Kendrick Lamar makes it known that “To Pimp a Butterfly” wasn’t the original name of his recent album. Kendrick says the original name was Tu Pimp a Caterpillar and the initials spell out Tupac. When Kendrick saw that a group a journalists suggested that the title might be an acronym he changed Caterpillar to Butterfly to show “the brightness of life. And the word “pimp” has so much aggression.” He also says that the name signifies “using my celebrity for good” and not being “pimped by the industry through my celebrity.” Kendrick also says it gets deeper than that but he would be talking about it all day. To Pimp A Butterfly is stil #1 on the charts. Have you listened to the album?
The Game recently punched a man during a pick up basketball game. Now The Game is facing legal trouble because the man that was punched was a LAPD officer. Sources say the LAPD is now investigating the situation and Game could be facing battery charges. The officer who is a rookie is also under investigation because Game claims the man threatened to shoot him before the situation began. Right now it is not clean if game was aware the man was an officer. Developing!
Justin Bieber is at work on his next album! Production will be from Kanye West and Rick Rubin. Curious about the sound? Bieber has not released an album since 2012 so seeing the difference and growth in his sound will be pretty interesting, especially with Kanye on his side. Are you anticipating a new Bieber?
A legal battle is going on right now between two different Empires. On March 23rd, Twentieth Century Fox Television which is the home of the series “Empire”, filed a federal suit against Empire Distribution to make sure they were protected in the rights to use the Empire name and property. The record label and distribution company have responded. In a press release, Empire Distribution CEO Ghazi Shami says ..
“FOX’s Empire television program has created significant confusion with EMPIRE’s products and services. Customers, artists and business partners have all expressed confusion to my employees, artists, and me as to whether the Empire program has any affiliation or business relationship with EMPIRE. It does not.” “Fox, through the Empire program, advertises, distributes, and streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ mark. This music shares the same search terms as EMPIRE’s music, the musical genres are identical, and the songs and albums are positioned in close proximity in online outlets such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com, and Spotify. It isn’t just a fictional show; they are functioning as a record label in the real world,” said Shami. “This only makes the public confusion worse.” “We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” said Michael Hobbs, who is a partner with Troutman Sanders LLP, the law firm representing EMPIRE. “EMPIRE was started over five years before the first broadcast of the show, the marks are identical, and they sell the same products to the same customers. The significant number of incidents of actual public confusion is disturbing.”
Michael Hobbs also claims that they reached out to FOX on more than one occasion to solve the situation but was declined. This story is still developing..
Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly sold a total of 318k units its first week. Numbers were pushed up to 355k if you add in streaming. The album was streamed 9.6 million times on Spotify. Have you listened to his new album?
Ray J says he’s quitting Love and Hip Hop’s show! Looks like the next season will shift a bit. Sources say Brandy’s brother is worried about the damage the show has done to his relationship with his longtime girlfriend Princess Love. Do you think Ray J is coming back or is this just a stunt for publicity? What’s your favorite Love and Hip Hop season?
Anthony Mackie has appeared in 8 Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soilder, She Hate Me, and The Hurt Locker. Now the Juilliard School graduate will star as Olympic champion Jesse Owens. Production is set to start in October and is expected to be released in 2016. In 2016 it will be the anniversary of Owens winning a record breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games. The track and filed star’s win in 1936 is historical because it defeated German leader Adolf Hitler’s goal of using the Olympic Games to prove the Aryan race’s superiority. Jesse Owens won the gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 x 100 meter relay.
Of course Empire is the hottest thing on Wednesday nights! The Original Soundtrack from Season 1 if Empire has become the first TV soundtrack to debut in the top spot since Glee in 2010. The soundtrack sold 130,000 units in its opening week and beat out Madonna’s Rebel Heart LP.
Kendrick Lamar is on fire! His sophomore album set the record for most album streams in 24 hours. To Pimp A Butterfly was streamed 9.6 million times on Spotify which beat out Drake’s project last month. Kendrick now holds the new global record for the most streams in a single day worldwide by a new release.