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Male Birth Control Pill?!

Youth Radio - May 8, 2019 - 11:02am

A male birth control pill just passed the first round of safety tests and could be hitting the market, but not for at least another 10 years. Kiarra and Nyge have a discussion about the possible side effects and if men would really even take it.

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Five Things to Know About Impeachment

Youth Radio - May 7, 2019 - 11:55am

Impeachment is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Whether they want President Donald Trump to stay in office or wanted him gone yesterday, people can’t stop talking about the I-word.

But no one’s explaining what impeachment actually is and how exactly it works.

Here are five facts you need to know:

Impeachment Proceedings

The House of Representatives initiates impeachment.

Generally, the 41-member House Judiciary Committee conducts an investigation to determine whether or not a federal official has committed a crime worthy of impeachment. If the answer to that question is yes, the committee will draft articles of impeachment outlining these charges and vote on whether to bring the articles in front of the entire House.

If at least 21 members vote in favor, the entire House then votes on whether to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. A simple majority vote in the House is needed to accomplish this.

Chances of Impeachment

Several 2020 Democratic candidates are calling on the House to initiate impeachment proceedings.

These include Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, and Julián Castro.

But that doesn’t mean these proceedings will necessarily occur.

The Mueller report leaves the question of obstruction of justice open to further investigation but says Trump did not collude with Russia. And a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 56 percent of Americans oppose impeachment.

In the House itself, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying she doesn’t support impeachment right now. But Attorney General William Barr is supposed to testify before Congress this week, and House Democrats are pursuing investigations that could lead to impeachment proceedings.

Impeachment Isn’t Removal

Impeachment happens in the House. Conviction and removal from office occur in the Senate.

If the House drafts and approves articles of impeachment against the president, a trial is set up in the Senate. Following the trial, the Senate votes on whether to convict the president of the offenses outlined in the articles of impeachment. This conviction removes the president from office.

But it takes a two-thirds majority — or 67 senators — to convict an official, and Republicans currently have a majority in the Senate. So even if House Democrats end up drafting and approving articles of impeachment against Trump, it’s unlikely the Senate would vote to remove him from office.

Clinton, Nixon, and Johnson

No president has ever been removed from office through an impeachment process, but some have come close.

President Bill Clinton was impeached on accusations of perjury — lying under oath — and obstruction of justice following a sexual harassment case brought forward by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones. The Senate acquitted Clinton of the charges in February 1999, leaving him in power.

The House also successfully led impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson after he dismissed the secretary of war without the approval of the Senate. This, U.S. representatives said, violated the now-repealed Tenure of Office Act. The Senate acquitted Johnson in May 1868.

The House initiated impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon in February 1974 during the Watergate scandal. But Nixon resigned in August of the same year before the process finished.

President Pence?

However unlikely, if Trump is impeached, convicted and removed, Vice President Mike Pence assumes his role.

The staunchly conservative former U.S. representative and governor of Indiana aligns with Trump on most policy issues.

One major exception is trade. Trump takes a protectionist stance on trade issues and favors high tariffs on foreign goods. Pence supports freer trade with lower tariffs.

Policy aside, Trump and Pence have starkly different demeanors. Trump is loud. Pence is reserved. And a Pence presidency would likely mark an end to our Twitter presidency.

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5 Things You Missed in Music Business News

Youth Radio - May 6, 2019 - 4:53pm

Things are constantly changing in the landscape of the music industry and it’s important to stay on top of trends and news updates, especially as an independent artist. We’ve got you covered with a weekly recap of the top stories you need to know.

Pandora and Ticketmaster Sign New Deal

The new Pandora/Ticketmaster pact means artists can use in-stream audio marketing campaigns through Pandora to directly communicate to their fans about upcoming live events. Pulling from Ticketmaster’s touring data, Pandora will notify fans of upcoming tour dates in their area and when tickets are on sale.

80% Increase for Sony Music

Sony Music hit $2.1 billion in fiscal 2018 which was  80% more than 2017’s $1.15 billion. This is in large part thanks to successful albums by Sony artists like Travis Scott’s “Astroworld,” Camila Cabello’s “Camila,” and Luke Combs’s “This One’s for You,” and more.

Sony/ATV Signs DJ Mustard 

The new Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, John Platt, has brought in DJ Mustard as one of his first signees.

Lemonade on All Streaming Platforms

Along with the success of her Netflix documentary, “Homecoming,” Beyonce surprised us again by releasing her 2016 Grammy-winning album on all streaming platforms. Three years ago the project was only available on Tidal.

Woodstock Festival Gets Cancelled

The Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival has been canceled due to insufficient production. Dentsu Aegis agency said, “We don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.” #nofyrefest

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Young Nudy Links Up with Lil Uzi for ‘Extendo’

Youth Radio - May 3, 2019 - 3:25pm

Young Nudy recently dropped a new song featuring rapper Lil Uzi Vert titled “Extendo.” The song serves as a second single to Young Nudy’s tape “Sli’merre” with producer Pi’erre Bourne. The collab album is set to release on May 8th.

“Extendo” is a follow up to their first single from the project, “Mister,” which features 21 Savage. The feature is surprising, considering the track also follows a slew of unauthorized releases from Lil Uzi Vert, who currently has label issues with Atlantic Records.

Just in the last few years, we’ve seen producers like Metro Boomin creating projects with Big Sean and 21 Savage or Kenny Beats working with the likes of Rico Nasty, ALLBLACK and Key!. With “Sli’merre,” Young Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne are adding their names to the list of rappers and producers making collaborative joint albums.

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The Long Reach of Grief After Gun Violence

Youth Radio - May 3, 2019 - 1:30pm

Anna Grace Snipe was in her first period class at Santa Fe High School last year when she overheard teachers saying there was a live shooter in a classroom across the school. “I was terrified when I figured out what was going on,” she told YR Media in a Twitter DM. The students around her were crying and “freaking out,” but she managed to stay relatively calm. That day 10 people were fatally shot and 13 wounded by fellow 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

Afterwards, Snipe obsessed over why the shooter chose that particular classroom and not hers. She wondered, if she’d been in the classroom where the shooting occurred, could she have helped someone? “I was quiet for weeks after because of it,” she said. But eventually she accepted that her guilt wouldn’t do anything, and she was able to let it go.

This feeling, often called “survivor’s guilt,” has been part of the conversation in the media in recent months, especially in reference to the apparent suicides of two student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and a parent of a student who lost her life in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“A lot of what we see among survivors is that they struggle to understand why they survived when others didn’t, because they made the same decisions everyone else made,” said Dr. Laura Wilson, author of “The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings.” Wilson emphasized that each survivor and their recovery is unique and it’s essential not to generalize any “typical” survivor experience.

Wilson says survivor’s guilt can stem partly from a previously held belief in the just world fallacy. Whether or not they’re aware of it, many people believe on some level that the world is fair — that if they do good things, good things will happen to them. In the aftermath of a shooting, survivors are often left in emotional turmoil. According to Wilson, survivors may struggle to sort out why bad things sometimes happen to good people, or why people die even when they seemingly make the “right” choices.

Bree Butler was a senior at Santa Fe High School during the shooting there last May. Since the shooting, she has had increased anxiety, especially when she hears news of other shootings. Recently she says there was a shooting in a bar near her university. “I freaked out,” she said. “I didn’t leave my room for, like, three or four days.”

Butler is now finishing up her first year of college. She hasn’t told most of her college friends that she is a shooting survivor. “The only reason people would ever know that I was in a shooting,” she said, “is if they ask about my [gun control] activism, like how I got into that.” She doesn’t want them to feel sorry for her, which is how she says people usually react. “I just want people to know that, no, I’m not okay,” she said. “It’s fine. I’m not okay, but everybody’s going through it.”  

Survivor’s guilt can apply to many different types of survivors, not just those of mass tragedy. Olivia Sarriugarte grew up in Seattle’s Central District, in an area with high rates of violent crime. When she was 11 years old, she said she was with her family at a restaurant when a number of shots were fired and a bullet shattered a nearby window. Her family took refuge in their van. When she was young, she remembers the guys on her street regularly carrying guns and her block was controlled by the Crips gang. In December of 2017, one of Sarriugarte’s close friends, Mohamed Nejash, was shot dead in an apparent gang-related dispute. Sarriugarte said that Nejash had always been a protector in their neighborhood, the glue of the community.

Sarriugarte feels an incredible amount of guilt — that she survived, went to college (which Nejash had wanted to do) and that she turned 22, an age he will never reach. She described a “double trauma” — first the loss of a friend and second that “on top of that no one cared.” She was particularly distraught that a Seattle Times article on his murder was flooded with comments such as “gang bangers gunna bang” and “Another gun off the street. Success story.” Eventually, comments on the article were deleted and closed.

Olivia Sarriugarte got a tattoo in memory of her friend Mohamed Nejash, who was shot dead. MOB had been Nejash’s nickname. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Sarriugarte)

In the year and a half since Nejash’s death, Sarriugarte has struggled to understand why her friend was killed, even though he was a wonderful person. But then she second-guesses her own thoughts. “If he’s too good to die,” she wonders, does that mean that some other people deserve to die? “I’m in this weird no man’s land,” she said, “of, like, I have no idea how the universe works.”

Sarriugarte recently graduated from Pitzer, a private college, where she felt that her classmates couldn’t relate to her experience. “Everyone’s trying to do their schoolwork and graduate,” she said, “and I just keep being, like, ‘Hey, remember my friend got brutally shot and killed? That’s bothering me right now.’” Her friends were always kind when she brought it up, but after a while they stopped asking after her. She was angry that they had a choice to stop thinking about gun violence, while for her, “It’s here and it’s real and these are our peers.”

Wilson said it’s important for survivors to know that their path to recovery may not be linear. “One thing that confuses people,” she said, “is they might start to feel better. They might start to sleep better or they might feel less anxious. They might feel less sad and then all of a sudden, it comes flooding back.” Sometimes these ups and downs can be triggered by anniversaries of a tragedy, birthdays of people lost, or media about other shootings.

Mass shootings and school shootings are becoming more frequent. The 21st century has already seen more deaths from mass shootings than in the entire 20th century, according to a study in the Journal of Family Studies. Survivors are at risk of developing disorders like major depression, generalized anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some survivors find value in talking to other survivors or organizing with them. Several organizations, like The Rebel’s Project and Survivors Empowered, have formed to connect survivors as well as to advocate for gun control.

Through her activism with The Orange Generation, Butler connected with survivors of the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. She said she was comforted to meet one woman in particular, a survivor of the Columbine shooting, and that they’ve since become close. It’s nice for Butler to see this woman survive such a high-profile, destructive shooting and go on to lead a normal life. “She had, like, a kid and she lives in California and she has this life — [although] she obviously still struggles with what she went through.”

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Making Beats at the Warriors’ Practice Using Found Sounds Ep 6

Youth Radio - May 3, 2019 - 11:00am

In this episode of “Found Sounds,” Clay Xavier pulls up to Warriors practice to record. Watch as dunks, dribbles, and drills get turned into a slapping beat!

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Young Voters Divided on Impeaching Trump

Youth Radio - May 2, 2019 - 12:36pm

With the Mueller report out and some leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates calling for impeachment, young people remain mixed on whether to remove President Donald Trump from office.

Many progressives are still set on impeaching the president.

“Impeachment is most definitely justifiable,” Devon Bradley, who serves as vice president of the D.C. College Democrats, told YR Media.

Bradley points to Trump’s initial reaction to the probe as evidence of the president’s guilt.

“Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked,” Trump said when he learned Mueller had been appointed to investigate him.

“Not a single innocent soul would ever utter these words,” Bradley says, adding, “It is imperative for Congress to pursue impeachment.”

Trump backers largely remain opposed.

“The Democrats need to accept defeat and start working for their constituents rather than trying to delegitimize the President,” Manny Jones, the co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans, said. “This investigation has gone on for far too long.” 

Manny’s views echo what conservatives of all ages have been thinking for some time. An NPR/PBS/Marist poll from December 2018 found that 71 percent of Republicans saw the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”

Many students, on the left and the right, aren’t so sure what to do or think.

“I have so many conflicting thoughts about what they should do,” said Jasmeen Pooni, a junior at UCLA.

On one hand, she likes the no-nonsense standard that impeachment proceedings would set. But on the flip side, she doesn’t know if it’s worth it at this point.

“I feel like Trump has already served almost three years and we haven’t been able to get him out of office,” Pooni said. “Maybe we should focus on getting him out of the office in the 2020 election.”

That’s also what Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is saying. The U.S. Representative from Hawaii told Fox News in an April 21 interview that she does not support impeachment.

“I think it’s really important for us, in this country, to come together and have the American people vote to take Donald Trump out of office in 2020,” she said.

A lot of the frontrunners in the 2020 presidential race, however, are giving the go-ahead on impeachment. Elizabeth Warren was the first to advocate impeachment proceedings, and others are following.

Kamala Harris, in her CNN town hall on April 22, came out in favor of impeachment. Pete Buttigieg says he thinks the president “deserves to be impeached.” And Julián Castro recently also announced his support for impeachment proceedings.

But some young voters are saying there just isn’t enough evidence for impeachment right now.

“The obstruction case isn’t strong enough,” Azam Janmohamed, a student at Stanford University who identifies as left-leaning, said. “Even if the House draws up the articles of impeachment, it’ll be portrayed as a partisan circus that will only serve to undermine what is already low public faith in our political institutions.”

Kevin Xiao, a Republican but not a Trump backer, doesn’t believe there’s “legal basis for impeaching the president” based on the report. But he also doesn’t take issue with further investigation.

“I don’t see any problem with the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees continuing their investigations into the 2016 election, as long as the scope of their investigation remains within reason instead of a political wild goose chase,” Xiao told YR Media.

He emphasized that these investigations shouldn’t be a priority for the legislature. “I don’t think that the investigations should take center stage in any way politically; Congress has the ability to do multiple things at once,” he said.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has signaled opposition to impeachment at this moment. But even if the House does choose to begin impeachment proceedings, young people have made it clear that the Mueller report is not the biggest issue for them in 2020.

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What You Should Know About Julian Assange

Youth Radio - May 1, 2019 - 2:10pm

This week WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who spent almost seven years in London’s Ecuadorian embassy under political asylum, will face an extradition hearing that could send him from England to the United States.

(In case you are wondering, that case is separate from the one resulting in Assange’s 50-week jail sentence for skipping bail.)

Just who is Assange? What charges does he face? Why is he hated by many and seen as a hero by others?

Who Is Julian Assange?

Assange got his start as a hacker, a background which almost certainly plays into the charges he’s being brought up on, and had a career that has seen him doing everything from developing open source software to helping police hunt child pornographers. But he’s best known as being a thorn in the side of governments, particularly the U.S. government, thanks to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks and Why It Matters

Pretty much since its start, Assange has been the face of WikiLeaks, a website that began as clearinghouse for documents leaked by anonymous sources. WikiLeaks has been the distribution point for a number of significant document leaks over the years.

The site first rose to prominence with the video which became known as “Collateral Murder,” depicting unarmed men being killed by U.S. military forces in Iraq, and related material allegedly leaked to the site by Chelsea Manning. The scandal that followed made Assange and WikiLeaks the target of the U.S. government’s ire. The material itself altered the discussions around the war.

Assange: Hero or Villain?

After the “Collateral Murder” video leaked, and in the wake of WikiLeaks’ aiding of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden — who revealed the depths of government surveillance programs — Assange was viewed as a champion of transparency by some and a dangerous radical element by others.

His personal credibility came under fire in 2010 after allegations of sexual assault and rape emerged in Sweden. Assange contended at the time that the allegations were an attempt to make him vulnerable to extradition to the United States. He sought and was granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012 seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden on the rape charges. The charges were later dropped.

In 2016, WikiLeaks became part of firestorm of the U.S. presidential campaign when it released emails from the Democratic National Committee. In a bit of irony, Assange’s own communications with Donald Trump Jr. and others were leaked, wherein it can be seen that Assange was seeking to curry favor with the future President’s son. There are those in the American intelligence community that hold that WikiLeaks was used as a pawn by the Russian government during the election.

While Assange and the American intelligence community have never been friendly, the twists and turns in his story have led him to be alternately vilified and praised by those on the left and right in the United States.

Assange’s April Arrest

Let’s clear something up: Assange was forcefully expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London once they revoked his asylum. It’s reported that tensions were high between the embassy staff and Assange. The President of Ecuador referred to the WikiLeaks frontman as “discourteous and aggressive” and cited hostile declarations by WikiLeaks as part of the cause for expelling him in a video address. President Lenín Moreno also noted that Assange violated the terms of his asylum by “interfering in internal affairs of other states.”

Upon expulsion, Assange was arrested in London on April 11th for jumping bail on the assault charges, for which he has now been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail. But the charges Assange faces related to his extradition hearing on May 2 have nothing to do with those charges or the 2016 campaign.

The Charges & What They Mean for Journalism

The United States is looking to extradite Assange on hacking charges related to the Collateral Murder/Chelsea Manning leak. The claim is that Assange encouraged Manning to go further than she would have otherwise, and that Assange essentially assisted in accessing the materials, and didn’t just play a passive role as receiver of the leaks.

In a statement the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit that concerns itself with freedom of speech issues involving the internet says:

“While the indictment of Julian Assange centers on an alleged attempt to break a password — an attempt that was not apparently successful — it is still, at root, an attack on the publication of leaked material and the most recent act in an almost decade-long effort to punish a whistleblower and the publisher of her leaked material.”

If Assange is extradited to the United States and the government were to win its case in court, there’s a very good chance that such a judgement would have a chilling effect on whistleblowers in this country. The fear is that a ruling against Assange on these charges would set a precedent that could then be used as a weapon against the press.

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Ryan Turner: From Drug Dealer to Community Healer

Youth Radio - April 30, 2019 - 11:27am

By Asani Shakur

This story was originally published on Richmond Pulse.

When I read Robert Greene’s book “48 Laws of Power” and his Law 25 (re-create yourself), it reminded me of my childhood friend Ryan Turner.

We both grew up in South Richmond. Although we were from opposite sides of the tracks, we still managed to foster a friendship through school and sports. Growing up, Turner and I both played basketball, and sometimes I would kick it at Turner’s house before games.

My first time at his house, I remember being in his living room and noticing a picture of him and then-Michigan State star Mateen Cleaves. Seeing the two of them together in a picture, both in basketball attire, I instantly wondered how he got Cleaves to train him and realized I was going to have to work harder to improve my own basketball skills.

Turner came around the corner, looking at me with a smile as wide as the Golden Gate Bridge, nodding his head as if he heard my thoughts.

So like many young black men growing up in the inner city, we had dreams of making it to the NBA. The dream of “balling” in the NBA, however, was soon replaced with the dream of “balling” in the streets by selling drugs.

Unfortunately, the dream of street-balling for Turner came to end in 2009, when the FBI arrested him on drug charges. Around this same time, I too was in federal prison. When guys who came from the prison Turner was in came into the yard of the prison I was in, they would provide me with information on how he was doing. He was focused on bettering himself by conditioning his mind through reading, along with staying physically healthy.

“Being from the Rich, I witnessed the tearing down of our (city recreational gyms), which lead to an increase in violence,” Turner said. “In prison, I learned how chronic illness has taken more lives than black-on-black violence.”

As Turner began to formulate his plans for success after prison, he asked himself, “In what ways can I help strengthen the very same community I had once weakened, using what I already know?”

Being a former athlete, for him, the solution was simple: becoming a physical fitness trainer. But Turner did not want to be the average trainer working in a commercial chain gym, nor a social media fitness model. He felt compelled to provide something more authentic to his community.

“My vision was to place a gym in the community that can become disease and violence-free, with the hopes of my gym becoming the pillar to the community for positive and healthy living,” Turner said.

Turner discovered that people of color face higher rates of Type 2 diabetes — 77 percent for African Americans and 66 percent for Latinos — obesity, stroke, heart disease and cancer than white and Asian Americans. He noticed that living in poverty manifested into an unhealthy community plagued by chronic illness.

Richmond has long been associated with violence, poor education and poverty. And its poor reputation doesn’t stop there. The city is also known as a “food desert,” which the U.S. Department of Agriculture classifies as a low-income community that is more than a mile away from a major grocery store. About one-third of Richmond residents fall into that category. Making matters worse, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, where community residents could access health and wellness resources, closed in 2010.

After being released from federal prison in 2012, Turner returned home to Richmond. He wasted no time in developing his mission.

In 2015, after earning his personal trainer’s certification, Turner started Authentic Fitness with the goal of providing affordable rates to low-income residents. He started with a small 650-square-foot gym in El Sobrante, later transforming the historic 2,500-square-foot Road Runners building into a health and wellness facility located in South Richmond.

Upon one of my many visits to the gym, a client said she had been diagnosed with hypertension. After not getting the results she needed from her medication and having a sister who had a stroke at the age of 40, she felt the need to make a change with her health. She heard about Turner and Authentic Fitness through word of mouth and decided to give it try. She has now been a member for six months.

The woman said what she enjoys most about working with Turner is “his patience and level of encouragement.” She also said, “He is a natural teacher and is flexible by working around my work hours.”

Turner has worked with other clients who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, diabetes and heart disease, to name a few. He also specializes in strength and conditioning, and fitness programs such as dance, boxing, and core and toning classes.

Along with the health benefits Authentic Fitness offers, it also provides a safe space and positive energy to its members. Its street-art painted walls include sayings such as, “If you knew better, you do better” to remind its members to keep pushing towards a healthier lifestyle.

“Hard work, dedication, and perseverance, can take you anywhere you want to be in life,” Turner said. “This is also to show the youth that whatever you want to do, you can be successful at it and it doesn’t have to be in the same direction as everyone else.”

He says the reward comes when he knows he’s saving someone’s life.

“When I can train the kids of our friends who have died and I can see the tears of joy from my clients when we reverse their hypertension and no longer have high blood pressure or dismantling obesity, [that] all really brings me a warm feeling at heart.”

Turner left the community a drug dealer and returned home as a community healer.

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5 Albums You Need to Listen to This Week

Youth Radio - April 29, 2019 - 4:19pm

There’s nothing like getting to listen to new releases from some of our favorite artists. If you want to go to all the parties with a playlist that is fully stocked with new music to show off to your friends — look no further. Last Friday we got new releases from the likes of Rico Nasty, Hannah Cohen and The Internet’s Matt Martians. With such a wide range, we’re confident that you’ll find something you’ll love on this list.

Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats – Anger Management

If you’re getting ready to rage at a party, Rico Nasty’s “Anger Management” is the project you’ll want to listen too. “Anger Management” marks Rico’s second release under her deal with Atlantic Records and is wholly produced by Kenny Beats. The project comes in at a short 18 minutes, with features from Baauer, EarthGang, and Splurge, how could you NOT rage? KENNNNNNNYY!!!!

Song to Check Out: Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats ft. Splurge – Mood

Hannah Cohen – Welcome Home

The Bay Area native, Hannah Cohen, is back to releasing music. Hannah has been quiet since her last album, “Pleasure Boy,” which was released in 2015. This record comes at the right time for those needing to escape. Hannah’s lush vocals and sweet melodies are sure to take you away to that dream-like world.

Song to Check Out: Hannah Cohen – This Is Your Life

Kevin Abstract – ARIZONA BABY

At the beginning of April, Kevin Abstract tweeted that he wanted to release as much music as possible, and he delivered. After dropping a string of EPs, “ARIZONA baby” and “Ghettobaby,” Kevin dropped the full album under the name of “ARIZONA BABY” that contains both “Ghettobaby” and “ARIZONA Baby,” plus six additional songs. Kevin makes a statement with witty-yet-introspective lyrics, and themes ranging from sexuality and self-awareness. If you want to take a joyride to self-discovery, then “ARIZONA BABY” is right up your alley.

Song to Check Out: Kevin Abstract – Peach

Matt Martians – The Last Party

The last time anyone heard from Matt Martians was in 2018 when he released “Hive Mind” as part of The Internet. However, as a solo artist, the last time we heard from him was in 2016, with his debut album, “The Drum Chord Theory.” Seeing that The Internet has taken a drastically different turn in their music, it’s going to be interesting to see what Matt Martians has in store for his solo work, and from the sound of the album’s single, “Knock Knock,” “The Last Party” seems like it’s sure to delight.

Song to Check Out: Matt Martians – Pony Fly

ScHoolboy Q – CrasH Talk

If you feel like you’ve been waiting for ScHoolboy Q to drop another album, you’re not alone. The rapper has been missing from action since 2016, ensuring that this next project is going to be something special. CrasH Talk is chock-full of artists like Travis Scott and Boi1da, and introspective lyrics, ensuring this album has a spot on everyone’s shuffle this week.

Song to Check Out: ScHoolboy Q – CrasH

Also, honorable mention, our queen (Beyonce) put Lemonade on all major streaming platforms. 

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5 Things You Missed in Music Business News

Youth Radio - April 29, 2019 - 2:56pm

Things are constantly changing in the landscape of the music industry and it’s important to stay on top of trends and news updates, especially as an independent artist. We’ve got you covered with a weekly recap of the top stories you need to know.

New Bieber Music OTW

After a two-year hiatus from any performances, Justin Bieber hit the stage with Ariana Grande during her Coachella set. He also announced that he’s working on a new album. New Bieber coming soon for the Beliebers!

YNW Melly Facing Death Penalty

Melly originally made his way into the mainstream with the release of his top tracks “Murder On My Mind” and “Mixed Personalities,” which featured Kanye West. But recently the 19-year-old rapper has been atop headlines since news dropped that he was allegedly involved in the double murder of two of his friends. It has been reported that the young artist is facing the death penalty for his actions.

Nicki Minaj Linking Up with Chris Brown for Summer Tour

They’re baaaaack. Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown are kicking off summer 19’ with a tour! Chris Brown confirmed the announcement with an IG story post. The Queen of Rap and the King of R&B paired together live should be interesting. We’re all here for it.

Jonas Brothers Back on Top!!!

The Jonas Brothers are back!!! Who would’ve thought the pop trio would make a comeback? They now hold the #1 spot on Top 40 radio for their single “Sucker.” The single is also in the Top 10 on iTunes and Spotify’s global charts.

Hulu, Netflix, and More on the Hook for Fyre Fest Documentaries

Hulu, Netflix, Stubhub, and more have been hit with subpoenas for using uncleared “insider” footage for their Fyre Fest documentaries. Although they are pending, the subpoenas are in the $10 million range and rising.

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Advice from a Freshman with Autism on Making Friends in College

Youth Radio - April 29, 2019 - 2:11pm

I’m on the autistic spectrum, and I’m about to finish my first year of college. College is difficult for everyone, but especially for people whose brains work a little differently than everyone else.

Most of my classmates are neurotypical folks. Meanwhile, I have Asperger’s, a relatively minor version of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Throughout my life, I’ve also had the benefit of a lot of professional help overcoming my challenges. Even so, I entered college with the knowledge that making friends would be my most difficult task outside of academics. But I knew that in order to be happy in my new environment, I needed to form meaningful friendships. Here’s what I learned about making friends in school:

1. Join clubs that pique your interest

Clubs and organized activities provide a structure. Also, because clubs bring together students who share a common interest, the people who you have absolutely nothing in common with are filtered out. And while approaching people is always a daunting task, knowing that you share a common interest means that the two of you will have something to talk about. Clubs have another great advantage: often they have recurring activities. Meaning, even if you are unable to exchange contact information the first time you click with someone, you will be able to see them on a regular basis.

This is a great opportunity to try new things, as well as meet people. For example, I joined a Dungeons and Dragons campaign this year. I had never played DND before. It gave me the chance to try something that I had been curious about for a long time.

2. Embrace the differences between you and other people

Your friends don’t need to be other people with ASD for you to get along. Having friends with different life experiences, perspectives and cultures is a wonderful way for you to learn about both yourself and the world. They probably have a different perspective on life, and it will be fun for the two of you to compare and contrast your respective experiences and ideas. If you enjoy someone’s company, then you should not discount them simply because you have differing temperaments. Having neurotypical friends also forces you to use and practice your social skills.

3. Understand your limits

Socializing requires a lot of work for folks with Asperger’s, because we tend to fixate on aspects that others find intuitive. I encourage those of you with ASD to stay true to the introvert you are and give yourself plenty of time to unwind when you feel you need it.

College is even exhausting for neurotypical people (although both the academic and social systems are built for them) — so you can imagine how that gets magnified if you have ASD. It is important to maintain your friendships, but remember that academics and your mental health come first. It is perfectly fine to occasionally skip an outing because you feel drained or have too much homework. If you are forcing yourself to socialize when you are extremely strained, you will not be the best version of yourself. You need to find a balance between challenging yourself to socialize, and giving yourself a break.

4. Be authentic

Do not attempt to be someone you are not for the sake of fitting in better. You only have one life and your goal should be to live the best life possible. If you do not make friends as your authentic self, but as some persona you created in your head, you will eventually feel as if you’re living a lie. This is stressful, and it will not bring you relationships which nurture you or bring you happiness.

If people do not like you for who you are, then there is no reason you should have them around. This is different from friends who will point out when you need to improve, which is often the marker of a good friend. But keep in mind that this world is full of judgmental people who do not accept differences. I have found that the best way to avoid such people is to be my authentic self and speak my mind.

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I Want Move Out for College but My Parents Are Reluctant

Youth Radio - April 28, 2019 - 8:00am

My parents taught me that family comes first. Family sticks together. But it’s hard to hold onto these values as I get ready for college.

I come from a large, traditional Latino family. Family unity is ingrained in our culture. We’re expected to live with our parents until we get married. No exceptions. Relatives who step away from these traditions are seen as selfish.

I’m looking at local colleges, and I plan on living on campus. When I told my parents that I want to move out, they were upset. “No. Are you crazy?” They said. They even bought me a car to get to and from school, in attempt to keep me at home longer.

I love my parents and I appreciate the values they have taught me. I realize that moving out at age 19 is an American value. But it’s one I want to embrace. I see it as a part of growing up and becoming independent. Moving out won’t mean that I love them any less or that I’ll stop visiting.

I hope they can see this move as me taking initiative in my education and not as a selfish gesture.

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Five Things You Should Know About the Flint Water Crisis

Youth Radio - April 26, 2019 - 11:57am

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Flint water crisis and many residents still don’t trust that they have clean water.

In case you don’t remember the details, here’s a quick recap: in April 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched its water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River and there have been problems ever since. Residents complained about the taste, smell and discolored appearance of the water.

It was later discovered that lead began seeping from pipes after the city made the switch to the Flint River for drinking water without properly treating it to minimize corrosion. With more than 100,000 people exposed to tainted water, a federal emergency was declared in 2016.

But if you don’t live in Michigan like I do, here are some facts you need to know about the Flint water crisis.

Many Flint residents still don’t trust the water

While the city has replaced water lines after lead was discovered in 2015, many residents still don’t trust the drinking water.

As government officials say that lead levels are lower than ever, citizens still complain about discolored water, hair loss, rashes and physical illness due to lead exposure. Many still rely primarily on bottled water.

New water projects

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently awarded Flint $77 million for infrastructure improvements. The money will fund a secondary water source pipeline and a water quality monitoring panel, among other things that government officials say will enhance the city’s water distribution system.

Water movement led by local residents

LeeAnne Walters was one of the first activists to start investigating the lead levels after the city tested the water supply in 2015. Later that year, Walters collected over 800 water samples and found lead levels more than twice the level the EPA classifies as hazardous waste.

After presenting her findings, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation to reconnect Flint back to Detroit’s water supply. Walters continues her advocacy through the organization she founded Water You Fighting For?

There are also young activists, like Mari Copeny, known as “Little Miss Flint,” on the front lines on the Flint water crisis. The 11-year-old gained national attention in 2016 when she wrote a letter to then President Barack Obama encouraging him to visit Flint. Obama replied and visited Flint and later signed off on $100 million in funding to assist Flint.

Copeny, who considers herself as a clean water activist, is also the founder of Dear Flint Kids, a project encouraging people to send positive letters of encouragement to Flint kids.

 Flint residents sue the EPA

A federal judge recently ruled a lawsuit filed by Flint residents against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can move forward.

In the lawsuit, Flint residents contend that EPA officials and employees “negligently responded to the water crisis,” including not warning residents of the health risks posed by the hazardous water.

The ruling opens the door for thousands of Flint residents to receive compensation after being exposed to water contaminated with lead and bacteria.

Celebrity response

It’s something that is not said a lot, but here in Michigan we’ve noticed a lot of celebrities getting in their photo ops while trying to help the Flint community. The publicity and support are much appreciated, with Cher tweeting about it in 2016, that same year my fellow Traverse City local Michael Moore showed up to a town hall rally.

Most recently, Jaden Smith partnered with a Flint church to deploy The Water Box, a mobile water filtration system that reduces lead and other hazardous contaminants. While not as many celebrities are paying attention to Flint five years later, for local residents the water crisis is far from over.

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DJ Shruggs Shows Us What It Means to Be a True Individual

Youth Radio - April 25, 2019 - 3:55pm

Skyler “Shruggs” Strickland-King is no stranger to the DJ booth inside YR Media’s sprawling three-story building in Downtown Oakland. It’s where Shruggs, a YR alum, learned a myriad of media skills. Nowadays, he DJs on behalf of Left-N-Right Records, a label Shruggs co-founded with longtime friend Wallah Umoja.

Although Shruggs finds himself walking in and out of the building as a DJ on a weekly basis, not much is found online about the Richmond native. In doing research for this interview, I came to find that information on him was scarce, so when it was time for me to sit down with him, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I soon realized there wasn’t any purpose in having predetermined expectations of him, as Shruggs doesn’t seek to be figured out. He doesn’t take on the task of defining himself but lets his music, and his interactions with others, speak for him. His easy-going, relaxed nature set the tone for our conversation, and the invasiveness and formality of a typical interview disappeared. It quickly became just a discussion between two people regarding music, individuality, and diverging from the cliché.

In an era where most promising musicians and artists are desperate to be seen, DJ Shruggs is indifferent towards the idea of fame, and that’s the reason it makes him stand out amongst the crowd. He doesn’t care about how many followers he has or how much his music gets played. He isn’t even worried about how other people perceive and interpret him or his artistry. Shruggs possesses a refreshing candor when compared to his peers, and it’s his casual demeanor that outlines who he is, as both a DJ and a human being.

Where did your love of music first come from and how did it begin to translate to DJing?

One of my first memories with music was trying to play two CDs at once in one stereo at my mom’s house. I had a Janet Jackson CD and “Dangerous” by Michael Jackson, trying to put them together and play “Scream” because I saw the video and I was hella juiced. I broke the stereo, so that was that. I think that’s one of the only memories I have that correlates to me DJing. After that, it’s been just being on the internet and watching old videos of Daft Punk and a lot of old house DJs. That’s been mainly how I got into it in the first place.

How did it lead to producing?

Just about the same. Just watching them [music producers] press buttons and do a whole bunch of stuff and dance and be crazy in like, 1996. It all just came together because of what I’ve seen them do. So I always like to study things. Before that though, I was playing guitar and drums, and going through all the instruments. I had a whole little rocker phase when I wanted to be Korn and be in a little cover band with my cousin. It just came in different phases.

Photo: Wallah Umoja

How did you come up with your DJ name?

[My friends and I] were on BART and I was working for All Day Play at the time; we were all trying to figure out what to call each other because there were two Skylers. It was me and there was a white guy named Skyler, and we didn’t want to call me Black Skyler because that’s kind of bad. So they were like, we’re just gonna call you Shruggs because you’re always indifferent with everything and I accepted it. I didn’t care for it but here it is, it stuck.

What are some of your influences?

Just listening to everything. At first, it was listening to the radio and listening to KMEL back in the day and watching MTV all day as a kid. That was pretty much how I got into everything.

Are there any specific artists as well?

It was Ed Banger, Dim Mak Records (before the whole cake thing Steve Aoki does), and Boysnoize Records. I basically got my chops off watching the whole electro wave right when David Guetta popped off internationally. Besides that, it’s been Three 6 Mafia and whatever music I remember hearing as a kid.

How would you describe your sound?

Noise. It’s just noise. I don’t really take time to describe what I do, I just let others describe it because that’s how I really get that definition, I guess.

I’ve noticed you’re pretty nonchalant about your music. Most people promote their stuff but you’re kind of just like, ‘Here, it’s out.’

I mean, it’s cause I see everybody putting on a whole fake thing and going, ‘Yo, check this out! Look at this, look at my fit!’ and all that other stuff. I’m just like, ‘Here, you’ll look at it. It’s gonna pop up eventually.’ I’m not trying to gather your attention all at once, you’ll find it eventually. That’s how I am with just, life in general.

Photo: Wallah Umoja

What does your creative process look like?

A whole bunch of downloads from SoundCloud. Just a whole bunch of internet surfing and figuring out different tempos and which songs I could fit into other instrumentals. Or whatever song I could try to blend in. It’s always been about bending genres and mixing everything up.

Do you like to take genres that people think won’t normally mesh well together and then try to make it fit?


What example of that can you give?

I play a lot of grime beats and mix it with whatever ratchet trap music I can find. Honestly, that has pretty much been my whole thing for the past couple years. Before that, it was trying to mix in electronic music or house music with whatever fits that tempo. For me, it’s always about keeping that same consistent energy throughout the whole mix.

When listening to your SoundCloud, I noticed it was predominantly remixes. Do you have a preference when creating music?

I like producing my own songs. In fact, most of my remixes are my own songs, I just throw an acapella over it, just cause. I like making my own stuff, I really have a lot of fun doing that. Once you have your mind set on making a remix it’s like, ‘Alright, I have to make it this type of way.’

How important is it to interact with a crowd when you’re playing a set?

It’s really important, honestly. You have to at least take note of it. That’s something I kind of cat off on a lot because I like having fun. Usually, even if I do pay attention and try to interact with them, I just talk sh*t and cuss them out because that’s what they know me for. Just being the guy that doesn’t care, just being me.

After a show, what are you hoping the audience leaves with?

I never really think of that. I just be like, ‘Yo, I’m off? Cool.’ I’ll see everybody in the crowd and we’ll talk, or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I like having people come up to me like, ‘Yo, your set was good,’ and all that stuff. It’s pretty fun, it’s pretty nice to feel that way. I don’t really like having any expectations for it. I just do what I do and just live.

So you’re not seeking to invoke a feeling of any kind?

In a way, yeah. At the same time I know, for the most part, people come in for their own different reasons. I would like to respect those reasons. Because I ain’t trying to steal the show, I’m just trying to kick it.

What is a special quality that you have as a DJ that you think highlights your individuality?

The main one is that I love the music that I play. It’s that and also that I’m really selfish about what I play too. Like you’re not gonna get me to play anything you want me to play. Maybe if you get me a drink but, even at that I just do what I want, really. I think that’s like, my whole thing. Just doing what I want.

Because you care about your craft.

Pretty much. You gotta care for it somehow. You gotta get personal with the stuff. With playing music and rocking crowds, you gotta get personal with it. You gotta take things and take it to heart. For me, it’s always to be the same person that I was in the house, when I hear this music and just translating that wherever I go. It’s to always translate who you are when you’re by yourself in your own space, to wherever you go and whichever venue you would like to display that.

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Everything You Need to Know About Credit

Youth Radio - April 25, 2019 - 2:39pm

What exactly is credit? And why is it so important to start building it NOW? Mr. Build Wealth breaks it down.

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Social Media Blackouts: How & Why They Happen

Youth Radio - April 25, 2019 - 2:15pm

This past Sunday’s bombing attacks in Sri Lanka that left at least 250 dead, as of the latest reporting, was followed by the government taking a step we sometimes see in the wake of tragedy: blocking social media services like Facebook and WhatsApp.

Why and how governments around the world take these steps is a question for anyone concerned with freedom of the press and freedom of speech. As it turns out, it’s not that hard of an action to take, even if it isn’t as effective as those who want to control the flow of information would like.

Why They Do It

There are lots of reasons why a government might want to cut off the free flow of information, and it’s not uncommon around the world to see people’s access to all kinds of sites be restricted. In some countries it isn’t even possible to access Facebook in the first place.

Information, after all, is power. And so too is disinformation. In the wake of a terrorist attack or natural disaster, a lack of confirmed facts leaves the door open for people to fill the gaps in bad faith. It’s not unusual to see out-of-context photos or footage circulating in the minutes and hours after events unfold.

Sometimes people jump to conclusions before they have all the facts, putting others in danger. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Reddit infamously got to sleuthing, with users of the site thinking they could use online tools to vigilante ends. Suffice it to say, they got the facts wrong, and caused some people some truly unnecessary grief. In Sri Lanka, the Guardian reports that some residents saw reports on WhatsApp identifying two suicide bombers. Whether or not those reports were remotely accurate, those kinds of unverified rumors have led to vigilante killings in the past.

In essence, the post-event reason to block social media is to stop a panic and curb disinformation. With disinformation being in the eyes of the beholder, the potential for abuse is immense.

How They Do It

This part is simple: by blocking the addresses of the services in question. That could be the URLs, DNS and/or IP addresses. While it is more complicated than blocking someone’s phone number — at least in the sense of what is required — the basic idea is the same. The government in question turns to internet service providers and asks/orders them to keep traffic from those addresses from getting through.

This is pretty much what happens with a work/college firewall when the IT department blocks Netflix, YouTube, or… um, other video sites from being viewed. Only on a national scale.

Now there can be ways to get around this, like using a VPN. That stands for virtual private network. A VPN works by connecting a user’s computer to a virtual network instead of their local one, but VPNs can be blocked if a provider knows those addresses. How far a government is willing to go determines how effective a block is.

Something You Don’t See, Something You Do

In the United States we haven’t seen government-level blocks because of the First Amendment.

What we do see is social media companies — like Facebook, whose products are often at the center of these firestorms — taking active steps to combat misinformation on their own platforms. The idea there is that the health of a social network depends in large part on trustworthy information. If users can’t trust what they see in their feeds, they won’t rely on the network. Which means engagement goes down. Which leads to financial impacts.

So Facebook shuts down accounts which it deems “inauthentic” and that has political consequences as those who benefitted from those “inauthentic” accounts cry foul. Or Twitter cleans out bots and suddenly the President of the United States reportedly is complaining about having a lower follower count to the CEO of Twitter in a closed-door Oval Office meeting. Because everything is normal.

The thing is: trust in social media services do matter for these companies’ bottom lines, but for some, trust is a matter of sticking to the story they want to be told, and others just want the facts no matter how ugly.

The Common Thread

The common thread between these stories is us: the end users of news and information. It turns out that as a whole, we’re pretty gullible. Our knack for taking what we’re told at face value — that benevolent trust we have in other people — is super exploitable. It is a trait that can be hacked over and over again. Even as tech companies try to come up with solutions to flag questionable content, this aspect of human nature might be too much to overcome.

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She’s Legally Blind but Don’t Underestimate This El Paso Artist

Youth Radio - April 24, 2019 - 2:34pm

Martha Guerra puts pencil to paper as her form of subsistence and expression. When she was a baby, Guerra was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer. The cancer affected her motor skills and left her legally blind. Now, the 18-year-old El Paso native creates artworks that have garnered attention and collaboration across the globe in places like Europe. 

Her work traverses mediums, working with color pencils, graphite pencils, acrylic painting, pastels, and charcoals. Even though she is legally blind, she can see enough to distinguish colors apart. 

A framed work of Guerra’s from her collection.

When Guerra was a student in special ed classes, one of her best friends suggested she should quit her art, and that she would not make it far. But her response to those comments was the same she gives to any other obstacle she meets: drawing.

“I just don’t limit myself,” Guerra said. “Because everyone is thinking, ‘Oh well, you’re legally blind. You can’t draw.’ I say ‘No. It’s just like everything else,’” Her drawing — and all of her art — started off as a coping mechanism, dealing with bullying in school and people doubting her. But her art has now transformed into her life’s passion.

Guerra holds up her large portfolio, where she keeps sketches, and final framed pieces.

Guerra’s work has been getting attention on social media in places like France and Italy. She credits her former high school for introducing her to artists from those countries. She says her art has introduced her to cultures beyond her hometown of El Paso.

“[Art] opened up a lot of doors… and then meeting these people [diverse artists from other places], opened up my horizons.”

A final piece of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, by Guerra.

Guerra’s work has been exhibited at El Paso Community College, where she’s also a student. But she has bigger ambitions for the future.

“I want to go [at my art] full time. I really do. Why not? Because the stigma in El Paso is like, ‘You can’t do it. You have to be a lawyer. You have to be all that stuff.’ When in reality, they’re just following tradition. I want to be the one that breaks that norm. Why not do it with my art?” she asks.

Her final advice to all those she meets is, “Don’t limit yourself.” 

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Gardner Interviewed by National Art Education Association

Howard Gardner - April 23, 2019 - 1:45pm

In March 2019, Howard Gardner presented at the annual convention of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) as a keynote speaker on “Beyond Wit and Grit,” tying together multiple intelligences (MI) theory with his decades on The Good Project.

NAEA has now released a special interview with Gardner following the convention, in which he answers questions about his childhood and early career, the many facets of his scholarly work, and his thoughts about current issues in the field of education, including social media, nurturing creativity, and how to advocate for arts education.

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5 Things You Missed in Music Business News

Youth Radio - April 22, 2019 - 5:14pm

Things are constantly changing in the landscape of the music industry and it’s important to stay on top of trends and news updates, especially as an independent artist. We’ve got you covered with a weekly recap of the top stories you need to know.

Apple vs. Spotify

Although Spotify recently announced its partnership with Hulu (offering a new bundled subscription to both services through a single Spotify account), Apple Music has been making major moves as of late. Apple has now passed Spotify with 28 million U.S. subscribers compared to Spotify’s 26 million.

Lil Nas X Surpasses Drake’s One Week Streaming Record

“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X has officially passed Drake’s record for most streams in a single week. “Old Town Road” topped Drake’s “In My Feelings” with 143 million streams, compared to 116.2 million for “In My Feelings.”

BTS Hits 5 Billion Streams on Spotify

BTS, the biggest Korean pop group in the world, just hit five billion streams on Spotify. Not only are they the first K-Pop group to achieve this milestone, but they also became the first Asian artists to do so.

Music Choice Gets Sued by SoundExchange

SoundExchange just sued the media company Music Choice (provider of music programming and music-related content for digital cable television, mobile phone and cable modem users). Music Choice was sued for undercutting royalties owed to SoundExchange.

HBO Taps Columbia Records for “Game of Thrones” Original Soundtrack

HBO is partnering with a major label for the first time in history. They reached out to Columbia Records to produce an all-original soundtrack for the series “Game of Thrones.” The project is set to drop in April featuring artists like Maren Morris, The Lumineers and The Weeknd.

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