Meek Mill’s Birthday Wish For Rick Ross Makes His Allegiance Clear

Meek Mill may have ficially outgrown his mentorship with Rick Ross but he will never lose his love, appreciation and respect for the Maybach Music Group boss. The Miami legend is celebrating his birthday today, turning 44-years-old and being blessed to live another day after experiencing some scary health issues in the last couple years. “I’m so thankful to see another year,” wrote Ross in his proper b-day address. Having worked under the mogul for years, Meek Mill knows the legend Rick Ross inside and out. He’s likely one the artists that is most aware  the man’s genius and, for his birthday, he decided to remind him that he’ll always stick by his side.

Meek Mill's Birthday Wish For Rick Ross Makes His Allegiance Clear
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Posting a photo both rappers together, Meek Mill wished Rick Ross a happy birthday, including a thoughtful message to show his respect. “Happy bday @richforever,” he said. “Super Bowl in Miami so this ya weekend! Wishing you more blessings, wins and many more #MMG4L.”

Despite operating his own Dreamchasers imprint and hustling as part the impressive Roc Nation collective, Meek insists that he will always be part Maybach Music Group. Other stars signed to the label include Gunplay, Fat Trel, Wale, and more. Join us in wishing Rick Ross a very happy birthday! As Meek said, there will be a huge party this weekend with the Super Bowl taking place in his city, so we’re sure Rozay has some fun plans.

J. Cole Fans Declare Him "The GOAT" With Birthday Twitter Trend

When it’s all said and done in J. Cole’s illustrious career, he has a chance to be considered one the greatest rappers all time. He’s certainly in the conversation right now but, considering the feats that people like Jay-Z, Nas, and others have accomplished, he still has some room to become an even more powerful star. With a possible album in the works for a release later this year, The Fall Off may cement the North Carolina native’s legacy as a world-class spitter. His fans will throw his name into GOAT talks every time the opportunity arises and, with his birthday taking place today, they used the moment to share their love and appreciation for the K.O.D musician. 

If part your daily news routine involves scrolling through the trending topics on Twitter, you’ll have noticed a particular message being shared thousands times. “Happy Birthday To The GOAT” was a top trend on the social platform this morning and, after dissecting the content, it’s clear that people aren’t speaking to Rick Ross, who also celebrates a birthday today. The trend is for J. Cole, with his fans going absolutely crazy with their wishes, declaring him the best and explaining why they believe so.

Do you agree that J. Cole belongs in the top tier all-time rappers? Or will his upcoming output be the deciding factor?

Eminem’s ‘Music to Be Murdered By’ Debuts at No. 1

Shady’s back on top.

Eminem earns his historic 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Music to Be Murdered By. The surprise set, which was released without warning on Jan. 17, debuted with 279,000 equivalent album units, of which 117,000 are in album sales.

It becomes Eminem’s first No. 1 album since Kamikaze, which surprise dropped in August 2018. Eminem is the sixth act with at least 10 No. 1 albums and also ties Kanye West for the most consecutive No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200, as Music to Be Murdered By is his 10th consecutive chart-topping album.

Elsewhere, Halsey’s Manic debuts at No. 2 with 239,000 equivalent album units, earning the biggest week for a No. 2 album since Beyoncé​’s Lemonade notched 321,000 units in its second week in May 2016.

Mac Miller earns the third and final top 10 debut of the week with his posthumous album Circles, which opens at No. 3 with 164,000 equivalent album units (61,000 in album sales). It marks the late rapper’s sixth top 10 and biggest week since Billboard began ranking by equivalent album units in December 2014.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Roddy Ricch​’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial falls 2-4 with 103,000 equivalent album units, while Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding dips 4-5 (53,000). Moneybagg Yo’s Time Served slides 3-7 (37,000) and DaBaby​’s Kirk falls 5-8 (37,000).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Eminem – Music to Be Murdered By – 279,000
2. Halsey – Manic – 239,000
3. Mac Miller – Circles – 164,000
4. Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial – 103,000
5. Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding – 53,000
6. Selena Gomez – Rare – 38,000
7. Moneybagg Yo – Time Served – 37,000
8. DaBaby – Kirk – 37,000
9. Harry Styles – Fine Line – 36,000
10. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 35,000

Tory Lanez Grinds On Megan Thee Stallion’s Booty & Realizes They’re "Evil Twins"

Toronto native Tory Lanez and Houtson-bred rapper Megan Thee Stallion both have the ability to spit absolute bars when they feel like it. As he continues to grow as an artist, Tory has been giving us flashes his old self, foregoing the melody magic and coming through with some quick-paced lyricism during his feud with Joyner Lucas and in select instances afterwards. Just starting out as a major label highlight, Megan Thee Stallion is making her mark on the industry with her grit, using her hard influences to craft a unique sound that was untouched in female rap. The two were in attendance at the star-studded Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch and they decided to get a little silly with their photos, uploading them to social media.

Tory Lanez Grinds On Megan Thee Stallion's Booty & Realizes They're "Evil Twins"
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“At this moment, me and @theestallion realized we were evil twins,” wrote Tory Lanez on a photo both musicians laughing maniacally. Earlier in the day, he had posted a similar shot him going wild with DJ Khaled. The second shot has Lanez placed behind Meg, grinding up on her frame and just being a general goball. Kehlani was a fan that one, commenting, “the second pic is SENDING. ME.”

Artists continue sharing moments from the Roc Nation Brunch, which we’re absolutely living for right now. Take a look at the photos below. 

Lil Nas X Explains Why He Looks Bored In The Strip Club With Lizzo

Two the biggest names in music today, Lil Nas X and Lizzo, enjoyed spectacular nights at the 2020 Grammy Awards. Both superstars performed at the event, bringing home some hardware as well. They ended the night by attending a strip club as a unit, bringing some their friends along as well. When his hit record “Panini” started playing over the loudspeakers, LNX got pretty hyped and decided to make it rain in the middle the club, drowning strippers in cash. He did so by distributing racks at the sound each beat, leading to a humorous video hitting the internet and confusing fans as to why he appears to be so unenthusiastic. He fered an explanation on Twitter, which should already have been obvious.

Alongside Lizzo, Lil Nas X experienced one the biggest break-out years in music. He went viral with “Old Town Road” before speaking his truth, coming out as gay to the world. Of course, he had to remind folks that fact when one his supporters asked why he looks so bored at the booty club.

“Cuz i’m, u know,” joked the rapper with his audience, attaching a photo SpongeBob SquarePants flicking his wrist. That should have been clear from the jump. Still, he likely had a damn good time with Lizzo, Dua Lipa, and company.

Sauce Money Warns Diddy & Jay-Z Their Time Is Coming

“Backdoor politics” as usual. At least that’s how Sauce Money, former collaborator Jay-Z and Diddy, feels about their business practices. Having worked with Diddy on songs like “I’ll Be Missing You” and Jay-Z on “Reservoir Dogs,” Sauce Money is no stranger to the megastar moguls. For Sauce, the animosity with Diddy goes way back; he recently dissed Puff on wax with “Love Tap,” accusing the mogul being stingy with the royalties among other cardinal sins. Now, following Diddy’s recent speech at the Recording Academy, highlighting the importance “respecting black music,” Sauce has decided to call out hypocrisy. 

Sauce Money Warns Diddy & Jay-Z Their Time Is Coming

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“Just watched Diddy Icon acceptance speech at the Recording Academy and I can honestly say I respect the message, just not coming from him,” writes Sauce. “He practices the same backdoor politics against his own people. Him and his friend Jay-Z. If the Grammys are on the clock, then ya’ll are too!”

While he neglects to provide any concrete examples, his pot-stirring warning will likely raise a few eyebrows. Especially given that many are inherently distrustful industry higher-ups. Whether Sauce’s message proves to be foreshadowing for a greater unraveling remains to be seen. Is this man speaking facts or merely spouting bitter musings? Sound f below. 

Juice WRLD Has 2,000 Unreleased Tracks, Posthumous Album Planned: Report

His posthumously released collaboration with Eminem has helped the late Juice WRLD climb the charts once again. Music To Be Murdered By‘s “Godzilla” reached the No. 1 spot in U.K. charts, making it the first for the late rapper. Last week, it was shared by Juice’s family and team that there were plans in place to continue his legacy by sharing his unreleased music with the world in the coming months.

Juice WRLD Has 2,000 Unreleased Tracks, Posthumous Album Planned: Report
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“From the bottom our hearts we want to thank each and every one you for your undivided adoration and love for Juice,” they stated. “You guys meant the entire world to Juice and by listening to his music, watching his videos and sharing your stories about him, you are keeping his memory alive forever. We plan to honor Juice’s talents, his spirit, and the love he felt for his fans by sharing unreleased music and other projects that he was passionately in the process developing. There will be a public tribute in Chicago, details will be shared soon.”

TMZ reports that last week 26 Juice WRLD’s tracks were leaked online but were swiftly removed. The outlet also shares that while the artist was diligent about keeping his music safely stored and hidden, there were times when he would download to hard drives at the studio. It’s reported that Juice was constantly writing new music and that he has approximately 2,000 unreleased tracks. Recent posthumous albums have arrived from XXXTentacion and Mac Miller, so Juice WRLD’s team is planning to follow suit. What that project looks like, exactly, is still speculative.

XXXTentacion’s Bad Vibes Forever included a number features including Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Trippie Redd, and Joyner Lucas. However, Mac Miller stood alone on Circles. It will be interesting to see what Juice WRLD’s team comes up with in the end.

Here’s The Governors Ball 2020 Day-By-Day Lineup

Following the ficial announcement Governors Ball 2020 a little over a week ago, we’re now getting a clearer breakdown who will be performing over the three-day music festival and the exact day each artist will be hitting the stage. 

While all three days are expected to be filled with show-stopping performances, Day 3 is definitely looking like the highlight. Day 1 is pretty packed as well, with acts like Danny Brown, Tame Impala, Pink Sweat$, Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, Maxo Kream, Vampire Weekend, Chase Atlantic, rising Brooklyn-based emcee KOTA The Friend and music legend Stevie Nicks amongst others gracing the stage on Friday. Day 2 keeps the high energy at peak with Vampire Weekend, Flume, Ellie Goulding, Chiiild, Steve Lacy and rap/R&B collective EARTHGANG making for key standouts on Saturday. As we stated earlier, Sunday will be the apex the  festival’s 10th anniversary year as Missy Elliott, Solange, H.E.R., Summer Walker, John Bellion, YBN Cordae, Girl Talk, Johnny Utah, Black Midi, Swae Lee and Princess Nokia spearhead a long list musicians closing out Day 3.

Governors Ball 2020 goes down on June 5, June 6 and June 7 at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. Get your 1-day, 3-day and cabana experience tickets now by clicking here.

Diplo Responds To Sia’s Sex Proposition, Loves That She’s A "Loose Cannon"

You miss out on 100 percent the shots you never take, so Sia decided to shoot her shot with Diplo. The LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo) collaborators have made magic in the studio, and Sia admitted in an interview with GQ that she not only admired him as an artist but as a good-looking man she wanted to bed down.

Diplo Responds To Sia's Sex Proposition, Loves That She's A "Loose Cannon"
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“Much our relationship is just being spent trying not to have so that we wouldn’t ruin our business relationship because he’s super-duper hot,” Sia told the publication. “This year I wrote him a text, and I said, ‘Hey, listen, you’re like one five people that I’m ually attracted to, and now that I’ve decided to be single for the rest my life and I just adopted a son, I don’t have time for a relationship,” Sia added. “If you’re interested in some no-strings , then hit me up.'”

While walking the Grammy Awards red carpet on Sunday (January 26), Diplo caught up with PEOPLE and was asked about his friend’s revelation. The correspondent wanted to know if he’d taken Sia up on her fer, to which he playfully replied, “No comment” with a laugh. “I love her to death and value our relationship a lot more.”

Taking that as a negative, Diplo said he wasn’t aware that she was going to share that with the world. “But she’s a loose cannon, and she does whatever she wants,” he said. “Yeah, but she’s spontaneous and insane, so I love her for that.” Watch Diplo’s full clip below.

The 2020 Grammy Awards Sink To New Low In TV Ratings: Report

It appears the Grammys hit a new low last night in the Neilson ratings. According to reports, music’s biggest night drew a 5.4 rating in adults 18-49 in age and saw 18.7 million total viewers, which is down 3% in the key demo and 6% in total viewership compared to last year’s telecast, which drew a 5.6 rating and 19.9 million total viewers.

With that said, this year’s telecast is now considered the lowest-rated in Grammy history. The least-watched Grammys came back in 2006, with 17 million viewers, but that had a higher rating amongst age group & target audience.

Despite the letdown for their own numbers, the Grammy’s still crushed the rest the field Sunday night for most watched program.

Alicia Keys served as the show’s host, with an opening tribute to the late Kobe Bryant with help from Boyz II Men. Peep that performance (below) and check out all the winners from the Grammy’s right here if you happened to have missed them. The big winner was Billie Eilish, who won “Album the Year” and “Record the Year,” meanwhile Tyler The Creator won “Rap Album the Year” for Igor as well.

The First Trailer For The "Beastie Boys Story" Has Arrived: Watch The Video

What originally started as a four-piece hardcore punk band known as the Young Aborigines morphed into a three-man hip-hop group that would claim their legendary status in the music industry years later as the Beastie Boys. Now, Apple TV+ has revealed the first-ever trailer for the upcoming documentary starring Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz entitled the Beastie Boys Story (2020). The First Trailer For The "Beastie Boys Story" Has Arrived: Watch The Video

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In the documentary, surviving members, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz will narrate the world-renowned hip-hop group’s journey over the course their four-decade friendship and business relationship. The documentary directed by Spike Jonze is also responsible for directing the following music videos for the Beastie Boys; “Time for Livin’,” “Sabotage,” “Ricky’s Theme,” “Sure Shot,” the second version “Root Down,” and “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win.”

If it wasn’t for the Beastie Boys’ willingness to experiment with hip-hop and create “Cookie Puss,” the three-man collective most likely wouldn’t have sold 50 million albums worldwide. From 1986 to 2004, the “Intergalactic” rappers curated seven platinum-selling albums making them one the longest-lived hip-hop collectives in mainstream music. In 2012, the Beastie Boys became the third hip-hop act in history to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall Fame

Unfortunately,on May 4, 2012, group member Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away from cancer at the age 47-years-old, which eventually led to the disbandment the iconic hip-hop group. Since then, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz have kept the brand’s name alive curating sneakers, books, and more. 

The Beastie Boys Story is set to premiere on Apple TV+ on April 24. Check out the trailer below. 

Angela Simmons Steals The Show In Aerosmith & Run DMC Grammy Photo

While this past Sunday (Jan. 26) will remain one those tragic dates in history, history was made on the Grammy stage in Los Angeles, CA. Many artists including Billie Eilish, Lizzo, J. Cole, 21 Savage, and more took home their first-ever Grammy Awards. While performers like Ariana Grande, Tyler, The Creator, and more provided music fans with moments that will last a lifetime. However, there was one Grammy performance that historically fused rock and hip-hop fans together forever. Run DMC took to the stage alongside Aerosmith to perform their classic hit “Walk This Way” during a special extended montage the rock collective’s hit songs.

Following the flawless performance by Aerosmith and Run DMC, the head-turning, heiress hip-hop, Angela Simmons got the opportunity to take a legendary photo alongside her father Rev Run and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The photo was captioned:

“So proud my Dad @revwon !! Amazing performance tonight at the Grammys …… @iamstevent !! @kingdmc !! Nothing but greatness.”

While Angela Simmons appears to be back on the dating scene, she is still struggling with the tragic murder her ex-Fiancé, Sutton Tennyson. Angela Simmons may not have the literal support her child’s father anymore, but she has one the best support systems in existence in the form her legendary, extended hip-hop and rock family.

Check out the photo Angela Simmons alongside Aerosmith and her father below. 

Ariana Grande Changed Lyrics After Reconciling With Her Father For Her Grammy Performance

Dysfunctional households in the music realm is extremely commonplace for artists within the industry. And Ariana Grande has had a similar upbringing in regards to the relationship with her father, Edward Butera. Following her parents’ divorce, Grande has publicly stated that she and her father’s relationship hasn’t been the best, but recently the two settled their differences. To honor her parents, the “god is a woman” singer invited both her parents, Edward and Joan Grande, as her guests to the 62nd annual Grammy Awards

 Ariana Grande Changed Lyrics After Reconciling With Her Father For Her Grammy Performance

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Ariana Grande was granted the honor to perform during the award show. The 26-year-old singer/songwriter’s performance set included her hit singles, “Imagine,” “7 Rings,” and “Thank U, Next.”

During her performance “Thank U, Next,” Ariana changed her controversial lyrics to, “I’ll be thanking my dad because he is so awesome,” instead the original, “I’ll be thanking my dad, ’cause she grew from the drama.”

In a 2014 interview with Seventeen magazine, Ariana discussed her struggles with her then-estranged father stating:

“Falling out touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year, It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up half my dad, and a lot my traits come from him. So much me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself.” 

Since then, the “Boyfriend” singer has reconciled with her father and even shared Thanksgiving with both her parents this past year. The ex-girlfriend the now deceased, Mac Miller, was nominated for five Grammys this year but took home none but was able to share her success in the presence both her parents at this year’s ceremony.

Check out Ariana Grande’s 2020 Grammy performance in its entirety below. 

Discovery Networks Backtracks On Its Plan to Ditch Performance Royalties

After howls of protest, Discovery has backed away from its plan to eliminate U.S. performance royalties for composers.

Having faced considerable backlash from composers’ rights groups, Discovery, parent company of several prominent television channels, has abandoned its plan to cease paying U.S. performance royalties to composers.

Discovery revealed a new royalty-distribution system—or lack thereof—in December. Under the plan, royalties traditionally paid to composers whose works are used in television would have been supplanted by once-off payments.

That’s an entirely legal move under U.S. Copyright Law, but it could drastically reduce composer royalties. PROs, which are in the business of administering complex performance royalties, also stirred into action.

Composers would have continued to receive foreign royalties, which are exponentially less lucrative than American royalties. Discovery also made clear that those who didn’t agree to the deal would see their works removed from shows and replaced. This ultimatum may have helped to spur and coordinate the opposition movement, which unified and applied ample pressure to Discovery execs.

As a result of the mentioned criticism and quick-moving negotiations, Discovery shelved the proposed arrangement.

In a statement, the Production Music Association (PMA), which has “670 music publisher and composer members” to its credit and was involved in negotiations, acknowledged that Discovery’s channels “will remain operating as is under the traditional PRO performing rights model.”

Your Music, Your Future, a composer-rights organization, also played a significant role in convincing Discovery to abide by existing royalty standards. The self-described “growing community of over 11,445 composers and creators” is backed by some of the biggest composers in the entertainment industry, including Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel) and Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead).

Discovery owns and operates Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, TLC, Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel, among others. When it was announced that the company wouldn’t be using the traditional rights-focused model, its stock, traded under the symbol DISCA, dropped from over $32 per share to less than $30 per share.

At the time of writing, the television network hadn’t publicly commented on the matter.

Nick Jonas Performed At The Grammys With Food Stuck In His Teeth

During the 62nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, the Jonas Brothers took the stage to perform their hit single “What’s a Man Gotta Do” and debut a brand-new track titled “Five More Minutes.” After the performance however, fans immediately took to social media to not only praise their new song & set, but point out that Nick Jonas had food stuck in his teeth.

Nick ignored the situation initially, writing, “So honored to have been back on the Grammy stage tonight.” But the “Jealous” singer eventually made light the situation and poked fun at the mishap, tweeting: “And at least you all know I eat my greens.”

His followers played along with the joke on Twitter too. Some tried to identify the foreign object, writing, “Definitely SPINACH,” meanwhile others said what we’re all thinking: “Yay he’s human!” One fan even added, “And the Grammy goes to the piece salad stuck in Nick Jonas tooth.”

The musician attended the awards show alongside his two brothers, Kevin and Joe. While the trio walked the red carpet in coordinating gold ensembles, they also wore purple ribbons in honor Kobe Bryant, who sadly passed away yesterday morning in a helicopter crash.

Peep some the pics and tweets (below).