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The SOURCE LAW: Mariah Carey Denied Trademark, Deposed as ‘Queen of Christmas’

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Mariah Carey’s music career is a series of unprecedented achievements.  Currently, she is the top-selling female album artist of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold a staggering 71 million units.   She has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a total of 87 weeks, more than any other artist in history.  She is the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 over four decades, from the 1990s through the 2020s.  Not surprisingly, Billboard ranked her as the top female artist in their “Top 125 Artists of All Time” chart.  

Last year, Mariah filed an application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to register “Queen of Christmas” as a trademark covering hundreds and hundreds of goods.  Her claim to this regal title is based on the following:   In 1994, Mariah released a holiday album entitled “Merry Christmas,” which included “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” a song that has since become an inescapable holiday standard.  “Merry Christmas” has sold 15 million copies.  “All I Want For Christmas is You” is the only holiday song to have topped the Billboard Holiday 100 Chart for over 44 consecutive weeks out of the 50 weeks recorded since the chart began in 2011.  It holds the record for most streams on Spotify in a single day (17 million, on December 24, 2020) and has also earned 1 billion streams on Spotify, the first Mariah Carey song and the first holiday song to ever do so. 

Mariah Carey may indeed be the “Queen of Christmas” according to Billboard magazine and Spotify.  However, in the eyes of the USPTO, she is not.  After she filed her trademark application, a songwriter named Elizabeth Chan filed an opposition to her registration with the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB).   Chan is a full-time Christmas music composer who has previously been dubbed the “Queen of Christmas,” including in a 2018 profile in New Yorker magazine. She released an album in 2021 called “Queen of Christmas” and has had several top 10 Christmas-related singles on the Adult Contemporary charts.

Chan was anticipating a protected legal battle.  However, Mariah never responded to the opposition, and as a result, the USPTO recently denied her application for the “Queen of Christmas” trademarks, as well as her applications for “Princess Christmas” and “QOC.”  

It is possible that Mariah dropped the matter because she decided that the potential bad publicity wasn’t worth it, or perhaps for other reasons all her own.   The end result is that Mariah Carey will not be coronated as the “Queen of Christmas” for federal trademark registration purposes, although she can make a valid claim for the title in many other respects.

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SOURCE EXCLUSIVE: Santana Fox Releases Her New Project ‘The Awakening,’ Talks Leaning Into Darker Content

Santana Fox Releases Her New Project 'The Awakening,' Talks Leaning Into Darker Content

Hip-Hop royalty ran through the veins of Santana Fox before she ever picked up a microphone. The daughter of Mobb Deep frontman Prodigy has been blazing her own path and continues with the release of her latest project, The Awakening, a special Halloween release.

The Awakening follows Fox’s stellar debut album Girl Next Door, which was released in June. The new release is a five-track effort that enlists the help of artist Amber Simone on the project’s closing title track.

Speaking with The Source, Fox detailed the new release the album carries a darker undertone than her previous effort.

“It’s definitely a darker-sounding project,” Fox details. “It’s five tracks and about the stages of grief.”

You can hear the project and learn more about Fox’s recent journey and the new release below.

You dropped your debut album this year. Now that a few months have gone by, how do you feel about that release?

Santana Fox: I feel good about it. I feel like a huge weight lifted cuz I was working on it for like two years, maybe. So, I was definitely happy when I dropped it cause I felt like I was finally telling people my story.

Do you feel like there was pressure in creating that album or just performing and delivering in your own career?

Um, yes and no. Cause I do feel like I got shoes to fill, but at the same time, I like creating my own lane for myself. So, I do go back and forth between feeling pressure and feeling that weight of creating for myself.

You mentioned this album highlights stages of grief. Is it hard to place yourself in that world and create that style of content?

Yeah, cause it put me back in like a dark place for a little while. Cause I had to remember a lot of stuff that happened to me in the past couple of years, which I have pushed out in my memory. So when I started writing for this project, it definitely made me a little sad. But I think dropping it will also help me release a lot of that grief.

There will eventually be songs in here that you perform. How are you preparing to balance the weight of those songs with everyday life?

You know, I can’t even think about that, but I’m sure it will be hard to perform because I’ll probably get emotional. That’s just part of the artistry, though. Being vulnerable and showing that side of you. I feel like that also helps you connect with fans, and they might have gone through what they could relate to. I’m not scared to show that side of me, but I might be uncomfortable, like performing it and crying. But I feel like that’s part of the process.

What areas do you feel that you have grown in from the first release and then now coming into this one?

Definitely my vocals. I used to be so shy in the booth and afraid to try new things, and now I’m a lot louder. Now I sound more confident, and the wordplay is better too.

How did you break that shyness?

I started bringing more people to the studio with me and just allowing my close friends to hear me messing up and having them do retakes. It helped me not to feel embarrassed.

Your new project is coming weeks after your father’s posthumous album. How does it feel to be able to release in such a near timeframe and have both of your careers overlap him?

It is very strange, honestly. I have to realize that my life and my career still go on. I can’t allow that to hold me back, but I’m also paying homage to him on this project and explaining a lot of stuff that we had to go through just to drop his project on my album as well. So yeah, it does overlap, but I just don’t feel right pushing it back due to that.

What can fans expect from Santana Fox in the future?

Definitely more projects on the way. I wanna go on tour next year and try to put that together now.

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[WATCH] Tasha K Responds To Cardi B In A Scathing Instagram Live

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YouTube vlogger Tasha K insists she will not pay rapper Cardi B any of the $1.25 million she was ordered to pay until she has exhausted all appeals process. The two have been going back and forth on social media because Cardi B is still waiting for Tasha K to pay up after winning a $1.25 million defamation lawsuit against the blogger earlier this year.  

Tasha K was found guilty and ordered to pay the rapper $4 million in damages to after the jury found her liable for defamation, false light invasion of privacy, and intention of emotional distress.

Cardi hopped in the comments section of a post on the Neighbourhood Talk of a screenshot of the NYC rapper liking a tweet about lawsuits. The tweet said suing people was only a problem with Cardi doing it.  

“I don’t care what y’all say,” Cardi wrote in response. “Cause I bet the same people commenting were the same ones calling me weak, sensitive, and saying I needed tougher skin when a woman lied on my health, father, my mother, and harassed all my friends and family …THIS is what I was fighting for while others laughed.” 

In response to Cardi, Tasha released a scathing live on Instagram directed to Cardi.

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Nicki Minaj Receives Video Vanguard Congratulatory Flowers From the Carters: ‘Congrats on Your Beautiful Award’

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Nicki Minaj is running the rap world right now. This past Sunday, Minaj accepted the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards, where she also hosted and performed.

Showing that she is still marveling at the moment, Minaj revealed she received flowers celebrating the moment from JAY-Z and Beyoncé.

“Congrats on your beautiful award. Sending you all our love. Hov & B Holla,” the note read.

With a marathon nine-song performance on her “Barbie Dream House” stage, international superstar Nicki Minaj was celebrated with MTV’s coveted Video Vanguard Award.

Minaj’s set included the hits “All Things Go,” “Roman’s Revenge,” “Monster,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Chun-Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” “Anaconda,” and the world premiere of her brand-new song, “Super Freaky Girl.”

Additionally, she gave a moving acceptance speech in which she emphasized the value of mental health and thanked her devoted “Barbz” for their continuous support.

Nicki Minaj and her new single “Super Freaky Girl” debuted on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The single is Minaj’s third time on top of the chart, but her first time unaccompanied. She previously appeared alongside 6ix9ine on top with “Trollz” and with Doja Cat on “Say So.”

“Super Freaky Girl” features a sample of Rick James’ “Super Freak” and had a monster week of 21.1 million streams, 4.6 million radio airplay audience impressions, and 89,000 downloads in its first week.

“Super Freaky Girl” is also Minaj’s 21st single to reach the Top 10 of the Hot 100. It is the rapper’s second single to do so this year, following her collaboration with Lil Baby, “Do We Have a Problem.”

In addition to the top of the Hot 100, Minaj’s new single tops the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts.

Adding to the moment, Minaj topping the charts follows “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé and “About Damn Time” by Lizzo, making for the first time in this century that three solo Black female artists have topped the Hot 100. Minaj is also the first solo rapper to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

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SOURCE LATINO: Anitta Wins Big at VMAs, Becomes First Brazilian to Win for Solo Project in Show’s History

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Anitta’s August comes to a close with a historic victory for the Brazilian worldwide pop sensation, who won last night’s MTV Video Music Awards “Best Latin” category and the moon person. As the “first Brazilian to win for a solo project in the history of the VMAs,” Anitta continues to make history with this achievement.

Anitta, who made her VMA broadcast performance debut with “Envolver,” the song that earned her a historic nomination, delivered an exhilarating performance after the victory.

Following the release of the Deluxe Edition of her critically acclaimed album Versions of Me by Warner Records, she earned this ground-breaking victory and gave a jaw-dropping performance. The album includes five new tracks in addition to the 15 original songs from the Versions of Me album, which was released earlier this year. A stellar cast of collaborators on the album includes Missy Elliott, Maluma, A$AP Ferg, Nicky Jam, HARV, L7NNON, Maffio, MC Pedrinho, Pedro Sampaio, and Dadju.

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[WATCH] Nicki Minaj Performs Nine-Song Medly and Accepts Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs

Nicki Minaj Performs Nine-Song Medly and Accepts Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMAs

With a marathon nine-song performance on her “Barbie Dream House” stage, international superstar Nicki Minaj was celebrated with MTV’s coveted Video Vanguard Award.

Minaj’s set included the hits “All Things Go,” “Roman’s Revenge,” “Monster,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Chun-Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” “Anaconda,” and the world premiere of her brand-new song, “Super Freaky Girl.”

Additionally, she gave a moving acceptance speech in which she emphasized the value of mental health and thanked her devoted “Barbz” for their continuous support.

Nicki Minaj and her new single “Super Freaky Girl” has debuted on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The single is Minaj’s third time on top of the chart, but her first time unaccompanied. She previously appeared alongside 6ix9ine on top with “Trollz” and with Doja Cat on “Say So.”

“Super Freaky Girl” features a sample of Rick James’ “Super Freak” and had a monster week of 21.1 millions treams, 4.6 million radio airplay audience impressions and 89,000 downloads in its first week.

“Super Freaky Girl” is also Minaj’s 21st single to reach the Top 10 of the Hot 100. It is the rapper’s second single to do so this year, following her collaboration with Lil Baby “Do We Have a Problem.”

In addition to the top of the Hot 100, Minaj’s new single tops the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts.

Adding to the moment, Minaj topping the charts follows “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé and “About Damn Time” by Lizzo, making for the first time in this century that three solo Black female artists have topped the Hot 100. Minaj is also the first solo rapper to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen Radio’ Set for August 11 Return on AMP

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On Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m. PT, Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio will make its official comeback on Amp, the brand-new live radio app from Amazon. Through the app, fans will be able to listen to Nicki live and ring in to ask her questions and engage in direct conversation.

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Fans can buy exclusive merchandise from the Amazon Music Merch Shop to mark the launch of Queen Radio on Amp, including a sweatshirt and t-shirt for the show that can be ordered from www.amazon.com/queenradio and the Amazon Music app.

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Nicki has been building anticipation for the debut over the past two weeks by holding unexpected pop-up events on the app where she has interacted with fans, discussed her forthcoming single due out on August 12, and revealed details about her impending documentary. Thousands of Barbz flocked to the app to listen to the show as soon as Nicki appeared on Amp last week. Nicki’s unexpected presence made Queen Radio the top trending topic on Twitter and encouraged her supporters to start their own shows and build sizable, genuine fan bases.

Full Queen Radio episodes will be available worldwide to stream on Amazon Music in the days following the live show on Amp, here.

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Ne-Yo’s Soon-To-Be Ex Wife Accuses Singer of Having A Baby With Another Woman

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Ne-Yo’s wife, Crystal Renay Smith, is putting an end to their marriage.

Smith filed for divorce from R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Smith, earlier this week saying their marriage is broken with no hope for reconciliation.

Crystal listed the date of their separation as “on or about July 22, 2022” in the filing and claimed they’ve “continuously lived in a bona fide state of separation.” Adding, they are “irretrievably broken with no hope for reconciliation.”

Smith also noted while her and the “Sexy Love” singer were together, he fathered a child with another woman, and “committed the act of adultery.”

READ MORE: Ne-Yo’s Wife, Crystal Renay, Blasts Him for ‘8 Years of Lies and Deception’

A few days before the filing went public, Crystal shared an emotional message on social media airing out the 3x GRAMMY winner. 

She accused the 42-year-old of cheating on her with “numerous women who sell their bodies to him unprotected,” asking the public to stop sending her videos and information about his alleged cheating, declaring his actions are “no longer my concern.”

Ne-Yo responded on social media shortly after asking the public to respect their privacy while they handle things offline for the sake of their children. 

“For the sake of our children, my family and I will work through our challenges behind closed doors. Personal matters are not meant to be addressed and dissected in public forums. I simply ask that you please respect me and my family’s privacy at this time.”

The news comes just a few months after the couple renewed their vows in Las Vegas in April. Crystal, 36, is asking for primary physical custody of their three kids, joint legal custody, child support and alimony.  Renay-Smith previously filed for divorce in 2020 but ended up withdrawing her petition. 

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Beyoncé To Remove Ableist Lyric From Song “Heated” After Criticism From Disabled Community

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Beyoncé recently released her long awaited follow up to 2016’s Lemonade entitled Renaissance. While the album has received critical acclaim, Beyoncé has been facing criticism from the disabled community for her use of the slur “spaz” in the song “Heated.”

In the song, Beyoncé sings “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass.” The word “spaz” is derived from the word “spastic” which refers to the medical condition known as spastic cerebral palsy.

According to CNN, a representative for Beyoncé told the news outlet earlier today, Aug. 1, that the slur would be removed from the song, saying that “the word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”

Social media was split on the decision to remove the lyric. While disability advocates came in support of the lyric change, others asked if it was necessary given its different meaning in the Black community.

This comes just months after Lizzo faced criticism from the disabled community over her use of the slur “spaz” in her song “Grrrls.”

“It’s been brought to my attention that there is a harmful word in my new song ‘GRRRLS.’ Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” Lizzo wrote. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hateful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case unintentionally). I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change.” 

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Author Esmeralda Baez Set to Share Self-Growth Story in New Book ‘Reset & Reboot (Regaining Mindfulness)’

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Author Esmeralda Baez is gearing up to release her new book Reset & Reboot (Regaining Mindfulness), a short and inspirational self-growth story.

The 90-page, seven-chapter literary work of self-reflecting art highlights the value of detoxing, the importance of visualization, and mastering the skills of self-care and discipline.

In addition to being a Dominican author, Baez is an experienced music executive and businesswoman. Baez is also an entrepreneur, establishing her company, Elite Vision Media, with her work contributing to the legacies of over 50 national and international magazines.

Baez’s star began to skyrocket after crafting successful projects for Nigerian Afro Pop Singer Yemi Alade, Puerto Rican musician JonZ, and more. Her career also led her to produce digital campaigns for retired NFL star Nate Burleson, Chicago rapper G-Herbo and the uber-popular podcast EArn Your Leisure. Baez is currently an impactful contributor to Source Latino, a member of the Recording Academy and Forbes The Culture, and advocates for mental health as a participant in the Mental Health Foundation while supporting UNICEF. 

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Reset & Reboot will highlight the advantages of focusing on living a life with purpose and what led manifestation to become one of the most potent tools and trends in the mainstream.

Throughout Reset & Reboot, Baez will highlight her journey, infused with personal anecdotes about mental health, overcoming an illness, and her thoughts and experiences with using social media. On a personal level, Baez is an influencer with purpose, as she provides motivational messages on her social media platforms.  Baez states her objective for the book is to bring awareness about wellness to the masses while assisting readers in overcoming emotional challenges.

Reset & Reboot from Esmeralda Baez is set for a pre-sale this Friday, July 15. The book’s official launch will be in the second week of August. Reset & Reboot will be available at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, Target, and Walmart. The Ebook will be available for purchase on apple and iTunes books. Hardcover copies retail at $18.99, and soft covers at $11.99.

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