Judge Clears Global Music Rights, Major Radio Stations Antitrust Lawsuits

The legal battle between Global Music Rights (GMR) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) has taken another interesting turn, as a federal judge has allowed each of their antitrust lawsuits to proceed.

GMR had been attempting to dismiss the RMLC’s antitrust lawsuit, which alleges that the performers’ rights group formed a monopoly on songs and used the advantageous position to inflate licensing costs. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. avoided insinuating that RMLC’s claims were sure to be proven true in court, but indicated that their foundation was sufficient to ward off a dismissal.

Similarly, Judge Hatcher Jr. ruled that GMC’s antitrust lawsuit against the RMLC could proceed. The RMLC had been trying to dismiss the case, which essentially asserts that its stations collude with one another to leverage negotiating power and drive down the cost of song licenses. As with the RMLC antitrust suit, the judge made clear that his allowing the matter to be heard in court was not an endorsement of the truthfulness of the alleged misconduct claims.

However, Judge Hatcher Jr. dismissed the portion of the RMLC’s lawsuit that sought damages from GMR. The 78-year-old stated that a trade group comprised of various companies in a business sphere cannot band together and sue competing entities for financial compensation, especially when it, like the RMLC, is a non-profit organization.

Last year, the Department of Justice weighed in on the lawsuits by  of GMR, chiefly by saying that the RMLC’s collective boycotting may violate existing antitrust laws.

GMR was founded in 2013 as a higher-tiered performance rights organization, and a number of high-profile artists, including Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, Childish Gambino, Drake, and Travis Scott, have signed with the group. The RMLC is based out of Nashville and advocates “the interests of the commercial radio industry on music licensing matters.”

Late last month, the RMLC  a long-running lawsuit with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Thus, it’s not impossible that GMR and the RMLC will eventually put their differences aside and establish a typical professional relationship—even if the possibility seems remote at the moment.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Reveals How Travis Scott Inspired Him

Los Angeles, CA – Tame Impala delivered The Slow Rush on Friday (February 14), the group’s first album since 2015’s Currents. While at his home in Los Angeles, singer/guitarist Kevin Parker spoke to Zane Lowe about the process of making the record and collaborating with Travis Scott.

Scott and the Australian band previously teamed up on Astroworld. Tame Impala is credited as producer on the song “Skeleton,” which they performed on Saturday Night Live in October 2018.

Parker spoke about what it was like working with Scott.

“It was awesome,” Parker said. “He’s so enthused by ideas. He doesn’t waste time kind of doubting himself or doubting things, which is extremely valuable because you need that burst of conviction. I tried to take on some of that conviction when I’m working because doubt and all that kind of stuff is poisonous in creativity.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Parker spoke about why it took five years to release a follow-up to Currents and what the studio environment was like while recording The Slow Rush. 

“It was over a long period of time and had a lot of sessions to it,” Parker said. “At some points, there were 10, 20 people in the room. You could just be there and hang out and not do anything for like an hour. And then something perks your ears up, and you can be like, ‘Oh yeah yeah, plug me in, I’ve got an idea.’ We’d go for hours until three in the morning.”

Check out The Slow Rush below.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Says Travis Scott Inspired "The Slow Rush"

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker recently spoke with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 and explained how Travis Scott was a major inspiration for his new album The Slow Rush.

“It was awesome. He’s so enthused by ideas,” Parker said regarding Scott. “He doesn’t waste time kind doubting himself or doubting things. Which is extremely valuable, because you need that burst conviction. I tried to take on some that conviction when I’m working, because doubt and all that kind stuff is poisonous in creativity.”

Tame Impala is credited on Astroworld as the producer for “Skeletons.”

The Slow Rush is Tame Impala’s first album since Currents in 2015 and contains the singles “Lost in Yesterday,” “Posthumous Forgiveness,” “It Might Be Time,” and “Borderline.”

“It was over a long period time and had a lot sessions to it,” Parker continued. “At some points, there were 10, 20 people in the room. You could just be there and hang out and not do anything for like an hour. And then something perks your ears up, and you can be like, ‘Oh yeah yeah, plug me in, I’ve got an idea.’ We’d go for hours until three in the morning.”

Stream The Slow Rush here.

Migos, Travis Scott & Young Thug Link For Futuristic "GNF" Video

The degrees of separation between Migos, Travis Scott and Young Thug are literally zero and the superstar batch has joined forces for the Murda Beatz-produced “GNF” single, an acronym for “Give No Fxk.”

For the futuristic themed video, directed by Aisultan Seitov and Quavo, the Atlanta trio simultaneously wields materialistic bars and lightning before their superstar counterparts virtually cameo to do the same thing.

The record was premiered during Scott’s 2019 Astroworld Festival and while it’s not being directly billed as a Culture III single, it serves as Migos’ first new track since Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2 (the one with Lil Baby and DaBaby’s “Baby”).

Watch the “GNF” video above.

Migos, Young Thug, and Travis Scott Team Up on ‘Give No Fxk’

Middle fingers up.

After debuting the song live at ASTROWORLD Fest last year, Migos teams up with Young Thug and Travis Scott on their powerhouse collaboration “Give No Fxk,” their first new single since August’s Quality Control: Control the Streets Volume 2.

Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff set it off on the explosive banger, produced by DJ Durel and Murda Beatz. “We don’t give no f**ks / Out in public and we run shit,” proclaims Migos, while Thugger and Travis add their melodic flows.

Migos is now gearing up for Culture III, which Offset says will be the third and final chapter in the Culture series.

“I feel like it’s more about Migos that y’all don’t know yet,” Quavo told Business Insider. “And I feel like this album is going to be prolific. I feel like this album is going to be the album to do it. And I think it’s Culture III, but I don’t know. I think we may change the chapter.”

Watch the “GNF” video below.

Fake Travis Scott Song Created Entirely By A.I.

Fears a machine-governed society have long been the projections science fiction authors worldwide. The sick thing, course, being that a machine uprising would be our own doing, what with humanity’s fascination with perfecting artificial intelligence. First, it began with delivery gigs. Then it continued into retail. As jobs dwindled by the day, they said it would never infiltrate the creative arts. How wrong they were. They all laughed at a disturbingly convincing Joe Rogan deep fake, despite cries “what is the point this technology?!” But it’s worse than we ever imagined: the downfall humanity is set to be scored by a machine-generated Travis Scott A.I. bot. 
 Fake Travis Scott Song Created Entirely By A.I.

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The program, as developed by tech company space150, is a bot designed with the sole purpose mirroring the musical stylings Travis Scott. To contextualize the decision, Hypebeast pulled a quote from Ned Lampert, space150’s creative director: “‘What if we tried to make a song – like an actual good song – by using AI and basically creative directing AI?’” 

And so began the process creating the Scott bot. Utilizing the words and music prevalent throughout Scott’s discography as a reference, the experiments resulted in an original single called “Jack Park Canny Dope Man.” Though the lyrics remain largely nonsensical the melodies are similar enough to convince an unfamiliar audience. Especially when paired with an on-brand visual aesthetic, also conceived through deep fake technology. Impressive, space150, most impressive. There aren’t enough basins in the world to amass all the drool from wide-eyed record label executives. 

Jack Harlow Performs "What’s Poppin" On "Tonight Show" TV Debut

It was a big moment for Jack Harlow as he made his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On Wednesday (February 12), the rapper took to the stage to perform “What’s Poppin,” a song that Fallon called his “jam right now.” The 21-year-old Kentucky-bred emcee took to the stage with a pianist to accompany his look.

Jack Harlow Performs "What's Poppin" On "Tonight Show" TV Debut
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Jack Harlow delivered his single “What’s Poppin” just weeks ago, but the track is already being hailed as a reintroduction the Generation Now rapper. There’s been a bit s style change for the Harlow as fans await the release his ficial debut project. In September 2019, Harlow released his acclaimed Confetti mixtape that kept the rapper’s name buzzing in the streets.

As much as Harlow may be an artist to watch, there’s still a shroud around his persona. He previously told XXL that he’s taking notes on how Travis Scott moves. “Soon I might have to implement that untouchable feeling. That’s what Travis Scott] got,” he said. “If you really wanna take it there, you gotta have that superhero mystique. Muthaf*ckas are gonna have opinions and they’re not gonna feel the transition at first. I used to never use melodies as much as I do now. You can be what you wanna be, that’s the dopest part. I know I can be what Travis is. Not be Travis, but I was being genuine when I said maybe eventually I wanna evolve into that untouchable figure. If that’s what feels real to me at the time, then it’ll be real to everyone else.” Watch his The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon below.

Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low Drops Soon: Best Look Yet

Travis Scott has been one Nike and Jordan Brand’s favorite collaborators over the last two years. His influence in both music and streetwear is on par with some the biggest names in the world. With that being said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his collaborations sell out instantly and are highly sought after by sneakerheads and general collectors. La Flame’s first Nike effort in 2020 will be the Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low.

There have been plenty teasers so far although thanks to Stadium Goods, we have the most detailed images yet. The sneaker has blue bandana patterns on the overlays while the side panels are “parachute beige” flannel. The overlays can tearaway to reveal new patterns underneath which is certainly a feature that fans will enjoy. It seems like Nike is trying to bring back SB’s popularity and a Travis Scott collab is a great way to start doing that.

For now, the tentative release date for these is Saturday, February 29th. It is believed the shoe will cost $150 USD. Let us know in the comments below whether or not you plan on copping.

Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low Drops Soon: Best Look Yet
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Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low Drops Soon: Best Look Yet
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Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low Drops Soon: Best Look Yet
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Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low Drops Soon: Best Look Yet
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Justin Bieber Drops ‘Intentions’ with Quavo

With only a week until his album release, Justin Bieber links up with Quavo on his new single “Intentions.”

The uplifting track finds the pop superstar spreading good vibes. “Picture perfect, you don’t need no filter,” he sings. “Gorgeous, make ’em drop dead, you a killer / Shower you with all my attention / Yeah, these are my only intentions.”

Along with the song, Bieber has debuted an inspirational video, which was shot at Alexandria House, an L.A.-based non-profit organization that provides safe housing for women and children who are transitioning from emergency shelter to permanent housing.

Bieber shines a spotlight on three “graduates” of Alexandria’s transitional housing program by showcasing their stories of strength and resilience and surprising them with studio time and even a new car. He has also launched the Intentions Fund in the amount of $200,000 to support the Alexandria House.

“Intentions” arrives ahead of Bieber’s fifth studio album Changes, which is due Feb. 14 featuring collaborations with Travis Scott, Post Malone, Kehlani, and Summer Walker, who appears on the remix to “Yummy.”

Following the album’s release, Bieber will hit the road on his “Changes Tour.” The North American arena trek kicks off May 14 in Seattle, with special guests Kehlani and Jaden Smith. You can also catch him performing on “SNL” this weekend with host RuPaul.

Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low Coming Soon: Detailed Images

Travis Scott has been consistently putting out great music over the last few years and when it comes to the world sneakers, he has been just as consistent. Back in 2017, Scott dropped his first-ever Nike collab which came in the form a customizable Air Force 1 Low. He would quickly follow that up with the Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack.” Since then, La Flame has dropped a plethora sneakers and now that we are in 2020, he has even more great releases planned. First on the list is the Travis Scott x Nike SB Dunk Low.

As you can see from the images below, courtesy @zsneakerheadz, the shoe is covered in blue and creamy beige tones that mesh together seamlessly. The overlays have a bandana print to them while the side panels are more flannel-like. There is Cactus Jack branding on the tongue and Nike logos on the back heel. When it comes to the laces, it appears as they are being given more a fluffy rope aesthetic.

For now, it seems as though these will be released on Saturday, February 29th for $150 USD although the date has yet to be confirmed. Be sure to stay tuned for updates as we will bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

J.Lo+Shakira v. Maroon 5: Who Had Better Super Bowl Halftime Ratings?

Despite possible lip syncing, Shakira and J.Lo’s Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show was generally praised by fans and critics, while Maroon 5 and Travis Scott’s offering was widely panned.

But in the Super Bowl Halftime ratings department, this was a very close race. According to Fox, 103 million people watched Shakira and J.Lo’s co-headlining effort. That’s a big number, but only a 4 percent increase from 2019’s total.

Sounds like a victory nonetheless, though there’s also the game itself to consider. The ratings for Super Bowl LIV itself were also higher than in 2019. In total, 99.9 million fans watched the recent game on Fox, which received a household rating of 41.6. On the other hand, Super Bowl LIII garnered a total viewership of 98.2 million and a household rating of 41.1.

Factoring for digital viewers (on the NFL’s website and through Verizon), as well as a simultaneous Spanish-language broadcast on Fox Deportes, over 102 million individuals witnessed Super Bowl LIV.

Following a brief post-game show, The Masked Singer attracted 23.73 million viewers — another increase from 2019, when CBS followed the big game with The World’s Best, which drew 22.2 million viewers.

Historically (and for each of the last nine Super Bowls), halftime shows have received better ratings than their corresponding games.

However, both overall ratings and halftime-show ratings have decreased in recent years.

106.6 million fans watched Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl LII halftime performance, a nine percent decrease from Lady Gaga’s acclaimed Super Bowl LI show, which boasted 117.5 million television viewers.

Either way, the upside for any Super Bowl Halftime performer is enormous. Striking the iron while it’s hot, Shakira recently revealed that she’ll be embarking on a comprehensive world tour in 2021. Information pertaining to locations, venues, and dates, is expected to be released in the coming months.

In late 2019, J.Lo filmed a romantic comedy, Marry Me, with Owen Wilson. The film is set to release later this year, as is The Godmother, which is currently being produced.

Kylie Jenner Baffled By Stormi Calling Her By First Name: Watch

Nothing grinds parents’ gears more than being called by their first names. It’s ten seen as the ultimate marker disrespect when a child eschews traditional terms endearment to call their creators by their sterile government titles. Kylie Jenner is drawing a prominent line in the sand so her 2-year-old daughter, Stormi Webster, doesn’t get accustomed to that practice. 

On her Instagram Story, Kylie showed little Stormi circling her feet as she repeatedly says “Hi Kylie!” While Stormi was obviously just being adorable and excitedly playing with whatever words have been added to her repertoire, Kylie insisted on correcting her daughter. “That’s not my name. My name’s mommy.” Stormi would not be deterred, though. She kept things on a first-name basis, but how could you be irritated when looking down at that face?

Last weekend, Kylie and Travis Scott threw their daughter what was likely the most extravagant 2nd birthday party in history. Following the “Stormi World” theme – riffing on her daddy’s 2018 album – the event had amusement park rides, a gift shop for custom merch and loads other Stormi memorabilia. While many were impressed and made envious by the scale the festivities, others were disturbed by some the decor choices

The Perfect Gym Playlist

Our Spotify playlist selection continues to grow. With FIRE EMOJIOn the Come Up and R&B SEASON in full swing, we’re debuting a brand new addition that will help soundtrack your fitness routine.

The  first ficial edition the (Get) FitOrDie (Trying) Gym playlist includes artists like Stunna 4 Vegas, Mac Miller, Travis Scott and DaBabby. This playlist series is designed specifically for your workout, but it is not exclusively filled with high-tempo tracks. The 2 hour playlist features energetic songs like Stunna 4 Vegas’ “ON FYE” and Stormzy’s “Audacity” but also feel-good songs like Roddy Ricch‘s “The Box” and Mac Miller’s “Blue Word.”

We start the playlist f with Lil Uzi Vert’s “Futsal Shuffle 2020,” which may be considered an “older” song at this point, but one that continues to grow on us. This hip-hop-dominated mix new and older songs will keep you entertained and stimulated through out your work out, even if you’re not working out for the full two hours.

Finally, we had to put a couple tracks from the new Lil Wayne album, Funeral, sprinkled through out the playlist.

What are your favourite songs for a work out session? Drop them in the comments, we’ll be updating this playlist and sharing it every Monday morning, weekly.

Hit the Follow on Spotify to stay tuned.

Jennifer Lopez, Shakira Weren't Paid for Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show

The NFL has a longstanding tradition of not paying its Superbowl Halftime performers — J.Lo and Shakira were no exception.

It’s the biggest stage on the planet, and it doesn’t pay sh—t.

According to multiple reports and sources this week, the NFL has refused to alter its longstanding policy of not paying Super Bowl performers.  That includes the most recent show by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, who dazzled an audience of more than 100 million last Sunday evening during their Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

The non-payment is hardly a secret.  Back in 2014, the NFL flatly admitted to not paying Halftime artists.  “We’re putting someone up there for twelve-and-a-half minutes in front of the largest audience that any television program garners in the United States,” NFL Director of Programming Lawrence Randall told Time back in 2014.

“It’s a pretty good deal.  It’s the famous win-win for both parties.”

Still, the league has little problem attracting superstars like Maroon 5, Katie Perry, Coldplay, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez.  But those stars aren’t getting completely stiffed: earlier today, Forbes reported that Shakira and Jennifer Lopez performed at Super Bowl LIV in exchange for union-scale pay and the cost of production—a far cry from the sizable rates that they’re accustomed to fetching. 

“It’s a pretty good deal.  It’s the famous win-win for both parties.”

In theory, the digital sales and fan interest generated by Super Bowl Halftime performances are worth just as much — and probably more — for artists than the once-off payments that typically accompany other gigs. 

Though J.Lo and Shakira earn roughly $2 million per tour stop, they can expect a tremendous windfall on the heels of their Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, which was watched by a staggering 103 million people. 

Other recently booked acts, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, have been compensated in the same fashion. Moreover, the popularity boost that follows halftime shows is so valuable that the NFL has reportedly considered charging artists to perform. However, this fee hasn’t yet been instituted, and it seems unlikely that it’ll become the norm anytime soon. 

According to the cited Forbes piece, Justin Timberlake saw a “214% spike in Spotify streams” during the first hour following his 2018 halftime effort. Similarly, halftime acts’ StubHub search volume and concert revenue increase dramatically both immediately and in the long term. 

Shakira, looking to capitalize on her post-performance buzz, recently announced that she’ll be embarking on a worldwide tour in 2021, though locations, venues, and dates, haven’t yet been revealed. 

If the Colombia native’s per-concert earnings grow like Travis Scott’s (which doubled) or even Maroon 5’s (which experienced a $200,000 uptick), she could make many millions of dollars more than she otherwise would have. And while J.Lo hasn’t revealed a world tour, it’s probable that her standard fee for films—and the variety of roles she’s offered—will jump considerably. 

At the time of writing, the NFL, J.Lo, and Shakira hadn’t yet commented.

Justin Bieber and Summer Walker Team Up on ‘Yummy’ Remix

Yummy 2.0.

After teasing the song last week, Justin Bieber debuts the official remix to “Yummy” featuring Summer Walker. The R&B siren adds her sweet and sultry vocals to the seductive track.

“In the AM or PM, you get what you needed from me,” sings Summer. “Sugar honey so sweet / I got that yum yum / I got that yummy.”

“Yummy” was released last month and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Last week, Bieber also dropped “Get Me” with Kehlani, while his new album Changes is due Feb. 14 and is expected to feature collaborations with Travis Scott, Post Malone, and Quavo.

Bieber will return to the road on his “Changes Tour,” which kicks off May 14 in Seattle, with special guests Kehlani and Jaden Smith. You can also catch him performing on “SNL” this weekend with host RuPaul.