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Jay Z & His Millionaire Musician Friends Just Launched a “Global Music Entertainment Platform” 

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Back in February, Jay Z purchased a music streaming service called “TIDAL” for $56 million from Swedish tech company Aspiro, and on Monday (Mar 30), the Hip Hop mogul officially announced TIDAL’s relaunch as the first-ever global music entertainment platform owned by artists during a star-studded press conference in New York City.

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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Usher were among the dozen or so well-known artists who not only showed up to press conference, but also updated their social media pages to reflect their involvement with the company.

During the press conference, Alicia Keys spoke briefly on behalf of the artists up on stage.

“We come together before you on this day, March 30, 2015 with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history,” she said.

“Our goal is simple. We want to create a better service and a better experience for both fans and artists. And that is our promise to the world. Our mission goes beyond commerce. It goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music’s importance in our lives.”

She added, “We believe that it is in everyone’s interest — fans, artists, and the industry as a whole — to preserve the value of music and to ensure a healthy and robust industry for years to come. Today is the day that we begin that journey together, all of us as one.”

At the end of Keys’ speech, each artist went up to a table in the center of the stage and signed a “declaration of independence.”

The purpose of Jay Z’s acquisition of TIDAL is to compete with popular streaming media services such as Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, iTunes and the Apple-owned Beats Music. TIDAL considers itself the first music streaming service that combines high-fidelity sound quality, HD music videos and expertly-curated editorial.

The service will cost $20/month (compared to Spotify’s $10/mo and Vevo’s $0/mo) and it will also pay artists up to twice as much as its rivals. Oh, and did we also tell you how the artists involved with the company each hold a 3% stake in the company?

At this point, you might be asking yourself, “Now why on earth would I pay TWICE as much for the same thing I can get on Spotify, making already super rich people even richer in the process?”

No one really knows how to answer that question, but with names like Jay Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, Coldplay, etc. involved, it won’t be hard for them to find a user base.

Jay Z explained in an interview with Billboard why he and his millionaire musician friends decided to get into the streaming business.

“We didn’t like the direction music was going and thought maybe we could get in and strike an honest blow,” he said. “And if, you know, the very least we did was make people wake up and try to improve the free vs. paid system, and promote fair trade, then it would be a win for us anyway.”

#TIDALforALL, y’all.

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Watch: Cop Rescues Drunk Woman Passed Out in Car on San Diego Freeway 

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A woman who clearly had too much to drink had to be rescued from her locked car after she fell asleep behind the wheel on a busy San Diego freeway, and the whole thing was caught on tape.

The woman, later identified as 25-year-old Amber Dlaine McKinney Morgan, was stopped in the middle of I-805 with cars speeding by early Friday when a local news cameraman noticed and called 911.

While waiting for police to arrive, 10News’ Paul Anderegg ran out to the woman’s car and tried to wake her up, but she was passed out drunk with the doors locked.

“She was out there for about 27 minutes,” Anderegg reportedly told Inside Edition in a later interview. “Cars coming at full freeway speed.”

California Highway Patrol Officer Sergio Flores eventually showed up and tried to get her attention by banging on the window with his flashlight and yelling “wake up!” but he didn’t have much luck either.

Within moments, Morgan’s car began to roll as her foot came off the brake, which prompted Flores to run around to the passenger side and smash the window open.

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“Stop your car, you’re going to crash!” he yelled at the woman, who still was oblivious to what was going on, even though her window had just been busted wide open.

Officer Flores was eventually able to throw the car in park before removing Morgan from the vehicle and walking her to a safe location alongside the freeway. She was then handcuffed and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

A large bottle of alcohol and other drinks were found on the floor of Morgan’s car, and she was booked into jail with a $2,500 bail.

Morgan, who is reportedly a student at San Diego State University and an aspiring journalist, posted bail at the Las Colinas Women’s Detention facility and was released Friday.

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Watch Justin Bieber Get Roasted by Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Natasha Leggero & More 

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Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it!

Justin Bieber asked to be roasted, and Comedy Central came through by granting the Biebs’ wish, enlisting the likes of Kevin Hart, Hannibal Buress, Chris D’Elia, Pete Davidson, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Leggero, Ludacris, Shaquille O’Neal, Jeffrey Ross, Martha Stewart and Ron EFFING Burgundy to do the deed.

“The Roast of Justin Bieber” was taped earlier this month, and it finally aired on Comedy Central Monday night (Mar 30).

Kevin Hart, who hosted the roast, kicked off the hilarious evening with this: “Tonight we’re gonna do what his parents and the legal system should have done a long time ago. We’re about to give this boy an ass-whoopin’ that he deserves.”

And boy, did they do just that! And then some.

NY Daily News rounded up some of the best jokes:

KEVIN HART

“Ebola patients hear about ‘Bieber fever’ and say, ‘I’m gonna go ahead and ride this one out.’”

JEFFREY ROSS

“Is it true you dumped (Selena Gomez) because she grew a mustache before you?”

LUDACRIS

“The Brazilian prostitute that claimed she was with Justin told the news that he was well-endowed. And that prostitute would know because so was he.”

CHRIS D’ELIA

“You have it all … Except love, friends, good parents, and a Grammy.”

NATASHA LEGGERO

“Justin, Selena Gomez had to f–k you. She is literally the least lucky Selena in all of entertainment history.”

HANNIBAL BURESS

“They say that you roast the ones you love, but I don’t like you at all, man. I’m just here because it’s a real good opportunity for me.”

RON BURGUNDY

“This kid has spunk, moxie, and a few other STDs.”

SHAQ

“Justin, as a father of six you have to straighten up, son. Last year, you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-Un didn’t rank that low. And he uses your music to torture people.”

SNOOP DOGG

“You bought a monkey! I mean, that monkey was more embarrassed than the one that started the AIDS epidemic.”

The clear (and unexpected) winner of the night was Martha Stewart, who was lauded on Twitter for her hilarious barbs towards the Biebs and the other roasters.

Via MTV:

When she took the podium, she said she was there to give Justin some tips for when he “inevitably ends up in prison.” After offering to teach him how to make a shank, Stewart advised Justin to settle down and find a powerful, rich girl who’s “a player in the boardroom and a freak in the bedroom.” And with that, she quipped, “So Justin, my final piece of advice is: Call me.” BOOM.

After all was said and done, Justin burned his roasters with this:

“What do you get when you give a teenager $200 million? A bunch of has-beens calling you a lesbian for two hours”

And then the Biebs ended the show by reciting his (obviously) rehearsed apology:

“There was really no preparing me for this life. I was thrown into this at 12 years old and didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. There’s been moments I’m really proud of and a lot of moments I look back and I’m pretty disappointed in myself for, but the things that I’ve done really don’t define who I am. I’m a kind-hearted person, who loves people, and through it all I lost some of my best qualities. For that, I’m sorry. But what I can say is I’m looking forward to being someone that you guys can all look at and be proud of.”

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'Love & Hip Hop' Season 5, Episode 15 Season Finale Recap: Amina Buddafly ... - The BoomBox 


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Watch “Black Ink Crew” Season 3 Episode 10 

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Episode 10 of the third season of “Black Ink Crew” aired on VH1 Monday night (Mar 30).

Ceaser and Big Joe question Puma about him not showing up at the photo shoot; O’S**t heads to court; and a riot breaks out when Quani shows up outside Black Ink starting drama.

In Season 3 of “Black Ink Crew,” Ceaser, Dutchess, Puma, Sassy, O’Sh*t, Sky, Ted and Walt are ready to overcome their differences and move on stronger than ever, but the past has a way of providing a serious reality check.

As Ceaser focuses on expanding the Black Ink brand and renovating the shop, O’Sh*t has an open trial looming in the distance and another new baby on the way. Dutchess is focusing on herself after her break up with Ceaser by creating amazing tattoos and growing her reputation in the modeling world.

Puma and Sassy continue to work to build rival tattoo shop, Ink 124 … while Ted, Walt and Sky bring their signature shenanigans to the shop with plenty of laughs and larger-than-life personalities.

Also, the doors of Black Ink welcome a new apprentice, Donna, and while it’s never easy to be the new girl, she quickly proves she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and get her ink on. And when a “Mixxxy” party takes a turn for the worse, the crew finds themselves in a dangerous feud that could put an end to the Black Ink world forever.

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Love And Hip Hop New York Yandy Smith, Mendeecees Wedding Spinoff Show ... - Mstarz 


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