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

Posted by Azania Friday, May 22, 2020 10:36:00 AM Categories: Alan Sheppard
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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Lana Del Rey Responds To Accusations Of Racism 

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

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

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

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

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

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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Feud Erupts Over Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's Billboard Hot 100 Chart Position 

Posted by Azania Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:12:00 AM

Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber have defended themselves after rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine accused  Billboard  of dishonest chart calculations.

Billboard, which publishes the US charts, posted a lengthy article  refuting each of his points while explaining how positions were calculated.

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Umbrella Academy Cast Reveals Season 2 Premiere Date This Summer 

Posted by Azania Monday, May 18, 2020 2:59:00 PM

Get your umbrellas ready!

The cast of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy just revealed the show's season 2 premiere date, July 31, in true quarantine style. Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, and more of the original cast danced around in their homes in an announcement video that nods to the series' pilot.

Other season 1 cast members returning for season 2 include David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin H. Min. And, as previously announced, three new actors have been added to the show based on the comics from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. The newcomers will play original characters created for the series that did not appear in the comics.

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Drake Names His All-Time Favorite Rappers 

Posted by Azania Friday, May 15, 2020 12:36:00 PM

Drake gave fans a look into his top five all-time rappers list via the Instagram comments section Thursday (May 14).

Under Hush's post, which displayed old mixtapes the rapper was featured on, Drake left a comment revealing his coveted five. "My top 5 is Biggie, Hov, Wayne, Young Tony, and 3000 since nobody asked," he wrote. 

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Rihanna Jokingly Responds To Fans Asking About Her Next Album 

Posted by Azania Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:34:00 PM
Rihanna took to Instagram to share a clip of herself in the garden twirling a pair of her new sunglasses from her brand Fenty's Off Record eyewear range and her fans soon took to the comments section with demand for her to drop her album.
 
When one asked: 'WHERES THE ALBUM (sic)', Rihanna replied: 'I lost it', and added the shrug emoji.
 
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John Boyega Says His Parents Weren't Happy About His Chest Tattoo  

Posted by Azania Wednesday, May 13, 2020 1:02:00 PM

John Boyega couldn't keep his new ink a secret any longer — and his mom promptly scolded him.

On Tuesday, the Star Wars actor, 28, comedically documented his plight in telling his parents, Samson and Abigail, about his chest tattoo, offering a play-by-play of himself bracing for admonishment as his sister, Grace, hilariously enjoyed the spectacle.

"Been hiding my chest tattoo from my mum. She just asked me to call her 😩😩😩😩 I’m shooooooookk!!" the London-born actor first tweeted.

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Katy Perry Talks Pregnancy Hormones and Gaining the 'COVID 30' in Quarantine 

Posted by Azania Monday, May 11, 2020 10:07:00 AM
Expectant mother Katy Perry is experiencing the joys and challenges of being pregnant while in quarantine.
 
In an interview for SHEIN Together, a virtual event held on Saturday (May 9) to benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO), Perry admitted that pregnancy hormones are in full effect.
 
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Buju Banton Calls New Single With John Legend 'Special' 

Posted by Azania Friday, May 8, 2020 11:08:00 AM

 It’s been over a decade since reggae king Buju Banton and R&B star John Legend collaborated on a song, and the Grammy winners have reunited for a new track.


Banton and Legend released the easygoing love song “Memories” on Friday. It is the first single from Banton’s upcoming album “Upside Down,” his first studio project since 2010’s

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The Blacklist Goes Animated for Season 7 Finale Amid Production Shutdown 

Posted by Azania Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:36:00 AM

The Blacklist is getting crafty in response to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down production.

To close out its seventh season, the NBC crime drama will employ a combination of live-action footage from the partially filmed 19th episode and graphic-novel-style animation. The hybrid episode, titled "The Kazanijan Brothers," will serve as the finale for the shortened season, which was originally intended to run 22 episodes.

To complete the episode, stars James Spader, Megan Boone, and their castmates recorded audio at home, with the rest of the episode also being animated and edited remotely.

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