The Music Business Week In Review…

It was a messy week for Apple Music, a mixed week for Spotify, and an expensive one for Coldplay fans.  Here’s the music business weekly wrap-up… An escalating streaming music war took some strange twists-and-turns this past week, with Apple Music stepping into a gigantic pile.  After debuting a pair of Frank Ocean albums the week earlier, […]

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Safety Test At Joey Fatone’s Hot Dog Stand Causes Chaos At Orlando Mall

Joey FatoneA routine safety test conducted in preparation for the opening of Fat One’s, NSYNC member Joey Fatone’s new hot dog stand at Orlando’s Florida Mall, sent the shopping center into chaos on Thursday. Billboard reports that a fire suppression system test at the eatery broadcast loud balloon popping noises over the mall’s PA … More »

Nate Parker: Earlier Comments Made “From A Standpoint Of Ignorance”

In a new interview with Ebony magazine, Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker says his comments from two weeks ago – when he spoke to Deadline, Variety and on Facebook – about the now-infamous 1999 college rape charges were made “from a standpoint of ignorance.” In today’s Ebony Q&A, he says, “It’s like, if I don’t know how to swim and two weeks later I know how to swim, I know how to swim. Honestly, when I started reading them comments I had to call some people and say…


Frank Ocean’s Blonde Projected To Debut At #1, Endless Ineligible For Billboard Chart

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 14:  Artist Frank Ocean performs during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 14, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Frank Ocean’s new album Blonde is set to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 — yet another Apple Music exclusive! — but Billboard reports that Endless, the much looser “visual album” that he released less than 24 hours earlier to fulfill his contractual obligation to Def Jam, will not chart … More »

Nate Parker Talks Rape Controversy with Ebony: ‘The Definitions of So Many Things Have Changed’

Nate Parker broke his silence on Saturday over two weeks after Variety and Deadline published interviews in which he addressed being charged — along with his “Birth of a Nation” co-writer Jean Celestin — with raping a 18-year-old female student while attending Penn State in 1999. In the new interview, published by Ebony, Parker says… Read more »