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    Michael Jackson Estate Renews 41-Year-Old Partnership With BMI

    Michael Jackson‘s estate has renewed a partnership with BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) that dates back to the Carter administration. The performing rights organization announced on Tuesday that it will continue licensing the King of Pop’s songwriting catalog for public performance, renewing a pact first signed in 1979 and last refreshed in 2014.

    “Michael first signed with BMI in the nascent stage of his solo career and BMI has never wavered in its commitment to his extraordinary talent,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Jackson estate. “This is a significant agreement, commensurate with the robust growth of interest in his music and his enduring contribution to the culture.”

    Jackson spent most of his 50 years making music, first with the Jackson 5 and later in a solo career that spawned huge self-penned hits including “Rock With You,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Starting Something,” “Beat It,” “Bad” and “Black or White.” He also co-wrote the 1985 charity anthem “We Are the World.”

    According to BMI, 17 of Jackson’s songs have exceeded over one million plays on radio, with some exceeding five million spins.

    “The influence of Michael Jackson’s revolutionary music is undeniable,” said Mike O’Neill, president & CEO, BMI. “We are extremely pleased that his estate continues to entrust BMI to represent his extraordinary catalog.”

    Source: Billboard.COM

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    For platforms like Netflix and Hulu, password sharing might be their own ‘streaming crisis’

    With the debut of its streaming service in 2007,Netflix caused a paradigm shift in the way viewers watch entertainment. Since then, the field has become cluttered with competitors. Amazon.com’s Prime Video and Disney-controlled Hulu are just the two most well known examples – and there are more on the way.

    In late 2019, Disney debuted its flagship Disney+ service and the stock immediately soared to new all-time highs as signups surged to 10 million within just one day after its release (including those who committed early). Apple recently introduced Apple TV+, and Comcast and AT&T’s HBO said they would launch Peacock and HBO Max, respectively, in early 2020.

    With many of the biggest names represented, it’s surprising that almost no one is talking about the billions of dollars streaming services are forfeiting as the result of password sharing.

    For streaming platforms, issue is reaching epidemic proportions

    While companies have acknowledged the practice over the years, password sharing has soared recently, according to an extensive report by Hub Entertainment Research. Hub surveyed 2,050 U.S. consumers with broadband who reported watching at least one hour of TV per week, and the results are startling. 

    Of all consumers, 42% said they have used someone else’s online TV service password to access a service, according to Hub’s Video Redefined report. With younger viewers, the numbers are even more troubling, growing to a whopping 78% among 13- to 24-year-olds.

    The biggest loser is Netflix, as 69% of younger viewers admitted to using someone else’s password to access the service, but every major streaming service suffered from the same phenomenon. Rounding out the top three are Hulu at 59% and Amazon with 53%. Even though it only launched in November, Disney+ soared up the leader board with 53% of 13- to 24-year-olds accessing the service using someone else’s credentials.

    Fewer consumers admit to handing out passwords, but the results are still stark. Among all consumers, 31% confessed to sharing their login information with someone who didn’t live in their household. That number more than doubled among among 13- to 24-year-olds, as 64% admitted to giving out their password to a friend or extended family member. The percentage is much lower among older adults, with 16% of consumers 35 or older saying they shared credentials.

    Among younger viewers, Netflix is the most shared, with 56% giving out their password, but Disney rocketed up the charts – taking second place – with 31% of younger viewers sharing credentials. The other big names suffered similar fates, with Hulu at 30%, Apple TV+ at 17%, Amazon at 14%, and HBO Now at 10%.

    Billions of dollars at stake

    If the results are representative of the larger population of viewers – and there’s no reason to think they’re not – this has huge implications for the future of streaming. Netflix has the most to lose, as the company has the deepest penetration of any streaming service – but this poses a similar problem for all the streaming providers.

    A study from late 2018 estimated that Netflix was forfeiting more than $1.6 billion per year from password sharing, according to research company Magid, and that’s assuming that just 10% of paid subscribers shared their password. There’s little doubt that figure has climbed from there. 

    No easy answer

    Netflix CEO Reed Hasting has addressed the matter in the past, saying, “Password sharing is something you have to learn to live with.” When asked about Disney’s stance, CEO Bob Iger said in an interview, “We’ll watch it carefully with various tools, technology tools that we have available to us to monitor it. But it’s obviously something that we have to watch.” 

    That’s not to say they’re sitting idly by while password sharing costs them billions in revenue. The major streaming services, along with the biggest studios in Hollywood, are part of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), which recently announced it was working to reduce “improper password sharing.” ACE, which counts Warner Bros., Disney, Netflix, Sony, Paramount, and Amazon, among others, among its members, is looking to develop technology solutions to combat password sharing, like limiting the number of devices that can access the same account. 

    Streaming services have been somewhat reticent in the past to crack down on the practice of password sharing for fear of angering consumers and losing potential future customers. As the streaming wars heat up, however, look for them to become less accepting of the practice.

    Source: USATODAY.COM

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    Tessa Thompson Talks Her Love For Nostalgic Pieces And The Importance Of Supporting Small Businesses with Essence.

    While not everyone is able to become an American Express Platinum Member, the company is curating conscious projects to make sure there is support for underrepresented businesses. On Saturday, the credit card conglomerate threw its first-ever Platinum House in New York City hosted by actress Tessa Thompson. Thompson is an avid supporter of small businesses especially through her fashion choices where she’s likes to incorporate pieces from Black or POC designers. 

    When applying for an American Express Platinum Card, it’s usually rewarded to individuals who are in high financial standings. And with the holiday season in full swing, this campaign comes right on time with the credit card company encouraging its clientele to support small businesses when shopping this season and beyond.

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    DJ Khaled’s Executive Produced ‘Bad Boys For Life’ Soundtrack, Featuring Meek Mill & Rick Ross.

    Over the course of 10 tracks that cover Hip Hop, R&B, reggaeton and dancehall, DJ Khaled has rolled out his executive produced project, the Bad Boys For Life Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

    Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Quavo, J Balvin, Bryson Tiller and The Black Eyed Peas are just a handful of the notable names that fill up the tracklist.

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    Fabolous Talks ‘Summertime Shootout 3’ and Why ‘Breathe’ Is Timeless

    Fabolous Talks ‘Summertime Shootout 3’ and Why ‘Breathe’ Is Timeless

    Over somber keys by producer AraabMuzik, Fabolous opens Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever with an intro about going through hard times this past summer. At the end of the song, he says, “I just feel like life is hot and cold, ups and downs, back and forth. Wins and losses.”

    “It’s going to be some sunshine; it’s going to be some rain,” he continues. “When it rains, it pours. But ask yourself: Can you weather the storm until the sun shines again?” Fabolous has stated publicly that the domestic dispute involving his longtime girlfriend and mother of his two children, Emily Bustamante — for which the rapper was arrested and indicted in 2018 — is behind them. After working through their issues privately, he says he’s trying to become a better person, a better father, and a better partner, focusing on putting his family’s needs first. On November 18, Fab celebrated his 42nd birthday, keeping the celebration intimate with his loved ones that included Chicago rapper G Herbo, who is dating Taina Williams, Emily’s daughter, who she and Fab are co-parenting.

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    J. Cole Announces Second-Annual Dreamville Fest Set for 2020

    Dreamville Fest is coming back for another year. J. Cole and Dreamville announced on Tuesday (Dec. 10) that the North Carolina-based festival will be returning to Raleigh, N.C. on April 4, 2020. A limited amount of discounted tickets is currently available through a pre-sale code that can be obtained through Dreamville’s website. Tickets hit the general public starting on Wednesday (Dec. 11) at noon E.T. The entire lineup taking over Dorothea Dix Park will be curated by J. Cole and unveiled early next year. Monday (Dec. 9) also served as the five-year anniversary of Cole’s acclaimed 2014 Forest Hills Drive album. He took some time out to reflect on the project on Twitter. “A day late but. Forest Hills Drive just turnt 5 years old,” Jermaine wrote. “I feel big big gratitude for the year spent making it and for all the love shown to it. S–t crazy thank you God.”

    Source: Billboard.com

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    Cardi B Joins the ‘Fast & Furious’ Family: See Her Video With Vin Diesel

    The cat is out of the bag, thanks to Vin Diesel. Cardi B looks to have notched a role in the upcoming Fast & Furious 9movie, which is set to hit theaters in May 2020. Diesel posted a clip from their final day shooting for Fast 9 in the United Kingdom with none other than Cardi, as both looked as if the countless hours on set had worn them down.

    Bardi seemed to be fresh out of an action-packed scene while rocking a heavy-duty vest and showing off her black gloves to match. “I’m tired, but I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one,” she declared. “I need to take a nappy-nap. I’m ready to take my nappy-nap.”

    The 27-year-old had previously teased that she would be starring in another blockbuster during her appearance on Ellen in support of Netflix’s Rhythm + Flowalongside T.I. and Chance the Rapper. Cardi also starred in the acclaimed Hustlersearlier this year with Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and more.

    Source: Billboard.com

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    Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Is the Fastest Song in History to Be Certified Diamond by the RIAA

    Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has officially reached Diamond status. For a song to be certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it must reach sales (and streaming equivalent sales) of 10 million units.

    The country/hip-hop crossover is the first song to be certified diamond by the RIAA in 2020, and is the fastest in history to reach this milestone.

    Source: Billboard.com

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    A$AP Rocky Riles Up Crowd in First Concert Since ‘Scary Humbling Experience’ in Swedish Jail

    A$AP had a chance to get wild for the night at Real Street Festival in Anaheim on Sunday. And given his current legal situation, awaiting a verdict on assault charges in Sweden, he took full advantage of it.

    The rapper closed out the second and final night of the festival hosted by REAL 92.3 FM, appearing before a crowd at the Honda Center festival grounds that chanted “F— Sweden!” during Rocky’s his first gig since his release last week from a Swedish jail where he was held for over three weeks.

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