Billboard’s ‘Top 50 Best Songs Of 2019 (So Far)’: DaBaby, Blueface, Lil Nas X & More

We’re halfway through 2019 and there have already been some record-breaking music moments that have gone down in history. As we approach the hot, summer months, artists are sure to crank out jams that they hope will be a staple throughout the remainder the year, but until then, Billboard‘s staff has compiled their “The 50 Best Songs 2019 (So Far)” list. 

Making our way from 50 to number one, here are some noteworthy artists: Mustard and Migos‘ hit song “Pure Water” snagged the 40th spot on the list. Maxo Kream climbed three spots above them at #37 with his track “Meet Again.” Avant-garde artist Tierra Wack continues to shine and her single “Only Child” was placed at #33. DaBaby has certainly had a breakout year in 2019, and his single “Suge” sits at #29. Tyler The Creator’s “I Think” took #22, Kehlani and Ty Dolla $ign‘s “Nights Like This” made it to #14, 21 Savage’s “A Lot” was placed at #12, and  Swae Lee and Post Malone‘s “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse)” collaboration was one above at #11.

Billboard's 'Top 50 Best Songs Of 2019 (So Far)': DaBaby, Blueface, Lil Nas X & More
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The Megan Thee Stallion takeover has been real throughout 2019 so it isn’t surprising that Billboard chose her single “Big Ole Freak” for #9. One the catchiest songs the year (so far) has been Blueface’s “Thotiana” which made it all the way up to #6 on the list. Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings” was one above at #5. No one has seen a greater come up in 2019 more than Lil Nas X who, along with Billy Ray Cyrus, sits at the #3 spot with “Old Town Road (Remix).”

The top two spots? Number two was reserved for Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” while the #1 song 2019 (so far) according to Billboard belongs to the Jonas Brothers for “Sucker.” Check out the entire list here and let us know who your top picks are for the year.

Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris Talks Collaborating Musically With Her Children & MaintainingaTameka ‘Tiny’ Harris Talks Collaborating Musically With Her Children & Maintaining Privacy

Her R&B group Xscape had a successful return that included a tour and reality television show, but Tiny Harris has been slowly easing her way into dropping her solo project. In May, Tiny released her single “I F*CKIN <3 YOU” and she recently held a listening party for her forthcoming album. For decades, fans have known her as the pint-sized member a girl group, rapper T.I.‘s wife, or as a hip hop reality star, but now she’s ready to solidify herself as a solo artist.

“Sometimes it’s harder to branch out from what they the fans] know…I thought, maybe if I create something different with this new music, maybe they’ll get into it,” Harris said when she screened her new album. “In the songs, I’m addressing things and at the same time, you’ll be able to understand and actually feel it.”

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Baller Alert caught up with the T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle star and asked if she’d consider collaborating with her children. “I have a song with Zonnique already,” she said. “It will be on my project, and King wants me to do a little something on one his songs.” Tiny was also asked how she’s able to balance having a life that’s played out for reality television cameras while also maintaining her privacy. “Well, you let people know what’s acceptable for you to deal with and the rest it, you have to keep for yourself and keep private for your own sanity,” she said.

What keeps her 19-year relationship with T.I. solid? “You just gotta keep working at it every day. Love though. It’s all love.”

Apple Shuttering iTunes

Cupertino, CA – When Apple unveils its new operating system this fall, one beloved feature will be noticeably absent — iTunes. But fear not, the technology giant is splitting it into three separate media streaming apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV, according to MSN. 

Many iTunes users were concerned they’d lose their entire music libraries but a press release states otherwise.

“Users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD,” Apple said.

Apple insists the new Music app for Mac is “lightning fast, fun and easy to use.” It will have over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos.

The new MacOS, Catalina, will be available this fall as a free software update.

In other Apple-related news, the company recently announced they are bringing the iPod Touch back. The new 7th-generation version starts at $199 for the 32 GB option and maxes out at $399 for the 256 GB selection.

Viceland Renews Action Bronson’s TV Shows "Fuck, That’s Delicious" & "Traveling The Stars"

Action Bronson is returning to Viceland’s airwaves. The network has announced the renewals of his food documentary series Fuck, That’s Delicious and his comedy show Traveling The Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens.

“We couldn’t be happier to have more Action on the channel,” Viceland president Guy Slattery said in a press release. “He’s a singular talent whose passion, knowledge and energy leap off the screen.”

Bronson added, “I’m happy to continue my life’s work.”

The renewals of both series come after some friction emerged between Bronson and the network in 2018. Last October, he criticized Viceland after it compared him to chef Nusret Gökçe, a.k.a. “Salt Bae,” on Twitter.

“YOU WEIRDO MOTHERFUCKERS ARE LUCKY TO HAVE EVER BEEN IN MY PRESENCE,” Bronson wrote. “FUCK YOU AND ALL YOUR BULLSHIT. ILL TAKE MY TALENTS ELSEWHERE BECAUSE YOU SURE DON’T APPRECIATE WHAT I’VE DONE FOR YOU. FUCK THATS DELICIOUS IS FOREVER BITCH. I OWN ALL RIGHTS. I CREATED IT.”

He continued, “YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD USE THEIR PLATFORM TO PROMOTE THE SHOW ON THEIR CHANNEL PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKE. I WAS ALSO ON THEIR RECORD LABEL THAT HAD ONE EMPLOYEE. I MUST BE OUT OF MY MIND.”

Later that month, Bronson said he was unofficially done working for Vice Media — the parent company of Viceland — during an appearance on Complex’s Open Late With Peter Rosenberg. But, the two sides have ironed out their issues to proceed with new seasons of his TV shows.

Fuck, That’s Delicious originally began as a Vice web series but moved to Viceland when the network launched in 2016. Traveling The Stars, which features Bronson and guests watching episodes of the History Channel series Ancient Aliens, premiered that same year but only ran for one season.

Jussie Smollett Likely To Return For "Empire" Season 6: Report

Shortly after news broke out about Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack, he received an outpour support until police flipped the script and said they believe Smollett staged the whole thing. They even allege that his motive was to increase his celebrity prile. That clearly didn’t work out for him and many believed that there wouldn’t be a chance his career would be able to be revamped. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case as the Empire writers are reportedly plotting on his return. 

Jussie Smollett Likely To Return For &quot;Empire&quot; Season 6: Report
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In late April, Empire was renewed for a sixth season but it was reported that Smollett’s return was unlikely. “By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season 6, but at this time there are no plans for the character Jamal to return to Empire,” Fox said in a statement. Immediately afterward, his castmates rallied for his return and it appears to have worked. According to Variety, writers for the show are plotting on Smollett’s character’s return to the show with an expectation that he’ll be back towards the second half the season. 

Sources close to the production said that the Smollett controversy sparked tension among the predominantly Black cast, who believe that Smollett is innocent, and the predominantly white below-the-line crew, who think that Smollett is guilty. There’s hope that the tension will die down between seasons, given Smollett returns. No final decision has ficially been made.  

Teairra Mari Tells The Court She’s "Broke Broke" In Legal Battle With 50 Cent: Report

Teairra Mari‘s been doing her best to avoid paying 50 Cent in the revenge porn case she filed against him. Since the judgment was made, Fif’s hounded the singer-turned-reality show star on social media and in court to get his money. She’s made it quite clear that she doesn’t have any intention on paying 50 Cent back, even launching a campaign called “I Ain’t Got It” to further her point. Unfortunately, it appears as though she really ain’t got it since she admits that she’s broke to the court.

According to The Blast, Teairra Mari is broke, like, broke broke, and that’s the reason why she can’t cough up any money to 50 Cent. Fty’s previously demanded a judge intervene and force the reality show star to pay him the $30K in legal fees as well as an additional $25K for the trouble she’s caused. 

Last month, she finally turned over her financial documents. After further examination, Mari allegedly claimed that she’s “broke broke” and not able to cough up the judgment. The judge then asked about her sources income, as well as her property and assets. She said that she made $8K per episode  Love & Hip Hip and made $100K last season. She also claimed that her boyfriend’s covered her rent for a while and that she recently moved in with him. Additionally, she claimed that with the exception her phone bill, she’s had to rely on other people to cover her rent.

50 Cent responded, claiming that she’s either careless with money or “actively hiding her assets” to avoid payment.” He’s begging the judge to not believe Mari’s story and force her to cough up the additional $25K on top the $30K she already owes him. 

Young Thug Reacts To Video Of His Daughter Driving Car: "It’ll Be Handled Expeditiously"

Young Thug wants to make it clear he doesn’t approve of his daughter driving a car.

After a video surfaced of his child behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, Thugger responded to social media criticism in an Instagram Stories post. The YSL Records founder said he wasn’t present when the incident happened but planned to take action to prevent it from ever occurring again.

“Never would I put my child’s life in danger nor anyone else’s life,i am out of town that video is clearly in Atlanta,” he wrote. “I am a very safe man, especially when it come down to my kids. I am very smart, last thing I’m looking for is clout/fame I have both. Plus she wouldn’t dare even ask me could she drive a car… But it’ll be handled ‘expeditiously.’”

He added, “You people must get smarter then you are to think I’m anywhere near such a thing.”

Thugger also commented on The Shade Room’s Instagram post of the video and requested the clip be taken down.

“This is very inappropriate and not approved by me, I would never put my kid or anybody else on the street driving a car in danger… and I would love if u guys took it down,” he wrote. “I truly understand you’re a blog and your meanings to the internet but I would really loved if u took it down.”

Check out the footage of Thug’s daughter behind the wheel below.

Chief Keef Reportedly Owes His Baby Mama $500K In Child Support

We’ve learned a lot about Chief Keef through his child support battles. The Chicago rapper has been fighting his children’s mothers in court for what seems like forever at this point. Back in 2013, it was reported that Keef refused to pay $3,000 in monthly child support. He doesn’t seem to have gotten any easier to work with because at the end last year, Erica Early, one his children’s mothers, was on a mission to get him jailed for ignoring his payments. Now, she’s making further claims by saying that in total, Keef has kept half a million dollars from her in back child support payments.

Chief Keef Reportedly Owes His Baby Mama $500K In Child Support
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According to The Blast, new legal documents filed by Early claim that the rapper is in civil contempt for violating a court order. Since 2013, Keef’s payments have been upped to over $10K per month and he’s still refusing to pay. The 43-year-old woman who has a daughter with 23-year-old Keef is demanding that the artist appears in court to explain why he owes her $500K in back payments. 

Chief Keef has previously admitted to having nine children with nine different mothers. A hearing has been set for this month. Chief Keef has not yet commented on the claims.

Chief Keef Reportedly Owes His Baby Mama $500K In Child Support
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Explosion On "Bond 25" Set Causes Injury To Crew Member

Just a few weeks after the filming  Bond 25 had to be put on hold due to an injury had by Daniel Craig, the set has now experienced another mishap. An ficial tweet details how a “controlled explosion” minorly injured a crew member at Pinewood Studios outside London.

“During the filming a controlled explosion on the set Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior the 007 Stage. There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury,” the statement reads.

After Daniel’s injury in Jamaica, where he slipped and sprained his ankle, the actor underwent emergency surgery and was put on a two-week rehabilitation period. The latest filming injury seemingly won’t cause any setbacks in production as the film is still set to hit theatres in February 2020. 

“I’ve had my right shoulder reconstructed, my right and left knees operated on and my thumb hurts,” Daniel previously stated  his filming injuries, proving to be no rookie when it comes to acting out stunts. 

Madonna Loses Appeal To Block Sale Of Tupac Letter: Report

TMZ reports shared an update with regards to Madonna‘s attempts to halt the selling an old letter penned by rap-legend, Tupac. According to the news outlet, the famed singer filed an appeal to put a break on the sale the letter. However, a New York State Appeals Court rejected the appeal and claimed that Madonna could not pursue claims against Darlene Lutz, a former friend who acted as her art consultant. Lutz is behind the deal with the auction house GottaHaveRockandRoll.com where she cosigned the items for sale. The court ruling will permit the sale Madonna’s intimate and personal items which include the sacred break-up letter from Tupac Shakur. 

Moreover, last year, a judge rejected Madonna’s lawsuit to halt the sale the letter. The justification fered at the time was that the “Like A Virgin” pop star had signed a release back in 2004 which prohibited her from suing over the letter’s sale. The famous Tupac letter to Madonna states that the late rapper ended his relationship with the icon because she was white. And next month, the letter will be in the hands the highest bidder. TMZ reached out to Madonna’s reps, but no comments were fered as yet.

T.I. Shuts Down Tiny Cheating Rumors With Boo’d Up Photos

At this point, we’ve just got to realize that T.I. and Tiny will always be subject to break-up or cheating rumours. Despite them proving that they love each other dearly on so many different occasions, fans always speculate the worst in their relationship. Perhaps, that has to do with how they’re seen every week on their reality show. This morning, people started to wonder about Tip and his wife Tiny after the Xscape singer posted a cryptic message on her social accounts. Mere hours after the post though, T.I. came through with some boo’d up new photos to remind us all that they’re as good as can be.

T.I. Shuts Down Tiny Cheating Rumors With Boo'd Up Photos
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After all the talk this morning, T.I. shut down the rumours by uploading two simple photos his wife, telling the world that she’s the only woman he wants to spend his life with. “Making my pictures look better,” said the rapper as Tiny stood in front a picture him on the wall. “Keep KICKING ass & giving em hell Mrs Harris… I Fuc*in Love you!!!”

There will always be some drama in the Harris household but when it comes to Tip and Tiny, they’re rock solid. Check out our latest episode recap Family Hustle here.

50 Cent Has A Laugh Over Tracy Morgan’s Scuffed Bugatti

Even when 50 Cent is expressing sympathy, it’s hard to hear anything over than the echoes his villainous laughter. Of course, we’ve long loved the legendary rapper for his antagonistic persona, whether he was obliterating the game on “How To Rob” or dismantling his enemies on the appropriately titled “Death To My Enemies.” Yet in this Instagram age, 50 Cent has developed a newfound passion for cultural commentary, ten delivered by way hilarious memes and captions. Naturally, when fu*kery is afoot, the man they call Fty is seldom far behind. 

50 Cent Has A Laugh Over Tracy Morgan's Scuffed Bugatti

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Such was indeed the case after Tracy Morgan found himself on the receiving end a horrendously annoying accident, in which his fifteen-minute-old Bugatti was sideswiped by a Honda CR-V. To add insult to injury, Morgan’s pristine new whip still sported the dealership plates, so perhaps consider reevaluating your own recent spell luck. Yet somehow, 50 was able to find glee in the situation, taking to Instagram to empathize with Morgan in his own unique fashion.

“yo why this fool hit Tracey Morgan Bugatti wit a Uber upTown,” writes 50, beside a mischevious emoji. “LOL I know he tight right now, all the fun over today. Hahahaha.” Perhaps this is one those “you have to laugh or else you’ll cry” type deals. After all, a scratched Bugatti is better than no Bugatti at all, is it not? One thing is for certain – it’s a good thing that Honda driver didn’t end up scuffing Fty’s whip, lest the kneecapper come a knockin’

Madonna Fails To Block Tupac Shakur Love Letter Sale

New York, NY – Madonna was once romantically linked to the late, great Tupac Shakur. While he was in prison, the Hip Hop icon penned a letter to the pop matriarch and it’s finally going up for auction. While Madge tried to block the sale, TMZ reports her efforts were futile.

According to new legal documents, the platinum-selling singer just lost her appeal to halt the sale.

A New York State Appeals Court ruled Madonna can’t pursue claims against her former friend and art consultant Darlene Lutz or Gotta Have Rock and Roll, the online auction house Lutz consigned the items to last year.

Madonna Fails To Block Tupac Shakur Love Letter Sale

A judge threw out Madonna’s lawsuit last year after it was revealed she’d signed a release form in 2004. On Tuesday (June 4), the appellate court upheld the judge’s ruling in a 5-0 decision, explaining Madonna’s claims are blocked by the “very broad” release.

The letter in question, which was written in 1995, served as ‘Pac’s breakup letter to the ’80s superstar. He ended their sexual relationship essentially because of her skin color and concerns over what dating a white woman would do to his “image.”

The item goes up for auction next month. Read the full letter here. 

Chance The Rapper Previews New Music For "All That" Reboot

It looks like Chance The Rapper will be part of the All That reboot. Although original cast member Kel Mitchell has said TLC’s memorable theme song is returning for the new series, Chance has apparently created some music for the Nickelodeon show’s relaunch.

In a short clip posted on Instagram, the Grammy-winning artist previewed a track featuring lyrics about the popular sketch series.

“Me and my friends might be crazy @yesimprettyvee @youngdeji_ @reeseynem @mr_hotspot @walter__bowser,” he wrote as the caption.

Vena E, a comedian featured in the teaser, seemingly confirmed Chance’s musical involvement in the new All That when she mentioned him contributing to the soundtrack in her own Instagram post.

“BIG MOOD: I Don’t Think They Ready Bro @chancetherapper,” she wrote. “Man Thank You For Being A Supporter Of My Creativity & Comedy & Trust Me The Feelings Is Mutual! Keep Being Dope & Ambitious PERIODDD…… Humbly Grateful & Yessssssss You & @mr_hotspot Got Crazy On The ‘ALL THAT’ Soundtrack…. Put me On The REMIX.”

The All That reboot is scheduled to premiere on June 15. Mitchell and former cast member Kenan Thompson are serving as executive producers of the relaunched version.

Check out a video showcasing the new cast below.

Meek Mill Granted New Hearing In Front Of Superior Court Judges — Not Judge Brinkley

Philadelphia, PA – Meek Mill was granted an appellate court hearing with the Superior Court in Philadelphia on Tuesday (June 4), according to a statement obtained by HipHopDX.

The Philly rapper’s legal team will have the chance to advocate for Meek’s original conviction to be overturned in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court – not Judge Genece Brinkley, the controversial judge who’s been accused of having a personal vendetta against the Championships artist.

The Philly D.A. advocated for a new trial just last month.

Throughout Meek’s legal ordeal, it was discovered Meek’s 2007 original arresting officer Reginald Graham was entangled in corruption scandals and provided false testimony, including on Meek’s case.

Graham testified Meek was selling drugs and pointing a gun at police officers at the time of his arrest, but Meek insists that isn’t true. Graham’s fellow officer, Jerold Gibson, submitted a sworn affidavit that corroborated Meek’s story. 

In June 2018, Brinkley denied Meek’s effort to get another trial and overturn the conviction — despite the overwhelming evidence in Meek’s favor. Now, Meek’s legal team can finally present their case in front of the Superior Court in an effort to finally clear Meek’s name so he can resume life with no bail restrictions

One of Meek’s attorneys, Jordan Siev, is more than ready to present their case.

“We’re looking forward to the oral argument before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and to, hopefully, having Meek’s conviction vacated. In light of the District Attorney’s recent filing, where he supports the granting of a new trial to Meek and the recusal of Judge Brinkley, we hope to have this injustice rectified once and for all.”

The hearing is scheduled for July 16 at 3:30 p.m. local time.