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DJ Khaled Named Apple Music’s First Artist in Residence

DJ Khaled now has the honor of being Apple Music’s first-ever Artist in Residence.

The streaming service announced Wednesday (July 24), the We The Best leader will have complete creative control over the popular playlists they offer.

Billboard reports the first move by Khaled was altering the Office DJ playlist to his liking, infiltrating his own hits into the selection along with others from Drake, JAY-Z and Sam Cooke. 

To give fans a glimpse of what Khaled will do in the role, he and the streaming giant have released a video and a statement, which is available below.

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NBA 2K Partners with UnitedMasters to Develop Soundtrack, Spark Worldwide Search for New Talent

NBA 2K20 took center stage at ComplexCon in Chicago and announced the soundtrack for the upcoming video game. The game experience will have a curated 50 songs from the 2K team and Steve Stoute’s UnitedMasters bringing Drake, Meek Mill, the late Nipsey Hussle and more to video gaming consoles.

Taking the soundtrack to a new arena, UnitedMasters will host a search for the hottest tracks of rising artists to add to the soundtrack overtime. The tracks will be judged by Stoute along with the 2K team and a celebrity judging panel.

During ComplexCon, Stoute, along with Don C, Karl Anthony-Towns and Paul Rivera announced the soundtrack.

“NBA 2K has become a centerpiece of culture and sports for the gaming community, with the soundtrack playing a significant role in its success,” said Steve Stoute, Founder, and CEO of Translation and United Masters. “Artists can now get discovered and launch their careers by having a song featured. UnitedMasters will open that opportunity to independent artists and help curate the next generation of talent. This year’s soundtrack will be updated constantly with new exciting music from the next generation rising stars to give you something you never heard before.”

The Source was also was able to speak with Stoute regarding the UnitedMasters and NBA 2K collaboration.

UnitedMasters is proving to be the premier platform for independent artists. What does it mean for you to continue to expand the services that you can offer rising artists, such as this partnership with NBA 2K?
Stoute: Being able to give artist simple turnkey opportunities to get their music discovered was my original plan for Independent artist who distributed through Unitedmasters. We launched with the NBA, then we launched the app which gives artists a “record company in your pocket” and now we partnered with 2K. We have many more partnership announcements coming soon.

Adding on the soundtrack, UnitedMasters and 2K will be heading this global search to add to the soundtrack. For those who will be submitting, what tips can you provide or what are some sounds that you will be looking for to match the user experience?
Were looking for talent, naturally because it’s basketball we want tempo for these submissions, however, if you can rap, sing regardless of genre or country, we have an opportunity for you.

Beyond the soundtrack will there be an opportunity for future UnitedMasters collaboration for those artists who are chosen?
There isn’t a predetermined effort for the artist on collaboration, however, we will be developing products in our app where artist on our platform can collaborate.

The NBA 2K20 soundtrack features “Sandra’s Rose” from Drake, “Play Wit Ya” from Dreezy, “Grinding All My Life” from Nipsey Hussle, “Uptown Vibes” from Meek Mill, and more. You can stream the entire soundtrack below. NBA 2K20 drops on September 6.

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Level Up: Johanna Faries Named Commissioner of ‘Call of Duty’ Esports

Johanna Faries Is The New Commissioner of 'Call of Duty' Esports

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Activision Blizzard took a significant step in the right direction. The video game studio behind popular titles such as Call of Duty and Overwatch announced it has appointed Johanna Faries as the Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports.

Fresh off being named as one of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports with the likes of Alex Morgan and Alexys Feaster, as well as one of FORTUNE’s 40 Under 40 Faries is quickly becoming one of the most influential women in sports. As part of her new position, she will oversee the recently announced Call of Duty League (CDL) which revealed has seven franchises ready to go WISE Ventures owns Minnesota, Immortals Gaming Club owns Los Angeles, Atlanta Esports Ventures owns Atlanta, Envy Gaming owns Dallas, Sterling.VC owns New York, c0ntact Gaming owns Paris, and OverActive Media owns Toronto.

As part of the announcement, Fairies spoke on her new role with Activision Games Blog:

“During my initial phase on the job, my team’s focus was really on setting a new product vision for Call of Duty as a city-based franchised league and to design an experience that we believe can grow to become one of the biggest sports leagues on the planet. Now that we have begun to sell franchises to ownership groups all over the world, it’s less about going from a white sheet of paper to what we have shaped now, and more about operating and managing this competitive ecosystem in a best-in-class way.”

“That’s not to say we aren’t still editing – I think every sports league is always in ‘edit’ phase even decades in! But now that we have a strong product vision and business model to share, and have sold in several team franchises in the process, we can now shift gears toward the planning and execution phase of our work. The role of Commissioner oversees all aspects of those dynamics and the key stakeholders involved in making the system go, so it’s a broader platform for management than where we were back in August when the focus was primarily internal-facing and design-driven.”

Faries is no stranger to the sports world, she previously worked for the NFL for 12 years and was responsible for business development, sponsorship and sales, consumer products and retail marketing, and fan development. She later joined the Activision Blizzard as Head of Call of Duty Esports before her level up to Commissioner of the CDL. Big congrats are in order we are looking forward to seeing where she takes the young league.

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Snapchat Back?: Company Launching Creator Shows ft. Kevin Hart, Serena Williams & More

Kevin Hart, Serena Willams Teaming Up With Snapchat For Creator Shows

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Snapchat, despite taking a hit in popularity due to self-inflicted wounds, saw a bump in users spending more time watching shows on the social media platform. Looking to take full advantage of that, the company announced Wednesday (July 10) Creator Shows which will feature original content from some of its most popular users.

Snapchat also announced it will be allowing those they deem “Creators” to post longer-lasting photos and videos to their profiles with a new Highlights feature as well.

Celebrities and online personalities like Serena Williams, Kevin Hart, Keke Palmer, GeeOhSnap and more already post content which their followers love. Creator Stories will give them a new platform to share them while preserving photos and videos for longer with Highlights to help them grow their already sizeable following. Users will be to find the Creator Shows on their Discover page like Glow Up featuring YouTube personality and singer Loen Gray, Trend or End with Rickey Thompson and Keepin’ It Real with Keke Palmer.

Loyal Snap users can be on the lookout for creator shows from The Terminator himself Arnold Swcharzenegger, Kevin Hart, Serena Williams as well as four new scripted shows plus a new comedy and animated series this summer. This is a bold step for the company who is trying to compete with the likes of Instagram, who has seen its Instagram story feature only get more increasingly popular with its users. It was no secret that 2018 was a lousy year for Snapchat due to losing followers, the company has managed to gain four million new users in the first quarter of this year and surprisingly still is popular with 13-24-year-olds. That’s more than Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger combined.

With the Creator Shows, Snapchat is hoping to increase that number, does the idea of original content pique your interest to return to Snap? Time will only tell, we are shocked there was no announcement of a DJ Khaled original show.

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UnitedMasters Releases New App to Aid Indie Artists with Distribution

UnitedMasters is once again assisting the independent artist, this time by dropping a new iOS app to assist in the distribution process of their music.

“The goal of UnitedMasters is to help artists operationalize independence and own their future,” CEO and Founder Steve Stoute said in a statement. “The app puts all of that freedom and control in the palm of their hand. Our team has worked hard to create a product that is fast and easy to use so that a new generation of artists can grow and advance their careers straight from their phone.”

The new app will allow for artists to distribute their music to the major music streaming outlets like Apple Music, TIDAL and Spotify, while also allowing the work to be published with cover art from phone files and more.

Allowing for artists to maximize what their releases can do, the app will also allow for placement on the radio and with brands and paying artists through a royalty program with PayPal.

You can learn more about and grab the app here.

 

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Rumored ‘Grand Theft Auto 6’ Details Leak, Possibly Inspired By Netflix Show ‘Narcos’

Leaked Details Hint At 'Grand Theft Auto 6' Being Inspired 'Narcos'

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We still roaming the wild, wild west in Red Dead Redemption 2, that hasn’t stopped fans for salivating for the next installment in the famed GTA franchise. A Reddit user caused quite a stir on the internet by leaking alleged details for Grand Theft Auto 6

Over the weekend, Reddit user JackOLantern1982 had social media buzzing when he posted a bunch of features he claimed would be in GTA 6. He claims he acquired the information from a person he knows at online video game publication Kotaku and a “friend” who works Rockstar Games, the studio behind the popular but always controversial title. According to JackOLantern, the next installment has been in development since 2012, will take us back to Vice City and a new fictional location based on Rio de Janeiro and is set in between the 70s-80s.

The leaks also suggest players will control a character named “Ricardo” who is described as a “wannabe drug dealer” with the rumored plot of the highly-anticipated game being “heavily inspired” by the hit Netflix original series Narcos. Other interesting tidbits he shared include is GTA 6 only allowing you to control one character, possible in missions in both Liberty City and supposedly Cuba and somehow the AIDS epidemic being worked into the story.

But there is cause for pause with these details. Forbes caught up with video game insider and journalist Jason Schreier he threw cold water on the hot news saying the list is most likely fake. He reasons that the details sound too realistic, while GTA does tackle most relevant pop-culture issues the game does so in a mocking way. He also points to the fact Rockstar hasn’t given any indication it is working on GTA 6, and with Red Dead Redemption 2 still being the main focus of the studio we shouldn’t be expecting any Grand Theft Auto 6 announcements anytime soon.

Besides, Rockstar Games keeps everything it does close to the vest, and we would be shocked if details about GTA 6 did leak out. Not for nothing, it was exciting to read those details, we don’t expect any news about a new Grand Theft Auto game to surface until Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles hit the market.

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Spotify Ending Beta Program For Independent Artists Uploading Music

Spotify’s nearly year-long experiment of letting independent artists upload original music is coming to an end. Spotify announced on Monday that they’ll be ending the beta program at the end of July.

The music streaming service also revealed new plans to better serve independent artists that came about through feedback during the beta program.

Over the past year, we’ve vastly improved our work with distribution partners to ensure metadata quality, protect artists from infringement, provide their users with instant access to Spotify for Artists, and more,” Spotify said in a press release“We have a lot more planned here in the coming months.”

According to Spotify, more than 300,000 creators have used their Spotify for Artists service as an option to gain new insight into their audience. They have also made the playlist submission tool which Spotify reports have been used by more than 36,000 artists to get playlisted.

Spotify has made a plethora of changes to their service including hundreds of millions of dollars invested into podcasting and a change of their premium service as was reported by CNN. According to this report, Spotify currently has more than 100 million paid subscribers.

 

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Anthony Davis & Dywane Wade Announced As Cover Stars For ‘NBA 2K20’

Anthony Davis & Dywane Wade Announced As 'NBA 2K20' Cover Athletes

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While NBA fans are still reacting to their teams making moves in free agency, 2K, the studio behind uber-popular NBA 2K basketball simulator announced Anthony Davis and Dwyane Wade as the game’s next cover athletes.

2K revealed today (July 1) that six-time NBA All-Star, Three-time All-NBA First Team, three-time NBA All-Defensive Team, and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis will be gracing the Standard and Deluxe Editions of the game. This marks Davis’ second time grabbing cover honors, he alongside James Harden and Steph Curry previously shared the honor on NBA 2K16.

Speaking on his first solo cover, Davis added:

“I’m honored to be back representing NBA 2K. Being picked as the face of NBA 2K20 means the world to me, and I’m excited for the fans to experience the best sports simulation in the world this Fall.”

Recently retired Miami Heat swingman, Dwyane Wade will be this year’s Legendary Edition cover. Past NBA greats who were featured include Kobe Bryant (NBA 2K17), Shaq (NBA 2K18) and LeBron James (NBA 2K19).

NBA 2K20

Source: 2K / Visual Concepts

This marks the first time Wade has graced the cover, and he is doing it in a very legendary way ever.

“I’ve been blessed to spend 16 years of my life playing the game I love at the highest level, and to culminate my career by joining NBA greats as an NBA 2K Legend Edition cover star makes me incredibly proud. My family and I love NBA 2K, and I’m truly grateful to all of the fans who have watched me, and played as me, throughout the years.”

Alongside the new covers, 2K also shared a first look trailer that gives fans a small glimpse at what to expect like WNBA teams, current superstars as well as the next generation of NBA greatness.

NBA 2K20

Source: 2K / Visual Concepts

NBA 2K20 arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC platforms on September 6, 2019, and is available for pre-order now. Google Stadia owners can expect to get their hands on the game later this year.

You can step into the trailer for NBA 2K20 below.

Photo: 2K/Visual Concepts

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BET+ Streaming Service Coming With The Help of Tyler Perry Studios

BET+ Streaming Service Coming This Fall, Tyler Perry Studios On-Board

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There have been rumblings that BET was planning on launching its own streaming service. Today (June 24) the Viacom owned network has confirmed that BET+ is indeed coming this fall and Tyler Perry, as well as other big names, are on board to supply original content.

The news of Perry’s studio involvement with the service comes fresh on the heels of receiving the Ultimate Icon Award at last night’s 2019 BET Awards. When BET+ launches this fall, potential subscribers can look forward to tons of African American-focused-on-demand content. The service will include a “curated” library of videos from the network as well as new online-only originals like a new White House focused drama The Oval that will debut under the director’s multi-year content partnership with BET.

Speaking on his new partnership with BET, Perry added:

“In our industry, the way people consume content is constantly evolving. I’ve paid attention to my audience and what works for them and, for that reason, I’m very excited not only about the idea of partnering with BET to create new and exciting content but also about the idea of giving people a personalized experience through the ability to curate the content they love to consume. On a personal level, this will also be the first time I’ll be working in areas like unscripted and variety television, which will afford me the opportunity to work in fresh, creative ways with new voices and to discover new talent.”

Perry is not alone, Girls Trip screenwriter Tracy Oliver will be developing the first BET+ original, a 10 episode scripted modern television remake of the film First Wives Club that will launch with the service. The show will replace the stars of the 1996 film which included Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Daine Keaton with Jill Scott(Why Did I Get Married), Ryan Michelle Bathe(This is Us, Empire) and Michelle Buteau(Isn’t It Romantic).

Also onboard is Will Packer the man behind the blockbuster movie franchises like Ride Along and Think Like A Man on top of BET’s deep library of shows, and documentaries that weren’t available on streaming services.

Pricing details have not released, but you can look for BET+ on Android and iOS devices like the Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, and iPad this fall. Are you excited for another streaming service? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Elon Musk Confirms At #E32019 You Will Be Able To Play Games & Watch YouTube In Your Tesla

Elon Musk Confirms 'Fallout Shelter' & More Apps Coming To Tesla Cars

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Tesla Cars can already do a bevy of things regular vehicles cannot, speaking with Bethesda Games, Todd Howard at E3, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk confirmed the Tesla owners will be able to play games, watch YouTube and use more apps in their electric cars on the ample built-in touchpad screen.

Musk revealed that drivers will be able to play Fallout Shelter, Bethesda’s free mobile game based on the popular Fallout franchise that was released in back in 2015. The game will be joining the list of already confirmed titles which includes the insanely challenging platformer Cuphead, Atari Classics such as Missile CommandAsteroidsLunar Lander, and Centipede which all arrived in the vehicle last August.

Not a gamer, no problem, Musk also confirmed that the popular video streaming app YouTube will also be coming to his Tesla vehicles as well. He flexed creative muscle, even more, when he revealed that drivers will be able to play a game called Buggy Racing 2 by using the car’s steering wheel, accelerator, and brake showing off the fantastic capability in a clip.

Other things Musk spoke on during the panel included his next big launch and even a weird”hits blunt” moment where he suggested that human existence could be someone’s video game and we are all the characters in the game.

Word?

No word on when the updates will arrive in the Tesla cars but when they do we will definitely update you on it. You can watch the entire panel featuring Musk below.

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