Tory Lanez Threatens To "Expose" Interscope Records If They Keep "Playing With Me"

It was all good just a week ago. Tory Lanez dropped f his Chixtape 5 album last month which was met with thunderous approval. The nostalgic project crept up to the number two spot on Billboard 200, which was the highest debut for a studio album for Lanez. It appeared as if everything was going very well for Lanez up until Saturday evening (December 14). The Canadian rapper and singer took to Instagram to release a scathing warning to Interscope Records. “If y’all don’t stop playing w/ me..Ima expose what’s really going on in that f*cking building,” declared Lanez. It has yet to be discerned what sparked his sudden anger with the label. 

One fan commented on the post, “chill bro I ain’t tryna see you get killed,” to which Lanez responded, “that’s the difference …. I don’t care . My integrity respect and the path light that i can show the generation after me is more impotant than this life that niggas is so scared to lose.” Rich the Kid, who also has a home at Interscope Records, commented on the post, stating, “I’m tellin ya 🤦🏽‍♂️.” Hopefully, everything works out between Lanez and Interscope and his life is not really in danger. 

 

Smokepurpp Drops ‘Deadstar 2’ Album

Smokepurpp has released his debut album Deadstar 2, a sequel to his 2017 mixtape Deadstar. The LP is executive produced by Mike Dean.

The Alamo Records artist’s first studio album serves as the follow-up to May’s Lost Planet 2.0 project. The 17-track LP features collaborations with Denzel Curry, Moneybagg Yo, Trippie Redd, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Skies and Lil Pump.

Check out Smokepurpp’s Deadstar 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Smokepurpp Drops 'Deadstar 2' Album

1. The Matrix
2. Red Bottoms
3. Stevie
4. What I Please f. Denzel Curry
5. Ariba
6. All For Me f. Trippie Redd
7. Past the Moon Interlude
8. Lightspeed
9. Fill the Room Up f. Ty Dolla $ign
10. Reckless
11. Dirty Dirty f. Lil Skies
12. Floor Seats – Yet
13. Left Right f. Lil Pump
14. On Purppose
15. Robbin Robbin
16. Pop 1 f. Moneybagg Yo
17. Audi II

Usher and Ella Mai Team Up on ‘Don’t Waste My Time’

New Usher!

The R&B icon returns with his Ella Mai duet “Don’t Waste My Time,” which officially hit streaming services after leaking last month. The two show off their flirty chemistry on the Jermaine Dupri-produced track.

“Girl, give me that good lovin’, no questions / Reach out and you touch me / Bad habits, don’t judge me / Just don’t waste my time,” sings Usher before Ella adds her sultry vibes. “Let’s be lovers and friends / Let’s rendezvous / Boy, I got plans for you.”

Taking to Twitter, Ella called the collaboration a “childhood dream” before thanking Usher.

Usher has been in the studio working on a new album, a possible sequel to 2004’s Confessions. It will reportedly feature a reunion with his “Yeah!” and “Lovers and Friends” collaborators Lil Jon and Ludacris.

Usher hasn’t released a full project since 2016’s Hard II Love. In honor of his 40th birthday last year, he dropped A, his collaborative project with Zaytoven.

Meanwhile, Ella recently earned another Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album for her self-titled debut.

How to Protect Yourself From the Copyright Trolls — Our Latest Podcast

“Certainly, we’re in the age of copyright trolling.”

James Sammataro, partner at Pryor Cashman, is one of the top music industry attorneys. And like many music biz barristers, he’s reacting to an alarming swell in copyright infringement lawsuits — some of which are pretty questionable (and very high-profile). 

Litigants are seeing huge dollars signs — in the the 7 or 8 figures — and that virtually guarantees future copyright warfare ahead.  Because even if a claim is flimsy, that doesn’t mean an ill-educated jury won’t award a multi-million dollar award to the litigating troll. Just ask Katy Perry or Pharrell.

But this goes far beyond the flashy, high-profile suits.  “Certainly, we’re in the age of copyright trolling,” Sammataro flatly told Digital Music News.

So what’s the solution?

In this edition of the Digital Music News Podcast, we set out to create a working survival list for protecting yourself against the oncoming wave of copyright trolls.  Because the reality is simple: if you score a smash hit, you may also attract some serious infringement litigation — sometimes merited, oftentimes not.

There’s even an old saying in the music industry: ‘where there’s a hit, there’s a writ.’

But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for a possible attack.  Sammataro is offering some critical tips to artists and IP owners who might find themselves in the line of fire from copyright trolls.  And some of the advice was downright depressing.  Sammataro tells his clients to stop rattling off their influences — ever — even though every artist on the planet has tons of inspirational influences.  In the current climate, however, giving kudos to a particular artist may mean you’re going to get sued by that particular artist — or, the artist’s litigating estate.

But there are also steps you can take to protect yourself before the creative process is underway.  “Part of the problem is that you don’t have the lawyer sitting in the studio,” Sammataro told us. 

But what if your lawyer was sitting next to you in the studio?

Take a listen.

Royce Da 5’9" Announces New Album "The Allegory"

Though Royce Da 5’9″ recently dropped f his personal opus in Book Of Ryan last year, his absence in 2019 was palpable. Despite surfacing on songs like the lengthy and lyrical “Field Nego,” and his recent single “Black Savages,” featuring CyHi The Prynce and T.I, Royce remained relatively low-key, spending his downtime honing his own production skills and working on his next endeavor. As it happens, we now know what he’s been crafting, as per a recent Instagram announcement from the Detroit legend.

Royce Da 5'9" Announces New Album "The Allegory"

At some point next year, Royce is set to drop f The Allegory, his eighth studio album. Although we don’t know many details surrounding the project’s direction, the @scuffgod designed cover seems to point to a more politically inspired release; it wouldn’t be the first time Royce tackled societal issues, as recently as 2016’s Layers highlight America. But knowing Royce, Allegory will be a dense and well-constructed project, unfettered by a singular topic.

In other Royce news, we recently spoke to him surrounding the 20th anniversary Dr. Dre‘s 2001 album: read our exclusive interview right here. Are you excited to see a new drop from Royce?  

Common Rumored To Be Dating Tiffany Haddish Following Split From Angela Rye

It appears Common and his political girlfriend Angela Rye are no longer an item. Rumors the two’s split have been swirling over the past few days after Angela arrived to her 40th birthday party all by herself. Not only that, but Angela was recently spotted attending Tyler Perry’s studio opening without a date as well, which further adds to the evidence her being single.

While Angela and Common might look to be over, the Chicago artist has been spending quite bit time with comedian Tiffany Haddish this week, sparking rumors that they’re now dating. Common was spotted at Tiffany’s Black Mitzvah party a week ago, and he has been seen in recent photos with the stand-up star since.

Tiffany herself posted a pic with Common on her IG page just a few days ago joking that he was blocking her from getting with her “MCM” Harry Belafonte.

Back in June Tiffany and Common first sparked dating rumors after they were spotted leaving a party in the same SUV. Those rumors eventually fizzled out but maybe there’s been mutual interest between these two this whole time?

For now it’s just rumors, but we’ll keep you in the loop if anything is confirmed.

Harvey Weinstein Reaches $25 Million Tentative Settlement With His Accusers: Report

After years legal woes & public scrutiny, Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative settlement with his alleged accusers. The New York Times reports that Weinstein and the board the Weinstein Company have reached a $25 million settlement agreement with dozens his alleged ual misconduct victims. Ironically, Harvey won’t have to admit to any wrongdoing or pay his accusers himself if the settlement goes through.

As now, more than 30 actresses and former employees Weinstein and the Weinstein Company have given the okay to the agreement. The tentative settlement will have to be approved in court and get a final agreement from all parties involved. The payout will reportedly be part a $47 million settlement, which will be paid for by insurance companies that represent his former studio, not Harvey himself.

Katherine Kendall, who accused the producer chasing her nude around his New York apartment in 1993, said she isn’t entirely happy with the settlement. “I don’t love it, but I don’t know how to go after him,” she said. “I don’t know what I can really do.” Sexual harassment lawyer Genie Harrison, who represents some the accusers, added, “I don’t think there’s a markedly better deal to be made. We have really, truly done the best we can under the circumstances.”

In total, eighteen the victims would split $6.2 million, while $18.5 million would be put to the side for anyone still part a class-action case against Weinstein. A court-appointed monitor will divy out the payments based on the severity the alleged harm he inflicted.

Weinstein is currently scheduled to be tried in court on January 6th over ual assault charges leveled against him by two other women. We’ll keep you posted moving forward. Below, is footage from today’s court hearing where Harvey showed up using a walker.

Waka Flocka Flame Flew Out To England To Record A Verse For His KSI Collab But KSI Wasn’t There

Los Angeles, CA – KSI knows a thing or two about bad timing. During a conversation with HipHopDX, KSI admitted that Waka Flocka Flame flew out to England to record a verse on his track “Jump Around,” but he was in a different country!

The British star revealed how he initially became connected with the Atlanta native.

“Sway [KSI’s friend] knew one of the managers of Waka Flocka and he sent the track to him. Waka Flocka was nuts over it and he was like, ‘Yeah, I want to spit a verse on this.’ He came to England to spit it and I don’t know where I was,” he said while laughing.

KSI admitted, “I really wanted to meet him in England, but I think I was in a different country or something.”

Although the two didn’t link up in the studio that day, they did collaborate for the video, which released in October of 2016.

“We linked up in America to do the video,” he said.

Check out the entire interview clip above.

Steve Harvey Revamps Daytime Talk Show As Facebook Watch Series

The last name “Harvey” has been swimming through headlines due to Lori Harvey’s controversial dating life, but her step-father Steve Harvey is keeping the name at the forefront people’s minds with his mogul moves. Just days after the longtime entertainer faced backlash over his alleged flubs while hosting the Miss Universe pageant, it’s been announced that Steve Harvey’ s daytime talk show will make its return on Facebook Watch.

Steve Harvey Revamps Daytime Talk Show As Facebook Watch Series
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Earlier this year, it was declared that the comedian’s talk show, Steve, would come to an end in Summer 2019 after being on air for seven years. Even with the announcement, fans were sure that Steve wouldn’t give up on his popular show so easily, and it looks like he didn’t. There have been plenty shows that have found homes on Facebook Watch including series like Red Table TalkWill Simth’s Bucket List, and even MTV’s The Real World.

According to Variety, the host’s new show Steve on Watch is set to make its debut on Facebook Watch on January 6. The first set episodes, that were reportedly filmed a Tyler Perry Studios, will last for 10 weeks. “Reaching my audience anywhere and everywhere they are has always been the goal,” Steve Harvey reportedly said in a statement. “Facebook Watch viewers are the most energetic, engaged community, and so are my amazing fans. Getting all those people to directly engage on a platform like this is the perfect evolution the show.”

Widow of Chris Cornell Suing Soundgarden Over Unpaid Royalties

The widow of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell is both the band and its business manager over unpaid royalties while accusing them of trying to force her to turn over some of Cornell’s unreleased recordings.

Vicky Cornell filed the suit in the Miami Division of the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Florida. It names as defendants Soundgarden’s surviving members: Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Hunter Benedict Shepherd. It also names Rit Venerus, who is the band’s business manager.

In essence, Cornell is accusing the defendants of extortion, while asserting that they are withholding royalty payments owed to her through her late husband’s estate. The withholdings are described as an attempt to get Vicky to deliver seven unreleased recordings that Chris Cornell made prior to his suicide in May of 2017.

Ms. Cornell further asserts in the complaint that Soundgarden has no legal rights to the recordings, which she insists were made by Chris Cornell alone.

The complaint goes into great detail about the history of this dispute. According to it, a few months after Cornell’s death, the band contacted Ms. Cornell and asked her if they could use the unreleased recordings for a new Soundgarden studio album. She acceded to their request on the conditions that her late husband’s producer be involved in the project and that the band keep her apprised of the marketing strategy that they would employ in regards to the new album.

Ms. Cornell alleges that, while the band originally agreed to her terms, they have since reneged. She further says that they told her that the recordings belong to them and them alone and that they alone would decide how to exploit them.

Because of this, according to Cornell, the band has withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars of royalties.

So far, neither Soundgarden nor their legal representatives have commented on the lawsuit, which is not the only that they are currently involved in.

Gaye Estate Accuses Pharrell Williams of Perjury — Demands Damages

The long-standing lawsuit by the estate of Marvin Gaye against Pharrell Williams has taken an unexpected turn, with the estate now the singer of perjury and demanding millions in attorney fees.

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court a $5 million verdict against Williams, Robin Thicke and a music publisher. In 2015, the estate had accused the three of infringing on the copyright of Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” when creating their song “Blurred Lines,” and a jury agreed with them.

With the appeal process complete, most people expected that this would be the end of it. But this is not so, as now the estate is accusing Williams of perjury.

During his deposition in the original lawsuit, Williams claimed under oath, “I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye.” However, in a recent interview with Rick Rubin in GQ, he admitted that he “reverse engineers” songs from which he gets a special feeling.

Williams further admitted that he did this with “Blurred Lines” and “got myself in trouble.”

Richard Busch, who is a lawyer that represented the Marvin Gaye estate in both the original suit and this new one, insists that Williams admission is evidence of perjury as well as demonstrates the commission of fraud against the court.

“Williams,” he says, “made intentional, material misrepresentations to the jury and this Court as part of an unconscionable scheme to improperly influence the jury and the Court in their decisions. Nothing was more central to this case than whether ‘Got To’ or Marvin Gaye was on Williams’s mind while he was engaged in creating ‘Blurred.’ That fact was central to the issue of whether Williams and Thicke illegally copied ‘Got To’ and whether their copying was willful, and they knew it. It was also central to their defense of ‘independent creation.’”

Busch wants the judge in the case, based on the new evidence, to reconsider his decision not to award millions in attorney fees to the estate.

"Wonder Women 1984" Trailer Debuts: Watch

DC Comics and Warner Bros. have been retooling the release date for Wonder Woman 1984 for some time now. After the success her solo film, but the negative response to the rest the interconnected DC movie universe (DCEU), Warner Bros. decided to marinate on things. The studio chose to move slow with the sequel to Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins took her time with the film, it will be three years in between releases, and the fruit her labor is finally being teased to the public. At Brazil’s CCXP (Comic-Con Experience) this weekend, Jenkins and star Gal Gadot dropped the trailer for Wonder Woman 1984. 

The trailer gives fans their first look at Kristen Wiig as the villain Cheetah and Pedro Pascall in the role Maxwell Lord. Both will confront Wonder Woman, who is reunited with her lover Steve Trevor. Trevor’s existence is questionable since he died in the first film, but he is resurrected in the comics several times so the sequel can take a number routes to explain his rebirth. Patty Jenkins, during San Diego Comic-Con, explained her reasoning for taking the sequel several decades into the future from the original. “One my favorite things about making the original was that it took place during World War I in 1917, an era full metaphors like modernity and the mechanized world,” she stated. “I grew up in the ’80s, and this has its own look and feel. The reason I am excited is it showed mankind at its best and worst. It was grand and wonderful, there was great music and there were elegant and beautiful things. But other things about the decade revealed the worst us. To have Wonder Woman in that period time that was us at our most extreme, is wonderful.” Check out the trailer below. 

Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Passes Away

Caroll Spinney, the man who puppeteered Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for almost 50 years, has passed away. Spinney was at his Connecticut home after living with Dystonia for some time. Dystonia is a mobility disorder in which a patient’s muscles contract uncontrollably. Although Spinney had the illness, he only retired from Sesame Street in 2018 after being on the show since 1969.

Spinney starred in more Sesame Street episodes than any other cast member, and also handled puppeteer duties for Big Bird and Oscar on their other guest appearances such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Colbert Report. The legendary Jim Henson brought Spinney on-board, and he remained with the cast ever since. Spinney also performed his characters in live concerts around the globe, at the White House, and was featured in films, documentaries and record albums. His death was announced by Sesame Workshop.

Infamously, Spinney controlled Big Bird from the inside with hands, wires, and a TV monitor strapped to his chest to guide him around the studio. “I think most people completely forget what it was like being a kid by the time they grow up,” he told The New York Times in 1982. “But I never got over it. It was almost a problem for me, in fact, trying to grow up enough, even when I went into the Air Force.”

SZA Flexes Gym Body In Progress Photo

Just a couple days after showing f an enbly slim figure, SZA  has doubled down to flex on her fitness growth. Taking to Instagram, the TDE siren’s most recent upload was helmed by a very toned physique, alluding to a successful routine as she decorated the selfie with fruit and vegetable emojis.

“Felt growth might delete,” she penned.

Naturally, the upload drew its fair share praise with one Taylor Bennet adding, “I SEE DA GROWTH PROUD OF YOU SIS! LETS GYM SOON.”

It adds to the ongoing documentation her fitness journey as she most recently conceded to being a “gym hoe” in a tweet.

“Me googling “is one spoonful banana pudding gonna kill my abs”.. I’m ficially a gym hoe .. damn,” she tweeted.

She would use a similar tweet about her abs to allude to the impending arrival new solo material from the singer. Lately, SZA’s vocals have been sliding in a handful prominently featured spots. In addition, the singer casually revealed that she was in the studio with Stevie Wonder, hinting at the fruition the duo’s collaboration in time for her next project.

Camila Cabello Talks "Romance" With Shawn Mendes: "I Just Love Him"

Camila Cabello’s second studio album Romance has finally arrived and the tape has been released following her true-life romance with Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes. Camila has previously expressed how creating the tape was that much easier since she was writing based on her current feelings and the 22-year-old has discussed the latter more with Entertainment Tonight.

Camila Cabello Talks "Romance" With Shawn Mendes: "I Just Love Him"
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“…] that song is really special because I just feel like I really painted the details , like, when you’re first dating someone that you’ve been friends with for a really long time,” she said the 13th track ‘Used To This.’ “It just feels like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re kissing now!’ I think I just really captured what that moment felt like for me.” 

Camila then detailed how the claims their relationship being a publicity stunt didn’t affect her and her sweet note about loving Shawn on Instagram is really how she feels. “I’ve said that a lot. I mean, because I do, obviously, like, I love him in the ‘He’s my boyfriend’ way,” she said. “But I’ve always loved him. I just love him, you know?”

As for her album finally being released, Camila said it feels like “having a child.”

“My second child,” she added. “It feels super emotional for me. This is like this chapter in my life that I’m basically closing and giving to people.”