Drake Self-Isolates After Partying With Kevin Durant

Drake is self-isolating after partying with Kevin Durant just days before the basketball star was diagnosed with coronavirus, Page Six reports.

According to the outlet, the Canadian rapper is self-quarantining in his Toronto mansion. While not much is known about his current condition, Drake was in good spirits on Monday (March 16) when he celebrated breaking the record for most Billboard Hot 100 entries ever.

As fans know, Drake showed how he was practicing social distancing when he took to Instagram Stories, to share the news after he surpassed the Glee cast’s 207 Hot 100 singles chart entries by earning his 208th entry, courtesy of his new feature on Lil Yachty’s “Oprah’s Bank Account, which also features DaBaby and debuted at No. 89 on the Hot 100 chart this week.

Before showing himself popping champagne bottles in celebration of the career milestone, the 33-year-old rapper posted a video from his home basketball court, saying: “My life for the next however long.”

Drake’s career milestone celebration came less than a week after he was photographed hanging out at West Hollywood hotspot Nice Guy with Kevin, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this week. The NBA star was among the four Brooklyn Nets players to have contracted the virus.

“All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians,” the team said in a statement on Tuesday (March 17). “The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting. All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff. The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible.”

posted by Peyton Blakemore, MarCH 2020, iHEARTRADIO NEWS

YG’s 4Hunnid Label Strikes Joint Venture With Epic Records (EXCLUSIVE)

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Compton rapper YG today unveiled a joint venture between his 4Hunnid label and Epic Records. The Sony Music company will exclusively release, distribute and market new music from the rapper’s Los Angeles-based independent label.

The first release from the partnership is scheduled to come from Compton female rapper Day Sulan, who was featured on YG’s single “Her Story,” from his 2019 opus “4Real 4Real.”

“Me and my team have been doing innovative, legendary stuff for years—helping keep the West Coast alive,” YG said in a statement. “Now, Epic comes through at the best possible time with a platform for our expansion. I’m proud of this opportunity and will make the most of it.”

Epic chairwoman and CEO Sylvia Rhone commented, “We at Epic are delighted by this joint venture with YG and his forward-thinking 4Hunnid brand. YG perfectly represents the new face of hip-hop music: versatile, creative, multifaceted, and steeped in history but versed in current trends. This marks an exciting addition to our roster and offerings.”

According to the announcement, 4Hunnid “encapsulates YG’s versatility and impact, touting impeccable branding, inimitable style, and ambitious vision for both the label and its affiliated clothing line.”

Since his 2014 major label debut “My Krazy Life,” YG has racked up four Top 10 albums and 3 billion streams to date. Hit singles include:
the smash “My N—a” (featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan),
“Big Bank” (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj),
“Who Do You Love?” (feat. Drake)
“Why You Always Hatin?” (feat. Drake and Kamaiyah) and others.

By JEM ASWAD, Variety, Feb, 2020

AMANDA SAMII Named Senior Vice President Of A&R For Capitol Records

AMANDA SAMII Named Senior V.P. Of A&R For Capitol Records

The news was announced today (February 12) by Capitol Records President Jeff Vaughn, to whom Samii will report.

In her new position, Samii will draw upon her broad experience as an A&R and publishing executive to sign and develop artists for the company, as well as oversee recording projects for new and established Capitol artists.

Samii will assume her post on March 2 and will be based in Hollywood within the company’s iconic Capitol Tower.

The executive joins Capitol after 10 years at Kobalt Music Publishing, most recently as Vice President of Creative at that company.


During her tenure at Kobalt, Samii was instrumental in signing a diverse array of writers and producers, including Finneas O’Connell, who last month won five major Grammys–including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Producer of the Year—for his work with Billie Eilish on her worldwide smash album, When We all Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Samii has also signed and worked with many other notable writers and artists, including Syd, Rogét Chahayed, Mike Crossey, Michael Matosic, Peter Thomas, Paul Meany, Vegyn, Jon Hume, Some Randoms and Uffie.

Samii joined Kobalt in 2011 as an assistant on the Creative team, rising in the ranks over the decade to her most recent position as Vice President.

“Capitol Records has such a rich history, and I am honored to be able to help push its legacy forward and mold its future.

“My passion for music comes from being a fan, first, and the Capitol roster has included some of my favorite artists of all time.

“Recognizing that rich history, I will strive to sign and work with artists that will shift culture and inspire generations to come.

By Murray Stassen, ”Music Business Worldwide, Feb. 2020

“Archipelago” The Music of GRAY on illumini Records

GRAY composes on Bali, the Island of Gods

“Archipelago” by composer, GRAY, is the first release on his illumini records. Recorded on the island of Bali, the track is a prelude to GRAY’S first upcoming full length album that he created on Bali, known as the Island of Gods, and was inspired by the new life of his first-born son.

The Greeks called it the Aegean Pelagos and the Italians referred to it as Arcipelago (principal sea), but English speakers now call it the Aegean Sea. Numerous islands dot its expanse, and 17th-century English speakers adopted a modified form of its Italian name for any sea with a similar scattering of islands. By the 19th century archipelago had come to refer to the groups of islands themselves, and now it is often used figuratively, as in, for example, “an archipelago of high rises.”

GRAY’s “Archipelago” is the perfect title for his music as he creates his pulsating music on the beautiful island of Bali but GRAY knows no man is an island and invites you to feel his music with him!

New Release Out Now: https://orcd.co/gray-archipelago
Archipelago video here: https://youtu.be/VIKxGe2OzE4

Amber Mark Is Oh So “Generous”: “Let Me Give Your Eyes A Taste of What’s Under This Lingerie”

A new single from the New York singer

Amber Mark has shared a new song called “Generous” along with a lyric video. Check it out below on HartecastMusic.com’s Video Vibes, homepage.

The New York-based singer’s prior project was her Conexdo EP in 2018. She also released the track “Put You On” with DRAM as a single later that year. In 2019, Mark released two new tracks: “Mixer” in April and “What If” in June.

The singer-songwriter talks about traveling the globe as a child, working through her mother’s death, and getting Sade’s seal of approval in this Rising interview.

Read Pitchfork’s Rising feature “Meet Amber Mark, Whose Soulful Pop Will Make You Dance and Cry at the Same Time” Here: http://bit.ly/37MTUKW

by Evan Minsker
Pitchfork, News Editor

Chance the Rapper to Host ‘Punk’d’ Revival

Megan Thee Stallion among the victims when reboot of MTV prank show arrives on streaming service Quibi

Chance the Rapper will mastermind pranks against fellow celebrities in an upcoming revival of the MTV show Punk’d.

While MTV Studios will produce the series, the Punk’d reboot will be exclusive to the upcoming streaming service Quibi, with Chance filling the prankster seat previously occupied by Ashton Kutcher.

“Punk’d is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” Chance the Rapper said in a statement. “I grew up watching this show, and it’s surreal to be in the driver’s seat this time around on Quibi.”

Chance’s victims have not yet been revealed, but in a teaser released Friday, the rapper torments Megan Thee Stallion with a prank involving an escaped gorilla.

The Punk’d revival’s premiere date has not yet been announced. When it does arrive, each episode of Punk’d will run 10 minutes. In addition to Punk’d, Quibi will also update the MTV dating series Singled Out for the Tinder generation, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Quibi is set to launch in April.

Article by By DANIEL KREPS January, 2020

Bronx Universal Hip-Hop Museum Gets Major Grant From New York Governor

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Bronx Universal Hip-Hop Museum Gets Major Grant From New York Governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped the nation’s first museum dedicated to hip-hop, the Bronx’s Universal Hip-Hop Museum get way closer to opening its doors last week when he granted the organization dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the genre a $3.75 million state grant. According to CNN, the archive’s temporary pop-up location at the Bronx Terminal Market will soon blossom into a building filled with memorabilia overseen by Bronx native, longtime hip-hop fan and Museum executive director Rocky Bucano.

“We knew it was important because the Bronx is where hip-hop started,” Bucano told CNN about his “ambitious, audacious dream” to find a permanent home for the eight-year-old museum. “It’s crazy to think of how hip-hop — which has such an influence on pop culture, advertising, politics — doesn’t have a place to call home.”

Among the co-founders of the Museum are such hip-hop heroes as Grand Wizzard Theodore (godfather of scratching), as well as rapper Kurtis Blow with Ice-T serving on the board of directors and Nas and LL Cool J on board as cultural ambassadors. The 50,000-square-foot Museum will open in Bronx Point in 2023, with exhibits showcasing fashion, breakdancing and the evolution of rap. In addition to offering workshops, mentorships and programming for area youth, the Museum has partnered with Microsoft and MIT to give visitors a personalized look into hip-hop using AI. Construction is slated to begin next summer.



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All 17 Songs From Post Malone’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ Album Chart on Billboard Hot 100

All 17 Songs From POST MALONE’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ Album Chart on Billboard Hot 100! He lands four songs in the top 10, a feat matched by only five other acts… Read more of Billboard article here: https://bit.ly/2lZ6SCq

Written by by Xander Zellner, Billboard 9/17/2019

Lil Nas X Makes Television Debut With ‘Old Town Road’ Performance On ‘Desus & Mero’

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Lil Nas X Makes Television Debut With ‘Old Town Road’ Performance On ‘Desus & Mero’

Even though Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is enjoying a fifth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100f, the 20-year-old phenom has only performed the cowboy anthem once before Monday night (May 7), when Nas X made his television debut on Desus & Mero. The Atlanta native also sat down with the Bodega Boys for a brief interview, and then hit the manmade stage at Brooklyn’s Hometown Bar-B-Que.

“It’s amazing. Everyday is just like, okay, everything was a dream. I just did Stagecoach,” he says of his dreamlike meteoric rise, but the ATL native also makes note that he’s been pushing “Old Town Road” on social media since early 2019. “Promoting [it] for at least three months. I still do it.”

After performing his smash hit in front of the packed western-themed restaurant backed by his live band, Lil Nas returned to the bar area in his bright red jacket to rejoin Desus and Mero for a game of “Country or Nah,” where he’d give out his country stamp of approval on things like hot sauce, Nelly, suede, wizards, F-150s, and more.

See Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” video here https://bit.ly/2VJvHCP



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Annie Lee has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer at Interscope Geffen A&M.

Lee (pictured) will oversee all of the company’s finance functions as well as other key operational teams and report to Chairman and CEO John Janick. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I couldn’t be happier to elevate Annie to Chief Financial Officer at the company,” said Janick. “Throughout her tenure here she has been consistently growing and ready to take on new challenges.

“She has a keen eye for the financial and operational aspects of the business overall and our company in particular. Annie is an important part of the future of Interscope Geffen A&M.”


Boyd Muir, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President of Operations for Universal Music Group, said, “I have enjoyed watching Annie’s career grow and flourish during her time at UMG.

“She’s a tremendously talented executive and problem-solver with a strategic vision for the business. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this promotion and I am looking forward to working more directly with her moving forward.”

Annie Lee said: “I am thrilled and honored to become the CFO of Interscope Geffen A&M and would like to thank John and Boyd for the immense opportunity.

“Since joining Interscope 13 years ago, I have had the privilege of working with exceptional colleagues and artists. I look forward to the forthcoming years to continue to build on our success under John’s leadership.”

Lee joined Universal Music Group as Senior Financial Analyst in 2005, moving over to Interscope in 2006.

She has worked in many capacities at the company, most recently as Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations for Interscope.

Article courtesy of  Music Business Worldwide, 2019