African Streaming Service Boomplay Inks Deal With Sony Music

African streaming service Boomplay has inked a deal with Sony Music. The streaming service now has licensing agreements with all three major labels.

Sony Music Entertainment is the last major label to sign a licensing agreement with Boomplay. announced its deal in November 2018 ⁠— followed in March 2019. Boomplay is available in several major markets across the African continent.

Live in markets like Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia ⁠— Boomplay boasts more than 60 million users.

The music streaming service is rapidly growing as reports from February suggested 42 million users. In November last year when ⁠— the streaming service only had 36 million listeners.

Boomplay says it is the biggest and fastest growing music streaming app in Africa, adding around two million users per month. The African market is vast, with around 1.2 billion people spread across the continent.

Users are a mix of ad-supported users and those who pay a premium subscription. Boomplay costs the equivalent of $1.50/month across each of the markets.

Back in April, Boomplay managed to to expand its catalog. The  service is owned by Transsnet, a joint venture between two Chinese companies. Phone maker Transsion and consumer app giant NetEase came together for the project.

Head of Marketing for Africa ⁠— Tosin Sorinola, shared a comment. He believes the partnership with Sony Music will help the streaming service reach new heights.

“Music remains the only universal language, transcending the thoughts, boundaries, philosophies, cultures, and preferences of individuals. This partnership offers our African stars a stronger opportunity to be heard on the global scene – increasing their reach and exposure.”

The streaming service is currently available on iOS, Android, and the web. Users have the option of subscribing to daily, weekly, and monthly listening plans.

Jay-Z Settles His Multi-Year Legal War with Iconix Brand Group

Jay-Z and the Iconix Brand Group have settled their legal dispute that has been ongoing for two and a half years.

The settlement, which was concluded in a U.S. District Court in New York, calls for Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to buy back a portion of the rights to its Rocawear clothing brand for $15 million.

The first of many lawsuits in this dispute came in May of 2017 when Iconix claimed Roc Nation was undermining the licensing rights it bought from them for $204 million in 2007. Also named in the suit were Jay-Z himself, Roc Nation Apparel Group (RNAG), Major League Baseball and others. It was in response to RNAG partnering with a clothing company called New Era to produce baseball caps with the Roc Nation logo.

That same year, Roc Nation countersued Iconix, claiming that the 2007 deal with it was only for the Rocawear brand, which Jay-Z started in 1999 with Damon “Dame” Dash, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with him. They further claimed that, while Iconix eventually negotiated a separate deal for Roc Nation licensing, this deal had expired prior to RNAG concluding its deal with New Era.

In March of the following year, Roc Nation filed another suit against Iconix, claiming that the brand was trying to undermine its own licensing rights by rewriting their original agreement. RNAG also asked the court to not only dismiss Iconix’ original suit but also award it damages for lost profits, lost goodwill and harm done to its reputation.

But the suing did not end there.

In June of this year, Roc Nation yet another lawsuit against Iconix. This time Roc Nation accused Iconix of falsifying its financial reports prior to negotiating the original deal back in 2007. A few years before this lawsuit, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) had separately launched an investigation into Iconix accounting practices.

So far, neither Roc Nation nor Iconix have commented on the settlement.

50 Cent Denies Bullying ‘Power’ Co-Star Naturi Naughton

50 Cent is denying reports he bullied his Power co-star Naturi Naughton.

The infamous Instagram troll, whose account is currently deactivated, recently found himself on the defense after he posted a meme comparing Naughton to Mortal Kombat character Goro.

But according to a recent tweet, he was actually attempting to stand up for her.

After a fan tweeted, “I thought u was sticking up for her or did I read wrong,” he replied, “I was sticking up for her, they just went and made some shit up.”

The Power mastermind wasn’t so kind to another Twitter user who said, “Good BYE!!! Dont go back until you got some manners.”

Fiddy replied, “Shut up bitch.”

Naughton, who quickly caught wind of 50’s shenanigans, was prepared for battle and called him out for being a shady boss.

“There’s so much I wanna say,” she wrote on Instagram. “but…. You don’t even have an Instagram account so… why waste my characters or come out of my CHARACTER!But do pick up a copy of my upcoming book: #whatNOTtoDoWhenYoureABoss ‍‍#ImNotACharacter #IAmARealPerson #IAmAWoman #IAmABlackWoman.”

This wasn’t the first time Fiddy appeared to make fun of Naughton’s appearance. Earlier this month, he posted another meme targeting the actress.

“POWER never ends, Ghost fucked up the edges LOL,” he captioned a photo of Naughton next to Power’s Omari Hardwick pushing Naughton’s forehead on the other.

He ultimately apologized after Naughton said he was “mean” on her Instagram Stories.

“yes you do a great job on the show @naturi4real,” he wrote in a since-deleted post. “I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac.”

The rap vet’s Instagram account was deactivated shortly after his spar with Naughton, but he says he did that himself. He can currently be found on Twitter.

Michael Jackson’s Accusers Happy That Lawsuits May Go To Trial After Being Dismissed

At the top the year, the world was once again confronted with the scandalous accusations child molestation surrounding the late music icon Michael Jackson. HBO network’s Leaving Neverland documentary featuring new accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck was a detailed exploration their heinous allegations against the singer, and it’s being reported by the Associated Press that lawsuits against Jackson may be restored.

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On Monday, AP reports that both Robson and Safechuck were in a Los Angeles courtroom when they learned that lawsuits they filed “against two corporate entities that Jackson owned should be reconsidered by the trial court that dismissed them in 2017.” The Jackson estate will not be listed as a defendant, however, MJJ Productions, Inc. and MJJ Ventures, Inc. will.

Howard L. Weitzman, the attorney for the Jackson estate, issued the following statement: “This new law extends the time for genuine victims abuse to file legal claims. The appellate court’s tentative ruling is not on the merits Robson and Safechuck’s allegations and the court in no way said that these cases will go to trial. Neither does it reverse the 2015 rulings dismissing Robson and Safechuck’s claims against the estate, which are final and no longer subject to any appeals. We are confident that the claims against Michael Jackson’s corporate entities will, once again, be dismissed as has happened before.”

Meanwhile, a TMZ cameraman caught up with Safechuck and Robson at the courthouse and the pair seemed enthusiastic about the outcome and are hopeful that they’ll go to trial. The men were with their attorneys, one which said that he’s confident survivors child abuse will step forward to support Safechuck and Robson in the future. Watch the clip below.

Air Jordan 1 "Mocha" Rumored For 2020: What To Expect

Jordan Brand’s 2020 lineup is slowly but surely taking shape and it looks like there are a plethora Air Jordan 1s on deck for the new year, as always. Among them, classics like the “Chicago” colorway as well as all-new styles like “Court Purple,” “Pine Green” and “Royal Toe.”

According to sneaker source @Zsneakerheadz, there’s also a “Mocha” Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG in the works. s the kicks have not yet surfaced, but they could look like the mockup shown below based f the “Sail/Dark Mocha-Black-Black” color scheme.

Jordan Brand has not yet announced any ficial release details for their 2020 lineup, but it is believed that the “Mocha” 1s will be releasing as part the annual Holiday collection in 2020. There are reports that Air Jordan 1 prices could increase in 2020, so you can expect these sneakers to retail for $170 next year, rather than the familiar $160.

Stay tuned for a first look.

Joe Budden Is "Grateful" To Migos For "Ice Tray" Diss, Isn’t Salty About It

A meme-able moment that went down in hip hop history was when tensions arose between Joe Budden and Migos at the 2017 BET Awards. Culture critic Joe Budden has ten been vocal about the new generation hip hop, including acts like Migos, but when they came together at the award show for an Everyday Struggle interview, things got weird. Joe ended up dropping his microphone and walking f set, and later there were reports that things almost turned physical f-camera. 

Later, Migos and Lil Yachty dropped “Ice Tray,” a song that seemed to intensify their beef with the line: “If a n*gga hatin’ call him Joe Budden…P*ssy!” Recently, Tory Lanez sat down with Joe on his Pull Up series to talk about Tory’s Chixtape 5 release, but for a brief moment, the tables were turned. Tory wanted to pick Joe’s brain about “Ice Tray” and if he was salty about the song, especially if he hears it out in the streets.

“I was grateful to those Migos guys if you want me to be honest,” Joe said. “Yo, Joe Budden, when you get away from my rap and hip hop persona, ’cause n*ggas have watched me make all my mistakes publicly, I’m really a humble and grateful guy. The fact that they put… N*ggas have dissed me for 20 years. Who cares? I’ve never been dissed in a smash! In a hit! Now, this is a hit.”

Tory admitted that he and Joe are good friends but when Tory’s out at the club and “Ice Tray” comes on, he can’t help but rap the lyrics. Joe added that no matter where he was, if “Ice Tray” came on, “it was like a salute.” Watch the full chat between these two below.

"Joker" Becomes First R-Rated Movie To His $1Billion Dollar Mark

The absolute madmen pulled it f. Despite the media pushing Joker as a “dangerous” movie, or perhaps because it, the Todd Phillips-helmed flick became an instant commercial success. Boasting the pedigree Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, as well as Robert De Niro as talk show host Murr-ayJoker was considerably stacked in the acting department. Not to mention the inherent draw  Batman’s beloved world, which helped ensure a universal appeal was maintained in spite the macabre subject matter. Suffice it to say, the film had many notable factors in its favor, which likely played a role in cementing this latest financial milestone.

"Joker" Becomes First R-Rated Movie To His $1Billion Dollar Mark

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Variety reports that Joker has become the first R-rated movie to surpass the billion-dollar marker, a feat made all the more impressive given its (relatively) moderate budget $62.5 million. The same report points out that it’s the seventh movie to do so this year, being the only one sitting outside the Disney umbrella. Clearly, if there’s one thing the casual movie-goer loves, it’s superhero movies. Even if they operate in the darker end the morality spectrum.

To make things even more impressive, Joker managed to secure the Billi without being released in China. A good look for Todd Phillips and his team, and pro that R-rated properties can be as lucrative as PG-13 ones. It’s likely that Joker can kick f a newfound trend, in which darker comic-book stories are adapted for the big screen. Have you seen the movie yet?

YouTube's 'Royalty-Free Audio' Library Results In Mass Copyright Strikes

Several popular gaming YouTubers have had videos that receive mass copyright strikes. The use of the track “Dreams” by Joakim Karud is the center of the controversy.

YouTuber Matt Lowne took to Twitter over the weekend to ask about copyright strikes he was receiving. He’s been uploading videos of the space simulation game Kerbal Space Program since 2013.

Lowne’s intro samples the track “Dreams” by Joakim Karud ⁠— which he obtained from YouTube’s audio library.

Despite going through the proper channels (and not being a problem for six years), all hell broke loose last week. Lowne began receiving email after email from YouTube for copyright strikes. Every single one of his Kerbal Space Program videos had been targeted.

Copies of the email said the videos “may have content owned or licensed by SonyATV, PeerMusic, Warner Chappell, Audiam and LatinAutor.” Now all ads displayed on those videos split the revenue between all named companies.

The composer of the track in question has allowed anyone to use his music on YouTube commercially for free. Matt downloaded the track from YouTube’s own audio library, so what’s the issue here? Does this mean any music in that library is not safe to use for creators?

Matt tried to protest the automated claims manually, but they were all rejected. Now his only option is to appeal the decision for each video.

If an appeal is lost, videos are removed completely, and he will receive a copyright strike. With hundreds of claims against his account and a three-strikes you’re out policy ⁠— Matt isn’t eager to tackle the issue.

The issue isn’t isolated to one Kerbal Space Program video maker either. Several reports on Twitter surfaced after Matt revealed what happened to him ⁠— and it finally painted a clearer picture of why the claims happened.

Both SonyATV and Warner Chappell were aggressively claiming the song because it samples another song ⁠— Kenny Burrell Quartet’s “Weaver of Dreams.” That 1956 song’s copyright is owned by none other than SonyATV and Warner/Chappell.

Dave East On "King Of New York" Talks: "Keep Me Out Of That"

31-year-old rapper Dave East is building a long-lasting brand to support his vision. He ten works in the shadows, crafting out his legacy and ensuring that when he leaves this earth, his music is still earning millions plays on the daily. Last week, there was an interesting conversation regarding his Survival album and how many units it moved. Conflicting reports had the project projected to move under 3,000 copies but today, it was revealed that he scored much higher than that, clocking in 24K units moved and debuting just outside the Billboard 200. Some would consider him the current King New York and, especially after Tekashi 6ix9ine threw around that term incessantly last year, we’re all looking for his ble replacement. During a recent interview with No Jumper though, East noted that he wants no part in the conversation.

Dave East On "King Of New York" Talks: "Keep Me Out Of That"
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After Adam22 said that he always found it interesting how Action Bronson never tried to claim the throne, Dave East interrupted him by saying that he’s not down to be mentioned there either. “Keep me out that, I ain’t no King New York,” said the rapper before explaining. “You know, Jay-Z and Nas still out here breathing so there’s nobody on Earth that can say that that’s from New York with them alive. Jadakiss is still out here breathing. Styles P] is still out here breathing. DMX is still… you know, there’s a lot people that’s still kicking and moving.”

One listen through Dave East’s debut album and you’ll see just how much love he genuinely has for old school New York bars. Watch the video segment below.

Roc Nation Mocks Reports Of JAY-Z Being Disappointed In Colin Kaepernick

Roc Nation has denied reports about JAY-Z’s supposed dismay over how Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout was handled.

The official Twitter account of JAY-Z’s company mocked stories ran by multiple outlets — including TMZ and Sports Illustrated — citing sources who claimed Hov was “disappointed with Colin’s actions and believes he turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt.”

“A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z (@S_C_) hasn’t spoken to any sources,” Roc Nation declared on Monday (November 18).

JAY-Z reportedly had some influence in the NFL arranging a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility on Saturday (November 16). But prior to the showcase, disagreements between the league and Kap’s team led to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback staging his own workout without the NFL’s involvement.

Kaepernick ended up displaying his skills at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale, an Atlanta suburb, and live-streaming the entire process. His attorney Ben Meiselas and agent Jeff Nalley released a statement on why the decision was made.

“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one,” the statement read. “Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.

“Additionally, Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request. Based on the prior conduct by the NFL league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”

The NFL also released a statement on the situation, expressing disappointment but claiming Kaepernick was still free to sign with any team in the league.

“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout,” the league said in a statement. “He informed us of that decision at 2:30 pm today along with the public. Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants – an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL.

“Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew.”

The NFL concluded, “Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”

Jay-Z Never Said He’s "Disappointed" In Colin Kaepernick, Roc Nation Confirms

Colin Kaepernick may have been scheduled for a private workout for the NFL 0with reps from all 32 teams but that didn’t exactly go as planned. Kaepernick had issues with the league’s terms agreements but it was reportedly Jay-Z that pressured the NFL commissioner into giving Kaepernick a shot. Jay, who’s been under fire for his initial decision to partner with the NFL, told Goodell that he had taken a “reputational bullet” for the partnership which helped Kaep’s case, apparently.

Jay-Z Never Said He's "Disappointed" In Colin Kaepernick, Roc Nation Confirms
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At the last minute, Kaepernick announced that he’d be changing the location his workout due to the terms that came along with the league’s waiver. After the workout wrapped up, reports emerged that Jay-Z was actually disappointed in Kaep. “Sources” close to the situation said that Jay felt the former 49ers QB used the moment as a “publicity stunt” when he decided to switch the location the workout. 

A much more reputable source that is much closer to Jay-Z has revealed that the “disappointment” statement isn’t actually true. Roc Nation’s ficial Twitter account dead the rumors earlier today. “A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z hasn’t spoken to any sources,” the tweet reads. Of course, one can’t help but laugh at the sarcastic tone to the tweet but overall, it appears that Jay’s learned to remain quiet when it comes to any public comments regarding Kaepernick and the NFL. 

PornHub Issues Statement On T.I.’s Daughter Deyjah Harris: Report

We cannot wait to stop hearing about T.I.‘s 18-year-old daughter and her annual gynecologist check-ups. In one the most shocking headlines all year, Atlanta legend Tip told podcasters that he always joins his daughter to her OB-GYN appointments to confirm with the doctor that she is indeed a virgin. The recording artist says that he asks the pressional to verify if her hymen has been broken, which wouldn’t actually prove anything. A report on several gossip websites last week stated that PornHub was fering Deyjah Harris a cool million dollars to lose her virginity on camera but, according to the Vice President the popular adult entertainment website, that’s completely false.

PornHub Issues Statement On T.I.'s Daughter Deyjah Harris: Report
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An exclusive report by The Shade Room notes that PornHub has not actually been in contact with Harris regarding her debut in . “There is absolutely no truth to this rumor whatsoever,” reportedly said Corey Price, the VP PornHub. “It started as a photoshopped meme on social media and we quickly denounced it on Twitter. Let me be clear in saying this here, as well. Pornhub has not, and absolutely will not, extend any fer any kind.”

It’s good to know that PornHub still has their morals in check. It would be pretty terrible to reach out to Deyjah after this embarrassing ordeal. The young lady previously “liked” a handful tweets trash-talking her father for the revelation, also unfollowing him on social media.

Eva Marcille Shops For New Home To Stay Protected From "Psycho" Ex Kevin McCall

Eva Marcille’s ex is coming back to haunt her and has been doing so for a few weeks now. Kevin McCall attended court recently in his fight to attain custody his daughter he shares with Eva and while he was there he assaulted a police ficer leading to his arrest. “I guess while Kevin] was going into court he got into a fight with security because he’s crazy, like I’ve told the world a million times,” Eva said the situation

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The Blast now reports that Eva is shopping for a new home as a way to stay protected from her psycho ex. According to the publication, Eva was house hunting with her Real Housewives Atlanta co-star Cynthia Bailey. Eva explained how she experiences PTSD from Kevin and is scared her “donor might be on the lurk.” She wants her new home to have security since “between psycho a—donor” and her defense attorney husband, protection is needed. 

Eva Marcille Shops For New Home To Stay Protected From "Psycho" Ex Kevin McCall
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 “This is what’s so crazy about it. He was arrested going into court for a case he filed against me,” Eva added the situation. “More recently, he drew a suit against me for child support—which is amazing because he’s never given a cent and I’ve raised our child—but child support, custody, and…I’ve recently changed my daughter’s name from his last name to our family name which is Sterling, and he now wants to reverse that.”

Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 "Carbon Blue" Coming Soon: Official Images

Kanye West and Adidas may be gearing up for the release the Yeezy 700 V3, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to abandon the Yeezy Boost 700 just yet. In fact, recent reports suggest there are numerous Yeezy 700s in the works, including a “Carbon Blue” Yeezy 700 that is expected to launch in the near future.

As is tradition for the Yeezy Boost 700, the kicks will feature a combination leather, mesh and suede throughout the upper along with the beloved Boost cushioning beneath it all. This particular “Carbon Blue” colorway looks to feature varying shades grey and blue, along with dashes orange on the midsole and a light gum outsole beneath the silhouette.

Adidas has not yet announced an ficial release date but sneaker source @YeezyMafia notes that the drop is “coming soon.” Stay tuned for updates, and continue scrolling for a closer look.

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Report: JAY-Z Disappointed with Colin Kaepernick After NFL Workout

JAY-Z is reportedly upset with Colin Kaepernick over the way he handled his NFL workout.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback bailed on his private workout at the Atlanta Falcons training center on Saturday and held his own workout at an Atlanta-area high school instead.

According to ESPN, the NFL and Kaepernick’s representatives were at odds over the quarterback’s liability waiver and the overall transparency of the workout.

The league previously declined Kaepernick’s request to allow media into the workout. Kaepernick’s team also claims the NFL wanted him to sign an “unusual liability waiver.”

“The NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives,” his camp said in a statement.

However, the league has refuted his claim. “On Wednesday, we sent Colin’s representatives a standard liability waiver based on the waiver used by National Invitational Camp at all NFL Combines and by NFL clubs when trying out free agent players,” said the NFL. “At noon today, Colin’s representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver.”

The league had planned to send video of the workout and an interview with Kaepernick to all 32 teams. Some scouts were reportedly impressed with Kap’s arms strength and talent, while others say he looked average at best.

“Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency with what went on,” Kaepernick said following his workout. “We’ll be waiting to hear from [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams.”

Now TMZ reports that JAY-Z feels that Kaepernick “turned a legitimate workout into a publicity stunt.” Source say that JAY is disappointed with the way things went down because he feels the league was genuine in trying to give him a shot.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Roc Nation mogul was instrumental in trying to bring the two parties back together.

On his show, Dan Patrick said JAY-Z “was putting pressure” on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to give Kaepernick a workout and took a “reputational bullet” for the commissioner when he announced his partnership with the league in August.