T.I. felt it was fitting to take his homage the next level and rep a look once sported by the late rapper. However, some stans felt that Tip failed to convey his message respect to Pac and instead, made a mockery the legend’s New York Times cover alongside Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg. True to form, Tip made an entire post dedicated to shutting his detractors down and even uploaded a side-by-side image him and Pac.

“Guess you just had to be there…. Y’all young, forever commentating,over-opinionated muuuufuckaz got shit to say ALWAYS!!! When the Biggie shit went left because a muuuufucka from YALL Generation forgot the words y’all had a fuckin FIT!!!” wrote Tip. “Now some Real ni66az wit Real love in they hearts get up & dedicate themselves to honor the legacy a True American HipHop Rock&Roll Legend,that would make Him & His Family Proud…. It’s some negative shit to be said about that as well…”


Kodak Black

T.I.'s Most Savage Instagram Clapbacks

And course, who can forget Kodak Black, who recently caught a dose Troubleman’s ire after making disparaging remarks about Lauren London. Doesn’t matter if his foe is old or young, respectful or disrespectful. T.I. will match their energy and then some.  

Donald Glover & Rihanna’s "Guava Island" FIlm Will Be Available on Amazon Prime

It’s about to be a big weekend for Donald Glover. Not only will he be headlining the first night Coachella 2019 as Childish Gambino but the following day, he’ll be premiering his mysterious new film Guava Island which also stars Rihanna. Unfortunately, not all us will be able to make our way to Polo Grounds to peep the Hiro Murai-directed flick in the flesh but Glover’s given fans at home an alternative to watch the film.

There are a few ways you could watch Guava Island this weekend. It was previously reported that YouTube will debut the film during their Coachella Live Stream but Glover revealed that it’ll be available on Amazon Prime starting at 12:01 a.m. PST on Saturday, April 13th. It’ll be available for free for 18 hours following its debut. Amazon will also stream it on their Twitch platform.

The film is described as a “tropical thriller” where Glover takes on the role a local musician who’s determined to throw a festival for his island community. 

“I’m really humbled having the opportunity to present something this timely and timeless. Between Rihanna and the people Cuba, this is one my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on,” Glover said in a statement.

Keep your eyes peeled for Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Guava Island film premiering this weekend.

Tone Deaf? Spotify's Daniel Ek Says Artists Can Now Make a Living From Streaming

Breaking down for 2019, Spotify doesn’t exactly have the best per-stream rates.

For the third year in a row, and at $0.01682 per play, Napster ranked as the ‘king’ of streaming music payouts.  On average, the Rhapsody-owned service pays out $0.019 per stream.  To meet the monthly minimum wage amount in the US, an indie artist would need 77,474 total plays.

TIDAL came next with a reported $0.01284 per stream, followed by Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Deezer.

Spotify, unfortunately, continues to rank as the service with one of the worst per-stream rates.  The streaming music giant now reportedly pays $0.00437 per play, slightly ahead of Amazon and way ahead of YouTube.  Artists will need around 336,842 total plays on Spotify to earn $1,472.

But, according to CEO Daniel Ek, those plays are more than enough for musicians to make a living.

Yes, artists can live on just $0.038 per stream.

In a new podcast interview, Spotify’s CEO made several remarkable comments.

Calling the service gatekeepers, he shared with Freakonomics Radio host Stephen Dubnet the top goal for artists.

Today the primary tool that an artist has to get heard on Spotify besides putting the music on there is getting known by one of our editors.

So the question is: Can we develop tools that enable artists to promote their music more efficiently just by themselves on the platform?

Believing the company will eventually emerge as the “R&D arm” of the music industry, Ek added,

[We believe] we can develop better tools and technology to allow [the industry] to be more efficient and thereby creating more, better solutions for them and for artists.

Explaining the company’s shift toward podcasts, he stated the medium has resonated well with people’s lives.

[Our recent podcast acquisitions] played really well into our strategy of ubiquity – i.e., being on all of these different devices in your home, whether it’s the Alexas or TV screens, or in your cars or whatever as just another source where you could play your audio.

In possibly the most out-of-touch statement, Ek said Spotify remains in the process of creating a “more fair and equal music industry” than ever before.

In the world with streaming, what’s really interesting is the alternative cost for you to listen to something new is virtually zero.  It’s just your time.

And, because of that, you do listen to a lot more music than you did before and you listen to a bigger diversity of artists than you did before which in turn then grows the music industry.

Keep in mind the streaming music giant remains embroiled in multiple feuds across the industry.

First, the service a recent Copyright Royalty Board increase for songwriters – the first in 110 years.  Second, the company its service in India, playing Warner/Chappell’s catalog without locking down a proper agreement with Warner Music Group.  Third, in an increasingly bitter feud, Spotify Apple a monopolist.

Yet, Ek cleverly shied away from these topics.

Praising the service’s per-stream rates, he claimed recording artists can now make a full-time living now on streaming than in the CD era.

Back in 2000, 2001, at the very, very peak of the music industry, peak of CD… there were about 20- to maybe 30,000 artists that could live on being recorded music artists.

Why?  Well, because, again, the distribution costs so much, which ended up being that there’s very few artists that could even get distributed to begin with.

[Because] the costs were fairly high for a person buying the music, you ended up going with what you knew and wouldn’t take that much risk on unknown artists.

Underscoring the service’s recent Hulu ad campaign, claiming artists can now earn money on Spotify, David Lowery remarked,

Try living on $0.0038 a stream and then get back to me.

Ignoring the music service’s poor payouts, Ek told Freakonomics about his vision for Spotify’s future.

I believed that the problem for the music industry with the past had been just that fact that it always felt like it was people who wanted to disrupt the existing music industry.

“I don’t believe that the music industry has to be disrupted… it has to be evolved.  So we like to work with them as partners.”

Just don’t tell that to the growing list of songwriters who feel defrauded by the service.  As well as Warner/Chappell.  And, Apple.

 


Featured image by Rasmus Andersson (CC by 2.0).

Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Arrested After 7 Years Under Asylum

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested on Thursday after the Ecuadorian consulate who’d been fering him asylum for nearly 7 years revoked his privileges, thereby kicking him to the curb with immediate effect. Prior to his amnesty clause coming to an end, talk concerning his imminent arrest started to pick up, commensurate with the fallout an overgrown adult would face if their parents pulled the eviction card – except in this instance, Assange is a fugitive/freedom fighter wanted by several agencies worldwide.

Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange Arrested After 7 Years Under Asylum

Carl Court/Getty s

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London rescinded Assange’s privileges on the grounds that he was guilty  violating a good number “international laws” by resisting arrest (for over 7 years). In response to their actions, the Wikileaks Twitter account did everything in their power to defend the co-master their domain. Unfortunately, without the backing a clear alternative, little could be done to prevent London Metropolitan Police ficers from making his arrest.

You may have used it yourself – during the course a truth-seeking mission. Wikileaks was at its peak between 2006-2011 as a non-prit classified page built f anonymous user submissions, effective in clearing up a ton messy cover-ups at the intelligence level. Wikileaks was sprung into the spotlight in 2010 after an anonymous user published a video  US soldiers killing civilians from a helicopter in Iraq.

Warner Bros. Records Announces a Joint Venture with R&R Records

The LA-based R&R launched in 2016 to provides an alternative approach for independent artists.

The indie label also pushes an aggressive digital strategy.  Its first two signings under new Warner Bros. Records joint venture include singer/songwriters Dijon and Wens.

The partnership was announced by Warner Co-Chairman and CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and R&R founders Mason Klein, Ben Persky and Will Perliter.

“I have been following Mason and Ben’s careers for years now, and have been thoroughly smitten by the level of songwriters and artists they’ve been fostering – on both the label and management sides,” said Bay-Schuck.

“They have great taste, an authentic approach and a clear vision of what R&R represents in this modern age of music; what’s more, artists Dijon and Wens represent compelling, original voices and ideal artists to kick off our partnership.”

The R&R machine is rolling, with Warner expected to offer a much bigger engine.  The roster includes Maryland-born, LA-based singer/songwriter Dijon, whose debut EP, Sci Fi 1, has just been released, while 20-year-old LA native Wens made her recording debut in 2016 and released her first EP, That Really Long Night, last year.

In its first two years, R&R Records amassed quarter-billion streams, bolstered by artists such as Sorcha Richardson and Mt. Joy.

“Through this partnership, we’re excited to establish a global presence and offer our artists more comprehensive support,” add Persky and Klein. “Aaron and Tom have been nurturing our vision from the beginning, and we admire what they’re doing at Warner Bros. They lead an amazing team, and it’s clear that it’s an exciting place to watch talent grow.”

Both Persky and Klein said they are “incredibly proud” to launch the joint venture with artists Dijon and Wens, whom they feel represent the “ethos and direction of R&R.”

Let the joint ad-venture begin!

"You Have Used Us" — Hit Songwriters Pen Open Letter Slamming Spotify's CRB Appeal

In a surprising move, songwriters have come together to outright lambast Spotify.

Spotify’s recent moves haven’t exactly made the company many friends in the music industry.

Two months ago, in a split decision, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) a significant streaming royalty increase for songwriters and publishers.  The 44% increase – the first in 110 years – would force streaming music services to pay a lot more.

Apple Music quietly approved of the move.  Spotify – along with Google, Pandora, and Amazon – didn’t.  Each soon filed their own separate appeal.

How Spotify lost the respect of the music industry.

Prior to the appeals, National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) President David Israelite had sternly warned each company,

NMPA and NSAI [Nashville Songwriters Association International] fought hard to increase songwriter royalties by 44%.

“The digital music companies now have 30 days to appeal that ruling, and, in effect, declare war on songwriters.

Publicly going on the offensive against the CRB, Spotify to defend its stance.

The CRB rate structure is complex and there were significant flaws in how it was set.

“A key area of focus in our appeal will be the fact that the CRB’s decision makes it very difficult for music services to offer ‘bundles’ of music and non-music offerings.

This rate structure, continued the company, would ultimately “hurt consumers.”  They would lose access to these bundles.

The move with top songwriters and music industry executives – including Irving Azoff.

On Twitter, Azoff wrote,

Apple understands they’re in the artist business.  Clearly, Google, Pandora, Spotify and Amazon don’t.

Justin Tranter, who has written songs for Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Justin Bieber, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Gwen Stefani, added,

Without songs, these tech companies have nothing to stream/sell.  Shameful.

Others didn’t hold back.

Dina LaPolt, a notable music lawyer, took a more direct approach against the streaming music giant.

Spotify, you cheap pieces of s—t.   F—k you and your secret bulls—t Genius awards.

“You should be ashamed of yourselves.

To win over songwriters, the streaming music giant a series of town hall meetings.  That move didn’t sit well with the industry.

Mark Beaven, Founder and Co-CEO of Advanced Alternative Media (AMM), warned songwriters,

Spotify is getting pushback from songwriters and their supporters.  So, it’s now campaigning to ‘make nice’ and put a friendly face and spin on things.  They’re attempting to hold songwriter ‘Town Halls’ in both L.A. and Nashville.

“…songwriters should strongly consider not attending and advising Spotify they will not do so.  [The company] had the opportunity to have such a Town Hall before making a challenge.

Now they’re just trying to propagandize while the knife digs in deeper.

As Spotify continues to reel from these attacks, the songwriter community – in a united front – has now penned an open letter asking the streaming music giant.

How Spotify lost the songwriter community.

In an open letter penned to CEO Daniel Ek, hit songwriters, including Ali Tamposi, Frank Dukes, Teddy Geiger, Babyface, and Nile Rodgers, wrote,

Dear Spotify.

We’re hurt and disappointed.  You created a songwriter relations team and ingratiated Spotify into our community.

We know you’re not the only DSP (digital service provider) appealing the Copyright Royalty Board determination.  You are, however, the only provider that made us feel we were working to build a modern music industry together.

Continuing on, the songwriters expressed their outrage at the company.

Now, we see the real reason for your songwriter outreach.

“You have used us and tried to divide us but we stand together.”

Explaining their fight is for “all songwriters,” especially those struggling to build their careers, those in the middle class, and “those few who have reached your Secret Genius Level,” the letter continues,

But none of us are ‘secret!’  WE all create the ONE thing you sell – songs.

Begging the company to rethink its CRB appeal, the songwriters conclude,

Do the right thing and drop your appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board rate determination.”

You can view the full letter below.

(Click to enlarge.)

 


Featured image by Spotify.

How to Use Frequency Response Graphs to Improve the Acoustics of Your Room

I still remember the first time I mixed a track that I was proud of – it was terrible, but I had no idea at the time.

The following comes from Sonarworks, a proud partner of DMN (see more on them below).  Author Brad Pack is an award-winning audio engineer and writer based in Chicago, IL.  He currently owns and operates Punchy Kick, a professional mixing and mastering studio that specializes in pop-punk, emo, punk, grunge, and alternative music.  He has been helping artists connect with fans through emotionally resonant mixes, cohesive masters, and insightful guidance for over 10 years.  Check out his website PunchyKick.com or say hi on Instagram @PunchyKick.

I was so excited.

I loaded the song onto my iPod and drove over to my friend’s house, and I could hardly wait to show them my new song. We piled into my tiny car and I cranked the stereo and pressed play.

I was so embarrassed.

The mix didn’t sound anything like it did in my studio! The guitars were flat, the vocals were buried and the drums sounded like someone was hitting a cardboard box with a wet sock. What happened?

I had created a mix that was the sonic inverse of my mixing environment. It may have sounded good in my studio, but it sounded terrible everywhere else. Each time I played my mix on a different system I would hear obvious, glaring mistakes.

I started to doubt my abilities. How could I have missed all these obvious problems? Why would I have made those terrible choices? How did I have ever think this mix was any good in the first place?

Thankfully, I had some great mentors to teach me about translation. Translation means that your mixes that sound good on your system will sound reasonably good on every system. In order to create mixes that translate well, you need to mix on a monitor system with an accurate frequency response curve.

Frequency Response Curves

In a perfect world, professional monitoring systems would be totally flat and accurately reproduce the signal playing from your DAW. In reality, every set of studio monitors in a particular room has a unique frequency response curve, which colors the sound.

Think of it like this — for the most part, we can all agree on what the color red looks like, but no two brands of crayons create the exact same shade of red. Further, the same color may even look different because of the ambient lighting and the writing surface. Studio monitors behave similarly — a speaker system may be flat when measured in a perfect environment, but in a real room and setup, that system will still sound different and perhaps far from flat.

Mixing in an untreated room makes matters even worse.

Frequencies from the studio monitors reflect off of the walls, floor and ceiling and bounce around the room creating reflections and room modes. The size, shape and construction materials of a room will naturally boost certain frequencies and lower other frequencies, and as you move around the room those frequency differences become more or less apparent.  These variations can make it nearly impossible to create an accurate mix.  You may have noticed this type of effect already, for instance when you stand against the back wall of a room the bass is usually much louder than in towards the middle of the room.

Here’s what actually happens during your mix: Let’s say the natural acoustics of your room are creating a 3 dB boost at 120 Hz. While mixing, you’ll be tempted to cut 120 Hz to compensate. As soon as you transfer your mix to another system, you’ll notice the track feels weak at 120 Hz. If you go back to your studio and boost 120 Hz, it just makes the track sound worse and it becomes difficult to find the correct EQ.

So, you start to doubt your abilities and start to wonder why you did this or how you could have missed that. You ask yourself if the mix was ever actually good in the first place, and the cycle repeats.

You’ll never be able to create mixes that you’re happy with if you can’t trust what’s coming out of your speakers.

Instead, you’ll just keep making tracks that sound good in your studio and nowhere else. You’ll keep mixing in circles, trying to EQ your mix to make up for the acoustics of your room.

In order to actually fix these problems once and for all, you’ll need to install some basic acoustic treatment in your studio. That process can be time consuming and a bit expensive, so many engineers start by addressing the biggest problems first and slowly adding more treatment over time. But how do you know which frequencies are causing the biggest problems?

That’s where Sonarworks comes in.

Digital Room Calibration

Digital room calibration software can help you identify and correct frequency response problems in your mixing environment, so you can mix with confidence. While digital room calibration is a very complicated process, the software makes it rather simple. Digital room calibration software allows you to accurately measure the frequency response of your mixing position within the room, then creates a calibration profile based on detected flaws in your listening environment.

Digital room calibration software uses an extremely accurate reference mic with a calibrated frequency response to measure test signals played from your studio monitors. The references tones are sampled at many locations in the room and the software analyzes the way the reference tones are reproduced by your monitors in your room to create a custom frequency response profile.

This frequency response profile is used to generate a corrective EQ curve that is applied to any audio played through the system. This correction effectively adjusts for acoustic problems within the room and also for the specific frequency response of the speakers themselves.

Digital room calibration can also be used to identify frequency response problems within your room and pinpoint the specific areas that need acoustic treatment. By measuring your room again, but with the correction applied, any peaks or dips in the frequency response graph will tell you exactly what kind of acoustic treatment your room needs – if you know what you’re looking for.

Reading Frequency Response Graphs

At first glance, frequency response graphs just look like a bunch of squiggles, but upon closer inspection they can tell you a lot about the acoustic problems in your room. Let’s look at the frequency response curve of this room as an example.

The horizontal axis (from left to right) represents frequencies from 20 Hz – 20 kHz, while the vertical axis represents amplitude, or volume level.

Anything above the black 0 dB line in the center means you’re hearing more of that frequency than there really is, while anything below the line means you’re not hearing enough.

Ideally, you want a flat, neutral frequency response – anything above or below the center line is a problem. As you can see, this room has some pretty serious issues:

  • 6 dB boost, or exaggeration, in the lows around 60 Hz – 100 Hz
  • 9 dB boost in the low-mids around 120 Hz – 400 Hz
  • Various boosts and dips throughout the midrange
  • 6 dB dip around 1 kHz
  • 9 dB dips above 10 kHZ

Based on these results, you can see large problems in the low frequencies, particularly below about 300 Hz.

Those 9 dB boosts would make it almost impossible to correctly mix bass frequencies. Mixing in this room would most likely tempt you to cut WAY too much low-end to compensate for the room, causing the mix to sound weak and thin when played on speaker outside of this room. To correct this issue with acoustic treatment, you’ll need to place bass traps or absorbers in the corners of your room. Placing bass traps in the wall-wall corners behind the monitors typically provides some improvement, and for best results you’ll need to cover as many of corners, from floor to ceiling as possible.

Next, there seem to be a few problems in the midrange, specifically between 400 Hz and 5 kHz.

Unfortunately, in this case, the left and right speakers are presenting different frequency responses — meaning one speaker can sound noticeably different from the other.  This problem becomes more exaggerated as you move around the room and further confuses EQ choices.

These midrange frequency issues are typically caused by “early reflections” from the walls and ceiling points around the mix position, as well as the desk surfaces between the speakers and your listening position. Sound from your monitors travels directly to your ears, and reflections from the walls also arrive a few milliseconds later causing a smearing, or filtering, effect.

This comb filtering results in poor frequency clarity and stereo imaging problems. You can identify these points using “the mirror method,” which only requires a handheld mirror and a little help from a friend. Sit in the listening position while your friend holds the mirror flat against the wall. Have your friend move the mirror around and make note of and spot on the wall where you see a reflection of either speaker. These are the early, or first, reflection points and those spots on the wall should be covered with absorption panels.

Finally, another large issue happens in the high-end, specifically above 10 kHz.

This severe lack of high-end would tempt you to create super-bright mixes that may hurt your ears when played on smaller monitors, like a cell phone speaker. The problem is likely caused by excessive use of absorption panels. A few well-placed acoustic panels are far more helpful than covering your walls entirely in cheap foam, carpet or, heaven forbid, egg cartons that absorb too much of the high frequencies in your room without really treating anything else.

To solve this issue, start by removing any excessive absorption from your room. If you’re experiencing a lack of clarity, try placing diffusion panels at the early reflection points instead of absorption panels. Diffusion panels will disperse the early reflections safely throughout your room, instead of absorbing them. The key is keeping the frequency response relatively flat and that certain frequencies, like only highs, are not removed too much. A typical mix room should only be about 30% to 50% absorptive, while a vocal booth may be closer to 80% or 90% absorptive.

It may feel like a tedious process at times, but each additional piece of acoustic treatment can make your room more accurate and improve your mixing environment.

Just remember to re-measure your room with the calibration applied after installing additional treatment to measure the effects of the treatment. Then use the software to create a new correction curve for use during mixing.

Always keep in mind that electronic room correction, software, like Sonarworks Reference 4, or hardware, like graphic equalizers, will work best when the acoustic issues, like first reflections and bass trapping have been addressed.

To learn more about Reference 4 and try it for free, please visit the Sonarworks website.

About Sonarworks

Sonarworks was founded in 2012 when two music lovers met a scientist and embarked on a mission to deliver the ultimate sound experience for anyone creating or listening to music. The company’s headquarters are based in Riga, Lat and its customers consist of Grammy Award-winning audio and music industry professionals, audiophiles and music lovers around the world.

For more information on Sonarworks, please visit www.sonarworks.com.