Ariana Grande’s Lawsuit Over "God Is A Woman" Has Been Dropped

As reported back in February, Ariana Grande has been facing a lawsuit over her “God is a Woman” music video for many months now. Finally, that suit has been dropped. According to The Blast, Las Vegas-based artist, Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas filed a notice voluntary dismissal, effecting ending his suit against the pop-star. 

The notice reads, “Plaintiffs VLADIMIR KUSH and KUSH FINE ARTS LAS VEGAS, INC. hereby give notice that the above-captioned action is voluntarily dismissed against all Defendants, with prejudice, as the parties have reached a resolution.”

Originally, the fense stemmed from a shot soon after the one-minute mark in her music video. A woman appears inside a fire atop a candle in the sky. Kush believes this idea was stolen from a painting he finished twenty-years-ago. The piece was apparently copyrighted in 1999 and 2000. The amount for which he was suing is unspecified. Alongside Grande, Universal Music Group, the video’s director, producer, and production company were all listed in the suit. 

The case, as well as all charges that have been filed against the aforementioned parties, will be dismissed. Check out the music video for Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” below.

YNW Melly Extends Co-Sign To Lil Tjay From Jail: “Free Da Real”

Before getting locked up on double murder charges, YNW Melly was considered one the fastest rising rappers from the state Florida. With the number superstars the Sunshine State has churned out in the last few years, people were excited to see what would become the teenager. Early in his career, he kept getting into rough situations with the police, earning an arrest at the beginning the year for marijuana possession. After he got out jail, he released his album We All Shine and almost directly following, he turned himself in for double murder. We’re waiting to find out what Melly’s sentence will be but right now, he’s facing the death penalty. When/if he ever gets out, he’s already got his eyes on a few possible collaborations, including one with New York’s Lil Tjay.

18-year-old Bronx native Tjay has been rising quickly in the ranks the East Coast’s favorite new rappers and it’s partly due to his stellar inclusion on Polo G’s “Pop Out.” His new music video caused a little bit confusion when some fans believed he was arrested. The star could be seen fighting with cops before being thrown into the back a cop car. Thankfully, it turns out that it was all for his “F.N” video and even from behind bars, YNW Melly is into the track.

The Florida artist took to his social media pages to extend a co-sign to Lil Tjay, reposting his video and fering a brief message. “Free Da Real,” wrote Melly, which Tjay later echoed in the comments.

Do you wanna hear a song from YNW Melly and Lil Tjay?

Missy Elliott to Release ‘Iconology’ Project

The wait is over.

Fourteen years since her last album, Missy Elliott is giving fans new music. On Thursday night, the hip-hop trailblazer will release her Iconology project, a collection of feel-good dance tracks.

Taking to Twitter, she made the big announcement. “This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful. THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses,” tweeted Missy. “You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a SURPRISE for you…”

She continued, “At midnight tonight I’m dropping a collection of new songs! Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance!”

Missy will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV VMAs on Monday and also take the stage for her first performance in 16 years. To celebrate, MTV will launch the Museum of Missy Elliott, an interactive experience honoring Missy and the creative visionaries behind some of her most iconic music videos.

Iconology marks Missy’s first new body of work since 2005’s The Cookbook. Since then, she has released singles including 2015’s “WTF (Where They From),” 2016’s “Pep Rally,” and 2017’s “I’m Better.”

It’s been a big year for Missy. In June, she also became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Joell Ortiz Pays Homage To The Culture In "Before Hip Hop" Video

Ahead of his forthcoming album, Joell Ortiz drops off a gritty black-and-white visual for his Hesami-produced single, “Before Hip Hop.” Inspired by Craig Mack’s classic “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” music video, the Devon Johnson-directed clip finds Ortiz looking straight into the camera while he spits candid bars.

“The ‘Before Hip Hop’ video is black and white by design. I didn’t want to dress it up. I wanted it to remain as cut and dry and honest as possible,” Ortiz said in a press release. “I wanted the camera in my face so the viewer could look in my eyes and see that it’s pure.”

While the song reflects on how Hip Hop changed Ortiz’s life, the video pays tribute to fallen childhood friends, as flashes of their photos continue throughout the clip.

“Before Hip Hop, I was a different person. I grew up in a rough environment that made me behave, respond and live in a certain way,” he continued. “I lost childhood friends way before I could even fully comprehend death. Yet, I found ways to smile, have fun and enjoy the hood with the homies almost every day. A simple video for the simple truth of a rapper from Cooper Park House in Brooklyn, NY. I’m just happy to be here.”

The ex-Slaughterhouse rapper’s 9th studio album, Monday, is expected to arrive August 30 and will feature vocals from Blakk Soul and vocals and production from Big K.R.I.T., as well as additional production by Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Heatmakerz and more.

Check out Ortiz’s video for “Before Hip Hop” above.

Aaliyah’s Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Receives Praise By Fans

It’s always a toss-up when wax museums tackle beloved celebrities. Madame Tussauds is a world-renowned brand that, for the most part, has been able to duplicate the images some our favorite famous figures, including characters, in their many international locations. Earlier this month we reported that their museum in Las Vegas would be revealing their model late singer Aaliyah, and on Wednesday they shared her wax figure during a special unveiling ceremony.

Four days from now will mark 18 years since the singer lost her life in a plane crash as she and her team were attempting to leave the islands and return to Florida. They had just filmed the music video for Aaliyah’s single “Rock the Boat” when a series unfortunate events caused the plane to go down. Six people died in the wreck. Aaliyah was 22-years-old.

Her memory has lived on through her music, and Madame Tussauds wanted to preserve the young icon to the best their abilities. They decided to go with her “Try Again” music video look and many fans were beyond pleased. Take a look at a few photos and responses below, and let us know if they got this one right.

#DXCLUSIVE: Yella Beezy & Marlo Stunt On Steroids In "Big Shit" Video

Dallas’ rising rap star Yella Beezy is bacc at it again with another banger with his HipHopDX-premiered music video “Big Shit,” which also features assistance from Marlo off his recently released mixtape Baccend Beezy.

The Triple D native is spitting big boss raps all over the upbeat track and the visual features Beezy flossing a lot of cash, ice, and luxury whips.

“When I first heard ‘Big Shit’ I thought damn this beat hard,” Yella Beezy told HipHopDX. “I knew I wanted to talk some doing it big shit once I heard it. And I’ve been wanting to get one in with my boy Marlo, this song just felt like the one for that.”

Watch the music video for Yella Beezy’s “Big Shit” featuring Marlo above.

Newly Ordained Minister Blac Youngsta Is Looking To Marry A Lucky Couple

Are you currently planning a wedding? Well, newly ordained minister Blac Youngsta is on the lookout for a couple to marry in the next 90 days — all expenses paid.

“Oh my God, look — I’m a minister,” the “Booty” rapper exclaimed Twitter video. “Y’all thought I was bullshittin.’”

Couples interested in being considered for this opportunity need to be as honest as possible and share their stories.

“So now that I can marry someone, I need you to put your laughs together, your truths together and give me a real story,” he explained. “Tell me why I should marry you … why I should pick you. But you have to put #churchonsunday in order for me to see it.

“You can be old, young or whatever as long as you love the person that you’re with, you know?”

There is one rule, though, as he notes that he doesn’t have time for anyone who marries and gets divorced the next week. “You can’t marry a whore. Okay. Can’t marry no hoe.”

There are already numerous couples vying to be chosen. Check out some of them below.

Chris Brown & Gunna Shoot "Heat" Music Video

Looks like Chris Brown is getting ready to turn the “heat” up soon. The R&B superstar recently teamed up with ATL artist Gunna to shoot the music video for their new Indigo collab “Heat.”

While on set at the Indigo clothing store, the two show f their drip & strike a pose next to their dancers. Meanwhile a video clip shows Gunna getting freaky with his sexy co-star in a dressing room, and Breezy doubles his pleasure with two women.

The photos were first teased by production company Riveting Entertainment, who shared the photos from set, writing, “COMING SOON.”

When it does arrive, “Heat” will follow up Chris’ latest video for his Drake-assisted hit “No Guidance,” which has over 57 million views on YouTube.

In other news, Breezy just kicked f his “INDIGOAT Tour,” last night in Portland which will feature special guest appearances from Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla Sign, Joyner Lucas, and Yella Beezy. Peep full tour dates right here if interested.

Lil Uzi Vert Teases Remix Of SimxSantana’s "FLEXIN N’ FLASHIN"

It’s an amazing thing to watch a one-f song with a DIY video on YouTube blow up out seemingly nowhere. SimxSantana’s “FLEXIN N’ FLASHIN” is following this trajectory. Posted only four months ago, the music video is now approaching 8 million plays. The Philly artist took a year hiatus from music and returned with this song. The story the song’s success is SimxSantana doing a little dance to it at a cookout, and then as is ten the case with a catchy song and well-suited dance, people shared themselves trying to copy it on social media. With only “FLEXIN N’ FLASHIN” on streaming services and two music videos on YouTube, the 19-year-old has already signed a deal with Columbia Records.

When you start buzzing in your city, the ultimate validation comes from receiving the recognition your hometown heroes. SimxSantana has already gotten a co-sign on Twitter from Philly legend, Meek Mill, and the two have been seen in the studio together. Now, another big Philly name is paying his respects: Lil Uzi Vert. On Tuesday night, Uzi shared a snippet a remix he recorded to “FLEXIN N’ FLASHIN” on his Instagram story. In his No Jumper interview last month, SimxSantana said that his goal is to work with artists from his city first, listing Uzi as one them, so seeing him hop on the remix must be incredibly gratifying. 

Be on the lookout for the remix and expect to be seeing a lot more SimxSantana soon. 

Lil Nas X Jokes About Being Dethroned By Billie Eilish On Hot 100

Yesterday, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” finally lost its spot atop the Billboard Hot 100, after holding it for a record-breaking 19 weeks. The #1 title has now been claimed by Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”, which has been forcefully vying for it all summer long. “Old Town Road” has been demoted to #3, sitting under Camila Cabello and her boo, Shawn Mendes’ steamy “Senorita”. 

A few hours after LNX congratulated Eilish on her achievement on Twitter, he sent another tweet, potentially revealing how he really felt. He made use a SpongeBob meme to joke that Columbia Records would drop him from the label for slipping down the charts. However, considering the lty sum that LNX likely signed for when Columbia saw his song skyrocketing, one could guess that he won’t be begging for money like Squidward anytime soon. His social media savviness will also surely contribute to keeping him afloat. 

While it’s possible that “Old Town Road” climbs back up to #1, Lil Nas X may have other hits on his hands with “Panini” and the Cardi B-assisted “Rodeo”. Music videos for both them have been teased, but it seems Lil Nas X and his label are still feeling out which single would have more potential before releasing the first one. As now, “Panini” sits at #36 (peaked at #16) and “Rodeo” at #95 (peaked at #22). 

Best luck, Lil Nas X.

Young Thug Never Got The XXXTentacion Feature He Wanted

After sharing some exclusive Young Thug info on Twitter yesterday, recording artist and music video director, Be EL Be, went on  yesterday to answer more fan questions. Although Be EL Be is responsible for some Thugger’s most iconic music videos – including the ones for “Halftime” and “Danny Glover” – fans were mostly curious about Thug’s unreleased music. The So Much Fun rapper is known for having an endless vault music that has not and may never see the light day. Given that Be EL Be has been by Thug’s side for so many years, he seemed like the right person to ask about all the stashed collaborations and projects. For example, he was able to disclose that SEX has about eight songs with Kanye West from the 2014-2016 period (which we all probably knew already). Also in the stash lies a song that is “kind a Nipsey tribute”, that did not make the cut for So Much Fun

Back in April 2018, Young Thug publicly expressed his interest (twice) in collaborating with XXXTentacion. The first time, Jeffrey shared this desire on Instagram Live. The second time, he posted a video himself playing an unreleased track and tagged the late artist, encouraging him to “sample this”. When asked if this collaboration ever came to fruition, Be EL Be succintly responded, “No”. 

Be EL Be also responded regarding the “sad” album that Thug had supposedly recorded while he was going through it. “He’s not sad Mann. You can’t have so much fun then be sad,” but he did clarify that “It will be a vibe. More a thoughtful album.”

On the subject music videos, Be EL Be confirmed that the story Thug not showing up to shoot the “Wyclef Jean” music video was true, “but it was something personal going on so he couldn’t make it”. He did try, though. He revealed that a video for the exquisite song “Killed Before” f  Super Slimey was scrapped for being “bad”. 

Lastly, the Be EL Be-directed video for “Surf” will be arriving today at 3 PM (EST), so be on the lookout for that.  

Megan Thee Stallion & Jordyn Woods Friendship Continues On Instagram Live

There have been plenty lists going around this summer. Best rappers, best producers, best female artists…even best hoes. Yet, if there was one for “Social Media Figure to Best Capitalize From a Scandal in 2019,” it would, hands down, go to Jordyn Woods. The 21-year-old was at the center Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s cheating scandal just months ago, and before that time, she was known to the world just as Kylie Jenner’s BFF.

However, Jordyn must have taken notes from the Kardashian-Jenner crew on how to make the most out negativity in the media, because ol’ girl has been booked and busy. She’s been featured on magazine covers, traveled the world hitting up festivals, been cast for roles on television shows, solidified endorsement deals, and even starred in Rick Ross‘s music video for his single “Big Tyme.”

Last week, Jordyn popped up on Instagram with everyone’s bestie Megan Thee Stallion. The ladies posed together for a thirst trap photo and in an Instagram Story clip, they were seen riding around in a convertible jamming to Chris Brown and Drake‘s “No Guidance.” The pair showed f their friendship once again on Instagram Live on Monday as Megan was answering questions from fans and Jordyn was playing it coy in the background. Jordyn did turn around and give a little shake before heading f camera.

Meanwhile, Megan is being hailed as the unproblematic female rapper who is able to be friends with just about everyone, no matter who is beefing with whom, so don’t be surprised if one day Kylie shows up with Thee Stallion wanting to drive the boat, as well.

Rapsody Admires Aaliyah’s "Tomboy Femininity" & Wants To Redefine Sexy

Grammy-nominated artist Rapsody has been sharing bits and pieces her forthcoming album Eve for some time now. The North Carolina emcee’s anticipated project will hit the streets this Friday and she’s described it as a record that will be focused on uplifting and empowering women. “It’s my ode to the women in my life who have made me who I am, but at the same time I realize it’s bigger than me,” she told Essence. “It’s more about the village black women. I feel like we all have similar experiences and similar stories and very similar inspirations.”

You won’t find Rapsody wearing next to nothing while dropping it low or shaking it fast on social media or in her music videos—a move that critics have stated has limited her marketability. However, The Roc Nation artist’s talents speak volumes, and in a recent interview with HHDX, she said she embraces that being sexy comes in many forms. When speaking about her Eve track “AALIYAH,” the rapper talked about the late singer’s “tomboy femininity” and what that means to her as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

“For me, especially in a time when we see music before we hear it, a lot people judge us on our image and our appearance,” Rapsody said. “I want] to redefine what sexy is. People think because I’m a tomboy and I’m fully clothed, that that’s not sexy. But there’s a tomboy sexiness in that. I grew up in a time where Aaliyah was the biggest thing out and one the sexiest things out. She wore baggy jeans. She wore big, oversized jackets. She was that tomboy femininity. So, I wanted to just talk about, you know, ‘Don’t forget this image that you see, don’t think that’s the only image.’”

She added, “Being a woman and what’s sexy comes in all different forms, and it looks different in many different ways. There’s nothing wrong with showing your body, but there’s nothing wrong with being a tomboy either. There’s sexiness in that, too. To me, the best and most creative way that I could do it was to do it through Aaliyah. So, that’s why I chose her. She was one my inspirations.”

Kim Kardashian Says She Would "Do Anything" For Paris Hilton: "She Gave Me A Career"

Before Kim Kardashian was Kim Kardashian West, she was a sidekick to Paris Hilton. Kim became best friends with Paris in 2006 (having known each other since they were kids) and sometimes did work for Paris such as organizing her closet and knowing when and where to be seen in Hollywood. Things eventually came to an and some mean shots were fired back and forth but now that a new era is here, Kim and Paris are good again and the mother four knows how to give credit where credit is due. 

Kim Kardashian Says She Would "Do Anything" For Paris Hilton: "She Gave Me A Career"
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A while back Kim was featured in Paris’ music video for her song “Best Friend’s Ass” and by no surprise, Kim was the lead star. In a clip from an episode  Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim is seen explaining to her sister Khloe just why she’s doing the video and it all has to do with giving back to those that gave to you. 

“I am gonna go and be in this music video with Paris for one her new songs,” she said. “I said as long as I don’t dance, like that’s just where I draw the line.”

She added: “I really would want to do anything for her, she literally gave me a career and I like totally acknowledge that.”

Watch the full clip below.

Woman Groped and Kissed by Katy Perry Says It's No Big Deal

The latest person to accuse pop superstar Katy Perry of sexual assault has issued something of a retraction.

Earlier, we reported that Katy Perry was , which brings the total to three (or four, depending on how you count them).  Now, one of Perry’s recent ‘victims’ insists that her original comments, which appeared in a Russian language newspaper, were mistranslated into English and that she was actually defending Perry.

Tina Kandelaki, who is a Russian television host from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, previously accused Perry of unwarranted kissing and touching.  This was in response to accusations made by a model named Josh Kloss, who said that Perry exposed his genitals in front of people at a party after they had become acquainted while working together on one of Perry’s music videos.

But Kandelaki now says that the English-language news site that translated her comments made in a Russian newspaper had done so erroneously.

Kandelaki says the translation — and subsequent media firestorm — quickly recast her as a ‘victim’ who was ‘blaming Katy Perry’ for sexual assault.  Both are far from true, Kandelaki insisted.

Quite to the contrary, she insists that her original comments were made in support of the actions of Perry.  While she still says that Perry behaved in the manner described in the original report, she also says that the point she was trying to make in the original Russian article was that this behavior was no big deal and that Kloss was exaggerating Perry’s behavior for the purposes of hyping it.

Kandelaki also further attacked the #MeToo movement, which in recent years has exposed sexual harassment and abuse in both the entertainment industry and other industries in the United States. Kandelaki says that the movement is something that could only happen in the Western world.

A Russian-speaking fan of Perry’s has confirmed that the English-language news site did indeed mistranslate the original story and that Kandelaki had defended the singer.  The fan believes that what has caused all this confusion is that Kandelaki used sardonic language that the English language site mistook for being serious.

At the same time, though, the fan has accused Kandelaki of being insensitive in her response, which the fan says was tone deaf to sexual harassment in general.

You can find Kandelaki’s full response statement here (this time, in untranslated Russian).