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  2. Ariana Grande has created a stir with a highly restrictive photo agreement for her upcoming Sweetener tour that has photographers crying foul. More »View the full article
  3. If you ask her, Tommie Lee will tell you that she's always been a hustler. For years the former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star has done whatever was necessary to provide for her family, but these past few years have been wrought with controversy. There were rumors about her alcoholism that reportedly caused outbursts at events and disrupted filming for L&HHATL. Then, the star was arrested on multiple occasions, spending short stints in jail. However, no one expected that the 34-year-old would be at the center of child abuse accusations that could put her behind bars for 54 years. According to prosecutors, Lee went to her daughter's school, disrupted the class, smacked her hands with a purse strap, slapped her face, dragged her across the hallway by her hair, and pushed her into a locker. The rapper has often expressed that she feels that the public is quick to judge and she is often misunderstood. To shed light to her situation, or at least give her perspective, Lee stars in a documentary titled Truth. The film shows a few highlights of Lee's career including hanging out with Paris Hilton and kiki-ing with Rihanna, but filmmakers also navigate the lows, showing footage of her anger issues and drinking problems. "When I caught the child abuse charge, I was like, man," Lee says in Truth. "That broke me down. That really hurt me. I make it my business, like, my kids are never gonna go to jail. Whatever I've done in the past, I've done that so they don't have to do it. I don't wanna see my kids go through what I've gone through in life. I will lay down and die so they don't have to go through that." "And here I am faced with this. I know it's a mistake, but our children's lives are so fragile to America," she said. "You don't have no room for mistakes. One mistake can cost you your whole life and I was just so scared. So I made it a point to explain to her about it...She's at a new school, she's being goofy. She's acting out in class. The teacher called me twice and she's starting to fail academically. She's never failed. My child has been on the honor roll her whole life so it's just like, what is going on." Tommie explained that she's always on the road working so she's not available to sit down with her daughter one-on-one, and when she does have the opportunity, it's just for a few days before she has to hit the road once again. For the third time, her daughter's teacher called Tommie to tell her that the girl was being disrespectful. Tommie said she felt bad for the teacher and tried to figure out what was causing her daughter to act out. "It was just so scary because I didn't want to see my child in juvenile [detention], in jail. I don't want to see her end up with the same fate as mine," Tommie said. "I never pushed my kids off on nobody...I've always done all these things to provide for them." Because of everything that has been going on with her court cases, Tommie said that VH1 decided to cut ties with her, dropping her from LHHATL. The rapper maintains that she is innocent of all charges and claims that it has turned her life upside down. Check out the first part of Truth below and let us know what you think. View the full article
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  5. Hell hath no fury like Astrology Twitter. Whether a crush, a nemesis, or your very own congressional representative, nothing exposes someone's true self like a complete birth chart. (OK, there are lots of things that show your true colors, but your star placement is much easier to obtain.) Twitter users who care deeply about astrology are convinced that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faked her birth time for ... a better natal chart. SEE ALSO: Co – Star's absurd push notification inspired the most dramatic meme Finding out someone's birth time is the achievement to end all achievements. A natal chart is essentially pseudoscience for explaining why you are the way you are; Co-Star, an astrology app, describes it as an "astronomical snapshot of the sky based on the exact day, time, and place you were born." The placement of certain stars, astrology enthusiasts reason, can influence your behavior and desires. Read more... More about Twitter Reactions, Astrology, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Culture, and Web CultureView the full article
  6. "So, if you see me stumbling … please know that I have not fallen off the wagon. I am just learning to be the new me," singer-guitarist says View the full article
  7. Chicago's G Count caught a wave with L.E.P Bogus Boys earlier this decade. Unfortunately, the duo disbanded and they haven't been making as much noise as they did before. However, G Count is still kicking and dropping off new tunes. Now, he comes through with a brand new collaboration with Pusha T. G Count enlists Pusha T for his new single, "Pope Vs. Pontiff." With his vocals laced up in autotune, G Count hops on top of a piano-laden beat while delivering some hard-hitting street bars. After G Count wraps up his verse, Pusha T sweeps in with yet another stand-out verse. We're hoping that the release of G Count's new single means that he has more music in the stash, and hopefully, more unreleased collabs with Push. Quotable Lyrics I can not tell a lie, 26-5 for the pie If Quavo still got it for 17-5 Then he gotta buy Otherwise, t-shirt is white and I got your size View the full article
  8. After moving the festival to May for the first time in 2018, Insomniac proportionately moved up the announcement of the festival lineup. We’ve had to wait an extra month this year, relative to 2018, but the time is finally here to reveal the EDC Las Vegas 2019 lineup. Pasquale Rotella confirmed that the lineup will be revealed, as it was last year, during an episode of Night Owl Radio, so be sure to get your friends ready and have Shazam installed. Listen to the full EDC Las Vegas lineup reveal on Night Owl Radio today at 6 p.m. PT streamed live on Facebook and SiriusXM Electric Area, Channel 52 Insomniac Events founder Pasquale Rotella also revealed the theme and special artwork for this year’s EDC Las Vegas: Kinetic Energy. Bill Nye joined Pasquale Rotella to reveal this year’s theme, saying, “Think of the potential. Hundreds of thousands of people moving their bodies, freeing their minds, and dancing to music under the glow of spectacular light. We’ll convert all this potential to a carnival of kinetic energy!” In addition to his appearance in the video, Bill Nye will officially kick off the 2019 edition of EDC Las Vegas as host of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, May 17, amplifying his message of kinetic energy and positive vibes to thousands of Headliners at the cosmicMEADOW stage. The lineup for this year’s festival is sure to live up to past standards, and we can’t wait to see who’s playing. Disclaimer: our list derived from the Night Owl broadcast might not be 100% correct, and it does NOT contain all names playing the festival. It’s more than likely we missed some. Here’s who’s playing EDC Las Vegas this year (updated live): EDC LINEUP 2019 Photo via Jake West for Insomniac This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: THE 2019 EDC LINEUP IS FINALLY HERE View the full article
  9. Jon Sakoda needed to decompress, he says. The founder-turned-venture investor had logged a dozen years with the investing heavyweight New Enterprise Associates after selling his last startup to Symantec in 2006, and what he wanted by last summer was more time with his kids, and less time with his phone, which he turned off for three weeks. “I can’t recommend it enough,” says Sakoda, who has since returned to work and is today taking the wraps off his new venture firm, Decibel, a term sometimes used to describe exponential changes in the power of sounds or signals sent through a network and which speaks to the “exponential power” of the firm’s network, says its new website. While it’s tempting to poke fun at this claim, it appears from the outside to be true. Though Sakoda is the sole founding partner of Decibel — he says he’s looking to add investing professionals right now — not only does Decibel have the benefit of his extensive connections in Silicon Valley; it’s also majority backed by Cisco, the network gear maker that’s aggressively transforming itself into more of a software-focused company. Though Sakoda says he doesn’t know exactly what percentage of the fund that Cisco’s dollars comprise, partly because the vehicle isn’t yet closed, he tells us he’s working very collaboratively with the company, including its corporate venture team, Cisco Investments. He’s also working with some of the many founders to be swept into Cisco over the years via its brisk M&A strategy. For example, one of these, Jon Oberheide, a founder who sold his company, Duo Security, to Cisco for more than $2 billion last year, is currently working with one of Decibel’s portfolio companies already as an advisor. Put into context, Oberheide is helping with half of Decibel’s portfolio, which includes the three-year-old, Vancouver-based cybersecurity startup CMD, which last month closed on $15 million in funding led by GV. (It’s this team that Oberheide is helping.) Decibel has also backed Blameless, a developer of software for site reliability engineers that announced $20 million in funding just last week led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Sakoda says more deals are in the works, and explains that what he’s shopping for has little to do with Cisco today, but could eventually be a strategic fit for the corporate giant. For example, though Sakoda was involved in funding Snap on behalf of NEA, he says it’s not so likely he’ll be shopping for e-commerce or media startups for Decibel. Absent these areas, though Sakoda suggests that anything goes as long as the company isn’t too far along. “We’re really going to be looking for startups trying to find product market fit and help with how to grow,” he explains. “If a company has lots of revenue and is already scaling, it’s probably too late for us.” It makes a kind of sense, considering that Decibel itself has a ways to go to establish itself. Though an earlier SEC filing suggests the fund is targeting $500 million, a pool that will be structured like a traditional venture fund (“investments, personnel, and fund governance is all independent” from Cisco, says Sakoda), and though Decibel already has firm plans to write initial checks of up to $5 million to seed- and Series A-stage companies, ask Sakoda where the firm is based, and he’ll laughingly tell you he doesn’t quite know. “I haven’t quite figured that out — yet. I’m working on it.” View the full article
  10. Ice Cube's been focusing on non-music related ventures over the past decade. He launched the BIG3 basketball league and starred in a few films along the way. However, he kept fans on their toes for new music. In December, he returned with Everythang's Corrupt, Cube's first album in over nine years. As he continues to push the project, he comes through with a new set of visuals for the Too $hort-assisted single. Ice Cube and Too $hort join forces for their new music video for "Ain't Got No Haters." The track serves as the only track on Cube's new project that has a guest feature on it. The video for their collab shows the two in black-and-white the entire time while they rap their respective verses with animations surrounding them. Ice Cube previously released "That New Funkadelic" in 2018 following the release of Everythang's Corrupt. Watch the video for "Ain't Got No Haters" above. View the full article
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  12. The dance world is still shook over the unexpected passing of iconic frontman Keith Flint of The Prodigy. Now, the band is calling on fans to be an integral part of his funeral procession on Friday, March 29th. His bandmates are hoping to line the route with those who appreciated his work the most — the fans. Anyone and everyone is invited to “pay their final respects & ‘raise the roof’ for Keef,” as he makes his way to St. Mary’s Church in Bocking. The map below outlines the route from start to finish, so attendees can experience the ceremony and celebrate the life of Flint. Although the private church ceremony is strictly for friends and family, speakers directly outside the church will relay the message for fans to hear outside. Anyone hoping to lay flowers or special tribute items should deliver to St. Mary’s Church, no later than 2 pm this Friday. See below for the map and more details. Earlier this month, the band confirmed that Flint had taken his own life. He was 49. RIP Keith Flint This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Prodigy Invite Fans To Line Keith Flint’s Funeral Procession Route This Friday View the full article
  13. DJ Muggs has been grinding it out over the past year and feeding the fans new music at a consistent rate. Muggs has dished out several collab projects as well as his own solo effort, Soul Assassins: Dia del Asesinato. This Friday, he's getting ready to release his upcoming project with Mach Hommy but before then, they come through with another cut off of the record. DJ Muggs and Mach Hommy drop off their new track, "Stain Glass." The song runs for a little under two minutes. Mach Hommy handles the vocals while Muggs delivers a dreamy, sample-based beat. It's a little taste of what they have up their sleeves for Tuez-Les Tous. "Stain Glass" follows the release of the project's lead single, "900K" which arrived last week. Quotable Lyrics They fuckin' over, how you borrow with that? That four leaf clover turnin' brown Nonetheless, look under the desk Get stuck like gum, who want some? You had your nuts by the tongue View the full article
  14. 03 Greedo and DJ Mustard are currently gearing up to release the Wolf Of Grape Street rapper's first project since turning himself in to authorities last year. Still Summer In The Projects is set to drop at the top of April but before its release, the rapper and producer drop off another cut off the record. 03 Greedi and DJ Mustard join forces with Shoreline Mafia for the new single, "Trap House." Greedo and Shoreline link up over a bouncy Mustard production for the track. Greedo's delivers infectious melodious through his autotune-laden vocals. Shoreline Mafia's Ohgeesy and Rob Vicious deliver verses on the track about getting to the money in the trap house. Aside from Shoreline Mafia, Still Summer In The Projects include features from YG as well as Trilliano. Keep your eyes peeled for that. Quotable Lyrics Sleepin' in the trap house, fuckin' in the blackout Still up in the Pyrex, I'm just tryna get a track out Rock out with them racks out and I fuck once, can't run back In and out that trap house, I spend dollars, get funds back View the full article
  15. Cardi B is trying to clarify herself after a video resurfaced online where the rapper said she drugged and robbed men for money. More »View the full article
  16. Apple wants a permanent place in your wallet, and beginning this summer, you'll be able to give it one. The company announced Monday that it's launching Apple Card, a new credit card made for the iPhone. The card, which is both a digital card in the Wallet app and a physical MasterCard, is meant to be easier to use and understand than most conventional credit cards, according to Apple. And it boasts some intriguing benefits, like no fees and a daily rewards program. But, as with any new credit card, it's important to read the fine print in order to understand if Apple Card makes the most sense for you. Read more... More about Tech, Apple, Credit Cards, Apple Event 2019, and Apple CardView the full article
  17. The Chainsmokers released their debut album in 2017, Memories… Do Not Open. Widely regarded as very middling in terms of quality, it was rumored that The Chainsmokers were rushed to get a debut album out by their label after intense desire from fans. Learning from their past mistakes, the duo began releasing a track every month (for the most part) in 2018, culminating in their sophomore album, Sick Boy. Now in 2019, The Chainsmokers are already teasing their third album: World War Joy, which is also spawning a North American arena tour of the same name. They’ve already released the first single from the album, “Who Do You Love” featuring 5SOS. With three months already gone in 2019 and nine tracks blacked out on the album tracklist, we can safely expect there to be one track a month from the group moving forward this year. Stay tuned for more from The Chainsmokers coming soon! Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: The Chainsmokers Tease Third Album Coming Out In 2019, “World War Joy” View the full article
  18. We're back with another edition of our HNHH x TIDAL Wave playlist. We teamed up with the homies up at TIDAL earlier this year to shine a spotlight on some of the tracks the HNHH staff have been feeling. Each week, we hand-pick some of our favorite releases from the past week, whether they're singles or just stand-out tracks from recent albums, and compile them into a cohesive playlist. This week's edition of HNHH x TIDAL Wave has a few cuts from Friday's release including Nav's Bad Habits and Rich The Kid's The World Is Yours 2. Yelawolf's intro to his upcoming project TM3, "Catfish Billy 2," also made its way onto the playlist. Jacquees and Lil Baby's new collab, "Your Peace" was essential for this week as well. We got some international vibes going on as well with two cuts from Burna Boy and DJDS's collab project, Steel & Copper. If you ain't on TIDAL, fix that A$AP here. Alexander Zidel (Editorial) Rich The Kid - Save That Injury Reserve - Jailbreak The Tesla (feat. Aminé) Juice WRLD - Ring Ring (feat. Clever) Rich The Kid - Ring Ring (feat. Vory) NLE Choppa - Capo Alexander Cole (Editorial) Injury Reserve - Jailbreak The Tesla (feat. Aminé) Juice WRLD - Ring Ring (feat. Clever) Nav - Tap (feat. Meek Mill) Comethazine - Walk Remix (feat. A$AP Rocky) Logic - Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Devin Ch (Editorial) Rich the Kid - Save That Max D - Cuz Its the Way Burna Boy & DJDS - Darko Pivot Gang - Studio Ground Rules Jacquees - Your Peace (feat. Lil Baby) Mitch Findlay (Editorial) Rich The Kid - Save That Yelawolf - Catfish Billy 2 Tierra Whack - Unemployed Anonymuz - No Threat (feat. Denzel Curry) Brandon Barrett (Socials) Pivot Gang - Studio Ground Rules Tierra Whack - Unemployed Rose Lilah (Editorial) Lil West - Barn Rich The Kid - Like Mike (feat. Jay Critch & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) Jacquees - Your Peace (feat. Lil Baby) Aron A (Editorial) Steel Banglez - Fashion Week (feat. MoStack & AJ Tracey) Jamila Woods - Eartha Burna Boy & DJDS - Innocent Man Comethazine - Walk (Remix) (feat. A$AP Rocky) BJ The Chicago Kid - Close View the full article
  19. Uber spent $3.1 billion to dominate competition in the Middle East. It announced Tuesday that it reached an agreement to buy Dubai-based Careem, which operates in 15 countries including Morocco, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The deal was for $1.4 billion in cash, $1.7 billion in loans — and marks the biggest tech industry deal in the region outside of Israel, according to the Associated Press. The company will operate with its two co-founders under Uber as its own brand — for now. On Careem's website, the company wrote, "We are still Careem." Read more... More about Uber, Middle East, Ride Hailing Apps, Careem, and TechView the full article
  20. Song will appear on Filthy Friends' upcoming album, 'Emerald Valley' View the full article
  21. Frontman of iconic ska punk band died following health complications View the full article
  22. Jhene Aiko seems to be getting ready to release a new project at some point this year. On a music front, she was relatively quiet throughout 2018 despite releasing her last project, Trip towards the end of 2017. Since the release of her last project, she and Big Sean called it quits in their relationship. Many thought that would be a focal point of her upcoming releases but she recently shut down those rumors on Instagram. Jhene Aiko recently shared a post on Instagram to let her fans know that new music is on the way. A fan suggested that Jhene Aiko is gearing up to spill the tea on Big Sean and the reason why they broke up. However, that doesn't appear to be the case. Aiko replied to the user and let them know that things between her and Big Sean are good while giving a bit more insight on what to expect from her upcoming project. "Me and Sean are good. I got tons of love for him," she wrote. "My next project is all freestyles where I touch on many subjects and relationships... past, present, and future," she continued. "I know you all love the drama and would like to think everything I do is about him, but I've been through plenty of other things and situations that I pull inspiration from when I sit down and create a song. Have a good day." Peep the post below. View the full article
  23. Ranking Roger has died at the age of 56, as confirmed by the Beat's official social media accounts. He passed away from complications with cancer. Earlier this year, he revealed his condition, saying that after being hospitalized with a stroke, doctors discovered two tumors on his brain, which were removed, and … More »View the full article
  24. Ariana Grande must feel like she's on top of the world. The 25-year-old singer recently tied with The Beatles by having the No. 1, 2, and 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and now she's pulled in yet another great accomplishment since breaking one of Spotify's records. Ariana has now become the first woman to have three of her albums surpass two billion streams. Her latest album, Thank U, Next with singles such as "7 Rings" is what pulled in the milestone along with streams from Sweetener and her Dangerous Woman tape. The single, "Thank U, Next" alone pulled in 100 million streams in just 11 days. "I wrote it with my friends while we were just tipsy in the studio and I was going through a pretty rough period and writing this album with them, with so many people I love, has really been a huge helping factor in my healing process and just feeling better,” Ariana said of her latest tape, that surely sealed her record-breaking accomplishment. “It’s been a really beautiful experience." Ariana is currently on a world tour and got quite emotional during her performance in Washington - watch here. View the full article
  25. Sean Duffy Contributor Sean Duffy is the co-founder and CEO of Omada Health, a digital behavioral medicine company focused on reducing costly chronic disease in employer and health plan populations. February’s Wall Street Journal report pulled back the curtain on just how much is at stake when individuals share their personal health information with health and fitness applications. Several of these apps were (perhaps unwittingly) sharing users’ personal health information via a Facebook SDK that was automatically feeding that data to the platform. In one fell swoop, multiple companies damaged trust with their users — perhaps irrevocably. But the dangers in digital health aren’t limited to rogue SDKs; three days after the Facebook news broke, yet another large health system announced the personal information of more than 325,00 patients had been exposed. All this comes as big tech companies like Apple, IBM and Amazon begin to enter the same space, with plans for huge impact. But even these well-established names enter healthcare with a trust deficit; Rock Health’s 2018 National Consumer Health Survey found that just 11 percent of respondents said they’d be willing to share health data with tech companies. As we move toward an increasingly digitized world of healthcare — and as early-stage companies and tech behemoths operate alongside one another in the space — how can all involved uphold their responsibilities, follow relevant laws and regulations and maintain the trust of patients and users when it comes to privacy? Companies operating under the highest standards in healthcare are expressly prohibited from monetizing users’ data; how will large tech brand names adapt their business models to act properly? In order for the promise of digital health to be realized, companies will need to ensure their patients’ data is safe, secure and error-free. Beyond security, healthcare companies operating as providers must also maintain the confidentiality and privacy of that data. Doing so isn’t simply good practice; it’s an existential requirement for companies operating in this space. There is a baseline expectation — from users, and from employers and health plans working with digital health companies — of privacy being maintained. The success of digital health companies will hinge on whether patients feel comfortable sharing the most intimate data they possess — their personal health information (PHI) — especially when they worry that data could impact their employment. Below are three things digital health companies would do well to keep in mind as they operate in the space. Comply with — and inform — regulations In 2018 alone, more than 6.1 million individuals were impacted by healthcare data breaches. Many have started to warn of the “data breach tsunami.” Complacency is no longer viable. The increasing frequency of data breaches should become a rallying cry. When it comes to PHI, protecting the privacy and security of patients and users must be a business imperative. Patients want to focus on getting better, not having to constantly check their privacy settings. Complying with regulations and requirements for protecting PHI requires a combination of robust privacy and security strategies. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the baseline for patient data protection. For companies operating under HIPAA, responsibilities, obligations and opportunities become crystal clear. Federal laws and regulations prescribe privacy and security minimums, as well as the exact rules governing collection, storage and transfer of participant data. For health innovators, strong privacy practices and security controls are key to customer trust and to growth. This also means that digital health companies must be active participants in shaping the regulations that govern their operations. This isn’t a call to hire as many lobbyists as possible to water down your responsibilities; it’s a demand to educate the state and federal policymakers who will be writing the rules of the road that govern your work for the next phase of healthcare. Informed policy that enables creative iteration while putting the needs of the patient at its center is imperative for the continued success of the entire industry. This is a space where regulations can be helpful in clearly identifying what not to do to be taken seriously — and operate properly — as a digital health company. HIPAA or not: know your role HIPAA applies to digital health companies — whether they contract as a vendor (a “business associate”) or a healthcare provider (a “covered entity”). Third-parties, especially those that handle PHI, have the potential of exposing health companies to data breaches and non-compliance. Any data breach suffered by a healthcare company will have serious consequences, including reputational damage, government investigations and monetary damages. Once credibility has been tarnished, it takes significant time to rebuild trust among consumers. Fundamental to this is understanding the difference between operating in technology broadly versus in digital health, and ensuring that your organization is equipped with a deep understanding of all the ins-and-outs of HIPAA and health care data; patients want to focus on getting better, not having to constantly check their privacy settings. Keep compliance at your core The healthcare industry is already fraught with risk. New laws and market forces only add to the complexities. In order to reach full maturity, digital health companies need to invest, early, in information security experts who understand the intersection of medical devices, software and regulations. Senior leadership teams must empower these experts while staying engaged on best practices and the latest threats. This goes against the rapid growth mindset of venture-backed companies in other industries, but is critical when it comes to healthcare. If you are handling patient data, hiring a legal and compliance team is a top priority. By implementing a privacy and compliance program, you’ll be better equipped to find and correct potential vulnerabilities, while reducing the chance of fraud, and promoting safe and quality care. The responsibility to establish trust in digital health is on the most prominent actors in a rapidly growing space. Data and its proper application hold the keys to the evolution of healthcare. But we must never forget that patients and users are opting to share the most intimate data they have. We must meet that responsibility with the systems, personnel and maturity it deserves. View the full article
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