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Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez On Me”

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Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me

Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez On Me”, at long last hits theaters June 16 following quite a while of planning and work by different people including veteran music maker LT Hutton, a maker of the film and a key main impetus behind the making of this film. The venture saw a few distinct executives travel every which way including John Singleton until veteran video chief and growing producer Benny Boom at long last took control to guarantee that the notorious existence of the late extraordinary hip-bounce and motion picture star was legitimately conveyed to the wide screen. What’s more, it’s a film that – whether you adore or not – should be seen, and not just beyond words hip-bounce fans. The short yet exciting and achieved life of Tupac Shakur is one for the records of history and this motion picture dives into all the symbol from each point.  DJ Hustle

 

The life of Tupac Shakur was one chock shifting, apparently restricting thoughts, perspectives, theories, and states of mind all put together within one persona. Thusly, the Gemini was diverse individuals at various circumstances.

Making a film about his whole life is more testing than your normal biopic and it’s anything but difficult to perceive any reason why individuals have had innovative contrasts en route in bringing “All Eyez On Me” to realization.  DJ Hustle

At one minute Tupac could be a progressive figure attempting to realize change in a world brimming with abuse and the following he could be in hooligan mode carrying on with the life of the roads. He was additionally an artist and an aficionado of Shakespeare (which is referenced all through the motion picture) and other scholarly rationalists which adjusted his reasoning as he was encompassed by the inconveniences of inward city life – really making him the rose that developed in the solid. Pac could likewise utilize his appeal to uplight the women in “Keep Your Head Up” and after that advance through the “tools” in “I Get Around.” Choosing which Tupac to acquire to light every scene more likely than not been a serious errand for the journalists and the executive. HustleTV

Everyone’s eyes are truly on newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr., given a role as the part of Tupac, and unexpectedly whose father Demetrius Sr. delivered Shakur’s “Hurl It Up” on the Makaveli LP. Demetrius Jr. is a dead-on Pac resemble the other alike confronting the trouble of depicting the late star as well as doing it in his first part as an on-screen character.  HustleTV

Before trying out for this part, Demetrius was working for Dish Network and laid off from his position with the organization. With the assistance of acting mentors and veterans like Hill Harper (given a role as the writer who interviews Pac all through the film) Shipp Jr. could shockingly catch the state of mind, feelings, and outward appearances of Shakur and truly makes an amazing showing with regards to for a performing artist with no related knowledge. LT Hutton and Benny Boom took a bet in throwing Shipp, however in viewing the film I feel that he remunerated their hazard with an exceptionally persuading depiction that will even satisfy Pac’s reliable fan-base. HustleTV

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Ed Sheeran Gives Us His Dream Collaborator

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Ed Sheeran Gives Us His Dream Collaborator

Ed Sheeran, at only 26 years of age, exemplifies the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award maybe more than some other. Sheeran will get the respect, made in 2004 to perceive youthful musicians who have a huge effect in the music business with unique arrangements, at the corridor of popularity’s 48th acceptance and honors supper June 15 in New York.  Ed Sheeran Dream Collaborator HustleTV

Halfway through his current triumphant keep running at London’s O2 field, Sheeran talked with Billboard about the fragile adjust of which melodies to keep and which to provide for different craftsmen, the tune he wishes he’d composed, and his changing area schedule.

 

Your present hit “State of You” was initially proposed for Rihanna. How regularly do you compose a tune for another person you wish you’d kept for yourself?

Rita Ora has a melody turning out in half a month, I don’t comprehend what they titled it [they titled it “Your Song,” and it’s the top-drifting track in the U.K. this week], and that is a melody on the off chance that it hadn’t gone to her, I would’ve kept it and discharged it. “State of You” was begun initially for Little Mix and Rihanna. That was something I had as a main priority, in any case, I mean, similar to a few melodies were implied for me that wound up on other individuals’ ventures. A portion of the melodies on the One Direction collection unquestionably begun for me and wound up on the One Direction collection. DJ Hustle

Do you hear yourself in your melodies that are performed by different specialists?

The greatest number of times as I can if there’s a tune I have a composition credit on, I attempt to have some kind of component of me on it, similarly as a sort of mark. Regardless of the possibility that it’s me doing the support vocal or me playing the guitar, I simply like having that component on melodies I’ve been included in. Much like DJ Mustard would have “Mustard on the Beat” or Mike Will Made-It would have a Mike Will Made-It [beat] on a track, it’s simply having something that is out of sight. It’s subliminal, however it’s there. HustleTV

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“The A Team,” your breakout single as an entertainer, has an effective story behind it.

It was composed in 2009, and at the time I was doing nearby gigs around London. One of my companions was running a destitute focus in East London to sustain the destitute over Christmas, and he stated, “Come and be the excitement there,” so I went and wound up talking with this young lady named Angel. I was 18 and hadn’t generally observed that a great part of the world. I experienced childhood in the wide open, and you don’t generally observe overwhelming, substantial medication compulsion in the farmland. You sort of simply observe drinking, so being in the city and seeing hard medication habit and the way it can influence somebody was a lovely educational thing. I was inhabiting an understudy house around a hour away shape London, and I got back and composing it and recording the demo on iMovie, on the grounds that I didn’t have whatever else to record it on. It came rapidly; it was a 20-minute melody. A few melodies can take a hour or two hours to compose or even an entire day, yet I do think the best tunes I’ve composed have been composed in 20 minutes.

These are few and far between, yet is there a melody that went poorly to end up noticeably a hit that is exceptional to you?

I expressed “I See Fire” for the Hobbit motion picture [The Hobbit: The Desolation on Smaug], and it never wound up motivating sent to radio since it turned out on a mark I wasn’t marked to, so nobody was permitted to push it to radio. I got the chance to compose and record and deliver everything on it, so it was the first occasion when I’d ever legitimately been a melody maker. I traveled to [New Zealand] and viewed the Hobbit film like outrageously fly slacked, and the CGI wasn’t in there yet, so it was very kind of harsh. And after that I went upstairs to this little studio and essentially composed this tune and did an unpleasant generation of it and got the chance to play everything else on it the following day and afterward flew home. It was all brisk, however it’s one of the melodies I’m most pleased with, on the grounds that I got the opportunity to do each and every component of it. HustleTV

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DJ Khaled How Hard Work Pay’s Off

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DJ Khaled How Hard Work Pay’s Off

DJ Khaled is driving a golf truck down the twofold yellow line of a street in Beverly Hills, since movement is growled and he simply needs to get back home to chip away at his collection. Individuals in extravagance autos gaze as we pass them – however we’re voyaging close to 20 miles for every hour, we should appear to be zooming by. The unseasonably cool May air whips through Khaled’s facial hair as he hacks and protests about the chill. “How frequently do you fire this puppy up?” I shout. “Consistently,” he answers. “Go to Starbucks, get me a pumpkin bread. It’s off the chain.” I look at the dark colored paper sack in my lap, the cake warming my knees through my pants. The sack is secure. Whew. HustleTV

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Khaled Mohamed Khaled, 41, is a man who acknowledges the little things. What’s more, – as we come back to his as of late gained $10 million manor in a gated 90210 group – I’m reminded that Khaled additionally acknowledges the enormous things. The carport is swarmed with Rolls-Royce Wraiths, one dark and one Arabian blue, in addition to the Escalade he marked for before that day (more on that later). There’s nothing average about the maker’s life or profession, the line between which he has been merrily obscuring since he turned into a Snapchat big name/conscious image in late 2015.

“That is me acting naturally,” says Khaled, alluding to his outsize online persona. “These craftsmen work with me since I make great music, additionally in light of the fact that I have great vitality, a great heart and I’m thankful – the extraordinary things that God is favoring me with, now the world can see them.”

His most terrific gift is his 7-month-old child Asahd (Arabic for “lion”), who has a little mechanized Rolls of his own and an official maker credit on Dad’s other strongly gotten all worked up about creation: his tenth collection, Grateful, out June 23 on Epic and Khaled’s own We the Best engraving. Khaled enlisted A-listers including Rihanna, Drake and Big Sean for Grateful, which has as of now been proclaimed by two Khaledian uber collabs: head-nodder “Sparkling” with Beyoncé and Jay Z (a Billboard Rhythmic outline No. 1) and bubbly rap-pop hybrid devour “I’m the One,” in which Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper and Quavo from Migos joyfully rhyme over what sounds like a dolphin murmuring dancehall. At the point when the single appeared at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Khaled celebrated on Instagram by putting on bathing suit and the most genuine face possible, at that point splashing five jugs of champagne over his yard. HustleTV

When I land at Khaled’s home, two or three hours before our nibble run, I hope to discover him canvassed in gold chains, flower prints and cocoa spread, getting his hair touched up by a group of beauticians as he prunes a greenery – you know, Snapchat stuff. Rather, he’s in dim sweat shorts and a white tee (both Polo) with dim socks and dark We the Best slides, his exclusive enhancement a little precious stone pendant that spells “Allah” in Arabian script. He’s in an easy chair, neck slouched and eyes bolted on his telephone. “Make yourself agreeable,” he says distractedly. He at that point stands up and vanishes for 20 minutes. I’m left with a languid Siamese feline named Coco, a plate of Ciroc vodkas and the dark velvet damask backdrop last proprietor Robbie Williams decided for the high-ceilinged antechamber.

Khaled leaves again only 25 minutes into our discussion – that time I catch words like “my legal counselor” and, with a disturbed edge, “that was ahead of schedule all the while.” His telephone buzzes constantly. “The average day for a Khaled is insane, correct? This collection I’m making is truly incomprehensible,” he says, in what sounds like a gloat until he includes, “clearing tests, managing different names. When you work with these huge craftsmen, it’s exceptionally sensitive. Legitimately it’s a bad dream.”

Yes, this is a similar person who in November distributed The Keys, a motivational book with part headings like “Don’t gripe,” “Life is the thing that you make it, so how about we make it” and “Have a considerable measure of pads,” which is critical so you can “rest your enormity.” Looking at his eyes I dare to say: He hasn’t been resting his significance. “I don’t rest a considerable measure,” test clearing Khaled concedes. Yet, Keys Khaled – strolling, as usual, an unswerving line between cartoonishly expanded and monkishly respectful – rapidly cuts in and includes, “On the off chance that I just get two to four hours of rest, I need to rest in the greatest bed ever with the most cushions on the planet and the most beautifullest view. I thought about the floor with one sheet and no pad. So I don’t underestimate nothing.”

One approach to consider Keys Khaled is as the living exemplification of test clearing Khaled’s triumph over youth affliction, as the original child of Palestinian workers who got away from an Israel-involved West Bank with $200 in their pockets. As a child in New Orleans, he helped his people peddle garments out of their van at an insect showcase. They incorporated the family exchange with a “domain” of clothing stores extending to Orlando, however that broke down after an IRS review, compelling high school Khaled to go up against different employments and hustles to keep them above water. A stellar hard working attitude, all things considered, is the one thing all cycles of Khaled undeniably share.

Picture John Cusack holding a blast box, however with a major bodied, hirsute man set up of Cusack, and a PA speaker rather than a blast box. This is, basically, how Khaled won the love of Justin Bieber and made “I’m the One.” He got the beat from – “Lemme see his name,” says Khaled, checking his telephone, “I need to ensure I take care of business” – Los Angeles maker Let Me See You (otherwise known as Nic Nac). He took out a few drums to highlight the section and all of a sudden acknowledged he had something deserving of pop’s snare man existing apart from everything else. He and Bieber were long-lasting buddies, however he had been holding up to request that he work together until his own vocation was on the level, “so I don’t play myself” (a “Noteworthy Key” to achievement). It was early January, his first day in his Beverly Hills manor, and he decided. Bieber welcomed him to his place. “I hung up, bounced in the Rolls and conveyed a PA just to ensure I introduced it right,” says Khaled.

They ended up tuning in to the track in Bieber’s truck, which, Khaled wonderingly says, “has stars in it, a leaning back hide situate, crap like a motion picture.” The Biebs began swaying his head. He loved it. Bieber said he’d play around with it. Before Khaled could leave, he made him play ground hockey. “I took the beating for the tune,” says Khaled. DJ Hustle

Khaled calls this kind of thing “going into their reality.” “His vitality is irresistible,” says Bieber. “He has an astonishing ear for hits, and when I heard the beat for this track, [Bieber’s collaborator] Poo Bear and I chose to bounce on and compose the snare. Khaled is a decent companion and a considerable measure of amusing to be around, and when he puts stock in something, he makes you accept.”

Rick Ross, a dear companion who has showed up on each Khaled collection, puts it thusly: “When you answer a call from DJ Khaled, paying little respect to what time it is, he’s shouting like it’s 8 a.m. He’s energized, he has this enormous thought that is substantially greater than the last – ‘You will have a hard time believing this one.’ The thing is, he truly feels that way. He truly adores his music that much.” HustleTV

With Bieber locally available (Khaled’s order: “I need a major, anthematic get out snare”) the names of the eventual MCs came to Khaled at the same time. Chance the Rapper was remaining in Malibu, eating grill with his family when the DJ appeared. Chance perceived Khaled’s vision and was sold. Migos were coming to Los Angeles in mid-January to tape Jimmy Kimmel Live!, so Khaled booked a post-indicate live with them at Westlake Studios (where Thriller was made, in light of the fact that the track’s tune helped him to remember “Human instinct”) and Quavo did his verse in five minutes. At that point Khaled called Lil Wayne. The two met, broadly, when Wayne was 12 and Khaled, 19, was a NOLA record shop assistant. “He’s never let me know “no,” ” says Khaled. Weezy thumped it out, and that was it – aside from Bieber wasn’t finished. “I’m calling each day like, ‘Do you require me to bring you tea? Is the AC great in the house?’ Then he sends it. I’m not going to mislead anybody. I shed tears.”

Faultfinders need Khaled to be J Dilla, in the lab throughout the day, smoked out, conjuring up beats. He does in any case make genuine music (he refers to “Sparkling” and Grateful’s cut with Rihanna), yet more critically, he plans melodies as-occasions, giving guidance, putting the perfect individuals in the room, calibrating results and managing the regulatory points of interest after everybody has gone home.

LaTrice Burnette, senior vp of promoting at Epic, calls Khaled a “one-stop shop.” Epic president Sylvia Rhone says Khaled gets the best out of his hotshot partners since he keeps up genuine companionships with them, and includes, “He is a great legitimate dealmaker on top of the majority of that – one of the most honed specialists that I have seen on the innovative side of music.”

I reveal to Khaled that there are individuals who think he doesn’t do anything, and he counters, “Anyone who’s befuddled what Khaled does is a blockhead.” He’s roosted on the edge of his padded seat, waving his arms, voice reverberating. “I deliver, I compose, I coordinate. I’m a big shot and one of the greatest DJs you’ve found in your life. I’ll work hard on a few turntables. You go to my Miami studio, you’ll be blinded by the sparkling of the [platinum and gold] plaques. What, you think my records get made mystically?”

No, I say, yet some expect that he gives others a chance to take every necessary step, at that point puts his name on it. “The distinction with me is this,” says Khaled, abruptly quiet. “I indicate love. I don’t conceal credit for anyone that works with me. A considerable measure of these makers don’t state [who helped them].”

Khaled became an adult in the late ’80s, break moving (as Special K), hoarding brilliant age vinyl and rehearsing his turntables in the carport. He sold HustleTV

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Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’

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Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’

Ariana Grande’s emotional appearance at the One Love Manchester concert could propel her to the top of the U.K. singles chart. HustleTV

The U.S. pop singer’s “One Last Time” (Republic) was downloaded 15,000 times in the 24 hours after Sunday’s all-star concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, according to the Official Charts Company, and it’s now challenging Luis Fonsi  and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (Def Jam/RBMG/Republic/UMLE) for the

“One Last Time” has been repackaged on iTunes with 76p (US$0.98) from each 99p (US$1.28) download supporting the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund in coordination with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council. More than $13 million has already been raised for the initiative, which will “help alleviate immediate suffering and ensure victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties,” the British Red Cross explained in a tweet.  HustleTV

The single, lifted from her second studio album My Everything, is at No. 2 on the midweek chart, well up on its peak of No. 11 from two weeks ago. Grande has enjoyed life at the chart summit on two occasions (both in 2014) with “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, and her “Bang Bang” collab with Jessie J and Nicki MinajDJ Hustle

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Grande was joined on stage by a host of stars including Justin Bieber,Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus Coldplay,Pharrrell Williams, Niall Horan and Take That at the concert just two weeks after a terrorist detonated a bomb following a Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people. DJ Hustle

 

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PSY Talks New ‘4X2=8’ Album, ‘Gangnam Style’ Anniversary

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With more than 5 billion YouTube views and recently surpassing a landmark 10 million subscribers, PSY is the undisputed king of viral videos. But on his recently released 4X2=8 album, his eighth project since his 2001 debut on the Korean scene, the rapper-singer is coming with yet another unexpected, deeper message. DJ Hustle

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The singles “I Luv It” and “New Face” certainly play to his strengths as the high-energy, highly entertaining rapper-singer the world fell in love with in 2012, but a lyric like “I’m not what you expected/ I don’t really care” on the latter indicates a truly self-actualized side of PSY. With an all-star cast of Korean talent (including established and rising K-pop stars and producers), a newfound confidence (“Facts” state the truly impressive, well, facts of his career) and now five years as a global star, PSY has a refreshed, relaxed outlook as seen in a recent chat with Billboard. Read on below: DJ Hustle

Your new album 4X2=8 is another chart and viral hit with the new videos for “I Luv It” and “New Face.” Why did you choose these two songs as the singles?

Since my debut, my singles’ general genre has been EDM — which stands for “energetic dance music.” [Laughs] I do what I got to do with a single, and I do what I want to do through a full length album. In “I Luv It,” I tried hard to make a different style of music video from my previous ones with sets, contrasts, and etcetera. But as you know, Lee Byunghun did it all. [Laughs] I personally prefer the “New Face” music video because this type of video is what I usually do. It’s a PSY video: bringing the dancing everywhere! Naeun did a great job. I have a dream that one day, my music videos will be [known like] “Jim Carrey movies” or the “Jackie Chan movies” of the music video industry.  DJ Hustle

Speaking of Naeun, how did she end up as your latest co-star on “New Face”?

​She’s of course very popular as a member of Apink in Asia and as an actress in Korea, but she has never done something funny and funky. I thought it would look great and fresh, so I called and asked her to be in my music video. She accepted. [Laughs]

There is a humorous moment in “I Luv It” where your YouTube video has a humongous amount of views. Are you concerned with video views these days?

Nah, my YouTube views are more than enough already. It’s just related to the lyrics of that specific scene in which I say, “I take it way too far / Got planes up in the air.”

While listening to 4X2=8, I got the feeling that you had a bigger message. On “I Luv It,” you say “I’m not what you expected, I don’t really care” and on “Fact” (featuring G-Dragon) you talk about your career accomplishments. Were you thinking about critics or haters on this album?

I sincerely love and care about the criticisms from the public and the critics. Aaaand, I sincerely don’t love and care about the haters. But this time, I took good care of the haters in the song “Fact.” And GD killed it! HustleTV

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Eminem Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘The Eminem Show’

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Eminem Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Fifteen years have passed since Eminem released his classic fourth studio album, The Eminem Show. Tonight, Slim Shady is celebrating the milestone by selling a string of bundles and must-have merch. DJ Hustle

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The Detroit rapper has reissued a cassette of the LP, and fans can purchase t-shirts and autographed 24″ x 18″ posters that carry handwritten annotations of its liner notes.

The cheapest bundle will get you a cassette and poster for $30, and if you’re weighed down with cash you can go big with a cassette, t-shirt and autographed poster bundle for a cool $250. Visit the Eminem store here. But get in quick: The offers are available only until Saturday (June 3).

Marshall Mathers hyped his followers on Tuesday with an Instagram post in which he explained the inspiration behind the award-winning album. “The concept for The Eminem Show was inspired by The Truman Show because my life felt like it was becoming a circus at that time and I felt like I was always being watched,” he said in a handwritten note. “Basically Jim Carey wrote my album.” HustleTV

The Eminem Show reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, won a Grammy Award for best rap album and is now diamond certified, for sales of 10 million units in the U.S.

Last week, Eminem was among a bevy of stars who helped raise more than $2 million for the families affected by the Manchester bombing at Ariana Grande‘s concert. On the music front, you can expect Shady to hit the stage as a headliner for the Readings and Leeds Festival in August.

The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia, Instagram and Tumblr. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and engagement. The chart’s latest tracking week ended May 18.

The rapper’s post, at first glance, might have seemed like an announcement of new music. The post is a black-and-white photo of the rapper with the word ‘defiant.’ Turns out it’s actually an ad promoting the upcoming documentary The Defiant Ones. The four-part film, which focuses on the partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, features interviews with artists and industry vets like Eminem and will premiere July 9 via HBO.

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Jamie Foxx Turn Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ Into An Epic Opera on

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Jamie Foxx can do it all. If you have any doubt that the Oscar-winning host of the new game show Beat Shazam — who is preparing a pop-up return to stand-up — is a master of pretty much every creative art, just watch his brilliant appearance on Thursday night’s (May 25) Tonight Show episode for further proof. HustleTV

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After regaling the crowd with the hilarious story about the time he feared Mike Tyson might put his lights out after he did an impression of the boxing champ without knowing the knock-out king was in the club, Foxx proved that his singing voice is still on point as well. In a game of “Musical Genre Challenge” with host (and skilled impressionist) Jimmy Fallon, Foxx turned a Rihanna hit into opera and took the Baha Men’s signature song to the Great White Way like it was nothing.

The game started with Fallon doing a Sinatra-like take on The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” which Foxx parried with his Broadway musical rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out?,” complete with a talk-up about “cantankerous” pitbulls. They brought it together for a Rolling Stones-like rock ramble through Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” but Foxx absolutely destroyed it with his Met-worthy take on “Bitch Better Have My Money.”  DJ Hustle Hustle on Twitter @DJHustle or Instagram DJHustle2407

 

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Lana Del Rey, the Weeknd Dance on ‘Hollywood

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Lana Del Rey  slow dances with The Weeknd  in Dorothy-like ruby red shoes atop the “Hollywood” sign in the dreamlike video for their new duet, “Lust for Life.” DJ Hustle

Between bursts of VHS-quality visual distortion, the singers swoon and cuddle while gazing at the night sky. At the climax, Del Rey skips across the sign’s letters and slides down the ending “D.” “Lust for Life,” the title-track from Del Rey’s upcoming fifth LP, marks the singers’ third studio collaboration, following two Weeknd tracks: 2015’s “Prisoner” and last year’s “Stargirl Interlude.” DJ Hustle

In a recent interview with with California radio station KROQ, Del Rey credited the Weeknd for helping launch her career. “He’s kind of the reason I was ever on the radio like six years ago,” she said. “He started posting all my videos on his Tumblr and social media … He’s been in touch with me ever since then. He’s always been really supportive. He had his own path, which led him to this place that’s crazy big. But we’ve just been friends for maybe the past six years.” HustleTV

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Del Rey also revealed to KROQ the title of her upcoming Stevie Nicks collaboration, “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems,” and detailed the song’s creation. The ” Love” singer explained that, after deciding that Lust for Lifeneeded an outside female presence, she and producer Rick Nowels approached the Fleetwood Mac vocalist.

“I kind of thought I had finished the record a couple times,” she said. “One of those times, I felt I wanted a woman on the record, and I was talking to [Nowels] about who would be great to get on the record. We both could only come up with Stevie. Funny enough, he went to high school with Stevie and wrote his first hit with her.”

Del Rey praised Nicks as “amazing,” noting that she stays up to date with contemporary music. “She’s kind of everything you hope she’s going to be,” the singer added. “She loved the track and added so much to it.” Listen to the full interview below: Follow Hustle on Twitter @DJHustle or Instagram DJHustle2407

 

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Why You Have To Hustle To Get DJing Achievement

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Why You Have To Hustle To Get DJing Achievement.

I’m always banging on about how you need to get gigs to really learn DJing – and unless you’re one of those DJs who’s happy messing around in your bedroom doing mixes for only yourself to hear, I stand right by that: No crowd, no deal. DJing is done in public. It’s a two-way thing, and it can’t be two way if it’s only you there. Thing is, to get those gigs, you need to hustle – and many people aren’t at all comfortable with that, especially beginners. DJ Hustle

“I’m not good enough!” they say. Well sorry, I’m going to hit you with it: You’ll never get good enough unless you get out of your comfort zone and land those gigs.  DJ Hustle

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Luckily, you don’t have to be an amazing DJ to start playing in public. The important thing is that you need to start. I’m going to tell you some of my own story, and then introduce you to two other DJs – Elliot and Peter – to show you exactly what I mean. About four years into my “club” DJing career, I was running my own club night, playing every Saturday to 500+ people. I was a fully professional DJ and promoter. I was paying the club hire fee, the doormen, the other DJs. I was making enough money to be buying my own house from what was left over. I was in touch with agents and booking big names, who were playing alongside me. Other times, when we had no big names playing, I would play the night either with my resident DJ partner or even on my own. Our crowd was loyal, and people often commented that the resident-only nights were better than the guest DJ nights!  Follow Hustle on Twitter @DJHustle or Instagram DJHustle2407

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Drake Sets Single-Year Recordat 2017 Billboard Music Awards

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Drake stole the show at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in more ways than one, taking home 13 honors, surpassing Adele’s mark as the artist with the most BBMA wins in one night, delivering a fiery performance in the middle of the famous Bellagio fountain and, maybe, getting himself a date after hitting on co-host Vanessa Hudgens during his acceptance speech for winning Top Billboard 200 Album for ViewsHustleTV

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“It’s crazy that we’re all here on earth for a limited amount of time, and we gotta show love while we’re here,” he said on stage midway through the telecast, before getting straight to the point: “Vanessa Hudgens, you look incredible tonight.” (Hudgens acknowledged that shortly afterward by asking if she was on the invite list for Drake’s afterparty.) HustleTV

By then, Drake had already racked up 12 BBMAs — 10 in the pre-telecast categories, and one earlier in the show for Top Male Artist — on his way to a record-breaking 13 victories, which he achieved with the evening’s final honor, Top Artist, to overtake Adele’s previous record of 12 in 2012. It’s an impressive number for an artist who utterly dominated 2016, shattering streaming records over and over again with the success of his album Views and its monster single “One Dance” featuring Wiz Kid and Kyla. DJ Hustle

 

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Diddy Pays Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., Debuts Bad Boy Documentary

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Diddy Pays Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G., Debuts Bad Boy Documentary.

Sean “Diddy” Combs made a surprise appearance at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards this evening in Las Vegas, on what would have been The Notorious Big’s 45th birthday. The flagship artist of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, which he started in 1993 as a vehicle for Big and Craig Mack and which went on to a wildly successful run as one of hip-hop’s most historically significant record labels, B.I.G. was killed 20 years ago this March, just weeks before the release of his sophomore album, Life After Death.

“It all started with the Notorious B.I.G.,” Diddy said, referencing Bad Boy’s creation and its 500 million albums sold over the past 20-plus years. “Big sold over 25 million records worldwide; his Ready to Die album, his Life After Death album, classics… Biggie was the best rapper I ever had the chance to work with. Watching him and seeing him work is something that words can’t explain.” HustleTV

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Diddy then led the crowd in a standing ovation and ran a clip of himself presenting Big’s mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace, with a special award at the BBMAs shortly after her son’s death. He then introduced Big’s son, CJ Wallace, himself an aspiring actor and artist, who delivered a short but poignant tribute to his dad, saying, “I know my father is looking down on all of us tonight.”

But then Diddy referenced the 20th anniversary of Bad Boy, which he celebrated with a tour last year alongside his former artists Faith Evans,112, The L.O.X. and Ma$e, among others. A documentary about the label’s history, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, will be released June 25th via Apple Music, and the mogul debuted the trailer for the film live on the BBMAs. Check out Diddy’s tribute below. HustleTV

The Jonathan Foundation’s Fundraiser” To Aid Children with Autism and Learning Disabilities

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The Jonathan Foundation has established an Assessment Scholarship Program. Proceeds from the May 20th Fundraiser will go towards funding assessments for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Apraxia, Auditory Integration, Autism/Asperger, Behavioral Disorders, Bipolar, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness/Hard of Hearing, Developmental Disabilities, Diabetes, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Epilepsy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, General Health, Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, ODD (Oppositional Deviant Disorder), Speech Disorders, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries, Substance Abuse, Tourettes Syndrome, and Visual Impairment. HustleTV

About The Jonathan Foundation

The Jonathan Foundation was formed in 2001, founded by Raja Marhaba. It all began when both of her sons were diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities. Today both boys Jonathan and Omar sit on the Board of The Jonathan Foundation and are actively involved. They mentor children, speak with them and help them to better understand what they are going through and they are not alone, that their disability is not a disability but a “gift”. They connect with our special needs children on a level most people cannot because they lived the path these children are currently walking. Visit The Jonathan Foundation website www.thejonathanfoundation.org

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The Jonathan Foundation’s Fundraiser www.HustleTV.tv DJ Hustle 

WHO: Jacob Hopkins & Terrell Ransom Jr; Cartoon Network’s “The Amazing World of Gumball”, Merit Leighton “Disney’s Sofia The First”,

Hunter Payton “NBC’s A-Z”, Marlowe Peyton, ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat“, Tara-Nicole Azarian “Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers”, Nick Azarian “Popstar Never Stop Stopping”, Casey Burke,“ABC’s The Middle”, Kiana Lyz Rivera, “TNT’s Major Crimes, Beauty Youtuber “Kindly Kiana”, Aedin Mincks “Disney’s Ant Farm”, Austin Mincks “Lopez Show, Criminal Minds, Melissa & Joey”, Hayley Gripp “CSI: Las Vegas & Lifetime’s Killer Kids”, Mateo “Comedy Central’s Kroll Show”, Kacey Fifield “Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers”, Amber Romero “Clique Wars, Disney’s XD’s Future-Worm”, Ava Cantrell“Warner Bros/New Line ‘s film “Lights Out”, Justin Tinucci “Sony’s Devils Whisper”, Benjamin Stockham “About A Boy”, Sarah Kay Jolly “Bokendan:Quest for The Phoenix Sword”, Savannah Kennick Model/Actress Vogue, Seventeen & film, Holidays”, Sean-Ryan Petersen “Game Shakers, Dive Olly Dive!”, and Izzy Eggerling “The Nerd Posse”, Jack Dean “Black-ish”, Ron Brown; NFL Retired Players Association, Former NASCAR driver Felix “The Nighthawk” Giles, Film & television writer/director Dave Shelton, Producer/Artist/Songwriter John “Sly” Wilson, The Jonathan Foundation’s Jonathan Marhaba, Advocate, Dr. Lois Lee, Founder Children of the Night and MORE! HustleTV

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DJ Hustle Friday Quick Mix

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DJ Hustle Friday quick mix will keep the weekend hustle going, DJ Hustle will keep your requests in every quick mix.  Hustle is on the turntables giving you daily mixes. DJ Hustle  Listen to DJ Hustle as he is slapping the hits from the streets. Follow Hustle on Twitter @DJHustle or Instagram DJHustle2407

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Migos ft Lil Uzi Vert – Bad & Boujee (Clean)
03:50
Future – Draco (Clean / Intro)
04:59
Drake ft. Quavo and Travis Scott – Portland (Clean)
06:15
Migos – Get Right Witcha (Clean)
07:16
O.T. Genasis ft T.I – Get Racks (Clean / Intro)
08:29
Nicki Minaj ft Drake & Lil Wayne – No Frauds (Clean)
09:53
Rick Ross ft Young Thug & Wale – Trap Trap Trap (Clean) – 2A
11:45
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (Clean / Intro)
12:21
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (Clean / Intro)

DJ Hustle is one of the most prolific DJ personalities from the West Coast.  With multiple appearances in music videos and national commercials, his face will soon be on of those you will recognize on sight.  DJ Hustle and his HustleTV program brings his viewer exclusive access to some of the biggest names in the the music world.  HustleTV is one of the must stop-ins for entertainment personalities when they hit the Los Angeles areaDJ Hustle

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Dj mixer DJ Hustle HustleTV LA

*As any successful executive in entertainment will tell you, “when you have the streets connected and endorsing your product, your chances for success increase immeasurably.”

That is exactly what is happening with the “new man on the streets” simply known as “DJ Hustle .”

Starting off as a DJ performing at major venues across the country, DJ Hustle decided to branch out and formed “HustleTV” in 2008 with the show being aired via the Time Warner Cable system.

Within a one year time period, “Hustle TV” had caught on with the Hip Hop audience nationwide, while DJ Hustle’s rapport with the various Rap music stars and sports figures enabled him to secure the “street level, uncut interviews” the artist themselves preferred and that the viewers so desperately wanted to see. DJ Hustle 

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Chris Cornell Dies at 52 Singer with Soundgarden

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Chris Cornell who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave , has died at age 52, according to his representative. HustleTV

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Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

With his powerful, nearly four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana ,Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains .

Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden’s third studio album, Badmotorfinger, in 1991 spawned enormously popular singles “Jesus Christ Pose,” ”Rusty Cage” and “Outshined” that received regular play on alternative rock radio stations. DJ Hustle

Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman for Mother Love Bone .HustleTV 

Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, King Animal in 2012. In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

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HARD Summer Music Festival 2017

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Snoop Dogg will perform his iconic debut LP, 1993’s Doggystyle, at the 2017 Hard Summer Music Festival. The event’s 10-year anniversary edition – scheduled for Saturday August 5th and Sunday, August 6th – will also feature Rae Sremmurd, DJ Snake, Justice, Zeds Dead,Bassnectar, Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, Skepta and Charli XCX. HustleTV 

Hit producer Mike Will Made It will make his debut festival appearance at the EDM/hip-hop event, which takes place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Other performers include Mobb Deep, JME, Yehme2, Doctor P, Anna Lunoe, Kayzo, Brodinski, Jaiwolf and Snakehips. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28th via the Hard Summer website.

Since its inaugural New Years Eve event in 2007, Hard Summer has hosted a diverse group of artists, including Pharrell, Giorgio Moroder, Die Antwoord, the Chemical Brothers, 2 Live Crew, Steve Aoki, Ice Cube, the Weeknd and A$AP Mob. HustleTV 

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DJ Hustle Pushes Music To The Streets 2407

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DJ Hustle will keep your requests in every quick mix.  Hustle is on the turntables giving you daily mixes. DJ Hustle  Listen to DJ Hustle as he is slapping the hits from the streets. Follow Hustle on Twitter @DJHustle or Instagram DJHustle2407

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Migos ft Lil Uzi Vert – Bad & Boujee (Clean)
03:50
Future – Draco (Clean / Intro)
04:59
Drake ft. Quavo and Travis Scott – Portland (Clean)
06:15
Migos – Get Right Witcha (Clean)
07:16
O.T. Genasis ft T.I – Get Racks (Clean / Intro)
08:29
Nicki Minaj ft Drake & Lil Wayne – No Frauds (Clean)
09:53
Rick Ross ft Young Thug & Wale – Trap Trap Trap (Clean) – 2A
11:45
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (Clean / Intro)
12:21
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (Clean / Intro)
DJ Hustle

DJ Hustle

DJ Hustle is one of the most prolific DJ personalities from the West Coast.  With multiple appearances in music videos and national commercials, his face will soon be on of those you will recognize on sight.  DJ Hustle and his HustleTV program brings his viewer exclusive access to some of the biggest names in the the music world.  HustleTV is one of the must stop-ins for entertainment personalities when they hit the Los Angeles areaDJ Hustle

*As any successful executive in entertainment will tell you, “when you have the streets connected and endorsing your product, your chances for success increase immeasurably.”

Esau McGraw www.HustleTV.tv DJ Hustle

Esau McGraw www.HustleTV.tv DJ Hustle

That is exactly what is happening with the “new man on the streets” simply known as “DJ Hustle .”

Starting off as a DJ performing at major venues across the country, DJ Hustle decided to branch out and formed “HustleTV” in 2008 with the show being aired via the Time Warner Cable system.

Within a one year time period, “Hustle TV” had caught on with the Hip Hop audience nationwide, while DJ Hustle’s rapport with the various Rap music stars and sports figures enabled him to secure the “street level, uncut interviews” the artist themselves preferred and that the viewers so desperately wanted to see. DJ Hustle 

 

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Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Celebrate ‘Despacito’ Topping Hot 100

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An incredibly rare feat for a core Latin song, it marks the first time in more than 20 years that a primarily Spanish-language song has crowned the all-genre tally, since Los Del Rio’s “Macarena,” powered by its Bayside Boys remix, ruled the chart for 14 weeks in 1996. HustleTV 

Fonsi told Billboard upon learning of the coronation of “Despacito,” “It feels amazing to know that a mostly Spanish song is No. 1. Language isn’t a factor. Music unites us!”

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The remix, which begins with a new English verse by Bieber, does not stray far from its original version throughout the rest of the track. Bieber joins in on the all-Spanish chorus, while Fonsi adds one transcribed English line later in the song.

Daddy Yankee also shared his joy with Billboard after finding out the news, beaming, “Wow, this is definitely not only a big achievement for Luis Fonsi and for me, but it’s a big achievement for music in general. We are crossing cultural barriers and unifying the world through music.” HustleTV 

“Despacito” concurrently spends a 15th week atop the Hot Latin Songs chart, where it first reigned on Feb. 18, then fueled only by its original all-Spanish version. The release of the remix with Bieber on April 17 catapulted the track into the top 10 (48-9) of the Hot 100 (where it had previously peaked at No. 44).

The pop/urban track stays true to the Latin rhythms that have been dominating the genre in recent years. “To me, you have two very catchy choruses,” Daddy Yankee says. “The main chorus [‘Despacito’] and the pre-chorus [‘pasito a pasito’], both with something very special that the world embraced. They have magic, and a melody that everyone could relate to. Add to it the instrumentation, combined with the reggaeton sound, which has become popular worldwide.”

Adds Fonsi, “‘Despacito’ is a mix of Latin, pop and urban flavors. The rhythm is contagious and people are connecting to it. I’m honored to have worked with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.” HustleTV 

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Katy Perry & ‘American Idol ‘ Will She Be The Next Judge

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Katy Perry is in the homestretch … negotiating a deal to become the anchor judge on “American Idol,” and the announcement is expected to go down Tuesday. HustleTV 

TMZ broke the story … ‘AI’ honchos set their sights on Perry after their bid for Kelly Clarkson went south and she joined “The Voice.” Sources familiar with the negotiations tell us Idol’s goal is to announce Katy is joining the reboot during the ABC Upfronts this week. Our sources say they will not announce the other 2 judges because ‘Idol’ hasn’t even decided who it wants.

As we reported, Ryan Seacrest will almost certainly be the host.

Here’s the challenge. Idol went off the air on FOX because it became too expensive to produce, and everyone involved in the show doesn’t want a repeat of that problem. Seacrest and Perry will not come cheap, for sure … so the other 2 judges can’t break the bank.

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American Idol www.HustleTV.tv DJ Hustle katy perry

Fact is, Idol’s last few seasons had big stars, but the show didn’t get bang for its buck. We’re told the other judges will likely be a songwriter and a music producer.

Our sources say producers and the network don’t feel the need to get 3 big singing stars on the panel, because ultimately the show is about the competition and making it interesting. HustleTV 

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L.A. Reid Departure Sony Music Issues Statement

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Sony Music Entertainment has issued a brief statement regarding the sudden exit of veteran label executive L.A. Reid, who served as chairman/CEO of Epic Records.

“L.A. Reid will be leaving the company,” the statement reads. HustleTV 

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News of Reid’s unexplained exit from the Sony-owned label arrived Thursday (May 11), jolting many in the music industry, given Reid’s turnaround in recent years of the label behind what is currently the No. 1 song on the Hot 100, DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One.”

Reid had been at the helm of Epic for nearly six years. He has overseen a successful run in recent years at Epic, with back-to-back No. 1 albums in 2017 already, both from Future, and chart-topping LPs from Future,DJ Khaled,Travi$ Scott and a reunited A Tribe Called Quest in 2016.

The move arrived just weeks after former Columbia Records chief Rob Stringer assumed his new role as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in April. HustleTV 

The sudden, unexplained exit of veteran label executive L.A. Reid from Sony Music Entertainment jolted the music industry Thursday, given Reid’s turnaround in recent years of Sony’s Epic Records — the label behind what is currently the No. 1 song on the Hot 100, DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One.”

While insiders say they had anticipated Reid’s departure amid a recent regime change at Sony, the move still leaves Sony’s new chief Rob Stringer with some big holes to fill, just over a month into his tenure in the top job. Vacancies at two of Sony’s three biggest labels include the post at Epic, where Reid had served as chairman and CEO since 2011, as well as the lead role at Sony’s flagship Columbia Records, which Stringer has been presiding over for years as it has churned out monster albums by stars from Adele to Beyonc’e.

Sony also lost a singular leader for its international division after Edger Berger — Sony Music International’s former chairman and CEO — departed in January after six years on the job. But a source inside the company chalks Berger’s exit up to corporate restructuring, saying the position was a relic of an outdated industry model that had the effect of creating a middleman between top Sony Music brass and the heads of its major territories, who will now report directly to Stringer. HustleTV 

Meantime, with Reid having been among the few black executives running labels at major record companies, his departure decreases the diversity among Sony’s top executive ranks at time when hip-hop is becoming more important to the industry than ever, thanks to the genre’s soaring popularity on streaming services worldwide. During his tenure at Epic, Reid significantly bolstered the label’s hip-hop roster, bringing in artists such as Future, Khaled,Rick Ross,Travi$ Scott and Diddy​’s Bad Boy Records imprint, among others.

Sony has been heavily outspending competitors to win marquee talent in recent years, winning a bidding war that sources characterized as particularly competitive in its deal to sign Harry Styles, for example. But several prominent Sony executives have left the company over the past few years, including former Columbia president Ashley Newton, who departed to join former Columbia co-chairman Steve Barnett at Capitol; Mat Vlasic, who departed as head of Sony’s merchandising division to take over as CEO of UMG’s Bravado; and Ole Obermann, formerly EVP of digital partner development and sales at Sony, who joined Warner Music Group. HustleTV 

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Emmis CEO Calls Sale of Los Angeles Hip-Hop Radio Station Power 106 ‘Bittersweet’

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On Tuesday (May 9), Los Angeles radio saw its landscape shift toward what very well could be the early stages of a major schism. Emmis Communications, the media company with stakes in industries including publishing, digital and radio, struck a deal to sell it’s coveted Power 106 radio station (KPWR-FM), which it acquired in 1984 from Century Broadcasting, for a hefty $82.75 million to Meruelo Group, a holdings company with stakes in real estate, construction, food and service, and media.

“It’s bittersweet, but it’s the right decision for our people and the right decision for our company,” Emmis Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan tells Billboard. “The people in power are going to have more resources to fight the battle and we wiped out 60 percent of our debt overnight.” HustleTV 

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It’s a substantial load off for Emmis, which is facing a step down in its line of credit. In April, Emmis entered into a fourth amendment to a 2014 credit agreement that, as part of its terms, promised to generate at least $80 million in sale proceeds with a deadline of Jan. 18, 2018. Knowing the company’s leverage ratio, a mix of debt to financially power their operations and the owners’ equity, was going to stay at a rate of about four times, the company talked to its lenders about a potential refinancing, but ultimately decided it would be too expensive. HustleTV 

Emmis had already been in discussions with the Meruelo Group and others in Los Angeles since January and a sale seemed inevitable. As part of the deal, which is pending FCC approval, Meruelo must reportedly retain the power 106 staff of around 90 employees.

“We love the radio business,” continues Smulyan. “I think the business has changed and it’s a tougher business, but obviously, managing our portfolio, leveraged at three times as opposed to five-and-a-half times, it’s obviously a much different proposition. So it’s a lot easier. I learned a long time ago you never say never. But we’ll see in the ratings.”

Some industry critics have speculated that the sale of Power 106 is due to a newly-competitive market and an attempt to cut its losses before the property’s value decreased. Real 92.3 (KRRL), an iHeartMedia property that switched to an urban format in Feb. 2015, became an instant competitor by luring Power 106’s on air personality. Big Boy with a reported $3.5 million salary that Emmis tried to match, and which spurred a 5 million lawsuit.

Then, on Jan. 6, 2016, Emmis laid off 32 workers to cut $7.5 million from its budget, which some connected to the rise in 92.3’s ratings over Power 106. Today, 92.3 has a 2.7 share with age 6+ total-week AQH, over Power’s 2.6, according to Nielsen Audio PPM, placing the former at No. 15 in Nielsen ratings for Los Angeles and the latter at No. 13.

“Because you’re competing with another company that has five other stations there, it’s easier for them to allocate resources against you when you’re a standalone,” says Smulyan. “We had four or five direct competitors in 35 years and we’re fortunate to always prevail. Our internal research showed that we were going to be fine, but we also said that given everything, it was probably time to reappraise our resources. We had a lot of debt.” HustleTV 

But, he adds, “I think we sort of withstood the major attack. If you look at the ratings trend, the 18-34 [ratings], we felt the brand was fine. But we also felt that only having one station there, it made some sense. We’ve been competing in this business for 40 years. Especially with a company like iHeart which has its own challenges. But if you look at all the factors, we thought this was the wisest decision.”

Power 106 has been a hot property in Los Angeles for decades, serving as the West Coast’s answer to New York City’s Emmis-owned Hot 97. It began as a Rhythmic Top 40 station and switched to hip-hop and R&B in 1992; today it’s considered a tastemaker, putting on three variety concerts a year, most recently featuring acts like Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Big Sean at its Powerhouse 2017 show on May 6.

Meruelo Group, run by Alex Meruelo and founded in 1986, adds Power 106 to its L.A. properties including radio station KDAY and TV station KWHY-22. The purchase was done following its participation in the FCC TV spectrum auction in early 2017. HustleTV