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Jack Harlow Named SESAC Songwriter Of The Year

For the 2nd year in a row, Jack Harlow was named Songwriter of the Year at the SESAC Music Awards, held in London this week.

It was the first in-person iteration of the event in several years, due to the pandemic and Harlow was in attendance.

He went home with two awards, there was a tie for song of the year between Harlow's "Industry Baby" and "Heat Waves" recorded by Glass Animals.

SESAC is the second oldest performing rights organization in the United States.

TL;DR:

  • For the 2nd year in a row, Jack Harlow was named Songwriter of the Year at the SESAC Music Awards, held in London this week.
  • There was a tie for song of the year between Harlow's "Industry Baby" and "Heat Waves" recorded by Glass Animals.

Sam Smith Collaborates With Kim Petras For New Single

Sam Smith has teamed up with international pop Kim Petras to release his new single called "Unholy."

The lyrics call out a cheating husband who, unbeknownst to his wife and kids, ducks out to have some fun at a "body shop."

Via a press release, Smith said, "‘Unholy' was made in Jamaica and was one of the most glorious creative moments I've ever had as an artist. I've never had so much fun making a record. It was so cathartic and freeing to experiment like this and throw out the rule book. It has also been an honor to work with Kim and get to witness her brilliance."

Social media embraced the song before it's official release, sending the views well past 26 million already.

TL;DR:

  • Sam Smith and Kim Petras released a single called "Unholy."
  • The lyrics calls out a cheating husband.

Billie Eilish Drops Live Performance Videos Of 'TV' And 'The 30th'

Billie Eilish has released a couple of live performance videos of her latest singles "TV" and "The 30th". Filmed at Singapore's famous Cloud Forest at Gardens By The Bay, Eilish and her brother Finneas are seen surrounded by exotic and colorful florals.

In a press statement, she explained the importance of the location and said, "Singapore was one of the first places I ever went on tour. I was only there for a day and absolutely fell in love with it."

She released the singles back in July on her Guitar Songs EP.

TL;DR:

  • Billie Eilish has released live performance videos of her latest singles "TV" and "The 30th".
  • Filmed at Singapore's famous Cloud Forest at Gardens By The Bay.
  • She released the singles back in July on her Guitar Songs EP.

DaBaby Claims He Slept With Megan Thee Stallion On New Song

DaBaby dropped a surprise new album, Baby on Baby 2, on Friday (September 23rd) and on one of the songs off the LP called "Boogeyman," he claims to have slept with Megan Thee Stallion.

On the song, he raps, "The day before she said that Tory Lanez shot her, I was f**kin on Megan Thee Stallion/Waited to say that sh*t on my next album/Hit it the day before too/But I kept it player, I ain't say nothing 'bout it/Had her pretty boy, boyfriend tweeting me, ready to die 'bout the b*tch like a coward."

Last summer, Megan and DaBaby exchanged words online and the following month, DaBaby brought Tory Lanez out on stage during his Rolling Loud set.

DaBaby also threw jabs at Megan's boyfriend, rapper Pardison Fontaine.

Megan accused Tory of shooting her in the summer of 2020, a case that has yet to be resolved, but is currently on trial.

Harry Styles Honored With Permanent Banner At Madison Square Garden

After selling out NYC's Madison Square Garden for 15 consecutive nights, Harry Styles was given his own banner at the iconic venue. Just before his last show's encore, CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King surprised him onstage. She told him that the banner would hang there "forever."

Accepting a tissue from an audience member, Styles was clearly stunned and choked back tears. He said, "To all of you who bought a ticket, thank you so, so much for your support. Things like this don't happen to people like me very often... and I just want to thank you all. You've changed my life each and every single one of you thank you so, so much."

The white and blue banner will hang in the rafters along with two banners Billy Joel received for his residency there. Phish also has a banner that was dedicated in 2017 after the band played 13 sold-out nights in which they did not repeat a song.

TL;DR:

  • After selling out NYC's Madison Square Garden for 15 consecutive nights, Harry Styles was given his own banner at the iconic venue.
  • Gayle King surprised him onstage. She told him and the audience that the banner would hang there "forever."

Kanye West Apologizes To Kim Kardashian, Admits That Sway Calloway Had The Answer

Kanye West has apologized to Kim Kardashian, the mother of his children, for the stress he has caused her.

In a video clip from Kanye's interview with ABC's Good Morning America, he explained, "This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger. I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children at the end of the day."

Kanye and Kim went through a public divorce, with Ye accusing Kim of keeping their children from him, calling out the Kardashians and bullying Kim's ex Pete Davidson.

In the same interview, Kanye spoke on his relationship with Gap and Adidas and admitted that Sway Calloway was right during their interview back in 2013 when he suggested Ye put out his products on his own.

Ye said, "It was all kind of a disregard for the voice of something that I co-created. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap. That means that I was there for some specific agenda, not for Yeezy Gap to be everything that it could be, or this dream that I had about what the Gap could be. It's time for me to make my own thing."

He added, "I will go ahead and say, Sway had the answer. People are gonna be like, 'No.'"

Back in 2013, Kanye ranted on Sway's radio show about his influence on the culture and being held back by bigger corporations.

Kanye's relationships with both Adidas and Gap appear to have gone sour.

Ye has also shared that he plans to run for president again in 2024.

Lil Nas X Drops New Single

Lil Nas X has joined forces with LoL Esports to release his new single, "Star Walkin". The song is also the anthem for the online, arena video game event, Worlds Championship.

The song's video is animated and highlights iconic landmarks in San Francisco, the destination city for the World Final, and League of Legends.

As part of the promotion, Lil Nas X will perform at the Worlds opening ceremony on November 5.

Nas is currently on his sold out Long Live Montero world tour across North America.

TL;DR:

  • Lil Nas X has joined forces with LoL Esports to release his new single "Star Walkin'"
  • The song is this year's Worlds Championship anthem.
  • Lil Nas X will perform at the Worlds opening ceremony on November 5.

Twenty One Pilots Receive New Gold, Platinum And Diamond Status

Twenty One Pilots just received multiple new RIAA certifications. The new Gold in their collection includes the album, Scaled And Icy and their single "Shy Away."
The Grammy winning band has now reached Platinum status for the single "Jumpsuit" and achieved Diamond status for the song "Heathens."
This gives Twenty One Pilots their 2nd Diamond Award, making them one of only 18 artists to ever do so. Diamond represents having sold more than 10 million copies.

TL;DR:

  • Twenty One Pilots received new RIAA certifications.
  • Gold for the album, Scaled And Icy and the single
    "Shy Away."
  • Platinum status for the single "Jumpsuit"
  • Diamond status for the song "Heathens."

Lil Nas X Becomes Wax Figure At 'Madame Tussauds'

Lil Nas X has been immortalized with very realistic, life-size sculpture of himself at Madam Tussauds wax museum.

The wax figure is wearing a replica of the gold Versace suit armor he wore at last year’s Met Gala, along with the jewelry and manicure he sported at the event.

When he first saw it, he kissed it on the lips. He posted the image on Instagram and wrote:  “Never thought i would get the pleasure of meeting myself. The sexual tension was too much to bare.”

It can be seen at the Hollywood location of Madam Tussauds.

Look for Little Nas X to release a new song on Friday (9-23) called “Star Walkin.'” The music will serve as the anthem for the 2022 League of Legends World Championship.

TL;DR:

  • Lil Nas X has been immortalized with very realistic, life-size sculpture of himself at Madam Tussauds wax museum in Hollywood.
  • When he first saw it, he kissed it on the lips.

BTS May Not Be Exempt From Mandatory Military Service

BTS may not be able to avoid entering South Korea's mandatory military service. According to the Korea Times, a lawmaker revised a bill this week that would have made an exemption for pop stars to swap their military obligations for an alternate service.

There is already a provision that paves the way for noted athletes, actors, directors and classical musicians who've made a significant international impact to complete their service in other ways.

The discussion has been ongoing for a while now and BTS members have said they are willing to serve.

The eldest member, Jin, 29, will be the first in the group to face the mandatory enlistment, if it stays in place. He turns 30 in December.

TL;DR:

  • BTS may not be able to avoid entering South Korea's mandatory military service.
  • a bill has been revised that would have made an exemption for pop stars to swap their military obligations for an alternate service.
  • The eldest member, Jin, 29, will be the first in the group to face the mandatory enlistment. He turns 30 in December.

Mark Hoppus' Latest Cancer Scan Came Back 'Clean'

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus released more positive news about his health. On Wednesday (9-21) he shared on Instagram that his most recent scan came back "clean" and he continues to be cancer-free.

He posted, "Thankful for every day I get to be here. Love you all."

Hoppus was diagnosed with lymphoma in April of last year and has been open with fans about his cancer journey, including his struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide.

He went through chemotherapy last year and 5 months following his initial diagnosis, he was declared cancer-free.

TL;DR:

  • Blink-182's Mark Hoppus continues to be cancer-free.
  • After a recent scan, he posted, "Thankful for every day I get to be here. Love you all."
  • Hoppus was diagnosed with lymphoma in April of last year.

Quickies: Cardi B, Beyonce, Rihanna

Cardi B received a vinyl copy of Beyonce's Renaissance album. It was signed with a personalized note. She posted the news on her socials to show it off and joked with fans about it. In a video, she said she was going to protect it by putting it behind glass and surround it with laser beams and anyone who touched it would be electrocuted.

Although it's been almost 10 years since Rihanna released her single for "Diamonds," lots of people are still watching the video. It has officially surpassed 2 billion views on YouTube. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012 and became her 12th charting song.

Report: LAPD Investigating PnB Rock's Murder To See If Past Beefs Played A Role

TMZ has reported that the LAPD is looking into PnB Rock's murder and they feel it could've stemmed from a past beef instead of a robbery.

Law officials said the case is moving in several directions and one in particular dives into the late rapper's life and those he may have had beef(s) with.

Investigators are apparently interested in Rock's ties in Atlanta where he spent a fair amount of time and his hometown, Philadelphia.

They are also reportedly looking at PnB Rock's song lyrics to see if he might have referenced any feuds he may have had with any of his peers.

Initial reports said that PnB Rock's death was the result of a fatal robbery.

Additional Women Claim Adam Levine 'Crossed The Line' With Them

Adam Levine may have "crossed the line" with more women than just Sumner Stroh.

TMZ reports that more women have come forward accusing the Maroon 5 front man of sending flirty messages.

A comedian named Maryka posted screengrabs Tuesday (September 20th), in which the singer allegedly tells her, "Distract yourself by f***ing with me!" Another woman, Alyson Rosef, shared a series of DMs sent from Levine in which he refers to her as a "hot chick," and wrote, "I shouldn't be talking to you you know (right)?"

In a statement posted to his Instagram Stories Tuesday, Levine denied having an affair with Stroh, writing, "I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner. I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life."

Levine is currently married to Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo, who is pregnant with their third child. On Monday (September 19th), Stroh revealed that Levine wanted to name the baby Sumner, after her.

Taylor Swift Reveals First Song Title From 'Midnights'

Taylor Swift has revealed the first song title from her forthcoming album, Midnights.

Early Wednesday (September 21st) morning, the singer announced that she'll be using an old-fashioned bingo cage to "allow fate to decide" which song titles will be shared in a segment called, "Midnights Mayhem with Me."

Track 13, entitled "Mastermind" was the first to be announced.

First Trailer Drops For Selena Gomez's 'My Mind and Me'

Apple TV+ has released the official trailer for Selena Gomez's documentary, My Mind and Me.

The 30-second teaser shows the Only Murders In The Building star crying in bed, hugging friends and traveling the world.

According to AppleTV+, the documentary, will follow Gomez's life over the course of six years, "covering her highs lows and everything in between."

My Mind and Me will begin streaming on November 4th.

NYU To Introduce A Course On Lana Del Rey This Fall

New York University's Clive Davis Institute will introduce a course on Lana Del Rey this fall.

Variety reports that "Topics In Recorded Music: Lana Del Rey" will be taught by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli from October 20th until December 8th.

A rep for the university says that the course will examine Del Rey's contributions to 21st Century pop stardom, her relationship to feminism, and her connection to varaious social justice movements.

The official course description reads: Over the course of eight critically-acclaimed albums, the six-time Grammy nominated artist has introduced a sad core, melancholic, and baroque version of dream pop that in turn helped shift and reinvent the sound (and mood) of mainstream music beyond the 2010s. Through her arresting visuals and her thematic attention to mental health and tales of toxic, damaged love, Del Rey provided a new platform for artists of all genders to create "anti-pop" works of substance that could live in a mainstream once categorized as bubblegum.

Earlier this year, the university offered a class on Taylor Swift taught by Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos.

Elder Abuse Lawsuit Against MGK Has Been Dropped

A lawsuit accusing Machine Gun Kelly of elder abuse has been dropped.

According to Radar Online, 49-year-old parking attendant John Martin Tilli claimed that the rocker and Mod Sun threatened and assaulted him in a Studio City parking lot in August 2021.

Kelly and his friend Mod were filming their movie Good Mourning With A U when Tilli approached to let them know he needed a permit to film on the property. According to his account, the two stars and their friends surrounded him and became aggressive.

A police report was not filed for several days and the Los Angeles Police Department closed the case because they were unable to find any evidence of the attack.

According to Radar, Kelly had not responded to the lawsuit and Tilli was attempting to obtain a default judgment. However, the two appear to have made an arrangement which led to the case being dismissed for good.

Kanye West Says He Isn't Selling His Music Catalog

Despite reports saying that Kanye West's catalog is for sale, Ye has responded to those claims, saying these reports are false.

The rapper wrote on his Instagram Story on Tuesday (September 20th), "Just like Taylor Swift ... My publishing is being put up for sale without my knowledge ... Not for sale."

In another IG Story post, Kanye shared a screenshot of a direct message conversation between himself and an unnamed person to ask his former manager, Gee Roberson, about the attempts to sell the rights to Kanye's music.

The person responded, "From Gee ... Fake news ... Of course every publisher wants to pitch their hardest to buy. SMH."

Billboard initially reported a claim that the rapper was looking to sell his publishing for $175 million.

Cardi B Files Paperwork To Garnish Tasha K's Bank Account For Over $3 Million Owed

Cardi B has filed paperwork in Georgia to seize property and assets owned by blogger Tasha K — who accused her of having Herpes and being an escort. As previously reported, Cardi B was awarded $4 million after a jury found Tasha K guilty of defaming the rapper with various posts and YouTube videos.

According to RadarOnline, Cardi has demanded that Chase Bank and its employees hold all of Tasha's property, money, wages and other assets, including property in safe deposit boxes or similar property. She also demanded that Chase Bank answers questions about the money that the blogger has at the institution.

Tasha K has reportedly pleaded with the federal judge who presided over the case to step in and put a stop to Cardi's demands. She argued that the appeal is pending and collections aren't allowed until a decision has been made.

Charlie Puth Opens Up About New Self-Titled Album

Charlie Puth will be dropping his self-titled album next month and has described it as "personal."

He told Billboard, "Maybe a cliché statement for an artist to sit on this white couch and be like, ‘Oh, this is my most personal work.' But it is for me because I've never had an entire body of work that was my personality with some melody attached to it."

Puth added, "I want people to be familiar with these songs, like they've heard them before, because they have heard them before."

As far as what's next on the agenda for Puth, he said, "Any song that I put out, I never think about, 'Oh, well I have to top this one.' I think about, 'How different of a song can I follow this up with?' I feel like I've always been, up to this point, the artist that you just hear on the radio or you listen to wherever you listen to music. No one's ever cared about my personal life so I'm exacerbating that. I'm taking the sand paper and I'm rubbing the wood laughs That's a weird analogy."

The album is set to arrive on October 7th.

Dua Lipa Feels More 'In Control' On New Album

Dua Lipa feels like she has more control on her forthcoming album, which she previously revealed is 50 percent done.

She explained to Vogue Australia, "As I'm writing my new album, I feel even more liberated in a completely different way. And even more in control than I thought."

When asked what liberated means to her, Dua said, "Freedom, especially as a woman, means to be able to take things into your own hands, to have control over the things that you believe in. To really have a voice."

Back in March, Dua Lipa shared that she was halfway done working on the album.

It's unclear when the project will be released.

Jason Derulo Explains How His Lowest Moments Have Helped Him Persevere

Jason Derulo has opened up about how his lowest moments have helped him to persevere.

During an appearance on E!'s digital series DRIVE!, the pop star said that his self-improvement has been his "drive for a very long time."

He continued, "My downfalls and when I have low moments, those moments really drive me. At my lowest lows, it's like, 'Dang, I gotta really sink my teeth in and just go for gold.'"

However, Derulo said his 16-month-old son, Jason King Derulo, keeps him going these days.

Derulo said, "The newest thing is my son and wanting what's best for him and wanting him to have the best life that he could possibly have."

He shares a son with ex-girlfriend Jena Frumes.

Mariah Carey Plans To Release Her 1990s Alternative Rock Album

Mariah Carey has plans to release the alternative rock album titled Someone's Ugly Daughter that she apparently secretly recorded in 1995 under the stage name Chick.

During an interview on Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone Now podcast, Mariah said, "The quest for that version is going great. We actually have it. This was my outlet, and nobody knew about it. Most people, I'd rather they don't even know about it until we decide exactly what happens from that quest of finding those vocals."

She continued, "I think this unearthed version will become something that, yes, we should hear. But also, I'm working on a version of something where there'll be another artist working on this with me as well … Possibly something built around the album. I'm just full of surprises."

The album was recorded while Mariah was making her LP, Daydream.

MARIAH CAREY'S 'HONEY: THE REMIXES' IS BEING RELEASED ON VINYL

In other Mariah news, the singer's Honey: The Remixes album is being released on vinyl for the first time in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her Butterfly album.

She tweeted, "More #Butterfly25 goodies!Pre-Order Honey: The Remixes – for the first time on vinyl! 2LP's on honey colored vinyl."

The vinyl is available exclusively through Urban Outfitters and will ship in February 2023.