Meek Mill, Usher, & More Support Petition To Change NBA Logo To Kobe Bryant

There’s a petition circulating online with nearly 2 million signatures to make Kobe the new logo for the NBA. For years (since 1969 to be exact) the NBA logo consisted the silhouette basketball great Jerry West, who, like Kobe, played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Well since Kobe tragic passing this weekend, fans and celebrities alike have took to social media to voice their opinion on changing the logo in honor Kobe.

The Change.org petition, which currently has over 1.7 million signatures from fans, simply reads, “With the untimely and unexpected passing the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo.” The petition fers a mockup the potential new design that features Bryant’s silhouette.

Celebrities like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Usher and Justin Bieber have all shown their support for the petition, re-sharing it on their own IG pages.

Usher shared the reimagined NBA logo to Instagram on Monday and wrote, “Couldn’t be a better time or all around athlete and person for it.”  He also included the trending hashtag #changethelogo, which was echoed by Bieber in his own tribute post.

Meek Mill redirected his followers to the petition, while 2 Chainz said he wanted to get the Kobe logo tatted on him. Snoop Dogg asked the NBA to do what’s right and change the logo as well. 

Now whether or not anything actually changes from the petition remains to be seen, but it’s clear that the people want Kobe immortalized in the game forever. We’ll continue to keep you posted. RIP Kobe.

Here’s Why Dave Chappelle Didn’t Accept His 2020 Grammy Award Despite Attending

Los Angeles, CA – Dave Chappelle had a simple reason for not accepting his Best Comedy Album award at the 2020 Grammys on Sunday night (January 26). The Mark Twain Prize winner wasn’t avoiding an acceptance speech or skipping the ceremony — he just couldn’t make it to the Staples Center in time.

In response to questions regarding his whereabouts from Page Six and Vulture, a representative for the comedian revealed he was merely running late due to traffic.

“Wish I had a better answer, but it was nothing more than #LATraffic,” the rep noted.

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Presenters Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker accepted the award on Chappelle’s behalf since he wasn’t in the audience when the Best Comedy Album winner was announced. Yet some viewers were puzzled by his absence when they noticed him in the crowd later that night.

At one point, Chappelle was even sitting with the aforementioned Carlile (as seen in the above photo). But as it turns out, the former Comedy Central star was nothing more than fashionably late.

Chappelle won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his Netflix standup special Sticks & Stones. The win marked his third consecutive victory in the category.

Check out the other 2020 Grammy winners here.

AirPods Pro Sales Predicted to Reach 90 Million in 2020 Still Sold Out

The AirPods Pro SKU has become a significant source of revenue for Apple. Sales analysts believe AirPods Pro sales could reach 90 million in 2020.

The first generation AirPods released in 2016 – while AirPods Pro debuted last year. The wireless earbuds feature active noise-cancellation, improved sound, and water resistance. Analysts estimate the line-up sold 60 million last year.

Now, a Wedbush Securities analyst believes the AirPods Pro line-up could help boost sales to 90 million in 2020.

Daniel Ives correctly predicted that Apple would have difficulty keeping AirPods in stock through the holiday season. He was spot on with that analysis, as many stores remain sold-out. Apple’s own website shows the latest AirPods Pro stock arriving by February 25, nearly a month from now.

Other online stores like Amazon have seen a cyclical availability of stock of the highly desired wireless earbuds. Apple has refused to comment on supply issues, but insiders report supply chain issues in production.

AirPods dominate the hearables market, according to a report released in November 2019. Apple commands a of wireless earbuds.

The report also asked users their preference for choosing ‘true wireless’ headphones. Apple won the vote, with 57% of respondents saying they would purchase AirPods over another brand. The next-closest brand in that survey was BOSE, with 39% of respondents. Samsung, Sony, and Beats round out the top five. Beats clocks in dead last, with 26% of people saying they would purchase wireless earbuds from the brand.

Part of that is due to Apple facing very little competition from its major competitors. Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are available, but Microsoft and Google delayed their earbuds until 2020. Amazon recently launched its own pair of at a steep discount. 70% of respondents said integration with their preferred AI digital assistant was a requirement for purchasing earbuds.

Nas Joins Lil Nas X, BTS & More For ‘Old Town Road’ & ‘Rodeo’ At 2020 Grammys

Nas and Lil Nas X connected at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26), teaming up as part of a medley of the latter’s singles “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo.”

Lil Nas X’s star-studded performance also featured contributions from K-pop stars BTS, “Old Town Road” collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo and viral sensation Mason Ramsey. Nas emerged at the end of the set, adding a new verse to “Rodeo” for a Grammy remix.

Earlier in the night, Lil Nas X and Cyrus’ hit single won awards for Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Both men had never won a Grammy prior to Sunday.

Watch Lil Nas X, Nas and more’s performance of “Old Town Road” and “Rodeo” above.

Lizzo, Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak & More Hit The 2020 Grammys Red Carpet

Los Angeles, CA – The shocking death of Kobe Bryant has cast a shadow on the 2020 Grammy Awards, which are being held in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26).

The late NBA star played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers, making their arena — the Staples Center — a surreal venue to be holding a festive ceremony in light of his passing.

Yet the show will go on as artists from around the world have come to L.A. for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Some of Hip Hop’s biggest stars, including Lizzo and Rick Ross, are among the notable names to grace the red carpet at this year’s event.

Check out Hip Hop on the 2020 Grammys red carpet below.

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Anderson .Paak

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Ty Dolla $ign

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J. White Did It

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Kanye West Asked This White Comedian To Play Him In A Movie About His Life

If there’s anything we can say about Kanye West, it’s that he’s always able to surprise us. The rapper has taken the world on a pretty wild ride these past few years as he’s gone through different phases his life. As controversial as he may be, he’s equally as entertaining, which is why a movie about Kanye is guaranteed to be one the most fascinating celebrity biopics ever. It’s uncertain whether such a film will ever happen, but a certain comedian has revealed that, at one point, the notorious superstar had definitely given the idea some thought. Danny McBride, known for his roles in comedies like The Pineapple ExpressThe Foot Fist Way, and This Is The End and currently starring in the series, The Righteous Gemstones, told The Guardian on Tuesday that, not only has Kanye definitely considered making a movie about his life, he also wanted Danny to portray him onscreen.

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“Kanye asked me to play him in a movie his life,” Danny revealed, laughing. “That was a pretty stunning phone call to get. I don’t know why he wanted me to do it. Maybe that sense ego I’m able to portray? I have no clue.” It’s definitely a valid question. While Danny may have the potential to embody the essence Ye, there is the minor issue that Danny is absolutely a white person. Either Ye would have Danny playing the role in blackface, which would be an exceptionally controversial choice, or he planned to have the white comedian portray him as a white man, taking a kind “colourblind” approach to his identity onscreen.

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Whatever Ye has in mind, Danny’s definitely down to give it a shot. He even shared a story about Kanye flying down to visit Danny and his family, which included spending time with his seven-year-old son while he played Fortnite. “That was a pretty incredible day,” Danny noted. “Maybe someday we’ll make the film. Who knows?”

Apple To Release A Smaller, More Affordable iPhone In March: Report

In the ongoing war between phone manufacturers — in reality it’s just Apple vs. Samsung — many people proudly take a stance between either being #TeamiPhone or #TeamAndroid. However, Apple’s latest move may reportedly put them in the forefront for those that are looking for the most affordable option.

While many people were geeked f the iPhone 11 Pro unveiling a few months back (seen above), one those bad boys will run you upwards $1,000. Well, according to a report from Bloomberg, a “low-cost iPhone” will go into production this February and could be unveiled as early as March 2020. Bloomberg also notes that, if true, it would look similar to the iPhone 8 that was released in 2017 and include a 4.7-inch screen plus Touch ID built into the home button again. For those who were fans  Apple’s Face ID authentication, that will unfortunately be left out the build for this proposed model. However, reports claim it will operate utilizing the same processor as the Apple iPhone 11. In short, the price will be cheap but the structure and specs will be top notch for the most part. Think it as the “iPhone SE, Part II.”

Are you looking forward to another iPhone, particularly one that’s more affordable than the  high-end iPhones Apple is planning to drop later in 2020? Sound f below in the comments!

Megan Thee Stallion Enlists SZA, Kehlani, and Pharrell for Debut Album

Megan Thee Stallion is coming in hot.

Fresh off the release of her new single “B.I.T.C.H.,” the Houston hottie is revealing some of the big names on her highly-anticipated debut album Suga. In an interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1, Meg said the album will feature collaborations with SZA, Juicy J, and Pharrell.

“My friend SZA, she pulled up on me in the studio, because we have a song that’s gonna be on my album too and it was so fire making that song with her,” she said. “Juicy J produced it. We know I love Juicy J. So yeah, we got a lot of bangers on that album.”

She was also recently in the studio with Pharrell for four days cooking up some hits. “I’m working on my album and I definitely just really appreciate good music. And Pharrell is just somebody that you know knows good music,” she said. “We locked in the studio for about four days and we got some fire.”

The super-producer even gave her a nickname, Megan the Machine. “He calls me the Machine. Megan the Machine. Because I got in there and I was knocking them verses out so quick and knocking them songs out. You gotta get in the studio and you gotta show Pharrell what you can do. So as quick as he knocking them out, I’m back dooring and knocking them out. So he was like, ‘Oh, you a machine.’ And I was like, ‘Damn. Pharrell called me a machine. That’s great.’”

The album, which follows her mixtapes Fever and Tina Snow, is named after her newest alter ego Suga (“She’s besties with Tina Snow”) and is also said to feature Kehlani, according to a press release.

“A lot of the features that I have and a lot of beat selections that I have on this album, I feel like it’s gonna be way different than things that I have already put out. So I feel like it’s gonna be super epic.”

On Friday, Meg released the first track off the album, “B.I.T.C.H.,” which samples Tupac’s “Ratha Be Ya Ni**a.” “I had to respect the legends,” she said. “I had just finished doing a show. I cannot remember what state I was in, but I had left my show and I was about to take a shower. And I had hit my A&R and I’m like, ‘I wanna remake ‘Ni**a’ by Tupac.’ So he literally sent the beat like, the next day. I wrote a little bit of it on the plane and then I wrote the rest of it in my next hotel room in the next state. And boom, I literally just went to record it in Vegas like the next week after that.”

Megan also recently collaborated with Normani on “Diamonds” off the Birds of Prey soundtrack. “She’s bomb and she’s another Houston girl. So I definitely was like, ‘We gotta get the two Texas girls on this song.’”

Demi Lovato To Debut Song At The GRAMMYs That Details Pre-Overdose Struggles

As the 2020 GRAMMY Awards ceremony draws nearer — we’re just two days away! — many music fans are excited to see some today’s biggest artists hit the stage for what’s sure to be a memorable night. However, one singer that everyone is looking to see is Demi Lovato as she makes her way back to performing following a rough couple years that involved overcoming an overdose and other personal demons.

Looking as beautiful as ever in her ficial GRAMMY performer announcement post (seen above), Demi has been a voice for many people recently who are combating various issues in their own lives. Speaking with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, she describes the forthcoming single titled “Anyone” as a “special” song that acted as a “cry for help” as she was recording it just days before her now-infamous 2018 overdose.”This song was written and recorded actually very shortly before everything happened,” Demi tells Zane, following up by saying, “I recorded the vocals for it four days before July 20].” She also mentions her confusion as to why nobody who heard the track beforehand could tell that she needed help, even saying she wishes she could “go back in time” and help that version herself. Overall, we’re just glad the pop starlet is on the road to recovery and we continue to pray for her well-being.

Listen to Demi Lovato’s interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music below to hear her full explanation “Anybody,” and be sure to watch her perform it live at the 2020 Grammys this Sunday (Jan 26) at 8PM ET/5PM PT on CBS: 

Bobby Shmurda Dropping Prison Mixtape?

Bobby Shmurda might be on the verge of a new mixtape.

The “Hot N*gga” rapper’s name came up during a recent conversation on Beats 1 radio between Ebro Darden and Columbia Records’ signee Fivio Foreign. When asked whether he’s been in contact with GS9 members Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel, both of whom are still imprisoned, Fivio confirmed he spoke to Rebel on the phone.

“He said two weeks he got some new fire coming out,” Fivio said. “He going crazy. And he’s dropping a mixtape.” When Ebro sought to clarify who Fivio was referring to, the Brooklyn rapper said, “Bobby! He droppin’ a mixtape from jail.”

Ebro said, “That’s an exclusive,” Ebro said, to which Fivio replied, “Facts. Nobody knew that.”

Last December, Quavo sparked rumours that Shmurda and Migos were lining up a possible 2020 collaboration. At the time, Quavo tweeted, “Jus Talked Bobby Shmurda. Lil Bro In Great Spirits Bout To Touch Turf Soon!!! SHMIGO ALERT ? 2020!!!”

Shmurda and Rebel were originally arrested in 2016 on a range of charges, including gun possession and conspiracy to commit murder. After taking a plea deal in 2016 and receiving a seven-year sentence, Shmurda is expected to be released sometime this year.

Chance The Rapper To Revive MTV’s ‘Punk’d’ On Quibi

New York, NY – From 2003–2007, Ashton Kutcher set a precedent by hilariously pranking celebrities on MTV’s Punk’d.

Now, Chance The Rapper is poised to engage in similar assholeness thanks to the latest revival of the show Quibi — the highly anticipated mobile media platform.

Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” Chance said in a press release. “I grew up watching this show and it’s surreal to be in the driver’s seat this time around on Quibi.”

In the teaser clip, an excited Chance is seen unleashing a wild gorilla towards a vehicle containing Megan Thee Stallion, as well as other clips of explosive destruction and mayhem.

Punk’d will be produced by STXtelevision in association with MTV Studios with Jason Goldberg serving as an executive producer. Previous guest hosts include King Bach and DeStorm Power.

Slated to launch on April 6, 2020, Quibi (short for “quick bites”) will be the first entertainment platform designed specifically for the phone. It is said to feature original content from Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Future users can sign up on www.quibi.com.

Megan Thee Stallion Reveals Collabs For Debut Album "Suga"

Megan Thee Stallion came in strong in 2019. Although she was just warming up, the Hot Girl movement dominated the summer and she became the next biggest star to come out. We’ve been anticipating her debut album since the release  Fever last year but it looks like Meg’s ficially beginning the rollout for it.

Earlier today, she released her highly-anticipated new single, “B.I.T.C.H” which appears to be the latest drop from Suga. Speaking to Zane Lowe, Meg detailed the collaborations she has with The Neptunes after footage her and Pharrell in the studio surfaced online.

“We lock in the studio for about four days and we got some fire. Like, he is so cool and he just, he calls me the Machine. Megan the Machine. Because I got in there and I was knocking them verses out so quick and knocking them songs out and he was like, ‘Dang,'” she recounted. “You gotta get in the studio and you gotta show Pharrell what you can do. So as quick as he knocking them out, I’m backdooring and knocking them out. So he was like ‘Oh, you a machine.” And I was like ‘Damn. Pharrell called me a machine. That’s crazy.'” 

Additionally, she shared a few names that are on the project. Megan said she has a collab with SZA produced by Juicy J. Peep the clip below. 

‘Power’ Star Michael Rainey Jr. a.k.a. ‘Tariq’ Says He Has 326 Death Threats On Instagram

With the STARZ hit Power drawing to a close, Michael Rainey Jr. a.k.a Ghost’s son Tariq claimed he received 326 death threats in his social media direct messages.

The Power actor posted on his Instagram with a series of incredulous facial expressions questioning fans’ reactions.

Rainey wrote, “Me going through my DM’s tryna figure out why I have 326 death threat messages.”

Since having sister Raina killed in Season 4, fans have been antagonizing Rainey on social media with the death of Ghost reigniting the attacks.

Right now, the 50 Cent-produced series has started airing the last remaining episodes of the sixth and final season. Viewers have continued to wonder who shot Ghost as the series winds down.

While Power comes to an end, the Mary J. Blige-led spinoff Power Book II: Ghost has been in production with Method Man joining the series as attorney Davis Maclean. Meth’s role in relation to Blige’s character is unknown at this point. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Blige and series creator Courtney Kemp for an exclusive on the upcoming STARZ series.

Check 50’s post on the series finale below.

Megan Thee Stallion Drops New Single ‘B.I.T.C.H.’

Megan Thee Stallion is that “B.I.T.C.H.”

The Houston hottie launches the first track off her highly-anticipated debut album. Meg demands respect on the bossy anthem, which borrows from Tupac Shakur’s All Eyez on Me classic “Ratha Be Ya Ni**a.”

“Why you wanna play with me? / You know I’m undefeated,” she raps. “A real hot girl know how to keep a ni**a heated / You say you want respect / Well treat me how you wanna be treated / You told me keep it real but you don’t practice what you preachin’.”

“B.I.T.C.H.” arrives ahead of her debut, which will introduce her new alter ego Suga (“She’s besties with Tina Snow”). Fans can also expect a collaboration with Pharrell. The two were recently in the studio cooking up new music.

“I felt like my mixtapes were me flirting with my fans,” Meg told NPR last year. “I never wanted to do an album ’cause I was like, ‘Oh, that feel like marriage. That’s a commitment.’ But now, I’m ready to settle down with an album.”

Expect the heat wave to continue all year long. The Hot Girl is slated to perform at Coachella in April. She and Normani have also collaborated on “Diamonds” off the Birds of Prey soundtrack, which drops Feb. 7.

Lil Wayne Announces ‘Funeral’ Album Release Date

Lil Wayne’s long-discussed Funeral album is finally set to arrive in 2020. Weezy’s next studio LP is scheduled to drop on January 31.

The Young Money boss announced the release date and shared a snippet from the upcoming project social media on Thursday (January 23). He also unveiled a link to his online store for pre-orders of the album.

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Digital and physical copies of Funeral are available for pre-order along with a variety of album-related merch, including t-shirts and hoodies. Each item on the site comes with a digital copy of the LP.

Fans can purchase the album on its own for $14, but a package deal with the digital LP and a sticker pack is actually cheaper at $13. Cassettes are on sale for $16, CDs for $18 and vinyl for $36.

Funeral will be Wayne’s follow-up to his oft-delayed Tha Carter V LP, which dropped in 2018. That project was his first studio album to not be released by Cash Money Records following an extensive legal battle with his former label.