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Troye Sivan Performs Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Mystery of Love’ as Spoken Word: Watch

In the latest texts series by Dazed, Troye Sivan delivers a sweet, genuine spoken word reading of Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love” off the Oscar-winning film Call Me by Your Name. “Blessed be the mystery of love,” Sivan smirks kindly as he reads the lyrics. He blows kisses and does a bird hand puppet on other lines.  This rendition, however, wouldn’t be the first time the pop crooner touched upon the influence of the film in his life. Last month, he told PopCrush that if he could play any character, it would be Timothee Chalamet’s role in Call Me by Your Name. “I really feel like that was the first time, pretty much ever, that I’ve looked at a character and been like, “I 100 percent relate to that person.” Like every single thing, even down to his body type and the way t...

iHeartMedia Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Saddled with $20 billion of debt and facing falling revenues, iHeartMedia Inc, the largest internet radio broadcaster in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy late on Wednesday.  In a statement, iHeart said it had ‍reached an agreement with the holders of more than $10 billion of the company’s outstanding debt for a balance sheet restructuring, which will reduce its debt by more than $10 billion.  “The agreement we announced today is a significant accomplishment, as it allows us to definitively address the more than $20 billion in debt that has burdened our capital structure,” said CEO Bob Pittman.  The company’s huge debt pile is a legacy of its 2008 leveraged buyout. In February, iHeart missed interest payments on its debt as well as two sets of bond payments making bankruptc...

iHeartMedia’s Chapter 11 Filing: What Happens Next for the Radio Giant

iHeartMedia and some of its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 protection last night after reaching a pre-packaged agreement with its principle creditors that will apparently see the company cut its debt in half to $10 billion after a debt-to-equity swap with some debt holders; and the spinoff of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, which is not a part of the Chapter 11 proceedings. According to an announcement on the iHeart website, the prepackaged “agreement reflects widespread support across the capital structure for a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring that will reduce iHeartMedia’s debt by more than $10 billion. iHeartMedia, America’s No. 1 audio company, will continue operating the business in the ordinary course as a leading global multi-platform media, entertainment and data compa...

Atlanta Newscasters Pay Tribute to Craig Mack During Broadcast

The effects of Craig Mack’s passing are still being felt throughout the hip-hop community, and the onslaught of tributes to the “Flava In Ya Ear” musician have shown no signs of stopping. WSB-TV Atlanta’s reporters Fred Blankenship and Mark Arum paid homage to the late Bad Boy MC live on the air yesterday (Mar. 13). The twosome placed lines from the original version of Mack’s most-popular track, as well as verses from the remix, which featured Biggie Smalls and LL Cool J, among others. Before a segment throw, Blankenship said that the meteorologist could bring you “the data to turn your body into antimatter” with their weather report. He also said that Arum, a traffic reporter for the network, is the “Craig Mack of the morning commute, kicking that brand new flava in your ear.” Arum didn’t...

will.i.am Protégé LGP Qua Believes He Can Bridge Rap’s Generation Gap

LGP Qua could become the next breakout star from Philadelphia now that will.i.am is in his corner. After building his buzz on social media, Qua caught the attention of the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, who not only signed the young spitter to his label will.i.am Music Group but also gave him a big assist by crafting and hopping on his debut single, “INSOMNIAC (woke).” Qua recently stopped by the DX office in Hollywood, California to debut the song and video on DX Live. The burgeoning rhymer says the song is a wake up call for people that continue to overlook or ignore the increasingly harsh realities of day-to-day living. “[‘Insomniac’] is just about being woke to everyday society, what’s going on in our country, what’s going on in these cities,” Qua told DX. “Don’t be ignorant to what you s...

Photographer Chi Modu Vets Bad Boy’s “B.I.G. Mack” Campaign As A Rap Marketing Blueprint

New York City-based photographer Chi Modu has been an integral part of many rap artists’ marketing campaigns over the past 30 years. He has countless iconic photos of legendary rappers such as Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, and The Notorious B.I.G. on his resume. To commemorate the life of Craig Mack, who passed away on Monday (March 12), Modu posted one of his memorable shots of Bad Boy Records’ first two signed artists — Mack and B.I.G. — as well as the label’s founder/CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs on his Instagram. The photo was from the “B.I.G. Mack” advertising campaign that helped launch the label in 1994. The imagery within the frame consists of an obvious play off the artists’ stage names and references Mack’s Grammy-nominated single “Flava In Ya Ear” (and its remix that became a ve...

Countdown To HipHopDX At SXSW: Killumantii

Atlanta’s Killumantii has made a name for herself through the power of social media. At just 18 years old, Killumantii’s freestyles and colorful personality have helped her building following of more than 1.3 million fans on Instagram. Killumanti credits her popularity to just simply being herself and releasing relatable songs, such as her singles “Undercover Pressure” and “Rules.” Killumantii’s rising popularity has recently taken her career in the rap industry to a whole new level after landing a deal with the Atlanta-based label Generation Now. With a label behind her, she’s currently working on her debut mixtape. HipHopDX got the chance to speak to hear ahead of DX’s Rap Rising showcase at SXSW to learn more about the up-and-coming artist. [embedded content] HipHopDX: Have you performe...

Saba Announces New Album “Care For Me”

Saba fans won’t be waiting much longer for his next album. The PIVOT Gang MC unveiled the first details about his new LP, titled Care For Me, on Wednesday night (March 14). The Chicago spitter’s sophomore album is scheduled to be released on April 5. The follow-up to 2016’s Bucket List Project features guest appearances by Chance The Rapper, theMIND and Kaina. Saba made the initial announcement on Instagram Live before sharing the rest of the information across his various social media platforms. The album reveal comes just a few weeks after he returned with a new single titled “Busy” and unveiled his upcoming tour dates, which begin in April. Check out Saba’s Care For Me tracklist below. 1. Busy/Sirens f. theMIND2. Broken Girls3. Life4. Calligraphy5. Fighter f. Kaina6. Smile7. Logout f. C...

BTS’ Jungkook & Roy Kim Cover Each Other’s Songs: Listen

BTS’ Jungkook and Korean-American balladeer Roy Kim shared a musical bromance with the world this week, when the pair paid homage to one another through covers of each other’s songs. The call-and-response songs began on Tuesday, March 13, when the youngest member of the immensely popular K-pop boy band uploaded a cover of Kim’s “Only Then,” released in February and a hit in South Korea, to Soundcloud.The audio file quickly racked up over 1.8 million listens, and Kim took to Twitter to express his approval of Jungkook’s “beautiful” cover. He then followed up Wednesday with a cover of his own on Instagram, sharing a short clip of himself performing BTS’ 2016 hit “Spring Day.”   Both Kim and the BTS vocalist have frequently covered songs throughout their careers in the K-pop industry. ​...

James Corden and Shaggy Spoof Trump, Mueller Probe With ‘It Wasn’t Me’ Music Video: Watch

James Corden and Jamaican-American reggae artist Shaggy teamed up Wednesday night to parody Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and President Trump on The Late Late Show. Changing the words to Shaggy’s hit “It Wasn’t Me,” the duo, with Corden playing Mueller and Shaggy portraying Trump, croon about the former’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “To be a true dealer, know the art of the deal. If Mueller’s pressin’ charges, then I’m going to appeal, delete my work emails before they reveal I paid off Stormy Daniels so she’d spank me till I squealed,” Shaggy sings. The infamous pee tape, cable news shows, and Donald Trump Jr. (“a son I can lose”)  all get mentions as well.  Shaggy was on the late-night show to p...

A Copywriter Cut a Ridiculously Fun Rap Video for a Sprite Job Application: Watch

We’ve all been there. A tasty job is advertised. You’ve got to have it. But how to out-shine all the other candidates? One bright spark came up with a particularly bubbly application for a chance to work with Sprite: A rap video. Chase Zreet, a copywriter at Firehouse in Dallas, took the alternative route when he pitched his talents for the Sprite account at NYC-ad agency Wieden+Kennedy. Ditching the old-fashioned cover letter, Zreet submitted a ridiculously fun three-minute rap video in which he rhymes about his fondness for the drink and his all-round set of skills. Just for some extra “wow factor,” Zreet delivered his sermon on a hoverboard, riding through Dallas in some garish green-and-yellow garb complete with citrus jewelry (well, it is Sprite).  “Can I write, can I write for ...

Mike Tyson Accidentally Punched UFC Star Fabricio Werdum, ‘Almost Broke My Nose’

Mike Tyson Accidentally Punched UFC Star ‘Almost Broke My Nose!’ 3/14/2018 2:36 PM PDT EXCLUSIVE Things got a little TOO real on Mike Tyson‘s movie set — when the 51-year-old accidentally socked UFC star Fabricio Werdum with an actual punch … and almost shattered his nose!  Mike and Werdum were shooting a fight scene for Jean-Claude Van Damme‘s new “Kickboxer: Retaliation” when Mike miscalculated … and REALLY punched Werdum.  “Accident, but he punched me,” Werdum tells TMZ Sports … “almost broke my nose.” Werdum says the punch almost knocked him down — but he let it slide because Mike was a super nice guy on set.  “It’s good ’cause he’s Mike Tyson!!”  [embedded content] I...