Category Archives: Music

Pharrell Williams And Robin Thicke Guilty Of Plagiarism

(SL) – Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are guilty of plagiarism. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted this week to uphold the verdict in the artists’ copyright infringement case involving the estate of singer Marvin Gaye.

They were found guilty in 2015 of plagiarizing his 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up” to create their track, “Blurred Lines.” The court ruled that there was not a total absence of evidence of similarities between the two songs. A judge also chose to uphold that the Gaye family will receive half off all future royalties from “Blurred Lines.”

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Joe Jackson Sets Quincy Jones Straight

(SL) – Michael Jackson’s family is not happy with comments made by music producer Quincy Jones during a recent interview. In an interview with Vulture.com, Jones claimed Jackson “stole a lot of songs,” including “Billie Jean” and Donna Summer’s “State of Independence,” adding that Michael was Machiavellian and greedy.michael-jacksonPage Six reports Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, said Jones was jealous of Michael because he’s “never worked with someone with all of that talent.” He said if anyone was responsible for stealing it would be Jones, who was the producer for both songs.

Other relatives said they believe Jones has been carrying a vendetta against Michael for years. They say it began when the two disagreed on whether Jones deserved a shot at a Grammy for having produced the 1982 smash-hit album “Thriller.”

Rapper Quavo Helps Clippers Beat Lakers In Celebrity Game

(Los Angeles, CA) — Rapper Quavo of the Migos won MVP honors as Team Clippers defeated Team Lakers 75-66 in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday night.

quavo-2018-nba-all-star-celebrity-game-mvp-1Quavo finished with a game-high 19 points and Olympic sprinter Andre DeGrasse added 17 points for Team Clippers. NBA impersonator and last year’s MVP Brandon Armstrong chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Rachel DeMita, host of NBA2KTV, finished with 17 points for Team Lakers.GTY 919140848 S SPO BKO BKN ACE CEL USA CAThree-time NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson scored 14 points while pop star Justin Beiber added four points in defeat. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and Katie Nolan, actor Michael B. Jordan and rapper Common served as celebrity coaches along with former NBA All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Paul Pierce.

Sytonnia LIVE Bounce TV Trumpet Awards Red Carpet Special

(SL) – If you missed our @bouncetv #TrumpetAwards Red Carpet Special tonight, watch it here! The evening’s festivities were hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica Ash as celebrities, notable and esteemed guests from far and wide gathered to honor the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others!

Make sure you tune in to Season 3 of Sytonnia LIVE TUESDAY nights @ MIDNIGHT on the TST Network on Comcast/Xfinity CH 29 in Atlanta!

Petty Autopsy Points To Accidental Overdose

(SL) – Tom Petty’s death is being ruled as an accidental drug overdose. Petty died at the age of 66 last October. A Facebook post from Petty’s family shows that he was taking a variety of medications for a fractured hip, knee problems, and emphysema.

The Petty family says they take comfort in the fact that Petty died painlessly and was “beautifully exhausted” after doing what he loved the most, playing with the Heartbreakers.

Times Up! Only Three People Didn’t Participate In Blackout At Golden Globes, But HFP President Meher Tetna Had A Good Reason

(Beverly Hills, CA) – It looked like everyone got the memo to wear black but literally a few people.  The men even participated, but when it came to the women all but three were in line with the dress code.

The Blackout, Time Up movement was strong at the Golden Globes but a few people went against the grain. Meher Tetna, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press decided against black for cultural reasons. Saying, “When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black.”

But no word yet on why Blanca Blanco decided to wear a bright red dress with not only her leg out but her chest exposed as well. With everything that’s going on, it would’ve been nice to see her not only support the movement, but to go a little towards the demure side as well. Sex doesn’t have to be on display all the time.

The other fashion criminal was Barbara Meier who hasn’t revealed why she decided to shun the blackout idea as well. Beautiful dress…but again, if the men could stick with the dress code, they could too. This particular movement will require everyone with influence to be on the same page.

Cheating, Therapy, Politics, His Mother’s Sexuality, Making A Song Cry And OJ Simpson: Jay Z’s Most Candid Interview To Date With The New York Times

“The most beautiful things are not these objects. The most beautiful things are inside. “- Jay Z

(SL) – “I can’t see it coming down my eyes, so I gotta make the song cry.” Hip Hop Mogul Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter says when he wrote that song he was clearly hiding because the strongest thing a man can do is cry.

In his evolution, he now believes that being vulnerable and exposing yourself to the world is real strength; something him and Beyonce both exercised on their latest projects. 46D0A1B400000578-5129969-image-a-72_1511985798284Jigga says originally it was supposed to be a joint album, but Beyonce was way ahead in her project and ended up dropping Lemonade first. It was Lemonade that finally put the spotlight on what possibly happened when Solange went Bruce Lee in the elevator. But…will he ever tell us who Becky with the good hair is? Not likely.

Beyonce dropped the hints and Jay Z pretty much confirmed the infidelity allegations on his top grammy nominated album 4:44. However, Hov, outside of his lyrics, has never flat out admitted that yes…he did in fact cheat on his wife of nine years, until now.

With no theatrics, no studio, producer or engineer Jay Z sat down with Dean Baquet on September 27th and took us all the way inside the life of music’s next billionaire.

“I’m not black. I’m O.J.” – Orenthal Simpson

“When I was invited to interview Jay-Z, I wanted to talk about his song “The Story of O.J.,” from his most recent album, “4:44,” in which he quotes the legendary, maybe apocryphal, Simpson line “I’m not black, I’m O.J.”

I was less engaged by the rapper’s marital troubles or his infamous, caught-on-video 2014 elevator dust-up with his sister-in-law. But I did want to try to understand how, with an $88 million Bel Air mansion a freeway ride from neighborhoods where black people endure with so little, Jay-Z holds onto his younger self — a black man who grew up in the ’70s in the Marcy projects of Brooklyn. It seemed from his new body of work that examining this high-wire act of straddling two places had been stirring more deeply within him — much the way it stirs in me, a Southern black man who grew up revering O.J. and whose own success is infinitely greater than anyone in my early life would have imagined for me.

What is it about the story of O.J. Simpson that moved us both?

BAQUET The things I want to talk to you about: I want to talk a little bit about race. Your music some, too. I thought the song [“The Story of O.J.,” from the album “4:44,” 2017] was particularly powerful. I took the message as, “You can be rich, you can be poor, you’re still black.” Who were you speaking to? Who did you want to listen to that and be moved by it?

JAY-Z It’s a nuanced song, you know. It’s like, I’m specifically speaking to us. And about who we are and how do you maintain the sense of self while pushing it forward and holding us to have a responsibility for our actions. Because in America, it is what it is. And there’s a solution for us: If we had a power base together, it would be a much different conversation than me having a conversation by myself and trying to change America by myself. If I come with 40 million people, there’s a different conversation, right? It’s just how it works. I can effect change and get whomever in office because this many people, we’re all on the same page. Right? So the conversation is, like, “I’m not rich, I’m O.J.” For us to get in that space and then disconnect from the culture. That’s how it starts. This is what happens. And then you know what happens? You’re on your own, and you see how that turned out.

BAQUET Was it a reminder, too, that the thing O.J. forgot, maybe, was that as rich as he was, as entitled as his life was, he was reminded very forcefully when he became a subject of racial debate that he was also a black man, whether he accepted that or not?

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Jay-Z Leads Grammy Nominations With Eight; Followed By Kendrick Lamar And Bruno Mars

(SL) – The Recording Academy™ welcomes this year’s class of GRAMMY® nominees. Already a 21-time GRAMMY winner, JAY-Z leads with eight nominations, followed by Kendrick Lamar (7), Bruno Mars (6), Childish Gambino (5), Khalid (5), No I.D. (5), and SZA(5). Selected from more than 22,000 submissions across 84 categories, the nominations showcase some of the most gifted music makers of the past awards year (Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2017).

A-1778977-1480298883-4498.jpegAs the only peer-selected music award, the GRAMMY is voted on by the Recording Academy’s membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.

“I’m inspired by this year’s nominees and the incredible talent each possesses,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Their recordings are a true testament to how creatively alive and meaningful our music industry has become. Each nominee uses their craft to inspire, uplift, and tell stories of our world through their artistry. They provide a vibrant soundtrack that represents the highest level of excellence and continues to impact and reflect our culture.”

 “The beauty of our process begins and ends with the participation of music professionals,” said Bill Freimuth, Recording Academy Senior Vice President of Awards. “Our nominations reflect the expertise and passion of Recording Academy voting members.”

The final round of GRAMMY voting is Dec. 7–21, 2017. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

The following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields and 84 categories.

For a complete nominations list, visit  www.grammy.com.

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Record Of The Year:

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z

“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

 Album Of The Year:

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

4:44 — JAY-Z

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama — Lorde

24K Magic — Bruno Mars

 Song Of The Year:

“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)

“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

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New Documentary Claims Tupac Shakur Knew His Killer

(SL) – A new documentary claims Iconic Rapper Tupac Shakur knew who his assassin was, but law enforcement didn’t care to further the investigation.

His murder remains a mystery. But several specialty shows have pointed fingers at corrupt cops with gang affiliations for being responsible for both Tupac and Biggie’s death.

Tupac was gunned down on September 7, 1996, while driving through Las Vegas. Numerous people – including fellow New York rap hero Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious BIG – were implicated in the death.  Biggie would be killed  almost 6 months to the day after Pac was killed.

Former LAPD detective Russell Poole believed both murders were orchestrated by Suge Knight. Poole who spent half of his career investigating the killings died suddenly in August 2015 while meeting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigators to discuss a cold case. Poole reportedly suffered a heart attack.

But the identity of Tupac’s killer has remained a mystery – because the cops didn’t care to look any further,