Monday, December 22, 2014

Madonna's 2015 Album & Tracklist Allegedly Leaked

Internet, you've screwed up a record release again.

Of course at 54 it's admirable to have a bod like this, Madge. But you might have wanted to choose an outfit a bit more age appropriate for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19, 2013. Never feel like you have to compete with Miley or Katy Perry. You're Madonna!Before Madonna had even announced the official title and release date of her upcoming 2015 album, leaked Madonna tracks allegedly comprising the entire album -- at least according to fan blogs and Twitter, so take that for what it's worth -- have hit the Internet. Billboard has reached out to her publicist for comment.

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Featuring production from Diplo, Avicii, Natalia Kills and Ryan Tedder, the album is purportedly called Unapologetic Bitch (nodding to a favorite hashtag of Rihanna's?) or Iconic.

This leak of the alleged full album comes just weeks after the song "Rebel Heart" hit the Internet, followed by this tweet from her manager Guy Oseary.

I would be grateful to any @madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak.. We appreciate your help..

Victim of Diddy and Shynes NYC shooting

— Guy Oseary (@guyoseary) November 28, 2014

One of the tracks -- "Bitch I'm Madonna" -- comes with a very dubstep-y bass drop (presumably a Diplo track), while "Joan of Arc" is a gentle ballad. The title track allegedly features a verse from former collaborator Nicki Minaj, although the leaked version is Minaj-free. All 13 tracks are making the rounds on YouTube and torrent sites, but keep in mind Madonna's stern, disapproving face before you listen. At this point, Madonna presumably wishes she lived in an exclusively material, non-digital world.

You can check out the alleged tracklist for Madonna's 2015 album below (via ONTD).

1. Unapologetic Bitch
2. Bitch I'm Madonna
3. Addicted (The One That Got Away)
4. Borrowed Time
5. Heartbreak City
6. Illuminati
7. Joan Of Arc
8. Living 4 Love (Carry On)
9. Make The Devil Pray
10. Messiah
11. Rebel Heart
12. Revolution
13. Wash All Over Me

Birdman Graces The Cover Of A Special Edition Spider-Man Comic

Cash Money Records might currently seem like a label in utter turmoil. But never fear, Birdman is here? The Cash Money boss is the latest hip-hop star to get the super hero treatment gracing the cover of one of Marvel’s special edition comics. Baby and all his hand rubbing glory is displayed on the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #11 which recently hit stores in very limited quantities. The cover is a collaboration with Lugz and Marvel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lugz Birdman Boot. 

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Can the powerful kingpin keep his team on one accord? Tune in.

News/ Hackers Threaten to Release Iggy Azalea's Alleged Sex Tape If She Doesn't Apologize to Azealia Banks

Well this is one way to get an apology.

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A mysterious Twitter handle named @TheAnonMessage has threatened to release still images from an alleged sex tape involving Iggy Azalea unless she publicly apologizes to Azealia Banks and the protesters of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

"MESSAGE: @IGGYAZALEA, you have exactly 48 hours from now to release a statement apologizing to @AzealiaBanks and the protesters in NYC..." one of the tweets captured by Vulture read. "You are guilty of misappropriating black culture, insulting peaceful protesters, and making light of Eric Garner's death. @IGGYAZALEA"

Another tweet read, "There's an X rated tape of you, we bet you'd certainly don't want public, are we right? @IGGYAZALEA....and this is nothing. Comply or else." The account has since been suspended by Twitter.

For the record, Azalea has consistently denied ever having a sex tape. She also claimed the media frenzy surround the speculation "makes me sick." A rep for the rapper declined to comment for the story.

Although the "Fancy" crooner hasn't commented on Banks ever since the hacker's tweets surfaced, Azalea wasn't so quiet when the singer went after her during a recent radio interview.  

"I feel like in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there's always this undercurrent of kinda like a 'f--k you," Banks proclaimed on Hot 97. "That Iggy Azalea s--t isn't better than any f--king black girl that's rapping today...The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent."

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As you can imagine, that didn't exactly sit well with Azalea who fired back on Twitter.
"There are many black artists succeeding in all genres," Azalea wrote in response to the interview. "The reason you haven't is because of your piss poor attitude...Your inability to be responsible for your own mistakes, bullying others, the inability to be humble or have self control. It's YOU!"
Although there doesn't seem to be a chance at a reconciliation anytime soon, Azalea remains focused on her upcoming tour with Nick Jonas.

In fact, the 24-year-old can't stop smiling when she sees her devoted fans purchasing tickets.

"Seeing everyone tweet me what dates they are going to on the tour makes me way too excited for next year," she wrote. "@Tinashe @nickjonas slay me."

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2 NYPD Cops Killed In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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Two uniformed NYPD officers of the 79th precinct were shot at point-blank range in their marked police car outside of the Tompkins Houses Saturday afternoon

According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot “execution style” by a single gunman who approached their car at a corner near Myrtle Ave in Bedford-Stuyvesant. One source says:

The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car!
The suspected gunman fled to a nearby subway station at Myrtle and Willoughby Avenues, where he was fatally shot. Preliminary reports were unclear on whether he was shot by police or his own hand. One witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said at least one officer shot the suspect inside the station. Police officials have yet to confirm that.

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Carmen Jimenez, 32, a social worker from Bedford-Stuyvesant, was on the subway platform when the gunman ran inside, pursued by officers.

“Everything happened so quick, we were standing waiting for the G train. We heard arguing from the other end of the platform. It looked like two cops came in there was lots of yelling and they said, ‘Everybody get down.’ We tried to get out of there, and there was a lot of shouting, people were screaming, people were trying to run. I threw myself on the floor. I was afraid for my life and afraid for my baby".!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/article-copshot7-1220.jpg
Both officers were rushed to Woodhull Hospital. Both officers were shot direct in the head. Their conditions were not immediately clear, but a New York City Councilman told PIX11 News reporter Magee Hickey that the officers are dead. One can only wonder in light of the recent police killings, and the murders by law enforcement of young black men; how many more cases such as this will occur in the future?

-Infinite Wiz (@InfiniteWiz)
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 UPDATE: The Source‘s owner and publisher, L. Londell McMillan has spoken out about the events that have transpired a two days ago, and his comments are as follows.

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I am deeply saddened about the loss of life on any level including the execution of these police officers. I hope this tragic violence does not escalate. Law enforcement officers who serve the public should not be ambushed. I grew up in these housing projects and we cannot attribute this tragedy to all people there or to protesters fighting for justice. It is a tragedy and we all must learn from it. – L. Londell McMillan

'The Interview' Will Be Distributed

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After initially announcing there were 'no further release plans' for 'The Interview', Sony Pictures says the film has only been 'delayed' and 'will be distributed'

Sony has taken a lot of heat for their decision to withdraw The Interview from its December 25th theatrical release, with even President Barack Obama calling the move to appease hackers "a mistake." Following the criticism, Sony Pictures is now insisting The Interview will be distributed in some capacity.

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Speaking to Meet the Press Sunday, Sony lawyer David Boies said The Interview is only being "delayed," a major turnaround from their previous statement that they have "no further release plans" for the North Korea-baiting film. "Sony only delayed this," Boies said, adding that the company is the victim of a "state-sponsored criminal act." "Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed I don't think anyone knows quite yet."

Sony has reportedly found a way to distribute the film to the masses while also sidestepping nervous cinema owners: Stream The Interview for free. Sources tell the New York Post that The Interview may be heading to the Sony-owned streaming service Crackle, home of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and other Sony TV and film properties.

 After Obama and everyone from George R.R. Martin to Stephen King blasted Sony for bending to the hackers' demands and pulling the film, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton said, "I think actually the unfortunate part is, in this instance, the president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters."

"There are a number of options open to us and we have considered those and are considering them," Lynton added. "As it stands right now – while there have been a number of suggestions that we go out there and deliver this movie digitally or through VOD, there has not been one major VOD – video on demand distributor – one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us."

A day after North Korea accused the U.S. of framing them for the cyber attack – and after the Guardians of Peace mocked the FBI – the secretive nation issued another strong warning to the U.S., who North Korea accuses of actually bankrolling The InterviewCNN reports.

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"Nothing is more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction. Our target is all the citadels of the U.S. imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans," North Korea's state-run news agency wrote in a dispatch. "Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism."

Queen Latifah is paying her laid-off staff out of her own pocket.

Queen Latifah’s talk show may have been cancelled, but she is still in good holiday spirits.

According to E! Online, Queen Latifah is paying her laid-off staff out of her own pocket. Due to production of the show being officially shut down, the crew was no longer needed. And while their misfortune couldn’t have come at a worse time, Latifah decided to make sure they were paid through the holiday season. Original episodes of the show are slated to air through March.

Following the cancellation of The Queen Latifah Show, she posted the following message to her staff and crew: 

Dear Dana,

Just a little note to say Thank You… Thank you for your strong work ethic and great effort in getting The Queen Latifah Show off the ground and running. Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed “True Grit”! Your Family, Partners, Staff and Crew showed up with you every step of the way. Be very proud of that! Not everyone can say the same. You can also say you have been a blessing to and been blessed by amazing guests and incredible audiences for this show. We truly changed people’s lives for the better. So… STAY POSITIVE, STAY STRONG, and most importantly, STAY OPEN… There is so much more God has in store!

Lovingly, You!

P.S. This letter is for me, my staff, my crew, and everyone who was by my side for this incredible journey. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome…believe in yourself and continue to fly.

Bobby Shmurda’s Attorney Addresses Arrest: ‘The Government Hates Rappers’

Who: Bobby Shmurda

What: The GS9 member was recently arrested along with other cohorts of his crew after multiple firearms and hard drugs were found by the NYPD at Quad Studios. 

  Redemption: The "Hot Boy" rapper can possibly beat this case, and if he does, he should stay up out that trap house indefinitely.

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Bobby Shmurda’s attorney Howard Greenberg is speaking out about the rapper’s recent arrest.

“The government hates rap and the government hates rappers,” Greenberg said in an interview with XXL. “They target these guys and construct a narrative around them and then they rationalize the narrative in order to get an indictment. I had said previously, it’s a bunch of bulls—t.” 

“What they do is they recruit guiltless, loveless people who are truthless that are jealous of brothers on the way up and they get them to implicate them,” he continued.
Greenberg said he’s read the first 41 pages of the indictment and that it is filled with “street lingo” that can be misinterpreted. “People of color should be very afraid of these kind of prosecutions,” he continues. “They are selective. They start by aiming at a guy’s lyrics to begin.”

Greenberg went on to say that he feels Shmurda’s innocent and that he doesn’t have time to commit the crimes he’s been accused of. 

“My guy is rich,” he added. “He’s busy, he’s always on tour. He doesn’t have time for this bulls–t; it makes no sense. He’s making more money legit than it’s possible to make, it’s crazy. My guys are legit, end of story. Give me a f—in’ break. But he’s a target.”

Shmurda, who was arrested along with several members of his GS9 collective for charges that include murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking and assault, had his bail set for $2 million. Epic Records is reportedly set to bail the rapper out, according to ABC News.