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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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    NFL set to experiment with alternative to onside kick at Pro Bowl

    The NFL announced Tuesday it will be testing two rule changes at the Pro Bowl on Sunday, including the experimentation of an alternative to an onside kick. 

    The announcement comes on the heels of league owners rejecting the alternative idea last year. The experiment, however, indicates the NFL still is considering what has been drawn up as a fourth-and-15 type of alternative opportunity for teams. 

    Teams will have two options after scoring in Sunday’s game, with no kickoffs as in previous Pro Bowls. The scoring team can choose whether to give the ball to its opponent, which would begin at its own 25-yard line, or to run one additional play from its own 25-yard line. If that team can gain 15 yards or more, it keeps the possession. If it does not, the ball goes to the opponent at the dead ball positioning. 

    The NFL does not adopt all Pro Bowl rule change options. But the league has been looking to looking into possible changes to the onside kick since new standards enforced in 2018 have made the play much more difficult for the kicking team, with all-time low of 7.7% of attempts recovered by them last season.

    Pro Bowl officials will also be instructed in this year’s game to use a different standard for false start penalties on receivers at the line of scrimmage. It will not be a false start if a receiver moves or lifts a foot off the ground, provided the player resets on the ground for one second.

    Source: USATODAY.COM

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    Panthers QB Cam Newton And Former Girlfriend In Custody, Paternity Battle

    It was rumored that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton allegedly had a fifth child with an Instagram model, thus breaking up his relationship with longtime girlfriend Kia Proctor, who is the mother of his other 4 children. Or so everyone thought. Now, Newton has filed to wants his now ex-baby mama/girlfriend, Kia Proctor, to take a DNA test to prove “their” 4 kids are his?!

    Yep, you read that correctly.  According to multiple reports,  Newton, sued Proctor for paternity, joint custody and visitation of their four children, Chosen 5, Sovereign-Dior, 3, Camidas, 2, and Cashmere Saint, 3 months.  The former couple, who posted together with their then three children and Proctor’s daughter from a prior relationship, have erased each other from their respective social media accounts. In this year’s holiday photo, Proctor posted solo with four of her children.

    Newton, 30, is allegedly the father of a child with Instagram model La Reina Shaw, 33. That apparently went down while he was still with Proctor.

    According to court papers obtained by Bossip, Newton demanded a DNA test from Proctor, 31, for their youngest child, born in September who has never lived with the Carolina Panthers quarterback.

    Here’s more via Bossip:

    Newton acknowledged that he signed the kids’ birth certificates, but wants DNA proof. He said he’s been voluntarily paying child support but wants the court to figure out a dollar amount. Newton also said that once he’s legally deemed the father, he’d like joint physical custody with Proctor.

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    US retail sales climb in December, and November sales were revised up

    U.S. retail sales rose for a third straight month in December, with households buying a range of goods even as they cut back on purchases of motor vehicles, which could strengthen the view that the economy maintained a moderate growth pace at the end of 2019.

    The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales increased 0.3% last month. Data for November was revised up to show retail sales gaining 0.3% instead of rising 0.2% as previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales would gain 0.3% in December. Compared to December last year, retail sales accelerated 5.8%.

    Excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, retail sales jumped 0.5% last month after falling by a downwardly revised 0.1% in November.

    The so-called core retail sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product. They were previously reported to have edged up 0.1% in November.

    Sales rose in December despite retailers such as Target Corp , Kohl’s, J.C. Penney and Macy’s reporting a decline in sales for the holiday period as foot traffic in malls dropped.

    Though a report last week showed a slowdown in job growth in December and the increase in the annual wage gain retreating to below 3.0%, consumers will continue to shoulder the longest economic expansion on record, now in its 11th year, thanks to higher savings, rising house prices and a bullish stock market.

    Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, grew at a 3.2% annualized rate in the third quarter. Growth in consumer spending is expected to have slowed to around or below a 2.5% rate in the fourth quarter. The economy expanded at a 2.1% pace in the July-September period.

    Growth estimates for the fourth quarter are as high as a 2.5% rate, in part because of a drop in imports, which compressed the trade deficit.

    In December, auto sales fell 1.3%, the biggest drop since last January, after increasing 1.5% in November. Higher gasoline prices lifted receipts at service stations, which jumped 2.8%. Online and mail-order retail sales rose 0.2% after being unchanged in November.

    Sales at electronics and appliance stores rebounded 0.6% in December. Receipts at building material stores surged 1.4% and sales at clothing stores accelerated 1.6%. Spending at furniture stores edged up 0.1%.

    Americans also spent more at restaurants and bars, with sales rising 0.2% last month. Spending at hobby, musical instrument and book stores rebounded 0.9%.

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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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    Jimmy Iovine Knows Music and Tech. Here’s Why He’s Worried.

    The biggest story in music over the last decade was the industry’s reconciliation with tech — after a decade fighting the internet, the music business fully embraced it in the 2010s. Streaming has now finally returned the business, which was nearly decimated by the shift from physical to digital formats, to growth.

    Perhaps no one has had a broader view of this phenomenon than Jimmy Iovine, the producer and record executive who made the leap to the other side. He and his partner, Dr. Dre, sold their company, Beats Electronics, to Apple for $3 billion in 2014 and helped launch Apple Music, the tech giant’s late entry to the streaming market, which now has more than 60 million subscribers.

    It was, from the start, a strange pairing. Apple is obsessively cautious in maintaining its public image; Iovine, the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, blurts profanities in a high-pitched rasp and is one of music’s great hustler-salesmen. But Iovine, who co-founded the Interscope label in 1990 and led it until he left in 2014, has long been one of the sharpest observers of the tug-of-war between the entertainment business and Silicon Valley.

    Iovine, 66, retired from Apple in 2018, and says he has devoted himself to passion projects like the XQ Institute, an educational initiative led by Laurene Powell Jobs, who was married to the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He has even started taking guitar lessons. “I’m realizing how hard Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen’s jobs really were,” he said from his home in Los Angeles, with a chuckle.

    Iovine has also become a dedicated collector of contemporary art, guided in part by David Geffen, his friend and fellow mogul retiree. His most prized work is a 2017 commission by Ed Ruscha, “Our Flag,” an update to one of Ruscha’s perennial subjects that shows a star-spangled banner ripped and tattered — a striking comment on contemporary politics.

    “If you looked at the painting and thought it represented the disarray of democracy you would be right,” Ruscha said. “Any flag that flies for 250 years deserves to be a little soiled but nothing this extreme.”

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    FUBU brings Tech to Radio. FUBU Radio Partner with Tech This Out News.

    DEC 3, 2019 NEW YORK CITY/LOS ANGELES — FUBU Radio and Tech This Out have partnered sharing interests in creating new marketing opportunities, drive digital growth, increase radio listenership and break new music.

    Starting from Dec. 10, Tech This Out is distributing a 30-minute live simulcast every Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on FUBU Radio. In addition to a weekly live simulcast, Tech This Out will provide short-form video content and tech product review with its Tech This Out Review.

    FUBU Radio is the new name in urban radio. The online radio platform offers Hip Hop, R&B and “infotainment” news content. “We are excited to welcome Tech This Out News to FUBU Radio,” said Keith Perrin, President of FUBU Radio and co-Founder of FUBU. “Tech This Out News innovative approach to covering technology, music, while highlighting topics that affect culture and society will be a great addition our listeners are going to appreciate.”

    Mike Johns, the executive producer of Tech This Out said that the podcast was created to be the voice for today’s tech startups, consumer electronic brands while at the same time be a platform for emerging and indie artists

    “We are thrilled to deliver Tech This Out to FUBU Radio,” said Johns. “The FUBU brand has been paramount in Hip Hop and we are redefining FOR US BY US motto to incorporate the unlimited and vast power of technology.”

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