SZA, Lizzo Headline Made in America Lineup Reveal
The stars will be out in Philly this Labor Day. Jay-Z’s ‘Made in America’ Festival is returning to the City of Brotherly Love, and this year, it features a star-packed lineup. The full reveal came on Wednesday and features SZA and Lizzo as headliners for the two-day festival. In addition, fans will be treated to performances from Ice Spice, Tems, Miguel, and many more.
Music Publishers Seek $250M from Twitter in Copyright Case
Seventeen of the music industry’s publishing companies are banding together to take on Twitter. The National Music Publishers Association filed a lawsuit against the social media platform alleging that it has repeatedly misused music clips. The suit goes on to clarify that other social media outlets do not exhibit the same issues, saying, “Twitter’s unlawful conduct has caused and continues to cause substantial and irreparable harm to Publishers, their songwriter clients, and the entire music ecosystem. Twitter’s unlawful conduct enriches Twitter at Publishers’ and their songwriters’ expense and to the detriment of their copyrighted musical compositions.” In total, the case includes 1,700 such violations and seeks damages amounting to $250 million on behalf of the publishers involved.
Levi's Exec Brady Stewart Tapped as Bay Area FC CEO
The NWSL is coming to the Bay Area. As Bay Area FC prepares to kick off its inaugural season in 2024, the club announced that it has hired former Levi’s & Strauss exec Brady Stewart as its first-ever CEO. In an interview with ESPN, Stewart said: “To me, it’s a legacy for the Bay Area to build another iconic sports team. It’s a legacy for women’s sports to be part of the women’s soccer revolution. It’s a legacy to build a global sports brand.” Bay Area FC debuted its club name at a rally 5,000 fans strong back in May. The event was hosted by the team’s “Founding Four” Brandi Chastain, Leslie Osborne, Danielle Slaton, and Aly Wagner.
Angie Martinez Set to Host ABC's 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Celebration
Angie Martinez knows a thing or two about hip-hop. As we march towards the 50th anniversary of hip-hop The Voice of New York is staying booked and busy. Martinez will host ABC’s upcoming Hip-Hop @ 50: Rhythms, Rhymes & Reflections – A Soul of a Nation Presentation, which will look back at a half-century of the genre with the help from some of its biggest stars of the past, present, and future. Everyone from Lola Brooke to Fat Joe, Coi Leray to E-40 will join Martinez as they reflect on “hip-hop’s growth and cultural effects over the past 50 years.” The show, which is part of the network’s Soul of a Nation series, will premiere on June 19 at 10 PM EST.
Halsey Inks New Deal with Columbia Records
Halsey has found themselves a new recording home. The five-time member of Spotify’s Billions Club announced on Wednesday that they will be joining the Columbia Records family. The signing marks a new chapter for the singer who had a tumultuous end of their 10-year time with Capitol Records. Last spring, they spoke out on the label’s expectations that artists create content for TikTok. They parted ways back in April.
MLS Prepares to Auction New Juneteenth-inspired Jersey Collection
MLS is doubling down on its commitment to Juneteenth. The league unveiled 29 jerseys to honor the upcoming Juneteenth holiday, which it will send to auction.. The designs are the brainchild of Black artist Gianni Lee and shot in collaboration with Mel D. Cole, who also is the co-founder of Charcoal Pitch F.C, and Black Players for Change (BPC). In a statement, BPC president Earl Edwards Jr. said, “Since our inception, we have been working closely with MLS to accomplish our goals, and the Juneteenth jersey is another example of the incredible work we have been able to do together.”
'Diablo VI's' $666M Sales Run Sets New Record for Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard’s Diablo VI has driven the company to an eerie new record. In just five days, the super-popular game generated $666 million in sale, the highest total at that benchmark in the company’s history. However, it’s not all good news for Activision Blizzard. The FTC confirmed that it will launch an injunction in an effort to stop the proposed purchase by Microsoft. The UK’s Competition Market Authority has taken similar measures to prevent the sale from going through.