Music Publishers Are Rattling TikTok's Cage, ByteDance Says Bring It On

As litigation against Peloton lumbers on, insiders say the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is overextending its budget.

Earlier this week, the NMPA’s hard-fighting CEO, David Israelite, seized on a new enemy: TikTok.  In a letter sent to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Israelite lambasted the ultra-popular app, pointing to egregious copyright violations that need to be addressed.

In a letter to Rubio and other members of U.S. Congress, Israelite noted that “numerous works continue to be used unlawfully as the platform’s popularity grows exponentially,” while concluding that “the scale of TikTok’s copyright infringement in the U.S. is likely considerable and deserves scrutiny.”

“In addition to important censorship concerns, it appears that TikTok has consistently violated U.S. copyright law and the rights of songwriters and music publishers,” the letter continues. “Many videos uploaded to TikTok incorporate musical works that have not been licensed and for which copyright owners are not being paid.”

Rubio was an apt recipient for the letter.

Earlier this month, Rubio called for a , specifically over widespread censorship of content and pro-Chinese political messaging.  Copyright wasn’t Rubio’s first concern, though Israelite was smart to piggyback on Rubio’s potential investigation.

Indeed, the U.S. Government isn’t an adversary ByteDance welcomes.  But when it comes to copyright battles with the likes of the NMPA, TikTok owner ByteDance, valued at more than $78 billion last year, doesn’t seem intimidated.  The company quickly fired back, pointing to existing deals and its ability to exponentially propel careers forward (starting with Lil Nas X).

“TikTok has broad licensing coverage across the music publishing industry covering many thousands of publishers and songwriters and millions of copyrights, and has paid royalties since its inception,” the company stated.  “The platform has spurred the success of artists and songwriters worldwide through its viral meme culture, driving chart hits and building household names. We are proud to engage with and support the music community.”

Subtext: ByteDance is ready for the NMPA’s legal drama, and will readily fight back — just like well-funded Peloton.

But as Peloton’s ferocious legal response — which includes a full-blown countersuit on tortious business interference anti-trust grounds — continues, some NMPA members are growing weary of battle.  A pair of industry sources recently told DMN that ‘smaller’ NMPA members like Downtown Music Publishing, Reservoir Media, and Round Hill Music are “beginning to question the actions of the NMPA,” including its multiple wars involving Peloton, Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Sirius/Pandora.

That includes wars on multiple fronts against all of the mentioned streaming platforms, including battles over streaming mechanical rates, funding levels for the MMA-ordained Mechanical Licensing Collective, and even .

“NMPA doesn’t have the money to fight all the battles,” one large indie publishing executive stated.

All of which makes the NMPA a bit of a paper tiger against behemoths like ByteDance.  That is, unless Israelite can get the U.S. Government to do its bidding.

More as this develops.



#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Dubs Louis C.K. An "Assh*le" For Behavior Following Accusations

The day came and went without much attention, but Tuesday, October 15 marked two years since the #MeToo movement went viral. To commemorate the anniversary, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke sat down with Teen Vogue to talk about the social media movement’s cultural impact, as well as what it has meant for holding people, especially celebrities, accountable.

#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Dubs Louis C.K. An "Assh*le" For Behavior Following Accusations
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The movement resulted in thousands men and women coming forward with their stories ual abuse and harassment. However, famous figures found themselves in the crosshairs Cancel Culture as allegations were being thrown their way left and right. Some admitted to their wrongdoings and asked the public for forgiveness, while others have vehemently denied the accusations against them and denounced the #MeToo movement as a witchhunt.

In her Teen Vogue feature, Tarana touched on the topic accountability, and surprisingly, she praised Aziz Ansari over how he handled the accusations against him. “I have been thinking a lot about Dave Chappelle and Aziz Ansari because they both have these comedy specials, right? And I know Dave Chappelle wasn’t accused anything, whatever, but he decided he was just going to go down this road…But some people are not going to be comfortable with what I’m going to say,” she said, before adding, “Aziz] didn‘t act like it didn’t happen. He talked very clearly about what his year’s been like, and not from a like, ‘Yo, this has been a really messed up year,’ but like, ‘What did I learn? What did I do? How did I try to make this situation, turn this situation around?’ He was humble.”

However, she wasn’t as nice when it came to comedian Louis C.K. who was accused misconduct by multiple women. “It’s not perfect, but at least Aziz] didn’t…I’m just so angry at the folks who kind hide for six months, and then peek their head, like Louis C.K. Louis C.K. is an assh*le…And I’m going to tell you, he was one my favorite comedians, right? I loved his show, I love Louis C.K., but you going to come back and start talking about transphobes, and children getting shot, what are we supposed to do?” 


Jim Jones On Informant Claims: "Real N*ggas Don’t Do Bullsh*t Tarnish People’s Names"

It’s been a wild few weeks for Jim Jones. In the thick Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s kidnapping trial, an audiotape surfaced that allegedly featured Jones calling for the disgraced rapper to be “violated.” Never one to miss out on an opportunity to troll his fellow artists, 50 Cent shared a screenshot a social media post that stated Tekashi’s court documents listed Jones as a federal informant. It suggested that is how Jones was able to avoid jail time after copping to a plea earlier this year in connection to a drug charge.

Although the information was unverified, the rumor went viral after Fif shared it on his Instagram page. “Oh sh*t, so that’s why they ain’t pull him in,” Fif wrote in the caption. “Say it ain’t so jimmy.” When questioned about his alleged link to 6ix9ine’s case or the informant gossip, Jones has kept his opinions to himself, but in a sit down on Monday with his friend Angie Martinez for her radio show, he shared his thoughts before wanting to quickly move on.

“You never know that you was at a circus ’til you figure out that you was lookin’ at a clown,” he said. “When a clown gives out information, everybody laughs. For the most part, everybody knows that I’m a substantial individual. I’ve been doing this for a very long time. People don’t read the facts, they read the Gram. It’s a big difference, you know what I mean? People use the media to do what they do. They blow everything up out proportion, but, as far as my feelings? No, it doesn’t feel right.”

Jones admitted that he was upset when he first caught wind the disparaging meme, but he was able to assess the situation and get ahold his temper. “Of course it took me somewhere else at the moment when I saw it, but then I] calmed down, sat back, laughed at it, looked at the person who was dishin’ it,” he continued. “Thought about it. Thought about tryin’ to be just as facetious as the person was, but then it doesn’t make no sense. I’d be doing the same thing he’s doing and that’s lightweight doing what we don’t like to do. I just leave it alone, but I do say one thing: Where I’m from, real n*ggas don’t do bullsh*t to tarnish people’s name. At all. That’s not honorable. We don’t gotta talk about that too much. If you know me, you know me.” Check out Jones’s interview with Angie below.

Panera Employee Fired For TikTok Exposing How They Make Their Mac & Cheese

By now, you’ve probably seen the viral TikTok a Panera Bread employee “exposing” (as her caption reads) how the fast food chain prepares their macaroni and cheese. The video shows frozen packages the dish being dropped in a vat boiling water before being poured into a bowl. The process is dubbed over with someone cackling uncontrollably, making it seem like Panera has been slyly pulling an evil trick on their customers.

The video has accumulated over six million views and almost a million likes. Surely, this incited a response from the company. Panera spokeswoman, Jessica Hesselschwerdt, told USA TODAY that Panera pre-freezes several menu items “to avoid using certain preservatives that do not meet our clean standards. We want to make sure that if you’re in Massachusetts or California or in any one our 2,100 locations that you get that same awesome experience. This is how we are efficient and how we make it consistent. We want that experience to be great, and that’s the best way to do it.”

The whistleblowing employee also posted another TikTok to defend Panera’s practices, claiming it is very common for fast food chains to freeze food and it doesn’t compromise taste or safety. “There’s not a reason not to eat it,” she said. “Most stores have frozen food … and you’ll still eat it.” Another TikTok showed her crying (or pretending to cry) over the possibility that she would lose her job. 

Despite siding with Panera and pressing that she likes her job, the employee has been fired. She announced this development in a tweet that said, “Lol i lost my job for this.” Panera has not yet commented on her firing, but this decision is likely to be met with criticism too. 

Michael Rapaport Roasts Kevin Durant Following Knicks Comments: Watch

Kevin Durant isn’t even playing this season and Knicks fans are already mad at him. It was bad enough that KD signed with the Brooklyn Nets this fseason but last week, Durant rubbed salt in the wound by saying the Knicks weren’t “cool” anymore. The two-time NBA Champions made these comments while appearing on Hot 97 so, course, the clip blew up and went viral.

Even though Durant has a point, you can’t expect Knicks fans to just roll over and accept such slander. While speaking to TMZ, Michael Rapaport sounded f on KD’s comments and told him to worry about other things as the season gets under way.

“You got a big task in front you — you and your flat-earth friend, Kyrie Irving — don’t worry about the New York Knicks right now,” the comedian said. “You should just be chilling in a hyperbolic chamber getting your blood spun so we can see you back on the court.”

Rapaport went on to say that he hopes to see Durant back on the court soon even if he might be making disparaging comments about the Knicks. With KD and Kyrie on the Nets for the longterm, it’s clear who will be winning the battle New York for years to come.

Reign Disick Flipping Off The Paparazzi Goes Viral: Watch

Is Reign Disick taking after his father? The 4-year old was recently spotted flicking his middle finger at the paparazzi in Armenia. He was leaving the restaurant with the entire Kardashian family. Following Mason Disick, North West, Saint West, and Penelope Disick, Reign finished f the Kardashian train, held by a member the family’s staff, as he was getting into his car, he looked straight into the camera, grinned and raised a middle finger.

The family was apparently in the country for a visit to meet the President, Armen Sarkissian. A lot fans were not pleased with the kid’s move, claiming it was disrespectful. However, can we really blame a 4-year old child for reacting impulsively? It’s common tropes for children to swear behind their parents’ backs — but this is difficult if your family is constantly subjected to the public eye. It is also particularly difficult for children to be surrounded by cameras and snapshots everyday. Everyone thinks being a celebrity is fun, but these kids didn’t choose to be famous, they were born into it.

When the video went viral, people began using the captured image Reign’s grinning with his middle finger up as a meme for jokingly expressing their frustrations with parents, employers, pressors during exam week, or even politicians. Reign Disick became the coolest Kardashian after this move, according to the fans who did not take the action too seriously. Some even suggested to vote for him as the Best Reality TV Star in 2019. 

Woman Charged For Twerking & Doing The Splits Atop Moving Car: Watch

Why would somebody even attempt this? Is there a point in risking your life to impress your social media followers? A Tennessee woman is getting all the wrong kinds attention after she was arrested for disorderly conduct this week. The reason why she got booked though is what’s truly special. Myscellent Shelton-Cox was taken in by the cops because she was spotted on top a moving vehicle twerking and doing the splits

Woman Charged For Twerking & Doing The Splits Atop Moving Car: Watch
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The Tennessee native went viral after a video showing her twerking on top a moving car hit the internet. In the clip, she can be seen having the time her life, grinding up against the ro the Mustang and even hitting the splits a few times. The automobile was moving very slowly so there was not a high chance her injuring herself. However, the fact that she even did this and delayed traffic for everybody travelling behind her is pretty appalling. 

According to TMZ, the 23-year-old spent a few hours in jail before she was bonded out. The police have issued a statement on Shelton-Cox’s behaviour, saying: “The defendant caused undue hazard to other motorists whereby she could have fallen and been struck by other vehicles in the area or her own vehicle.”

Watch the video below.

DaBaby Sues Promoter & Claims He Didn’t Perform Over Lack Of Security

If there’s one person who truly won 2018, it’s DaBaby. He’s been having one hell a run this year with the release  Baby On Baby and his recently dubbed number one album, KIRK. However, his rise to success, especially in the early part the year due to one or two scuffles at venues. DaBaby was hit with a lawsuit after a fight broke out in front a venue he was supposed to perform at but he never made it to the stage. According to TMZ, he countersued the promoters on claims that they didn’t provide proper security.

Nothing To Something Entertainment are now facing allegations breaching their contract with DaBaby. Following the rapper bailing on a show in Lawrence, MA, the company claimed that he pocketed the advance without paying. However, DaBaby said that the venue promised he’d have two security guards at the club but never followed through with the contractual obligation. DaBaby said the fact that he didn’t have security was why he didn’t perform. 

What’s a bit peculiar about the case is that DaBaby security was caught beating the hell out a rapper named Don Trag the night the show in a viral video. Trag has since sued DaBaby but in DaBaby’s suit, he claims his contract with the company requires them to cover the damages. 

Trouble Shoots His Shot With Angela Simmons

After allegedly getting back together, Trouble and Alexis Skyy have left people wondering about their relationship status. No one really knows whether they broke up again, or never got back together in the first place. What we do know is that Trouble tried to shoot his shot on social media with Angela Simmons‘ newest post.

Simmons is looking stunning in her cheetos-inspired outfit, with an additional bag to seal the deal. While she was just chilling and minding her business, out came Trouble. The Atlanta rapper jokingly posted on his story ”I don’t think I ever imagined my face being a bag cheetos until today.”  His boastful comment went viral, and attracted a lot haters considering the actress is known as a reverend’s daughter — the one and only Joseph Simmons, aka reverend Run. 

This is ridiculous considering the fact she is also a lot things, including a mother, a producer, an actress and more. It was no surprise that someone like Trouble would comment on this post– maybe to get her attention.

We know that if him and Alexis were together, she probably wouldn’t have approved this behaviour, so it’s safe to say that the rumours them being together could be put to rest. Do Trouble and Angela have a chance? All we know is that if he really did want to shoot his shot, he would’ve tried sliding into her dm’s, which may or may not have happened at this point. The rapper did, however, get our attention with that post, and possibly Alexis’ and Angela’s.

Cardi B Refuses To Apologize For Recent Rant: "I Said What The F*ck I Say"

For some people, two the most difficult words to say are “I’m sorry.” Everyone knows what it’s like to make a mistake and need to apologize for your actions, but getting around to saying those two words are ten met with resistance. Last week, a clip Cardi B‘s Instagram Live went viral after she cussed out Access Hollywood and accused them manipulating a soundbite to make it seem as though she said she was a bad mother. 

An irate Cardi shouted, “The f*ck?! Then y’all n*ggas gonna use what I said, chop it the f*ck up, chop it up, and try to make me look like I’m some wack ass mom. Get the f*ck out here!” The show later deleted the post about the rapper and as the days progressed, people called for Cardi to apologize for her scathing words.

The Invasion Privacy rapper took to her Instagram Live once again to share a few thoughts about issuing that apology, and to summarize her answer: it’s not going to happen. “I’m not going to motherf*ckin’ apologize for sh*t, because if I said it when I was upset, I said what the f*ck I say,” she stated.

“Everybody say sh*t when they upset…People say all type crazy sh*t, so when I say crazy sh*t, people just want to highlight it because they hate me. They ask every single blogger, ‘Oh my God, can you please talk about how Cardi said, this-this-and-that?’…If you think that it’s wrong, it is what it is, but I ain’t gonna apologize for you.”

Cardi added that in the past when she has apologized for her actions, people continued to throw her mistakes in her face, so she doesn’t see the point. Check out the clip below.

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Man Cancels His Own Family Because They Don’t Have Social Media Followers

If you’ve recently scrolled on Instagram or your social media platform choice you may have come across the viral video a young man named Larz who was a recent guest on The Dr. Phil Show. The clip that’s grabbed the most attention  Larz’s interview with Dr. Phil sees the 20-year-old explain how he’s cut his family f due to the fact that they don’t have enough social media followers. 

“Can anyone tell me what I would talk to my mom about?” Larz responded when asked just why he won’t talk to his mom. “She’s not going to be making me relevant.” Currently, Larz has 27.4K Instagram followers and his YouTube has 7.43K subscribers. Larz made it clear to Dr. Phil and the audience that he believes his family is “irrelevant.”

“None them have followers. If they got followers or got rich I’d probably talk to them again,” he added. Of course, people have taken to Twitter to sound f on the interview with one user writing: “imagine being a registered therapist and counselor and choosing to exploit and fuel Larz’s fake behavior for money and views…. Dr Phil has been a fad since Bhad Bhabie.”

Watch the full clip below.

Shaunie O’Neal Thinks Some "Basketball Wives" Fans Are Too Invested In The Show

As seasons VH1’s hit series Basketball Wives progress, producers find new, inventive ways to continue the reality television drama. However, this season was an explosive one filled with threats both on-screen and in real life, and as the drama bubbled over onto social media, cast members faced various accusations ranging from infidelities to racism. There were DMs that were going viral and petitions for cast members to be fired. Fans were seriously invested in the show and its cast characters, and Shaunie O’Neal thinks everyone needs to chill out.

On the show, cast member Ogom “OG” Chijindu was called “aggressive” by Shaunie because she told the other women that if they crossed her, she had the strength to take them out. Shaunie was also labeled a “colorist” along with Evelyn Lozada because OG has a darker complexion. Madame Noire reports that Shaunie took to her Instagram Live to clear things up by saying, “You guys always say, ‘You don’t say anything to Evelyn.’ The thing about Evelyn and I, we have been friends for…Jesus, about 15 years.”

“I’m able to, I literally talk to her in some capacity every single day, whether it’s text or phone call,” Shaunie continued, revealing that the exchanges that are filmed aren’t “super real conversations” because “when I have something to say to her, most times it’s not on camera because we talk all the damn time. So, you know, you guys say I don’t hold her accountable, yes the hell I do. I do. We talk about everything. When she did her thing in Costa Rica, literally, and she could tell you this, I told her, ‘You’re buggin’, that was too much.’ I told her she was going to want to go on vacation when that airs because she’s going to be mad at herself.”

“Now, you know, it is what it is and it’s just entertainment guys,” she added. “Don’t get so invested. You’re getting all about three percent our real lives. Trust me.” Shaunie said that everyone’s an adult and is responsible for their own actions. Plus, it’s just a television show. Meanwhile, Evelyn is suing OG for defamation and emotional distress, citing that OG calling her a racist has caused her to lose endorsement deals. Watch a clip the much talked about controversial vacation blowup below.

"Joker" Breaks October Box-Office Records With $93.5 Million Debut

According to Variety, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Pheonix’s Joker has set the record for the highest-earning October box-fice release all time with $93.5 million at 4,374 sites. The previous record-holder was last year’s Venom with $80 million.

The film’s success comes despite viral controversy and security concerns. Many critics and members the news media have expressed concerns that the film glorifies violence to such an extent that moviegoers may be in danger at theaters playing Joker. One Los Angeles theater canceled its screenings the film after police reported a “credible” threat. Across the country in NYC, the NYPD reportedly placed undercover ficers in theaters across the city. It seems that all the drama did not deter fans. 

With regard to the international box-fice, Joker raked in $140.5 million from 22,552 screens in 73 markets. That brings the total worldwide opening weekend to $234 million.

This is now ficially the biggest movie for Todd Philips, having now surpassed 2011’s The Hangover 2, which hauled in a massive $85.9 million. 

Universal’s “Abominable,” Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey,” STX’s “Hustlers,” and Warner Bros.’ “It: Chapter Two,” round out the top five box-fice earners for the weekend.

Instagram Gallery: Doja Cat’s Most Eccentric Looks

Completely unbothered by the industry executives who push for packaged style and sound, Doja Cat wears her eccentricity like a badge honor. Proving to the world that she knows what she’s doing, the 23-year-old Los Angeles native achieved viral superstardom with her f-the-cuff 2018 hit “Mooo!” Inspired by a cow print tour outfit, Doja went on to cut out a niche for herself in the mainstream with bars like “Got milk bitch? Got beef?/Got steak ho? Got cheese?/Grade A ho, not lean/Got me A1, sauce please” paired with a delightfully quirky visual that fully cemented her status as an internet darling. 

In line with her willingness to explore blithe subject matter ten shunned by other female emcees committed to hard-cut lyricism, Doja Cat’s style strays heavily from the Fashion Nova fits currently dominating social media feeds. Often linking her style choices with lyrical inspiration, Doja keeps her colorful influences both varied and unique. “I pull a lot my style from Harajuku street fashion and nineties, early two-thousand’s fashion,” Doja explains. “I love wearing my surreal and sparkly shit, but I kind change a lot… I can be a goth one day, but the next day I am covered with flowers. The Japanese culture is basically one the main inspirations, so that might explain a lot my outfits.”

For a roundup Doja Cat’s most inimitable fits that she’s flexed on Instagram to the delight her nearly 2 million followers, check out the gallery below. 

Instagram Gallery: Doja Cat's Most Eccentric Looks

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No outfit is complete without a Doja Cat-approved headpiece. 


Nothing but feathers on feathers for the BET Awards. 


Who said Trolls were strictly for kids?


It’s easy to drop bars like “Bitch, I’m a cow/I’m not a cat/I don’t say meow/Bitch, I’m a cow” in this fit.


Doja’s Harajuku street fashion influence is on fill display with this all-white ensemble.


Forget fanny packs because according to Doja, ski masks are the new on-trend look.


“Idk what to call this. Help me out. Roast me. Idgaf,” writes Doja alongside a snap her flexing in an all-neon ensemble. 


Flashing underboob on Instagram is nothing new, but Doja makes the style all her own with some well-placed thigh cutouts. 


Unlike other celebrities, Doja rocks her Coachella-ready festival style year-round.  


True to her name, Doja Cat chooses kitty-themed T-shirts over designer duds. 

Post Malone Performs Awesome Rendition Of Sublime’s “Santeria”: Watch

Post Malone went viral this week for his live rendition Sublime’s hit song “Santeria.” The Hollywood’s Bleeding rapper was in Detroit, Michigan for the latest stop in his Runaway Tour when he decided to stop at the Axis Lounge inside the MGM Grand and have some fun with a local band.

In footage that surfaced online, Posty jumps on stage with local band Collison Six, and performs a cool rendition Sublime’s 1997 hit. It’s unclear if Malone planned on jumping on stage to do the song if he just felt the vibe and energy at the moment, but either way magic ensued. Fans were loving the impromptu performance, while the guitarist did so as well as he stood filming Posty right next to him on stage.

This isn’t the first time that Post Malone has done a “Santeria” cover though. Just back over the Summer, the Houston artist performed the song with members from the actual band for his Bud Light party. Peep that here and check out this week’s impromptu performance (below).