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Tinashe Shines in the September Issue of Marie Claire

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The fast lane can’t keep up with Tinashe– the 23rd-year-old R&B singer is kicking off fall with her new album, Joyride- whether she’s on a tour bus or dodging L.A. traffic in the driver’s seat.

Tinashe is also the rumored new love interested of Taylor Swift’s ex, Calvin Harris. They have been spotted out several times in LA together. She tell’s Marie Claire in the September issue all about how she joyrides.

Tinashe Quotes:

On what she drives: “I just got a new car: Ferrari California, black with a red interior.”

On what she sings in the car: “‘Everybody (backstreet’s Back)’ by the Backstreet Boys.”

On her driving: “I probably hit 100 mph before, driving to Vegas. So yeah, I’ve gotten a speeding ticket.  I didn’t even try to talk my way out of it. I can’t talk my way out of things if I’m guilty of something. I’m too honest.”

On her driver’s license photo: “My driver’s license photo is bomb. Every tie I go to the DMV, I’m like, ‘Can we reuse that photo?’ I was serving face.”

Tinashe photos by Brian Higbee and full story online HERE.

Issue on newsstands August 16th.

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MTV Announces 2016 Video Music Awards Nominees

The MTV Video Music Awards announced the nominees for this year’s ceremony via Facebook live this morning. Leading the pack was Beyoncé with 11 nods for her Emmy-nominated visual album Lemonade. Adele follows with 8 nominations for her record-breaking album 25. The songstress’ will be competing for Best Female Video along with Rihanna ft. Drake “Work”, Sia “Cheap Thrills,” and Ariana Grande “Into You.”

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Beyoncé performing at the 2014 MTV Vide Music Awards Credit: Mirror

The award show returns to the Big Apple this year. Grande landed 5 nominations along with Drake who nabbed Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Male Video, and Best Art Direction. Kanye West received two nominations for “Famous” while his foe Taylor Swift on the other hand garnered zero nominations. The pop star’s “1989” album came out in 2014 so her recent singles “Wildest Dreams,” “Out of the Woods” and “New Romantics” were ineligible.

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Taylor Swift at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

West’s infamous track features naked images in the likeness of the rapper and other celebrities, including his wife Kim Kardashian, Swift, Donald Trump, and Bill Cosby. ‘Famous” is at the heart of the current feud between the Chicago emcee and Swift. Kardashian recently delivered receipts; leaking audio of Swift giving West her blessing to the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” The “Wildest Dreams” singer originally denied West’s claims he reached out to her prior to releasing the song. She quickly changed her tune, now claiming West did not play her the entire track or reveal the lyrics in full omitting the line, “Why? I made that bitch famous.”

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Kim Kardashia and Kanye West attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

West’s video for the controversial “Famous,” garnered the Video of the Year nomination and will be facing-off with Beyonce’s “Formation,” Adele’s “Hello, “Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry,” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Newcomers Bryson Tiller, Desiigner, Zara Larsson, Lukas Graham, and DNCE, will battle it out for the Best New Artist award.

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Drake at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.
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The late David Bowie, who died from cancer earlier this year, earned four nominations in the categories of Best Direction, cinematography, art direction and editing for “Lazarus.” The video featured the icon frail and lying in bed, eyes bandaged and was released several days before his Jan. 10 death.

Others artists who earned multiple nods include Alessia Cara, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Desiigner, Fergie, FKA Twigs, and The Weeknd.

Voting opened online Tuesday. Nominees for best song of the summer have yet to be announced. The MTV VMA’s will be airing live from Madison Square Garden on August 28 at 9 p.m. ET. Will you be tuning in?

 

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On The Gram: The Internet Erupts After Kanye West Premieres Trolltastic Visual For “Famous”

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anye West doesn’t bite his tongue for no one nor is he afraid to push the envelope creatively either. Tonight Kanye proved why he is one of the most influential figures of this generation as he sold out The Forum in Los Angeles to premiere his new visual for “Famous”.

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It was a star-studded event of course, notables on hand include his wife Kim Kardashian West, mother-in-law Kris Jenner, Scott Disick, Rick Rubin, The Game, 2 Chainz, Desiigner, French Montana, Travis Scott and the recently reunited couple Tyga and Kylie Jenner.

The video was supposed to premiere at 7pm PT exactly but Ye postponed it 30 minutes so folks could get their “limited” “Famous” merchandise.

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No one knew what to expect from Kanye when it came to this visual. The song is already surrounded in controversy thanks to its very suggestive Taylor Swift lyric. As the countdown hit 0 and the video played even if you wasn’t there in the forum, you probably was looking at your Tidal steam like:

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The video plays like a sex tape recorded on VHS and it’s participants include Taylor Swift, George Bush, Donald Trump, Ray J, Amber Rose, Bill Cosby, Anna Wintour, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Caitlyn Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kanye himself. You most definitely have to see it to believe it, Kanye really went there.

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Ummmmmmm we don’t really know what to say about this. The final scene pictured about is supposed to draw inspiration from the famous Vincent Desiderio painting called “Sleep”.

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Riiiight. No one knows what’s going on in that beautiful mind of Kanye West but as of right now we are officially on timeline watch. All eyes are currently glued to each and every one of the unwilling (except for Kim) participants social media accounts. We cannot wait to see the fallout from this and chances are very likely someone is getting sued.

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You better believe Trump and Taylor Swift’s lawyers are typing up those cease and desist letters and getting those court documents ready like:

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Until then hit the gallery below and enjoy the hilarious reaction from social media after Kanye #BrokeTheInternet with his “Famous” visual.

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French Montana: “Kanye made an impact without even being in the building at the Grammys”, Rapper talks with Larry King [Video]

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Earlier this week rapper French Montana sat down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now for an in-depth interview to discuss his upcoming album, his friend Kanye West’s latest antics, Kanye’s mental health and lyrics about Taylor Swift. Plus, French also discusses his relationship with Khloe Kardashian, if it’s still romantic(!), and the feud between Drake and Meek Mill.

French Montana responds to a claim that Kanye has mental health issues.

“Kanye West is a genius and all the moves he do is calculated. There’s a method to his madness.” He also gives his take on Taylor Swift’s objection to Kanye referring to her as a “bitch.” He explains while Kanye claims the term is used as a form of endearment in the music industry, it really depends on the situation. In Kanye’s case, “I think he means good,” French says.

The rapper addresses reports that he and Khloe Kardashian are dating again by saying the two are like “best friends” but when Larry asks if it was ever romantic French responds, “it could be at times,” with Larry following up asking if “it still could be (romantic)” French blushes and laughs, avoiding the question and says Lamar Odom is a nice guy.

He also weighs in on the feud between Drake and Meek Mill.

“With this situation it’s different, but at the end of the day, I don’t feel like they have real problems. It’s just part of the game. It brings excitement to the game.”

Plus, French opens up about what it’s like being a muslim in America today following Donald Trump’s call for a complete ban on all muslims entering the country and his take on why there are so few female rappers.

Check out a few clips below:

French Montana Gets Candid About Kanye Vs. Taylor Swift

French Montana responds to a claim that Kanye has mental health issues and he gives his take on Taylor Swift’s objection to Kanye referring to her as a “bitch.”

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The rapper responds to reports that he and Khloe Kardashian are dating again by saying the two are like “best friends” but when Larry asks if their relationship could still be romantic, French avoids an answer.

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Fly News: Taylor Swift To Open Grammys, Alabama Shakes and Miguel To Perform

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The 58th Annual Grammy Awards take place Monday February 15th and The Recording Academy has just added Taylor Swift, The Alabama Shakes, and Miguel to their list of performers.

Swift will be opening up the show performing a song off her album of the year nominated album 1989. The Alabama Shakes are also up for album of the year for their sophomore effort Sound & Color while Miguel earned two nominations, for best r&b song and best urban contemporary album.

There will also be performances from Adele; Travis Barker; James Bay; Justin Bieber; Jackson Browne; Luke Bryan; Gary Clark Jr.; Andra Day; Diplo; Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh of the Eagles; Ellie Goulding; the Broadway cast of Hamilton; The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry); Sam Hunt; Tori Kelly; Lady Gaga; Kendrick Lamar; John Legend; Little Big Town; Demi Lovato; Pitbull; BonnieRaitt; Rihanna; Skrillex; Chris Stapleton; Robin Thicke; Meghan Trainor; Carrie Underwood; and The Weeknd as previously announced.

The Grammy’s air on CBS Monday February 15th at 8/7 c.

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Happy New Year: Top 20 Moments of 2015

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As we literally countdown the hours of 2015, check out our Top 20 recap of the Best and Hilarious Moments of the year. Trust us, this is our best line-up yet as the past 12 months was filled with some of the most news and happenings probably more than any year that we could remember.

Check it out after the jump!

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Kirk Franklin on Kendrick Lamar: “I Love Great Artistry and I Think He’s A Great Artist”, Kirk Says On SFPL TV [Video]

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Kirk Franklin recently stopped by SFPL TV, Pre-album release day, to talk about his new project, religion, social media, Drake, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and more. Getting mounds of flack from the album title, Kirk continues to beat the odds and the naysayers, as his album hit the top of the charts landing No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Chart and Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart. The album also entered No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart. The new project marks Franklin’s eleventh consecutive No.1 debut.

FLY NEWS: KIRK FRANKLIN LANDS TOP SPOT ON BILLBOARD WITH NEW ALBUM ‘LOSING MY RELIGION’

About the title Losing My Religion, Kirk says:

With the new album, when I say ‘Losing My Religion’, i’m saying: that just like Marriage cannot guarantee Intimacy, Rules does not guarantee Relationship. And that Rules without Relationship leads to Rebellion. And I believe that’s why so many people leave church, or leave christianity or just any type of system of belief; because you keep stacking the rules on them. I believe that it’s a time to stop trying and start trusting.

Kirk also mentioned to that he’s currently listening to the likes of: Taylor Swift [he mentions jokingly as his guilty pleasure and says: Yo, Taylor! Don’t sleep on her! She’s dope!], Drake, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Mumford & Sons and more.

Kirk candidly talks about Kendrick Lamar:

I just rock with what feels good. I mess with what I feel is genuine and just very honest music, because that’s what I wanna be; a very genuine and honest artist. Everyone I listen to is not the purpose of me wanting to work with them, it’s just I try to make sure i’m expounding and expanding what it is that is culturally relevant, and I love great artistry; and I think he’s a great artist. Of course, i’m not able to cosign all of the lyrical content but that’s not my job to.

Check out the FULL interview below:

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‘Losing My Religion’ is available now on all music streaming platforms.

 

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Last Night In NYC: ‘I Am JoJo Tour’ with JoJo & Aaron Camper at Webster Hall [Photo & Video]

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Last Night In NYC…Singer/Songwriter JoJo blessed the Webster Hall stage in The Marlin Room sector with opening act Aaron Camper for the I Am JoJo Tour.

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Opening up the night, singer-songwriter-background vocalist (Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown), Aaron Camper hit the stage to get the crowd warmed up.

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The talented artist performed a few of his current singles (“Hypnotizing” & “My Heart”), while covering some classic hits like; Ryan Leslie‘s “Quicksand”, Boyz II Men‘s “Water Runs Dry” remixing it with Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — to current tunes like: Wale feat. Usher’s “Matrimony”, Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth‘s “See You Again” and so much more.

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Aaron is just completely a natural talent!

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Next up, none other than the gifted JoJo! With excitement in the air and screams from wall-to-wall within a packed out venue, Jo took center-stage and immediately took us back in time to her first self-titled 2004 album (“Baby It’s You”, “Leave (Get Out)”) — along with her second project, The High Road (“Good Ol”, “Like That”).

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It was an amazing feeling as the crowd tackled every lyric as if both albums just dropped a day before the actual concert. Later, JoJo transitioned into a few songs from all three of her EPs/Mixtapes, adding up over the years during her tight label situation at Blackground Records, and lastly, gravitating to her current Tringle — a dose of 3-songs all at once. But not stopping there, the songstress even went to deliver her past Drake cover of “Marvin’s Room (Can’t Do Better)” and Jeremih‘s current platinum hit “Planes” featuring J. Cole.

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JoJo also got personal with her fans, giving a description of what she’s been through over the years:

“I was depressed…So depressed. You all got me through it.”

She also mentioned how she’s grown into the woman that she is today. It’s clear that JoJo is back and ready to take the music throne.

The night turned out to be quite incredible as JoJo definitely left her mark right in New York City, once again.

Congrats to JoJo and Aaron Camper on a job well done!

For more of the “I Am Jojo” tour dates check HERE.

Photos & Videos by Gabriel Williams (of SFPL):

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JOJO – “MARVIN’S ROOM” (DRAKE COVER)

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JOJO ‘TRINGLE’ COMPILATION #2

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Nicki Minaj To MTV: “Thank You For My Nominations But…” *In Her Kanye Voice*, See FULL 2015 MTV VMA Nom List

 

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Nicki Minaj gets in her feelings a little about her recent 2015 MTV VMA nominations, which she feels like “Anaconda” didn’t receive enough Noms and “Feeling Myself” featuring Beyonce was just overlooked.

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Just announced to today, Nicki holds down 3 Nominations:

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Beyoncé – “7/11”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Sia – “Elastic Heart”

Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

 

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Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

 

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Beyoncé – “7/11”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Sia – “Elastic Heart”

Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

 

In her point, Nicki noted that “Anaconda” was totally pushed to the side for a Video of The Year & Best Choreography Nom and/or spotlight. And as stated, her Bey collab was completely lost in the sauce.

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Take a look to see what comments Nicki took the Twitter…

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Fly News: Taylor Swift’s Open Letter To Apple Proves Why She’s Fly Girl of The Day

 

Could we have upon us the biggest Cyber Bully of our time and generation? Ehh that’s a bit of a stretch! But this open letter written to Apple by Artist Taylor Swift couldn’t keep our minds away from the thoughts of a school kid standing up to the class bully. And in the most honorable way, we approve.

 

Since its debut in 1976, by far we can say, the direct impact that Apple has contributed towards technology and the way we function in society has well surpassed anyone’s original expectations. As a whole, We’re sure many can agree on the satisfaction level consumers gain off their products and services are at great measures. But with us and our moderate happiness as well with their exceeding and continuous successes, you’ve gotta know there would be someone, somewhere along the line getting the shorter end of the stick. And who might that just be? You guessed it! That song your listening to right now, your favorite artist!

For just a moment before things get too deep in, we’re going to scratch surfaces up from past to present. Just to give you the picture of what today’s music world really has turned into.

 

Remember this site? Every top selling/grossing recording artists worst nightmare! This Mass sharing tool allowed anyone to download any song they wanted for

 

So while thousands, if not millions of people enjoyed their favorite tunes at no charge, the music industry began to take on a huge hit leaving artist at lost ends and gradually dampening the market.


Bootleggers were winning in the early 2000’s. The downloadable files allowed many to recreate albums with additional never before heard tracks making it a joy to buyers of the (let’s face it) poor community.

Things began to get out of hand and before you know it, it was time to figure out a way to place a cap on this ongoing free market.

There first were the threats of police being able to confiscate your computer for random searches. That indeed was frightening for most but as it continued the overall goal would soon be to cancel out the program once and for all. As this was all in progress, we gradually moved forward from CD Players  to MP3 Players. As the new wave of technology excitingly broke the minds and pockets of low ended consumers, Apple was ready to make its way into the swarm, taking over the market by developing these keen exclusive devices which automatically made you cooler then most.


With devine strategic marketing, we slowly caught on to the concept. Everybody was going to need something apple! And in the midst of our inevitable distractions, Limewire was brought to its knees.

Well, now what?


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Artist and all of the music industry rejoiced. Now knowing there’s a savior for their hard work and efforts, the industry is now willingly submissive to the new design of mass music distribution. Developing this partnership restored order back into the likings of the industry creating all things good. So everyone thought!

Fast forwarding back to where we are now. Take a look at Taylor’s open letter below:

 
Considering all that’s been discussed, after reading that doesn’t it sound a bit like oh idk…

 
Damn not even a free iPhone??? Now with the  free streaming market being accessible to consumers, potentially (risking knocking out or at least dampening the “download” as a factorible music source) Trillion, & Quadrillion look like achieving numbers for the company within the next decade or so while artist continue to work, move, sing, and….

 

Reflecting upon the reasons why Tidal may possibly be the choice of reason for supporting musicians. As a music lover, what is your standing argument? Wait, Back it up. You probably don’t know a single soul who doesn’t love some sort of music. Doesn’t matter genre, style, everyone has been effected moved or touched in someway from music. Realizing this, the best lane to ever try and capitalize off of would indefinitely be, Music.

 According to Spotify:

An artist’s royalty payments depend on the following variables, among others:

• In which country people are streaming an artist’s music

• Spotify’s # of paid users as a % of total users; higher % paid, higher “per stream” rate

• Relative premium pricing and currency value in different countries

• An artist’s royalty rate

Recently, these variables have led to an average “per stream” payout to rights holders of between $0.006 and $0.0084. This combines activity across our tiers of service. The effective average “per stream” payout generated by our Premium subscribers is considerably higher.

Meanwhile, reports from Digital Media News

As of May 4th, 2015

Digital Music News published a real royalty statement from a really reliable source showing TIDAL’s per-stream royalty payouts, which averaged $0.0144 (or, 1.44 cents) per stream for an independent label.

 
We may not be mathematicians but we know when things don’t add up. And as Apple currently stands firm with their plans of business, we can’t help but to wonder what will become of the three mega companies at large.

 

We’ll be watching!

Job well done Taylor!

-Stay Fly

Lisa Brittany