Los Angeles, CA – Will Smith is fighting the ultimate enemy, himself, in the new trailer for the Ang Lee-directed movie Gemini Man.
The trailer for the futuristic sci-fi action-drama was released Tuesday, April 23, by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. Scored to a sinister rendition of Alphaville’s “Forever Young,” the Academy Award nominee goes toe-to-toe with a 25-year-old version of himself.
“The emotional and physical challenges of making this film have been the most demanding of my career,” Smith told The Wrap. The film had been shelved by Walt Disney Studio in 1997 languishing for years until the technology to render the same actor decades apart was possible.
The cast also includes Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong.
Eminem is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Slim Shady LP with some new merchandise. This Friday (April 26), the rap superstar will release a Slim Shady LP collection through his online store and unveil previously unreleased artwork from the album.
“YO! PSA – #SSLP20 stuff drops Friday!” he announced Instagram. “Went back with @dannyhastings and @skam2official to make an anniversary capsule from the original + unseen Slim Shady LP art. More info and content this week before we drop Friday.”
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As part of the anniversary celebration, Eminem’s site is also hosting retrospective pieces about his major label debut. Fans can currently read an interview with SKAM2, who was famously referenced on “Stan” and did the illustrations for the Slim Shady LP’s original packaging.
“‘I even got that underground s@!% you did with Skam’ – relinked with @SKAM2official for #SSLP20 – read about the early days and his work on the Slim Shady LP on the site,” the Shady Records founder wrote on Instagram. “Capsule drops Friday. Link in bio.”
Earlier this year, Eminem dropped an expanded edition of the Slim Shady LP. The reissued version featured bonus tracks such as “Get You Mad” and “Bad Guys Always Die” as well as instrumentals and a cappella cuts.
To get first access to Eminem’s anniversary collection, sign up for his merch list here.
Jackson, Mississippi – According to news station WAPT, authorities have made arrests in connection with the 2018 murder case of Lonnie Montrel Taylor, better known as rapper Lil Lonnie.
Jackson police department identified Monya Davis and Antoine Carr (both 21 years of age) as primary suspects on Monday (April 23). WAPT reports that Davis was arrested back In March in Texas and currently awaits extradition to Mississippi, while Carr was arrested in Austin earlier this month and was denied bail during a court hearing on Monday (April 22).
Both Davis and Carr face murder charges for allegedly killing the rapper last year.
The 22-year-old rapper was reportedly gunned down in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi on the night of April 29 in 2018. According to the report, shots were fired into the back of Lonnie’s SUV while he and a female passenger were traveling on Montbello drive. He was subsequently struck by the shots, lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a house, and later died at the scene.
Jackson Police held a press conference on April 22 to share details on the arrests made and developments in the case, in which police expect more arrests to be made.
Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes spoke to WAPT about Lonnie saying he wants to get a park named in his honor and intends to get the rapper’s killers “off the street forever.”
“It’s a joyous day that some killers, who in this city killed Lil Lonnie, have been captured. Now we want to take them through the judicial system, the court system, to make sure we can get these killers off the street forever,” says Stokes.
The rapper’s sister, Crystal Capler also spoke to the news station, saying that the killing of her brother was “senseless.”
“It was senseless. He didn’t do anything to anyone — any harm to anyone — to bring this on him,” Capler says.
According to Capler, Lonnie did not know his alleged killers and authorities have been unable to determine a motive behind the fatal attack.
Lonnie first rose to prominence in 2015 when his hit track “Colors” gained national attention. “Colors” currently sits at more than 11 million views on YouTube.
San Bernardino, CA – Rakim once said “age don’t count in the booth,” and that’s especially true when it comes to living California legend Suga Free — a one-time pimp turned MC.
Heavily influential to many artists from the West Coast, notably Kendrick Lamar, his debut album Street Gospel, produced entirely by DJ Quik, remains a regional classic, revered by all who were there or who were blessed to be put onto it.
27 years later — and a fruitful catalog of music to boot, he’s on the verge of releasing what he considers to be the best work of his life. Having spent the last while balancing duties as a father and tireless artist, he takes refuge 8000-feet above sea level in the San Bernardino mountains.
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“I like to hear myself think and concentrate on my craft,” he tells HipHopDX. “My whole career I’ve been recording studios within the city … with traffic outside and stuff like that. I want to finish off my recording career on land that’s barely been touched by man.”
Though he’s dropped collaborative material and made some notable appearances, there has been 10 years since his last solo “studio album,” Hi Power Pimpin.
“I took a long break, which was a much needed … you know, I could say that now,” he says.
Rooted in the funk he grew up idolizing, his new project, Resurrection, which he lovingly refers to as a rebirth of sorts, is a family affair featuring many longtime collaborators, such as DJ Quik, and also his childhood friend, Kokane.
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“It’s still a friendly competition, with a lot of MCs out here,” he says, adding “I did a lot of studying. I wanted to be able to look myself in the mirror and say, after all my life, that I was the best I could be … I think I went beyond my call of duty.”
Many things have changed in Suga Free’s life over the years — namely his children, who he credits as driving motivation to excel.
“My children make me want to work hard. They make me want to continue and carry on,” he explains. “We’d like to be providers and lead the way with positivity and all that.”
However, he still admits to actively shielding them from the harsher realities of his content. “I don’t want to create the ambiance of them knowing that, you know, I’m down the hallway in my studio with a mouthful of profanity … I grew out of that mantra. I have another house in our district where I record.“
In a way, his newfound life as a family man is a second chance, as a child he fathered in a young relationship was taken away from him, an experience he credits for both fostering a deep-rooted resentment, and giving him what he calls “the stomach” for pimping.
Getting into the game at the age of 17, and just a few years later — as he described to Vlad TV — being on the road to pimping a hole through the stratosphere, he references a close call for finally pushing him to leave the life behind him.
“The Lord didn’t want me to do it. He showed me that if I didn’t stop he would take something from me … it scared the daylights out of me.”
“I never thought I’d stop. I’m glad I did, man,” he explains. “I felt funny when I stopped … I called one of my film friends and I was like, ‘Man, you know, this feels weird.’ He said, man, I don’t want you to say this to me no more, cause you’re the only one of us who could stop pimping and still get a bitch.”
He likens the bars inspired by his vivid experience on the streets — a lifestyle he was actively living during the recording of his classic debut — to the novels of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines.
That same bitterness that had allowed him to live the life he was living also pushed him to channel his experiences into music — once he came to appreciate and understand it.
“I didn’t want to be just good at know what I did on the microphone. I wanted to be great at it. And if I’ve I had my hands more than one thing at a time, then you know, I was only going to be good,” he explains. “I put it up, put [music] first and I’m seeing those results.”
Now at the age of 49-years-young, he appears to be the most focused he’s ever been, even describing the decade-long lull since his last solo studio album as a rope-a-dope — a boxing fighting style attributed to the great Muhammad Ali.
“They thought [Ali] was resting, they thought he was hurt … when Forman was all swung out, he licked that ass up. Man. I know I did that,” he says with a laugh.
He’s quick to acknowledge that he’s blessed to have a fanbase that remains rabid for new material. “My music is a medicine that I created for myself to get me a through the darker points in my life,” he says humbly, “It just so happens that the same medicine happened to help other people, too.”
To say that Suga Free’s energy is infectious is an understatement. When told that the hype feels like that bestowed on an artist about to drop a long-awaited debut, he quickly agrees — reiterating how far he’s come with his craft.
“When I first started rapping, I dreamed of rapping the way I rap now. Me and Kokane were just saying the other day if somebody could have told us when we were in the fourth grade that we’d be [almost] 50 when we made our best collaboration ever … man. We really tripped off of that.”
Promising fans that he exercises his freedom of speech, he notes that they’ll definitely — among the more somber fare — find his humor intact. “You’ll laugh your ass off.”
In October 2018, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s personal photographer Marcus Hyde was involved in a near-fatal car crash when he lost control his ride and went over an embankment the PCH. According to reports Marcus’ car fell 200 feet f the main road and he was said to be having seizures as he was transported to the hospital.
Now just six months later, Marcus has been spotted alive and well as he attended Kanye West’s Sunday Service at Coachella this past weekend. In a photo shared by Khloe Kardashian, you can see Marcus parked next to the Kim and her sisters, looking onwards to the show.
Kim and Kanye set up a GoFundMe page for Marcus after the accident and donated $25K to help him and his family with any hospital costs. There’s been no ficial update on how Marus is doing or how long he will be in the wheelchair, but we can only hope he’s doing well mentally and eventually physically.
“Sunday Service was so special to experience here at Coachella especially for my first time here! Kanye started Sunday Service for healing for himself and his close and family and friends. He had this vision starting a church for few years and it was magical seeing everyone else get to experience it,” Kim wrote on Instagram.
“I’m so proud you babe for doing exactly whats in your heart. The choir and band work so hard and have so much fun! It’s so inspiring to watch. Thank you to everyone who woke up early to spend Easter Sunday with us. It’s a memory we will cherish forever.”
Over the weekend, many us were celebrating the holidays with our families. Whether you do Passover, Easter, 4/20, or none the three, there’s a good chance you were chilling with your people this weekend. Spider Loc took it upon himself to speak on something that’s been eating at him for over a decade. The former G-Unit rapper was thinking back to 2008 and, specifically, the murder trial to find out who killed his best friend Philant Johnson. The rapper posted a series videos calling out T.I., who he says snitched during his testimony in the trial.
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As reported by XXL, the former G-Unit affiliate reposted several clips from an interview that T.I. did about dry snitching and the murder Philant Johnson, saying that the Atlanta rapper has been vigilant in removing all traces his 2008 testimony. “ALL U HAVE TO DO IS UPLOAD YA ENTIRE TESTIMONY WHICH U HAVE AMAZINGLY ENOUGH BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL AT GETTING REMOVED FROM THE ENTIRE WORLD WIDE WEB,” he wrote in all caps. “N***A THE G CODE IS STFU DONT SAY SHIT WHILE U SAT ON THE STAND FOR AN HOUR DETAILING THE NIGHTS EVENTS FROM THE INCIDENT OF CONTENTION/VIOLENCE INSIDE THE VENUE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE SECOND PASS U SAID THEY MADE SHOOTING AT U, ALL THE WHILE PROVIDING CORROBORATING TESTIMONY AGAINST THE SUSPECT ON BEHALF OF THE PROSECUTION IN A MURDER TRIAL, IN ORDER AS U JUST STATED TO SAVE YA FREEDOM AND FINANCES AND PLEASE YOUR FRIENDS MOTHER.”
He continues for several posts, speaking his mind and getting his whole point across. At this point, Tip has not yet responded to Spider Loc but he might want to start thinking about something because his entire image could be on the line because this.
As the summer approaches, the heart festival season arrives ever closer. Today, Las Vegas-based festival “Life Is Beautiful” has unveiled its lineup, which features a notable hip-hop presence. Some the names included are Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Maxo Kream, Saint JHN, Post Malone, Rae Sremmurd, Sheck Wes, Gunna, and more.
If you’re open minded, plenty acclaimed acts various genres will also be participating, including Vampire Weekend, The Black Keys, Billie Eilish, Of Monsters And Men, Hot Chip, Janelle Monae, and several others. There’s even a panel non-musical contributors, including Desus and Mero, Pod Saves America, and Cirque Du Soleil. You can check out the full lineup below, “Life Is Beautiful’s” ficial poster.
Should you be interested in swinging through downtown Las Vegas between Sept. 20th and Sept. 22nd, you can buy tickets to “Life Is Beautiful” on Thursday, at 10 am Pacific Time. Interested in catching this one? If so, keep the ficial website bookmarked for easy access.
Since he was arrested by ICE earlier this year, 21 Savage has kept a relatively low prile. His usual online behaviour has shifted quite a bit. He no longer posts as much as he used to and he’s seemingly living more in the moment. That doesn’t mean that he won’t clap back at somebody who wants to try him though. The Atlanta rapper has been easing himself back into the social media spotlight, singing classic R&B on his Instagram story just like old days. The video was reposted by The Shade Room and an influencer with nearly 5 million followers decided to get cheeky, implying that the artist looks like Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons. Savage was unimpressed with the comment, hitting back with his own insults.
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The Saint Laurent Don kept his mouth clean, shredding the commenter with a pranity-free response. “Aunty looking casket ready with all that surgery walking round looking like you drink embalming fluid,” he wrote. If you scroll down this girl’s page, every second post is an advertisement, which is actually pretty sad. 21 Savage did her justice though, clapping back in a civil yet absolutely lethal manner. She’ll think twice before hitting him with shade in the future.
Contemporaries in some ways, and arch nemeses in others, what Joe Budden and Kanye West share is a desire to act as contrarians in the hip-hop world. Brought into the game in the early 2000s, their career paths may have splintered f into vastly different areas but their statuses as lightning rods for controversy has been their unifying factor. Kanye, currently steeped in the most divisive period his career, emerged from a period self-imposed radio silence over the weekend to deliver his sermon on the mount. Just under a year after espousing the logic that “slavery was a choice,” the creative mastermind gave revelers in the desert Indio, CA a chance to bear witness to the first public edition his “Sunday Service.”
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Save for fragmented clips from the Kardashians’ Instagram stories, these gospel choir-led performances have depicted Kanye as a far-cry from the belligerent, self-destructively minded figure that we got accustomed to back in 2018. Entrenched in the sounds that informed his early production work, rekindling his love affair with soul and the sounds worship has led many to believe that we’re seeing the resurrection the universally acclaimed “old Kanye” before our very eyes. Seemingly attuned to his past, present and future, this spiritual awakening has led to a renewed sense self and the 50,000-strong congregation that gathered to see him at “the mountain” were extended an experiential olive branch that had many ready to absolve him all his transgressions.
“From justifying bigotry on your ppl to Church merch and Coachella choirs…. God bless us all.”
Chance the Rapper was among the performers at Kanye West’s Coachella “Sunday Service,” April 21 2019 – Rich Fury/Getty s
Submerged in a vat scornful sarcasm, Joe’s latest comments on Kanye’s exploits are in keeping with the exasperation that he’s displayed over the past year. Whenever Ye has made one his more inflammatory remarks, Joe has been quick to declare that the time for heralding the G.O.O.D Music architect as a force for good has elapsed. Taken from the May 2nd edition The Joe Budden Podcast, the NJ native made his feelings known in no uncertain terms: “Self-centred. Self-absorbed. Self-obsessed. Selfish. All the self’s except self-aware… The only point that I’m making is that all his problems as late are personal indictments against him. They’re never for this greater good or this greater cause…. He’s just speaking in f****g riddles.”
Then in September, Joe was once again aggrieved by what he viewed as Kanye’s megalomaniacal tendencies and believed that he had to pay penance for his actions:
“I don’t think this version Kanye is anywhere near the best version Kanye. I don’t think he produces the best version his music anymore, I guess that’s what I’ve been trying to say about Kanye. I need a streak selfless acts from Kanye, that’s how much damage I feel like he has done.”
In conjunction with his latest comments, it becomes clear that Joe Budden has an enshrined outlook on Ye that will require more than token gestures and splashes religious iconography to overhaul. For him, the pricing his new garb unveils his true intentions and is a case misdirection that’s portraying his selfishness and selflessness. As if it wasn’t already clear from context, Joe made his stance all too robust when he replied to Twitter user @lordsunborn’s remark that “I feel the exact same way. Started his strategic marketing to lead up to Coachella Easter Merch.” With the seed implanted, Joe coyly bowed out as he replied, “I’m shutting up.”
Anything but an impartial adjudicator, Joe doesn’t harbour any desire to see a redemptive narrative laid out before Kanye without real, demonstrable admissions wrongdoing. With that said, his partisan viewpoint doesn’t necessarily invalidate his stance or detract any possible truth that it may contain. For most his career, Kanye West has walked a fine line between sacrilege and basking in the glow his salvation. Aware his own inner-duality, the fact that the man who was “here to convert atheists into believers” on “Jesus Walks” is now giving his music a sanctified sheen is no great U-turn. However, where Joe Budden’s concerns lie is whether it’s the product a genuine desire to spread goodwill to all or if it’s informed by the more financially lucrative racket a fraudulent televangelist.
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Since 2016, Kanye West’s financial woes have been well-publicized. Said to be $53 million in debt at one stage, the lty price tags that come with the new ecclesiastical garments are in keeping with the exorbitant amount money that a pair Yeezy’s also demand. With this in mind, it’s easier for a more sinister perception his motives to seep in. Budden’s stance has found itself with an unexpected corroborator in Sharon Osbourne. Speaking on Monday’s edition The Talk, the artist manager and media personality spoke her wariness around Ye’s recent collection:
“I don’t like using the term ‘church merch.’ I don’t think the church has anything to do with his merch, and what church, the church Kanye? It’s the same as his service in Calabasas. It’s for celebrities, so he claims… I do love what he’s doing musically, but I suppose everything he does is a business. The same as his shoes, and his music, he’s making a prit, so he’s a businessman, so that’s what you do.”
While she may have balked at the prospect the “The Church Of Kanye,” there is reason to believe that this isn’t as farfetched an idea as it may seem at surface level.
In a recent Instagram post that marked the Coachella service, Kim mentioned that in addition to being an exercise in “healing,” Kanye “had this vision starting a church for few years and it was magical seeing everyone else get to experience.” As throwaway a remark as it may seem, it takes on a greater significance when you consider that the Kardashian clan are no strangers to funneling money into the world religion. Formerly known as LifeChange, the family matriarch Kris Jenner co-founded the California Community Church back in 2009. Led in prayer by none other than the formerly disavowed pastor Brad Johnson, the church goes beyond your average collection plate and asks each member its flock to donate $1000 or 10% their income per month to the church in exchange for access to its wisdom. Known to be tax-exempt, religious organizations and denominations all kinds have managed to accrue immense sums money through the tithe their parishioners. With the know-how at his disposal, it raises the question as to whether Joe Budden could’ve hit the nail on the head and Coachella’s Sunday Service was less a genuine holy experience and more a grandiose recruitment drive for The Church Of Kanye that he’s been prefacing through his recent activity.
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Speculated on by UK tabloid The Mirror and Twitter users alike, only time will tell if Kanye will be filing all the relevant paperwork to turn his music-infused form worship into an institution with legal underpinning. With that being said, it appears that the cynicism that Joe Budden has been exuding over the past year may not be the ramblings a mad man or “hater” and could’ve forewarned us the next phase Kanye West.
Footage the three-year old’s bash reveals some the YoungBoy-themed decor, which includes YoungBoy cardboard cut-outs, YoungBoy goodie bags, and a lavish YoungBoy altar used to house the presents, which are presumably YoungBoy albums. There’s no telling whether this party was held for a YoungBoy or a YoungGirl, but the parents certainly went the extra mile to commit to the theme.
Have you found yourself enraptured by YouTube’s biggest artist? Rest assured that you are not alone. There are several who would proudly sport his visage upon their arm. Judge not, for who knows? Perhaps you shall one day join their ever-growing ranks.
Danish rapper Sleiman a lawsuit against Tekashi69 Publishing over an unreleased track.
Alongside his company, Apache Music IVS, Sleiman claims the now-jailed Tekashi 69 (real name Daniel Hernandez) never released their recorded song, ‘Red Bandnna [sic] / Black Hoodie.’ Apache Music had paid around €88,000 (just under $99,000) to Hernandez’s publishing company to set up the collaboration.
Tekashi69 recorded the vocals for the track. His label, 10K Projects, however, claimed it had full rights to the work. Thus, the label declared it won’t release the track, threatening Sleiman with legal action should he release the song through Universal Music Denmark.
10K Projects, founded by Elliot Grainge (son of UMG boss Lucian Grainge) in 2016, says any Tekashi69 track release requires its approval. However, as Sleiman paid for and recorded the track, 10K Projects’ refusal shouldn’t affect his ability to release the song.
As 10K Projects refuses to authorize the track’s release, Sleiman has sued for the song’s rights. He has also demanded a full refund of the money he paid for the collaboration.
The lawsuit reads,
“Plaintiffs (Sleiman and Apache Music) are entitled to a judgment declaring that, pursuant to the Agreement, Plaintiffs have the right to exploit the Song, including the use of Mr. Hernandez’s name in connection therewith, without first obtaining 10k’s permission, approval, consent or ‘clearance,’ and without owing compensation to 10k, and that Plaintiffs are the lawful copyright claimants for the Song.”
Sleiman also blamed Elliot Grainge’s relationship with his father as the reason for the label’s refusal.
“On information and belief, Universal Music Denmark is related to the Universal Music Group, whose Chairman is the father of 10K’s owner.
“As a direct and proximate result of 10K contacting Universal Music Denmark, Universal Music Denmark didn’t proceed with entering into a recording agreement with Sleiman.”
Lambasting 10K Projects, Sleiman’s lawyer, Richard Roth, explained current U.S. copyright laws protect creators. Through its refusal, Elliot Grainge’s label has engaged in “nefarious conduct.”
“We intend on proving that’s precisely what happened here and that such conduct was willful, which will allow Sleiman not only the proper credit for the work, but all monies to which he’s entitled, including legal fees.”
Sleiman has asked for a jury trial in addition to no less than €88,000 (just under $99,000) in damages.
Considerably, drama accumulates daily when it comes to the Jussie Smollett case. It was not long ago that the “Empire” star was reported to be in a hospital following a racist and homophobic attack. Since then, the name Jussie Smollett rapidly went from being tied to words encouragement and hope to fraud and hoax. The alleged attack was proven to be orchestrated by the actor with the help two Nigerian brothers, Ola and Abel Osundario. As a result, Smollett faced the legal consequences his deception.
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Last month, however, all charges were surprisingly dropped against the entertainer and the latter resulted in explosive reactions from the public. Seemingly, these reactions have since progressed to traceable actions. According to Deadline, the prosecutor behind the dropped charges, Kim Foxx, has been getting several serious threats since the decision on Jussie’s fate.
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The fice the Cook County State attorney shared with the Chicago Sun Times: “We can confirm that the state’s attorney has received threats to her personal safety and security, a number which have contained racially charged language.” Moreover, Foxx’s chief staff cited the problematic threats came through emails and phone calls which have since been forwarded to their investigation bureau.
Earlier this year, Eminemcelebrated the 20-year anniversary The Slim Shady LP. One round celebrations may have been enough for the next guy but Em knows full well that he’ll only get one shot to celebrate twenty years one his most celebrated albums all time. The project kicked f his career and burst him into the musical stratosphere with many referring to him as a “Rap God” because it. With the release a brand new merch capsule, Eminem decided to also let his fans in on a memory, posting a photo from 1999 and letting everyone remember just how much time has actually passed.
Shortly after holding it down as a Revenge Of The Dreamers 3 MVP, J.I.D. has been busy taking his show on the road for the ongoing Catch Me If You Can tour. Yet in true J.I.D. fashion, the prolific rapper has been continuously working, having recently linked up with producer Christo for a batch new material. This comes, in addition, to both the upcoming Dreamers 3 and his own collaborative project with No I.D. He’s even got something with 6LACK on deck. Though it’s unknown whether these new Christo sessions will culminate in a standalone body work, it’s clear that J.I.D. has something in the works.
The rapper took to Instagram to share a screenshot from Christo’s story, which finds a plethora JID sessions combined in a folder. Though the tentative titles are crossed f, it’s clear that the pair have plenty heat in the stash, if their prior collaborations are anything to go by. And what a list that is: “Westbrook,” “Off da Zoinkys,” “151 Rum” (co-production), “Slick Talk” (co-production), and much more.
Following the company’s of Pandora Radio last year, SiriusXM has remained rather busy as of late.
In a conference call, SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer explained that the acquisition would create “the world’s largest audio-entertainment company.” The satellite radio company, he continued, would capitalize on cross-promotional opportunities on Pandora’s active user base. SiriusXM would also leverage its existing exclusive content and programming on Pandora’s ad-supported and subscription tiers to create “unique audio packages.”
Following through on Meyer’s promises, the satellite radio company first Pandora CEO Roger Lynch. He had led the company following founder Tim Westergren’s outster.
Under Westergren, Pandora Radio bled money. The company also never turned a profit, despite multiple promises made to investors. Things had only slightly improved under Lynch. Yet, the company continued to bleed listeners.
Then, SiriusXM its first dedicated original content team at Pandora.
The new team creates original music, sports, and talk content for Pandora’s listeners. This includes the introduction of full-time channels, shows, podcasts, playlists, and spoken-word content. Genres range from comedy, politics, and entertainment. In addition, the new team also develops original Pandora content for SiriusXM. This includes adding curated content using the digital radio service’s thumbs-up user data.
Next, Meyer’s company Pandora Now.
With a combined audience of 100 million listeners, Now, a new channel, would use both companies’ listener and curation data. The channel features the most-listened-to and top-trending music on Pandora across all genres. Now serves as an interactive station featuring song skips and ratings on both services.
Then, just last week, striking back at Spotify’s recent podcast acquisitions, SiriusXM 22 of its original shows into Pandora exclusives.
This includes Jenny McCarthy’s Celebrity Dirt, Andy Cohen’s Deep & Shallow Interviews, and Jeff Foxworthy’s A Comic Mind, among many others.
Not content to stop there, Meyer’s company soon an $8 monthly plan for people without cars. Dubbed SiriusXM Essential, the new plan provides over 200 radio stations. Users can listen to the new service either at home or through mobile devices.
Now, the satellite radio company has unveiled pay raises for its top staff.
Making millions in stock options.
In a regulatory filing, SiriusXM has confirmed multiple pay raises for its top five executives.
Meyer earned $17.6 million in 2018, up from $9.7 million in 2017. $7.5 million came through stock awards.
Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein, who now leads the Pandora original contents team, earned $19 million last year, up from $4.2 million.
The company confirmed most of the compensation came through stock awards.
Jennifer Witz, President of Sales, Marketing, and Operations, earned $5.5 million, up from $4.6 million.
David Frear, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, earned $16 million, up from $3.7 million. $9 million came from stock awards and $3 million from options.
Dana F. Altman, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, earned $7.5 million, up from $2 million. $4.1 million came from stock awards and $1.5 million from options.