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Jay Z Joins Instagram, Posts Tribute To Michael Jackson

August 30th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Brooklyn emcee and all-around business man, Jay Z, has finally given in and succumbed to yet another social media app. Back in 2010, he surprised all by creating a Twitter account, and just yesterday (Aug. 29) he joined the popular photo sharing app, Instagram.

Going by the username “HovSince96,” Mr. Carter’s first post honored the life of Michael Jackson on what would’ve been his 57th birthday. And while many of us thought this day would never come, he wanted to be sure everyone knew he wouldn’t been snapping pics for the ‘gram on the regular and flooding timelines, captioning the post: “Happy Birthday to the King! This may be my first and last post.”

As of today, Jay Z has already accumulated 96.1k followers. And in the words of Hov himself, “Grand opening, grand closing.”

Crazy in Love: 15 Artists Who Collaborated With Their Boos On Hit Songs

July 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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There’s always a special spark when two artists make love and art together. While the unions may not always last, the music lives on forever. Popular music is at its best when couples collaborate. Check out 15 artists who put their boos on the track and made beautiful (or at least decent) music together.

Will Smith And Jay Z Partner For Emmett Till HBO Miniseries

July 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Will Smith and Sean “Jay Z” Carter have partnered in the production of a miniseries based on the life and death and Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago teen who in 1955 was brutally murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi.

According to Deadline, the untitled series, which will likely be a six-hour series, is currently in the developmental stages. It is slated to air on HBO. The project will be executive produced by Carter, his Roc Nation partner Jay Brown, Smith,  James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The group is currently in search of a writer pen the treatment for the project.

During Till’s stay in Mississippi, he was accused of flirting with 21-year-old grocery store owner Carolyn Bryant. Days later, Bryant’s husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Wilam showed up at Till’s great uncle’s house and forefully removed him from the home. After torturing him, they shot him in the head and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. Sadly, Bryant and Milam were acquitted in Till’s murder.

The miniseries has the potential to make a huge impact because as recent headlines have informed us, many of the racially-motivated murderers of Black people still are not being brought to justice in this country. Casting details have yet to be revealed, but we will continue to keep you posted as new details emerge concerning this production.

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Birdman Sues Tidal For $50 Million Over Lil Wayne’s Music

July 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Bryan “Birdman” Williams has made another power move in his legal feud with ex-friend and business partner Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter.

According to TMZ, the Cash Money Records founder filed a lawsuit against Tidal for streaming music from Carter’s new album, FWA.

In the suit, the record executive argues that Cash Money Records has exclusive rights to Carter’s music and that Tidal’s decision to stream the project is “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.”

Tidal, however, has claimed that Cash Money does not have exclusive rights to Carter, adding that he specifically gave them the right to stream the music in exchange for partial ownership of the music service.

Interestingly, Cash Money has countered that argument by stating that Carter doesn’t legally have the right to license his music to anyone without the record company’s approval.

In other Birdman news, according to WSBTV, a recent indictment alleges that Williams and Cash Money recording artist Jeffrey “Young Thug” played a role in a conspiracy to kill Carter. In April, shots were fired at Carter’s tour bus and suspect Jimmy Winfrey, who is said to be an associate of the “Lifestyle” rapper, was arrested in connection to the crime. The indictment claims that Williams’ new protege threatened to take Carter’s life, and Winfrey attempted to carry out that threat.

SMH.

Tidal Vs. Apple Music: Where Will Your Family Save The Most?

July 10th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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We’re not sure we saw the day coming where music streaming platforms offered family plans much like cell phone companies, but saving is always a good financial plan. Jay Z’s Tidal joined the ranks of its competitors, adding a family plan to the Premium and HiFi subscription tiers.

While Tidal may be catching up with other platforms, its price is more expansive than the likes of Apple Music. Tidal is asking its users to pay for each new account added under the primary user, while Apple Music charges a flat rate. Apple’s flat rate plan is also cheaper than Spotify and Rdio, whose family plans look much like Tidal’s. However, Spotify has plans on lowering it’s prices due to Apple’s undercutting.

If you are a Tidal Premium account holder adding members to your account would cost $4.99 per person in addition to the original $9.99 fee. If you’ve decided you want all Tidal has to offer and are a Tidal High Fidelity user the price get even more expensive – starting at $19.99 for the main fee and $9.99 per additional person. Tidal’s High Fidelity option is one most competitors do not offer at all, but for the high pricing it may be best. Are consumers ready to pay $60 for music streaming? This is the number a High Fidelity user would be looking at if they added the maximum amount of family members – four.

Apple may be giving every platform a run for its money with their straightforward pricing of $15 per month family plan and ability to add up to six members. Tidal and Spotify sit in the same pricing boat, but with Spotify’s plan to lower prices it seems as though Tidal will be sitting in the water alone.

While Tidal’s family plans may not bring in a great revenue splash, what Tidal does do well is exclusives – we’ll see if this is enough.

How much are you willing to pay per month for music streaming? Have you joined the Tidal waves?

Why Joe Budden And Other Folks Should Stop Hating On Meek Mill And Nicki Minaj’s Relationship

July 8th, 2015 - By Alexandra Olivier
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Serious question: How often is Black love celebrated these days? Millenials like myself are pretty much chalking up the idea of true love to rare chance, nearly as rare as getting out of student loan debt before 30. These things simply don’t happen often enough.

In a sea of #MCM, #WCW, #relationshipgoals, Love & Hip Hop dysfunction and a mountain of scholarly articles on why we aren’t getting married, Joe Budden is further contributing to our issues with his recent comments about Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj’s relationship.

I won’t lie, when these two first got together, I thought it was a complete joke. I didn’t believe it and refused to. Then I saw the heavy social media promotion on both sides – can you believe that two people involved in a relationship are both excessively claiming each other on the ‘gram? – and accepted the new hip-hop couple. As Budden’s co-host on his podcast “I’ll Name This Podcast Later” stated, they’re cute.

For the most part, many of us ladies see sappy captions, and we melt. But the Slaughterhouse MC has an issue with the way some women swooned over the way Meek Mill looked at Nicki Minaj during their performance at the 2015 BET Awards.

“Girls are fucking idiots,” he said.

Oh. I’m sorry that a Black man on stage – who isn’t President Obama looking at Michelle or Jay Z staring at Beyoncé – makes us smile. I think it’s actually refreshing. But I don’t find Budden’s critiques of their relationship anywhere near delightful. In fact, I find his reasoning for considering Meek Mill’s open display of adoration as “nasty” to be even more trippy.

“Meek’s music is too hard for me to look at him with this fucking sappy fuck shit. Be the hardcore guy that I’m sure she was attracted to at some point,” Budden said.

Ah, yes. Be hard. “Be a man.” Here we go again with that.

Sure, I blast Meek Mill when I’m feeling a little thuggish on my morning commute, but I do the same with Jay Z. Why is Meek Mill scrutinized for openly adoring Nicki Minaj when Jigga has done the same thing on countless stages and for an entire tour? Perhaps Budden knows that if he tried to criticize Jay, the vet would lyrically assassinate him on wax, and the Beygency would probably wage war across countries – he simply would not be safe.

But as far as Nicki’s “type,” how does he know what it is she is attracted to? And most importantly, why does Meek Mill’s personality have to be one-dimensional to folks? It’s typically the toughest men who are the softest on the inside. We all crave and certainly deserve love and tenderness, and there is more to people than just the persona we see on social media, through their records and when they’re with one group of people versus another. We all manage to have significant parts of ourselves that we only expose to certain people.

Joey, if you’re jealous of Meek just say you’re jealous of Meek. There is nothing “simp” or “nasty” about the way the Philly rapper salutes his girlfriend. We should stop discouraging rappers, athletes (Hey, Russell Wilson) and everyday men for that matter, from openly expressing the way they feel about the women they love. It’s not a weakness. In fact, it can be a beautiful thing when done right. As Minaj expressed via Twitter, “Why would you be bothered by another man showing love to his girl? Let’s celebrate black love.”

There aren’t enough positive relationships being celebrated or even cultivated today. And considering that Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj seem happy while Budden (and the world) has seen his own romantic life go to hell in a handbasket, he has no room to tell anybody how they should express or handle themselves in their relationship. I’m sure Tahiry and Kaylin Garcia have plenty advice for him…

 

Lil Wayne Says He’s Signed A Deal With Roc Nation

June 14th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Lil Wayne used his time on stage at Oakland’s KMEL Summer Jam to announce that he has signed a deal with “his idol” Jay Z and Roc Nation. According to The Fader, it’s unclear whether he’s signed with them under a management basis or whether there will be new music coming. But Weezy has had some very public disputes with Cash Money Records, going so far as to sue the label for $51 million and saying outright that he wanted out. So whatever the deal, he sounds happy about it.

The Fader notes that Lil Wayne has joined Tidal, putting out a single through the service.

Whatever the deal, fans are certainly eager for any new music that Wayne is ready to serve up. A clip of his Summer Jam announcement above.

“We Are Rooting For Jay And Tidal To Succeed”: Sony CEO Will Not Remove Beyoncé’s Music From Tidal

June 1st, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last week, a Bloomberg feature insinuated Sony would pull all of its artists, including Beyoncé’s music off of Tidal if they didn’t reach an agreement on the streaming services rights. However, Entertainment Weekly reports that is false. In a statement from Sony’s CEO Doug Morris: “Jay Z is a friend and business associate for many years. I have always admired his business acumen, his entrepreneurship and his passion for music. All of our content, including Beyoncé, is available through the Tidal service, and we have announced no plans to remove our catalog from Tidal. Like all of our other partners, we are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed.”

Another source told Rolling Stone it was ill-judged for Bloomberg to focus heavily on Beyoncé’s work being taken off of Tidal when in reality streaming rights affect all artists.

“Sony is regularly negotiating with partners,” the magazine writes. “They took that point and obviously focused on one artist, which is inappropriate as well. This is a Sony Music issue and it’d be across Sony Music.”

It appears since the launch of Tidal, facts regarding its legal issues may become skewed due to the lack of general support. And the folks running Tidal haven’t exactly done a bang up job of talking publicly about the service either. (We’re looking at you Jay.)

Sony May Pull All Of Beyoncé’s Music Off Of Tidal

May 29th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The latest difficulty in the Tidal business saga is Sony Music’s request to be paid for the streaming rights for artists who appear on the service. Although Tidal  received approval from Universal and Warner music labels, Sony is still pending because it is seeking large advances in order for their artists to be featured.

Bloomberg says if Tidal cannot pay Sony, it may lose music from already featured on the service — most importantly (and, perhaps, most ironically) Beyoncé. Although Beyoncé serves as a TIDAL co-owner, Peter Mensh, co-founder of Q Prime told Bloomberg artists even of Beyoncé’s caliber may not even own their own streaming rights.

Sony’s music label controls Columbia Music, RCA and Epic Records to name a few. Musical acts who fall under these labels will have issues if any streaming service has not had its rights or payment agreements approved.

Let’s just add Sony to the list of 99 problems that Hov is having in 2015.

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Do All Celebrities Have A Social Responsibility, Or Only The Ones That Get Called Out?

May 27th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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These days, anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion.

Jay Z is coming under fire over recent comments that compares water to the music industry. “Water is free,” the hip-hop mogul told the New York Times. “You should drink free water from the tap — it’s a beautiful thing. And if you want to hear the most beautiful song, then support the artist.”

While I understood the point he was trying to make, many people — including Denver Water executive Steve Snyder — did not think it was appropriate. Taking to his company’s blog, Steve penned an open letter to Jay Z asking the Grammy award winner to stick to his own business.

“I get what you are saying,” wrote Snyder. “Artists should be paid for the music they create. But to say that ‘water is free while music is $6’ isn’t exactly true.”

I personally am not going to get into the breakdown of how water is or isn’t free. To my knowledge, many people pay for their water, gas or electricity through a utility bill. If you live on land that operates off well water (I do), you technically don’t have to pay for water, but do need equipment and other materials to process it. Like I said, this whole debate can get very technical and complicated.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Yes there are many celebrities who probably couldn’t tell you the average cost of gas today, let alone a gallon of milk. What’s interesting about this criticism is that some believe celebrities should do more with their money when it comes to helping others in need. “At one point, you were reported to have a net worth of $510 million,” Steve adds. “When trying to calculate how much water you could buy with that, my calculator short circuited.”

This raises the question: Do celebrities have a social responsibility or decree to use their money for the betterment of everyone?

Even though Steve personally never asked for a donation, there are many who believe high-profile figures should in fact use some of their paycheck to solve world problems. In the case of the water crisis — which is far worse in underdeveloped countries — stars like Matt Damon co-founded organizations like Water.org to help provide solutions to the billions affected by daily water and sanitation needs. Does this mean Jay needs to follow suit?

No matter how much a celebrity chooses to give or donate, I’m not sure it will ever be enough. Jay Z and Beyoncé reportedly put up bail money for protesters in both Ferguson and Baltimore not too long ago. That gesture raised some eyebrows; some couldn’t believe why they would help people in jail, even if they were peacefully exercising their right to voice their opinion.

Heck Taylor Swift couldn’t catch a break when she made good on her promise to donate proceeds from her song, “Welcome to New York” to New York City public schools. The tune made $50,000 which some didn’t think was enough.

I think it’s really easy to target certain people and ask what have you done for me lately. Sure it would be great if more celebrities and people in positions of power practiced social responsibility, but at the end of the day, we just don’t know what they do behind closed doors. Not every cause they hold dear to their hearts will be at the top of our lists of most important causes, which can easily turn good deeds into rants about doing more.