Forbes: The indirect spoils of streaming can be even greater. Abel “the Weeknd” Tesfaye parlayed his play count–5.5 billion streams in the past two years–into an estimated $75 million touring advance. To him it’s all part of the model he’s been following throughout his rapid rise, one that applies to all sorts of businesses: Create an excellent product, make it widely available and flip the monetization switch when the timing is right.
Last night, the Queen of the World, BEYONCE, gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Not to mention, SHE brought the mothers of police shooting victims Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant to the red carpet. CBS News writes, “Brown, Martin, Garner and Grant are some of the most important names to catalyze the Black Lives Matters movement. Beyonce brought in the mothers of Brown, Martin and Garner to partake in her visual album, “Lemonade,” as well. They held photos of their late sons in the video. “
HollywoodReporter.com writes, “Now in its eighth year, the long-running litigation over whether Jay Z rightfully sampled an Egyptian tune in his hit single “Big Pimpin'” is getting closer to resolution. With the trial scheduled for Oct. 13, the judge on Monday indicated she’d likely deny Osama Ahmed Fahmy’s motion for summary judgment against the rapper.
Fahmy’s lawsuit centers on the composition “Khosara, Khosara” from the 1960 Egyptian film Fata ahlami, which Jay Z and Timbaland (who is a co-defendant) turned into the unmistakable hook of the rapper’s 2000 single. Fahmy claims he’s an heir of “Khosara Khosara” composer Baligh Hamdy and sued the rapper for copyright infringement, also naming Paramount Pictures, Warner Music, UMG and MTV among the defendants.”
I’m featuring one of my favorite new-school rappers for Music Monday… VIC MENSA.
Thissongissick.com writes, “This year Vic has already collaborated with Kaytranada multiple times and with Kanye on one of the hits of the summer with “U Mad” while recently being signed by Jay Z’s Roc Nation. We previously heard a live version of his collaboration with Skrillex, “No Chill,” but now we get to hear a radio rip of the studio version, and it exactly what we were hoping for. Skrillex brings his relentless drums and wonky horns as he proves he can produce hip hop as well as he does with his other production efforts. Vic goes in on this heater spitting choppy, lyrical verses while the beat drops in & out and he adds a catchy hook that has us impatiently awaiting more info about his debut studio album, Traffic.”
Ambrosia For Heads writes, “On the heels of becoming the biggest selling singles artist of all-time, Rihanna is not resting on her laurels. Not one to play it safe, she releases the visuals for her boundary pushing song, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
With the same theme of the song, the visual is a story of bloodlust (literally) for someone who has wronged Bad Girl RiRi, financially. The video features blood, abduction, torture and a fair amount of nudity. Needless to say, this is not remotely safe for work.”
Rap-Up writes, “Over three years after releasing the song, Jay Z premieres the video for the live orchestral rehearsal version of “Glory,” The Neptunes-produced dedication to his daughter Blue Ivy. The sentimental clip, which premiered on TIDAL, incorporates footage from the rap mogul’s rehearsal sessions for his 2012 benefit shows at Carnegie Hall for the Shawn Carter Foundation.
In between rehearsing with his band and a full orchestra, the proud papa shows cell phone photos of his “greatest creation” to some of his famous friends including Alicia Keys, Nas, and Bridget Kelly.”
One thing we can all say about the Rick Ross is that he’s always been consistent with good music. His soon-to-be-released, “Hood Billionaire” album will probably be no different. Ross gives us a little taste of what’s to come with his new single release, “Movin Bass” featuring another collab with Jay Z on a Timbaland beat. “Hood Billionaire” is set to be released November 24th.
“The first part in the couple’s Bang Bang trilogy, offers a provocative bedroom scene of Beyoncé and Jay as the scroll begins. The short film begins with them as glamorous vigilantes before they ride into the desert as a gun-toting, modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. The three-part film is a cinematic promo for the couple’s co-headlining On the Run Tour, similar to the star-studded “Run” mini movie, they released in May.” – Mashable
FreeOnSmash states that ‘the track struck Hov so much he recorded it and sent it back in 30-40 minutes tops’. I must say that his verse on Jeezy’s ‘Seen It All’ is one of Jay’s most memorable. The single was initally meant for Jay Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, but was saved for Jeezy’s album which would be released much later. These two has layed down some hardcore duets in the past, but ‘Seen It All’ means just that…we’ve now seen it all.
This video of Beyonce’s husband being kicked and punched by her sister, Solange, was released by TMZ today. The alleged incident allegedly took place after the Met Gala Ball after party. This video is trending all over the internet now as speculation of ‘trouble in paradise’ mounts. TMZ writes, “Jay Z was ferociously assaulted by Beyonce’s sister Solange … who was wildly kicking and swinging at him inside an elevator … and the attack was captured on surveillance video.”