Daily Archives: May 19, 2017

Watch Big Sean's Fast-Paced 'Sacrifices' Video With Migos

Big Sean continues to pump out I Decided videos at an accelerated pace, with the rapper teaming with Atlanta trio Migos for “Sacrifices.”

The Kid Studio-directed clip sees Big Sean blazing around an empty city at night on his motorcycle – his rear lights streaming in his wake in Tron-like fashion – as he raps along to the I Decided track.

Later, Big Sean joins Migos at a warehouse where the in-demand trio – this week alone, they have appeared in Katy Perry’s “Bon Appetit” and Liam Payne’s “Strip That Down” – deliver their verses.

At the end of the video, it is revealed that Big Sean is killed in a motorcycle accident and the rapper is seen ascending toward heaven, borrowing a motif seen in his recent “Light” video, which could serve as a continuation of “Sacrifices.”

So far this month, Big Sean has already released his stirring “Light” video and the 16-bit-inspired visual for “Jump Out the Window.” Those two plus “Sacrifices” join fellow I Decided videos for “Moves” and “Halfway Off the Balcony.”

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Prince Estate: Sister, Five Half-Siblings Named Heirs

A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that Prince‘s sister and five half-siblings are the rightful heirs to the music icon’s estate, worth an estimated $200 million.

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson as well as half-siblings Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson were officially declared as the singer’s heirs after Prince died in April 2016 without a will. 

Tyka, Sharon, Norrine and John Nelson were on the initial list of six potential heirs that Carver County Judge Kevin Eide named in July 2016; Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson, who claimed to be Prince’s niece and grandniece and were also on that initial list, have since had their claims rejected as a matter of law.

In the aftermath of Prince’s death, more than 45 people came forward as potential heirs to his estate, with many claiming to be a wife, child, sibling or other relative, the Associated Press reports. Those alleged heirs included a Colorado inmate who claimed to be Prince’s son, which a DNA test ruled out.

Those denied heir status have a year to appeal the judge’s ruling; until that time, none of Prince’s rightful heirs will be able to receive their share of his $200 million estate, although nearly half of that total will go towards taxes.

Lawyers for the siblings named heirs argued that waiting another year would impede their ability to properly manage his estate.

The infighting and miscommunication between heirs and the estate’s current executors, including the estate’s former entertainment advisor, L. Londell McMillan, was highlighted on Friday after the estate requested that the $31 million publishing deal it brokered with Universal Music Group be rescinded.

Earlier this month, Universal asked that their deal with the Prince estate, which included the singer’s post-1995 catalog and unreleased music from Prince’s stacked musical vaults, be canceled after the major label learned that Warner Bros. still owned the U.S. rights to Prince’s pre-1995 catalog until 2021.

The Universal deal was brokered by the estate’s then-administrator Bremer Trust and McMillan; after the contract was signed, Comerica Bank took over the administration role and appointed Spotify’s Troy Carter as adviser.

In asking to rescind the contract, Comerica Bank acknowledged that Bremer Trust “sold rights to [Universal] that [Warner Bros.] already holds” and that they could “cannot unequivocally assure [Universal] or the court that no overlap exists,” Billboard reports.

If the deal is rescinded, the rights to Prince’s post-1995 work would go to auction. A judge will decide whether to void the contract at a May 31st court date.

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Read Tom Morello's Poem for Chris Cornell

On Thursday, Tom Morello paid tribute to his late friend and Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell on Instagram. “Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent,” the guitarist’s post read. 

That same night, he wrote a poem in tribute to Cornell, which appears in full below.

You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked

You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart

You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free

Your vision pierces, you do not see

You are pieces strewn on the hillside

You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true

You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more

You’re not there, now you’re always here

You’re a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell

You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song

Maybe no one has ever known you

You are twilight and star burn and shade 

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Billboard Music Awards 2017: How to Watch, Who's Performing and More

“Awards season” is a misnomer in 2017, with major-ish trophies now doled out every month of the year — and late May brings the Billboard Music Awards.

The 2017 edition airs live from the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 21st at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ABC, and will be co-hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens.

Here’s all the info you need to know about the big evening in store.

Who’s performing
Performances are expected from Lorde, Ed Sheehan, Miley Cyrus (performing her image-shifting new single “Malibu”), Celine Dion (singing “My Heart Will Go On” nearly 25 years after its debut), Camila Cabello (her solo debut after her departure from Fifth Harmony), Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Sam Hunt, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Julia Michaels and Nicki Minaj (who will open the show with Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo and David Guetta). And then there’s Cher, this year’s ICON Award Recipient, also set to take the stage.

Who’s presenting
Artists and celebs scheduled to hand out awards this year are Kate Beckinsale, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mark Cuban, Noah Cyrus, Alexandra Daddario, DJ Khaled, Josh Duhamel, Ansel Elgort, Sara Foster, G-Eazy, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Prince Michael Jackson, Rachel Lindsay, Lea Michele, Olivia Munn, Rita Ora, Logan Paul, Rachel Platten, Bebe Rexha, Nicole Scherzinger, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Jussie Smollett, Hailee Steinfeld, Lindsey Stirling and Ashley Tisdale.

How nominees are determined
Nominees are based on “key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement,” according to a press release, with those numbers tracked year-round by Billboard and Nielsen.

Red carpet and pre-show
Watch the festivities get underway on the Billboard Music Award Twitter page at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Winners, performance highlights and more
Check back in with Rolling Stone this Sunday for a running winners list and best moments of the night.

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Altavoz Entertainment Pushes Out New Music from Concore Entertainment and Triple Threat Productions Songs Featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne

ROCKVILLE, Md., May, 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Altavoz Entertainment launched two highly anticipated releases, Concore Entertainment’s album “I AM NATALIA DAMINI” from Natalia Damini and the single “Don’t Stop” from JC Triple Threat, on his own label Triple Threat Productions….

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Newcomer Taylor Grey Releases New Single 'Miami,' Featuring Spencer Kane

Artwork for Miami Single / Photo Credit - Gray HamnerLOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Rising pop sensation Taylor Grey’s new single, “Miami,” from her forthcoming debut album Space Case, will premiere, Friday, May 19th. The infectious, groove-based track, executively produced by the award-winning Josh Abraham (Justin Bieber, P!nk,…

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The Top 10 Ways to Experience the Perfect Summer Visit at Biltmore

This summer go back in time to unwind at Biltmore in Asheville, NC. www.biltmore.comASHEVILLE, N.C., May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — What could be more perfect than spending the summer in an 8,000-acre backyard that offers glorious gardens, mountain views, horseback riding, standup paddle boarding, fly fishing and Segway tours? With so much to see and do at Biltmore, where…

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Shakira Details New Album, Releases Galvanic Song 'Nada'

Shakira released a sweeping single “Nada” from her 11th studio album, El Dorado, out May 28th. The undulant ballad, sung entirely in Spanish, features the familiar gallop Shakira has honed in songs as early as 2001’s “Poem to a Horse,” to her 2014 hit, “Empire.” 

The Colombian diva previewed the album with several other songs including her hit “La Bicicleta,” “Comme Moi,” “Deja Vu” and more recently, “Chantaje,” with 22-year-old reggaeton singer Maluma. The track list reveals that the pair will also duet on new song “Trap.”

“Chantaje” debuted at Number One on the Hot Latin Songs chart for the week of November 19th, Billboard reported. The same week, it also cracked the Hot 100 at Number 96. Shakira also won two 2016 Latin Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the song “La Bicicleta,” which also appears on Carlos Vives’ forthcoming album, Vives. 

El Dorado Track List

1. “Me Enamoré”
2. “Nada”
3. “Chantaje” (feat. Maluma)
4. “When a Woman”
5. “Amarillo”
6. “Perro Fiel” (feat. Nicky Jam)
7. “Trap” (feat. Maluma)
8. “Comme Moi” (Black M & Shakira)
9. “Coconut Tree”
10. “La Bicicleta” (Carlos Vives & Shakira)
11. “Deja Vu” (Prince Royce & Shakira)
12. “When We Said (Comme Moi)” [feat. MAGIC!]
13. “Toneladas”

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Katy Perry Vs. Taylor Swift: Pop Stars' Beef History Explained

Over the past few years, pop’s biggest beef has been between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Neither woman has ever explicitly confirmed the feud, and each has instead dropped not-so-subtle hints about their deteriorated friendship, bringing famous names into the fold – and creating two rumored diss songs out of it. Most recently, Perry released the feisty “Swish Swish,” a song many see as her direct response to Swift’s “Bad Blood.” Here is a history of the pair’s beef.

The feud allegedly began in 2013.
During the first few years of their respective careers, both Swift and Perry were cordial to one another. Between tweeting support and joining each other on stage — they sang Perry’s “Hot n Cold” at a 2010 Swift concert — the two were friendly and encouraging. Even when Perry began dating Swift’s ex John Mayer in 2012, no reports of drama between the earnest, personal songwriters emerged.

Between 2013 and 2014, however, things soured. A trio of dancers on Swift’s Red World Tour had previously performed on Perry’s California Dreams trek; as later confirmed by dancer Lockhart Brownlie, that same threesome was then abruptly poached by Perry (for her own Prismatic tour) in the midst of Swift’s Red trek.

“We weren’t really dancing on Taylor’s tour anyway, so I got a little bored,” Brownlie told OK! Magazine. “The experiences were totally different.”

Now, we’ve got “Bad Blood.”
In her 2014 Rolling Stone cover story, Swift revealed that a then-unheard song off 1989, “Bad Blood,” was about a fellow female pop star. “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” she explained. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshes insult of my life?'”

Swift then noted that the unnamed adversary did something “so horrible” that made them “straight-up enemies.” She got more specific: “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”

Tellingly, Perry posted a cryptic tweet just one day after the story was posted. “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…”

Enter Nicki Minaj.
No stranger to a feud herself, Nicki Minaj found herself unwittingly in a Twitter war with Swift. In 2015, Minaj was upset that her video for “Anaconda” was snubbed by MTV Video Music Awards’ Video of the Year category. “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” she wrote vaguely.

Swift’s star-studded “Bad Blood” video, which eventually won Video of the Year at the ceremony a month later, featured a collection of cameos from her famous friends (supermodels, actresses, and fellow singers). The singer-songwriter then assumed Minaj was pointing a finger directly at her.

“I’ve done nothing but love & support you,” she wrote in response to Minaj’s tweet. “It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”

Observing the Twitter skirmish, Perry (again, without naming names) posted her own tweet in response, nothing that she found it “ironic” that Swift would use the “pit women against other women argument” in spite of the lyrical content of “Bad Blood.”  Swift never responded, and buried the hatchet with Minaj at the VMAs, where the pair performed that contentious song together.

Calvin Harris gets in the ring.
For much of her 1989 era, Swift had a very public courtship with producer and superstar DJ Calvin Harris. By summer 2016, however, the romance dissolved, seemingly bitterly. When fans discovered that Swift had secretly co-written Harris’ hit Rihanna collaboration “This Is What You Came For,” Harris ranted that the credit was leaked to vilify him. In a mostly deleted thread of angry tweets, he expressed his frustration, referencing his ex’s feud with Perry.

“I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy,” he wrote.

In response, Perry posted a gif of Hillary Clinton.

“Don’t come for me.”
Aside from another brief romance (with Tom Hiddleston) and another feud (with the Kardashian-Wests), Swift has stepped away from the spotlight. She is currently in the midst of her longest break ever between albums, though she briefly re-emerged at the end of last year with the Zayn Malik collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” off the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Perry, meanwhile, spent most of 2016 on the campaign trail supporting presidential nominee Hillary Clinton following the end of her Prismatic World Tour in late 2015.

Now back to work, Perry has been previewing tracks from her forthcoming fourth LP Witness, with accompanying promotional appearances. In one of her first interviews about the album, Perry remained vague about the subject of “Bad Blood,” telling Entertainment Weekly that it’s “not my question to answer.” Switching gears, she remained lightly menacing.

“One thing to note is: You can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me,” she continued. “Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that’s not to any one persona and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that. Honestly, when women come together and they decide to unite, this world is going to be a better place. Period end of story.”

“Another one in the casket.”
Just a few weeks ahead of the release of Witness, Perry surprised fans with her Nicki Minaj collaboration “Swish Swish.” The house-y song directly repeats that “don’t come for me” remark, and its cover art features a manicured hand holding a literal receipt (“Karma Coffee and Tea”). The title, of course, also bears a striking resemblance to Swift’s own name; on the track itself, Perry boasts and shares warnings to her haters and enemies. Even though Minaj and Swift seemed to mend their wounds, her guest appearance further fuels speculation that the track is, indeed, the long-awaited “Bad Blood” response.

Calvin Harris collaboration on the way.
Swift’s ex-boyfriend is also preparing a June album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. When announcing the album’s title and release date, he also gave a preview of the many guests set to appear on the LP, which will include both Perry and Minaj.  

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Chris Cornell: Police Report Details Singer's Final Hours

A police report from the investigation into the death of Chris Cornell has revealed new details regarding the singer’s suicide.

According to the report, obtained by the Detroit News, Cornell had a troubling telephone conversation with his wife Vicky in the hour before his death where he admitted to taking “an extra Ativan or two” and was slurring his words, reiterating Vicky Cornell’s separate statement Friday morning.

The police report also fleshed out the timeline of what transpired from the time Soundgarden’s Detroit concert ended to the time the singer was found dead in his hotel room’s bathroom.

Soon after Soundgarden’s concert ended, at 11:30 p.m., Cornell’s bodyguard Martin Kirsten said he accompanied the singer to his hotel room to help fix his computer and give him two Ativan “which victim takes for anxiety,” the police report states.

Soon after, Cornell and Vicky spoke on the phone, with the singer slurring his words, admitting he may have taken too much Ativan and repeatedly saying “I am just tired” before abruptly hanging up.

Following that conversation, Vicky Cornell called Kirsten to check on her husband. Despite having the key to Cornell’s room, Kirsten couldn’t open the door because it was latched. Kirsten then called hotel security, who told the bodyguard that they could not let him in the room because he wasn’t authorized to enter it.

Despite security’s refusal to assist, Kirsten then kicked open Cornell’s hotel door. The bedroom door was also latched, so the bodyguard again called hotel security before ultimately kicking open that door. Upon inspecting the bathroom, Kirsten found Cornell “laying on the bathroom floor” with blood running down his mouth and a red exercise band around his neck.

According to TMZ, Cornell fastened the band to a carabiner that had been lodged into the doorframe, leaving indentation marks.

Just before 1 a.m., paramedics entered Cornell’s room, removed the band from his neck and attempted CPR on the singer, who was not breathing. A doctor who later came to the scene pronounced Cornell dead at 1:30 a.m.

Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky issued a statement speculating whether his suicide was the result of too much anxiety medication. Watch here.

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