Spotify is feeling the effects of Taylor Swift pulling her music from the streaming service. Only a week after they begged for her reinstatement (she shunned them from streaming her platinum 1989 album), Spotify founder Daniel Ek has written a dissertation of why they have helped the industry, by paying artists, instead of watching other competitors not pay a single penny to artists, labels or publishers.

It seems like more desperation tactics from the company, who is probably losing out on millions by not Taylor’s music on there, but she’s not looking to buck down either way.

Read a statement from Daniel Ek After the jump….

“At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalog) are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that’s only growing – we expect that number to double again in a year. Any way you cut it, one thing is clear – we’re paying an enormous amount of money to labels and publishers for distribution to artists and songwriters, and significantly more than any other streaming service.”

Read the entire post over at Spotify.

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Chris Brown finds himself in a war of words again, this time with a pair of ladies. The R&B star took to Instagram on Monday evening, firing comments at The Real hosts Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton, after Brown’s relationship with Karrueche Tran was a topic during a segment of Monday afternoon’s episode.

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Just to break from the normal video footage of hecklers getting duffed out by one of the Migos…let’s remind everyone that even the good ol’ boys of NASCAR get rowdy. Reported “nice guy” amongst racecar drivers, Jeff Gordon lost his temper and brawled with competitor Brad Keselowski after the AAA Texas 500 race on Sunday. Gordon felt that Keselowski was reckless when he clipped Gordon’s back tire, causing him to spin out and lose the crucial race (Jimmie Johnson won). This is the 2nd time in weeks that an angry driver has confronted Keselowski after a race.

Watch the melee video after the jump…


The internal affairs unit over at YMCMB must be in a serious crisis state based on the recent events surrounding Tyga, Drake and Nicki Minaj. After T-Raww publicly dissed his label via Twitter, the rapper opened more about his ill feelings toward some of his label mates in VIBE’s new digital cover story. While Tyga just maintains that he was just being honest — Drizzy got his kicks a different way. Very digital.

Tyga: Yeah, I’m tryna’ go independent. I don’t really get along with Drake. I don’t really get along with Nicki.
Tyga: I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people. We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together.

Read both Drake and Tyga’s reactions after the VIBE story broke below…


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You’ve probably caught wind of the pathetic and pointless beef between Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea that’s been taking place on social media this week. It all started when Snoop, who dedicates his Instagram to recycling funnies from around the ‘net, posted an “Iggy Azalea No Make Up” meme, which didn’t sit too kindly with the Australian rapper (I mean, which girl would see the funny side of being called ugly?)

Hit the jump for the full breakdown…




In early January, 2014, multi-platinum pop star Kesha (“Tik Tok”, “Animal”, “C’mon”, “Die Young,” etc) entered herself into a treatment center to deal with her anorexia and bulimia. At the time, Kesha via her outspoken mother Pebe Sebert, blamed Kesha’s body image problems on criticism from her label head/producer Dr. Luke. After spending 2 months in rehab (with mom Pebe checking in as well to be with her daughter and get treatment for “post-traumatic stress”), Kesha was released and posted online that she’s back to making music. But today, she dropped a bombshell lawsuit, accusing Dr. Luke of nearly 10 years of abuse, ranging from sexual assault to forced drug use to battery. Much more serious than the original fat-shaming claims.

Update: Dr. Luke has responded with his own lawsuit…charging Kesha with extortion.
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Issues between Floyd Mayweather and T.I. are not dying down anytime soon. Leading up to a rematch fight versus with Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather was asked about T.I. at a press conference in Washington D.C. “He just mad I was f**king his bi**h,” the superstar boxer apparently said as the packed crowd immediately responded to.

A moment which seemed to spark their recent beef caused by T.I. wife Tiny Harris that lead to a fight in Las Vegas, Floyd later explained to TMZ that he said “He [T.I.] thinks I was f***ing his bi**h.” Mayweather adds, “I’ve never been with Tiny sexually. I respect her situation and I think she’s a good person. I would never disrespect a marriage.”

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Shortly after Meek Mill accused him of “hating” on his upcoming album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, Wale shared a lengthy and thoughtful note on Instagram in response to his MMG labelmate’s Twitter tirade. As the D.C. rapper correctly points out, he did, in fact, show his support for Meek’s previous releases, including this post on “I Don’t Know” and this post on Dreams Worth More Than Money, which he called a “classic,” before noting the lack of support for his own music.

Wale then goes onto highlight how “different” he is from every rapper stereotype (“I play fuckin Zelda and fuck wit bitches who teach yoga and paint”) and encourage artists to not take themselves so seriously. The bottom line: he strongly denies being a “hater.”

Read Wale’s response below…


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Is there beef brewing in the MMG camp? Meek Mill took to Twitter today to put his label mate Wale on blast for not supporting his upcoming album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, which yesterday he announced will drop on September 9 (Rick Ross, Stalley and Rockie Fresh all shared links to the release date). The Philly rapper claimed that Wale has been hating on him for a “long time,” and challenged his status in the crew by adding “#UNOTMMG.”

Meek then went on to vent his frustrations with the industry as a whole, writing “a lot of these dudes really b [sic] hating behind closed doors.” Wale has yet to respond, but you can read Meek’s tweets below.

Read Meek Mill’s tweets below…


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Azealia Banks and T.I. have a history of beef, and the pair were at it again on social media this morning. Word must have got back to TIP that the Harlem rapper made a slick comment about his new single “No Mediocre” (which features another of Banks’ good friends, Iggy Azalea), prompting the Hustle Gang boss to go off on a threatening rant against Azealia on Instagram, at one point insinuating that “people fall down stairs daily.”

Never one to back down, Azealia responded with a barrage of tweets (some of which have since been deleted) threatening to sue the Atlanta rapper and proposing him to “come see me.” She also had some not-so-kind words for his wife, Tiny, who had her own response for the motormouth MC.

Read T.I. and Azealia Banks’ exchanges below…


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