Someone Threw A Lemon At Ariana Grande During Her Coachella Set

A few days back the internet was going wild when it was reported that Ariana Grande was paid two times more than Beyonce for her headlining Coachella set. The disappointing rumor thankfully got debunked after a few publications got word that both performers were paid the same – “$4 million for the first weekend and another $4 million for the second.”

It seems as though some Beyonce fans either never got the word about the debunked report or simply don’t believe it since Ariana had a lemon thrown her way during her Sunday Coachella performance – really. In the clip below, you can see Ariana making her way around the stage when a whole lemon hits her on her chest and drops on the stage. Of course, Ariana didn’t let the fruit disrupt her performance and kept going strong 

The lemon is significant since it was the name Beyonce’s last visual album, a clear sign that the lemon-thrower is clearly a part the Beyhive and wasn’t down for the idea Ariana getting paid more than the “Love On Top” music maker.  

As for the internet, check out some the reaction below.

British Piracy-Tracking Startup Muso Raises an Additional $4.5 Million in Funding

In its Global Piracy Report for 2017, Muso, British piracy-tracking startup, around 300 billion visits to piracy sites.

This number jumped 1.6% year-over-year.  In the UK alone, streaming music piracy increased 21%.

Then, last September, Muso a surprising fact.  Thanks to the rise of streaming platforms, people now pirate less.  Yet, while fewer people head to piracy sites – including The Pirate Bay – they head to web-based music download sites instead.

And, while fewer people use torrenting websites, more people love directly downloading music videos from YouTube.

Then, just last month, the piracy-tracking startup published another astounding fact.  Streaming music platforms stream ripping.

Muso found music piracy saw the largest overall decline – 34% year-over-year.

Breaking down music piracy, public torrent networks, once a favored piracy delivery method, now account for just 13% of all infringing activity.  Stream-ripping also fell 13% between 2017 and 2018 – from 8.9 billion visits to 7.7 billion.  This was primarily due to YouTube-MP3.org’s closure in 2017, leading to a 16% drop in overall stream-ripper visits.

Now, to continue tracking copyright infringement, the piracy-tracking startup has confirmed new funding.

Investing in anti-piracy.

In an extension to its £2.5 million ($3.4 million at the historic exchange rate) 2017 Series A funding round, Muso has raised an additional £3.5 million ($4.5 million).  Harwell Capital led both fundraising rounds.

According to the company, it will use the additional capital injection to “increase its foothold in the digital media, gaming, and live broadcast sectors.”

The startup focuses on removing unlicensed content on the internet.  In addition, Muso also provides data and insights from piracy audiences.  Last year, the company tracked 190 billion total visits to piracy sites throughout 2018.

The startup also focuses on pointing out to rightsholders and media distributors that piracy audiences remain untapped opportunities.  Rightsholders, broadcasters, sports organizations, and brand advertisers use the information to analyze total audience consumption, content demand, creation, and monetization opportunities.

Speaking about the latest funding round, Andy Chatterley, Co-Founder and CEO of Muso, explained,

Harwell has been a hugely supportive investment partner, who provide far more than cash alone to the company.

They understand our vision and objectives, and bring significant advice and acumen to ensure we can execute on our continued growth plans in a most exciting market.

Daniel O’Brien, Managing Director at Harwell Capital, added,

Since [our] first investment round nearly 2 years ago, Andy and the team have delivered significant value to existing and new clients including global leading corporate businesses and trade bodies, transformed the Board to include high-profile growth stage veterans, and expanded the product range and application to significantly ratchet their addressable market.

 


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50 Cent Lawsuit Could Get Teairra Mari Arrested

Los Angeles, CA – A judge has reportedly issued a bench warrant for Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood personality Teairra Mari.

The Blast reports Mari was expected to show up at a Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday (April 23) for a hearing related to the 50 Cent case — but she was a no-show. Consequently, the judge issued the bench warrant in the amount of $5,000.

50 set up the hearing to dig into Mari’s finances in an attempt to collect the $30,000 he was awarded in the original revenge porn lawsuit. Mari was suing the Power exec for allegedly leaking her sex tape.

She accused 50 and her ex-boyfriend, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, of engaging in a plan to sexually objectify, threaten, intimidate, humiliate and degrade her. Mari said Abdul-Ahad logged into her Instagram account and posted the sexually graphic video, which featured “ejaculate” on her face.

50 then re-shared the video on his Instagram page, going as far to apply a “black and white” filter to highlight the color contrast of semen on Mari’s face. He added his signature hashtag, #getthestrap,” which Mari said could have encouraged his fans to hurt her.

The judge dismissed all claims against the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ OG and concluded Mari must pay his attorney fees.

50 wanted her to pay his entire $161,660.15 legal bill, but the judge didn’t agree to his demands. Instead, she was ordered to pay $30,618.

Offset Shares Photo Of Besties Kulture & Kalea

Offset took his parenting duties to social media today with a shared post his two daughters, Kulture and Kalea. Kalea is Offset’s eldest daughter and stems from a previous relationship with mother Shya L’amour. On the other hand, Kulture is Offset’s newest addition to the family, a baby he proudly went half on with rapper Cardi B. The “Clout” rapper has two more children and all four them graced the cover  hs Father Of 4 album. 

This morning, Offset gave his 11.8 million followers an exclusive look at the warm bond between the sisters. In the posted video, best friends Kulture and Kalea are seen spending some sister time with one another. Kulture lies on the couch as Kalea dangles a princess mirror and a toy. The captured moment is giving major cuteness overload. The caption tied to the post reads: “SAY HI TO KULTURE & KALEA THEY LOVE EACH OTHER.”

Earlier this week, Cardi posted a photo herself, Offset and their adorable daughter Kulture as they shared glances on Easter Sunday. It seems the couple is getting more and more comfortable sharing photos their children. And as such, fans can only be delighted. 

Stan 2.0: Lil Xan Fan Gets His Face & Neck Tats

Budapest, Hungary – Ever wonder what a Lil Xan clone would look like? No? Well, a Hungarian teen has stepped up to the plate like you wouldn’t imagine. The fanatic got identical tattoos on his face and neck to replicate the Total Xanarchy rapper.

The Xan Stan displayed his admiration for the rapper on his Instagram @high.xanxiety. The caption of the photo revealing his ink reads “new tattoo (heart emojis) xanarchy gang forever!! I love you (heart emojis) @xanxiety (more heart emojis).”

According to VLADTV, his girlfriend, @_lilparanoia_, is also a part of the “xanarchy gang.” The teenage couple hasn’t received much support from social media with users attacking the show of appreciation.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Teairra Mari in 50 Cent Legal Battle

Teairra Mari is a wanted woman.

A judge has ordered a bench warrant for the singer’s arrest after she failed to appear at a hearing in her legal battle with 50 Cent. According to The Blast, Mari was ordered to appear in court today, but she was a no-show.

A Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant in the amount of $5,000. The “Love & Hip Hop” star will be arrested if she comes in contact with law enforcement.

50 Cent was granted an order to examine Teairra’s finances including her income, bank accounts, and property, so that he can collect the $30,618 she owes him in attorney fees.

In January, a Los Angeles judge ordered Mari to cover part of 50’s $161,660.15 legal bill after he prevailed in the revenge porn lawsuit she filed against him. Last month, he served her with legal papers at the airport and documented the process on Instagram.

Teairra fired back at 50 with her diss track “I Ain’t Got It,” on which she says she doesn’t have the money she owes him. In response, 50 claims to have filed a trademark for Mari’s catchphrase and is selling his own merch with her tagline.

In the meantime, 50 continues to publicly demand payment from Teairra. “Look I’m not playing with you, you better get me my money,” he wrote last month.

T.I. Bails Out Nonviolent Offenders for Easter

T.I. celebrated Easter by granting freedom to some nonviolent offenders.

According to D.C.’s Fox 5, the rapper partnered with a Georgia church, as well as Scrapp Deleon of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop,” to raise $120,000 to bail out 23 nonviolent, predominantly first-time offenders.

The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia initially set out to raise $40,000, but by the end of Lent, they had reached $120,000, allowing seven women and 16 men to be brought home in time for Easter Sunday.

As part of the “Bail Out” program, each individual will also be connected with a mentor for weekly check-in meetings. A portion of the donations will also go towards college savings for the children of the recipients, including Tyron Pollard.

“For people to just reach out, willing to help out of the blue, them not knowing you from nobody…that’s a blessing,” said Pollard. “I was doing drugs before I got locked up … but I don’t want to do nothing but do right and strive to be a model citizen for my kids.”

Dr. Jamal Bryant, senior pastor at New Birth, applauded the efforts of the “Bail Out” program. “It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan – somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming,” said Bryant. “They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.”

T.I. has become an activist in his community. He recently spoke out against Fox News host Laura Ingraham following her disrespectful comments in the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death. Earlier this year, he called for a boycott of Gucci over its wool jumper, which sparked controversy for its depiction of blackface.

Justin Bieber Says New Album Is ‘Coming Soon’

Justin Bieber returned to the stage during Ariana Grande’s Coachella performance.

Following her star-studded Weekend 1 set with special guests *NSYNC, Diddy, Ma$e, and Nicki Minaj, Grande surprised fans once again with her second headlining set at the Indio, Calif. festival on Easter Sunday (April 21).

After performing crowd favorites like “7 Rings,” “Love Me Harder,” “NASA,” and “Break Free,” Grande introduced her special guest Bieber.

“We thought it might be fun to do something for you guys,” said Grande before the two performed his 2015 hit “Sorry.”

“I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here, I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight,” said Bieber. “So anyways this is my first time on stage in like two years, so I had to get my groove back. I had to get my swag back. Thank you so much Coachella. Thank you so much to Ariana Grande.”

But before leaving, he made a bombshell announcement. “And by the way, album coming soon,” he said as the crowd erupted in cheers.

Just last month, Bieber announced plans to take a break so he could deal with some “deep-rooted issues.” Taking to Instagram, the pop superstar informed fans that before he can move forward with new music he must focus on his well-being.

“Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health,” he wrote. “I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable…. the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. 👑 but I will come with a vengeance believe that.”

Bieber hasn’t released an album since 2015’s Purpose. Both he and Grande can be heard on Lil Dicky’s star-studded single “Earth,” which benefits environmental causes.

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So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album .. I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health. I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable…. the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. 👑 but I will come with a vengeance believe that.. (grammar and punctuation will be terrible pretend it’s a text where u just don’t care).

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Halsey Destroys Her Back & Finger While Rock Climbing Naked

Halsey is cut from a different cloth. She’s unlike her pop star contemporaries in the fact that she’s a little bit more hardcore than them. You would never hear about Taylor Swift going rock climbing in the nude, after all. Halsey maintains an “IDGAF” mentality in life. If she feels like buzzing f her hair and dyeing it red, she’ll do it. If she wants to consume questionable substances on a yacht with G-Eazy, she’ll do it. She continually keeps her supporters on their toes and that’s what they love about her. This week, she made the risky choice to go rock climbing without any clothes on. The decision is head-scratching, to say the least, and after you see the injuries she sustained, you’ll never want to mimic her efforts.

Halsey Destroys Her Back & Finger While Rock Climbing Naked
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The singer did not show how she injured her back and finger but she did let fans in on the aftermath, showing a photo her entire back covered in welts and red marks. Her middle finger is wrapped up as well. Judging from the injuries she’s proudly showing f, we would assume that she fell flat on her back, slipping as she tried to climb a little higher. She doesn’t seem bothered about the mishap though. In fact, she’s still encouraging her audience to give it a try. “Don’t go rock climbing naked. Or do. Do you,” she wrote.

Hopefully, she learns from this and stays safe next time.

Gunna Reveals "Drip Season 4" Is On The Way

College Park rapper Gunna derives from the Young Thug school thought. Which is to say, cherish expensive fabrics and never leave the studio. The latter quality has led to a prolific run from the melodic Gunna, who recently dropped f his divisive Drip Or Drown 2, alongside singles like “Speed It Up” and “One Call.”

The project fell on the heels Gunna’s already busy 2018, which brought Drip Season 3 and the Lil Baby assisted Drip Harder album into his discography. Now, it would appear that Gunna is once again looking to keep the pattern alive, having revealed another chapter his beloved series is in the works.

After two fans caught up with Gunna, presumably outside a recording studio, they proceeded to inquire about his upcoming plans. His response was enough to get the ball rolling: “Drip Season 4 on the way.” While the fans in question are visibly excited, others are slightly more wary about Gunna’s “sped up” workflow. Still, the Atlanta rapper has proven capable delivering quality, and we have no doubt he’ll continue to impress. You excited for that new Gunna, or should he take a break to craft something truly spectacular?

Rihanna Serving Looks On Vogue Australia

Sorry fans, but we still can’t tell you whether or not Rihanna is releasing a new album. Yet, we can appreciate the Bajan singer’s successful attempts at conquering the world beauty and fashion in the meantime. Despite a lack musical output, the songstress remains firm on serving beauty looks. As such, we can report on the release a new, upcoming magazine issue which features no other than the Fenty Beauty queen, herself. 

The 30-year old diva announced earlier this month that she would be strutting her lovely facial features on the cover Harper’s Bazaar May issue. Well, the mastermind behind Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty is set on slaying with more fresh looks through her new Vogue Australia piece.

Through the images Rihanna shared her Instagram account, we can see how she effortlessly beautifies the pages Vogue while dressed in an array  buttoned-up looks. In the few shared shots, the vocalist is seen rocking straight-back cornrows and vibrant-colored heels. Each photo reveals a versatile and yet classy attire while teasing onlookers with the singer’s curves and legs—#HiRihanna. The feature is ficially scheduled to hit the shelves on April 29th.

Top Ranked College Hoops Prospect Cole Anthony Commits To UNC

Cole Anthony, one the top ranked college basketball prospects in the country, announced his commitment to the University North Carolina Tar Heels on Tuesday. Anthony, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the 2019 class and the top unsigned senior, revealed his decision on ESPN’s “Get Up!”

“We ended up going with North Carolina,” Anthony said on ESPN’s Get Up! “We really pushed this decision back a lot. We really just kept looking at all our schools, and I just always ended up winding up going back to Carolina. It felt like a family to me. I love coach Roy] Williams, coach Hubert] Davis. If it was up to me, I’d be on campus tomorrow.”

Anthony, the son former NBA point guard Greg Anthony, had also been considering the Georgetown Hoyas, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Oregon Ducks.

The 6’3 point guard from New York City attended the famed Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where he averaged a triple-double. According to ESPN, he also won a gold medal for USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship last summer and was named to the All-Tournament team.

“He’s maybe the most complete guard I ever recruited at this stage his career, and I think he can get better.” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said in a phone interview, according to the New York Post. “That’s the fun part.”

In addition to Cole Anthony, the Tar Heels have also locked up five-star center Armando Bacot (No. 17 in the ESPN 100), and they’re still in the mix for five-star forward Precious Achiuwa, ranked 16th in the ESPN 100.

Teairra Mari Hits Back At 50 Cent With "I Ain’t Got It" Album Cover

Yesterday, 50 Centlaughed at the fact that Teairra Mari had another arrest warrant set out against her. The Love & Hip-Hop star has adamantly told 50 Cent that he will never see a dime her money after he won a lawsuit against her. Although she may not want to pay up, the legalities the situation have forced her to give up $30K her own earnings to fund Fiddy’s attorney fees. The feud has gone back and forth for over a year and now, Teairra is starting to use it for her own financial gain, dropping an album titled I Ain’t Got It and showing fans the cover art recently.

With a warrant now out for her arrest, the reality star does not seem pressed to change her behaviour. In fact, she’s still taunting 50 whenever an opportunity presents itself. Yesterday, shortly after it was revealed that she failed to show up in court, Mari shared her album cover for the forthcoming I Ain’t Got It, which is likely going to be filled with diss tracks against 50 Cent. The art shows Curtis Jackson in his car, racing after the singer who is running “Forrest Gump” style. She made sure to let fans know that her album is “coming soon” in the caption.

At this point, it feels like this feud will never reach its endpoint. Unless Teairra actually gets sent to jail, in which case 50 Cent will probably tire himself out quickly with memes.

T.I. & Scrapp DeLeon Link Up With Georgia Church To Bail Out 23 Non-Violent Offenders

For 23 people in Georgia, Easter miracles were provided to them as they were able to join their families for the holiday. During the Lent season, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Lithonia, Georgia launched its Bail Out Program. It was their mission to raise money to help post bond for non-violent or first-time fenders who couldn’t afford to bail out jail. The church was able to raise $40,000 alone, but once T.I. and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Scrapp DeLeon got involved, donations flowed in and rose to $140,000.

The money was used to help 23 people—16 men and seven women—get released from jail in time to spend Easter with their families. “I was ecstatic. I was shocked. I broke down and cried,” Tyron Pollard told Fox 5 News. “It wasn’t just: Here you’re free, you’re on your own, go to the street and do what you gotta do. They’re willing to help.” According to reports, those released will also be connected with a certified mentor that they will meet with weekly to check-in on their progress. Portions further donations will also be used to set up college funds for children inmates.

Jamal Bryant, the senior pastor New Birth, said he wants to make sure that first-time fenders are fered second chances and not just lost to the streets or the system. “It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan—somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming,” Bryant said. “They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.”

Scrapp, who was recently released from jail after being sentenced to five years (he served two) plus 15 years probation on charged drug trafficking marijuana, shared a video himself speaking about the Bail Out Program. He also wrote, “Saturday was an amazing experience I had the honor to partner with Dr. @jamalhbryant for #BailOutDay he and @newbirthmbc set a goal 40k to release inmates behind bars for Non Violent fenses. He exceeded his goal and raised 140k and used part the money to set up a trust fund/college fund for the kids at #CitizensTrust bank. The released inmates were ever so thankful.”

Scrapp DeLeon Talks Non-Relationship With Moniece Slaughter & Praises Tommie Lee

VH1 viewers are currently watching Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Mona Scott-Young and friends document Scrapp Deleon’s release from prison and acclimation back into society. However, fans were thrown a curve ball when they saw Tommie Lee’s ex-boyfriend cuffed up with L&HHATL newcomer Moneice Slaughter, someone who has previously been linked to Rich Dollaz from Love & Hip Hop New York, AD Diggs from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, and, course, the father her son Lil Fizz from B2K and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.

Scrapp spent his Easter weekend partnering with T.I. to post bail for 23 non-violent fenders, but he took some time out to chat with the Domenick Nati Show about his ties to Moniece and Tommie. When asked about the seriousness his relationship with Moniece, Scrapp said they’re just friends who were enjoying some benefits.

“Me and Moniece are really good friends. We’re really good friends at this current moment. I don’t think I’m gonna be proposing to anyone anytime soon. I mean, I would love to get married. It’s definitely on my bucket list as something I wanna do and I look forward to doing. It’s just I don’t see it as being next month or next week…We were never in a committed…relationship. We had an understanding. I like you, you like me, we did things that couples do, you know. You know how it goes, Domenick. Don’t act like you don’t know,” he said while laughing.

When it came to Tommie and her recent child abuse charges that could put her away for 50 years, Scrapp said he never witnessed his ex lay a hand on her children. “What’s actually crazy is that when I heard about those charges, I was completely shocked because me and Tommie were together at one point. I’ve never even seen Tommie whoop her children. The most she may do is threaten to whoop ’em or just holler at them, but Tommie takes really good care her kids. They love her to death. She actually spoils them. I think Tommie’s a really good mom. When I heard those charges I was like, ‘Nah, not Tommie’.”

“I’ve never seen any signs that,” he continued. “To be honest, I actually just wrote a character letter for her and just sent it to her lawyer just yesterday. Just speaking highly about her and the person that I know she is and things that nature. I don’t want her to get convicted. I don’t think she’s gonna get convicted. I’m rooting for the win for her.

Check out Scrapp’s entire interview, including what he had to say about Kodak Black talking recklessly, below.