TMZ obtained video of The Game unloading a punch on an opposing player during a pick-up basketball game -- but we're told the guy threatened to unload a gun in Game's ass before the fight. Read more: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_227gg2oe/#ixzz3VzwcMYQh
Rap mogul Jay Z on Monday launched the rebranded Tidal music streaming service with major star backing, hoping to shake up the growing industry through high sound quality and artist control.
With veiled swipes at streaming leader Spotify, Jay Z brought out musicians including Madonna, Kanye West and the masked electronic duo Daft Punk, who will all be equity partners in the new Tidal.
Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself to audiophiles, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company Aspiro.
At the announcement in New York, singer Alicia Keys hinted that some musicians could choose to release material exclusively or early on the artist-owned service.
"Tidal is dedicated to cultivating a sound business enterprise that promotes the health and sustainability of our art and our industry around the world," Keys said.
"We believe it is in everyone's interest -- fans, artists and the industry as a whole -- to preserve the value of music and to ensure a healthy and robust industry for years to come."
Tidal released a promotional video in which musicians accused unnamed streaming companies of treating them as mere commercial products.
"They are the carrier; we are the artists. Somehow things shifted and we went into the background, and it has to come forward," Madonna said.
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Other artists who will be shareowners in Tidal -- with the exact financial details not disclosed -- include Jay Z's wife Beyonce, rocker Jack White, Coldplay's Chris Martin, rapper Nicki Minaj and R&B singer Rihanna.
Tidal said it was also working on the relaunch with Sprint, one of the major US cellular providers, which is owned by Japan's Softbank.
The artists signed a declaration to the sounds of Radiohead, the British experimental rockers who along with Taylor Swift have accused Spotify of devaluing music through meager payouts to artists.
Spotify has rejected the accusations, saying that it is a rare source of growth in music sales and has paid out $2 billion toward artists since 2007.
Streaming -- which allows users to play unlimited on-demand music online -- has quickly shaken up the industry, narrowly edging out CD sales in revenues last year in the United States.
Spotify, also from Sweden, says it has 60 million users with 15 million of them paying -- usually $9.99 a month.
Unlike Spotify, Tidal does not offer a free service and is generally twice as expensive, at $19.99 a month, although for the relaunch, it also offered a more basic $9.99 service.
Tidal streams at 1,411 kilobytes per second -- well above the 320 for premium subscribers of Spotify, which offers even lower levels for free users.
The difference means that Tidal offers higher sound quality for audiophiles with advanced sound systems -- but that casual listeners using simple laptops or smartphones may face slower connections.
Tidal will also try to distinguish itself through ample videos.
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Jay Z did not speak at the announcement, which came after hours of promotion for the relaunch on social media.
But he gave an interview to industry journal Billboard in which he billed Tidal as a new way for artists to experiment with form.
"It doesn't have to be three minutes and 30 seconds. What if it's a minute and 17, what if it's 11 -- you know, just break format," Jay Z said.
He acknowledged that some music labels were nervous about the project but described it more as a "record store" than a new record company.
Spotify already has a range of rivals including US-based Rhapsody and Google Play.
Paris-based Deezer, which is strong in Europe, last year entered the United States as a high-end-only service which, like Tidal, uses FLAC rather than more common MP3 files.
Apple -- which pioneered digital music through iTunes in 2001 -- has sought to expand in streaming as the market shifts away from permanent downloads.
Apple bought rap mogul Dr. Dre's Beats and is reportedly planning an entirely new streaming service.
Tidal entered the United States late last year and operates in 31 countries, with six more to come this year including Australia and Germany. Before Jay Z's purchase, Aspiro said it had 512,000 paying users for Tidal and sister service WiMP.
Michelle Howard is already supposed to get $5,800 per month from Terrence -- but according to new docs ... she stands to benefit greatly from his astronomical success on the FOX show, and here's why.
The deal is Michelle gets 21% of anything Terrence made over $62,500 in the first 3 months of this year. As we previously reported ... Michelle says Terrence pulls in $125k per episode -- and sources tell us 3 episodes were shot this year.
We did the math, and he needs to cut her a check for about $65k. That's just from his "Empire" money. Remember, Terrence has another show -- "Wayward Pines" -- debuting on FOX this year ... so she'll get some chunk of that.
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"We just about to do some new shit, you know, stick together culturally -- take over the world and create a whole new industry and just play the game fair," Dash said in one of the clips. "Honorable people stick together, so this how the generations do. [Inaudible, gestures to West] we linking up and we decided to buy Karmaloop -- we just talked about it, it's gonna happen."Details of Dash and West's plan to buy Karmaloop have yet to be revealed, nor is there an official deal in place. Selkoe reiterated to the Boston Business Journal on Friday that "Kanye and Dame are among several people we've spoken with about Karmaloop. We're having a lot of conversations and seeing intense interest in our brand." Read more details on Billboard.com
As much as I am a fan of this guy, I think he definitely deserves this golden chair. I'ma go with Kanye. I just want to know, how many pictures of Kim are we going to put out there with barely no clothes on? I just want to know- how many pictures of your wife, with a baby, how much – like, you know what I'm saying? At a certain point, we all have to grow up and we have to be examples to our children. Alright? Let's stop putting this married woman's assets all over the place. As a man, when I get married, I'm not putting my wife's assets out on the blogs for people. That is mine. That belongs to me! That's where my face goes. My face. I don't want any other person imagining their face or any other extracurricular with my wife.
"I don't hate Khloé. I don't hate her," Rose said. "I could have totally minded my own business when it came to her sister. But, me being a dancer at such a young age, dealing with older men gave me the humility and knowledge to speak on such a subject." Kanye West previously said he had to take "30 showers" after dating Amber! That was his insult to Amber after throwing shade at Kim Kardashian.
Amber Rose went on to speak about her relationship with Kanye: "We were happy when we were together, and now all of the sudden I'm getting slut shamed because we're not together anymore, and it's unfair," the mother of one said, expressing her disapproval for the recording artist. "I feel like women deal with that constantly on a daily basis, and I'm sick of it. I'm here for my girls. We're going to do the Amber Rose Slut Walk this summer, and it's going to be awesome. I'm going to do it in L.A. this year, and hopefully New York, Chicago, Miami." Read more details on eonline.com
Two belts were made ... an "onyx" version and an "emerald" version -- and a fan vote on the WBC website last week determined which belt will be delivered to the winner.
It was a tight contest but emerald took it with 53% of the vote ... although both belts are said to be worth nearly $1 MILLION ... so there was no real loser.
Except of course the guy that gets his face knocked off on the 2nd.
Actually he kinda wins too ($100 million bucks).
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A direct message to our brother, Mr. West, to teach him a lesson on humility, and responsibility, over his out of control, hypocritical, and impulsive actions. Anonymous is sounding off the new Renaissance era this year for humanity, and "we aint finna play with them nooooo more! Because at this point, we're tired of it!" And you need to respect real artistry and allow other artists other than Beyonce to be celebrated for their achievements. "Because, what happens is, when you keep diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking other artists in the face, you're disrespectful to inspiration." You owe Beck, Taylor Swift, your fans, and the many people you've hurt and disappointed over the years an apology, Mr. West. Our tolerance with your arrogant and distasteful behavior to gain attention online has reached its end. We will be watching you.
We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
You should've expected us!
"I feel in love with a stripper, funny thing is I fell out of love quicker They don't pay attention to love anyway They only concerned with what the haters say Bottles be turnin' these girls into thots Instagram turnin' these wifes into hoes Not in real life they just readin' the comments Mess with a real one and get you exposed I had a time when my mind was caught up My n****s was lookin' like what is he on My family was to scared to talk to a n**** Ain't comin' back now the case just got closed She do what she told Sharin' is carin' that p**** ain't gold Sorry you ain't in control You all about that money, that's shit that I throw Just make sure you clean off that pole They turn on the TV and get on the gram and say that's relationship goals Trust me don't save em' anything goes With these hoes"
In honor of the fifth anniversary of the "Let's Move" fitness campaign, first lady Michelle Obama challenges YOU: "I want kids, parents, maybe even a few celebrities, to give me five ways to be healthy,".Beyonce Responds to the challenge in a video!
#GimmeFive for Let's Move's 5th Anniversary