RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Pharrell Williams & Smokey Robinson’s Lawyer Threatens Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against YouTube



 There is a legal war brewing between video site YouTube and licensing management company Global Music Rights headed by Irving Azoff. The dispute is over the performance rights for 20,000 songs by GMR represented acts like Pharrell Williams, John Lennon, and more.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Azoff has informed YouTube that it lacks performance rights for these 20,000 songs — including ones by Smokey Robinson, Chris Cornell, and George and Ira Gershwin. Since November, when YouTube announced the coming launch of a subscription service to compete with Spotify and Pandora, Azoff has kept up the pressure to license, but Google isn’t backing down.

That’s quite upsetting to Azoff, who is prepared to launch an all-out legal war if negotiations don’t prove fruitful and if YouTube refuses to remove the works. Why YouTube and not, say, Spotify? “Because they are the ones that have been least cooperative and the company our clients feel are the worst offenders,” Azoff tells The Hollywood Reporter.  “It’s also their attitude.”

GMR attorney Howard King and Google (YouTube’s parent company) lawyer David Kramer have exchanged emails over the issue. King accused YouTube of ignoring take down notices from Global and alleged the site does not have legal agreements to use licensed songs, specifically for the new streaming service Music Key.

Kramer responded by accusing GMR of three attempts to go around the notice-and-take down process established by the U.S. Congress’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to Kramer, the DMCA requires GMR to send individual take down notices with a url for each song violation. That would total likely hundreds of thousands of videos on the site.

“This will result in someone blinking, and if it is not them, there will be a billion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit filed,” said King.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Afrika Bambaataa & Arthur Baker To Battle At “W Gangs Of New York Holiday Special”



 The W Hotels Of New York is hosting a unique musical experience next week. Veteran DJs Afrika Bambaataa and Arthur Baker will face off at the “W Gangs of New York – Holiday Special.”

The Bambaataa versus Baker battle is the finale of the W’s year-long music series “W Gangs of NY.” The sound clash events were inspired by the 1979 cult classic film The Warriors. Previous participants of the exploration of New York’s musical scene included Grandmaster Flash, Redman, Yeasayer, and The Virgins.

The “W Gangs of New York – Holiday Special” featuring Afrika Bambaataa and Arthur Baker is scheduled for December 22 at W Times Square Living Room.




RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Rihanna Named Creative Director Of Puma



There had been talks of Rihanna signing a multi-million dollar deal with a sneaker company but now it’s official. Bad gal RiRi has reportedly been named the creative director of sneaker retailer giant Puma. Her new role with the company requires her to oversee the apparel and footwear for the women’s sports line.

The Bajan beauty “will work with Puma to design and customize classic Puma styles as well as create new styles to add to the Puma product portfolio” the company said.

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The Unapologetic singer, who is also the company’s global brand ambassador, flew out to the Puma headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany to have her first creative session with the design team, picking out colors, styles and putting in her two cents in about the line’s goals and direction.

“Signing Rihanna is a fantastic step for Puma,” said Puma’s chief executive officer Bjørn Gulden. “Her global profile, her charisma and individuality, her ambition – all these things make her a perfect ambassador for our brand. With a strong portfolio in football, running and motorsport, finding an inspiring partner for women’s training was very important. Rihanna was a natural choice for us. We’re delighted to have her as a partner, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”

Puma has seen their net earning decline for the past three years, so they are hoping bringing Rihanna on board can change that.

RWS RADIO. WORD ON THE STREETS. (WTF). Iggy Azalea Beats Eminem & Drake For Best Rap Artist & Album At AMA’s



Iggy Azalea wins two big awards at the 42nd American Music Awards and Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and A$AP Rocky perform.

Iggy Azalea beat both Eminem and Drake in the Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album and Artist categories at the 42nd American Music Awards earlier tonight (November 23). Azalea entered the night as the most nominated artist of the year with six nominations and left with her first American Music Award for The New Classic.

“This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life, and it means so much to me that it is for best Hip Hop because that’s what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams, and it’s what helped me when I was a teenager to escape and to get through my life and to better times,” Azalea said in her acceptance speech. “And it means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this.”

Azalea’s award wins come just days after she responded to a lyric from Eminem’s song “Vegas” in which the Detroit rapper references Azalea and says, “You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me.”

After her win, T.I. introduced Azalea before she performed “Fancy.”

“Alright guy, like it or not, women can rap,” he said. “And like it or not, regardless of size, color, or nationality women can run Hip Hop. That is the conclusion I came to instantly when I ran into my little sister, the most nominated artist of the evening.”

Pitbull hosted the award show for the second consecutive year and presenters included Aloe Blacc, Jamie Foxx, Rita Ora, and more.

A$AP Rocky performed his feature verse on Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” remix just after the singer won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.

“Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Elliss ross introduced both Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Lil Wayne and Christina Milan performed “Start A Fire” and Minaj performed herPinkprint song “Bed Of Lies” as Skylar Grey played the piano. Watch the performance below.

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea closed out the ceremony with a performance of their recent collaboration “Booty.”

A list of the Hip Hop and R&B winners are available below.

2014 American Music Awards Winner List

Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album: Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Favorite Artist Rap/Hip Hop: Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album Soul/R&B – Beyonce, Beyonce

Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B – Beyonce

Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B – John Legend

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Mary J. Blige, YG & More Perform At American Music Awards 2014 (VIDEOS)



(AllHipHop News) Last night (November 23) the American Music Awards broadcast live on ABC. Several rap stars were on hand to hit the stage at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Iggy Azalea was one of the big winners of the evening taking home the trophies for Favorite Artist – Rap/ Hip Hop and Favorite Album – Rap/Hip Hop.

[ALSO READ: Iggy Azalea Wins AMAs’ Best Rap/Hip Hop Award]

The Australian artist also performed twice during the ceremony. Other acts to entertain the crowd included Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo.

Beyoncé was a double award winner as well. The “7/11″ singer won Favorite Album – Soul/R&B and Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B. John Legend (Favorite Male Artist Soul/R&B) and Juicy J (Single Of The Year – “Dark Horse” with Katy Perry) also won awards.

Watch performances from the 2014 AMAs below.

Lil Wayne, Christina Milian, Nicki Minaj & Skylar Grey 

Fergie & YG

Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

Mary J. Blige

Iggy Azalea

Ariana Grande & The Weeknd

Sam Smith & A$AP Rocky

Pibull & Ne-Yo

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RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Billboard To Begin Counting Streaming For Album Chart



(AllHipHop News) The Billboard 200 chart has served as the official authority for the weekly album rankings in the United States since 1956. In 1991, the magazine began listing the top-selling LPs in the nation based off Nielsen SoundScan sales numbers. The New York Times reportsBillboard and Soundscan will start adding streaming numbers to the total album sales as well.

[ALSO READ: Eminem Is Now The Second Highest Selling Male Artist Of The SoundScan Era]

The significant public shift away from purchasing albums to streaming played a role in the decision to alter the way the album chart is calculated. Every 1,500 streams on services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Google Play will now equal 1 album sale. The rankings on the Billboard 200 will also include “track equivalent albums” meaning 10 downloads of individual tracks will add up to one album.

“Album sales have become a smaller and smaller part of the industry,” said Nielson senior analyst David Bakula. “To just look at album sales and say this is how we measure success is really leaving out that half of the business that is coming from streams and song sales.”

The same way CDs overtook vinyls/cassettes and then digital downloads overtook CDs, the marketplace is changing once again. According to Nielson, streaming grew by 42% in the first half of this year, and album sales dropped by 15%.

There was major media attention placed on the fact that until Taylor Swift’s 1989 broke the 1.2 million units mark in October, no other album sold over 1 million copies in 2014. Ironically, Swift also recently pulled all of her albums from Spotify.

So far it has been a down year for Hip Hop album sales. While Schoolboy Q, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and Lecrae have all landed in the top spot on the album chart, zero rap LPs have reached platinum status.

The new Billboard 200 album chart will be published online on December 4.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS. The Winners of the 2014 LGBT RightOutTV Music & Video Awards Are…



The fourth annual RightOutTV Music & Video Awards showcasing the best original musical works coming out of the global LGBT community announces its 2014 winners. The honorees have been chosen from an extraordinary group of creative and talented artists who deserve recognition not only for their recordings and videos but for their courage to publicly stand out and proud.

The judges’ choices in 16 categories were based on criteria such as emotional impact, artist performance and song writing ability. The judges’ decisions to narrow the nominees down to one winner was, once again this year, quite difficult.

“With the newly added categories Best Video and Best Song with a Social Message, these artists were able to present what many of them do best, affecting change in the world by shining a light on the issues they feel strongly about,” says Marlee Walchuk, co-producer of the RightOutTV Awards.

“We are so proud every year to bring these artists to new fans and press and radio outlets that can help give them a better global reach. Many of these artists have already been added to playlists for queer radio stations and been written up in well-known LGBT online publications and blogs just for being in the contest,” adds Tully Callender, the other half the production team.

The winners receive an engraved crystal statue and ‘award-winner’ status for their bios and websites along with press and features on and the Awards website.

The nominees are invited each year to announce their peers in a highly entertaining online awards presentation which can be seen on the RightOutTV Awards website:

The WINNERS are:


Matt Fishel – Finally  (United Kingdom)


Janet Whiteway – Pure Sunshine (Canada)


I.K.P. – Hunt Me Down (United States)


Matt Zarley – Somebody 4 Everybody (United States)

BEST SOUL / HIP HOP / RAP or  R&B SONG           

D’Lance Jones – Forever With You (United States)


Sarah Golden – The One I Love   (United States)


Jamie Anderson –    Black and White (Canada)

BEST VIDEO DIY (Do It Yourself)      

K. Anderson – 14 Year Old Me   (United Kingdom)


Jamie Anderson with Mark Russell – Her ProblemNow    (Canada)


Steven Gallavin – La Chanson des vieux amants (Switzerland)


Nastaij –  You Don’t Represent Me feat Dawn Laird (Australia)


Summer Osborne – This Is Your Call   (United States)


Michael V. Doane – Looking For Love   (United States)


Alex Woburn – Stop Playing The Film (United Kingdom)


Megan Lane – Someday We Will Leave this Town (Canada)


Kevin Wood – One Time Around (United States)


Kevin Wood – One Time Around (United States)

The RightOutTV Music and Video Awards is an offshoot of the free LGBTI artist promotional site at Walchuk and Callender of the music duo Sugarbeach launched RightOutTV in November 2010 after realizing there were few places to release their own queer-messaged music videos. The women – married to each other – also saw a need for more unity in the global LGBTI music community. RightOutTV was created as a vehicle to serve both these purposes and to provide a fully developed promotional website and for artists who deserve more credit for being Out and proud with their music.

The Story Behind RightOutTV and the Awards

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