WorldStarHipHop Founder Dies, Oscar Nominations Are Announced, Youtube Unveils Chat Feature And More


WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee O’Denat, aka Q, Dies at 43

WorldstarHipHop Founder, Lee O’Denat, aka Q, has died in Southern California. He was 43. The cause of death is a reported to have been a heart attack.

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Gucci Mane Announces ‘DropTopWizop’ Album

Gucci Mane took to Twitter to announce his first project of 2017. He calls it DropTopWizop, which corresponds to one of his many nicknames. DropTopWizop has no release date. All Guwop says is that it’s “coming soon.”

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Judge Says Prince’s Estate Doesn’t Need A Personal Overseer

Following the hearing last week to determine who will oversee the late Prince’s estate, a Minneapolis judge has appointed Comerica Bank & Trust N.A. to act as corporate permanent administrator. But he said would not appoint a co-personal representative – particularly one who did not have the heirs’ collective support.

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Merlin CEO: YouTube Pays Indies 10% Of What Spotify Does

Merlin CEO says that Youtube is not paying Indies (or anyone for that matter) its fair share. He went on to say that the cheque from YouTube is less than a tenth of the cheque that they bank from Spotify.

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YouTube Unveils New Chat Feature

Following months of testing, Youtube has launched a new chat feature. It’s being rolled out in Canada first, then in other countries later. This marks an important step for Google especially seeing that they missed the social and mobile messaging train when Google+ flopped.

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The LOX Reveals ‘Filthy America…it’s beautiful’ Tour Dates

The LOX has announced the tour to support their newly released album Filthy America….it’s beautiful. The tour will begin in Reading, PA with Lil Kim, Remy Ma and Cardi B and end in Baltimore on April 8th. The LOX will perform at two spots in New York prior to the start of the tour.

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Muse, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy & Bassnectar To Headline 2017 Bunbury Music Festival

The 2017 Bunbury Music festival slated for June 2-4 will be headlined by Muse, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Bassnectar and Pretty Lights. Other performers this year will be The 1975, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, AFI, Jon Bellion, D.R.A.M., Flogging Molly, MUTEMATH, Tech N9ne, Watsky and Mike Stud.

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2017 Oscar Nominations: Full List

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced this week. La La Land dominates with 14 nominations including best actor, actress, director and picture. Diversity prevails in this year’s nominations.

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Jennifer Lawrence Photo Hacker Gets a 9-Month Prison Sentence

A Chicago man has received a nine-month prison sentence for hacking the electronic accounts of 30 celebrities – one of them being actress Jennifer Lawrence – and lifting private information, including nude videos and photos. Edward Majerczyk, 29, has also been ordered to pay $5700 in restitution for counseling services for one unnamed victim whose photos were shared online.

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