YouTube Music App Can Now Displays Lyrics on iOS and Android

YouTube Music now displays lyrics to listeners on the iOS and Android apps.

Users can tap the “i” button while a song is playing to see the lyrics. YouTube Music finally joins the ranks of Apple Music and Spotify, showcasing lyrics to listeners. The only downside – all lyrics are static, you have to scroll through manually.

While YouTube Music lyrics are available for some songs, not all songs have the option.

LyricFind is still the main partner for powering YouTube Music’s lyrics – despite being caught stealing lyrics from Genius. That revelation ended up with Genius suing Google over the stolen lyrics.
Apple made its Genius partnership official last year – complete with original content.

Recent albums like Childish Gambino’s 3.15.20 and Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony are missing lyrics. YouTube says they receive lyrics daily from LyricFind, but there’s no timeframe for when a song will get its lyrics.

This new feature is only available in the YouTube Music mobile app – not the web player.

Sorry, desktop listeners. YouTube says the feature will come to the web player “soon.” YouTube seems to be prioritizing those who use the mobile app. Just recently, YouTube Music finally got a long-awaited feature – the ability to . Many Google Play Music users have been hesitant to switch, thanks to YouTube Music’s lack of features.

YouTube Music supports FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, and WMA files and metadata. One neat feature, YouTube Music removes duplicates from your library automatically. Despite the ability to upload files to YouTube Music, there is still no ability to migrate Play Music libraries easily.

GPM users are being told to “stay tuned” for a way to transfer music between the two seamlessly. The music upload feature also seems to be a selective rollout – some accounts have it, and some don’t.

Cardi B Calls For "Tiger King" Joe Exotic’s Freedom

It seems like everyone has been tuning into Netflix’s Tiger King this week. Viewers have been hashing out their thoughts surrounding the incarcerated Joe Exotic ever since Netflix debuted the docuseries recently. Joe Exotic’s found some pretty famous supporters, as well, including Cardi B.

Seeing as how she’s been practicing social distancing, Cardi B has clearly had some time to dive into Netflix. Though she admitted on Thursday that she was lost in the second episode because she was having , she clearly caught up on all the details. “Carol you think you slick bitch,” she wrote on Twitter. She later retweeted a fan meme that read, “Carole Baskins fed her husband to the tigers.” That’s been a running theory throughout the series that Carole has denied. 

Exotic is currently locked up for allegedly trying to set up the murder Carole Baskin, who serves as the onscreen antagonist in the series. However, Cardi pledged to free the man. She even went as far as vowing to launch a GoFundMe in his honor. “Bout to start a gundme account for Joe .He shall be free,” she wrote. Chances are she’s joking, though, but she clearly got invested in the series. 

Joe Exotic has filed a $94M lawsuit against the federal government claiming that they’ve discriminated against and conspired against him to have him locked up. 

Ari Lennox Taps Doja Cat for ‘BMO’ Remix

Nearly one year after releasing her debut album Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox follows it up with her remix EP.

The Dreamville songstress, who celebrated her 29th birthday on Thursday, calls on Doja Cat for the remix to “BMO,” which served as the third single from Shea Butter Baby. The “Juicy” rapper breaks off a punchline-filled verse over the slapping track.

“Break me off / Actin’ like a Kit Kat, taste it all / Like it when you turn yo ringer off / And turn me on and take it off,” raps a sassy Doja.

Lennox’s three-track EP also includes a remix to “I Been” with Smino and “Facetime” featuring singer Durand Bernarr, with production from J. Cole, Craig Brockman, Omen, Ron Gilmore, and Elite.

Carmelo Anthony & Dwyane Wade Reflect On Favorite Kobe Stories

Kobe Bryant is consistently talked about in the same breathe as infamous basketball stars like Michael Jordan and LeBron James. In the eyes many, Kobe is one the greatest basketball players all time and unfortunately, he was taken from us way too soon. Ever since his tragic passing back in January, NBA players have been reminiscing about Kobe and all the amazing memories he was able to provide his fans.

Yesterday, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony hopped on IG live where they gave some insight into their love the Lakers legend. At one point, Melo told a story about the time he had to play against Bryant as a member the Denver Nuggets. In the clip below, Melo says that Kobe refused to guard him until the fourth quarter and it led to a pretty entertaining battle.

“So, the game goes on and the fourth quarter comes. I mean he’s getting every call, he’s foulin’, they not callin’ shit. And he’s like, ‘I told you … Let’s go, let’s give the world what they want to see,” Anthony said. “He’s foulin’ me, grabbin’ me; he come down, I foul him hard … we just talkin’ trash. I had my braids done. The most disrespectful thing you can do is touch someone’s braids … He hit the bottom my braids, like ‘Calm down, little bro.’ He little-bro’d me. He sonned me!”

Melo’s play eventually earned Kobe’s respect and the two had been friends since that incident. Wade couldn’t help but laugh as they both came to the conclusion that Kobe was one the best to ever do it.

Toilet Licker Tells Dr. Phil She Doesn’t Care If People Die From Coronavirus

A shameless TikTok user by the name Ava Louise told Dr. Phil in a video call interview that licking an airplane toilet seat and putting others at risk contracting coronavirus was all worth it as long as she’s getting attention. If you were hoping to feel dumbstruck beyond belief today, you’re in luck. Yet another TikTok user who is definitely not the brightest mind has reached viral fame for licking a toilet seat on camera, as part the “Coronavirus Challenge” on the app. 21-year-old Ava is making the most her infuriating newfound fame by (virtually) sitting down with Dr. Phil for an interview about why on earth she would ever do what she did, and she’s blown us all away by making us despise her even more than we did before. Who knew that was even possible?

The self-proclaimed “clout-chaser” admits that the toilet was on her sugar daddy’s private plane and that she’d bleached it beforehand, exposing herself for intentionally tricking the public into thinking she was purposely putting herself and others at risk catching coronavirus. Despite these alternative circumstances, the heated debate moves forward, and among the many gems that came out their exchange, Ava confesses that she “was really annoyed that coronavirus was getting more publicity than me.”

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The interview becomes particularly tense, as Dr. Phil attempts to make sense the pure ignorance spewing from Ava’s mouth. As one the many college students that flocked to Florida for spring break despite the global pandemic, Ava claims that young people “can’t” get coronavirus, and that none her fellow spring breakers have contracted it. She also says that “old people” are actually the selfish ones for trying to limit the freedom young people, since older people are “the ones who could die.” When Dr. Phil asks Ava, “if you infect one person that loses their life, is it worth it for you to have this attention?” she says yes, then proceeds to threaten to “pull up and cough on” Dr. Phil himself. He tells Ava that she has a “spoiled and entitled attitude” and asks viewers to “completely disregard everything she’s] saying.” That’s probably some good advice. Watch the full interview in the clips below and try not to lose your mind.

Wiz Khalifa and Tyga Get High in ‘Contact’ Video

Wiz Khalifa keeps the feel-good vibes coming.

Just days after debuting his new single, the Taylor Gang boss gets high—literally—in the vibrant video for “Contact” featuring Tyga. Rocking their spring-ready fits, the two float through the sky in a hot air balloon in the colorful clip, directed by Damien Sandoval. They are also joined by some female friends during their sky-high adventure.

“Kush strong, catch a contact,” they rap over the Ronnie J and CuBeatz production.

Wiz is now readying a new album, his first since 2018’s Rolling Papers 2, and recently dropped his Mustard-produced track “Bammer.” In between making TikTok videos with Chris Brown, Tyga teamed up with Megan Thee Stallion on his new single “Freak.”

Scarface Reveals Coronavirus Diagnosis

Scarface is the latest rapper to test positive for coronavirus.

The Houston rap legend revealed on Wednesday evening that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19. During an interview with his Geto Boys bandmate Willie D., Scarface explained that it started out with an “itch in his throat” before he experienced a fever. Things quickly escalated and he was taken to the emergency room and put on antibiotics.

“It started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs and three or four days later my kidneys failed,” said the 49-year-old rapper.

He has also experienced vomiting and shortness of breath and has been quarantined. “This whole three weeks has been an ordeal. It’s the craziest shit I’ve ever done and seen in my life,” he said. “I’ve been to the point where I felt I was gonna die, bro.”

He had been quarantined in his house prior to the diagnosis. “I haven’t been nowhere. I’ve been in my house,” he said.

Scarface also shut down conspiracy theories that celebrities are being paid to say they have the virus. “People are thinking that shit is a game. You don’t want to play with this,” he warned.

Earlier this week, another Houston rapper, Slim Thug, revealed that he had coronavirus. He hasn’t experienced as serious symptoms as Scarface, but cautioned others to stay safe. “I feel like I’m good, but y’all better take it serious. It’s real out here,” he said.

Other celebrities have also been diagnosed with COVID-19 including Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, and Prince Charles.

Megan Thee Stallion Compares Herself To Tupac: "He’s Very Dominant"

She’s recently shared her latest EP Suga with the world, and now Megan Thee Stallion is breaking down her lyrics. The Houston rapper recently sat down with Genius for their Verified series as she analyzed the bars to her hit song “B.I.T.C.H.” The Suga track samples Tupac Shakur’s classic song “Ratha Be Ya N*gga,” and Megan Thee Stallion explained why she decided to borrow from the late rapper’s hit.

Megan Thee Stallion Compares Herself To Tupac: "He's Very Dominant"
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“I super love Tupac. N.I.G.G.A. is like on my playlist, so, I’m just listening to it and I’m like, Hell nah. This would sound good if a girl really flipped it,” she said. “I really like the way Tupac speaks. Like, his cadence. His flow. He’s just very dominant. He just give big talk energy and I just feel like I do the same. When he talkin’, he just really be talkin’ that sh*t that I like. I feel like when my Hotties listenin’ to me, that’s how they feel.”

Although her “B.I.T.C.H” lyrics make it sound as if Megan is the type person to fight another woman over a man, the rapper said she’s never done that in her life. She also mentioned that she has had men come into her life who have attempted to tell her how to act. Of course, the rapper didn’t name names, but she said someone tried putting their foot down and telling her she couldn’t twerk on her fans during her live show—and she wasn’t having any that. Check out Megan Thee Stallion chop it up with Genius for Verified below.

Megan Thee Stallion Compares Herself To Tupac: "He’s Very Dominate"

She’s recently shared her latest EP Suga with the world, and now Megan Thee Stallion is breaking down her lyrics. The Houston rapper recently sat down with Genius for their Verified series as she analyzed the bars to her hit song “B.I.T.C.H.” The Suga track samples Tupac Shakur’s classic song “Ratha Be Ya N*gga,” and Megan Thee Stallion explained why she decided to borrow from the late rapper’s hit.

Megan Thee Stallion Compares Herself To Tupac: "He's Very Dominate"
Marcus Ingram / Stringer / Getty s

“I super love Tupac. N.I.G.G.A. is like on my playlist, so, I’m just listening to it and I’m like, Hell nah. This would sound good if a girl really flipped it,” she said. “I really like the way Tupac speaks. Like, his cadence. His flow. He’s just very dominate. He just give big talk energy and I just feel like I do the same. When he talkin’, he just really be talkin’ that sh*t that I like. I feel like when my Hotties listenin’ to me, that’s how they feel.”

Although her “B.I.T.C.H” lyrics make it sound as if Megan is the type person to fight another woman over a man, the rapper said she’s never done that in her life. She also mentioned that she has had men come into her life who have attempted to tell her how to act. Of course, the rapper didn’t name names, but she said someone tried putting their foot down and telling her she couldn’t twerk on her fans during her live show—and she wasn’t having any that. Check out Megan Thee Stallion chop it up with Genius for Verified below.

FDIC Plans to Increase Deposit Protection Beyond $250,000 — Sources

In a move designed to calm American account holders and prevent a run on the banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is now preparing serious modifications to its protection levels and guarantees for failed banks.

The implications of the added FDIC protections would go far beyond the music industry, and are designed to calm a panicky public and small business community.  According to information shared with Digital Music News earlier today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC — which was created during the Great Depression in 1933 — is now planning to increase its protection levels and guarantees against monies held in failed banks.

According to one source, the FDIC is planning “to basically go back to what they did in 2008.”  During that period, the FDIC increased account protections from $100,000 to $250,000 for a temporary period; eventually, the $250,000 protection level became standard.  Now, that level is expected to greatly surpass the $250,000 protection mark, though it’s unclear how much the increase will be.  It’s also unclear what additional protections and safeguards are being considered.

Another source tied into the banking sector said to expect a “drastic increase” designed to calm any run on the banks and banking jitters.  It was also noted that one possibility would be a no-limit protection plan, at least temporarily.  In most cases, the FDIC can replenish funds lost from a failed FDIC-insured bank within days — and even surpass the $250,000 threshold once banking assets are sold or recovered.

Earlier this week, FDIC chairwoman Jelena McWilliams issued a PSA urging people not to pull money out of their banks.

But according to our sources within the banking sector, that’s exactly what’s starting to happen, as panicked account holders remove large amounts of cash.  That’s causing a number of issues, as banks grapple with lower reserves and cash liquidity is getting impacted.

“Your money is safe at the banks,” a calm-and-confident McWilliams stated against a relaxing piano music background track.  “The last thing you should be doing is pulling your money out of the banks now, thinking your money is going to be safer someplace else.   You don’t want to be walking around with large wads of cash, and you certainly don’t want to be hoarding cash in your mattress.  It didn’t pan out for so many people.”

McWilliams also carried her assuring tone in an address given today to the Financial Stability Oversight Council.  But so far, the specifics of any FDIC modifications remain vague.  “The FDIC is working closely with the other financial regulators to provide necessary flexibility to both banks and their customers in these challenging times,” McWilliams stated. “We have taken several regulatory actions to provide banks with more flexibility to deploy capital to the broader economy.”

The FDIC has not yet responded to an inquiry concerning the potential increases.  More as this develops.

 

Scarface Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Brad Terrence Jordan, better known as the rapper Scarface, has ficially tested positive for the coronavirus. The news was revealed during a live stream between Face and his Geto Boys partner Willie D, who appeared visibly shaken by the unfortunate news. Scarface came through to provide an update about his experience dealing with the virus, claiming that his past three weeks have been an “ordeal,” an understatement to be sure. 

Scarface Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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“It’s the craziest shit I’ve ever done and seen in my life,” explains Scarface. “I’ve been to the point where I thought I was going to die, bro. I threw up so much until it was just hot sauce. Like your gas and acids don’t sit in your stomach. I didn’t have no food in my stomach, it was coming up like bile, bro. I couldn’t breathe well. I was Hazmat, homie.”

“I got to feeling really really really bad,” he continues. “It started f with pneumonia in both my lungs. Three-four days later my kidneys failed. Three or four days after that they told me I can’t move, I’m quarantined. I gotta wait until it subsides so I can wait and see what goes on with my kidneys now.”

Scarface also confirms that he’s been staying away from his family, with Willie joking that his house is big enough to make that an easy feat. Through the laughter comes a hard reality. “I’m saying Will, it’s a cold thing big homie,” says Face. “Let me save your life man. Don’t play no games man. I woke up Sunday morning, I had an itch in my throat. I called my doctor, he got me a z-pack and some Prednisone. Come Thursday, my fever kicks in like bam. One hundred one, one hundred two. Fever going up out the ro. Friday, Saturday, Sunday I go to the ER. I get in there, freezing to death. They stick these needles in my arm and start running me IVs.” 

Check out Scarface’s emotional talk with Willie D below, and send the legendary rapper your thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes. 

Kehlani Gets Racy in ‘Toxic’ Home Video

Kehlani is not letting quarantine contain her creativity.

While the pandemic has prevented her from shooting a music video, Kehlani is taking matters into her own hands. With the help of some red wine, she shot a video for her new single “Toxic,” which she directed and edited in her bedroom in an hour.

The racy clip finds the R&B siren putting on her own internet peep show. She switches outfits while smoking and twerking in front of her webcam in the grainy footage. “And that damn Don Julio made me a fool for you,” sings Lani while throwing it back.

“TOXIC (QUARANTINE STYLE) OUT ON YOUTUBE NOW. CREATED DIRECTED EDITED BY ME IN MY ROOM IN AN HOUR THANK U RED WINE,” said Kehlani, who gave herself the director name Hyphy Williams.

Despite her breakup with YG, Kehlani maintains that the song is not about her ex. The singer recently delayed the release of her sophomore album due to the coronavirus. “to be transparent i HAD a release date. we’re unable to complete any of our plans or move forward with the album at the moment due to the pandemic,” she told her fans.

Watch Kehlani’s y home video below.

Doja Cat Reveals Her Freakiest Fetish

If you’ve listened to Doja Cat‘s latest studio album Hot Pink, you know that she has a freaky side. The Los Angeles singer/songwriter is in the midst her greatest career surge yet, hitting her stride on social media and putting the rap game on notice. The multi-talented artist decided to expand her horizons, joining Cosmopolitan for a new segment where she paints a nude model and reveals some the freakiest things about herself.

The “Say So” songstress was admittedly flustered when she walked in on a nude male model sitting in the center the room. “Hi, I’m horny,” says the rapper to introduce herself, laughing embarrassingly to herself. She goes on to have a cringe-worthy, flirtatious conversion with the model as she paints him in his birthday suit, divulging some details about her own intimate nature.

Doja Cat Reveals Her Freakiest Fetish
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When asked about her freaky side, Doja Cat said that she has a pretty peculiar kink that she’s never revealed before.

“The whole world is about to know,” says Doja Cat, mentally preparing herself to part with such private information. “The freakiest thing about me is I like to be stepped on. It’s not a foot thing. It’s like a power thing. I also do have a shoe fetish.”

Doja Cat goes on to specify that she enjoys getting her face stepped on.

We’ve all got something weird to us so you can’t really judge the rapper for being honest. Watch the video below.

How to Master Opera Singing Technique

While opera is regarded by some as a dying art, a talented crop of new singers and producers continue to rise through the ranks.

With new stars emerging, and established heavyweights continuing to dominate, opera is far from finished. However, for a new or aspiring opera singer, it can be difficult to know how best to hone the craft.

Read on as we look at some of the most important things when entering the field of opera singing.

The Basics

If you wanted to learn how to play the guitar or operate a DJ controller, rest assured that YouTube would be only too glad to provide you with ample learning material.  Unfortunately, however, opera singing is something of a niche skill. Therefore, it can be difficult to find even basic information on this subject.

That said, two skills are proposed as the basic necessities of opera singing for beginners. These are , and singing at a high pitch.  While there are many other competencies involved in being an elite opera singer, these two skills are the basis for your new craft.

Luckily, you can practice them at home without relying on much extra equipment. Just make sure not to keep the neighbors awake!

Your Voice

One of the most important considerations for new opera singers is their voice. Specifically, you’ll need to learn how to maintain it.

The first key here is to practice properly. Opera singers need to be able to hit demanding notes in quick succession and to do this for hours on end. You will need to build the ability to do this slowly. Schedule longer and longer practice sessions over time, gradually increasing your endurance.

As well as practice, there are diet and lifestyle factors to consider.  Eat well, and avoid foods that specifically inhibit singing capacity. These include carbonated drinks and chocolate. And never smoke!

Language

While composers like Michael Ching write in English, opera is predominantly sung in other languages. In order to become a proficient opera singer, you’ll need to develop skills in a couple of them. This doesn’t mean that you need to be able to converse with locals. However, pronunciation is very important.  The most important languages in opera are Italian, French, and Russian.

Your Instructor

You may be tempted to teach opera singing to yourself. However, you’re unlikely to become really good unless you enlist the help of a good coach. A talented instructor will completely change your approach. You’re looking for someone that can point out the key issues in your performance after listening to you for mere minutes.

Every instructor is different, as is every singer. Make sure to pick one that will suit your needs and skills as a performer.

Opera Singing: Do You Think You’re Up to the Challenge?

As you probably already know, opera singing may not be a picnic for everyone. It is difficult to master. Not only that, but the competitive market makes it difficult for even real talent to shine. However, with the advice above, you have a good starting point for your opera singing exploits.

If becoming an opera singer is your dream, don’t let anything stand in your way. Put your knowledge into practice and realize your goals!

Are You Eligible for the MusiCares Relief Fund? Here's How To Apply

Musicians are facing unprecedented times of uncertainty amid the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s how to apply for help.

The Recording Academy has established MusiCares, a COVID-19 relief fund for creatives. For those who have lost work due to and event closures, this could be a crucial lifeline.

Applying for assistance for the MusiCares relief fund requires a few basic requirements. Music industry professionals can apply for rent or mortgage assistance up to $1,000 for canceled work that was scheduled and lost.

MusiCares says it will re-evaluate grant amounts available if they receive more funding. Major streaming services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora, and TIDAL are on board for .

To start the process, you’ll need a completed . That includes proof of any cancellations and bookings and a copy of your lease or mortgage agreement.

Applicants need to qualify for one of three requirements to be eligible for MusiCares grants.

  • At least three years of employment history in the music industry
  • Six commercially released recordings
  • Six commercially or promotionally released music videos

Other details needed for the application include:

  • Detailed music industry background documents
  • A biography, resume, or discography
  • Documentation of loss of income
  • Copy of your lease or mortgage statement

MusiCares is only available for musicians and artists who live and work in the United States. Additional coronavirus relief funds are being established all across the United States. Here is just a small selection benefiting artists, musicians, and creatives.

Coronavirus Relief Funds

Rapid Response – Racism Is A Virus Too
This organization is geared towards working with Asian American communities in response to hate crimes because of COVID-19 biases.

Disabled Creator and Activist Pandemic Relief
This fund is aimed at giving disabled creators and artists assistance for lost funding. Volunteers are currently gathering information.

Foundation of Contemporary Arts Artist Relief Fund
This fund is available to U.S.-based artists who are experiencing hard times because of the outbreak. Anyone who has experienced cancellations or postponement is eligible to apply for assistance funding.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Any musician or music industry professional who has lost more than 50% of their income can apply to this fund. The founder of this fund also recently petitioned Spotify to by three times, permanently.

Musicians Foundation Fund
Musicians in the United States who have been active for at least five years are eligible for a microgrant. The fund asks for paperwork proving that most income comes from work as a musician.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Craft artists who are based in the United States are eligible for relief funds from this foundation. Craft-making must be a primary income for at least three years.

PEN American Writer’s Emergency Fund
Professional writers and editors who are facing hardship from the coronavirus outbreak can seek additional funding here.

DMN knows of at least one German performance rights organization that has established a relief fund. GEMA launched a for its songwriters during the pandemic.