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Apple Blocked Drake Show Livestream, Tidal Says

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Josh Brasted—WireImage/Getty Images Lil Wayne and Drake perform at Lil Weezyana Festival at Champions Square on Aug. 28, 2015 in New Orleans.

But Drake's manager said it was his decision, not Apple's

Streaming music service Tidal blamed Apple for blocking Drake’s performance on Saturday during a livestream of a New Orleans charity concert, prompting accusations that the tech giant went too far in guarding its partnership with the rapper.

The livestream of Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Fest, which benefits after-school programs for kids 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, was interrupted during Drake’s scheduled performance with a message claiming “Apple is interfering with artistry,” The Verge reports. “Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience,” Tidal said.

According to the New York Post, Apple reportedly threatened Tidal with a $20 million lawsuit in order to protect its own streaming music service, Apple Music, through which Drake’s next album will exclusively released. But a separate report from BuzzFeed News claimed that filing such a suit would not even be within Apple’s power.

“We have all the email receipts and written correspondence that took place with said, blocked performance,” Tidal told The Verge in a statement. “That being said we choose to keep it classy. Great show to all the performers. Great performance Wayne. God Bless New Orleans. 10 years stronger.”

Apple declined to comment to multiple publications.

Drake’s manager denied the allegations against Apple, stating that it was “100 percent” Drake’s decision not to stream his performance on Tidal. “Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream,” he said. “[Tidal] saw the opportunity to take a situation and spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt.”


[The Verge]

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Jay Z Joined Instagram But Quit After 14 Hours

"This may be my first and last post"

Jay Z appeared to join — and quit — Instagram over the weekend, posting a tribute to the late Michael Jackson and briefly surprising fans accustomed to the rapper’s typically quiet online presence.

“Happy birthday to the King!” the record label owner captioned a split photo showing the legendary pop star and him that was posted on Saturday. “This may be my first and last post.” Music exec Michael Kyser, a friend of Jay Z, also encouraged his Instagram followers to follow the rapper in a photo showing him posting his first Instagram post:

Follow my brother @Hovsince96 ASAP!

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But Jay Z’s Instagram experiment appeared to last for only a brief 14 hours. The the account, Hovsince96, was deactivated on Sunday morning. For now, it seems, the only option to catch a glimpse into his private life may be the Instagram account of his wife, Beyoncé.

Read next: Jay Z on the 2013 TIME 100

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Watch Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne Peform ‘Complicated’ on the 1989 Tour

Swift also welcomed OMI to the stage in San Diego

It’s still mad love between Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne, despite a misunderstanding on social media earlier this week.

Swift welcomed Lavigne to the stage in San Diego on Saturday as part of her 1989 world tour, and the duo sang “Complicated,” the 2002 hit that propelled the singer from 5,000-population-town Napanee, Ontario, into pop superstardom.

“ ‘Complicated’ is such a brilliant pop song and I just love her,” Swift wrote of Lavigne on Twitter following their duet.

And in the above photo, courtesy Lavigne’s Instagram, she wrote that it was a “pleasure” to join Swift onstage. “She ROCKS!”

OMI also joined Swift on the Petco Park stage, where he sang his hit “Cheerleader.”

Just casually cheerleading with @omi tonight. What an awesome guy and incredible artist.

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For those unintiated in the latest — and wildly overblown — celebrity beef of the week, Swift liked a post on Tumblr comparing her touchy-feely backstage meet-and-greets to those of other artists, including Lavigne.

The post was brought to Lavigne’s attention on Twitter, where she wrote in reply, “Comparison is judging and judging a person does not define who they are it defines who you are. We all Love our fans.” Lavigne followed up with another tweet containing a photo collage of her looking a little more Swift-esque in her meet-and-greets, writing: “So let’s keep it all about the love and stay positive.”

There’s nothing like inviting an artist onto the stage of your massive world tour to smooth over any misunderstandings and to call a ceasefire between warring fandoms. After all, “Taylor hearts Avril,” so play nice.

Taylor hearts Avril. 💗

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This story originally appeared on EW.com


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Justin Timberlake and Jonathan Demme Are Making a ‘Space Age Music Film’

Justin Timberlake at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on March 29, 2015.
Steve Granitz—Getty Images Justin Timberlake at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on March 29, 2015.

There's going to be a lot of dancing, for starters

After star turns in a string of movies including The Social Network, Inside Llewyn Davis, Friends With Benefits, and Runner Runner, Justin Timberlake basically abandoned Hollywood and went back to his day job: international pop superstar. Releasing back-to-back studio albums in 2013, he set out on the 134-date “20/20 Experience World Tour” that saw Mr. SexyBack touch down at arenas across North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand over a span of nearly 14 months.

Now, fittingly enough, that musical career reprise may end up heralding Timberlake’s multiplex return. He enlisted director Jonathan Demme — the Oscar-winning eminence responsible for The Silence of the Lambs and 1984’s Talking Heads rockumentary Stop Making Sense, as well as this August’s Meryl Streep-starring rock ‘n roll dramedy Ricki and the Flash — to film the final date on the “20/20” tour at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

And this fall, Demme plans to edit the footage into an independently financed, as-yet untitled feature. “It’s very emotional, very exciting,” says Demme with barely contained enthusiasm. “It’s a space age music film!”

The filmmaker knows of what he speaks. After all, Demme is uniquely acquainted with the demands of capturing live performance, having produced and directed a trilogy of concert documentaries for Neil Young — Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Neil Young Journeys and Neil Young Trunk Show — a concert doc for Kenny Chesney and a music video for Bruce Springsteeen (not to mention helping transform Streep into a credible bar band singer-guitarist for Ricki). Demme credits Timberlake’s old school showmanship — his current predilection for slicked back hair and tailored tuxedos, silken footwork and big band swing — with the overall sweep of the film, which has yet to ink a distribution deal.

“There’s tremendous dancing in this piece,” says Demme. “He’s got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance.”

Of Timberlake, the filmmaker adds: “He’s a funky Fred Astaire!”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Le1f’s New Music Video Will Overload Your Senses

Watch the colorful clip for "Koi"

Electronic music producer SOPHIE has been peddling his strange, Plexiglass pop sounds with great success lately: he’s worked with Madonna (on the Diplo collaboration “Bitch I’m Madonna”), Charli XCX (on the unreleased “Vroom Vroom”) and upstart Liz (on the spunky “When I Rule the World”). The latest artist to benefit is the rapper Le1f, best known as the guy behind the brassy, compulsively danceable “Wut” (…or the guy who accused Macklemore of ripping off that song with “Thrift Shop”). His tongue-twister rhymes about how he really did just come here to dance are a good match for SOPHIE’s hyperactive production, as is the music video. Googly eyes, neon outfits, CGI straight out of a Microsoft screensaver—it all makes for one overstimulating, caffeine-free pick-me-up for a Friday afternoon.

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Watch the Video for Justin Bieber’s New Single ‘What Do You Mean’

Bieber's new album is set to release in November

Beliebers, start your Beliebing: The lyric video for Justin Bieber‘s brand-new single, “What Do You Mean” is officially out.

The new, Skrillex-produced single is the first taste of the 21-year-old Bieber’s new album – his first in three years – that’s currently set to come out on Nov. 13, per Billboard. Diplo and Drake are both rumored collaborators on the full-length.

“What Do You Mean” is something of a slow burner, and pretty restrained for a Skrillex-produced track. It’s based on loops of vaguely tropical house beats, with Bieber asking in the chorus, “”What do you mean? / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no / What do you mean?”

The video, directed by Laban, shows off some of Bieber’s skateboard skills along with Ryan Sheckler and Chelsea Castro. Bieber enlisted dozens of stars to help him count down to the single’s release: Check out a smattering below.

#Repost @justinbieber with @repostapp.
LEGEND! @iamstevent #2days #whatdoyoumean 48 hours to go!

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@justinbieber #2days #whatdoyoumean 💖C U SUNDAY @ da VMAzzz!!!💖 custom JB pig cape!!!

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#whatdoyoumean @justinbieber pretty excited 😁

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Bieber is set to perform “What Do You Mean” live for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Adele Will Release a New Album in November, Report Says

Adele at the Oscars in Hollywood on Feb. 24, 2013.
Jason Merritt—Getty Images Adele at the Oscars in Hollywood on Feb. 24, 2013.

Rumour has it

Little is known about Adele’s forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-winning global smash 21. She’s been teasing new music for more than a year, but now Billboard reports her label, XL Recordings, is planning to release the album in November.

Back in May 2014, Adele hinted that an album would be out that year. “Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year,” she tweeted, suggesting the album would be titled 25. But the New York Times reported in October that XL had no plans for a 2014 release. Buried in the label’s financial report, it stated, “There will not be a further new release by Adele during 2014 and consequently there will be a fall in XL’s turnover and profits.”

Adele has yet to confirm reports of a release date. Still, a few details about collaborators she’s worked with have leaked. According to Billboard, Danger Mouse, Max Martin, singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr., and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote and produced Adele’s “Rumour Has It,” could have credits on the album.

A rep for Adele had no comment.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Here’s Your Guide to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Everything you need to know about this Sunday's event, hosted by Miley Cyrus

The 2015 Video Music Awards will air on MTV this Sunday at 9/8c p.m. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know, from slated performers and key categories to nomination controversies and the most important moments to watch out for:

Who’s hosting? Miley Cyrus is your guide to the night’s festivities, which is choice casting: as far pop stars go, Cyrus is unfiltered in the personality department, and her 2013 performance was one of the most outrageous in VMA history—up there with Madonna’s bicurious liplock with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (a noted fan of Cyrus herself). Cyrus embodies what the VMAs want to be remembered for, and the network is rewarding her for it. “We’re giving her pretty free reign,” VMA executive producer Garrett English told Entertainment Weekly. “Obviously there are standards and various other things that were always a part of it, but no, [no rules].”

Remind me what the Taylor Swift drama was again? Drama surrounding this year’s event began way before the actual event. After Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for Video of the Year, the rapper spoke up on Twitter about the way black women’s contributions to popular culture are sometimes ignored by the media. Taylor Swift thought this was a personal attack, so she fired back, tweeting that it was “unlike [Minaj] to pit women against each other” and suggesting that one of the male artists took her spot instead.

Backlash to Swift’s tone-deaf response was, well, swift, so she apologized on Twitter later that week for making Minaj’s point about society at large all about her. (Swift also extended an invite for Minaj to join her on stage if she wins the award.) Minaj accepted Swift’s apology, and all was good in the land of pop divas until Katy Perry got involved. Long rumored to be the inspiration of Swift’s song “Bad Blood,” Perry accused Swift of being hypocritical for preaching girl power yet exploiting their feud with the spectacle that was the “Bad Blood” video. Swift and Perry haven’t exactly patched things up since.

What are the awards I should pay attention to? Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran are the most nominated acts this year, though one of the night’s biggest awards, Video of the Year, will probably come down to Beyoncé (whose GoPro-style “7/11” made you want to buy a Kale sweatshirt) and Taylor Swift (who made a mini superhero movie out of celebrity BFF-dom). We’ll see if Nicki Minaj gets her due in the Best Hip-Hop Video category, where she is nominated; and it’s worth keeping an eye on the Artist to Watch category and whether it will acknowledge the innovative FKA twigs, who topped TIME’s best albums of 2014 list, over more mainstream nominees like Fetty Wap or Vance Joy (who’s currently opening for Swift on tour).

Which performances should I be tuning into? Nicki Minaj just announced that she’ll be opening the show after doing the same with Ariana Grande and Jessie J last year; The Weeknd will cap off his unlikely rise from debaucherous mixtapes to pop stardom when he performs “Can’t Feel My Face”; Demi Lovato will prove why she’s hitmaker Max Martin’s latest muse with “Cool for the Summer”; Macklemore and Justin Bieber are probably the most polarizing guests slated to appear, but you probably should tune in anyway to see them perform the new songs that will be playing everywhere this fall whether you like them or not. Other performers include Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Tori Kelly, Bruno Mars, and A$AP Rocky with Twenty One Pilots. And while it’s not actually a performance, Taylor Swift is premiering the music video for “Wildest Dreams,” which may end up winning a few trophies next year given the luck she’s had these past few months.

(MORE: The Rise of the Weeknd: “I Want to Make Pop Cool Again”)

Which artist from the pre-show is main-stage ready? Last year, Charli XCX took her Fault in Our Stars soundtrack hit “Boom Clap” to the red carpet, but the singer’s obvious charisma (and the exceptional quality of last year’s punky Sucker) proved she could have graduated to the main event. This year, two acts are warming up the crowd: Walk the Moon and Nick Jonas. The former had a sleeper hit with “Shut Up and Dance,” but Jonas’ new single “Levels” is basically bringing “SexyBack” back in a way that suggests he’s ready for the next, uh, level.

Will MTV crown this year’s Song of the Summer? MTV is hardly the sole decider here, but the award show could help music fans finally come to a consensus. For a song to own that designation, there has to be a sense of ubiquity. It doesn’t matter how much you love that Jamie xx song “Good Times”—if it’s not blasting out of every grocery store, it can’t claim bragging rights. There also has to be a sense of fun: “See You Again” from Furious 7 dominated the charts, but it’s a total bummer of a song. MTV has a Song of the Summer category this year with 11 nominees, though some are more worthy than others: T-Swift, Fetty Wap, OMI, the Weekend and Diplo (who has two contenders, one with Major Lazer and MØ, the other with Justin Bieber and Skrillex) should be frontrunners for this seasonal designation given their recent dominance.

What’s this award they’re giving Kanye? The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which is MTV’s version of a lifetime achievement award. Like Cyrus, West has also provided one of the most memorable moments in VMA history—Swiftus interruptus!—though some have wondered whether his videos, however much they did to popularize shutter shades, really are a defining component of his legacy at this stage in his career. (MTV likes to reward talent young—Madonna got this trophy in 1986, and who knows what surprises last year’s recipient Beyoncé is going to drop on us in the next few decades.) But anytime West has a platform to speak his mind, it’s worth tuning in. Plus: maybe he’ll take a cue from Bey and bring his family up on stage when he accepts the award.

Read next: Miley Cyrus Reignites the Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj VMA Drama

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Nicki Minaj Will Open MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday

Nicki Minaj at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 28, 2015.
JC Olivera—WireImage/Getty Images Nicki Minaj at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 28, 2015.

This will be her third time performing at the VMAs

Get ready for Sunday night’s Video Music Awards to open with a killer performance.

MTV announced on Thursday that Nicki Minaj will kick off this year’s show.

This will be the rapper’s third time performing at the VMAs and if her open is anything like last year’s “Anaconda” performance, the bar for other performers will be set pretty high early on.

Minaj’s VMAs performance comes in the midst of her sold-out Pinkprint Tour, which is currently making its way across the U.S., after multiple stops overseas.

Earlier this week, MTV announced six other stars who’ll be performing on Sunday night. A mix of VMA veterans and newbies, the roster includes Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots and Tori Kelly.

The MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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