Lil Nas X Forces Red Lobster Customers To Stream "Old Town Road" For Historical Title

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has been sitting pretty at number one on the Billboard charts for 16 weeks now. The only other songs to have sat this long at number one are Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day.” If Lil Nas’ song stays at the coveted spot for just one more week, it will become the only song to sit at the number one spot for that long.

Of course, Lil Nas would love to hold this historical title so the 20-year-old is doing all he can to keep the track on the streaming charts. Lil Nas hit up a Red Lobster recently and called on the restaurant to stream his hit. “Just forced everybody at red lobsters to stream old town road,” he tweeted. 

In another tweet that shows a SpongeBob reference, Lil Nas alluded that he really is doing what he can to keep his name at number one until next week.

“This is only the beginning. And you know people won’t realize that until they realize it,” Lil Nas X previously stated the song. “I knew for a fact that this song would take me to another level but … I can’t say I knew that it was going to be worldwide or nationwide.”

Lil Nas X Comes Out In Pride Post, References "C7osure" As Proof

At the close Pride month, Lil Nas X took to his Twitter to make a new revelation, seemingly coming out and asking his followers to run back a selection on his 7 EP with a new perspective.

“Some y’all already know, some y’all don’t care, some y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure,” he penned in a tweet, closing it out with a rainbow emoji.

He would soon double down by zooming in on the buildings in the backdrop his EP cover, highlighting the rainbow motifs. “I thought I made it obvious,” he added. 

Naturally, the announcement came with a mix reactions, with plenty fans showing their support for the Georgia-bred artist while some fans declared that they could no longer support him given his preferences. To such reactions, he dished out his fair share “LMAO.”

 While “c7losure” is a pretty ambiguous track, it’s lack definition definitely serves as a supporting factor in Lil Nas X’s newest revelation.

Celtics’ Draft Pick Grant Williams Shoots Down Kyrie Irving’s Flat Earth Theory

The Boston Celtics made four selections in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, including the two-time SEC Player the Year, and round-earth truther, Grant Williams. 

Shortly after being selected by the Celtics with the 22nd overall pick, a fitting pre-draft interview Williams surfaced, in which he shot down Kyrie Irving’s flat earth theory.

“Kyrie’s Earth-is-flat theory is just scientifically not true,” Williams tells Shams Charania in his interview with Stadium. “That’s the one thing I can debunk if we’re being perfectly honest. That’s not true at all.”

Williams’ mother is actually an engineer at NASA so he probably could’ve kicked some knowledge to Kyrie, but it’s highly unlikely that Irving will be re-signing with the Celtics this summer.

Williams, who averaged 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game over three seasons with the Tennessee Volunteers, spoke highly the Celtics franchise after last night’s Draft.

“Honestly, I was drafted by the best franchise possible,” Williams said in a conference call Thursday night, per Boston.com. “It’s the most historic franchise in the league. It’s a franchise that my grandfather actually talks about every single day because it’s his favorite team.”

In addition to Williams, the Celtics also selected Indiana shooting guard Romeo Langford 14th overall, as well as Purdue point guard Carsen Edwards (No. 33) and LSU point guard Tremont Waters (No. 51).

Tampa Bay Rays To Consider Becoming Two-City Team In Montreal

The Tampa Bay Rays have the worst average attendance in Major League Baseball although they’ve been a fairly successful team this season with a record 43-31. Over the past few years, the team has been trying to secure funding for a stadium but unfortunately, it hasn’t exactly worked out for them. This has led to speculation that the team might be relocated but now, a new report from ESPN reveals that the team is actually thinking becoming a two-city team which would be an unprecedented move.

Per ESPN:

“The Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball’s executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder the year in Montreal, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

While the plan is in its nascent stages, the Rays have embraced the two-city solution as the most feasible to saving baseball in the Tampa Bay area after years failed attempts to build a new stadium in the region, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.”

It’s unclear how this plan would work out and whether or not the team would have to change its name. There are a ton logistical problems that would arise with such a plan so the team will have quite a bit thinking to do.

As right now, Montreal does not have a ble longterm baseball venue although there is a belief that they could use the Olympic Stadium.

DJ Khaled’s ‘Father of Asahd’ Goes Gold

Another one.

DJ Khaled is celebrating a victory after his album Father of Asahd was certified gold. The star-studded project moved 500,000 units since its release four weeks ago, thanks to singles like “No Brainer” and “Just Us.”

“Today is a great day! #FANLUV we did it! Father Of Asahd is officially certified GOLD!” said Khaled. “Couldn’t have done it without God, Asahd and #FANLUV.”

He also promised to release a surprise when he goes platinum. “NEXT UP IS PLATINUM AND I HAVE A BIG SURPRISE WHEN THAT ARRIVES,” he added.

Father of Asahd, Khaled’s 11th studio album, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, trailing Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR. He reportedly became frustrated with Billboard for not counting an estimated 100,000 downloads that were sold through a bundle deal with energy drink supplements.

According to Khaled, this was initially approved by Billboard before they decided to renege on their decision and disqualified his downloads from the bundle, which cost him the No. 1 spot.

Tyler, the Creator also bundled his IGOR album with merch including T-shirts and posters. He sold 165,000 equivalent album units in his first week, while Khaled moved 136,000 units of Father of Asahd.

This week, Father of Asahd slides 3-8 on the Billboard 200 with 31,000 units.

Wu-Tang Clan Is First Hip-Hop Act To Headline Legendary Country Music Venue

Sunday night, the Wu-Tang Clan made history as the first hip-hop act to ever headline Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The venue is originally known as the Grand Ole Opry, dubbed the Mother Church Country Music and in its over a century-long history, it has never had a hip-hop act top it bill. 

“It’s just not intuitive to have necessarily a hip-hop show at the Ryman,” Nashville concert promoter and Belmont University pressor Eric Holt told NPR the venue’s history with the hip-hop genre prior to Wu-Tang’s show. “It’s going to be interesting. I mean, the energy, I think is going to be different.”

 

The venue’s former general manager, Pam Matthews went on to tell NPR that it was not for lack trying as she previously reached out to the likes 50 Cent and Insane Clown Posse to headline Ryman. 

Wu-Tang Clan Is First Hip-Hop Act To Headline Legendary Country Music Venue

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Matthews adds that the venue’s set up, a 2300-person capacity theater with bolted down pews, could be a part hip-hop’s shying away from Ryman in the past, citing acts wanting their fans to be able to move around.

“You know, the Ryman has had to grow up too, and had to grow up into what the city is,” adds Shannon Sanders, a Grammy-winning musician and record producer in Nashville. “You know, the Wu-Tang is ready for the Ryman, but also the Ryman is ready for the Wu-Tang.”

Wendy’s Employee Takes A Bath In Kitchen Sink: Watch

So… this happened. A Wendy’s location in Florida is being investigated after one their employees took a video himself taking a bath in the industrial-sized kitchen sink. As reported by the New York Post, the video shows a shirtless young man climbing into the sink without shoes or socks before slowly bringing himself to lay down in the water. His co-workers egg him on but he didn’t seem to be pressured into this at all — this looks like something he was totally down to do. The viral video has been circulating online this week as potential customers react to the nastiness happening before their eyes.

Wendy's Employee Takes A Bath In Kitchen Sink: Watch
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In the clip, female voices are heard in the background urging the man to “take a bath” and “get in there” before one woman encouraged him to “wash his armpits.” Wendy’s has since issued a statement by confirming that the man no longer works for them and used “poor judgment.” “We are taking this incident seriously and it is obviously totally unacceptable,” said Mike Johnson, the marketing director for the corporation that owns the restaurant. “This was a prank by a person who no longer works at this restaurant, and who clearly did not use good judgment. We are taking this opportunity to reinforce our very strict quality procedures with our restaurant team.”

The location has reportedly passed a health inspection since the video was taken.

Guns N' Roses Files Trademark Dispute Against "Guns 'N' Rosé" Ale

Oskar Blues Brewery might have seen this one coming.

Guns N’ Roses has now filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Colorado brewery for its “Guns ‘N’ Rosé” ale.

According to the lawsuit, the band says Canarchy Craft Brewing Collective’s Oskar Blues Brewery began selling the ale in 2018. The brewery had no approval from the group to use the name.  The lawsuit further says that the brewery created merchandise including hats, t-shirts, pint glasses, stickers, buttons, and bandanas with the Guns ‘N’ Rosé logo.

Oskar Blues Brewery attempted to register the logo last year, but abandoned the pursuit after the band objected. Axl Rose’s lawyers and other bandmates argued that the name was “confusingly similar” to the logo.

Rose even asked the Oskar Blues brewery to stop selling the beer, but the owner of the brewery refused. The beer will be available until March 2020, unless this lawsuit is successful.

The lawsuit argues that the band has suffered , including damage to its “trade name, business reputation, and goodwill.”

“As of the filing of this Complaint, Defendant’s GUNS N ROSE beer continues to be sold at retailers such as BevMo, and Defendant’s infringing GUNS N ROSE merchandise continues to be sold on Defendant’s website. Defendant should not be entitled to continue to sell infringing products and intentionally trade on the GNR’s goodwill, prestige, and fame without GNR’s approval, license, or consent.”

The band is seeking to bar the brewery from selling the ale. They’re also asking for any leftover merchandise from the stunt to be delivered for destruction. Compensatory and punitive damages are attached as well. You can see the full complaint below.

Neither the Oskar Blues brewery or Guns N’ Roses have responded to a request for comment. A tweet on the brewery’s official Twitter page describes the ale as a “sticky prickly pear and floral hibiscus taste with a subtle hop profile.”

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Guns N' Roses Files Trademark Dispute Against "Guns 'N' Rosé" Ale

Guns N' Roses Files Trademark Dispute Against "Guns 'N' Rosé" Ale

Guns N' Roses Files Trademark Dispute Against "Guns 'N' Rosé" Ale

Bucks Fan Shoots His Shot At Danica Patrick Right In Front Of Aaron Rodgers

Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers were court side for Game 5 in Milwaukee last night, as their Bucks crushed the Boston Celtics to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The sports power couple have been a fixture at Bucks games during their post-season run, and fans have surely taken notice.

During Wednesday night’s TNT broadcast, cameras panned to the court side celebs just in time to catch an opportunistic fan shooting his shot at Rodgers’ girl. The fan, who was seated behind Patrick and Rodgers, served the NASCAR star a drink and refused to take her money for it making for a pretty awkward moment. He even threw in a drink for Patrick’s friend – but nothing for the Packers QB.

Everything else was smooth sailing for Bucks fans last night, as Milwaukee coasted to a 116-91 victory behind another stellar performance by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak finished with a game-high 39 points to go along with 16 rebounds and four assists in the elimination game.

The Bucks and their fans will now await the winner the Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers series, which Toronto currently leads 3-2. Game 6 that series, taking place in Philly, is scheduled to tipf at 8pm ET tonight, airing on ESPN.

Rolling Stone Readies Their Own "Music Charts" To Challenge Billboard’s Monopoly

By Monday the 13th May,Rolling Stone will have launched their very own music chart to compete with the likes Billboard, and well… just Billboard for the time being. As it stands, Billboard Magazine occupies a hegemony over public charting data, be it rankings, calculations, or residual prits.

Rolling Stone Readies Their Own "Music Charts" To Challenge Billboard's Monopoly

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The primary motivation behind the project is to create a “transparent, granular and real-time quantification system” in the post-analog world. Rolling Stone is owned by the Penske Media Corp. based out New York and Los Angeles. The publishment giant announced their intentions in a press release written by CEO Jay Penske.

“PMC’s strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms,” Penske said in his statement. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”

Rolling Stone’s new ranking system will launch with two concurrent lists: the Top 100 singles and the Top 200 albums in the US, updated on a weekly basis. Within the depository, Rolling Stone will also maintain a Top 500 Artist page, ranking the highest streaming artists at any given time (driven by US data), as well as a “Trending 25” ranking “fast-moving songs” up the streaming ladder.

Adam22 Calls Out Over 2 Month Copyright Dispute

Not long ago, XXL shared a bountiful crop artist pitches, all vying to secure a spot in the upcoming 2019 Freshman class. With no shortage visual content to sift through, it’s no wonder that No Jumper host Adam22 took a couple hours to livestream his own reviewing process, fering up his signature brand brutally honest commentary in the process.

Throughout the hour-plus stream, Adam examined pitches from Rico Nasty, Lil Wop, Asian Doll, Mir Fontane, Kodie Shane, Boogie, and more. Now, Adam has taken to Twitter to call out XXL over an ongoing copyright battle, which appears to have stemmed from this video. 

“I’ve been in a copyright dispute with @XXL for 2 months over a 30 second clip in this hour long live stream,” writes Adam, sharing a link to his Freshman pitch evaluation. “It’s blatantly fair use. stop abusing the system.” While it’s unclear which thirty-seconds he’s referring to, Adam’s defiant tone suggests an innocence any foul play. While it’s but one side the story, XXL has yet to respond to Adam’s accusation, though it’s unlikely they wage such a war on a public forum like Twitter. 

#DXHitList: Rico Nasty, ScHoolboy Q & Young Nudy Top This Week’s Spotify Playlist

Spotify – It’s Monday, so it’s about that time for a freshly made #DXHitList on Spotify. This week, dope bangers dropped by Rico Nasty, ScHoolboy Q and Young are among the latest in buzzing music releases topping the list.

Kicking things off is Rico Nasty‘s “Big Titties” featuring Baauer and Spillage Village collective EarthGang. The rambunctious track is featured on her mixtape Anger Management with Kenny Beats who is directing the song’s vibe as its sonic architect.

Next up, ScHoolboy Q‘s CrasH Talk slap “Floating” featuring 21 Savage. The production for this banger was handled by Cardo and Johnny Juliano while 21 and Q lyrically reflect on the psychedelic effects of narcotics using a catchy hook.

Also making the cut, Young Nudy‘s new track “Mister” featuring his cousin 21 Savage. The Pi’erre Bourne-produced song is expected to live on their upcoming collaborative project Sli’merre, which is slated for release May 8.

The #DXHitList on Spotify also includes Smokepurpp’s Lost Planet track “Baguettes” featuring Gunna, Wiz Khalifa‘s “All For You” featuring THEMXXNLIGHT, as well as fresh bangers from Stormzy, 03 Greedo and Lizzo.

Listen to and follow the #DXHitList on Spotify below.

Wu-Tang Clan & Young Dirty Bastard Join Forces For "Triumph" Performance

Jimmy Fallon has once again garnered a few hip-hop points. Yesterday night, Fallon secured the entirety the Wu-Tang Clan on his Late Night stage, including a stand-in performance from ODB’s son, Young Dirty Bastard. “They are one the most legendary hip-hop groups all time,” introduces Fallon, before panning to a full-stage Wu-Tang members. Off the bat, Young Dirty Bastard brings the spirit his father alive, kicking f the introduction without missing a beat. Inspectah Deck slides through next, kicking f his iconic verse with a laid-back swagger.

Wu-Tang Clan & Young Dirty Bastard Join Forces For "Triumph" Performance

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From that point forward, “Triumph” continues in a damn-near flawless take on the Wu-Tang Forever original. At this point, “Triumph’s” legacy needs no elaboration, as many fans hold it in high esteem within the Clan’s discography. To see it brought to life on a Late Night show is nothing short incredible, given the vast demographics that tune in to Fallon’s nightly antics. Hopefully, some the uninformed can gain an understanding the Clan’s impact, especially after seeing such a seamless performance come to life.

Check it out for yourself below. Should you be feeling a Wu-Tang high, look for their new docu-series Of Mics And Men to premiere on May 10th, on Showtime

Thousands of Indie Songwriters Rally Against Major Music Publishers' 'Industry Consensus' MLC

Thousands of indie songwriters are now speaking out against major music publishers like Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) over a questionable ‘black box’ collection scheme.

As the U.S. Copyright Office mulls over competing bids to run the Mechanical Licensing Collective, indie songwriters and publishers are becoming increasingly vocal.  Yesterday, the Copyright Office’s deadline for receiving comments on the selection of an MLC proposal lapsed, with hundreds of comments peppering the agency’s site.

Among the detailed commenters was the Nashville-based Songwriters Guild of America (SGA).  The Guild is headed by songwriter and musician Rick Carnes and represents thousands of writers.

In a detailed filing submitted to the Copyright Office and Register of Copyrights, the SGA raised flags over plans by the major music publishers to claim hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in unmatched and unclaimed royalties that likely belong to smaller songwriters.

The issue has been a serious sticking point since major publishers Warner/Chappell, Sony/ATV, and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), among others, moved to control the Music Modernization Act’s Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.  Those publishers are represented by the National Music Publishers’ Association, or NMPA, which has remained silent on growing concerns about black box claiming processes.

The SGA emphatically underscored a serious conflict-of-interest problem.  “As to the first criterion set forth in the prior section above, transparency and accountability, Congress had reasons for serious concern that certain inherent conflicts created by the MMA would require particularly intensive scrutiny of the Mechanical Collective at both the threshold of its designation, and over the later performance of its duties,” the SGA declared in its filing this week (full submission ).

“The most obvious of these conflicts concerns the role of the Mechanical Collective in seeking to identify the rightful owners of hundreds of millions of dollars in unmatched royalties that will shortly be turned over to the Collective for identification and distribution.”

Carnes is a board member of the AMLC, which opposes the NMPA-backed MLC submission.  The group was largely formed to address perceived issues of unfair collusion among major music publishers.

Also chiming in: MusicAnswers, a group that has drawn more than 3,000 signatories for its ‘Declaration of Principles‘ surrounding fair music compensation and accounting transparency.

According to the group’s filing, major publishers are likely to claim more than a billion in unclaimed royalties, even though they have direct royalty-paying arrangements with major streaming companies like Spotify.

“A Board consisting largely of major music publishers, most of who have (or will have) direct licensing arrangements with digital music services, and whose royalties are therefore unlikely to flow through the MLC, strikes us as an inappropriate choice,” the group commented (full comment filing ).

“Moreover, because those same large publishers will receive the lion’s share of any distribution of unclaimed funds and would
have control over the distribution of those funds, it is a blatant conflict of interest for individuals representing those large publishers to occupy a significant number of the seats on the Board of Directors.”

Just yesterday, the highly-influential Recording Academy , noting that the group needed time to vet through the competing proposals before making a decision.

 

 

Dak Prescott Gives Ezekiel Elliott A Popcorn Shower At Dallas Stars Game

In a shocking upset in the NHL playfs, the Dallas Stars eliminated the Nashville Predators in six games thanks to a 2-1 win in overtime last night. Many people had the Predators going all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals this year, but in a season where almost every series has ended in an upset, the Predators fell to a team that they probably should have beat. The Stars will now have to do battle against the St-Louis Blues who have been one the hottest teams in the league since the trade deadline.

Last night’s game was in Dallas and was attended by a couple Cowboys stars. Of course, those two players were quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott and Prescott appeared on the Jumbotron at one point, which led to Prescott showering Zeke in popcorn as a nod to his infamous “feed me” celebration.

Clearly, the celebration motivated the Stars on the ice as they went on to win the game just a few minutes later. If the Cowboys make the playfs next year, we might even see some Stars players take in a game at Jerry World to provide some the same good luck charms.

For now, though, the Stars will definitely need some luck if they want to make it out alive against the Blues.