Apple Officially Retires Music Memos App – No Longer Available on App Store

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Apple has officially retired its Music Memos app, a useful music creation tool for musicians.

Users who installed the app prior to March 2 can still use it and re-download it. But the Music Memos app is no longer available from the App Store. That means anyone who didn’t use it before it was discontinued no longer has access to this useful music creation tool on iOS.

Apple announced in December that it would be discontinuing the Music Memos tool.

The company advised users to export their Music Memos by March 1 to the Voice Memos library. The app originally launched in January 2016. It could analyze rhythm and chords from acoustic guitar and piano recordings.

Music Memos then added drums and a bass line for a virtual band that could be customized. While Music Memos is a useful on-the-go music creation app, it didn’t receive very many updates.

Apple says users should use the Voice Memos app and export the recording to Garage Band for further editing. While that process is available, it’s not the same as having it all wrapped into one app experience. Already some musicians who depended on the app for capturing their ideas are miffed.

“Music Memos was the go-to app for quick recording ideas, as most of the time inspiration strikes in weird places, rarely in front of my console,” one musician writes. “[It was a] cool feature to get auto drums and bass for a quick feel.”

It’s a shame that Apple couldn’t roll these features into the Voice Memos app. That one has proved more popular among iOS users. Exporting Music Memos requires an iPhone with iOS 14 or an iPad with iPadOS 14. Exported content from the app appears in the Voice Memos folder, entitled “Music Memos.”

Anyone who has used the app can continue to use and download it for now. But new music composers will have to record their ideas and export them to GarageBand to create their virtual backing. Capturing ideas on the go isn’t conducive to having a laptop or iPad with GarageBand on hand all the time.

I wouldn’t depend on the app being available forever, even if you downloaded it. Apple’s official support documents recommend current users export their Music Memos today. “You should export your Music Memos recordings to your Voice Memos library to make sure you keep all of your recordings,” the document reads.

NFT Artwork Blowing Up in the Music Industry – Grimes, Steve Aoki, & More Make Millions Selling Digital Artwork

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Digital artwork and audio distributed as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are taking over the music industry.

The technology is still in its nascent stages of experimental use cases. But the technology could change how music is monetized in the future. Let’s look at how some artists embrace music NFTs to change how they get paid.

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda sold a digital piece of art for $30,000 via NFT. He explained why he embraced the technology on Twitter. “Even if I upload the full version of the contained song to DSPs worldwide (which I can still do), I would never even get close to $10k, after fees by DSPs, label, marketing, etc.”

NFTs are taking off because they are an easy way for artists to recoup income lost from the pandemic. After the COVID-19 pandemic, artists are left struggling to find alternatives to live tours. Live streaming, fan clubs, ticketed virtual meets, online Master Class courses are all avenues for new income.

NFTs are a new exclusive way to prove ownership of artist official merch, where the artist continues to earn residual sales each time the artwork or music changes hands.

Shinoda argues that the more popular a song or artwork associated with the NFT becomes, the more valuable the ‘original’ piece becomes. So which artists are embracing NFTs?Daft Punk

Daft Punk issued several collectible NFTs on the Rarible platform before announcing their split up. They sent these valuable NFTs to several celebrities registered on the platform. So far, only Lindsay Lohan has decided to cash-in by selling her Daft Punk NFT for $15,000.

Grimes

Grimes is embracing the music NFTs future with her alter-ego, War Nymph. War Nymph is the digital avatar she created for herself after her fifth album dropped, Miss Anthropocene. Grimes held her NFT auction on the Nifty Gateway platform, owned by the Winklevoss twins.

Grimes sold nine pieces this weekend on the platform. Seven of the nine were limited editions, while two were “open editions.” The two open editions allowed anyone to purchase the artwork and ‘mint’ an original copy. A tenth piece sold on Monday for $388,938. The secondary market for these music NFTs is huge. Some of the Grimes pieces sold over the weekend are already being resold for $2.5 million.

3LAU

Electronic music producer 3lau broke music NFT sales records over the weekend. He sold 33 unique NFTs for a total haul of $11,684,101. 3LAU built a custom website for auctioning the NFTs. One included a platinum-plated vinyl record, which is redeemable for a custom song by 3LAU. It also included access to unreleased music and a bonus physical vinyl to commemorate the purchase.

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki is joining Grimes on the NiftyGateway platform for his music NFTs auction. Aoki has teamed up with visual artist Antoni Tudisco to create unique artwork. Aoki says several different packs will be available when the NFT collection drops on March 7.

Spotify Will Overtake Apple in Podcast Listeners This Year – Analysts Say

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Analysts’ stats predict Spotify podcast listeners will surpass Apple this year. Here’s a peek at the data.

Spotify spent much of the last two years acquiring various podcasting properties. From snapping up Gimlet Media and hosts like Anchor, it appears that investment is starting to take fruit. Analysts’ models predict that Apple will surpass Apple in monthly podcast listeners in the United States.

Spotify Podcasts overtook Apple Podcasts already in the rest of the world. Europe, India, and South America all greatly prefer to listen to podcast content via Spotify. But Apple Podcasts has reigned supreme in the United States, where the iPhone enjoys considerable market share.

Analysis from the two apps by eMarketer predicts Spotify’s monthly podcast listeners will reach 28.2 million this year. It will beat out Apple’s monthly podcast listeners at just 28 million for the first time in the US. Apple has been growing its podcast strategy, but not as the same clip as Spotify over the last two years.

Analysts predict the Spotify monthly podcast listeners’ stats will continue to surpass Apple into 2023.

Official numbers show analysts believe Spotify’s podcasting efforts could reach 37.5 million monthly listeners by 2023. That’s in contrast to Apple’s monthly listeners at just 28.8 million in the same period. Apple’s share of the podcast market has dropped significantly in the last five years.

In 2018, Apple Podcasts held a 34% share of US podcast listeners. That number has dropped to only 23.8% share in 2021.

Spotify’s mixture of music and podcasts has introduced many new people to spoken word content. It’s a strategy that has paid off in the short-term, but it creates an awkward user experience for music-only listeners. eMarketer’s Peter Vahle says Apple will have to play catch-up to surpass Spotify now.

“Apple was the de facto destination for podcasts for a long time, but in recent years, it has not kept up with Spotify’s pace of investment and innovation in podcast content and technology,” Vahle told Digital Music News. “Spotify’s investments have empowered podcast creators and advertisers through its proprietary hosting, creation, and monetization tools.”

Podcast advertising in 2021 will surpass $1 billion and is expected to reach $2 billion by 2024. Apple is in talks to launch a podcasting subscription service as part of its Apple bundle. We’ve also covered the same rumor on the Spotify side of things. Right now, Spotify podcasts still contain ads for Premium listeners which has rightfully miffed many people who pay for an ad-free experience.

SoundCloud Introduces ‘Fan-Powered-Royalties’ — Direct Artist Royalty Payments Based on Actual Fan Engagement

SoundCloud has officially introduced “fan-powered royalties,” or direct-to-artist payments based upon actual user engagement.

Berlin-headquartered SoundCloud formally unveiled its (previously rumored) “industry-first” royalty pivot today, in a general release that was shared with Digital Music News. According to this announcement message, the new system provides a “more equitable and transparent way for emerging and independent artists to earn money” from streaming and “levels the playing field for independent artists by tying payouts to fandom.

“With this move, each listener’s subscription or advertising revenue is distributed among the artists that they listen to, rather than their plays being pooled – benefiting rising independent artists with loyal fans,” continues SoundCloud’s release.

Spotify and most other leading streaming services solely utilize the “pool” method when distributing royalties, and the arrangement is beneficial chiefly for ultra-popular artists who rack up many millions of streams per month.

Moreover, in spite of the Stockholm-based platform’s continued subscriber growth – Spotify reported a 24 percent YoY paid-user boost in its Q4 2020 earnings report – a massive influx of new creators and content has caused the per-stream royalty rate to decline in recent years. (About eight million creators currently utilize Spotify, and CEO Daniel Ek is hopeful that the number will hike to a whopping 50 million by 2025.)

To be sure, Spotify reportedly pays between $.003 and $.005 per stream – meaning, even at the high end, that most artists earn $5,000 for every one million plays. Streaming royalty rates remain a topic of much debate (and criticism) today, and compensating artists based upon actual fan interest, as a portion of monthly subscription fees or advert income, could bring about far-reaching changes in the space moving forward.

SoundCloud illustrates the potential benefits of fan-powered royalties on its website, noting that a creator named Vincent, who boasts 124,000 followers, would make $120 per month from streaming under the old model and $600 per month in royalties under the new model. And one Chevy, with a comparatively modest 12,700 followers, would still enjoy a 217 percent jump in monthly revenue with fan-powered royalties, according to the text.

Fan-powered royalties will go live for “the nearly 100,000 independent artists monetizing directly on SoundCloud,” across SoundCloud Premier, Repost by SoundCloud, and Repost Select alike, on April 1st.

Additionally, SoundCloud – which inked an exclusive ad-sales representation deal with SiriusXM’s AdsWizz in January, after receiving a $75 million investment from SiriusXM in February of 2020 – intends to support the move with “an extensive artist education campaign and direct, ongoing outreach with the independent artist community and industry partners.”

Worth mentioning in conclusion is that SoundCloud generated $175.19 million during 2019 – a roughly 37 percent revenue uptick from 2018. Plus, about 72 percent of the income was attributable to users in the U.S.

Spotify Reinstates Morgan Wallen to Yet Another Country Playlist — ‘Country Favourites’ (190,000 Followers)

Diplo’s Heartless (featuring Morgan Wallen) on Spotify playlist ‘Country Favourites,’ March 2nd, 2021

It looks like Spotify is ever-so-slowly reinstating Morgan Wallen back into its country playlist stack.

Spotify initially scrubbed Morgan Wallen from its curated country playlists in early February, after the country star was filmed uttering the n-word. Now, the streaming giant is slowly reintegrating Wallen back into its stack, with ‘Country Favourites’ (with nearly 190,000 followers) the latest to quietly reintegrate the singer’s music. Just last week, Spotify re-added Wallen’s song ‘Somebody’s Problem’ to its ‘Country Coffeehouse’ playlist, which boasts 600,000 followers.

An unexpected player in this drama is Diplo, who caught considerable flack for playing his Morgan Wallen collaboration track at a Super Bowl party. But that track — ‘Heartless (feat. Morgan Wallen)’ — is now popping up on Country Favourites. The song, which also features Julia Michaels, blends Morgan Wallen’s country twang into a trap-infused EDM mix (incidentally, EDM DJs have long been interested in country fusion, of which this is the latest example).

The Diplo track was quietly reintegrated with little fanfare, just like ‘Somebody’s Problem’ was subtly re-slotted into Country Coffeehouse. In fact, it appears that the Diplo collaboration was actually re-added on February 19th, with an eagle-eyed tipster sharing the add with DMN this morning. The move strongly suggests that Spotify is planning a broader reintegration into other playlists, with ‘Hot Country’ the big kahuna. Hot Country boasts nearly 6.3 million followers, but remains Wallen-less.

Incidentally, it’s worth mentioning that Spotify has never issued any statements on Wallen, though the platform clearly yanked Wallen’s music from its coveted playlists after the racial slur came to light.

Other platforms pulled Wallen with far greater fanfare: SiriusXM and its subsidiary, Pandora, for example, publicly announced its decision to remove Wallen. Major radio conglomerates like Entercom Communications, iHeartMedia, and Cumulus Media also scrubbed Wallen with considerable publicity. Wallen’s Beverly Hills-based agency, William Morris Endeavor, also publicly announced its cancellation of Wallen’s contract, while Wallen’s label, Big Loud/Republic (Universal Music Group) also announced that Wallen had been “suspended indefinitely.”

Those bans haven’t been without business ramifications, however. Earlier, we reported that country radio stations across America were fielding angry and threatening calls from Morgan Wallen fans, with many fearful of losing dedicated listeners. That prompted at least one station — 96.7 Merle FM in Knoxville, TN — to break ranks. The station polled its listeners on the Wallen ban, and found that 92% of its audience wanted it lifted. Soon afterward, Merle reinstated Wallen into heavy rotation. Other radio stations haven’t followed suit, however.

But none of that seems to matter for Wallen, whose cancellation is causing a boom in attention and sales. The singer’s Dangerous: The Double Album has been number one across multiple charts for seven-straight weeks. According to MRC Data, Wallen is easily the best-selling artist of 2021, outranking pop megastars like Ariana Grande and The Weeknd.

Mushroom Group Founder and Lauded Australian Indie Michael Gudinski Passes Away

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Mushroom Group founder and lauded Australian indie-music figure Michael Gudinski has passed away at the age of 68.

Mushroom Group announced the unfortunate news on Facebook, noting that “the much-loved Australian music legend died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne.” The message doesn’t disclose Michael Gudinski’s cause of death, but Sydney radio station 2GB reported that the Victoria native suffered a heart attack.

Michael Chugg, who cofounded Frontier Touring with Gudinski in 1979, expressed his shock over the longtime entrepreneur and music-industry professional’s sudden death. Chugg also relayed that he and Gudinski had spoken (about assuring that Sheppard’s Kaleidoscope Eyes album topped the charts) on the evening before the latter’s unexpected passing.

Michael Gudinski founded Mushroom Group in 1972 (with Mushroom Records), and the Melbourne-headquartered business went on to become Australia’s largest independent music and entertainment company. Some of the entity’s many subsidiaries include Sydney-based label Ivy League, Melbourne’s Liberation Music, and The Harbour Agency (“Australia’s largest booking agency,” per Mushroom).

In addition to highlighting the achievements that Gudinski recorded across his nearly five-decade-long career, Mushroom Group noted that the JC Williamson Award-winner spearheaded the Music from the Home Front concert and the State of Music series “to showcase and support contemporary Australian music” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sound, which Gudinski also created, aired two seasons last year, featuring performances from Benee, Tones and I, and several others.

“It speaks to the man he was that of his countless illustrious career achievements these projects, that supported the industry he loved, were ones he was particularly proud of,” continued Mushroom Group’s message.

On social media, all manner of well-known artists and industry professionals are offering kind words and celebrating the life of Michael Gudinski, whose son, Matt, has served as Mushroom Group’s executive director since 2013.

“My friend Michael Gudinski was first, last, and always a music man. I’ve toured the world for the last fifty years and never met a better promoter,” Bruce Springsteen wrote in part.

“Thank You Michael Gudinski for giving us and countless others the best night of our lives. Over and over again. A true f–king legend. We will miss you dearly. Rock & Roll will miss you deeply,” penned The Foo Fighters.

“Michael was such a lovely guy and looked after us all so well when we toured Australia. Everyone in the band and crew loved and respected him and he will be remembered with great fondness always,” Paul McCartney stated in part.

“RIP to Michael Gudinski, my friend and Australian promoter from Frontier Touring. Love to his wife Sue and family. We’re heartbroken to hear the news,” tweeted Bryan Adams.

“I’m very sad to hear of the death of Michael Gudinski last night. He was the primary promoter of many of the concerts we performed in Australia and in New Zealand,” added Billy Joel.

Lightning In a Bottle Officially Cancels Its 2021 Festival

Woogie Stage, which later became the site of the standalone Woogie Weekend festival, at Lightning in a Bottle 2011. Photo Credit: Adam Wiggins

Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) has officially canceled its 2021 festival due to continued COVID-19 concerns.

The electronic dance music (EDM) festival’s organizers announced the cancellation of Lightning in a Bottle 2021 today, in an open letter. “Unfortunately, we are still in the throes of this pandemic,” LIB higher-ups wrote, “and despite promising vaccine news for later this year, we believe 2021 is still too soon for a safe and fun festival.

“The experience of Lightning in a Bottle has always been about exploration, discovery, and connection. It’s all about being socially close, not distanced,” continued The Do LaB, which promotes LIB as well as Woogie Weekend.

Organizers then noted that a virtual edition of Lightning in a Bottle will take place over Memorial Day weekend this year (fans were also welcomed to a LIB livestream in 2020), with a full-scale festival scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in 2022. Additionally, those who requested a ticket transfer should “be on the lookout for a direct email with more details,” the letter indicated.

Lightning in a Bottle’s website now features a section in which prospective attendees can specify the artists they’d like to see perform the 2022 festival. Moreover, some on social media are hopeful that the aforementioned Woogie Weekend may occur later in 2021 – in years past, The Do LaB held the Silverado, California, happening in mid to late July. But an update hasn’t been provided on the event’s Facebook page, and the Woogie Weekend domain appears to be available for purchase.

Live Nation (which recorded yet another all-time-high stock price today, $94.25 per share) and the majority of live-music professionals are banking on a 2021 return for concerts and festivals. And as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and the continued dip in new cases appear to play well for the timetable, it’s possible that promoters’ understandable desire to resume delivering live music to fans could result in something of an overcrowded schedule later in 2021.

Building upon the point, fans quickly scooped up all the passes to Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas (set for May 21st-23rd, 2021), prompting the 28-year-old promoter to debut the Day Trip festival, which sold out in just 90 minutes. The outdoor happening is slated to take place on July 3rd, in Los Angeles, California.

Now, Insomniac – about half of which belongs to Live Nation – is preparing to hold a Meduza concert in Orlando, Florida, on March 13th as well as an inaugural “Abduction” music festival (also in “The City Beautiful”) on April 10th. (General-admission passes to the latter have already sold out.)

Needless to say, it’ll be interesting to monitor the implications of this broader rush to bring traditional live music to fans, including in terms of both scheduling and demand, throughout the remainder of 2021 and even into 2022.

Taylor Swift Didn’t Appreciate Getting Roasted on Netflix

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After getting roasted on ‘Ginny & Georgia’ over her love life, Taylor Swift slammed the latest Netflix show for a ‘deeply sexist’ joke about her many lovers.

The superstar put the show ‘Ginny & Georgia’ on blast on Twitter. She slammed the comedy for referencing her past boyfriends, calling the line “lazy” and “deeply sexist.” The line is delivered by Ginny, a bi-racial 15-year-old character who moves to New England with her mom, Georgia.

Swift included a subtitled image of the barb, “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”

Swift is sensitive about that, it seems. “Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called, and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back,” the singer starts on Twitter. “How about we stop degrading hard-working women by defining this horse sh*t as FuNnY. Also, Netflix after Miss Americana, this outfit doesn’t look cute on you. Happy Women’s History Month, I guess.”

Swift flung similar barbs at Golden Globe hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for making the same observation.

Swift has often commented on how her love life is portrayed in the media. “I’m not allowed to date for excitement, or fun, or new experiences or learning lessons. I’m only allowed to date if it’s for a lasting, multiple-year relationship. Otherwise, I’m a quote, ‘serial dater,’” she said in an interview.

“What else is it when you have two boyfriends in one year, and everyone’s calling you boy crazy, making jokes about you at awards shows? That’s public humiliation. And I don’t think it’s fair.”

The extra attention Swift has brought to the show has probably caused a Streisand effect. It was already rated #1 in the US on Netflix, but now it’s on other people’s radar because of Swift’s comments. The new show premiered on Wednesday and has been compared to ‘Gilmore Girls’ for its acerbic cultural wit.

But not every Swiftie was ready to jump on the hate train just because the Netflix show cracked a joke.

“Imma be honest with y’all, that Ginny & Georiga Taylor line was a realistic representation of how teens talk. Like that’s exactly how people will talk about celebs in school. Does it make it right? No, but it’s the accurate teen portrayal ya’ll beg for,” writes Ida on Twitter.

Either way, you can bet the show now has more attention than it did on Monday. Taylor Swift deciding to tweet about how ‘deeply sexist’ a joke is to her millions of followers is better than any advertising campaign.

British High Court Orders ISPs to Block Multiple Stream-Ripping Sites

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The British High Court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block four stream-ripping websites – including Russia-based FLVTO.biz, which is also engaged in a years-running courtroom confrontation with the RIAA.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) recently announced its legal victory over the stream-ripping websites (singling out giants 2CONV.com and the aforementioned FLVTO.biz, both of which belong to Tofig Kurbanov) and, in a separate case, file-hosting service Nitroflare. Moreover, the former action is one of many suits that the music industry has pursued as of late against prominent stream-ripping platforms, which enable users to download videos’ audio.

Judge Justice Miles, of London’s High Court, ruled on both cases, per the BPI’s release, determining that “the websites use the services of internet companies (ISPs) to infringe copyright and that therefore the ISPs should block access to them.”

FLVTO.biz has attracted an annual average of 58 million UK visitors across the last three years, according to the announcement message, against a yearly average of 25 million UK visits for 2CONV.com, 1.7 million UK users per year for Flv2mp3.by, and 700,000 annual UK visitors for the fourth and final stream-ripping site in the case, H2Converter.net.

As an aside, there are presumably a larger number of FLVTO.biz and 2CONV.com visitors in the United States than in the UK, but the platforms’ owner previously said that just 10 percent of their total traffic derives from stateside users.

Nevertheless, in another testament to the depth of the ongoing crackdown on stream-ripping services, the BPI identifies said services and file-hosting sites as “the music industry’s current biggest piracy threats,” before noting that it had developed “the cases for two years, with 3,000 pages of evidence and months of negotiations with the UK’s six biggest ISPs.”

Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from the rulings, however, is that Judge Miles ordered ISPs to block Nitroflare (which attracted an annual average of 3.5 million UK users throughout the last three years) despite the fact that “music only represents around 10% of all files available.”

Even so, “the site warranted being blocked because it actively encouraged illegal sharing and it was highly unlikely that the site was being used for legitimate storage on a significant scale,” the text indicates. Moving forward, with the BPI seemingly set to initiate litigation against other stream-ripping and file-sharing services yet, it’ll be worth bearing in mind this High Court justification for ordering ISPs to block Nitroflare.

The RIAA is facing a lawsuit from Hartford-based stream-ripping platform Yout, centering on YouTube’s “rolling cipher” technology, while the Google-owned video-sharing service seized the domain of another stream-ripper, Youtubeconverter.io, last month. But the latter’s owner promptly rolled out a near-identical site under a different web address.

Rapper T.I. and Wife Tiny Could Face Criminal Investigation After Sexual Assault Allegations

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Rapper TI and his wife, singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris, are facing a possible criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations.

New York lawyer Tyrone Blackburn has now sent letters to the authorities in Georgia and California urging a stepped-up criminal response. The letter calls on local law enforcement to investigate similar claims of assault over more than a decade. These assaults allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2017, according to reports.

Blackburn’s clients wish to remain anonymous, and witnesses will speak to authorities. Two alleged victims spoke to the New York Times for its report on the condition of anonymity. The women told the Times they were threatened with violence if they ever spoke out about what happened.

One woman says she met TI and Tiny in 2005. The woman said she was invited to the couple’s VIP section in a club, where they allegedly drugged her. Once she was incapacitated, she says the couple took her to a hotel room and raped her.

Another woman who was friends with the couple says TI, whose real name is Clifford Harris, forced her to take ecstasy. She told reporters the couple “forced her to engage in sexual acts with different women against her will.” She says she witnessed several women complain of being kidnapped and held against their will.

Steve Sadow, an attorney for TI and his wife, says the couple “deny in the strongest possible terms these baseless and unjustified allegations.”

“We fully expect that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming,” Sadow continued. “These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media and now attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”

This latest development isn’t the first time rapper-singer couple TI and Tiny have faced abuse allegations.

Sabrina Peterson, a former friend of the couple, highlighted some abuse on Instagram in January. Numerous messages from women accusing the couple of sexual assault, drugging, and more surfaced. Peterson also wrote that Clifford Harris threatened her with a gun. TI quickly responded on Instagram to deny the allegations and said the sexual interactions were consensual.

Production on the VH1 reality series TI and Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle has now been paused.

The fourth season of the show entered production in December, but now MTV Entertainment is pausing it. “We are aware of the allegations, and while they are not connected to our show, we have reached out to TI and Tameka Harris, as well as local and state officials. Given the serious nature of the allegations, we have decided to suspend production in order to gather more information.”

Akira The Don – I Saw My Dad In A Dream Lyrics (feat. Theo Von)

I was just thinking that Jocko's kind of…
A lot of people can be real father figures for me
I have such a desperation for that energy and that connection in my life that I will latch on to people or put them in a place where
Oh, I gotta tell you this
So, I saw my dad in a dream
When I was in Hawaii or in Maui
Sorry, when I was in Maui
And it was really crazy 'cause I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
You know, and I had an adult vision and I saw him
You know, and I saw him and it was crazy, we were at a…, it was kind of confusing
It was a dream, you know?
And Robert De Niro was there and Matthew McConaughey was there
And we werе in Maui
My dad was in one room eating at a table and Matthеw McConaughey and Robert De Niro were in another room
And my dad wanted to come and meet Matthew McConaughey, but he didn't want to meet Robert De Niro
And so I was trying to, like, mediate between the two of 'em
And finally my dad and Matthew McConaughey got to meet each other, which doesn't mean anything, but it was just interesting to see my father. I hadn't seen him

[Chorus]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
You know, I'd seen him in pictures and I'd seen him in just, you know, imagination what, what his
What he looked like or something, but I hadn't seen him really
And it made me think that my dad lives in Hawaii or something, you know?
Like I was like, oh, is this where he's been?
And it made me think, well of course this is where he's been
This is where I would be
It is stunning but yeah, I got to see my dad, man, I got to see him, it was
I just didn't know
I just didn't know
I didn't know that he's been in Hawaii or been, you know, that he's been there

And he was healthy
He was healthier looking than I'd ever seen him in my whole life, that's what's wild
He was kind of thicker, he been eating
His hair was darker
And um, he was laughing, man, he was laughing
He was kind of being cool
Kinda a little bit play it cool or be cool I guess, I don't know
I mean, he, you know
I mean, he lives in that world in the subconscious or in dream world, so, you know
I have no idea what his life is like there
He may drive a Corvette, I don't know, I didn't see
You know, the parking lot or anything like that
I just saw just him

[Chorus]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
[Chorus by Akira The Don]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision

And man, right when I got up
I've just been on this kick where I've just been trying to stay more motivated and like
When it's time to get up it's time to get up
And I need to do things, and I want to have more experiences in my life
You know, recently I've just been realizing, like, I do a lot of stuff but it's a lot of the same things
And I'm not really having a lot of new experiences
And so I want to have a little bit more of that
Man, I wish I'da just laid back down and try to go right back and see him
You know, wherever he was, but it's just so funny, man
I've slept in, you know, in the past 20 years I've probably fallen asleep in 42 states
In 15 or 20 or 30 uh, I don't know, countries
And not once did I see my father and then bam
I'm in Maui and there he is

Richard X. Heyman – Palace Of Time Lyrics

The pattern’s clearly drawn and the spell is cast
You didn’t recognize what I thought would last
There’s trouble in the well, all the love’s run dry
I’d try to fill it up, but the tears I cried

The Palace of Versailles
Seems small when beside
The challenge in her eye
And all the time you thought you had to keep has flown
Left you cold before the throne
In the Palace of Time

You let go of the reins and your horse goes wild
You try to gain control but the mare gets riled
What matters more or less I can hardly say

What matters less means more with each passing day

The Palace of Versailles
Seems small when beside
The challenge in her eye
And all the time you thought you had to keep has flown
Left you cold before the throne
In the Palace of Time

The Palace of Versailles
Seems small when beside
The challenge in her eye
And all the time you thought you had to keep has flown
Left you cold before the throne
In the Palace of Time
The Palace of Time
The Palace of Time, yeah

Popcaan FaceTime With Bobby Shmurda Gets Unruly Fans Into A Frenzy

Popcaan linked up with Bobby Shmurda on FaceTime.

It would be inadequate to say ever since his release from prison Bobby Shmurda has been receiving overwhelming support from fans and his counterparts alike. The truth is the rapper has been supported right through his prison stint, so actually, Bobby Shmurda has been getting an outpour of love and support ever since he got locked up in 2014.

Now that he is a free man, the Jamaican- American rapper has lots to do and many people to see. He recently spoke with Philly rapper Meek Mill on video chat during an interview with GQ. Now OVO-signed dancehall star Popcaan has joined the chat. The deejay took to Instagram to share a screenshot of him and Bobby on FaceTime. “The link stay real!!!! Live life to the fullest G, #GS9 #UNRULY @realbobbyshmurdags9 @rowdyrebel touch road kills,” Poppy wrote in the caption of the video he posted in the middle of the night on Monday.

Bobby Shmurda got out of prison after seven years on February 23, 2021. This after he was granted a conditional release amid being denied parole in 2020. In a post-prison interview with GQ, the Jamaican-American rapper insisted that he is never going back to jail. “I’ll be light-skinned in Jamaica before I go back,” Shmurda quipped during the interview.

Fans are excited to see what Bobby Shmurda will be working on next, from projects and videos to dope collaborations. Everyone would likely jump at the chance to get a feature with the New York rapper right now.

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Peter Hollens – The Climb Lyrics

Play this song

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming
There’s a voice inside my head sayin’
“You’ll never reach it”
Every step I’m takin’
Every move I make feels lost with no direction
My faith is shakin’

I, I gotta keep tryin’
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments
That I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep goin’

And I, I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb
It’s the climb

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

Yeah, yeah, yeah

It’s all about – it’s all about the climb
Keep on movin’
Keep climbin’
Keep the faith
Keep the faith…
It’s all about – it’s all about the climb

Taio Cruz – Higher (Jody Den Broeder Club Mix) Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro: Taio Cruz & (Travie McCoy)]
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
(Yeah, it’s go)

[Verse 1: Travie McCoy]
Now I’ve never been one to dance
But we’ve got something going on in my pants (Haha)
It’s like I’m stuck in a trance and I’d better take advantage
Who knows when I’ll get another chance
I feel like breaking too
Electric Boogaloo
You play Kelly, I’ll be O-Zone
Travie Laz and Taio Cruz

[Verse 1: Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue]
Now I know how to get down on the floor (Floor)
Experienced in moves you can’t ignore (‘Nore)
But something ’bout this beat that’s got me hooked (Hooked)
Come over here and take a closer look (Look)

[Pre-Chorus: Kylie Minogue & Taio Cruz, (Travie McCoy)]
‘Cause I can’t get enough, I can’t get enough
I can’t stay on the ground
Whoa, I can’t get enough, I can’t get enough
This is taking me now (Ha, ha, let’s go)

[Chorus: Kylie Minogue]
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground

[Post-Chorus: Taio Cruz]
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh

[Verse 2: Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue]
I do this just for kicks, just for the thrill (Thrill)
I got this high without takin’ a pill (Pill)
This groove has got me way over the sun (Sun)
I’m dancin’ like I am the only one (One)

[Pre-Chorus: Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue]
‘Cause I can’t get enough, I can’t get enough
I can’t stay on the ground
Whoa, I can’t get enough, I can’t get enough
This is taking me now

[Chorus: Kylie Minogue]
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground

[Post-Chorus: Taio Cruz]
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh

[Verse 3: Travie McCoy]
I got my feet in the air and my head on the ground
And the rest of my body somewhere in the clouds
I’m coming down no time soon
Like I’m tied to a couple hundred helium balloons
Looks like I’ma be up for a minute (Uh-huh)
Such a beautiful feeling, ‘idn’t it?
Yup, when your body is so plateau
On a level that just feels so infinite

[Bridge: Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue]
The music’s got me going higher
I feel like I can touch the sky

[Chorus: Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue, (Travie McCoy)]
It’s taking me higher
It’s taking me higher
It’s taking me higher
It’s taking me higher
(Ha, ha, let’s go)

[Chorus: Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue]
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground
It’s taking me higher, higher
Higher off the ground

[Post-Chorus: Taio Cruz]
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh
Woo-ooh-ooh, woo-ooh-ooh

Marcus & Martinus – Love You Less Lyrics

Yeah
Love you less
Love you less, yeah
Let's go!

Maybe you just never thought about how you treat me
Baby you just never figured out, so I leave it
Coulda woulda shoulda made it right, but you tweakin' (tweak tweak tweak, yeah)
Down with you for life but Imma bounce, skeet skeet em

You think grass is greener on the other side
Still you throwin' stones in the glasshouse
(Killed the vibe)
How you pointing fingers with your pants on fire
Someone kissed and told so I know

Today I might hate you morе
But I can never love you lеss, no no
I'm freakin' out with all this run around
I know that it sounds so raw
We used to be rocksteady, rocksteady
We used to be rocksteady, rocksteady
Now I hate you more
But I can never love you less, no no
No no, no
You jelly
You jelly, jelly

Now you jelly cuz without you I'm still sparkly (shine)
Saw me pull up hoping out with two and you lost it
Shoulda coulda woulda made a life but tonight we off it
Tried to break my heart I ally you up and you dunked it

You think grass is greener on the other side
Still you throwing stones in the glasshouse
(Killed the vibe)
How you pointing fingers with your pants on fire

Someone kissed and told so I know

Today I might hate you more
But I can never love you less, no no
I'm freakin' out with all this run around
I know that it sounds so raw
We used to be rocksteady, rocksteady
We used to be rocksteady, rocksteady
Now I hate you more
But I can never love you less, no no
No no, no

Change like seasons
We used to be summertime
Now you turn wintertime cold
Now you turn wintertime cold
Loyal and the reason
Is that I can't stop bleeding
And you don't tell me nothing but I know
No you don't tell me nothing but I know
You think grass is greener on the other side
Still you throwin' stones in the glasshouse
(Killed the vibe)
How you pointing fingers with your pants on fire
Someone kissed and told so I know

Today I might hate you more
But I can never love you less, no no
I'm freakin' out with all this run around
I know that it sounds so raw
We used to be rocksteady, rocksteady
We used to be rocksteady, rocksteady
Now I hate you more
But I can never love you less, no no
No no, no

Hey hey, never love you less, yeah
Hey hey, never love you less, yeah

Akira The Don – The Great Dictator Lyrics

I'm sorry, I don’t want to be an emperor
That's not my business
I don't want to rule or conquer anyone
I should like to help everyone, if possible
Jew, Gentile, Black man, White
We all want to help one another
Human beings are like that
We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other's misery
We don't want to hate and despise one another
In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich
And can provide for everyone
The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate
Has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed
We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in
Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want
Our knowledge has made us cynical
Our cleverness, hard and unkind
We think too much and feel too little
More than machinery we need humanity
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together
The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men
Cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all
Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people
To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people

And so long as men die
Liberty will never perish
Soldiers, don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think, or what to feel!
Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder
Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines!
You are not cattle!
You are men!
You have the love of humanity in your hearts
You don't hate, only the unloved hate
The unloved and the unnatural
Soldiers, don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written, the Kingdom of God is within man
Not one man nor a group of men, but in all men, in you!
You, the people have the power
The power to create machines
The power to create happiness
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure

Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power
Let us all unite!

Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power
But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise, they never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise!
Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance
Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness
Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Banda Movil – Cucaracha Lyrics

Ya no te quiero mujer, por prieta y cucaracha
Y por que tienes las orejas como hoya de nixtamal
Ya no te quiero mujer, por prieta y cucaracha
Y por que tienes los dientes como jaguar

Y ella me dice que las hilachas y las muchachas
Naranja dulce, lima chichona, lima limón
Se quita con atole, cafe con tenedor

Hay viene tu marido, borracho y perdido
Lamido de los perros, trompeado por los puercos
Es por tu amor, no lo vayas a abandonar

Ya no te quiero mujer, por prieta y cucaracha
Y por que tienes las orejas como hoya de nixtamal
Ya no te quiero mujer, por prieta y cucaracha

Y por que tienes los dientes como jaguar

Y ella me dice que las hilachas y las muchachas
Naranja dulce, lima chichona, lima limón
Se quita con atole, café con tenedor

Hay viene tu marido, borracho y perdido
Lamido de los perros, trompeado por los puercos
Es por tu amor, no lo vayas a abandonar
Y ella me dice que las hilachas y las muchachas
Naranja dulce, lima chichona, lima limón
Se quita con atole, café con tenedor

Hay viene tu marido, borracho y perdido
Lamido de los perros, trompeado por los puercos
Es por tu amor, no lo vayas a abandonar

Facebook BARS is the Latest TikTok Ripoff for Sharing Raps & Collaboration

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Facebook is launching its next experimental app called BARS, aimed at rappers who want to collaborate.

The app draws much of its inspiration from TikTok, creating an interface for rappers to share their clips. It allows rappers to share and create raps using professionally created beats for their supplied bars. The app was created by Facebook’s internal research and development team, NPE Team.

Facebook previously launched the music video app Collab as a play on TikTok. BARS is aimed at rappers who want to share and create their own videos. The app features hundreds of professionally created and curated beats. Rappers write their own lyrics and record a video using the beat. BARS also automatically suggests rhymes as you’re writing out lyrics. There are filters for different audio, and visual effects and an autotune feature, so you too can rap like T-Pain.

Facebook is hoping wanna-be rappers will flock to the app’s ‘Challenge Mode’ for rap battles.

Videos on BARS can be up to 60 seconds in length and can be saved to your device or shared. Much like Collab, the pandemic played a role in the creation of the app. The shutdown of live music and places where rappers could experiment with one another has been devastating.

NPE Team member DJ Iyler says the app was born from that frustration. “I know access to high-priced recording studios and production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers. On top of that, the global pandemic shut down live performances where we often create and share our work,” he says.

For now, Facebook BARS is launching in closed beta and is invite-only in the United States.

Facebook is hoping to capitalize on the rapidly growing focus music and spoken audio is having on social media. TikTok trends like dances and pirate shanties are just one of the many ways new musicians are being discovered on the app. Facebook wants that importance to translate to its other TikTok clones.

After launching a successful closed beta of Reels in Brazil, Facebook rolled the feature into Instagram. I wouldn’t be surprised to see these features from BARS being rolled into Instagram, too. The hip-hop scene is intimately familiar with the platform, affectionally dubbing it ‘The Gram’ in many songs.

BARS’ social aspect feels straight lifted from TikTok, too. Instead of hearting videos, you tap on a video to give it fire. You can ‘fire’ a video as many times as you like, but there’s currently no follow button for creators. Instead, that’s hidden away in menus. The BARS beta is live on the iOS App Store in the United States. Users can sign up to a waitlist, and Facebook will issue invites in batches.

Spotify Facing Defamation Lawsuit Over True Crime Podcast ‘Son of a Hitman’

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Spotify is facing a defamation lawsuit over its true-crime podcast, ‘Son of a Hitman.’

The new lawsuit was brought by an eyewitness to the assassination of a federal judge. The witness testified at the 1980s murder trial of hitman Charles Harrelson. She claims that the Spotify podcast, ‘Son of a Hitman,’ manipulated her interview to sensationalize the podcast.

Dr. Chrysanthe Parker filed the lawsuit, saying the podcast’s host used less than 5 minutes of the full 90-minute interview she gave. She says the podcast portrays her unfairly as a “very unusual witness” who was complicit in the scheme to convict Harrelson with fabricated evidence.

“The episode and the podcast as a whole purposely leads the audience to the false conclusion that Dr. Parker, as a young attorney and officer of the court, was either complicit or actively participated in manufacturing evidence to perpetuate an unfair trial on Charles Harrelson,” the nine-page federal complaint reads.

The lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Texas against Spotify USA, High Five Content, and Tradecraft Alternative for defamation and fraudulent inducement. Dr. Parker claims the podcast profited from the sensationalized presentation of her interview at the expense of her reputation.

She says the podcasts’ false portrayal of her actions could cost her employment opportunities. She is an inactive Texas attorney with multiple certified health care degrees, testifying in trials as an expert witness in the field of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Parker says she would never have agreed to participate in the interview if she knew that Harrelson’s sons were involved in its production.

Dr. Parker says the show’s host, Jason Cavanaugh, concealed that he was working with Harrelson’s sons. He’s named in the Spotify defamation lawsuit, too.

Dr. Parker’s involvement in the notorious murder case began in May 1979. U.S. District Judge John H. Wood. Jr. was assassinated outside his home in San Antonio. Parker momentarily bumped into a man she reported as Charles Harrelson before the killing took place. She testified as an eyewitness, placing him at the judge’s apartment complex that morning.

The trial of Charles Harrelson established that a drug lord paid him $250,000 to assassinate the judge. Harrelson was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years. He died in 2007 at a Colorado Supermax federal prison.

The case was twice examined by the U.S. Supreme Court and was the subject of two unsuccessful appeals. One attempt was backed by his famous son, Woody Harrelson, who hired Alan Dershowitz to appeal the case.

Spotify Pulls Hundreds of K-pop Tracks Following Licensing Dispute — Including Monsta X, Sistar, IU, More

Spotify has removed hundreds of K-pop tracks, including works from Monsta X, Epik High, Sistar, IU, and others, following a licensing dispute with South Korean entertainment company and music distributor Kakao M.

A number of K-pop fans, as well as some of the affected artists, were quick to address the seemingly far-reaching Spotify takedown on social media. Tablo, frontman for South Korea-based alternative hip-hop act Epik High, weighed in on the matter with a tweet, which has garnered north of 112,000 retweets and 250,000 likes.

“Apparently a disagreement between our distributor Kakao M & Spotify has made our new album Epik High Is Here unavailable globally against our will. Regardless of who is at fault, why is it always the artists and the fans that suffer when businesses place greed over art?” wrote Tablo, whose group left YG Entertainment in 2018 and signed with WME in February of 2019.

Epik High is Here, which released on January 18th, 2021, was available through Spotify at the time of this piece’s writing, however. The 20-year-old group’s other efforts (including their 2003 debut album, Map of the Human Soul, not to be confused with BTS’s Map of the Soul:7) were also live on the service, though Epik High’s artist profile featured two “blank” albums, containing no titles, cover art, or songs.

That said, one of these blank albums is dated 2021 and could represent the Kakao M-distributed edition of Epik High is Here. Building upon the point, zero of Epik High’s most-played tracks are from Epik High is Here, and additional pulled-down songs appear to have been reuploaded – albeit via new distributors and with reset stream counts.

“HyunA and Jessi songs are back on Spotify, they apparently lost all their streams but we’ll wait to see if they will be restored. They are now being distributed by P NATION,” penned an account called “Kpop Charts.” PSY, who catapulted to fame with “Gangnam Style,” founded P Nation in 2019, after leaving YG Entertainment. Moreover, the aforementioned blank albums are present on the Spotify artist profiles of HyunA and Jessi as well.

As for what brought about the licensing dispute, Spotify indicated in a widely circulated statement that it had made “efforts in all directions over the past year and a half to renew the global licensing agreement” with Kakao M.

The Stockholm-based company – which in January pulled down hundreds of thousands of indie tracks over alleged artificial-stream violations – also noted that the disagreement is unrelated to its recent arrival in South Korea, besides suggesting that talks with Kakao M would continue.

Kakao M higher-ups didn’t hesitate to respond with a statement of their own, relaying in part: “Unrelated to our preexisting global licensing agreement with Spotify, Kakao M has been separately negotiating with Spotify regarding a domestic contract for the supply of music.

“Unrelated to the domestic contract, which we are still negotiating, we separately received notice of the expiration of our license on February 28, and we requested a renewal of our existing global contract.

“Due to Spotify’s policy that they must proceed with the domestic and global contracts at the same time, our global contract has currently expired. We are currently continuing our negotiations about the supply of music,” finished Kakao M.

Worth noting in conclusion is that Kakao M and Kakao Page, subsidiaries of South Korean internet company Kakao, announced in late January that they intended to merge into Kakao Entertainment. The parties expected to close the merger today, March 1st, according to the corresponding release.

Taylor Swift Officially Cancels All Future Tour Dates — With No Postponements

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Taylor Swift cancels all future tour dates, citing the pandemic and uncertainty of live touring.

All of the scheduled shows for Swift’s Lover Fest tour were postponed in April last year. Now those shows are being canceled outright, Swift announced on Twitter Friday evening. “I love coming on here to tell you good news, or to share a new project with you,” her tweet begins. “It’s not my favorite thing in the world to have to tell you news I’m sad about.”

“I’m so sorry, but I cannot reschedule the shows that we’ve postponed. Although refunds have been available since we first postponed the Lover Fest shows, many of you hung onto your tickets, and I too hung onto the idea that we could reschedule.”

“This is an unprecedented pandemic that has changed everyone’s plans. No one knows what the touring landscape is going to look like in the near future. I’m so disappointed that I won’t be able to see you in person as soon as I wanted to. I miss you terribly and can’t wait until we can all safely be at shows together again,” Swift finishes.

Those canceled 2020 Taylor Swift shows, include her massive Lover Fest shows for Los Angeles and Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Other international dates for the tour included shows in Belgium, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland, France, Portugal, and Brazil. New dates were never rescheduled for those canceled dates, so ticket holders have always had a refund option.

Since the debut of Lover, Swift has dropped two more albums full of new material. Folklore and Evermore have a decidedly different sound and Swift is busy re-recording her old Big Machine Label Group albums. She will re-release Fearless (Taylor’s Version) this April. There’s no set release date for the other five albums recorded under Big Machine Label Group.

Swift negotiated ownership of all her future masters when signing a new deal with Republic Records and Universal Music Group. “For years, I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead, I was given an opportunity to ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new album I turned in,” Swift told her fans in a post discussing her decision.

The pandemic has stretched on to the point that live touring is an unsure business. Dr. Fauci says around 75% of the population will need to be vaccinated before returning en masse. That could mean that live touring events won’t kick off in earnest until 2022.

Morgan Wallen Enters Record-Setting Territory as ‘Dangerous’ Tops the Album Charts for a 7th Straight Week

Morgan Wallen is now entering the record books as Dangerous: The Double Album tops multiple album sales charts for a seventh-straight week.

Despite a mass-industry ban, Morgan Wallen is now celebrating another chart-topping week for his recently-released Dangerous: The Double Album. According to stats arriving this weekend, the album has just enjoyed a seventh-straight week atop multiple US-based album charts, including the Billboard 200.

Last week, we reported that Wallen is now the best-selling artist of 2021. But his latest chart ranking is starting to break some records. Already, Wallen has broken a six-week consecutive chart-topping sales streak set by Taylor Swift’s Folklore last summer. Now, Dangerous has become the only country album to spend its first seven weeks atop the Billboard 200, breaking a previous record set by Garth Brooks.

The rankings, expected to be announced within the next few days, come less than one month after the singer faced an unprecedented music industry ban following his use of a racial slur. At the time of this article’s publication, Wallen remains banned from virtually every country radio station in America, and has been scrubbed from Sirius XM, Pandora, and Apple Music playlists (just last week, Spotify partially lifted its playlist ban on the singer).

But that widescale ban has only generated a groundswell of support from fans, as well as heightened publicity for the artist. Instead of getting buried, Morgan Wallen sales are now soaring. At this pace, Wallen is likely to set additional chart and sales records, both within country music and the broader music industry.

Meanwhile, major radio conglomerates are showing little sign of relenting on their broadcast ban.

But that could be costing them listeners: just last week, we reported that Knoxville, TN-based 96.7 Merle FM had reinstated Wallen’s music after polling their listeners. When asked whether Merle should keep playing Wallen’s music, an overwhelming 92% of listeners said yes. After learning the results, the station quickly resumed playing the country star.

Separately, radio stations belonging to broadcast conglomerates like iHeartMedia are reportedly getting pestered by listeners to reinstate the singer. The answer, so far, has been no, prompting many fans to flock to streaming platforms (and even ditch stations entirely).

Whether Spotify is receiving the same pressure is unclear, though the platform appears to be taking steps to retain Wallen fans by relaxing its playlist ban. Now, the question is whether Spotify decides to reverse its ban entirely — and potentially lure some subscribers from Apple Music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kanye West Spent $13.2 Million on His Failed Presidential Campaign — And Nearly $1 Million on Apparel Alone

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Kanye West spent over $13.2 million on his failed presidential bid, including $12.5 million of his own money.

The new numbers come from the final filing of his Federal Election Commission report. The rapper announced his bid to enter the presidential race on July 4 in what was initially believed to be a publicity stunt. Kanye has a storied history of saying and doing weird and crazy things to attract attention around his album releases.

He launched the campaign with the #2020Vision hashtag and the slogan, “Ye for President.” His listed political affiliation was a new political party called the “Birthday Party.” He described his platform as a mixture of Christian and pro-life Conservative policies. He also spoke passionately about defense and criminal justice reform.

The Kanye West presidential campaign failed to gain much traction after it was announced.

West barely qualified to be listed on the ballot in about a dozen states. He only earned around 66,000 votes in the national election and raised around $2 million in outside donations. Looking at the FEC forms reveals how Kanye spent his $13.2 million on the campaign. Around $7.5 million went to fees related to getting his name on the ballot in states. West also spent $210,544 on a two-page ad in The New York Times just a week before the election. He also spent $918,130 on campaign apparel on Election Day.

Kanye’s failed presidential campaign was a sign of more troubling things to come for the rapper. Now he’s getting divorced from his long-time wife, Kim Kardashian West.

According to the reality star’s divorce petition, there’s a prenup in place. Kim is seeking joint and legal custody of their four children together. Kim is represented by celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser, indicated by documents released on February 22. She cites ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for their split. The date of separation on the filing is listed as ‘TBD.’

According to the couple’s prenuptial agreement, all assets and obligations of each party are his/her separate property. That means Kim can’t seek a portion of Kanye’s royalties, and he can’t seek a portion of hers from Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kim is also asking the court to terminate its ability to award spousal support to either party.

“The couple has been done for a while and have been amicable for a while. At the end of the day, Kanye and Kim love each other immensely, but knew it was time to call it quits,” one source close to the two revealed earlier this month.

German Radio Host Forced to Apologize for Comparing BTS to COVID-19

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A German radio station is apologizing for comments a host made comparing BTS to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matthias Matushick caused an uproar after a live show on Wednesday in which he derided the band’s music. He called BTS’ cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” a ‘blasphemy’ and compared the band to “some crappy virus that hopefully there will be a vaccine for soon as well.”

Matushick continued, saying, “I have nothing against South Korea; you can’t accuse me of xenophobia only because this boy band is from South Korea. I have a car from South Korea. I have the coolest car around.” He elaborated his feelings on BTS and their music by saying the band “will be vacationing in North Korea for the next 20 years.”

BTS is the world’s best-selling boy band, selling out stadiums worldwide before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I know which radio station I won’t be listening to anymore, bye @Bayern3,” wrote one user on Twitter. The tweet included a link to the comments in video form. “I really don’t need racism of this shape and form in 2021.” Bayern 3 was forced to issue an apology on behalf of Matuschik, saying he was “presenting his opinion in an ironic, exaggerated way with exaggerated excitement.”

“His words went too far and hurt the feelings of BTS fans. But he – and he has assured us of this – in no way intended this. He just wanted to express his displeasure over the aforementioned cover version,” the statement begins.

“That does not change the fact that many of you found his statements to be hurtful or racist,” the statement continues. “We apologize for this in every way possible. We will work on the matter with Matthias and the team in detail again in the next few days.”

Several other figures in the music industry have responded to the BTS COVID-19 comments.

On Friday night, Halsey took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the unfolding situation. “I am horrified to read the comments made by Matthias Matuschik,” Halsey wrote. “Racism and xenophobia cannot be thinly veiled as ‘on-air humor,’” she continues.

“Irresponsible and disgusting statements in a time where hate speech and violent behavior towards Asian communities are skyrocketing. This is unacceptable. I hope a better apology to BTS and the Asian communities across the world is on its way.”

Steve Aoki chimed in on Twitter Saturday night to say he stands with BTS to condemn hate of any kind. “Absolutely unacceptable the way radio host Matthias Matuschik speaks hate and racism in general, let alone to my brothers,” Aoki wrote.

Bandabardo – Mi Arrendo Lyrics

Mi arrendo come un soldato colto da spavento o come un terzino troppo lento (ammetto che non sono dei migliori, ammetto anche di sentirmi fuori!)
…ma l' aria, l' aria che respiro mi consola mi unisco al corso della storia…

TUTTI DI CREMA A DIMAGRIRE TUTTI BELLI DA MORIRE PRONTI ALLA CELEBRITÀ, PRONTI ALLA CHIMICA!!!!!

Mi pento in pubbliche sedute di lamento, ammetto pure qualche turbamento se penso che combatto contro il tempo (combatto l'unico pensiero?), come un soldato colto da pazienza come un terzino che usa l'esperienza

TUTTI DI CARTA AD INGIALLIRE E DI PLASTICA A MENTIRE PRONTI ALLA POSTERITÀ, E DI SESSO AD IMPAZZIRE PRONTI ALLA CHIMICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Resta il profumo antico e puro
Il mattino mi illuminerà stretto tra le braccia di Nanà
Feste su feste danze e carezze…

Itchy Poopzkid – And I’ll Walk Away Lyrics

i feel so extraordinarily right
my mind was black but now it turns to light

hey hey hey
come on baby, better listen up
say say say
say what you want, but i don’t need give a f*ck
hey hey hey
i’ll shut shut shut you up and i’ll walk away…up and away

i made it unquestionably clear
no more late night i have to fear
my time is done i walk away
my time is done i rum
coz i am better off without you – i will walk away
because i am better off without you, so much better off…

Teejayx6 – In A Min Lyrics (feat. Drego & Beno)

[Intro]
(Antt did the track)
(I got exotic pack)

[Verse 1: Beno]
In a minute, I’ma send it (I’ma send that shit)
Have we met? No, we didn’t (No, we didn’t)
I’m back on the road, uh, I’m back in that kitchen
This bitch out of control, she all in my business
Baby, let me know what you want for Christmas
I just caught the load, gave it to my niggas
This thirty thousand whole, let’s throw it on them bitches
In a minute, I’ma send it

[Verse 2: Teejayx6]
I can’t hit the road, I got cases pending
All my bitches cold, got they makeup finished
Hit the corner store, bitches want some liquor
She wanna blow my dome ’cause that Perc’ up in her
I just f*cked a nigga bitch, all it took was some liquor
Seen some shit on the dark web, a nigga tried to sell his liver
Used a fake credit card, I didn’t pay for my dinner
Swiped my bitch some makeup, it was made by Kylie Jenner
I’ll scam anybody, don’t really care about your gender
Really active in them stores, I’m tryna hide from all the cameras
Scammed a Young Thug wannabe, he from Atlanta

[Verse 3: Beno]
Pour that drank up, goddamn, I miss that Fanta
I might whip me up a Patek, buy an Aston
She from overseas, yeah, she speaking Spanish
But she can’t hit my scene ’cause she dramatic

[Chorus: Drego]
Oh, you really wanna ride? Wanna slide with me?
I’m too high up off the lean, can you drive for me?
Ooh, I’m cookin’ ****, wanna ride with me?
I’m too high up off the drink, can you drive for me? Ooh

[Verse 4: Teejayx6]
I just f*cked a bitch named Christine
Then I sold a nigga some green lean
Left a p*ssy-ass nigga dead on the scene
I heard you got kicked out, you late on your bills
You shop at Forman Mills, flexin’ fake bills
I sold him fake pills, a comment got him killed
Punchin’ online with credit cards, I just caught a steal
At the liquor store gettin’ some ‘Woods, I just caught an opp

[Verse 5: Drego]
My bitch got China white, lean lean
Ain’t no beatin’ us, the dream team
Yeah, I’m king status, supreme me
Welcome to the rewards of bein’ me
Uh, this shit, it get so serious, it get so berious
Don’t call me Vin Diesel when you get me furious
VVS straight from Africa, it’s from Siberia
Put that work up in the Acura, yeah

[Chorus: Drego]
Oh, you really wanna ride? Wanna slide with me?
I’m too high up off the lean, can you drive for me?
Ooh, I’m cookin’ ****, wanna ride with me?
I’m too high up off the drink, can you drive for me? Ooh

[Outro]
(Beatgang)

Gino Vannelli – The Long Arm Of Justice Lyrics

It was a high summer night along the Ouachita
Where in a town named Mammoth Hill
A boy was found at Times Picayune said
Left headless by the cotton gin mill
John Law was slow so the road ran free
From the swamps of Louisiana to the hills of Tennessee
Then on to the Carolines where it brought hard times
To many a family

One Otis Ray Stone weren’t nobody’s fool
He had the look of a righteous man
By day he plied his trade as a teacher
While by night getting blood on his hands
For thirty five years running high on the loose
Two steps ahead of the hangman’s noose
Indeed, it seemed Otis Ray Stone would never atone
For what he done to many a poor youth

Yet the long arm of justice reaches far
From the banks of the Ouachita to the highest star
Like the hour hand on the wall
Like a snail creeping at a dead crawl
One fine day in some mysterious way
Justice finds us all

It finds us all

Many years hence on a Death Valley Road
While jackin’ up his broke-down car
Came hell on wheels that left Otis Ray
Lying flat on the hot burnin’ tar
For three long days, not a drop on his tongue
Suffering every crawler ‘neath the desert sun
And old Otis Ray screamed while a crow picked his eyes clean
Before his dying was done

The long arm of justice reaches far
From the banks of the Ouachita to the highest star
Like the hour hand on the wall
Like a snail creeping at a dead crawl
One fine day in some mysterious way
Justice finds us all

Now, the mortal remains of Otis Ray Stone
Were never made manifest
‘Cause what a crow had done to both his eyes
Ten buzzards did to the rest
And all that was, was a blot on the land
A heap of grey dust in the shape of a man
And the last of Otis Ray was finally swept away
By the blowing sand