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  1. Belcalis Almanzar better known as Cardi B has taken the world and female rap game by storm since her rise to fame and has now collected 3 #1 records, over a billion in streams, a Pepsi SuperBowl commercial, Las Vegas residency and now covering Harper's Bazaar Magazine. Why is this thread worthy you might ask WELL Harper's Bazaar also happens to be the very same organization that threw a Fashion Week party in which Cardi B was throwing shoes and hands at Onika Maraj (Nicki Minaj) and her associates. It has been said that Cardi B's behaviour would ruin her chances in the industry and that she wouldn't be taken as serious due to her actions and YET she is on the cover and featured in the very same magazine 6 months later. Please get into the sickening photoshoot ..They magazine even did a playful spin on the incident with Cardi playing Cinderella and leaving a shoe behind. Only the BADDEST bitch can throw a shoe and fight at a Harper's Bazaar Party and yet still be featured on the cover of the very same magazine! I gotta laugh at the people who said no one will take her seriously or that fighting would ruin her career when she's only been more successful
  2. https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/31/opinions/beyonce-move-for-vogue-filipovic/index.html "Next month, Vogue's cover image is reportedly to be the magazine's first shot by a black photographer. Yes, the year is 2018, and never before has an image taken by a black person gotten cover billing in the nation's premier fashion magazine -- a publication that has been around for 126 years. It's thanks to Beyoncé. Beyoncé is the cover girl for Vogue's 2018 September issue, the most important book put out all year. And Bey, bless her, reportedly requested that her cover photo is taken by Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old Atlanta artist who told the New York Times that he "depict black people and people of colour in a really real and pure way." He brings, he said, "an honest gaze to my photos." This is the power of diversity and representation: In the best of circumstances, it begets not just more diversity, but more creativity and innovation; it widens the perspective for all of us."
  3. It's quite an interesting read, it details how Rihanna's slogan is to make sure everybody feels included. Other brands have tried such a promotion tactic but she's actually a superstar who reaches every corner of the world and so happened to launch her business empire with that motto. Part of the editorial: Rihanna’s highly-anticipated, size-inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty dropped this morning (May 11) at midnight EST, marking the latest addition to the superstar's sprawling fashion and beauty empire. Avid buyers who visited the Savage x Fenty site at midnight were placed in a queue system that couldn't keep up with demand: fans had to wait as long as two hours and/or enter the queue multiple times before they could freely browse and purchase products from the collection. Developed in partnership with TechStyle -- the subscription-oriented parent company behind Kate Hudson's Fabletics and Kim Kardashian's ShoeDazzle -- Savage x Fenty features 90 pieces of lingerie, sleepwear, and accessories in multiple shades and sizes, including four themed capsule collections titled On the Reg, U Cute, Damn and Black Widow. All items are priced under $100 apiece, with the option to sign up for a $50 annual subscription program for exclusive early access to product launches and limited-edition items. "Savage is really about taking complete ownership of how you feel and the choices you make,” Rihanna told Vogue last week. “Basically making sure everybody knows the ball is in your court." Full article here.
  4. Dinah Jane is as much a star as she is a 20-year-old who’s figuring out life as she goes. Despite rising to fame when she was only a teen, the Fifth Harmony songbird has managed to stay authentic during those transformative years of her life. “I’d rather be happy and broke,” Dinah tells us. “I remember just having ramen every night and not complaining about one thing. I’m glad that I went through that, because it hasn’t changed me even though I kinda got money now. It’s very important you don’t lose yourself.” With the girl group announcing its indefinite hiatus back in March, fans are desperate to know what’s coming up next for the youngest member of the band. As we’re meeing up at NAILBOX in Los Angeles‘ Arts District, where Dinah got her claws painted with Louis Vuitton‘s famous monogram, the newly-solo artist looked back at her humble beginnings and shared what she anticipates for the next chapter of her career. Read on for our full conversation. Read the full article here: https://hypebae.com/2018/5/dinah-jane-fifth-harmony-interview-video-nailbox @hammer
  5. I actually can’t remember the first time I met Rihanna; I was probably numb from the shock of it. She is one year older than me, but I feel like she’s been around forever. The progression of her superstardom feels steady, well deserved and extremely natural. She burst onto the scene with the absolute banger that is “Pon de Replay” in 2005, so young and breathtakingly beautiful. But the first time it felt like she made everyone sit up was with “Umbrella.” It crossed her over to every platform and into everyone’s lives. It felt like she had truly arrived, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Even more, she has designed and conquered an entire lane of her own. The innovative and groundbreaking world of Rihanna that no one else will ever be safe in and get away with copying. She makes her own rules and bends ours. Whenever I’ve met her, she’s been the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon. She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after. But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a f-ck; she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever. - by Adele.
  6. https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/justin-timberlake-man-of-the-woods/ It's higher than Divide at least. It's also what the album deserves
  7. When it comes to fashion, no one competes with Rihanna. Heading to Indio, California to take in Coachella this weekend, she left the flower crowns and body paint at home, showing up in looks direct from the runway. While the star has always had fun pushing the limits of festival dressing—who can forget last year’s epic Gucci bodysuit or the Matthew Adams Dolan deconstructed denim?—this go round proved her most daring. Pulling out transparent Y/Project, custom Chrome Hearts, and a face-covering balaclava that rendered her almost incognito, she took style risks few others would attempt—exactly what she and Fenty creative director Jahleel Weaver were going for. “Coachella should always be fun and disruptive,” shared Weaver via email. “We had such a moment last year with the Gucci crystal bodysuit and mask, so how do we top that?” Upping the ante meant entering the planning stage early. Though they started to officially brainstorm a month in advance, when Weaver and Rihanna saw a great piece during February’s fashion month, they made a mental note. Case in point: the moment the balaclava turned up at Alessandro Michele’s Fall 2018 Guccishow, it was destined to be worn. “Ri and I both instantly loved it when it came down the runway,” says Weaver. “So we started to think of what’s the next opportunity to wear this? The Gucci team is so great to us and such a pleasure to work with and they made it happen.” The love at first sight rule also applied to the gauzy Y/Project creation, which came with extreme UGGs that made it an outside the box choice: “It was just so NOT Coachella that it made us love the idea even more.” Making these unique pieces work requires styling magic and foresight, and Weaver gives credit where it’s due. “I have an amazing assistant Amir that really helps me stay organized and calm which allows me to just focus on all these crazy ideas,” he says. Though he’s mum on when we’ll see the next jaw-dropping Rihanna outfit, their partnership ensures plenty of great fashion on the horizon. “What I love about Ri is that she’s such a non-conformist, which pushes your boundaries of creativity,” says Weaver. “Nothing is off limits.”
  8. This was a great read, she actually talked a lot about her success that I never even knew about, she's done A LOT
  9. "With the release of her bopping house-inspired new single "Anna Wintour," rapper Azealia Banks shocked even herself. "I'm enjoying the success of it, it's quite surprising -- I didn't expect it to move this fast, I'm really happy," Banks tells Billboard the day the track released (April 6), quickly hitting the top 20 on iTunes' Pop chart and steadily climbing. It's not without reason she's taken aback. Since Banks debuted with her career-defining breakthrough "212" in 2011, her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste, 1991 EP and mixtapes Fantasea and Slay-Z have stood in the shadow of ceaseless controversy, from spats with peers and well-documented court dates to tempestuous altercations caught on video and emotional breakdowns. But through it all, the music has remained a consistent through line: the 26-year-old would be the first to tell you that she's talented beyond her years, and she would be correct. Banks has true lyrical wit and undeniable skill, her chameleonic flow adapting to a fanned variety of sounds and styles and making her one of the most experimental rap artists with such solid results. Now, in the wake of a new deal with eOne, the Harlem native hopes to bring the focus back to the music -- even if she is still embroiled in public issues, most recently with a well-publicized fallout with RZA and Instagram barbs shots taken at Cardi B. Banks plans to release her long-awaited double-album, Fantasea II, this summer (it's still a work in progress), and has an eye on its follow up Business and Pleasure. For now, though, it's all about "Anna Wintour" and securing her very first mainstream chart hit. Originally, you'd mentioned "Anna Wintour" was meant to feature Mel B and Nicki Minaj. How did the song come together? Well, back when I was signed to Interscope, Interscope commissioned Junior Sanchez to do a remix of my song “Ice Princess,” from Expensive Taste, and the working title of the track he sent over was “Anna Wintour.” And there was this big, thumping sample in it that was like, [rapping] “Anna Wintour/ Let me finish.” And, for a while, I would just play it around my house while I cleaned, did chores and stuff. Then, I asked him to send me the beat bare. Originally, Junior Sanchez and I were going to make a band together called Zanzibar. I was going to ghost under this named called Beverly Steel, and the eye patch [in the promo photo for "Anna Wintour"] was a part of Beverly Steel’s persona. Of course, that was just an idea. That one went aside, and when I was writing the song, my choreographer Matthew Pasterisa was at home with me, and I kinda was using him as a soundboard. I was like, “Matt, what do you think about this?” And he was like, “Oh, yeah. That sounds cool. That sounds kinda like Scary Spice.” Then he goes, “You should just get Scary Spice on the song.” And I’m like, “Whoa, that’s an insane idea.” So I hit up Mel B, and she was originally down, but she has got kids. I have four dogs and two cats, so I know how busy life gets. She’s just really busy being a mom and raising kids and doing her gig on America's Got Talent. She’s always super-busy. By the time I needed to turn in “Anna Wintour,” we couldn’t wait for her to get to the studio. But we remained, or we corresponded with each other a bunch. It just didn’t happen. The Nicki Minaj thing was just totally an idea I threw out there, and I was kinda trying to see if I could bait it. She was on such hideout, such lockdown. To be honest, I never really sent her the track, because I was afraid she’d say no [Laughs]. So it was just an idea. If you listen to “Anna Wintour,” the parts that kinda you can tell where I was going with the idea of the song. This is the part I wrote for Scary Spice and the rap verse and stuff. It’s just like a ghost collab, kinda. You know what I mean? You talked about how the song is kinda about finding yourself and finding God. What kind of journey were you on that inspired you to have that approach? Just a regular life journey. Regular woman growing up journey. Everyone’s got growing pains, you know? Everyone’s done some wacky shit from their teens to mid-20s. I’ll be 27 in May, so I think I was just naturally having a metamorphosis, especially considering all of the time I spent away from the public eye, due to controversy and stuff like that. It definitely gave me time to reflect on myself and just do what every normal human being needs to do to grow up. Yeah, I definitely think that it was in those moments that I kinda connected myself to, like, just the ether around me and just started to feel more secure on the ground. More grounded and sure of myself as a woman, as an artist, as a person and everything else. You mentioned how Junior Sanchez produced this, but you also put "executive produced by Harvey Mason Jr." Were you referring to Fantasea II? I’m referring to Fantasea II: The Second Wave, now which is gonna be a double-disc. It’s gonna be a remastered version of Fantasea I with all of those cult classics on there, as well as Fantasea II, with all of the new tracks. We’re gonna press it up in vinyl and press it up in physical and, yeah, hope for the best. We’re looking [to release] toward the summer, because it’s a mermaid album. It’s a summer album. We’re definitely gonna bring sea-punk back. Sea-punk is not dead, OK? That’s all I can really tell you about it for now. I think that I may just have “Anna Wintour” out and then I may just drop the project. It’s time for the mermaid to come back out of the water. There was a tracklist that was released a few months ago. How similar you think the final project is gonna be comparatively to that? Pretty similar. I would say about 75 to 80 percent similar. Now that “Anna Wintour” is out, I’m getting a bit of creative feedback from my fanbase and stuff like that, and that’s also helping inform me, or helping inform what tracks I’m gonna keep on the album, maybe which types of songs I need to add to my project and stuff. Because, definitely with Fantasea II, I wanted to give it more kind of like as close to the first Fantasea record. It’s like a hip-hop, mainstream hip-hop record with a bit of electronic, kinda tropical twist to it. Clearly, I’ve been doing all this singing stuff lately. I’ve got an indie-rock track on the album, which is something I’ve always wanted to do since high school. So it’ll just be more so about -- OK, so definitely we want it to be cohesive, but it’s kind of just about chronicling those moments that belong to the Fantasea theme, chronicling them properly all in one place. Not all in random YouTube videos and random Soundcloud and stuff like that. Just to properly tell the mermaid’s story. A few hours ago, you posted an Instagram about how last night was a big night for female rap. You’ve had words with Cardi B in the past, but looking beyond that, as with you and Cardi, there are other women who are making noise. Are you proud of that success amongst your peers in that regard? Definitely, 100 percent. Honestly, because “Anna Wintour” is purely like a dance record, I think that for a very long time, women have been, especially black women, we’ve been fighting for this kind of visibility in hip-hop, that it seems like we’re now really getting. You can 100 percent owe that to Nicki Minaj’s taking female rap and making it mainstream-mainstream to the point where it’s not just the rapper on the track, just add a rapper kinda thing, you know what I mean? She took the female rapper beyond a feature artist and made her a premiere, main stage artist. I definitely think Nicki Minaj’s success completely made this or made the music industry really interested in making money, or the commercial viability of the female rappers. And definitely now, with all of the different ways you can stream and chart, it’s really becoming easier for women to break into hip-hop, which is very refreshing. Again, you’ve been critical of Cardi in the past, and the reason I bring her up is because her record also just came out. It seems like what you said is referring to that. You’re very vocal about your opinions, but when it comes to looking at her success, are you proud of it? I think that I am proud of any woman who kind of picks herself up without anyone’s help, you know? When the whole world knocks you down, I’m proud of any woman who picks herself up and rebuilds herself up to something better than she was before. I definitely am really excited about this year in female rap because I think that it’s going to really just shine a light on female rap as a whole. Especially with the commercial success of Nicki Minaj, you have a lot of people, artists and companies, thinking that you can really just kind of build these projects, these kind of science projects: get a bunch of writers, get a bunch of beats, whatever, get her a butt, get her some titties and let’s make her the new Nicki Minaj. I think over the last eight or so years, we’ve seen a lot of these Nicki Minaj science projects, and all of them, they pop off for a little while and then they fade away. I guess I’m most interested to see if the industry’s desire is to try and successfully recreate this Nicki Minaj formula. I’m more so just interested to see if they can do it. I don’t think they can, because I just think Nicki Minaj is just like a maverick. She’s just like a branding maverick, and she’s so smart and she’s so, like, clever. It’s really hard for people to kind of wrap their heads around her formula and how she does things because she doesn’t, clearly, she shouldn’t tell anyone her secrets. But I think I’m more so just interested to see if these post-Nicki Minaj artists can exist past the first album. I’m more so just interested to see the real juxtaposition between these artists and the real Nicki Minaj, or these kinda like just-out-of-water artists and Azealia Banks, or a Kamaiyah or someone who has a little bit more... Somebody who’s a little bit more hands-on with art, you know what I mean? “Anna Wintour” is the focus right now. Are you gonna be putting out a video for it in the near future? Yes, definitely. Have you done it already? No, I haven’t done it yet, but it’s coming. Business and Pleasure has always been in the ether as well. What’s the status with that record and is it coming after Fantasea II still? Most likely, yes. Right now, I’m just trying to wrap up this Fantasea II project and I’m just trying to jump back in the water and swim. You’ve been around for quite a minute, so I think what you were talking about with longevity, that applies here. Definitely. Now, it’s time for me to go for the big wins. I’m trying to crack the Hot 100. I think every artist wants to crack the Hot 100 once. Even if I crack it at, like, 70, I’ll be really happy. " https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8293135/azealia-banks-discusses-house-inspired-single-anna-wintour-fantasea-ii-state-of-women-hip-hop I pressed the enter button by accident sorry folks
  10. http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/tinashe-on-releasing-joyride-setbacks-and-taking-control.html some quotes "Right. I’d read that Rihanna took it, wanting it for Anti, but then the song made its way back to you. We bought it back. It’s kind of crazy and I’m not even 100 percent sure what happened. We created the track, I wanted it for my project, then all of a sudden I found out — I was told — that she had purchased the whole concept and beat for her project. Eventually when that didn’t come out on her project, I was like, “yup … still want it!” I named my album after it. A couple other songs that I toured when I did my brief version of the Joyride tour will be on it. Most of the rest of the album was created relatively recently. That story is almost identical to Rihanna taking “Consideration” from SZA. It’s funny because we say “music business” forgetting the strictures that come with the second part of that phrase. As an artist who writes for herself and others, and produces, how do you fight for ownership in this business? And at least Rihanna left SZA on the song. That’s nice. It’s interesting because you’re collaborating with a lot of different people who are also adding pieces and parts to your music. So when that happens, you have to have a good amount of synergy. It is a business and there are business opportunities that people want to take. For me, it’s about maintaining the core and staying focused on making the best music. Anything else that happens along the way, we figure it out and roll with the punches. When I did lose the track, we just made a bunch more. There’s always music to be made. ... Do you feel you had full creative control over this album? Um, yeah. Yes. At this point, for sure. There were times along the way were there were creative discrepancies, but I’m happy to say that this project is all me. Everything from the cover art, to the sequencing, to the number of seconds in between the tracks, that’s me. I even started DMing Little Dragon, as a fan, around 2014 and eventually got them for “Stuck With Me.” I was so excited because this is the only feature I’ve ever facilitated on my own. And through Instagram! Shout-out to the DMs, making things happen."
  11. https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/the-enduring-appeal-of-pop-stars-who-flop/ This is an actually good article
  12. https://www.buzzfeed.com/pdominguez/why-katy-perry-cant-save-american-idol an interesting read!
  13. The months-long death watch concerning whether iHeartMedia files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection has received another stay of execution, as the company says a forbearance agreement has been extended to Monday, March 12 at 11:59 PM, according to a filing with the SEC. The company had a forbearance agreement with its creditors in place that would have delayed it from defaulting on its credit agreement, should it fail once again to make an interest payment due on its debt. However, that agreement expired at 11:59 PM last night (March 7), which would have left the company in default of its debt obligations and forced to file for Chapter 11 protection, had the extension not been filed this morning. This extension means that the company and its creditors will continue to work out a restructuring plan that will either end in a pre-packaged Chapter 11 agreement with the terms of the company re-organization already decided -- as was roughly laid out in a restructuring term sheet filed with the earlier forbearance agreement on March 4 -- that would result in iHeart's debtors becoming the majority owners of the company. But if the terms of agreement are not hammered out, the Chapter 11 filing could turn into a full-blown war between various classes of creditors. As it stands now, the pre-packaged agreement on file with the SEC calls for Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, iHeart's billboard advertising operation, to be spun off from the company, with the holders of the term loan credit facility claims and the priority guaranteed notes maturing in 2023 to become the holders of the economic interest in the Outdoor operation. It also calls for other debtors to receive new iHeart stock, or a combination of new stock and special warrants, with the amounts for each creditor weighed against the amount of debt they hold from the company. Press reports suggest that the creditors in line for the new stock will receive as much as 93 percent of the equity in the re-organized company. Full Article: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/8238393/iheartmedia-on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy-filing