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Did you know that Drake’s dad is on Instagram? Dennis Graham’s 84K followers certainly do. He’s quickly becoming everyone’s favorite celebrity parent, and he uses his IG just like your everyday dad. And it’s adorably hilarious.
Forget Tidal! Drake is now endorsing Apple’s new streaming service, Connect, according to The Daily Beast. The service is part of a larger Apple Music offering.
“The new service will blend streaming, radio, music for purchase, and a social network all together,” says The Daily Beast. Its 24-hour radio station, Beats One, will be hosted by famous DJs from New York, San Francisco, and London.
It’s a synergistic relationship — the How About Now rapper got to announce his new album as he introduced Connect at Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and the tech giant gets a co-sign from a prominent rapper. Win-win.
“[Apple Connect] is something that simplifies everything for the modern musician like myself and the modern music consumer like you,” Drake said at WWDC in San Francisco on Monday. The Toronto rapper will be releasing his new album on Apple’s new streaming service.
Drake championed Connect for creating a platform for artists, signed or not, to directly reach their target music audience.
“Connect is slated to allow artists to interact with fans,” HipHopDX wrote. “The material will then link to social media and the artists’ websites.”
“Instead of having to post your stuff on these different and sometimes confusing places, it’s all in one place: Connect,” Drake said.
Rumor has it that Apple Music expects to reel in 100 million users for the app, according to Business Insider. But not even Spotify, the industry leader in streaming music service, has those numbers — it only has 60 million active users and just 15 million of those are paid subscribers.
Apple sells 85 percent of all music downloads worldwide. But Spotify, in comparison, captures 86 percent of all music streams — and Apple is aiming for Spotify’s neck. As Business Insider, puts it, “Apple is trying to kill Spotify.”
“The biggest advantage Apple Music will have is that […] it will be automatically installed when iPhone users upgrade to iOS 8.4 later this month.” If Apple converts enough trial users into paid subscribers, Spotify will topple down to second place. Apple Music will be a subscription service — $10 per month — but The Wall Street Journal crunches the numbers and finds that Apple customers tend to spend $30 per month to purchase music from iTunes. So those customers may see it as a bargain to spend their money on a music service rather than just a song.
Apple Music will launch in over 100 countries on June 30.
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Billboard magazine is confirming that Drake and Pharrell are on board to partner with Apple on a different projects that will be introduced at next week’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. At the same time, we’re also learning that Drake may have turned down the opportunity to be one of Tidal’s owners just a couple of days before the big press conference announcing the celebrity collaboration.
According to Billboard:
Jay Z confirmed that Iovine had been trying to poach the same artists he was courting for Tidal, telling Billboard in a March 30 Q&A: “I think that’s just his competitive nature, and I don’t know if he’s looking at the bigger picture: That it’s not about me and it’s not about him; it’s about the future of the music business.”
Yesterday, there was speculation that Drake would sign a deal with Apple for $19 million to work with its iTunes Radio service. However the nature of their involvement and how much Drizzy will get paid is up in the air. One source told the magazine, “Apple doesn’t normally pay artists for those types of collaborations.”
Apple has a new streaming service in the works, and likely hoped to make a big announcement on that front during the conference next week. However, there’s an ongoing investigation by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations of antitrust practices that pressure music labels to force Spotify’s free streaming subscription shut down. At the same time, the iTunes revamp that’s expected is meant to be a direct competitor to Spotify, and the many other streaming services that have taken root in the past couple of years. With millions of music lovers out there — and millions of Apple stans — there’s definitely room for one more streaming service that gives the people what they want.
Did Drake make the right decision regarding Tidal?
This story was updated on June 4.
The New York Post is reporting that Apple is talking to Drake to serve as a guest DJ for iTunes Radio. The job would come with a $19 million payout.
According to the Post‘s sources, the effort is in preparation for the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference taking place next week. The company wants to be able to offer a three-month free trial of its $10-per-month subscription service. The company would also like record companies to give them the rights to the music for free during that trial period.
Having Drake to curate music for users would be a draw to potential paying customers. Other musicians being considered for an Apple gig are Pharrell and David Guetta.
“The laughable request from the most valuable brand on the planet comes at a time when music buyers might opt to ditch the downloads in order to try a new free offering, creating a potential quarterly revenue shortfall for rights owners,” writes the Post.
It’s also one more indication of just how much the streaming music service industry is heating up. Tidal has been doing its best to get the word out and offer something different from what is already readily available to music lovers. The problem for many companies is getting consumers to pay for a subscription. Many people will listen to a couple of ads if it means they can listen to their music for free. So offering a value-added perk is where it seems companies are turning.
Do you have a favorite streaming service? Which one and why?
Every now and then you come across a post on Instagram that makes you pause and ask, hold up, is that such and such? Last night, this was that post.
I don’t know if it was the beard, or the newly forming abs, or the low-riding Calvin Klein boxers cleverly revealing that nice “V,” but when I saw this shirtless image of Drake lifting weights reposted on my timeline I was like dayuuuum daddy. (Not that I regularly call men who aren’t my father daddy, but you know what I’m saying.)
Somewhere out there I know there’s a woman saying, Drake been fine, and for those of you who already knew that, kudos. I, on the other hand, never really looked twice at Aubrey ’til a fellow friend reposted this pic with the hilarious caption, “That moment when K. Michelle’s song, ‘Drake Would Love Me,’ finally resonates with you,” and I was at home in my bed like yaaaaaaaaas.
So, for any woman who needs a little eye candy in their lives this Thursday and doesn’t already follow the Canadian rapper on IG or know that “Drake been fine,” this is for you. Enjoy! We see you workin’ Drizzy!
Who doesn’t love this beautiful image of the Knowles and their extended family and friends? The only thing better would be an hour-long reality show that followed Queen Bey, her sis, and her fabulous family as they possibly argued over photos, wedding food, and nearly missed a meltdown when Solange’s “Just Married” bicycle caught a flat on the way to the reception.
While we may never get an uncensored look into the lives of some of our favorite celebs, it doesn’t mean we can’t do a fantasy draft of the top 15 celebs who we think need reality shows. Get on it, VH1!
Rihanna has decided to quench the thirst of Navy fans by releasing her latest video for the song “American Oxygen” to the masses.
Rihanna’s videos are always fresh to death. She takes big chances and is not afraid to twerk it out in a jean thong to get her point across: she’s the baddest gyal. Never forget it!
Let’s revisit 15 of Rihanna’s hottest music videos while we impatiently wait for the release of R8.
When it comes to music, I’m a fan of Madonna. “Human Nature”? “Take A Bow”? “Vogue”? Madge has hits for days. But when it comes to her antics outside of the music? Can’t say I’m a fan. And this isn’t an ageist slideshow where I tell her that she’s too old for a lot of her antics. Not at all. This is just a genuine observation of the fact that Madonna has been doing a lot for attention. You could say that’s been the case for her entire career, but over the last few years, the pop star has been doing the absolute most. The kiss with Drake was tame compared to all this…
Did you see Madonna and Drake’s onstage kiss? Coachella’s biggest cringe-worthy moment went viral, and the stars of these hilarious kiss rejection gifs know just how Drake feels.