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Steve Rifkind and Triller Partner To Find Music’s Next Star With Launch Of Spring Singles

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Triller, the popular global AI-powered short video and music discovery platform, and Spring Sound founder Steve Rifkind, the prominent music industry executive known for launching many of the most influential stars of Rap and Hip Hop, today announced the launch of Spring Singles, a new artist discovery platform formed by Springs Sound and Triller that will introduce and promote the most exciting new music artists across popular genres in a biweekly format. 

The announcement was made during a keynote conversation between Rifkind and rapper-producer David Banner at Triller’s Assembly for Black Creators, a new monthly virtual conference launching today that brings Black creators together with leading brands to create new content integrations and deepen the pipeline of Black-owned media.

Spring Singles will tap into Steve Rifkind’s decades-long track record of artist discovery and savvy promotion has led to the success of some of the most globally influential acts in music, including Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Big Pun, Akon, Three 6 Mafia, Busta Rhymes, and many others.

The Spring Singles program will be fueled by Rifkind’s ongoing search for music talent around the world and informed by his keen eye for talent and an early understanding of Hip Hop culture that helped Rifkind identify hot acts and also pioneer the marketing tactic of “street teams” to promote concerts (a term he later trademarked). Spring Singles will also encourage up-and-coming artists to submit their work directly to [email protected].

Beginning January 1 and every two weeks thereafter, Spring Singles will release a new single from a different undiscovered artist on the Triller platform. Songs will be promoted across the extended Triller network, including the Triller platform and all Triller social channels, and leverage the company’s promotional and marketing power, including exposure through Triller’s Rising Star and Soundcloud Playlists, in-app advertising, exclusive artist spotlights, push notifications, Triller influencer support, and Triller House content activations, events and brand partnerships. 

“We’re creating a new pathway to finding and launching the kind of raw talent that makes people stop and say, ‘whoa, there’s a new star,’” said Rifkind. “Triller’s ability to amplify these new voices to the right audiences using their AI tools and sophisticated marketing is the way we hope to empower new voices so they can have a very real opportunity to potentially break through. We want to create a rhythm to our song releases, and by scheduling them every two weeks, we will hopefully have created something that people pay attention to and look forward to. We have already found some amazing talent that we can’t wait to introduce.”

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ICYMI: OnlyFans Will Ban Pornographic Content Beginning October 1

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One of the internet’s most infamous sites known for promoting nudity and sexual content will no longer be allowing pornography on the platform starting October 1, according to NBC News.

OnlyFans announced yesterday that it was phasing out sexually explicit content to satisfy banking institutions and the financial transaction services used by OnlyFans content creators. OnlyFans said in a public statement that it was a request from the said institutions and services that prompted the change.

Nudity that adheres to the content policies will be allowed, but the platform has not decided where the line will be drawn between nudity and sexually explicit content.

OnlyFans boasts a $5 billion payout, while only having 2 million content creators and 130 million users. Adult performers have pegged the platform as a savior during the times of the pandemic, lockdowns, and no-contact entertainment.

OnlyFans has yet to respond to requests for comment on the switch.

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OnlyFans Will Ban Pornographic Content Beginning October 1

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One of the internet’s most infamous sites known for promoting nudity and sexual content will no longer be allowing pornography on the platform starting October 1, according to NBC News.

OnlyFans announced yesterday that it was phasing out sexually explicit content to satisfy banking institutions and the financial transaction services used by OnlyFans content creators. OnlyFans said in a public statement that it was a request from the said institutions and services that prompted the change.

Nudity that adheres to the content policies will be allowed, but the platform has not decided where the line will be drawn between nudity and sexually explicit content.

OnlyFans boasts a $5 billion payout, while only having 2 million content creators and 130 million users. Adult performers have pegged the platform as a savior during the times of the pandemic, lockdowns and no-contact entertainment.

OnlyFans has yet to respond to requests for comment on the switch.

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Facebook To Delete Hateful Comments About Lizzo Amid Bullying

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No negative comments tolerated.

Facebook is stepping up to defend Lizzo. 
TMZ reported Tuesday that the social media platform has removed hateful and insensitive comments about the “Rumors” singer. 

A source at Facebook says the company has already removed numerous comments on Lizzo’s most recent social media posts and will continue to watch for the hateful comments moving forward. 

The news comes just days after Lizzo was in tears while discussing the fat-phobic and racist remarks she’s received on the internet following the release of the Cardi B-assisted track. 

“People who have something mean to say about you and for the most part, it doesn’t hurt my feelings. I don’t care,” she said through tears. “I just think when I’m working this hard, my tolerance gets lower. My patience is lower. I’m more sensitive, and it gets to me.”

Cardi B added her thoughts to the conversation. “When you stand up for yourself they claim your problematic & sensitive,” she wrote. “When you don’t they tear you apart until you crying like this. Whether you skinny, big, plastic, they going to always try to put their insecurities on you. Remember these are nerds looking at the popular table.”

People get real comfortable behind a keyboard. Do you think Facebook should have a stricter policy on online bullying? Share your thoughts below.

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Beyoncé Uses Houston Rappers in Ivy Park AD Campaign

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Beyoncé’s clothing line honoring Black cowboys features fellow Houston rappers. 

The Ivy Park collection campaign features actor Glynn Turman (House of Lies, The Wire, A Different World) a real life cowboy, wearing a denim track suit while riding a horse. As well as Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, and Houston rapper’s Monaleo and Tobe Nwigwe. 

It’s great to see Beyoncé use fellow Houston rappers Monaleo and Tobe Nwigwe in the ad campaign.

Tobe Nwigwe a southwest Alief, Houston native, built his ardent fan base since 2013.

Nwigwe’s popularity rose consistently by releasing his weekly freestyle series #gettwistedsundays. While including his wife Fat and family in all things visual. Outside of the dope music we have also gotten a constant representation of black love in rare form. We love to see it. Tobe took to social media to show enthusiasm of the collaboration.

Monaleo is another star emerging from Houston’s rap scene. Quickly earning national attention for her viral track, “Beating Down Yo Block.”

The track samples a popular 90’s Houston anthem, “Knocking Pictures Off Da Wall,” by Yungstar. Since it’s release in April it has commanded over 2.5 million views on YouTube. Even garnering a repost from the Queen MJB on her Ig page as she sung the lyrics to her followers.

Monaleo took to social media to show her appreciation of the opportunity.

In a tweet she stated, “My wildest dreams have come true . All those hours spent in the mirror dancing and singing like Beyoncé have paid off . Thank you to Bey and Ivy Park + Staff for having me “

Also making an appearance in the ad campaign is Roc Nation’s Snoh Aalegra. Check out the full video below.

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Fans Are Now Not Expecting Kanye West’s ‘DONDA’ On August 15

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So it’s no surprise that Kanye West didn’t drop DONDA on either of the initial release dates, the first being July 24, but that got delayed, and the second August 5, but that didn’t happen either. Now there is a new release date August 15, but on this date, fans aren’t even expecting the album to drop.

Fans are all over Twitter expressing their disbelief of the third release date of DONDA

One fan said it straight up, “I’d like to announce that I am not expecting #DONDA August 15”

Another fan suggested that the only way people will hear West’s 10th studio album is if they attend the listening events. 

“I think the only way we’ll get to hear the album is if we all attend the listening sessions  #DONDA

Kanye West fans are not to be played with. Comparing the release to when the Nextflix series Stranger Things season 4 comes out, and that’s set for 2022.

The fan wrote, “#DONDA is going to be released when we get a season 4 of stranger things #Stranger Things”  

Who knows when the official album will drop, but as of now a third date has been set for DONDA, and it’s August 15. 

When do you think we’ll get DONDA?

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ICYMI: Black Tik Tok Creators Are On Strike

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#BlackTikTokStrike creators demand credit.

If you’re wondering why we haven’t seen a new viral dance, it’s because the main ones responsible for making them have all put a temporary holt on their creations.

Black Tik Tok content creators are frustrated with the social media app using them for their liking and not giving them the proper acknowledgment. As a result, they all went on strike and are refusing to create new dances on the app until they’re properly credited and compensated.

The #BlackTikTokStrike, which has extended into its third week, isn’t asking users to drop the app, instead, its purpose is to share videos calling out what they say is “preferential treatment” for white creators who receive millions of views by performing dances they appropriated from Black creators.

Megan The Stallion’s new song “Thot Sh*t” is the first song to receive this treatment. On June 20, Black Tik Tok creator Erick Louis posted a video set to the new Megan Thee Stallion song. In the :15 second video, Louis, 21, fakes like he’s about to dance to the track as the words “MADE A DANCE TO THIS SONG” are shown on the screen above his head. Rather than dancing, he holds up both middle fingers as the text displayed on the screen changes to say, “SIKE. THIS APP WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT [BLACK] PEOPLE.” Louis’ video has been viewed more than 426,000 times since it was posted on Friday.

The strike began in late June and, as of Thursday morning, the hashtag has been viewed on TikTok more than 3.6 million times.

What are your thoughts on the #BlackTikTokStrike ? Are you in support of black content creators receiving credit for their choreography?

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Images Inspired By Slim Aarons From Jay-Z Cannabis Line Now For Sale

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If Jay-Z isn’t in the news for music, he’s in the news for business.

Three months ago, Jay-Z aka Hov’s cannabis line Monogram displayed the first installment of “The Good Life, Redefined”—a lavish campaign inspired by Slim Aarons and shot by Hype Williams. Now some of those images from the photoshoot are available for purchase.

Jay-Z is branding his line of marijuana as high-class cannabis, and the mid-century luxury-inspired photoshoot by Aarons fulfilled Hov’s vision.

This shoot, which included some iconic figures in fashion, entertainment, and the food industry, took place at Twin Palms, Frank Sinatra’s estate in Palm Springs.

Images featured rappers Chika and Curren$y, stylist Aleali May, model Slick Woods, and culinary collective Ghetto Gastro as they are poolside representing fancy usage of marijuana.

“The perception around cannabis has shifted a lot since the 20th century. If you were to ask me and my peers how we’d define the good life today, weed would definitely be a part of it,” Williams said in a statement. “Whether we’re smoking to inspire creativity or to celebrate an achievement, cannabis has a rightful place in modern day culture.”

Starting today, limited-edition prints of the photographs (just 10 of each were produced, for a total of 80) will be available for purchase on The Webster and Caliva.com.

The pieces are priced at $320 and printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm—high-quality cotton paper. Sizes range from 18×18 to 18×24.

During the 1950’s, Slim Aarons photos became popular for his use of celebrities and glamorous people in various indulgent social settings. His POV was usually “attractive people, doing attractive things in attractive places,” he famously said.

Have you ever splurged on limited artwork? Share your thoughts below.

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The #BlackTikTokStrike Has Entered Its Third Week

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#BlackTikTokStrike creators demand credit.

If you’re wondering why we haven’t seen a new viral dance, it’s because the main ones responsible for making them have all put a temporary holt on their creations.

Black Tik Tok content creators are frustrated with the social media app using them for their liking and not giving them the proper acknowledgment. As a result, they all went on strike and are refusing to create new dances on the app until they’re properly credited and compensated.

The #BlackTikTokStrike, which has extended into its third week, isn’t asking users to drop the app, instead, its purpose is to share videos calling out what they say is “preferential treatment” for white creators who receive millions of views by performing dances they appropriated from Black creators.

Megan The Stallion’s new song “Thot Sh*t” is the first song to receive this treatment. On June 20, Black Tik Tok creator Erick Louis posted a video set to the new Megan Thee Stallion song. In the :15 second video, Louis, 21, fakes like he’s about to dance to the track as the words “MADE A DANCE TO THIS SONG” are shown on the screen above his head. Rather than dancing, he holds up both middle fingers as the text displayed on the screen changes to say, “SIKE. THIS APP WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT [BLACK] PEOPLE.” Louis’ video has been viewed more than 426,000 times since it was posted on Friday.

The strike began in late June and, as of Thursday morning, the hashtag has been viewed on TikTok more than 3.6 million times.

What are your thoughts on the #BlackTikTokStrike ? Are you in support of black content creators receiving credit for their choreography?

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A Tribe Called Quest Denies Partnership with Royalty Exchange

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Legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest calls reports of them partnering with Royalty Exchange for an NFT auction false.

The New York rap group says they never partnered with Royalty Exchange to auction off their first five albums as NFTs. 

The group’s co-founder, Ali Shaheed Muhammad called the reports “not Frigging True,” in a long statement on Facebook.

On June 29, 2021 Billboard wrote an article that stated ‘Royalty Exchange has partnered with A Tribe Called Quest to auction off 1.5% share of the sound recording royalties from the hip-hop group’s first five studio albums.’ At the time, Billboard knew those words were not true but worded the story in a way to gain clicks. They have now changed the article. Other ‘journalistic’ publications took the original newsfeed and ran with the misleading headline.

Ali then highlighted, “No member of A Tribe Called Quest has entered into any partnership with Royalty Exchange. PERIOD!”

The partnership was said to include 1990’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, 1991’s The Low End Theory, 1993’s Midnight Marauders, 1996’s Beats, Rhymes and Life, and 1998’s The Love Movement.

Muhammad says that PPX Enterprises, which owned as small percentage of their royalities, sold their share to a group that partnered with Royalities Exchange. “Had we known this percentage of our art was out there we would have bought it directly from PPX Enterprises as it should have never been sold by Jive Records,” he added.

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