Pittsburgh Rapper Jimmy Wopo Killed in Double Shooting

Pittsburgh Rapper Jimmy Wopo Killed in Double Shooting

This is so sad. Two hip-hop artists are gone the same day. After XXXTentacion’s tragic murder in Miami, Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo is also dead. The up and coming 21-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh Monday, his manager said. Two people were shot in the Pennsylvania city’s Middle Hill neighborhood at around 4 p.m., Pittsburgh police announced. […]

Piracy Explodes on Beyonce & Jay-Z's Premium-Only 'Everything Is Love'

Piracy Explodes on Beyonce & Jay-Z's Premium-Only 'Everything Is Love'

Beyonce & Jay-Z’s just-released album is a smash hit — on piracy and torrent channels worldwide.  The development follows a restrictive weekend exclusive on Tidal and premium-only restrictions elsewhere. What happens when two the biggest artists in the world release an album, then restrict it to paying customers only?  The answer to that question may be painfully obvious. Shortly after a […]

No More Exploitation: A Pissed-Off Artist Vows to Regulate the Music Industry

No More Exploitation: A Pissed-Off Artist Vows to Regulate the Music Industry

Rebecca Ferguson won’t tolerate music industry executives taking advantage young artists anymore. According to one infuriated British singer, the music industry actively exploits artists early on in their careers.  And, she wants to put an end to it. Speaking to Phil Williams at BBC Radio 5 Live, Rebecca Ferguson states that music industry executives ten engage in abuses power.  Though […]

Exclaim!'s Top 31 Albums of 2018 So Far

Exclaim!'s Top 31 Albums of 2018 So Far

In 2018, the monoculture has all but vanished. With the sheer volume entertainment at our fingertips — music, movies, TV, videogames, comedy — there’s less agreement than ever on what we should all be devouring in our free time. The result has been a rise in more niche arts and culture, a smorgasbord under-the-radar artists and works that might not […]

German Festival Removes a Rap Group for Supporting an Anti-Israeli Group

German Festival Removes a Rap Group for Supporting an Anti-Israeli Group

Young Fathers, a Scottish experimental rap group, were slated to perform a concert at the annual German music and arts festival Ruhrtriennale.  The invitation has been revoked due to the group’s support the BDS movement. BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.  It’s a movement that views Israel as a ruthless occupation that exploits Palestinians.  BDS protests the treatment Palestinian […]

Here's Exactly How Sony Music Is Sharing Its $750,000,000 Spotify Windfall

Here's Exactly How Sony Music Is Sharing Its $750,000,000 Spotify Windfall

Sony Music Entertainment promised to pay its artists a portion its recent Spotify stock liquidation. Now, they’re over-delivering on that promise — and sending this detailed letter to all its signed artists, sub-labels, and other partners. Sony is now splitting its considerable Spotify pie with artists and sub-labels.  The major label fered detailed payout information in a letter issued Thursday (June […]