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Spotify is among the top three applications for streaming and sharing music, having grown significantly in recent years. That makes being associated with it appealing for other applications.  Instagram and Facebook already have options for users to broadcast the song(s) they’re currently jamming to.  Now Snapchat is joining the party.

Spotify is happy with the new relationship saying, “With Spotify, you can listen to your favorite music and podcasts anytime, anywhere. With Snapchat, you can share what you’re up to instantaneously. Soon you’ll be able to combine the two seamlessly and share what you’re listening to in a Snap story.” Here’s how it will work: Users will share their songs to Snapchat via Spotify. To begin with, there will not be a reverse share feature like Instagram has. Users will load a Spotify song into their Snap story and viewers will see the song thumbnail that links to the song on Spotify’s platform. There have been several third party hacks that let you share Spotify songs on Snapchat, but this one will be the real thing.

In the new world of media, content companies must make all their offerings available to their audience wherever and however they want it – broadcast, cable, PC or stream, mobile or wired, scheduled or on-demand.  In that regard, our friends at Apple Music will be launching a browser version of its music streaming service. Paid subscribers will be able to access the streaming service from any web browser by logging in using their Apple ID. The browser version of the application is currently in beta, offering listeners full access to their playlists and Beats 1 Radio. As part of the overall strategy, Apple confirmed that it is withdrawing iTunes and replacing it with a new package: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Apple clearly has a strategy for matching every new trend in music technology with a clear and impactful response.




Female icon Nicki Minaj has decided to quit her music career at least for now. Reason: to focus on starting a family. Minaj, is 36 years old, has been atop the female rap game for a decade, sees the window closing on settling down and having a couple kids. The announcement came in the form of a typical Minaj tweet, “I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, (X) in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me.”

Though she has mentioned that she is planning on getting married very soon, some have suggested that the announcement is “fake news,” that Nicki only did this for attention or that it’s an act of spite to her haters.  It actually makes sense for her to step away at least for a little while.

Minaj has sold millions of albums since her first release Pink Friday in 2010 and she’s done major collaborations with famous artists such as Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Madonna. Her work as gotten her ten Grammy nominations, five MTV Video Music Awards, nineteen BET Awards and the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female solo artist. If this is the end, it has been one heck of a career. We just don’t think it is. Just imagine the return of Nicki Minaj as a mom, still beefing with Cardi B. That will be fun.

Thus far, it can be argued that 2019 has been the year of Lil Nas X, if only based on the record setting success of “Old Town Road.” When you add that he voluntarily revealed his sexuality at the top of the arch, the 21 year old has propelled himself to pop culture stardom in a matter of months.

Jump to his appearance on HBO’s talk show The Shop: Interrupted, where he was quizzed about his decision to come out as a homosexual. Despite the question being rather insensitive, especially from host Paul Rivera, X did a great job of staying classy and making his responses both assertive and respectful.

Commenting on why he came out X said, “It’s not like being forced (to come out), it’s just that growing up (I’m meant to) hate this stuff (homosexuality).

Kevin Hart who was one of the guests on the show, and one who may be overly sensitive because he’s had his own trouble with the subject in his past, questioned what he was referring to.  Lil Nas countered with by saying, “Homosexuality, gay people. Come on now, if you’re really from the hood, you know.” There’s a lot of tension around this subject for some folks and it came to the surface a couple days ago on HBO.  The entire interview has been released and can be found on HBO.

It is no secret Taylor Swift is not a fan of Kanye West given their history, which was mostly provoked by the self proclaimed genius, Kanye. It is also no secret Swift hasn’t exactly gotten on well with rapper Nicki Minaj, but she is working to mend things with one of the aforementioned. We’ll give you a hint, it’s not Kanye! The Minaj rift goes back to 2015 when Minaj tweeted about “losing to white women with very slim bodies” at the VMAs.  Swift countered with, “Maybe one of the men took your slot.” It was petty indeed, but a rift nonetheless. Swift, who has recently been more vocal about her political views, opened up about the incident, saying it helped her understand “a lot about how my privilege allowed me to not have to learn about white privilege. It (racial privilege) is something she is still trying to educate herself on every day.” As Taylor Swift, through introspection, is attempting to clear the air with Minaj, there are absolutely zero signs she wishes to do the same with Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian.  While promoting her new album Lover, Taylor commented about the couple by saying, “When people are in a hate frenzy, and they find something to mutually hate together, it bonds them”. Shots fired, again! Swift’s album, which debuted last week, is already among the top selling albums of the summer.

Nick Jonas and the Jonas Brothers had a big weekend at the MTV VMAs. The event had Jonas Brothers’ footprints all over it. They performed at the event, they won an award for Best Pop Song and were able to celebrate the evening with their significant others. That is, all of them except for Nick.

Nick’s wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, was not able to attend the VMAs due to prior engagements. As a result, Nick was left as the fifth wheel among brothers Joe and Kevin and their counterparts, Sophie Turner and Daniel Jonas. When the Jonas Brothers were announced for winning Best Pop Song (‘Sucker’), Kevin and Joe turned to kiss their ladies while Nick just stood there awkwardly laughing.

Even though Priyanka couldn’t be there, she wasn’t going leave her man hanging. She posted a picture to her Instagram account (which has over 40 million followers) that captured the moment the Jonas Brothers win was announced. But this time, she was in the photo, via Photoshop, shown in a red dress, gently resting in the arms of Nick while he held her with his hand on her booty. It was a perfect, humorous ending to an amazing weekend for the New Jersey native.

 

More and more women are breaking through into the world of pop and hip-hop stardom, but few of them make it to the Forbes’ top 10 highest paid women in music.

Not surprising, Taylor Swift sits at the very top, but the true shock lies in the numbers.  Swift earned an astonishing $100 million more than Beyonce, who sits at number two.  Here’s the list:

  • Taylor Swift – $185 million
  • Beyonce – $81 million
  • Rihanna – $62 million
  • Pink – $57 million
  • Katy Perry – $57 million
  • Ariana Grande – $48 million
  • Dion – $40 million
  • Lady Gaga – $40 million
  • Jennifer Lopez – $40 million
  • Shakira – $35 million

Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and young Billie Eilish are set to challenge the list for this year’s top 10, but they have lots of touring to do to catch the leaders.

Taylor Swift certainly does not take a literal interpretation of her single, “You Need to Calm Down.” The singer went full out political during her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards for her “Pride Hymn” video.  She railed against the current lack of recognition for the LGBTQ Equality Act petition by President Trump’s administration.

A petition was posted for signing at the end of the video that now has half a million signatures, which is “five times what it takes to answer the White House,” Swift said. Then, she pointedly looked at her wrist as if to show that she was counting the time.  She closed by saying, “Several points have been highlighted in this video. If you vote for this video, it means you want a world where we all get equal treatment under the law.”

Swift was not always involved in politics. She was virtually silent on the presidential elections of 2016, but to paraphrase Bob Dylan, she was “younger then than now.”  Her new political activism begins as the nation prepares for the 2020 election.

Swift was not the only artist to become political at this year’s VMAs. Rapper French Montana and “GLOW” star Alison Brie spoke in favor of immigration when they presented the prize for the Best Latin American Music video. Montana, a Moroccan-born musician, was proud to present the prize as an immigrant.

The 2019 Country Music Awards, the 54th, will be hosted by Carrie Underwood. It’s taking place in Nashville, Tennessee on November 13th.

The nominations have just been released, and as expected, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is up for an award, even though Billboard removed it from the country charts awhile back. Check ‘em out below!

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Garth Brooks
  • Eric Church
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • “Burning Man” — Dierks Bentley f/ Brothers Osborne
  • “GIRL” — Maren Morris
  • “God’s Country” — Blake Shelton
  • “Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton
  • “Speechless” — Dan + Shay

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • “Center Point Road” — Thomas Rhett
  • “Cry Pretty” — Carrie Underwood
  • “Dan + Shay” — Dan + Shay
  •  “Desperate Man” — Eric Church
  •  “GIRL” — Maren Morris

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Beautiful Crazy”  Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford
  • “GIRL”  Songwriters: Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin
  • “God’s Country”  Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy
  • “Rainbow”  Songwriters: Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
  • “Tequila”  Songwriters: Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

  • “All My Favorite People” — Maren Morris f/ Brothers Osborne
  • “Brand New Man” — Brooks & Dunn w/Luke Combs
  •  “Dive Bar” — Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton
  •  “Old Town Road (Remix)” — Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
  •  “What Happens In A Small Town” — Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
  • Mac McAnally, Guitar
  • Ilya Toshinsky, Banjo/Guitar
  • Derek Wells, Guitar

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • “Burning Man” — Dierks Bentley f/ Brothers Osborne
  •  “GIRL” — Maren Morris
  •  “God’s Country” — Blake Shelton
  •  “Rainbow” — Kacey Musgraves
  •  “Some Of It” — Eric Church

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Cody Johnson
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Midland
  • Carly Pearce
  • Morgan Wallen

The following is a list of every winner from the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ariana Grande

SONG OF THE YEAR

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

BEST NEW ARTIST

Billie Eilish

BEST COLLABORATION

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish

BEST POP

Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”

BEST HIP HOP

Cardi B – “Money”

BEST R&B

Normani ft. 6lack – “Waves”

BEST K-POP

BTS ft. Halsey – “Boy With Luv”

BEST LATIN

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”

BEST DANCE

WINNERS: The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”

BEST ROCK

Panic! At The Disco – “High Hopes”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

SONG OF SUMMER

Ariana Grande & Social House – “Boyfriend”

BEST GROUP NOMINEES:

BTS

BEST POWER ANTHEMS:

Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign “Hot Girl Summer”

BEST DIRECTION

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Directed by Calmatic​

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco – “ME!” – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX​

BEST EDITING

Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” – Editing by Billie Eilish

BEST ART DIRECTION

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” – Art Direction by John Richoux​

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna​

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY​

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita” – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham