Pearl Jam Explains Why the 'BOSS Act' Doesn't Make Sense

Pearl Jam’s members are outspoken critics of the ticketing industry, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting behind the BOSS Act, which, if passed, would more comprehensively regulate the distribution and resale of event tickets.

On the contrary, the five-piece rock band has written an opposition letter to New Jersey Representative Frank Pallone Jr., who is in the process of retooling and drafting the BOSS Act (or the Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing Act).

In the letter, Pearl Jam acknowledges the challenges faced by fans who wish to see their favorite artists perform live. But they also note that the legislation’s unintended consequences far outweigh its positives; the BOSS Act “primarily, if not entirely, benefits professional ticket resellers.”

Additionally, the letter indicates that the BOSS Act’s proposed ban on non-transferable ticketing would assist scalpers and harm genuine fans. Last week, Pearl Jam  for partnering with Ticketmaster to prevent ticket reselling from becoming an issue on their upcoming Gigaton Tour. According to the band, it’s up to “artists to limit scalping and ticket fraud.”

The letter proceeds to state that requiring primary ticket sellers to reveal the total number of available tickets would further encourage and aid scalpers. Lastly, the message closes with a rundown of the BOSS Act elements that Pearl Jam finds favorable, including the provisions that address the transparency of ticket websites and , as well as the suggested limits on non-human (bot) ticket reservations.

Pearl Jam was embroiled in a contentious dispute with Ticketmaster during the 1990s, going as far as boycotting the company’s venues over what was perceived as monopolistic business practices. However, changes to Ticketmaster’s policies helped to bring about a more positive relationship, and as mentioned, Ticketmaster is the sole distributor of tickets for Pearl Jam’s Gigaton Tour, which will begin on March 18th.

The album of the same name is slated to release on March 27th.

R. Kelly Indictment Includes New Victim & Allegations

R. Kelly‘s indictment in Chicago has been revised to include further ual abuse allegations against a new victim, but it appears to have removed a previous victim from the case. The new indictment filed by federal prosecutors on Thursday is quite similar to the original, but new charges allege that Kelly enticed a minor “to engage in ual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal fence, namely, aggravated criminal ual abuse” between 1997 and 2000. During the revision, a victim previously identified as “Minor 2,” was removed, and is now identified as “Individual D.”

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Kelly has been ordered to appear for arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago’s Loop due to these new charges. His trial in Chicago set for April, then, will likely be rescheduled. Kelly is still facing similar indictments in Brooklyn and charges in Minnesota, and currently resides in at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he has been held since his arrest last July.

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In the Chicago indictment, Kelly is facing charges  child ography and obstruction justice. The Brooklyn indictment includes allegations racketeering, and was recently revised as well to add accusations that he obtained fake identification to marry 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994. Last month, the court ruled that Kelly’s lawyers would have to wait to learn the identities two his accusers, as prosecutors believe that Kelly could interfere with his case from behind bars. Kelly allegedly has access to an “unmonitored line” in order to make unrecorded phone calls, and has been accused smuggling a letter into the federal prison.

His Chicago trial is scheduled for April, while his New York trial will take place in July.

Eminem Addresses Criticism Over ‘Music To Be Murdered By’

Eminem is confronting his critics.

In an open letter posted on social media, Marshall Mathers addressed the criticism surrounding his latest album Music To Be Murdered By. The Alfred Hitchcock-inspired project received backlash for its graphic and violent nature.

“In today’s wonderful world murder has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it,” Em wrote in the blood-stained note. “I thought why not make a sport of it, and murder over beats? So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain.”

He acknowledged the polarizing content and said the music was intended to stir a reaction. “This album was not made for the squeamish,” he added. “If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you. Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us.”

But there’s a message behind his madness. “So you see, murder in this instance isn’t always literal, nor pleasant. These bars are only meant for the sharpest knives in the drawer. For the victims of this album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight!”

In the video for “Darkness,” which serves as a commentary on gun violence, he recreates scenes from the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. It ends with him encouraging fans to register to vote in order to help change gun laws.

He also faced criticism for his lyrics on “Unaccommodating,” where he raps about the bombing outside Ariana Grande’s 2017 concert at Manchester Arena. “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” raps Em.

Music To Be Murdered By, which features Juice WRLD, Ed Sheeran, and Anderson .Paak, is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 270-290,000 units.

Read his letter in full below.

Eminem Pens Open Letter To His ‘Victims’ Of ‘Music To Be Murdered By’

Eminem has penned an open letter to his listeners and critics following the surprise release of Music To Be Murdered By, Slim Shady’s 11th studio album.

He released the letter Twitter on Thursday (January 23), which begins with a line from 2001’s “Renegade” off JAY-Z’s sixth studio album The Blueprint (it was later included as a bonus track on Em’s Curtain Call: The Hits in 2005).

“‘Cause, see, they call me a menace and if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it. But if it don’t, then y’all will swallow the truth, grin and bear it.”

From there, Em proceeds to address both the ‘gentle’ listeners and ‘victims’ of the album in true Alfred Hitchcock fashion.

“In today’s wonderful world murder has become so common place that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it,” he writes. “I though why not make a sport of it, and murder over beats? So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain. This album was not made for the squeamish. If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you.

“Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us. So you see, murder in this instance isn’t always literal, nor pleasant. These bars are only meant for the sharpest knives in the drawer. For the victims of this album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight!”

The letter is signed “With deepest sympathy, Shady” at the bottom with two drops of blood dripping from the top, his signature backwards “E” logo accented by a butchers knife serving as part of it.

Par for the course, Em’s latest project has faced criticisms. The Manchester mayor called “Unaccommodating” featuring Young M.A “deeply disrespectful” due to a line that appeared to make light of the deadly 2017 bombing that took place at an Ariana Grande concert.

“I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” he raps.

Music To Be Murdered By is poised to be Eminem’s 10th consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

If it does indeed claim the top spot as predicted, it will make Em the first artist in chart history to ever accomplish that feat. He’s currently tied with Kanye West at nine.

6ix9ine Has A Second Daughter, According To Court Hearing: Report

Tekashi 6ix9ine is a lucky man. Following a year scrutiny for snitching, and then finally snitching, the rapper was sentenced yesterday. He didn’t get out immediately as many predicted but he did get a pretty light sentence 24 months with thirteen those months counting as time served. That being said, he’ll most likely be out jail by July.

Since his arrest in 2018, his child’s mother, Sara Molina, did a few interviews surrounding the case and mentioned that the rapper got a few women pregnant. She went on to say that he even admitted that he had another child while they were together. According to Complex, during his trial, the judge revealed that a woman named Marlena wrote a letter and seemingly confirmed that 6ix9ine was the father her child. 

“In brief, the letter states that Mr. Hernandez and Marlena are the parents the child who was born in November 2018. The letter is complimentary Mr. Hernandez,” he said. The letter by Marlena is reportedly going to be made available to the public.

During his sentencing, the rapper confirmed that he had more than one daughter while apologizing. “I’m sorry to the world, I’m sorry to my family, to my daughters, to my fans and followers people who believed in me, and to the other families who are affected by this and to this courtroom,” he said. 

Your Old Droog Issues Apology To Logic & His Fans Following Series Of Tweets

New York City, NY – Rapper Your Old Droog isn’t one to hold back on Twitter. So, understandably, rapper and New York Times’ number one best-selling author Logic—no stranger to Twitter shade—is far from off-limits. Though he’s been critical of the MC in the past, a recent string of tweets crossed a few lines, prompting Droog to issue an open apology to both Logic and his fans.

“My misguided attempt at social media humor, perhaps better known as ‘trolling,’ caused me to set aside my own dignity and scruples,” he wrote in the letter, posted on his Twitter Thursday (October 17).

“I managed to publish three tweets wishing death upon another human being simply because I could. It was not funny. It wasn’t even close to being remotely funny,” he added.

As he explains, the three tweets in question resulted in him being locked out of his Twitter account and suspended for 12 hours.

“I will be taking more time to -re-examine myself and consider the thoughts that I choose to put out into the world and the internet,” he concluded, signing the letter as “Your Old Friend.”

Hating Logic’s music isn’t by any means a new phenomenon in various rap circles. Most recently, Joe Budden dubbed the platinum-selling artist as one of the worst rappers to ever touch a mic.

Logic, meanwhile, is currently on the road for The Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Tour with J.I.D. and YBN Cordae. He’s also been promoting an upcoming beat tape.

Read Your Old Droog’s letter in full below.

O.T. Genasis and Malika Haqq Reportedly Expecting Baby

Congratulations are in order for O.T. Genasis and Malika Haqq.

The rapper and his ex-girlfriend are expecting a baby together, according to Us Weekly.

Last week, the reality star announced that she was pregnant with her first child, who is due next year. The father’s identity was a mystery until now. “I listen to my heart, and I’ve decided that the rest of my life will be the best of my life. I’m pregnant!” Haqq captioned a photo of herself holding a positive pregnancy test. “I didn’t know when, I just knew one day. God said it’s my turn, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the little spirit that grows inside of me. I am yours, baby, and you are mine.”

In June, Haqq confirmed that she split from the 32-year-old rapper after dating on and off for two years. “Single,” Haqq wrote at the time.

Genasis has yet to confirm the baby news. Last October, he penned an “open love letter” to Haqq. “To the world you may be one person but to me You’ve become my world. My life has changed with you in it,” he said. “Before you I was lost and confused and didn’t know how to let my guard down. You know I always play you love songs but now I know what the songs actually mean. I came in thinking I had it figured all out but you gave me the structure I needed to stay balanced. As men we often have PRIDE that makes us not wanna do certain things. I would do anything in this world for you. YOU and only YOU made me a better man and want to be a better man.. You’re not only my partner but my best friend.”

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My Open Love Letter, To the world you may be one person but to me You’ve become my world. My life has changed with you in it. Before you I was lost and confused and didn’t know how to let my guard down. You know I always play you love songs but now I know what the songs actually mean. I came in thinking I had it figured all out but you gave me the structure I needed to stay balanced. As men we often have PRIDE that makes us not wanna do certain things. I would do anything in this world for you. YOU and only YOU made me a better man and want to be a better man.. You’re not only my partner but my best friend.. God told me to love you forever and that’s what I plan on doing. This letter is to thank you for everything you do and to tell you I LOVE YOU. @forevermalika ❤️

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Haqq’s BFF Khloé Kardashian also celebrated the mom-to-be. “My baby is having a baby!!!!!!!!” wrote the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star. “I am literally so so so excited!!!! Congratulations Mika!!! I love you!!!!”

This will be Haqq’s first child. O.T. already has a 9-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Thinks He’ll Be Out Of Prison By Early 2020

New York, NY – Tekashi 6ix9ine made some incredulous statements during his recent testimony against alleged Nine Trey members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack last week.

Not only did he identify Cardi B and Jim Jones as Bloods, but he also detailed the inner workings of Nine Trey.

In exchange for 6ix9ine’s cooperation, prosecutors agreed to seek a lighter sentence. He was originally looking at at least 47 years in prison. But while on the witness stand, the polarizing rapper said he believes he will be out by early 2020.

During cross-examination, Mack’s attorney asked 6ix9ine, “If you get time served you’d get out at the beginning of next year, correct?” to which he replied, “Correct.”

Although he hasn’t been sentenced yet, the 23-year-old Brooklyn native also made it clear he understands what he’s facing. He explained what a 5K1 letter was to the attorney.

“It has the good bad and the ugly about me,” he said. “The judge gets it, and can go under my mandatory minimum. Like, time served.”

As defined by Lawyers.com, 5K1 letter is a letter prepared by the United States Attorney that is sent to the sentencing judge detailing the extent of the cooperation of the defendant in order for the judge to take into consideration when sentencing someone.

The trial is expected to wrap up this week.

The New York Times suggested 6ix9ine could enter the witness protection program following the trial. However, it’s “unlikely” the Unites States Marshals Service would pay for the removal of his giant face tattoos.

Sony Rejects a Breakup Demand by Activist Investor Third Point

Sony has roundly rejected the break-up proposal, which was initiated by activist investor Daniel Loeb.

Just hours ago, Sony Corp. officially rejected a plan to spin off its semiconductor business in a 8-page letter it sent to its shareholders.  The plan had been proposed by activist investor Daniel Loeb and his Third Point hedge fund.
That doesn’t affect subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment directly, as the label conglomerate wasn’t the source of Third Point’s ire.  But it does signal a greater focus on merging media and technology under the broader Sony umbrella.

Kenichiro Yoshida, who is the CEO of Sony, expressed in the letter — titled “Enhancing Corporate Value Over the Long Term as a Creative Entertainment Company With a Solid Foundation of Technology” — that his company’s strategy of diversification was working well.

As proof of this, he cited the record profits Sony has experienced during the course of the past two years.

Yoshida also indicated in the letter that Sony’s board of directors did agree with one point of Loeb’s proposal, which stated that the company’s Imaging and Sensor Solutions division was a “Japanese crown jewel and technology champion.”  But he said that the division, which produces image sensors for various smartphones such as the iPhone, would continue operating as an integral part of Sony.

He went on to say that the conglomerate sees sensing and artificial intelligence being utilized in the future across a full range of applications, which includes IoT, Games, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Medicine.

The company further believes that image sensors will one day evolve from purely hardware to complete platforms and solutions.  They believe as well that the technology industry and media are converging, with many top entertainment companies purchasing technology while technology companies were beginning to dabble with entertainment.  That theoretically applies to Sony Music, whose day-to-day is now defined by tech platforms.
In 2013, Loeb acquired an interest in Sony. Even then, Loeb was trying to get the conglomerate to spin off divisions as a means of increasing the company’s value.  Initially, Third Point was trying to get Sony to sell its motion pictures division. Ironically, this year, as Third Point’s stake in Sony increased to $1.5 billion, Loeb now wants the company to sell its technology divisions while making entertainment its core business.

Uber, Lyft, and the Music Industry Become Strange Bedfellows Against AB5

Ridesharing giants and the music industry stand united against California’s AB5 — though the opposition doesn’t seem to be working.

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have formed an unlikely alliance with the music industry to oppose California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).  Just yesterday, the California Senate approved the measure, setting up likely passage in the coming days.  California Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to sign the bill.

If implemented in its current form, the bill will make it . And because these workers would then need to be identified as employees, they’d be entitled to an hourly minimum wage, health insurance, vacation days, sick time, and much more.

That’s a huge attack on the ‘gig economy’ ushered in by Uber and Lyft, though scores of other companies rely on temporary contractors.  That includes musicians, labels, and publishers, among other music industry stakeholders.

AB5 was written with Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing businesses in mind, and these companies oppose the legislation for obvious reasons, including that it would dramatically increase their costs and make it much harder for freelance drivers to complete gigs at their convenience.  That said, the bill will also affect independent musicians, the vast majority of whom rely on one-off freelance work as they develop and release their songs.

RIAA, A2IM, and the Music Artists’ Coalition wrote a letter that made clear their opposition to AB5, which they said will result in up-and-coming artists having to “employ” producers, mixers, engineers, recording professionals, music-video creators, and many others.

Because this is financially and logistically impossible for most new musicians, the letter indicated that independent artists will likely leave the state unless sweeping exceptions are established. To be sure, the authors wrote, “Get ready, Nashville and New York — it looks like you’re about to have your own recorded-music boom…”

So far, the music industry’s fight seems to be ineffective.

Lorena Gonzalez, who has represented California’s 80th Assembly District since 2013, co-authored AB5. Speaking to reporters, she stated that dialogue with music industry representatives hadn’t brought a consensus on precisely which exemptions should be included in AB5, and that as a result, no special conditions were added to the final text.

Instead, organizations like the RIAA seem to be focused on crushing the law entirely, instead of accepting piecemeal exemptions.  Gonzalez stated that “the recording industry preferred no legislation at all,” instead of an exemption.  A number of other industries and professional areas, including doctors and lawyers, have been busily crafting special exemptions under AB5.

Though Gonzalez placed the blame squarely upon the shoulders of music’s representatives, she seemed open to forging some middle ground.  The question now is whether the music industry is willing to accept some form of compromise, however imperfect.

6ix9ine To Testify That His Job For Nine Trey Was To Bring Money For The Gang

Tekashi 6ix9ine may have once had the protection the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods but it appears as though he’ll be testifying against them next week. The majority the defendants on the case copped a plea deal with the exception two who are fighting the charges against them. Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, two affiliates the gang, are accused kidnapping 6ix9ine. As they’re set to stand trial next week, 6ix9ine will take the stand where he’ll tell the court about his role in the gang.

According to Complex, a letter issued from U.S. Attorney Gefrey Berman revealed what the government has in their case against the accused including their plans to have 6ix9ine take the stand. The Government expects CW-2 6ix9ine] to testify that one his roles in Nine Trey was to make money for the gang and distribute that money among Nine Trey members,” it reads. 

Ellison and Mack are arguing that they were hired to kidnap 6ix9ine as part a publicity stunt to boost the rapper’s prile in the music industry. The letter said that there are text messages from Ellison sent around the time the kidnapping that ask about the rapper’s location and the press coverage surrounding the alleged attack. The feds also say they have messages surrounding the jewelry that was stolen from 6ix9ine.

The trial begins on Sept. 16th.

Bon Iver's Obsession With the Letter 'i' Results In a Spotify 'Viisualiizer'

Bon Iver’s latest album has an unexpected visual component.

Not every musician is a big fan of streaming, especially those who were around before it all happened.  But some artists are truly embracing the culture and all its possibilities. This includes the indie folk band Bon Iver, who have partnered with Spotify to develop an immersive online experience in conjunction with the release of their new album, which is called i,i.

The experience is called “Viisualiizer,” and you really need to see it to appreciate it.  While playing one of Bon Iver’s trending new songs in the background, it displays a collection of artwork created with the letter i. Users can interact with this artwork by move their finger (or mouse cursor) across the artwork.

Viisualiizer also displays information about the song playing, such as how many people are streaming it at any given time and which country currently has the most streams of the song. You can further view streaming data on a daily basis as well.

Judging by current statistics, the experiment is a huge success. As of this writing, the album had nearly 70 million total streams and close to 4 million hours of listening.

Justin Vernon, who is the singer-songwriter of Bon Iver, says that the entire concept represents a new way of thinking about music, where “sharing and building” is more important than ownership.

i,i was originally slated to be released at the end of the August, but the band released it nearly a month early. They will be promoting it during their North American tour, which began at the end of the August and will continue through the middle of October.  The band also released a mini-documentary on YouTube about the tour called “Bon Iver: Autumn.”

Bon Iver was formed in 2006 and released its first album a year later called For Emma, Forever Ago. Their 2012 album Bon Iver won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist.

British Band Makes a T-Shirt Inspired by Abysmal Spotify Royalties

While She Sleeps has taken an unexpected step to bring attention to paltry Spotify royalties.

While She Sleeps, a British metalcore band, has released a t-shirt that’s meant to spread awareness of their lackluster Spotify royalties — and, more broadly, the financial difficulties faced by today’s musicians and bands.

The shirt’s design consists solely of text, which as you can see above, reads,

“One t-shirt is the equivalent to 5000 streams on Spotify. 76% of all music in 2019 is streamed and not bought physically or digitally. Band merchandise is the most direct way of supporting an artist.”

The t-shirt’s design was posted on While She Sleeps’ Twitter page.

An open letter, written by the band’s members, accompanied the design.  The letter indicated, amongst other things, that the t-shirt’s image can be used for free by other musicians who’re looking to bring about positive changes to the way streaming royalties are calculated and dispersed.

The letter also highlighted the difficulties that artists encounter when attempting to get by on unpredictable tour earnings, lackluster merchandise sales, and meager streaming royalties.

While She Sleeps isn’t the only member of the music community to take issue with Spotify’s royalty payments.

Earlier this week, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor that made clear his immense dissatisfaction with the state of the music streaming industry.  “We HAVE to tour,” Taylor wrote.  “It’s the only way we can make a living.  Merch helps, but the merch companies make the lion’s share.”

“Streaming is pricing artists — old AND new — out of careers.”

The t-shirt can be purchased through While She Sleeps’ official website.

High-profile artists have been voicing their support for fundamental changes to the music streaming landscape for years.  But little has changed, especially at Spotify.  Despite endless protests and horrifyingly-low streaming payouts, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has repeatedly pointed blame at major recording labels, while stating that Spotify has paid billions in royalties since its inception.

Over time, Ek noted that artist protests against streaming royalties have ‘started to die down,’ though it’s unclear if that’s simply the result of a numbed and defeated group of artists.

Still, there’s progress happening.  Apple Music, thanks to efforts by former Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, has remained adamantly pay-only.  Apple Music now boasts , which is short of Spotify’s 108 million, though the gap is narrowing.

Separately, Apple has been supportive of broader royalty increases for publishers and songwriters, while Spotify, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, and Sirius/Pandora have protested proposed increases.

While She Sleeps is currently touring to support their latest album, So What?, which was released in March.

The band has performance dates arranged well into next year, and fans in America, France, Greece, Germany, Australia, and multiple other locations can buy tickets to watch them perform live.

In addition to being an awesome way to have fun and enjoy live music, buying concert tickets is also a means of supporting musicians.  Though this support isn’t a long-term solution to artists’ woes, it certainly won’t hurt their ability to make a living.

Nicki Minaj Faces Stepped-Up Pressure to Cancel Her Gig in Saudi Arabia

The Human Rights Foundation is calling on Nicki Minaj to cancel an upcoming performance at the Jeddah World Fest.

The festival takes place in Saudi Arabia later this month.

The HRF sent Minaj an open letter describing what it calls a “human rights crisis” in Saudi Arabia.  Minaj is slated as one of the headliners for the festival along with Liam Payne, Steve Aoki, R3 Wire & Varski.

The event will take place on July 18th.

The open letter implores Minaj and other performers to think about what performing in the country will mean.

“If you move forward with this performance for a festival sponsored by the Crown Prince, you will be in league with the people who respond to freedom of expression and thought with murder.”

Lawyers for Minaj have not directly responded to requests for comment.

The HRF’s open letter criticizes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  The Crown Prince is financing the event and authorized Minaj’s performance, probably with a big fat check.

HRF also draws a stark contrast to Minaj’s support of the LGBTQ community .

“You recently celebrated Pride Week to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Yet, if you move forward with this performance, you will be condoning, and serving the public relations needs, of a government that executes homosexuals for the ‘crime’ of being who they are.”

The HRF says the performance would be disastrous for a public figure of Minaj’s standing.

It will be interesting to see how she responds to the pressure.  Several high-profile singers and performers have faced public scrutiny over performing in Saudi Arabia.  , Enrique Iglesias, OneRepublic, and are just a few names who have performed in the Kingdom.

The Human Rights Foundation has been leading the charge on each of these call-outs, though they seem to be falling on deaf ears.

You can read the rest of the open letter here.

Yo Gotti Fights $6.6M Judgment Against Him For Bailing On Rap Collab

After a $6.6 million judgment against him for failing to perform a rap collab, Yo Gotti is asking a judge to vacate the settlement.

Judge Todd Burke of Forsyth Superior Court awarded the $6.6 million settlement to Michael Terry, manager of rapper Young Fletcher. The case was over a $20,000 payment — real name Mario Mims — was paid to perform a verse on Young Fletcher’s song. The deal was struck to bring attention to Young Fletcher as a relatively new rapper.

Yo Gotti never signed the paperwork for the song’s release, which means Young Fletcher couldn’t legally release the song. In the ruling, An affidavit filed with the lawsuit alleged that Yo Gotti’s performance would have helped Young Fletcher get more attention. The affidavit also says Yo Gotti attempted to get Fletcher to sign with his label, Epic Records.

A non-jury trial occurred last month, with Judge Burke ruling that Yo Gotti engaged in deceptive and unfair trade practices.

The ruling offered Fletcher $2.2 million in damages and then tripled that number to $6.6 million. Yo Gotti and his attorneys were not present at the trial on May 28th and filed no written letter in answer to the suit. The suit was filed in the Forsyth Superior Court on January 24th, 2018.

According to Yo Gotti’s attorneys, the rapper was never officially served with the lawsuit. Instead, a member of his security team received a complaint from the sheriff’s deputy. The security team member did not have the authority to accept the lawsuit on Yo Gotti’s behalf. Now his attorneys are asking the judge to vacate the $6.6 million judgments against him.

Yo Gotti never signed a side-artist agreement to allow the song’s release, despite Terry and Young Fletcher’s attempts to contact him. Yo Gotti even recorded a song with the verse he initially recorded for Young Fletcher’s song. Fletcher’s lawyers argue that releasing the verse makes it appear as though their plaintiff copied Yo Gotti, rather than collaborating with him.