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50 Cent Under Investigation for ‘Aggravated Harassment’

Rapper 50 Cent (born Curtis James Jackson III) is currently under investigation with the NYPD for allegedly threatening a cop on Instagram, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. “There is a formal complaint on file for aggravated harassment and detectives are investigating,” the NYPD said in a statement. According to a report by Page Six, in a since deleted post on his Instagram, 50 Cent reportedly wrote on Wednesday, “Get the strap.” (Strap often refers to a gun.) He frequently uses the phrase on his social media accounts. According to the report, the rapper made the statement in reference to NYPD Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez, head of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park. In a statement to THR, the rapper’s rep said, “Months ago, Curtis ’50 Cent...

Live Nation Shareholder Sues Over Executive Bonus Accounting

The concert giant stands by its math that rewards CEO Michael Rapino and others with over $9 million in cash bonuses. Live Nation shareholder Shiva Stein  filed a federal civil complaint in the Eastern District of New York on Thursday (May 24) alleging the music promoter wrongfully paid out bonuses and awards to top executives, including CEO Michael Rapino.  Billboard reached out to officials with Live Nation, who provided an explanation for the bonus payouts and clarified some accounting issues, but did not comment on the lawsuit. According to the complaint, Rapino and four other defendants were paid over $9 million in performance bonuses and more than $1 million in restricted stock awards “that they do not deserve” based on a reading of the compensation rules set by Live Nati...

Vevo to Shutter Its Apps and Website in Coming Weeks

The major label-owned video platform said it is “exploring ways to work with additional platforms [outside YouTube] to further expand access to Vevo’s content” Vevo announced on Thursday it will “phase out elements” of its owned and operated platforms — meaning its mobile apps and consumer website — and shift the company’s focus toward growing current and future partnerships. A spokesperson told Billboard the Vevo website and apps for iOS and Android will be phased out over the coming weeks, with users being sent reminders to transfer their playlists next week. The company’s corporate website stays, however. “Going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities,” accordi...

The Internet Begged Weezer to Cover Toto’s ‘Africa,’ So They Covered Toto’s ‘Rosanna’ Instead

Weezer have released a cover of “Rosanna,” originally recorded by California band Toto and released as the second single from their 1982 album Toto IV. It’s a pretty straight-ahead cover, but if you’ve spent much time in a particular wing of music meme internet, you’ll recognize that there’s more here than Rivers Cuomo merely indulging a little nostalgia for a #2 hit from thirty-five years ago. For months now, the anonymous Twitter account @weezerafrica has single-mindedly petitioned Weezer to cover a different Toto song: “Africa,” their biggest hit, a classic so catchy and earnest that it’s been translated to a new generation in their own language, memes. Covering “Rosanne” instead, then, means Weezer are trolling. Or else they just saw an opening to teach the youth of today about another...

Watch a Preview of Kanye West and the Kardashians’ ‘Family Feud’ Episode

Kardashian-Jenner matriarch Kris Jenner announced that on June 10 you can watch Steve Harvey make pained expressions at her offspring and son-in-law, Kanye West, during their Family Feud appearance. During the hour-long episode, West teams up with wife Kim Kardashian and other unspecified relatives to form Team West and face off against The Kardashian Family led by momager Kris and featuring Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and other family members. Apparently, 10 seasons of a reality show wasn’t enough of a glimpse into this family’s psychodrama, so now they’re facing off on the Feud. Winnings from both sides benefit Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Also, Yeezy doesn’t appear to be wearing a MAGA hat in the promo clip, which is a small blessing for which we can all be grateful. Here’s ...

The Lonely Island to Perform Rare Live Show

Fans of the excellent comedy troupe The Lonely Island who happen to reside in Southern California can rejoice as Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer have announced an extremely rare live show set to take place this weekend. The comedy-rap goofballs are scheduled to headline Comedy Central and Superfly’s Clusterfest in San Francisco next month, but they apparently can’t wait to get in front of an audience. This Sunday (May 27), the guys are performing at what they’re billing as “the first ever warm up show for our first ever concert” in Pasadena. Here’s hoping they play some material from the trio’s mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,  depicting the meteoric rise of the Justin Bieber-style singer Connor4Real, as played by Samberg. They’re not at a loss for setlist f...

David Letterman Talks Trump, Pence and the Surfing Goat on Return to ‘Late Night’

Former Late Night host David Letterman returned to the NBC program to catch up with current host Seth Meyers on Wednesday night, in a free-wheeling appearance that spanned topics from Letterman’s beard to Lyme Disease to the fate of the surfing goat that Meyers often discussed when he was formerly a guest of Letterman’s show. Letterman hosted the show from 1982-1993 before going on to helm CBS’ The Late Show for 22 years until 2015. He now hosts the Netflix talk show series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, which has welcomed guests including Barack Obama, Tina Fey and Malala Yousafzai.  Upon his arrival on the NBC stage, Letterman asked about the birth of Seth Meyer’s second son, who Meyers related was born in the lobby of his apartment buil...

Nicki Minaj Is Hinting at a New Track with YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean

Nicki Minaj is teasing a big announcement which just might be a track featuring YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean. But she can’t seem to make up her mind when it’ll all go down. With her new album Queen due out next month, the hip-hop star hinted at a star-studded collaboration, and sent her fanbase into a mini-meltdown with the promise of an announcement at 3pm ET Thursday. And then, abruptly, she put a stop to all that. In response to a seemingly innocuous tweet, Minaj wrote: “Ok well why don’t I just scrap it altogether? No announcement. And another hiatus.” And right on cue, a stream of panicky memes flooded the social network. I may go live for the announcement so be sure to have your WiFi situated within the next 30mins to an hour. — — Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 24, 2018 You guys, after...

Watch Shawn Mendes Give Fans a First Listen of His New Album at Secret Listening Session

There’s still one more full day before Shawn Mendes’ self-titled third album is released, but one lucky group of 15 fans has already heard the whole thing. On Wednesday (May 23), Mendes shared a video from a secret listening session that went down in the very place the singer/songwriter recorded his new album: the scenic Woodshed studio, which overlooks the Malibu coastline. He brought in the dozen-plus superfans, armed with Bose noise-canceling headphones, to all sit and listen to the project together. The first song he played for the fans is “Nervous,” which was released earlier Wednesday. “Speaking of nervous…,” he laughs as he presses play for his first focus group. He also previewed his Khalid collab “Youth,” which the pair perform...

Glenn Snoddy, Nashville Engineer & Inventor of the Fuzz Pedal, Dies at 96

When he was recording Marty Robbins’ “Don’t Worry” and the transformer in the amplifier blew up, Snoddy helped create what would become known as “The Nashville Sound.” The name Glenn Snoddy might not be well known by the general music fan, but he helped to usher in one of the most exciting — and financially viable — eras of Country Music history. Snoddy, who passed away Monday at the age of 96, was one of Nashville’s top engineers beginning in the 1940s. Snoddy — who began his career as a radio engineer and eventually worked his way up to “The Air Castle of the South,” WSM AM 650 — helped to establish Castle Studios as one of the first major recording spots in Music City and also spent time working at The Quonset...

Panic! at the Disco Unleashes Bombastic New Song ‘High Hopes’: Listen

The new album from Panic! at the Disco is less than a month away, and they’ve just shared the first new sampling of Pray for the Wicked since announcing the project back in March. “High Hopes” has been set free into the streamosphere, and it certainly matches the brassy bombast of 2010s-era music from the Las Vegas-bred band. You’ll be hearing a lot more of it next week if you plan to watch fellow hometown heroes, hockey’s Vegas Golden Knights, on their unprecedented quest to bring the Stanley Cup home to Nevada: It’s featured in the NHL’s promotional campaign for this year’s finals and fits the sports arena vibe quite well. Take a listen below: [embedded content] Panic! has a trio of new songs out now, but it’s lead single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” that’s getting the commercial spotligh...

Michael Jackson Estate Slams ABC TV Special on His Last Days

The Michael Jackson estate is objecting to an ABC TV special airing Thursday on the end of the life of the late King of Pop, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children. The estate said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” is not sponsored or approved by Jackson’s heirs, and will most likely violate their intellectual property rights. Advertising for the two-hour documentary set to air Thursday night says it will reveal new information on Jackson, and focuses on his apparent decline in the run-up to his death at age 50 on June 25, 2009. “We believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respec...