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The Weeknd Speaks Out About Grammy Snub, Recording Academy Chief Responds 

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After officially announcing the nominees for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, the conversation among fans, critics, and industry insiders has circled around one notable absence —The Weeknd.

On Tuesday (Nov 24), the National Recording Academy received an onslaught of tweets from fans and celebrities inquiring about a few of 2020’s most notable albums, including projects by Lil Baby among many others, but when it came to the snubbing of one of this year’s biggest artists, many artists and fans alike are asking “what happened?”

Earlier this year, the Canadian-bred singer released his highly anticipated album, After Hours, unleashing one of 2020’s biggest commercial success stories, with more than 1.8 billion streams to date. Its second single, “Blinding Lights,” became a blockbuster with help from TikTok, resulting in a whopping 882 million streams. Despite the proven numbers and his sweep of other award shows, and a widespread expectation in the industry — The Weeknd received zero nominations for the 2021 Grammys and decided to take to Twitter to inquire about it.

“The Grammys remain corrupt,” The Weeknd wrote “You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency.”

The “In Your Eyes” singer also seemingly hinted that he and his team were preparing for a performance before receiving the news of the snub, writing that the lack of nominations meant he was being “uninvited.”

“Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited?” The Weeknd continued. “In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!”

According to published reports, a source alleges that the Weeknd’s shutout was a result of weeks of discussions about a possible performance at the January ceremony.

“There were many conversations between the Grammys and the Weeknd team about his performance slated for the 2021 Grammys,” the source reportedly said. “There was an ultimatum given resulting in a struggle over him also playing the Super Bowl that went on for some time and was eventually agreed upon that he would perform at both events… [The Recording Academy] had all these convos with the Weeknd team in the past month, and today on November 24th, the Weeknd had not one nomination and is now completely ignored by the Grammys.”

After news of fans and The Weeknd’s disapproval, Recording Academy Chief, Harvey Mason Jr., spoke out about the snub, noting that the decision had nothing to do with the upcoming Super Bowl performance, before adding that the nominees were decided prior to the announcement of the “Starboy” singer’s performance, adding that he empathizes with The Weeknd’s frustration after releasing “excellent” music.

“We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration” Mason said in a statement. “We would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before [the Super Bowl],” he adds. “Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists … To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process,” Mason Jr says. “All Grammy nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all.”

Despite the apparent damage control, it appears this controversy’s not going away anytime soon. The Weeknd’s manager, Sal Slaiby, also slammed “corrupt leaders” at the Grammys and demanded transparency.

“Corrupt leaders need to step aside. Enough hiding behind your desks,” Slaiby wrote. “We won’t tolerate or stay quiet. The time for change is now. We need transparency!!!!!!!”

The Weeknd Receives Zero Grammy Nominations, Fans Left Befuddled 

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This week music’s premier association revealed their nominations and as always some folks were left with the struggle face. One performer’s fan base is making it clear that their favorite crooner was robbed.

On Tuesday the 63rd annual Grammy Award nominations were announced. As spotted on Complex The Weeknd wasn’t slotted for one award. Given that his masterfully crafted After Hours was one of the best soul projects to be released this year, the lack of nominations was perceived as an obvious snub. So much so his fans took to social media to express their frustration.

The news also quickly picked up traction throughout the music world with some publications trying to identify why in the world Abel was not considered. Some outlets theorized that his team missed out on submitting the project by the deadline, which happened Frank Ocean back in 2016, but that was quickly disproven. Ironically the “Blinding Lights” singer had posted a tweet showing his fans for their support the day prior. “just wanted to thank the fans for committing to this journey with me. i love you guys so much, none of this is possible without ya’ll seriously. XO” he wrote.

Today he went on to vent his frustration and calling out The Grammys for being unprincipled. “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” Abel went on to spill the tea that he was scheduled to perform at the festivities which led him to believe his body of work was under consideration. “Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!”

The Weeknd is not the only one to call out the organization. 50 Cent has also called out the committee for “being out of touch”. The Recording Academy has yet to respond to the criticism.

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Matt Nye drops new full length EP ‘I’ll Be Fine’ 

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Emerging emcee Matt Nye shares his new project I’ll Be Fine, a 16 track project that is filled with smooth soulful beats, gritty boom bap punches, and most importantly honest and reflective lyrics. The project is helmed by the rapper himself with features ranging from the legendary emcees Keith Murray and Krayzie Bone, Rime Salmi, Johnny Hardwick, and more.

From the intro “Call From Gribble,” listeners can tell that Nye doesn’t quite take himself too seriously and consciously throws in humorous elements to lighten the somewhat gloomy subject matter. He also doesn’t go overboard with the humor so there is quite a balance throughout the project. The title track follows the intro and gives listeners a glimpse into Nye’s mindstate as he comes to terms with his situation and he assures us all that he will be ok at the end of it all.  “Whatever Is Whatever” has a dreamy jazz texture and solid bounce while Nye delivers more than a handful of off-the-cuff lyrics like “and I heard Jane Fonda won’t wear Prada but best walk the streets at night with no dollars/My gramps hung with Lanksy asked to kill Seigel.” “Bruh” takes a sample from the Bruh man character from the classic Martin show and has a solemn texture with a thumping bassline to match. “Wanna be A Gotti” has a bright flute-like synth and heavy trap bounce and sure changes the energy on the project and sees Nye in his element. “Smokin Mirrors” features Keith Murray and Kell Vicous who join Nye over a melancholic piano-driven beat that is as cinematic as they come. The rappers share their thoughts on people who fake it to fit in and all the drama that comes with it. The next song “So Low When So High” features Krayzie Bone and it’s quite interesting with its surreal and atmospheric mood. Krayzie delivers his characteristic melodic style and kills the hook as Nye details his family background with such vividness. “Gaslight” features singer Rime Salmi who opens up the track with an emotionally gripping chorus. Nye plays an emotionally abusive character who uses gaslighting as one of his tactics to manipulate his significant other while Salmi plays the friend who is trying to warn her to be aware. This is quite insightful and relatable. The project ends with the guitar-laden track “I’ll be great,” a humorous track that sees Nye trying out some melodic runs and he sure delivers the goods. He is as honest as ever and hilarious as well.

I’ll Be Fine as a whole is quite a journey, it sure has a lot of mood swings and varied emotions, and for the most part tackles a wide variety of issues, mainly personal. Nye shows a lot of character and gives the listener both sides to his life without going overboard.


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French Montana “FTMU,” Ty Dolla $ign ft. Post Malone “Spicy” & More | Daily Visuals 11.25.20 

2019 Global Citizen Festival held in Central Park New York City, United States

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It’s been more than 8 years since Christopher Nolan closed out his classic Batman trilogy with 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, and though most people have since moved on to the MCU, the film’s antagonist, Bane has obviously left an impression on French Montana.

In his latest visuals to “FTMU,” French Montana heads back to his hood decked out in a Bane mask and leather shearling jacket just like the man who broke Batman’s back though we’re not sure why he chose to rock that specific attire in 2020.

Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone meanwhile get their wild-wild west world on in their clip to “Spicy” where the two turn into cowboys with futuristic weapons.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Th1rt3en featuring Pharoahe Monch and Cypress Hill, Peso Peso, and more.








Cyrus Dobre – Bye Bye (Official Music Video) 

The official music video for "Bye Bye" by Cyrus Dobre was recently released to stellar acclaim. Roxana Baldovin directed this epic R&B jam with gripping visuals and cutting-edge aesthetics. Cyrus has created an infectious track that combines smooth R&B with dope, fresh hip-hop lyrics, and a classy, laid-back beat. This enchanted ballad intertwines elements of contemporary rap with harmonious, melodic vocals with each pulsating verse.

The night is yours as you blast this song on in your car or chillin' at home. The video has a Halloween theme with a new wave essence and some of your favorite comic book stars. From the Joker to hot, skeleton costume-clad dancers, the presentation accentuates the vibe of this uniquely-crafted number. With neon colors, vibrant visuals, and an original feel and look -- the video and song truly go hand in hand. Cyrus Dobre is the newest sensation on the R&B-rap fused scene and certainly has a long career ahead of him.

"Bye Bye" has the rhythms you want in a cool, slick ode to everlasting romance. However, there are times when you just have to move on -- and this track and video are like a cinematic tale folding before our eyes on the silver screen. Cyrus Dobre is as unique as his song -- a timeless ballad that will echo in our hearts, minds, and especially ears for years to come.


"Bye Bye"



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Kea Michaels Releases “Holla If You Hear Me” 

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The Radio Edit Fade of Kea Michaels' "Holla If You Hear Me" is off the charts! This jam has an infectious jazzy beat with stunningly beautiful vocals. As a slickly crafted R&B number, this song is Sade-esque with Michaels' melodic voice that is unique and mesmerizing. I love the way Kea flows from one lyric to another with an incredible celebration of music and style. This ballad brings me back to those romantic nights in New York City just sipping on some wine and taking in the sights under the starry night.

"Holla If You Hear Me" has the and charisma of George Benson with the captivating style and sound of Anita Baker. Don't get me wrong --Kea Michaels has a unique, distinct voice that captures the heart, soul, and essence of love songs and R&B. She is a fantastic singer and lyricist with a strong following on social media and fan base. The lovely, vivacious Michaels has incredible range and truly knows how to compel the audience. "Holla if You Hear Me" is a musical journey that will leave you wanting more. I have this song on repeat, and it gets better every time I hear it.

If you love old-school R&B romantic ballads with a contemporary vibe, this one is it! There is something magical about this track -- it combines elements of modern R&B with vintage styles that just melt your heart and dazzle the earbuds with each listen. I am definitely a Kea Michaels and fan and urge you to listen to her latest single by clicking on the link below.



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Rayne Muzik Releases “GRIP” 

"Grip" by Rayne Muzik is a song dedicated to people going through difficult times. The global pandemic has hit the nation and world like a never-ending sledgehammer. Scores of people are dealing with anxiety, depression, and loss in countless ways. This ballad serves to bring love and restore belief to their lives. Whether from encouraging words of expression or physical touch, "Grip" can help ease the pain, people are suffering daily.

This beautiful, soulful ballad will touch your heart and leave you in tears. The emotional vibe and essence truly reconnect us with our minds, bodies, and spirits. The harmonic, angelic voices are soothing and heartwarming with each lovely ballad and verse. The piano blares steadily while we try to see the meaning behind each word and line on the track. If you feel overwhelmed, undervalued, or that life has lost its meaning -- consider listening to this track to revitalize, replenish, and rejuvenate the system.

There is always hope, and each cloud has a silver lining. "Grip" by Rayne Muzik reiterates the fact that we are mere mortals that need love, companionship, and each other to live and survive in this ever-changing and demanding world. This song will breathe new life into a world that has been blanketed by fear, negativity, uncertainly, and sheer gloom for far too long. Take a listen by clicking on the link below, and be prepared to immerse yourself in something amazing!


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Extra Life: Walmart’s PS5 & Xbox Series S|X Restock Goes Live Tonight 

Xbox Series S|X & PS5

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Rejoice gamers, if you’re looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X, Walmart just dropped the extra life you have been looking for to complete your mission.

We already know for Black Friday week (yes, this is a thing) the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 All-Digital version, and Xbox Series S|X will be back in stock on or around Black Friday (Nov.27). Thanks to Walmart, your first chance to cop one of the next-gen consoles will happen tonight.

According to Walmart’s website, the PS5 and Xbox Series S|X will be available starting at 6 pm PST (9 pm EST) when these links go live.

Unfortunately, Walmart revealing the time when its restock goes live, gives scalpers time to prime up their bots to get ready also. To help your chances, you should make sure you have an account with Walmart with your payment information uploaded, so when you proceed to checkout, you will give yourself a greater chance to purchase whatever console you selected into your cart.

Like previous Walmart restocks, we expect an influx of traffic to the website will cause it to crash or freeze, so be prepared for that happen as well but don’t let it deter you. Keep in mind, if you do not get a PS5 or Xbox Series X tonight, there will be plenty of other opportunities leading up to Black Friday, so stay vigilant.

Good luck.

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Florida Man: Rapper Ace NH Kills Two People Right After His Video Shoot 

Florida rapper Billy Bennett Adams III

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It’s a sad state of affairs in the Hip-Hop industry. Another rapper is now involved in a murder plot.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ace NH was arrested and charged with the murder of two men. On Thursday, November 19 the Florida performer visited a studio for the purposes of filming a music video. After finishing the project he allegedly shot the two unnamed individuals and sped off in a vehicle. He was apprehended by local police two days later.

According to the initial report the man born Billy Bennett Adams III knew both of the victims. While it is unclear what prompted him to assault the duo it is speculated that the crime is gang-related.

Both Adams and one of the men are Crips, allegedly. Sheriff Chad Chronister offered further context via a formal statement.

“Although the attack was clearly targeted, we will not allow gang-related disputes to disrupt the comfort and safety of innocent residents in any of our communities” he said. “It is clear that this suspect had no regard for human life, and now he will face the consequences for his actions,” he added.

Ace NH is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery. He is being held without bail and reported —ahem, worked—at s Finish Line store in The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel.