UH-OH: FCC Commissioner Asks RIAA To Investigate Payola In The Music Industry

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FCC Commissioner Asks RIAA To Investigate Payola In Radio/Music Industry

Before even getting to what’s happening with this story, you might be asking yourself: “What is payola?”

Payola is when someone pays a person in a position to get them to plug your product–or in this case, play you or your artists’ music on radio. Basically, exchanging monetary value to show favoritism or play something over and over again while pretending it’s just because they genuinely like it that much.

You ever get into the car and listen to the radio and that one song you’ve NEVER actually heard in the club or in the car with friends? Then, before you know it, it’s playing again and again on every radio station. That right there is payola…allegedly.

It’s not hard to believe this happens all throughout the music industry. Powerful people in the business approach an underpaid worker and present the idea of playing a song, and with the press of a button they could get thousands of dollars–You can see how it would be hard to say no. But all of that could come back to bite some industry personnel in their backside very soon.

According to reports from Billboard, FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly asked the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to “investigate allegations of payola in the music industry”.

In a letter issued on Wednesday and posted on FCC.gov, the Commissioner states:

“To the extent that payola is currently occurring within the industry, I am writing to ask for your help in ensuring that the practice be discontinued.”

Payola is 100% violation of federal law and is being treated as such. As the investigation begins, more details will arise on who and what caused this whole situation to get on the FCC’s radar to begin with. It will be interesting to see what something like this does to the music industry once the truth starts to come out.

Here’s what people online had to say about the music industry’s use of payola going under investigation:

No Take-Backsies: Pettiest Reactions To Nicki Minaj’s “Retirement” From Rap

Hilariously Petty Reactions To Nicki’s “Retirement”

In a moment no one saw coming, attention-thirsty rapper-turned-troll Nicki Minaj randomly “retired” from Rap on Twitter in a “shocking” moment that we’re still very skeptical about.

Why she would step away from Rap at the height of her comeback–right after the release of the “Hot Girl Summer” video–we may never know, but her announcement currently has the internet spiraling into a HILARIOUS tizzy.

Peep the absolute PETTIEST reactions to Nicki’s “retirement” on the flip.

Hampton University Offers Free Enrollment, Room And Board To Displaced University Of Bahamas Students

Hampton University

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THE STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE…

Hampton University Offers To Take In University Of Bahamas Students After Hurricane Dorian

Hampton University is stepping up and doing its part to help students displaced a category 5 storm. The Hampton, Virginia based school is offering free enrollment and free room and board to students from The University of Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.

The news was announced by Hampton President Dr. William Harvey. According to the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, Dr. Harvey said he brokered the deal between him and University of Bahamas President Rodney Smith, a former Hampton University Vice President.

“We talked last night and this morning, and he described that the school’s north campus was virtually destroyed,” Dr. Harvey said in a telephone interview. “I think this agreement is something that can be helpful to a great number of students and families, and is part of something I’ve tried to do my entire career — helping people to achieve and meet their goals.”

Students will be enrolled for free this fall and if they wish to remain, they can enroll at Hampton at regular rates for tuition and fees.

What do YOU think about the University Of Bahamas students making Hampton their “Home By The Sea”????

#RHOP: Gizelle Bryant Questions Whether Karen Huger’s Perfume Line Is Legit [VIDEO]


Ladies Attend Karen Huger’s Fragrance Launch In Season Finale

“Real Housewives of Potomac’s” Gizelle Bryant questions whether frenemy Karen Huger has more than her prototype perfume bottle in our exclusive clip.

Bryant’s questions add fuel to long-time speculation from other cast members that the Grand Dame’s perfume line is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

However, Huger assures Bryant and Robyn Dixon that there’s more than just that bottle – and that they’d have to be patient for the big reveal. There’s also a shot of what appear to be gift bags in the background – maybe Huger is giving some product away as presents?

Also in the clip, Katie Rost ditched what Ashley Darby called her “awful toupee” and was spotted with a lovely new ‘do.

Check out the clip above.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” airs Sunday nights on Bravo.

#RHOP: Gizelle Bryant Questions Whether Karen Huger’s Perfume Line Is Legit [VIDEO]


Ladies Attend Karen Huger’s Fragrance Launch In Season Finale

“Real Housewives of Potomac’s” Gizelle Bryant questions whether frenemy Karen Huger has more than her prototype perfume bottle in our exclusive clip.

Bryant’s questions add fuel to long-time speculation from other cast members that the Grand Dame’s perfume line is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

However, Huger assures Bryant and Robyn Dixon that there’s more than just that bottle – and that they’d have to be patient for the big reveal. There’s also a shot of what appear to be gift bags in the background – maybe Huger is giving some product away as presents?

Also in the clip, Katie Rost ditched what Ashley Darby called her “awful toupee” and was spotted with a lovely new ‘do.

Check out the clip above.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” airs Sunday nights on Bravo.

Ring, Ring, Ring: A Gallery Of Reasons YG Is Dress-Shoe Delighted To Be Chopping Kehlani’s Cakes To Smithereens

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Kehlani And YG Dating

Well, well, well. This is quite the unexpected couple. After weeks of speculation and rumors about their coupledom, Kehlani and YG finally hit the town and put their relationship on blast. It’s confirmed now and everything. Isn’t that sweet?

They make quite the adorable couple and everything. YG and his dress shoe chic and Kehlani in all her swagged out glory. What can go wrong?

While everyone is out celebrating this union, let’s take a look at why YG is cheesing so much by her side. Hint: she’s a baddie.

Take a look…

Ring, Ring, Ring: A Gallery Of Reasons YG Is Dress-Shoe Delighted To Be Chopping Kehlani’s Cakes To Smithereens

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wearing @tsnmi.co forever

A post shared by Kehlani🧿 (@kehlani) on

Kehlani And YG Dating

Well, well, well. This is quite the unexpected couple. After weeks of speculation and rumors about their coupledom, Kehlani and YG finally hit the town and put their relationship on blast. It’s confirmed now and everything. Isn’t that sweet?

They make quite the adorable couple and everything. YG and his dress shoe chic and Kehlani in all her swagged out glory. What can go wrong?

While everyone is out celebrating this union, let’s take a look at why YG is cheesing so much by her side. Hint: she’s a baddie.

Take a look…

All Your Fault: Twitter Is DRAGGING Mr. Petty And Blaming Him For Nicki Minaj Leaving The Game

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Nicki Minaj Fans Blame Kenneth Petty

Welp. It’s official-ish. Nicki Minaj has announced her retirement from rap. The reason? She wants to start a family. Not just any family. A Petty Family. That’s right, she is hanging up her pink wig because Kenneth Petty is the man she wants to settle down with.

Now the Barbz already have a love-hate relationship with Mr. Petty. He’s already someone people are wary of because he’s a level II registered sex offender. He also pleaded guilty to a shooting death. So there’s quite a lot for people to worry about Nicki being involved with him. Now he’s got her retiring? Oh, you know the knives are coming out.

Take a look at all the hate he’s gotten in the last 24 hours or so…

Wu-Tang Forever: HULU Celebrates Premiere Screening Of “WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA”

Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga

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On Wednesday, September 4th, HULU celebrated the highly anticipated series of “WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA” at Metrograph in New York City, with a red carpet filled with Wu-Tang cast/original members and exclusive screening of the season premiere episode.

Following the screening, guests made their way over to a post-screening after party at Mission Chinese where they enjoyed food & cocktails and music by DJ MOS.

Red carpet attendees included “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” cast members Dave East, Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Erika Alexander, Dave East, Joey Bada$$, Siddiq Saunderson, Zolee Griggs, Julian Elijah Martinez, Marcus Callender, Johnell Young and TJ Atoms. Executive Producer Brian Grazer and Alex Tse. Original Wu-Tang Ensemble included RZA, Raekwon, Poppa Wu, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Oliver “Power” Grant and Mitchell “Divine” Diggs.

Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Johnell Young TJ Atoms Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Raekwon Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Alex Tse Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
George Whipple and Raekwon Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Brian Grazer Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Chef Roble Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Red Carpet and After Party Pictures from HULU's Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Additional notable guests included Va$htie, Chef Roble, Bozoma Saint John, Director Chris Robinson and more!

WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA is live on HULU as of September 4th, 2019

Cast: Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Get Down), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Erika Alexander (Get Out, Black Lightning, Insecure), Julian Elijah Martinez (Elementary), Siddiq Sanderson (Messiah), Marcus Callender (Power), Zolee Griggs (Ballers), Bokeem Woodbine (Snowfall, Queen & Slim, Dead Presidents), (Vinnie Pastore (The Sopranos), Dave East (Beats), Joey Bada$$

Follow on Social: @WuTangOnHulu (FB/TW/IG)

Official Hashtag: #WuTangOnHulu

#BossipMukbang: When An Atlanta Finesser Gets GPS Tracked By His Ex On Ya’ll’s 1st Date…

Bossip’s Mukbang: Meeting The Ex – Episode 10

Welcome back! We’ve returned with another episode of #BOSSIPMukbang and this one might leave you choked up, like one of our storytellers.

As a refresher, this original series is all about bringing you episodes infused with messy dating stories all mashed up with deliciously (messy) food. We all know that the best stories from your life and relationship are shared over a good meal, so we fused those things together. From the first date experience, all the way to marriage we got some victims guests to spill EVERYTHING—and sometimes their food.

In today’s episode, Jessica (@SuperStarFlawless) dishes to Jasmine (@IamTheBeardedLadii) about meeting a slick-tongue man in the meat section at the grocery store. Turns out, Jasmine’s new prospect of full of baggage. She finds that out fast after someone from his past (pr present?) pops in on their first date. SMH.

What would YOU do in this situation? Scroll up and play the video to hear this mess of a dating story.

#BOSSIPSounds: Check Out The New Visual From Lil Bike Called “Grind” [Video]

Lil Bike "Grind"

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Lil Bike “Grind” Music Video

Fresh off the heels of his signing to TIG Records, LIL BIKE brings a melodic flow and hypnotic hook to this inspirational single. The song shows off his vibrant personality mixing motivation with a little bit of a flex.

The bouncy rhythm of the track produced by Hott Beats makes for a song of the summer sure to be loved by the drill music fans who have consistently supported LIL BIKE.

Originally from Monroe, Louisiana but also representing for Champaign, IL, LIL BIKE brings a Southern flavor to his raps inspired by some of his favorite Dirty South rappers like Pimp C and Lil Wayne.

Press play down bottom to check him out.

Thoughts?