(Miami FL) – 20-Year old rapper Xxxtentacion, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was murdered today in south Florida. According to reports, the “Sad!” singer was murdered during a robbery in Deerfield Beach where he was found slumped over in a sports car with no pulse.
He was transported to a trauma center where he was pronounced dead. The young rapper had a slew of problems including 15 felonies that he was facing and currently awaiting trial for. Most of X’s legal issues stem from 2016 where he racked up charges from a pair of incidents for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, witness tampering, false imprisonment and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
Problems aside, he seemed to be trying to get on the right side of things after a judge released him from house arrest so he could continue to tour and earn a living. His last social media post highlighted a charity event he was planning this weekend in Miami.XXXTentacion unleashed his sophomore album, ?, in March. He sold 131,000 units in the first week. ? gave X his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, powered by a pair of singles, including his highest-charting work to date, “Sad!,” which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. During his career, X had 16 records land on the Hot 100.
(London) – Jay-Z and Beyonce are giving fans their very first joint album. The couple released a surprise nine-track collaborative record over the weekend called “Everything Is Love.” With direct hits on the Grammys and the NFL, the leading track, “Apesh**” is already heating up the airwaves and solidifying the music duos continued domination.
They are currently on their “On the Run II” tour, and they debuted the project during their show in London on Saturday. Jay-Z and Beyonce also released a music video for one of the tracks. “Everything Is Love” is available on Jay-Z’s music streaming service, Tidal.
(UK) – The Music industry’s most powerful couple returned with a bang on Wednesday kicking off their 48-date On The Run 2 Tour In the UK. Just ahead of the one-year birthday of their twins Sir and Rumi, the duo hit the stage looking better than ever and more united than ever. Screams were heard when a photo of their twins flashed on the screen. No word yet if the babies are actually traveling with Jay and Bey; but if history is any indicator, they are. Blue Ivy is a normal presence at their shows. Keeping their children with them while on tour is something they’ve always embraced.
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(Edinburgh, Scotland) – The body of missing “Frightened Rabbit” singer Scott Hutchison has been found. The 36-year-old Hutchison had been missing since early Wednesday morning. His body was found late last night in Edinburgh.
In the hours leading up to his disappearance, Hutchison sent a handful of tweets that said, “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.” His final tweet reads, “I’m away now. Thanks.”
(Detroit, MI) – A Detroit radio station is no longer playing Kanye West’s music because of his comments about slavery. The hosts of 105.1 The Bounce announced yesterday his songs were banned from the airwaves because they think his speech too far by saying slavery was a choice. West made that comment during an appearance on “TMZ Live” earlier this week.
He said he believed it must have been since it existed for so long, then later wrote on Twitter that he only meant that people were mentally enslaved. His comments followed his series of tweets last week expressing his support for President Trump, who he said is his brother. The hosts of The Bounce say they no longer want to talk about the rapper, and refuse to continue giving him a platform.
Meanwhile, footwear company Adidas announced yesterday it is continuing its partnership with West, despite his controversial remarks. A petition was started online asking Adidas to drop the rapper over his slavery beliefs. The company’s CEO said West’s comment was just an idea, and that he is an important part of Adidas’ strategy.
(SL) – J. Cole is now the first artist to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten at once. He achieved the feat with his tracks “Kevin’s Heart,” “ATM,” and the title track of his latest album, “KOD,” which dropped April 20th.
“ATM” is also his fourth overall top-ten entry on the chart. “KOD” earned the largest streaming week of the year, and the third-largest overall, right behind Drake’s “More Life” and “Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.”
(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.”
(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.Page 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.”
(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 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.Three-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.
(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!
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