Jay Z To Take On Spotify & Beats Music By Purchasing Music Streaming Company Aspiro

(AllHipHop News) One of the big 2014 business stories involving the music industry was the fact that consumers are now leaning more towards streaming music as opposed to purchasing albums. It appears one Hip Hop mogul is looking to get in on the growing trend by buying his own streaming services.

[ALSO READ: Hip Hop/R&B Was The Most Popular Genre On Streaming Services In 2014]

Reuters reports Jay’s S. Carter Enterprises subsidiary Project Panther put in a $56 million bid for Aspiro. the Scandinavian company controls the streaming services WiMP and Tidal. Aspiro’s main shareholder, Schibsted, has accepted the offer.

This will put Jay in direct competition with other streaming giants like Spotify and Apple’s Beats Music. Project Panther refered to Aspiro as “an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential.”

Aspiro’s WiMP reportedly has 512,000 paying subscribers in Europe. Its more expensive HiFi version, Tidal, is said to have 20,000 subscribers. Tidal launched in the U.S. in October 2014 with a monthly subscription price of $19.99.

[ALSO READ: Beats Music To Relaunch As A Part Of iTunes]

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Suge Knight Turns Himself In To Police For Hit-And-Run Death; Witnesses Say Act Was Intentional

(AllHipHop News) Suge Knight is speaking with police this morning after the founder of Death Row Records turned himself in to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s. The department released a statement confirming Knight is at the West Hollywood station with his attorney. He is being questioned by homicide detectives.

[ALSO READ: Suge Knight Allegedly Involved In Fatal Hit & Run]

Knight was a person of interest in the death of a 55-year-old man run down in the parking lot of a Compton restaurant. Another 51-year-old man was injured. Witnesses say the driver of a red pick-up truck, identified as Suge Knight, got into an argument with the two men. The driver then ran them over with his vehicle.

“Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again,” said L.A. County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina. “The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act.”

The empty truck was found later that evening in West Los Angeles. Authorities apparently have video of Knight driving a red pick-up 20 minutes prior to the incident.

Knight’s attorney said the death was an accident. James Blatt believes his client will be “totally exonerated.”

“He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals,” stated Blatt. “He was in his car trying to escape.”

[ALSO READ: Suge Knight’s Lawyer Calls “Friend” Death “A Tragic Accident”]

Filed under: News Tagged: Crime & Punishment, Suge Knight
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Chance The Rapper & Nico Segal Discuss The Social Experiment’s “Surf” Album

(AllHipHop News) Chance The Rapper was one of the breakout Hip Hop stars of 2013. His mixtape Acid Rap was heralded by critics and fellow artists. Up next for the Chicago entertainer is a group album with the cross-genre collective The Social Experiment.

[ALSO READ: Chance The Rapper Announces New Album With The Social Experiment]

Fader caught up with Chance and other band members Nico Segal, Nate Fox, and Peter Cottontale for a cover story. Chance and Nico spoke with the publication about the forthcoming Surf album.

“Every record has like 50 people on it,” said Chance. “The idea is to make a singular, four-minute-and-30-second song that feels like a year’s worth of music.”

Chance also declared Surf is Nico’s project while also explaining how each person contributes different aspects to the LP – Chance handles the rapping, Peter handles the keys, Nate handles the drum programming, Nico handles the horns.

Nico, a 21-year-old trumpet player, added the LP will be structured in a way listeners will have to take in the entire album to get a taste of the emcee’s part of the project.

“People hear what they wanna hear,” said Nico. “If they only wanna listen to the songs with Chance The Rapper, they’re gonna have to listen to the whole project cover-to-cover because I’m not gonna tell them which songs [he’s on]. The important thing is just to listen. Listen to the music, then send it to your grandma.”

Chance is reportedly working on his untitled debut studio LP as well. It is set to feature OutKast’s André 3000, Roc Nation’s J. Cole, and Odd Future’s Frank Ocean. He will also make an appearance on Madonna’s upcoming Rebel Heart album.

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[ALSO READ: Nas, Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson To Appear On Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” Album]

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Bobby Shmurda & GS9 Hit With 32 Additional Charges

(AllHipHop News) The court saga playing out for Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda has become even more serious. XXL reports the New York prosecution added 32 more charges onto the original indictment for Shmurda and his fellow defendants. The 20-year-old Epic Records artist was arrested in December for murder, assault, narcotics, and weapons possession – all conspiracy charges.

[ALSO READ: Bobby Shmurda’s Uncle Calls Out The Industry For Not Supporting His Nephew (AUDIO)]

Shmurda entered a not guilty plea at the Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday. He was present in the courtroom with his new attorney Kenneth Montgomery. The “Hot N***a” performer’s previous lawyer, Howard Greenberg, is no longer representing him.

Greenberg had been the public face for Shmurda. He recently told Revolt a Brooklyn gun charge against Shmurda was to be dropped. It turns out that is not the case as the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is reportedly still pursuing the June 2014 offense.

Shmurda’s current legal representation is seeking a reduction in the $2 million bail that has been set for the rapper. Montgomery requested a special bail hearing for February 2, but the judge denied the request.

The new charges brought against the defendants were the result of the arrest at Manhattan’s Quad Studios on December 17. The new counts include second degree criminal possession of a weapon, third degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a firearm.

The next court date for Shmurda and the other indicted members of his GS9 crew is set for April 22.

[ALSO READ: Bobby Shmurda Not Out On Bail, Still Locked Up In Rikers]

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Suge Knight’s Lawyer Calls “Friend” Death “A Tragic Accident”

Authorities are saying that Suge Knight’s truck ran into a crowd of people, killing his own friend, in a hit-and-run that has him a wanted man by police.

The lawyer of the former Death Row mogul deemed the fatal incident a “tragic accident,” per a report from NBC News.

The situation is still under investigation and Suge has yet to turn himself in to authorities. Police also seek to determine if the matter was an accident or a homicide.

The crash happened on West Rosecrans Avenue in Compton about 2:55 p.m. Pacific Time at a video shoot for The Game. The song in question was allegedly called “Straight Outta Compton,” which featured Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. The Game posted a picture with the two N.W.A. alum earlier in the day.

A second person was injured with non-life threatening wounds.

According to his lawyer, Suge Knight is arranging the terms of his surrender to authorities.

Filed under: News Tagged: homicide, Suge Knight
Source: All Hip Hop

Hip-Hop Rumors: Who’s Gonna Be Featured On Chance The Rapper’s Debut Album?

Chance The Rapper has had a buzz for a cool minute now and he’s gearing up to release his debut album that’s still unnamed.

One thing for certain about the album is that Chance has some of the biggest names in hip-hop already lined up for appearances.

GQ revealed that the Chicago native impressed some big names and they had to hop on his album one time:

“Suspended from high school in 2011 for weed-related activities, he says, he put the finishing touches on 10 Day, a heavily hyped debut mixtape. His subsequent guest appearances—nasally breathless, startlingly precocious—gained the attention of artists like Frank Ocean, J. Cole, and André 3000, all of whom will appear on his yet to be named debut LP. ”

Well there you have. Can we expect a line or two from Drake?

Filed under: Rumors Tagged: Andre 3000, Chance The Rapper, Drake, Frank Ocean, J. Cole
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Suspected Ebola Patient Admitted Into California Hospital

A patient has been admitted into a special isolation unit inside of a University of California hospital in Sacramento after exhibiting symptoms consistent with the often deadly Ebola virus, and is currently  undergoing tests to confirm whether the patient does indeed have the disease.

In a statement from the medical center, the patient has “symptoms consistent with Ebola infection” but according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper, Sacramento County Public Health Department spokeswoman Laura McCasland said “The patient is considered low-risk and more information is being gathered.”At this time it is not known whether the individual has recently traveled to West Africa.

This story is still developing.

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