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Rapper Jermaine Dupri of So So Def has beef with Lil Nas X, we’re just not exactly sure why. We know that recently Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” broke the record of 16 weeks straight on top of the Billboard chart that was held Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day.” The Lil Nas X song now has owned the top slot for 18 straight weeks. On Wednesday, Dupri took to Twitter with a blast, “No!! You can’t sit with us. Go sit over there and based on the stats and this chart @mariahcarey is the greatest songwriter in history.” We’re not sure if Dupri just got done watching Mean Girls, if he was having a bad day or if he just wanted to show some love to Carey who he has collaborated with several times – most notably on “Always Be My Baby” back in ‘95.  Meanwhile, in a show of graciousness, Mariah gave X a ton of props when he broke her record, so why is Dupri so salty?

Camila Cabello’s solo career is going pretty well since leaving Fifth Harmony almost 3 years ago. Her hit song “Senorita” with her ‘boyfriend’ Shawn Mendes has been, along with Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” the tune of summer 2019.  And she continues travel with the Mendes tour.

A year after Cabello left Fifth Harmony; the group went on hiatus to follow Camila to solo careers. They haven’t performed or recorded in almost two years. In a recent interview, when Cabella was asked why they’re not in contact said, “It’s not because there’s any animosity between us but rather the courses of our lives have drifted. But if I saw any of them at an awards show, I would say ‘hi’ and it would be totally cool. It feels like there’s been a reset just because of the amount of time that’s passed.” It would be interesting to hear if her former band members feel the same way. While Cabello even commented on her liking of former band member’s song “Love Lies” with Khalid, you have to wonder if she’s the only one of the former group that feels that everything “would be cool”

Many forget that before ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X first earned recognition through his social media presence on Twitter and Instagram. X had gone viral several times prior to releasing his record setting single. In a recent interview the instant star commented on earlier days by saying “A lot of the stuff I used to do years before would sometimes go too far. I know I have a platform now, so there’s more of a need to make sure nothing is hurtful or too crazy.” With that statement, the 20 year old displays great insight and introspection. His advice would benefit all of us as we use our social media accounts. Use them for positivity and for helping others. X has certainly had to take his fair share of backlash after his sexuality announcement in June, but he’s applying his positive mentality to understand and forgive. Just check out some of his tweets in response to harsh Twitter comments to see the positive, fun-loving approach he has taken.
What do the following titles have in common: Night at the Museum, Home Alone, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper by the Dozen? Answer: They are all titles previously owned by 21st Century Fox, which is now under the Disney umbrella and according to Disney CEO, Bob Iger, they are all due for a millennial makeover. Adding to the hype of the Disney+ streaming service release this November, the four aforementioned titles will be getting a reboot, or rather a “re-imagination,” for a new generation. In its coming battle with Netflix and Amazon, which may ultimately be defined by the original content each service is able to produce, this is yet another example of how Disney plans to make its streaming splash. These makeovers are expected to be different from the originals in more ways than not. They, along with the long line of existing Disney titles and Marvel titles will give users tons of hours of content on which to binge. While there’s no timetable for the release of these remakes, we don’t expect it to take long before they start hitting theaters and streaming out through Disney+.
The buzz is palpable around the release of Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+.  Set to release November 12th, it is entering the market against well established players like Netflix and Amazon, which would not be an easy task for a newbie, but with Disney’s catalog, they will light it up immediately, even if their subscribers are limited to families with kids. Early announcements about pricing for Disney+ suggest that it will come as a standalone, starting price for $6.99 and a bundled price of $12.99 that will include ESPN+ and Hulu. The standalone price for ESPN + is $4.99 while Hulu sits at $5.99. Combing the three services together under one price umbrella is a proper marketing strategy. ESPN and Hulu have been at least partially owned by Disney for some time. Hulu became part of Disney after its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The competition lines up as follows: Amazon Prime offers its streaming service bundled with Amazon shipping benefits for about $12.99 a month, Netflix offers its thousands of movies and original series for the same and now Disney + is matching them.  Disney’s advantage is its amazing catalog of classic movies and cartoons for kids and the movies from their other properties; Marvel, Touchstone Pictures and Lucasfilm.  No doubt, they will force an adjustment in the market.  To counter what is coming, Netflix is putting up $15 billion to finance original programming.  Take that Mickey.

Charli XCX caught a major career break when Taylor Swift tapped her to open for the Reputation tour last year. The tour was record breaking stateside, bringing in more than $200 million in ticket sales. That’s tens of thousands of people at each show who got to see Charli XCX, compared to her prior audiences of 1,000 to 3,000.  They got to see her because of Taylor Swift.

One would think she would be eternally grateful for the opportunity and would use the platform to build a good public image for herself. Wrong. In a recent interview XCX dropped some shade Swift’s way, “I am really grateful that she asked me to be on that tour. But as an artist, it sort of felt like I was going up on stage and waving to 5-year-olds.”

….OK?

She continued, “I have done so much opening and it really cemented my status as this underdog character, which I like now. But I just need my own…finally.”

Here’s the thing, any artist who accepts the opening spot on a Taylor Swift tour should know the audience that will show up.  Charli XCX’s frustration is with the state of her career.  It is that she can only draw a couple thousand people, which requires her to open for others to reach beyond her limited audience.  Her complaint is with her producers who aren’t finding her better songs.  Her complaint is with her management who are not getting her to open for more appropriate headliners.  Her complaint is with the quality of her own performance that is not propelling her further, faster. Passionate Taylor Swift fan’s have not taken these comments lightly. They have been blasting XCX on Twitter the last few days. Just hop on the app and check out what they’re saying.

Speculation: Justin Bieber may be collaborating with Kanye West.  In a dimly lighted photo posted on his Instagram account, Justin is seen crouching next to Kanye with spotlights reflecting off the floor. Very artful.  Bieber’s baseball hat is on backwards and his shoes are high end – not unusual.  The caption is a quote from a song by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie called Drowning…”Every where that I go it’s a light show I’m surrounded bust down bust down bust down bust down bust down bish I’m drownin,” It’s hard to know what is meant, but in a time when collaborations are the thing, the idea that this is a clue to Bieber’s next one is likely.  He has recently collaborated with other pop stars including Ed Sheeran and Billie Eilish.
What a life. The reality for pop-star Ariana Grande is that any little public move stirs speculation, headlines, and debate. And it continued this week with a photo in her Instagram post that sent fans into a frenzy. Having recently released a song called “Boyfriend” with artist, Mikey Foster, rumors are swirling that he is her new beau. Grande helped the rumor with an Instagram post featuring two photos promoting the new song.  In them she’s wearing a little white tutu that is very short with a black bra and black heels. In one of the photos she is resting gently on Foster’s leg. Are these photos strictly professional or is there something more going on?  A quick scroll through her comments reveals a clear consensus. Fans are thinking the latter. Whether or not Adriana and Mikey are the new thing, Grande’s current profile commands this sort of attention, especially when it comes to her love life – lest we forget her engagement to Pete Davidson or the toxic ending to the Mac Miller saga. So, is it promotion or emotion? That’s the question for her rabid fans, a question that should be answered in short order. Stay tuned.
MTV and Diddy are bringing back the hit show “Making the Band” next year. The premise of the show is to form a band from scratch via auditions, build group chemistry and then follow the progress of that group as their careers take off.  In its prior seasons the show provided a platform for groups such as O-Town, Day26, and Danity Kane. The new season will become more global, a reflection of the more international music business that exists today.  Diddy and his team are currently scouring the globe for the best undiscovered talent for next season’s show. It remains to be seen if the focus will be on developing Pop / R&B / Hip Hop groups as in season’s past or if the broader search will result in broader genres. Changes to Making the Band represent just one of the many adjustments to current shows and new shows being added to the MTV lineup in the coming year.
Social media apps, like any other product or service, can drop with a bang or end with an aw dang.   Just ask Vine or Google+.  While the world of social media is ever-expanding and ever more connected, with the likes of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter at the forefront, we should take a quick look back at two apps that came in hot, then fizzled. Vine dropped in 2013 and was later bought by Twitter. Upon release, it was pretty hilarious and the first of its kind. Edit 6 second videos in different pieces to make something funny. What an idea. Vine was a hit. But then Snapchat added a story, Instagram added a story, and the limited 6-second video became a negative. Still, love to those who rocked the Vine platform. The creativity and comedy by Viners was a pre-curser to the meme world of today. Then there’s the story of Google+ and why it even existed. Why did it exist? Few could figure out its value. Was it for kids? Was it an alternative to LinkedIn?  It lasted for 8 years be virtue of Google’s deeeep pockets and still, few had a clue. RIP to that platform – no sweat off Google’s back, they run the world anyway. Finally, let’s take a moment to remember all of the other failed social media platforms that are no longer with us and let us thank them for their service.