Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry.
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CAA announced that they have promoted Julie Greenberg to a touring agent. She will be based in the company’s Nashville office.
The Motion Picture Association has hired Karyn A. Temple as its global general counsel. She previously worked eight years for the U.S. Copyright Office, with her most recent position being register of copyrights.
Michael Dugher, who has been head of UK Music, is stepping down from his role to take a similar one with the Betting And Gaming Council. He joined the organization in 2017 after once serving as a British MP in the country’s Labour party.
has named Ole Obermann as a vice president and the global head of music for its TikTok app. He will be based in London.
Warner Chappell Music announced that it has hired Rich Christina to be a senior vice president of A&R. He will be based in New York and report to Ryan Press, who is the company’s president of A&R.
AEG Presents has promoted Debra Rathwell to executive vice president of global touring and talent. She has been with the company since 2002.
Position Music announced that it had promoted Ty Salazar to senior director of creative licensing. He has been with the company since 2013.
Damon Whiteside will become the new CEO of the Academy of Country Music. He will replace Damon Whiteside on January 6.
Prager Metis announced that it has promoted Mark Carter to a principal. He will work in the company’s business management department within their London office.
Following Eminem’s diss on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above” single, Em’s target Nick Cannon returned fire with “The Invitation” on Monday (December 9). According to the Wild ‘N Out host, Slim Shady had some secrets he didn’t want out there.
“I heard your chauffeur got a video of you sucking a cock/You paid him off then laid him off/Now who really the opps,” he raps on the song. He later suggested that particular line wasn’t based on fiction.
“FACTS!” Cannon tweeted. “His lawyers didn’t want that one out! They already on my line.”
During the same Twitter session, Cannon also claimed Eminem is a lone wolf. After a fan suggested Em get Slaughterhouse for a response track, Cannon said, “He don’t even fuck with them!! He has no friends!!!”
If you’ve been on social media at any point in the past 24 hours, you’ve probably seen pictures from Kanye West‘s second opera, Mary. The artist debuted his new opera at the Miami Marine Stadium but what’s been catching more attention than anything else was Kanye and co.’s attire. Photos the rapper essentially dipped into a bucket silver paint surfaced online. It didn’t take long for the memes to surface online.
The Internet roasted the hell out Kanye for his silver outfit he debuted at Mary in Miami but people began referencing TLOP’s “Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission” which features a voice memo from Max B. Perhaps there aren’t as many Kanye fans that are familiar with Max B’s work as they should be but the photo ChromeYe was quickly being tweeted along with “Silver Surfer.”
“There is only one silver surfer,” a tweet reads on Max B’s Twitter account along with an emoji a surfer.
Max B is fresh f the release his latest project, House Money which arrived on Friday. The rapper’s latest project includes appearances from Jadakiss, Cam’ron, Dave East, A$AP Ferg, French Montana, and A Boogiewit Da Hoodie. While Max B is still behind bars, it looks like he’ll be released soon enough. Earlier this year, he revealed that his sentence got reduced to 12 years meaning that he’ll likely be out by 2021.
Steph Curry and Under Armour have yet another “Dub Nation” colorway his signature sneaker in the works, but it isn’t what we’ve come to expect from any Warriors-inspired sneaker. Truth be told, the Under Armour Curry 7 “Dub Nation” actually looks like it could be a tribute to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Rather than the familiar blue and gold Warriors-themed colorway, this “Dub Nation” Curry 7 features a unique design approach, with inspiration centered on the electric vibes to celebrate the team’s new city and arena this season. A combination blue tones throughout the upper are highlighted by striking hits neon that amplify the energy the original team colors. As always, the Curry 7 features a multi-layer upper and both UA HOVR and Micro G cushioning platforms.
“Over my 11 seasons in the league, I have witnessed Dub Nation’s unrelenting spirit and dedication to our team like no other. This new Curry 7 colorway is for the best fans in the game, as they continue to share that energy that lifts us up.”
The Curry 7 Dub Nation, priced at $140, will be available on UA.com, at UA Brand Houses and at select retail partners on December 13. Check out some additional images below.
LeBron James is still, even in his 17th NBA season, arguably the greatest basketball player on the planet – but even he must admit that his jumper could use some work. In fact, LeBron says he doesn’t even have the best jump shot in his family.
LeBron’s oldest son, LeBron James Jr., showed f his sweet stroke during Sierra Canyon’s recent victory, which had ESPN National Recruiting Director and NBA Draft analyst Paul Biancardi gushing about the 15-year old’s potential. Says Biancardi, “I hope LeBron is not going to get mad at me, but I think Bronny’s jump shot is a little bit better…”
LeBron not only agreed with Biancardi’s assessment, but noted that he’s probably the third best shooter in the family behind Bronny and his 12-year-old son, Bryce Maximus. The four-time NBA MVP responded to the video Bronny’s corner three:
“Can’t ever be mad at the facts!!! Flame thrower he has! And by the way I probably got the 3rd best jump shot in the household. Bryce Maximus got a cooker too!”
Bronny, a Class 2023 prospect, has reportedly already received an fer from the Kentucky Wildcats, and he’ll likely have his pick any the college basketball blue bloods including the Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, UNC Tar Heels and UCLA Bruins.
The Charlotte rapper capped off an epic year by making his debut as musical guest on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” Following an introduction from host Jennifer Lopez, DaBaby took the stage at Studio 8H to perform two songs—”BOP” from KIRK and “Suge” from his debut album, Baby on Baby.
For his first performance of “BOP,” he staged a dance musical. Wearing a Hornets jersey and Gucci pants, DaBaby showed off his moves while delivering an animated set featuring dancers, twerkers, and a cameo from Jabbawockeez.
He returned later to perform his breakout hit “Suge” with Jabbawockeez and his artist Stunna 4 Vegas. Looking buff in a red padded turtleneck and KIRK chain, the young CEO put on a theatrical show complete with flying money and a dance-off.
He also appeared alongside J.Lo, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, and Chris Redd in a holiday-themed skit. They played carolers who put a Christmas spin on late ’90s/early 2000s hip-hop classics including Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Crossroads,” City High’s “What Would You Do?” and Pras, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Mya’s “Ghetto Superstar.” While they were performing, DaBaby was robbing the family’s house.
“I’m like Robin Hood. I rob the rich, take it back to the ‘hood,” said DaBaby before leaving with a bag of loot and a gingerbread house.
Caroll Spinney, the man who puppeteered Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for almost 50 years, has passed away. Spinney was at his Connecticut home after living with Dystonia for some time. Dystonia is a mobility disorder in which a patient’s muscles contract uncontrollably. Although Spinney had the illness, he only retired from Sesame Street in 2018 after being on the show since 1969.
Spinney starred in more Sesame Street episodes than any other cast member, and also handled puppeteer duties for Big Bird and Oscar on their other guest appearances such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Colbert Report. The legendary Jim Henson brought Spinney on-board, and he remained with the cast ever since. Spinney also performed his characters in live concerts around the globe, at the White House, and was featured in films, documentaries and record albums. His death was announced by Sesame Workshop.
Infamously, Spinney controlled Big Bird from the inside with hands, wires, and a TV monitor strapped to his chest to guide him around the studio. “I think most people completely forget what it was like being a kid by the time they grow up,” he told The New York Times in 1982. “But I never got over it. It was almost a problem for me, in fact, trying to grow up enough, even when I went into the Air Force.”
There are a number things that Donald Trump says in any given week that elicit confusion and mockery. This week, his speech about low-flow sinks and toilets takes the cake.
During a roundtable with small business leaders about deregulatory actions, POTUS digressed for a significant amount time to discuss what he evidently considers to be a serious issue. “We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements bathrooms where you turn the faucet on — and in areas where there’s tremendous amounts water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it, and you don’t get any water,” he said.
The quote that’s being extracted for the majority headlines covering this story is when Trump claimed that Americans are flushing their toilets “10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once.” Many readers are left wondering whether this is truly as rampant an issue as Trump purports or whether the president’s personal experience is the source his concern. It can be interpreted that the latter is the case given the following remarks he made. “You go into a new building or a new house or a new home and they have standards only you don’t get water. You can’t wash your hands practically, there’s so little water comes out the faucet. And the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you much longer to wash your hands.”
Wait, there’s more to Trump’s tirade about trickly faucets. “You turn on the faucet and you don’t get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out. Just dripping out, very quietly dripping out,” the President added, dramatically lowering his voice to evoke the gradual drips.
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If you have been forced to flush your toilet 15 times, then you might be relieved to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the issue. “They end up using more water. So (the) EPA is looking at that very strongly at my suggestion,” Trump said. He thinks the regulations put in place to ensure water conservation are overly strict. “There may be some areas where we’ll go the other route — desert areas — but for the most part you have many states where they have so much water — it comes down, it’s called rain,” he said. “They don’t know what to do with it. So we’re going to be looking at opening up that I believe. And we’re looking at changing the standards very soon.”
Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, and they are making good return on their investment. The new movies alone cover almost half that amount (after taking into account cost production), while Disney’s other Star Wars-themed adventures have proven lucrative as well. The House the Mouse opened up the Star Wars theme park Galaxy’s Edge this past year in Orlando and Anaheim. Although the parks have not been a massive hit, yet, it’s still early. Disney is still opening new rides in both parks, and now, they have announced the opening a Star Wars-themed hotel within the park.
According to a new blog post, the hotel will open its doors in 2021, and will involve a “2-night, all-immersive adventure” that brings guests to “a galaxy far far away.” Entitled Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the hotel will be a full immersion experience. Upon arrival at a simulated space dock, visitors will be transported onto a cruiser known as the Halcyon, a “massive ship that is much too large to land on any planet.” During their stay, guests will be treated to a number activities on board such as lightsaber training, drinks at the Silver C Lounge, or an adventure in the Engineering Room. From the hotel, guests have immediate access to the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, which is the Galaxy’s Edge theme park, “transport ships” that maintain the completely-immersive experience.
Our guardians are entrusted with the responsibility caring for us as children, no matter what. Well, this week a Florida man supposedly abandoned a child on the highway out a belief that the youth might be a homoual. The child, whose age is currently unknown, was found outside a police station crying by himself with a duffle bag containing a few pieces clothing. According to WRBL, the boy says that he was kicked out his house after he had a verbal fight with Evenaud Julmeus, the man who is being accused abandoning him on the highway.
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When a police ficer asked the child what was wrong he told him about what happened with Julmeus and that the verbal disagreement was over whether or not he was gay. At a certain point, Evenaud told the minor to pack a bag and get into the car. He drove to him to a spot on Highway 27 that is near the Haines City Police Department and told the child, “police will find you a new home.”
Ryan Reynolds became a household name after starring in Deadpool, elevating himself from B list celebrity to a powerhouse with his own superhero franchise. Still, Reynolds loves to get back to what got him here: original comedies. Lo and behold, in the era remakes, sequels, and prequels, comes an original video game movie concept. In the trailer for Reynold’s new film, Free Guy, the mouthy actor plays an NPC (or non-playable character) in a video game. Most NPCs just fill up the virtual world to make it seem real, but Reynolds is tired being in the background. In the new trailer for the movie, we see him break out his everyday monotony to cause some destruction.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds is in a game called Free City, which is headed for dissolution. He becomes self-aware, which catches the eyes the developers (looked to be played by Taika Waititi). Now, Guy’s mission is to save the game and himself from termination. Emmy-winner Jodie Comer, who played Villanelle in Killing Eve, plays two characters in this film: Millie, one the game’s developers, and Molotov Girl, Millie’s in-game avatar. Lil Rel Howery and Ninja also star in the film. Check out the trailer below.
He’s helped build multi-million dollar businesses throughout his career, but as time progresses, Dame Dash has developed a reputation being a difficult person to work with. He has his own streaming service and production house, and he speaks investing in art and developing businesses, yet, he’s ten criticized for his behaviors. Some believe his antics are holding him back.
No Jumper‘s Adam22 has interviewed Dame quite a few times as the pair have discussed various topics relating to Dame’s career and legal troubles at length. Adam sat in the interviewee chair recently for Vlad TV, and he and Vlad discussed why they believe Dame is “his own worst enemy.”
“The thing with Dame is that he’s an interesting figure and you want to work with him and you want to do projects with him until you start actually doing projects with him,” Vlad said as Adam laughed. “And then you realize he’s like his own worst enemy because all this stuff that’s happening with him I feel like shouldn’t be happening. He could’ve been doing a lot more business with a lot more people. ‘Cause people wanna work with him. I wanted to work with him but then once you start working with him you’re like, I’m not gonna just sit here and just put up with this nonsense, so you end up just not working with him. He ends up losing out on money, as well as we do, and it’s a no-win situation. I feel like Dame just shoots himself in the foot.”
Adam added that Dame has his own streaming service but has refused to work with corporations he doesn’t want to deal with big business structures. However, Adam said that anyone who has ever worked with Dame knows that he’s incapable working with people that caliber. “Does not play well with others,” Vlad said.
He later added, “I think you can have Jay Z on your team and you can tell everyone to go f*ck themselves and they’ll continue to work with you because you’re the key to Jay Z who, even back then, people knew that he was gonna be one the greats. He was going multiplatinum. Roc-a-Fella was built around him. Once you no longer have Jay Z, then that’s when you see the chinks in the armor and everything else like that. It’s like, well, why should I continue when you don’t have Jay Z anymore?” Watch the clip below.
Toronto native Drake is so in love with his city that, even when he was a child, he was radiating that “6ix” energy unconsciously. Nowadays, we recognize the Canadian singer as the king his city, influencing a generation youthful artists to chase their dreams and make a name for themselves in the North. He’s given hope to Canadian kids across the nation, reminding them that no matter how hard you hustle, you can make a mark on the industry. The superstar recently showed f his massive mansion on social media, posting a quick video himself listening to Jay-Z records in his crib but, last night, he took a trip back to where he grew up and made a serious revelation: the “6” has followed him for all his life.
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Posting a picture himself in front his old housing complex, Drake reminisced on old memories with his mom. “Used to live in one the units in this house with my mom. Address makes sense now,” wrote the multi-platinum record-breaking artist. Drake and his family used to live in Unit No. 6, which means that everything has come full circle in his life.
Having somewhat an f-year, Drake only released a trio new songs, including “Omerta,” “Money In The Grave” and a formerly unreleased freestyle. We’re hoping he picks up the pace next year and releases another classic addition to his discography.
Max B is beginning his comeback campaign by releasing a new EP titled House Money. The project serves as a prelude to his Negro Spirituals album, which was announced earlier this year.
The incarcerated rapper’s first solo project in almost a decade features seven tracks and a stacked lineup of guests. Contributors include Wiz Khalifa, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, Dave East, A$AP Ferg and French Montana.
View Max’s House Money stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Take My Time
2. Super Bad f. French Montana
3. Ride on Em f. Jadakiss
4. So Cold f. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
5. Never Change f. Wiz Khalifa
6. Goodbye f. Cam’ron & Dave East
7. Champagne Wishes f. A$AP Ferg
Disney+’s The Mandalorian has become the most-streamed series in the U.S. and now just four episodes in one viewer noticed a boom mic in one shot, at the 16:37 mark Chapter 4. The episode was directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, marking the actresses directorial debut. According to The Daily Mail, after one YouTuber posted about the accidental mic feature, it was quickly scrubbed from the episode with no comment coming from the network.
The series is set five years after the original Star Wars trilogy where Pedro Pascal stars as the main character. “He’s a mysterious lone gunfighter in the outer reaches the galaxy,” he previously revealed his character. “He has a questionable moral character, which is in line with our best western and samurai movies. He’s a badass.”