Music Industry Leaders Vow To Pause Business For A Day In Observation Of Blackout Tuesday 

The show will be paused. At least, that's the message coming from leaders and artists in the music business as part of a movement being referred to as Blackout Tuesday.

Music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang spearheaded the effort to shutter normal business operations on June 2 via their #theshowmustbepaused initiative.


A Twitter account tied to the group appears to have been created on Sunday, amid a weekend that saw communities across the country protesting the murders of George Floyd and others at the hands of police.

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Posted by Azania Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:55:00 AM

Rihanna's Demo of Selena Gomez's 'Same Old Love' Has Leaked and It's Amazing 

Rihanna fans are falling for her take of a Selena Gomez song. Pop Crave reportedly leaked Rihanna's demo of "Same Old Love," a song that the 32-year-old singer was thinking about releasing on her own.

One year before Gomez, 27, released the track in 2015, Rihanna teased Twitter with a lyric from the song, suggesting that her version of "Same Old Love" was in the works. That tweet may have just been a coincidence, though, as Charli XCX later said that she, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Benny Blanco, Ross Golan, and Tor Erik Hermansen didn't write the song until 2015.

 

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Posted by Azania Friday, May 29, 2020 11:48:00 AM

John Boyega Speaks Out After George Floyd's Death: 'I Hate Racists' 

John Boyega has had enough.

The Star Wars actor flooded social media on Wednesday, speaking out about George Floyd's death two days after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed pinning the African American man to the ground with a knee on his neck.

"I really f---ing hate racists," Boyega tweeted on Wednesday. The post has since garnered over 1 million likes.


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Posted by Azania Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:16:00 AM

Ellie Goulding Sets New Album ‘Brightest Blue,’ Featuring Juice WRLD, Swae Lee, Lauv & More 

Ellie Goulding’s forthcoming studio set now has a title, a release date and a confirmed lineup of a-list pop and hip-hop guests, including a collaboration with the late Juice WRLD.
 
Goulding’s fourth album Brightest Blue will drop July 17 and will be split in two parts, Brightest Blue and EG.0.
 
The first part, notes the British pop singer, reflects her “vulnerability” and our complex world “where relationships still dictate our happiness and heartbreak and can still be the most painful thing in the world.”
 
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Posted by Azania Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:50:00 AM

Billie Eilish Goes After Body-shamers In 'Not My Responsibility' Short Film 

The Grammy Award-winning singer calls out the haters in a self-written and produced video clip that debuted during her 'Where Do We Go?' world tour.

Billie Eilish is letting the haters know that their negative opinions are not her responsibility.

On Wednesday, the singer released a short film in which she slowly undresses while her own voiceover slams those who are quick to body shame and pass judgement. Titled Not My Responsibility and written and produced by Eilish, the video, which originally debuted during the singer’s Where Do We Go? world tour, shows the teen Grammy winner, remove an oversized hoodie, tantalizingly slowly, before slipping off a button-down shirt and eventually a tank top too. She then submerges herself fully in water. "Do you know me, really know me?" she asks in the voiceover. "You’ll have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body."

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:30:00 AM

Rihanna Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary of 'Pon de Replay' 

Rihanna's debut single, "Pon de Replay," was released 15 years ago. On Sunday night (May 24), the singer joined the celebration of the song's anniversary on social media, where #15YearsOfRihanna trended.

"Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today! Man this is trippy," Rihanna wrote in an Instagram story. "Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay."

"Pon de Replay is where it all began....15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!" she said of the song, which dropped on May 24, 2005 and was included on her first studio album, Music of the Sun

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Posted by Azania Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:14:00 PM

Lana Del Rey Speaks Out Again to Clarify Her Intentions 

Late Sunday night (May 24), Lana Del Rey took to Instagram once more to defend her post that named several other female artists and caused a firestorm across the internet last week.
 
“Hey, so I don’t want to beat a dead horse and I don’t want to, you know, go on and on about this post thing, but I just want to remind you that in that post -- my one and only personal declaration I’ve ever made, thanks for being so warm and welcoming -- you know, was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement. It’s gonna be important," she began in a six-minute long video uploaded overnight.
 
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Posted by Azania Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:56:00 AM

Gossip Girl Reboot Won't Arrive Until 2021 Due To Coronavirus 

You'll have to wait a little bit longer for more Gossip Girl.

HBO Max's eagerly-anticipated reboot of the CW show will not arrive until 2021, as production has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The series was scheduled to begin filming in March, which is about the time everything in Hollywood started to shut down.

“They hadn’t even started production yet; they were in pre-production and ready to roll,” HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly told Vulture, which first reported the news. “Things that would have been really meaningful and high profile have gotten pushed back," he added.

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Posted by Azania Monday, May 25, 2020 10:51:00 AM

Alan Sheppard Talks COVID-19, Creativity & The Music Industry  

With the world still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic the impact on artistes and the music industry is substantial, here’s what Alan Sheppard had to say about it:
 
“Globally, the impact that Covid-19 has had on the world of music has been twofold.  While financially it has dealt a devastating blow to earnings, it has also given artists and song writers, producers and social media entrepreneurs a push into creating more content while improving their craft. 
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Posted by Azania Friday, May 22, 2020 10:36:00 AM Categories: Alan Sheppard

Lana Del Rey Responds To Accusations Of Racism 

Lana Del Rey has defended herself against accusations of racism, arising from a statement she made about double standards in the music industry.

In a long Instagram post this week the singer claimed she had been depicted as anti-feminist, despite singing about similar themes as other female artists.

But some fans remarked the examples she chose - among them Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé - were mainly black women.

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Posted by Azania Friday, May 22, 2020 9:23:00 AM

Romeich Drops Feel-Good Anthem "We Rise" Ft. Shenseea, Konshens, Ding Dong & More 

“We Rise” is just the song we need right now and Romeich executed its delivery flawlessly.

What started as an initiative by music executive and entrepreneur Romeich to help out a few families has turned into helping hundreds. He has now shifted focus to helping thousands by releasing a brand new compilation track and video to help spread the message that there is strength in numbers, even while maintaining social distancing protocols.

“We Rise” takes the same form as the 1980’s tribute track “We Are the World,” which featured some of the biggest names in music at the time. “We Rise” features some of the current juggernauts in the Jamaican music fraternity, with many of the stars emerging from the Romeich Entertainment camp. TeeJay, Kash, Shenseea, Kemar Highcon, Ding Dong, Konshens, and Tarrus Riley all lend their voices to the uplifting track.

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Posted by Azania Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:12:00 AM

The Weekend and Doja Cat Have a Quarantine Remix in the Works 

According to Billboard, Doja Cat and The Weeknd are about to release a special quarantine remix

On Tuesday (May 19), Doja put up a cheeky Twitter poll with The Weeknd listed as one of the possible collaborators on phony songs with titles including "Stuart Little," "Gumby" and "Pi--y T--s."

"Which one of these artists have I collaborated with and will be releasing the song to very soon?" she asked. A short time later she tweeted simply, "in your eyes," as well as changing her Twitter handle to the name of the song from Weeknd's recent After Hours album.

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Posted by Azania Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:05:00 PM
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