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Grizzlies destroy Thunder by record-setting 73 points

LOS ANGELES – The Memphis Grizzlies clobbered the hapless Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79 on Thursday, as nine players reached double figures to give them the largest margin of victory in National Basketball Association history. “Man, it feels great,” said reserve De’Anthony Melton. “It feels great to be in the history books, especially in front of […]

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Britney Spears Celebrates 40 by Playing Old Tunes and Wearing ‘Hot Little Dresses’

Britney Spears has just turned the big 4-0, though she’s enjoying her freedom like she’s a kid again.

Brit, who was recently released from her controversial conservatorship, is entering her forties with a fresh outlook on life: The “Toxic” singer is 40 going on 4.

“I’m not turning 40 … I’m turning 4 and if any of you haven’t HEARD … I did almost 250 shows in Las Vegas for 4 years and went out twice,” she writes on Instagram.

“With that said … I think I will have to put on my hot little dresses on every night for the rest of my life to break even for working for my family my whole life with only old songs permitted!!!”

She speaks the truth. Standing in front of a Christmas tree, Brit looks relaxed and happy in a summery dress. “More classic fashion dresses coming soon to my Instagram … by me … worn by me … and in the meantime, kiss my beautiful white ass ‘Murica.”

Spears has a lot to celebrate, and not just the holiday season. Last month, Brit welcomed the termination of her conservatorship after nearly 14 years, following months of pressure by a passionate #FreeBritney movement.

It wasn’t long ago when Brit was the queen of pop culture, rising to the throne in the late ’90s when she was just a teen. Since then, she has snagged five No. 1s and 13 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, while shifting 34 million albums in the U.S. alone, according to MRC Data.

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Sashiko Style Craft Appears On The Nike Air Force 1 Low “Nai Ke”

The Japanese art of sashiko-style craftsmanship has piqued the interest of Nike for a quite a bit. We’ve seen the intricate weave patterns on the gorgeous indigo hue appear across several different styles, from SB Dunks to Blazers and even the Air Jordan 4. It emerges once more in a far more simpler approach compared to what we’ve seen in the past as this pair relies more on the striking color and the unique threading at the mid-foot panel that covers the belly of the Swoosh.

What makes this upcoming Air Force 1 release more interesting is its involvement in the on going Nai Ke series, a China-specific set of footwear that recognizes peacefulness through sport. Other provoking details include the exterior stitching on the tongue an heel, “The One Line” under the Nike Air logo on the tongue, and a blue interior that appears to be dyed. An all-blue handkerchief with the Nai Ke branding is also included with this release.

A firm date is unknown, but in the meantime, see what’s confirmed for sure on our Jordan release dates and Yeezy release dates previews for December.

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Megan Thee Stallion & Young Thug’s Label 300 Entertainment Close to WMG Sale

300 Entertainment, the record label of Megan Thee Stallion and Young Thug, is close to finalizing a deal worth around $400 million to sell to Warner Music Group, sources tell Billboard.

The acquisition, which sources stress is not yet finalized, would also give 300 co-founder and CEO Kevin Liles a senior role at Warner.

A source says if WMG does acquire 300, the label would continue to operate as a standalone entity.

This will mark a return to WMG for Liles, who was executive vp at the company from 2004 to 2009. Prior to that, he worked alongside his future 300 co-founder Lyor Cohen (now YouTube’s head of global music) as president of Def Jam Recordings in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Liles left Warner to launch management company KWL Enterprises, and in 2012 founded 300 with Cohen, Todd Moscowitz (now Alamo Records’ CEO) and Roger Gold (Camila Cabello’s manager) with funding from Google and several financial firms. Since then, the company has scored No. 1 singles and/or albums from Fetty Wap (Fetty Wap), Migos (Culture, “Bad & Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert), Thug (So Much Fun, Young Stoner Life: Slime Language 2, Punk, Cabello’s “Havana”) and Megan Thee Stallion (“Savage,” Cardi B’s “WAP”). Liles has served as CEO since 2017, when Cohen left for YouTube.

In 2020, Liles was named Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players executive of the year, and at the time he downplayed the possibility of a sale, but says the company never rules out potential acquisitions, mergers or strategic partnerships. “Two years ago, 300 had a campaign that we’re not for sale, and although we’ve had several companies and investors approach us, we’re interested in building a billion-dollar company and servicing our artists and partners to the best of our ability,” he said. “There is never an opportunity we won’t run down if it’s for the betterment of our artists.”

Warner Music Group — which went public in June 2020 — raised $540 million through a sale of 3.75% senior secured notes offering to help fund three acquisitions worth $710 million, the company announced Nov. 17. It was said at the time the company had signed non-binding letters of intent for the three deals.

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Marilyn Manson loses his Grammy nomination for Kanye West’s ‘Jail’

Marilyn Manson has lost his Grammy nomination for his contribution to Kanye West‘s ‘Jail’.

Manson – real name Brian Hugh Warner – was previously nominated for Best Rap Song, thanks to his work on ‘Jail’, that appears on West’s latest album ‘DONDA’ and features a verse from Jay-Z.

However, as reported by the New York Times and confirmed by the Recording Academy, Warner is no longer nominated in the category. According to Spotify, Warner’s name has also been removed from the songwriting credits of the song. Despite this loss, Manson is still nominated for his work on ‘DONDA’, which is up for Album Of The Year, thanks to contributions to ‘Jail Pt. 2’.

Billboard claim that the removal of Manson’s nomination has nothing to do with the allegations made against him. Manson is currently in the midst of four sexual assault lawsuits, with allegations of physical and sexual abuse continuing to emerge after his former partner Evan Rachel Wood publicly made allegations against him in February.

NME has reached out to Manson for comment.

Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy CEO, previously said that the Grammys “won’t restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration” in response to backlash over Manson’s nominations.

We won’t look back at people’s history, we won’t look at their criminal record, we won’t look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria,” Mason said.

The removal of Manson’s nomination is not the only change that’s been made to the 2022 nominees list, with a string of producers and songwriters receiving new nominations. This is common practice for the Recording Academy, and can happen for reasons ranging from spelling errors to producers that have been overlooked.

Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, has defended his choice to have Manson, as well as DaBaby, on the album, saying “All the Me Too… like, when I sit next to Marilyn Manson and DaBaby right after both of them got cancelled, for five songs, you know, it’s like they can’t cancel us all.”

“They’ll hit you with the accusations of somebody who you was with 10 years ago.”

(L-R): DaBaby, Kanye West and Marilyn Manson at West’s ‘DONDA’ event in Chicago. CREDIT: Brian Prahl/MEGA/GC Images

Earlier this week, it was reported Manson’s home was raided by Los Angeles police, with media storage units, including hard drives, reportedly being seized. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Eva Jimenez told Associated Press that a search warrant was served on Manson’s home, but offered no further details.

Shortly after Wood made her allegations, it was reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was set to launch an investigation into the claims. Game Of Thrones actor Esme Bianco sued Manson in April – alleging sexual assault, physical abuse and human trafficking – months after going public with her claims.

The most recent lawsuit was filed by model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who is suing Manson for sexual assault, sexual battery and unlawful imprisonment, among other charges.

Manson has denied all allegations, claiming that his accusers were “cynically and dishonestly seeking to monetize and exploit the #MeToo movement” by launching a “co-ordinated attack against him.”

In documents filed in July, he labelled the women “co-conspirators” who are “desperately trying to conflate” Manson’s stage persona “with fabricated accounts of abuse”.

Earlier this month, Manson’s lawyer said that the musician is open to settlement discussions with an anonymous accuser, an ex-girlfriend who claims he raped her in 2011.

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

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Watch Dave Grohl and daughter Violet cover Amy Winehouse’s ‘Take The Box’

Dave Grohl has enlisted the help of his daughter Violet for the latest instalment of Hanukkah Sessions, covering Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Take The Box’.

READ MORE: The timeless influence of Amy Winehouse: “Her legacy is beyond comprehension”

The Foo Fighters frontman has been working with producer Greg Kurstin to deliver eight covers of Jewish artists for each of the eight days of Festival Of The Lights. This cover marks number five, and the first with an additional guest performer.

Violet’s vocals remarkably resemble that of Winehouse’s, with two backup vocalists also participating in the performance. Kurstin helms the piano, while Dave tackles the drums, also marking the first time he hasn’t provided vocals for this year’s Hanukkah Sessions.

In the description of the video, a statement reads, “Despite this song’s mention of a “Moschino bra you bought me last Christmas,” it’s common knowledge that the amazing woman behind the song was actually Jewish.

“Gone far too soon…Ms. Amy Winehouse and ‘Take The Box’.”

Watch the cover below.

This is hardly the first time the father-daughter duo have teamed up musically, with Violet a frequent fixture at Foos’ shows across recent years, most recently at the band’s headlining set at Lollapalooza in August.

Grohl has also revealed he wants to contribute to Violet’s debut album, saying that the 15-year-old apparently wants to record a shoegaze album.

“I did ask her the other day, ‘If you were to make a record, how do you imagine it would sound?’” Grohl told the Sunday Times Culture magazine in an interview.

“And she said, ‘You know, I think somewhere within that shoegaze thing. Oh, and Dad, I need to get this new guitar pedal. It’s called Loveless, and I want my guitar to sound like My Bloody Valentine’.”

‘Take My Box’ follows four other covers Grohl and Kurstin have performed this year so far as part of Hanukkah Sessions: Van Halen‘s ‘Jump’, Barry Manilow‘s ‘Copacabana’, the Ramones‘ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and Lisa Loeb’s ‘Stay (I Missed You)’.

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Netease Cloud Village Stock Slips 2.5% Following Hong Kong IPO

Chinese music streaming company Cloud Village finally had its initial public stock offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Thursday (Dec. 2) after postponing its plans in August amid a Chinese regulatory crackdown.

Investors’ initial reaction was underwhelming as Cloud Village’s share price closed at 199.90 Hong Kong dollars ($25.66), about 2.5% below the 205.00 Hong Kong dollars ($26.31) IPO price.

Tech giant Netease spun off the company, which runs NetEase Cloud Music, in an offering of 16 million shares — 7.7% of the outstanding shares — that raised 41.5 billion Hong Kong dollars ($421 million).

NetEase gained approval for the spin-off on Aug. 2 but delayed the listing indefinitely about a week later after Beijing’s tightening regulations brought attention to publicly traded Chinese companies. Cloud-based tech companies in particular have faced new regulations on data privacy.

NetEase Cloud Music’s main competitor, Tencent Music Entertainment, was among the companies Beijing singled out for anticompetitive practices. On July 26, Chinese regulators instructed TME to end its exclusive licensing agreements with record labels. The company’s stock price went into a tailspin as a result, falling from an all-time high of $32.25 on March 23 to $10.31 on August 6 (it hit an all-time low of $6.65 on Wednesday).

But NetEase company restarted the IPO on Nov. 22 with a target price range of 190 Hong Kong dollars ($24.40) to 220 Hong Kong dollars ($28.20) per share. The 205 Hong Kong dollars IPO price was a fair estimate of market sentiment considering 49% of all 2021 IPOs in London, Hong Kong, India and New York are currently underwater, according to Dealogic.

NetEase Cloud Music had 185 million monthly average users and 26 million subscribers as of June 30, the latest date the data was available. Both numbers are encouraging for a market where legal music services are newer than Europe and North America. Even with tens of millions of paying users, NetEase Cloud Music is a distant second behind Tencent Music, which boasted 636 million monthly mobile users and 71.2 million subscribers as of Sept. 30.

Music streaming services are looking for growth in a broader array of audio. In January, Tencent Music announced it would acquire Lazy Audio, a provider of podcasts and audiobooks, for its ambitions to integrate long-form audio to its core music offerings. Spotify has been more aggressive by acquiring podcast producers Gimlet, Parcast and The Ringer, and nabbing exclusive licenses for popular podcasts such as The Joe Rogan Experience, in an effort to be “the world’s No. 1 audio platform,” CEO Daniel Ek said in 2019.

William Ding, founder and CEO of NetEase Cloud Music, sees the platform becoming an “audio-centric universe” where listeners have a wealth of options. “Audio-based content is becoming ever more diverse: music, podcasts, live streaming, karaoke, audio theatre, radio — to name a few, creating multifaceted experiences and scenarios,” he said in a statement.

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Sting, Burt Bacharach & More to Perform at Music Center Tribute to A&M Records Co-Founder Jerry Moss

Herb Alpert, Burt Bacharach, Merry Clayton, Sérgio Mendes and Sting are set to perform at Live at The Music Center: Concerts Celebrating Jerry Moss, Co-Founder of A&M Records, which will take place at the The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Feb. 11-12, 2022.

Tim Curry will also join in the program to share his perspective. Additional performers and participants will be named.

2022 will mark the 60th anniversary of A&M Records, the legendary label that Alpert and Moss co-founded on a handshake and an investment of $200 from both men. Over 25 years, A&M grew into the world’s largest independent record label, signing such iconic stars as The Police, Carpenters, Janet Jackson, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton and Carole King (on Lou Adler’s Ode subsidiary).

Moss won a Grammy for co-producing (with Alpert) Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ sleek instrumental “A Taste of Honey,” the 1965 winner for record of the year. Alpert and Moss received trustees awards from the Recording Academy in 1997. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, receiving the Ahmet Ertegun award for non-performers.

After selling A&M Records to Polygram in 1989, Moss and Alpert formed Almo Sounds. Moss serves as chairman of both Almo Sounds and Rondor Music Inc., a music publishing company.

“I met Mr. M in 1978 on my first trip to Los Angeles and was proud to induct him and Mr. A into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006,” Sting said in statement. “He is one of the finest gentlemen I have ever met. What made A&M so special was that the company was run and owned by artists for artists. And Jerry Moss understood how important that was. He was sensitive to our needs, respected the creative process and understood the freedom artists must have to let the art speak for itself. He made us feel like family; it was a partnership that I look back on today with great pride and gratitude.”

Proceeds from both concerts will support The Music Center’s ongoing efforts to provide free and low-cost access to arts experiences for all Angelenos. Long-time patrons of The Music Center, Jerry and Tina Moss gifted $25 million in 2020 to help support the cultivation of strong arts and culture-focused partnerships and new programming initiatives at Los Angeles County’s premier performing arts center. The Music Center’s three original venues are united by an expansive outdoor area, which is now named Jerry Moss Plaza.

The concert events will be produced in collaboration with John Beug, who worked at A&M in its early years. Beug won an Emmy in 2008 as executive producer of Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago, a PBS Great Performances special. He won a Grammy two years later as a co-producer of The DoorsWhen You’re Strange, which won for best long form music video.

Larry Klein, who has won four Grammys for his work with Joni Mitchell, will serve as music producer and musical director. (Mitchell will be honored on Jan. 29 as MusiCares’ Person of the Year.)

Ticket prices range from $82 to $350. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit musiccenter.org/moss or call (213) 972-0711.

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Demi Lovato Is No Longer ‘California Sober’: ‘Sober Sober Is the Only Way to Be’

Demi Lovato announced on social media Thursday (Dec. 2) that the singer no longer abides by their former “California sober” lifestyle.

“I no longer support my ‘California sober’ ways,” the singer wrote on Instagram Stories. “Sober sober is the only way to be.”

Lovato explicitly opened up about being “California Sober” in a track by the same title earlier this year from their Dancing With the Devil … The Art of Starting Over album, which revolves around the lifestyle of allowing some alcohol and marijuana consumption while steering clear of hard drugs. “I’m California sober/ It doesn’t have to mean the growin’ part is over/ No, it ain’t black or white, it’s all of the colors.”

In Lovato’s YouTube Originals docuseries of the same name, the singer opened up about their journey to recovery following a near-fatal overdose in 2018 and how they’ve felt immense pressure being the “poster child of sobriety.” Lovato discussed how they ultimately chose the path that’s best for them, with the help of recovery case manager Charles Cook, and allowed weed and wine in their life while still avoiding liquor and hard drugs.

While Lovato states in the doc that recovery is not a “one-size-fits-all solution,” Lala Kent argued in July that the “California sober” lifestyle was “super offensive” to others on the road to recovery. During an episode of David Yontef’s Behind the Velvet Rope podcast, the model and Vanderpump Rules star opened up about being sober since October 2018 and being against the idea of being “California sober.”

“There are people out there who have worked their ass off to never take themselves out of reality and to never place themselves in an altered state. When they have a cold, they don’t even take DayQuil or NyQuil. So to say that you’re ‘California sober’ or this type of sober is extremely offensive, I think,” she said, going on to describe the idea as “not a real thing. You’re not sober. If you’re drinking and smoking weed, you’re not sober.”

Elton John, who celebrated 30 years of being sober last summer and said in the Dancing With the Devil doc that he hopes Lovato also experiences the “most incredible things” in life while in recovery, simply stated “moderation doesn’t work” when it comes to sobriety.

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Lakers’ James clears NBA COVID-19 protocols with negative tests

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has cleared the NBA’s COVID-19 safety protocols with two negative tests, the league said Thursday. “Following two negative PCR tests conducted more than 24 hours apart, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has cleared the NBA’s Health & Safety Protocols,” the NBA said in a statement. […]

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Kojey Radical announces 2022 UK tour set to kick off in April

Kojey Radical has announced that he’ll be heading out on the road for a pair of UK shows next year.

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The rapper – real name Kwadwo Adu Genfi Amponsah – will perform at Manchester’s Albert Hall on April 6, followed by a gig on April 7 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

The shows will be in support of his upcoming new album ‘Reasons To Smile’, which is set to be released on March 4 next year via Asylum/Atlantic. He previewed it last month with new single ‘Gangsta’.

Speaking of the album, which features guest spots from Tiana Major9, Kelis, Wretch 32 and more, Radical said: “This is the first time I’ve done it to the scale and ambition of what I speak. Previously it’s been ‘I’m warming, I’m warming, I’m warming up’. But I’m warm now – put me in the game.”

Tickets for Kojey Radical’s tour go on general sale at 9:00am on December 10 – you can get them here.

JUST ANNOUNCED @KojeyRadical has announced his biggest ever headline shows at Manchester’s Albert Hall and London’s @o2academybrix in April 2022.

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— ticketmasteruk (@TicketmasterUK) December 1, 2021

 

Ahead of the tour, Radical will deliver a series of in-store performances and signings set to begin on the album’s release day (March 4) and run for the following week. You can see the dates below.

MARCH 2022
4 – London, Rough Trade East (instore performance and signing)
5 – Kingston, Pryzm (Banquet Records outstore performance and signing)
7 – Bournemouth, Vinilo (performance)
8 – Brighton, Resident (instore performance and signing)
9 – Manchester, HMV (signing)
9 – Leeds, Crash (performance)
10 – Birmingham, HMV (signing)

The rapper will also play an intimate London show at Lafayette on January 25 as part of the National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (December 3), which can be purchased here.

Earlier this year, Radical previewed two new songs, ‘2FS’ and ‘WOOHAA’, both of which won’t appear on his debut album.

Produced by The Elements and The Fanatix respectively, he said of the tracks: “Hard food not fast food; the album is being prepared but I wanted to serve up something to hold the appetite.”

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Cardi B Is Planning Some ‘Sexy Sh–‘ as Playboy’s First Creative Director in Residence

Cardi B is adding another impressive title to her already-stacked résumé: On Thursday (Dec. 2), the 28-year-old announced that she’s been named the first “creative director in residence” for Playboy and is a founding member of the brand’s new content-creation endeavor Centerfold.

“Introducing the FIRST EVER Creative Director In Residence at the legendary @playboy, it’s ME!!!” Cardi wrote on Instagram. “Joining the @playboy family is a dream and I know y’all are going to love what we put together. I’m startin this party right as the Founding Creative Director and a founding member of CENTERFOLD the new creator-led platform from Playboy coming soon!!” she continued, adding, “We’re going to have soooooo much fun.”

Playboy also tweeted the news to their Twitter account. “Today is a Playboy milestone: we couldn’t be more excited and honored to welcome our first ever Creative Director in Residence, the icon, @iamcardib to the family,” the company shared.

In a press release, Cardi revealed that the purpose of Centerfold is so up-and-coming creatives can have a safe space to embrace their sexuality and unique identity. “They deserve to feel safe in their creativity and sexuality. And they deserve to own their future. This is what Centerfold is all about,” the Grammy winner stated. “For all those creators out there doing bold, revolutionary, truly culture-shifting things, come join me.”

Don’t expect Cardi to appear in the pages of Playboy, though — upon asking her Twitter followers who she should feature in “some sexy sh– on the cover of Playboy,” she told a fan that she isn’t interested when the user suggested she pose for the magazine.

See Cardi’s announcement below.

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