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The Weeknd has announced STARBOY, a new comic book collaboration with Marvel. The singer, real name Abel Tesfaye shared the cover of the first issue on Twitter today. As teased last week, Tesfaye will be participating in a Marvel event today celebrating the announcement. The singer will be signing autographs at New York Comic Con starting at 2:30. STARBOY is also the title of The Weeknd's 2016 album. It is unclear when the first issue of the comic will arrive, but judging by the year printed on the cover of the first issue, which features an illustration of Abel, it will not be until 2018. In March, he was one of a few R&B and hip-hop artists featured in a series of Marvel variant covers. The Weeknd has participated in a number of collaborations this year, including tracks with Lana Del Rey, NAV, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, and most recently, Gucci Mane on his new single "Curve." The singer also released a new version of "Reminder" with Young Thug and ASAP Rocky, as well as a cover of ..
Ghostface Killah is the co-founder of a new cryptocurrency firm that hopes to raise $30 million in funding through a digital coin sale. The company is called Cream Capitol. Yes, CREAM is short for "Crypto Rules Everything Around Me," a nod to Wu-Tang Clan's 1994 single. Cream Capital will be selling "Cream Dividend" tokens next month, which can be exchanged for Ether (the value tokens of the Ethereum blockchain). In a press release, they state their long-term goals: "By 2020, we intend to capture more than half of the global cryptocurrency ATM market and make cryptocurrencies more accessible to the general public than ever before." If you're behind on the concept, cryptocurrencies are a subset of digital currencies that use cryptography for security. Bitcoin is a popular example of a cryptocurrency. So, how did Ghostface get involved in something like this? We reached out to co-founder/CEO Brett Westbrook to hear the story. "Ghostface Killah is a long-time business partn..
Music Biz - Travis Scott's 'Butterfly Effect' Reaches Platinum Status The rapper-producer reached another milestone with his latest single, “Butterfly Effect.” According to the Recording...
Billboard is reportedly set to start including YouTube streams in album chart stats. This report comes from the mouth of Hits Daily Double, who claimed Wednesday that YouTube streams would now be factored into Billboard Top 200 tabulation. The YouTube portion of the ranking, HDD said, will also include pedestrian-ass clips featuring music. At the time of this article's publication, Billboard had not released an official statement. The ever-changing methods with which charts are compiled has resulted in a swath of historic accomplishments, many of which involve the future-minded Kanye West. Wednesday, BBC News reported that West's 2016 album The Life of Pablo had once again made history by becoming the first streaming-only album to achieve gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry. Previously, The Life of Pablo rocked a similar accomplishment stateside by becoming the first streaming-only release to achieve platinum certification from the Recording Industry Ass..
EXCLUSIVE Hip-hop artist Tech N9ne is adamant -- there is no I in "Strange" ... no matter what a rival record company wants you to think. According to a new lawsuit .... the "Caribou Lou" rapper's independent record label, Strange Music -- founded with his business partner in 1999 -- is being ripped off by another label that popped up in 2016 with a strikingly similar name -- Strainge Entertainment. According to the docs ... Strainge was created under the umbrella of Universal Music Group to cause confusion with hip-hop fans and undermine the years of hard work done by Tech N9ne and Strange Music. Tech claims consumers constantly get Strange Music's artists mixed up with the Strainge label on social media due to Strainge's intentional marketing deception ... and it's hurting his brand. Strange Music is suing Strainge for trademark infringement, and wants the label to change its name and destroy everything with Strainge on it. Tech N9ne also wants any profits Str..
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Coming off the success of her debut album CTRL earlier this year, which landed #3 on Billboard’s charts, TDE’s first lady, SZA, has her first ever platinum record. On Wednesday, SZA took to her Instagram page to announce that her single with Travis Scott, “Love Galore,” has surpassed the one million sold mark. “PAHA! I GOTTA LIL PLATINUM THINGY W MY FUGGIN NAME ON THA SIIIDE ! DIS SHIT CRAZY! … really don’t have jack to say but thank u so much to every single person who ran that shit back to scream at the nigga they didn’t have . Thank you all for listening to my thoughts at all . Infinite love to @iam_c_lang @thankgod4cody @travisscott 🙏🏾🌹#TDE ! (disclaimer this caption will change based on emotional need cus grfdjskg ).” This announcement comes just two weeks after finding out that “Love Galore” went Gold, and SZA asked fellow scorching hot female emcee, Cardi B, to hop on the remix of the record. No word yet if that’s going be happen, but SZA definitely asked Cardi about it. "Iss ti..
EXCLUSIVE Tamar Braxton's husband and business partner just took a huge hit to his bank account -- he's been ordered to pay Sony almost $4 million ... TMZ has learned. Music exec Vince Herbert has to cough up the dough after a judge sided with Sony in their legal battle over a 2013 advance. According to the suit ... Sony paid Herbert to find new talent, and part of the deal required payments back from Interscope Records. However, Sony sued Herbert, claiming he started intercepting the money from Interscope in October 2015 ... thereby screwing Sony out of recouping the advance. Herbert failed to respond to the lawsuit, and the judge issued a default judgment. Now, including interest, Vince has to pay $3,738,515.93 to Sony. Interesting note -- we caught up with Tamar in Vegas over the weekend and she talked with us about retiring to focus on her marriage. We reached out to the couple ... no word back, so far.
EXCLUSIVE Diddy and DJ Khaled are deep in negotiations with Fox for a new talent competition show, "The Four," and this one's different from all the rest. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, neither of them have signed but negotiations are far along. We're told there will be 4 judges -- Diddy is the mogul, DJ Khaled is the producer ... there will also be a songwriter, and the 4th judge will be a performer. At least one of the remaining 2 spots will be a woman. The centerpiece of the show will be contemporary pop with an emphasis on hip-hop. It will be an ongoing battle, with new competitors trying to knock out the front-runners. In the end, the winner will get the entire judges panel behind them to launch their career -- a mogul, a producer, a songwriter, and someone to perform onstage with. No word on when the show will premiere, but it sounds different ... and interesting.
Prince was a perfectionist and it's evident in the handwritten edits he made to "Purple Rain" and lyrics for songs which hit the auction block for a hefty price. Some 200 Prince-related items are up for bidding via RR Auction including the 9 pages of notes Prince made on his epic 1984 opus which RR thinks will go for more than $12k!!! They're pretty cool ... you can see where Prince changed and added things to the original screenplay: "1. Glove box opens, Jerome fingers camisole, hands it back 2 Morris, 2. Morris takes it. Uh, 1 more thing here's a little something ..." and so on. Some other Prince items include: -- Yellow boots he wore onstage from '86-'92 ... $12k -- "The Ladder" handwritten lyrics ... $8k -- Lace crop top .... $3k -- His Parade Tour tambourine ... $1.5k -- "Camille" Advance Pressing ... $4k -- Prince's 1980 Rick James tour all access pass ... $800 Bidding ends Sept. 27.