Jay Z’s Tidal is looking for a new CEO.
Billboard reports that Jeff Toig, their third CEO in two years, has stepped down. Toig’s brief tenure began in January 2016 and he helped stabilize TIDAL after it’s rocky 2015.
“As part of Tidal’s continued expansion this year we will be announcing a new CEO in the coming weeks,” the company said in a statement to Billboard. “We wish [Toig] all the best in his future endeavors.”
Tidal made headlines in February for allegedly inflating their subscriber numbers. Just days after that story broke, a 33 percent stake of the company was sold to Sprint for $200 million. Billboard reports that the specifics surrounding Toig’s departure are “unclear,” but a source has confirmed that he actually stepped down in March.
Also in March, Jay Z formed a venture capital firm called Arrive, which will focus on helping emerging startups.
According to Tech Crunch, Arrive is a partnership between Roc Nation, Primary Venture Partners and GlassBridge Asset Management, a company that has since moved into venture capital. In a press release, Roc Nation stated that their investment platform will assist budding startups and offer funding, business development, branding and more.
Tidal currently has an estimated one million paid users. Spotify and Apple Music (50 million and 20 million, respectively).
Rich Homie Quan (Dequantes Lamar) was arrested on his way to a show in Georgia Saturday (May 27).
Quan’s car was stopped at a police checkpoint when the cops arrested the rapper and five others. Reportedly, the police suspected members of the group to be in possession of a stolen gun along with controlled substances, namely marijuana and ecstasy.
In February, Quan announced that he’d signed a deal with Motown and assured fans that album would be forthcoming this coming spring.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for this amazing opportunity,” said Quan in a press release. “I’m excited to be a part of a building that has such great history in music. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and giving my fans the best I have to offer.”
Quan was still being detained upon release of this report.
Gregg Allman, best known for fronting The Allman Brothers Band has died from complications due to liver cancer.
Allman's longtime manager said he died peacefully at his home Saturday in Savannah, Georgia, where he has been dealing with multiple health issues ever since being diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago.
It's reported that Gregg had finished his last record which will be released in September of this year.
Allman along with his brother Duane, founded their band in 1969, and Gregg rocked with them until their final show in 2014.
He became the band's frontman in 1971 after Duane was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. He composed such hits as "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "Melissa."
Eminem is planning something for the 15th anniversary of The Eminem Show. The rap veteran’s third album was released on May 26, 2002 and Slim Shady is rumored to be working on a celebration.
On Instagram, Em posted a video tribute to his acclaimed third album; with throwback TV flashbacks to The Eminem Show period, clips from his videos, concerts, and behind-the-scenes footage. “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” one of the album’s most popular tracks, plays in the background.
The Eminem Show followed two highly-acclaimed Eminem albums, The Slim Shady LP (1999) and The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). Major tracks from the album are “Til I Collapse” featuring Nate Dogg, “Without Me,” “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” “Superman,” and “Sing for the Moment.”
Em’s last album was 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Ariana Grande is going back to Manchester and will headline a huge concert in the city a week from Sunday.
Sources familiar with the plans tell us Ariana and her manager, Scooter Braun, are reaching out to some of the biggest names in music and are in the process of booking them. We're told Ariana has invited performers who are friends of hers to participate.
It will be held in one of the 4 big arenas in town, but not the Manchester Arena, where the terrorist bomb exploded, killing 22 and injuring 59.
Our sources say Live Nation will produce the event. All proceeds will go to the victims and their families.
After spending long hours in a closed off environment, you could start to get silly and weird.
Lorde was gracious enough to share a series of behind-the-scenes videos and pictures Lorde posted on Friday morning (May 26), as she counts down the three weeks left before the release of her anticipated second album, Melodrama. The tweets began with a glimpse at an early demo of "Sober," from a session in the "tiny" Los Angeles studio she worked in with the album's executive producer, Bleachers leader Jack Antonoff.
Chris Cornell‘s ashes were laid to rest yesterday (May 26) during a private ceremony attended by his family, friends, and former bandmates. Members of Foo Fighters, Jane’s Addiction, Metallica and Nirvana were among those honoring his memory at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Chris took his own life last Monday after a concert in Detroit, Michigan, an action his family believes may have been influenced by him accidentally taking too much prescription medication.
According to the Associated Press, the service featured eulogies by Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, as well as his Audioslave partner Tom Morello, Pearl Jam‘s Jeff Ament and actor James Brolin. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the ceremony.
Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro, Grohl’s Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic, Audioslave’s Brad Wilk, Courtney Love and Joe Walsh were also among those in attendance.
Rolling Stone reports that the ceremony began with Cornell’s recent solo song “The Promise” and the Audioslave track “Like a Stone” being played on the cemetery’s speaker system, with his Temple of the Dog track “All Night Thing” used as a recessional.
The social media sites for Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and Cornell’s solo career were all changed to feature the same black box and black and white photograph of the singer yesterday.
Lately K Pop boy band BTS has been getting all the attention in the press and burning up the charts. BUT K Pop Idol rival GOT7 is blazing a trail of their own. GOT7's 4th Japanese single "My Swagger" has just topped the Japanese charts.
The song is ranked #1 on Billboard Japan's single chart, as well as on Tower Record's daily single chart.
GOT7 has just finished up their tour in Japan. They'll be in Tokyo on June 24th and 25th for their special concert.
Carly Rae Jepsen, releases "Cut To The Feeling" officially, but was originally intended for the E•MO•TION: Side B collection, and is instead featured in the French Canadian film's soundtrack. It has all of the hallmarks of a Jepsen jam, but its thunderous drums and outsize chorus feel particularly worthy of a triumphant moment, perhaps, in a movie about overcoming obstacles.
After only one season, Netflix has reportedly decided not to renew 'The Get Down’ for a second season. The decision comes after the second six-episode part of Season 1 was released last month. We’re told the series was among Netflix’s most expensive shows, with the 12-episode first season costing about $120 million.
The Get Down was created by Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the series is set in the South Bronx section of New York City in the late 1970s and its title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated using multiple turntables and were enjoyed most by dancers.
I wanted to speak to you with an open heart and just acknowledge how humbled and moved that not only I, but all who have given so much to this production, have been by your passion and commitment to see the next chapter of The Get Down go back into production in the immediate future. I want to explain to you why that is unlikely to happen…