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Drake Fills his Shelf with a Total of 27 Billboard Music Awards



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Last updated on May 5th, 2019

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last week have been memorable for several reasons. The night was extensively glamorous, with some starry performances by several talented musicians, including BTS and Halsey, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Mariah Carey and others.

However, the show stealer without a doubt was Drake, who won multiple honors and set records like never before. The rap star walked in the event with total 17 nominations and left the fans amused as he took 12 titles back home.

The “God’s Plan” singer stood out when people were enlightened about his overall total 27 victories. He used his acceptance speech to encourage all the musicians to love and respect their peers “while we’re all still here”.

DJ Khaled tweeted a congratulations post for the singer, saying, “This is so inspiring ! And amazing! GODS PLAN ! And a lot hard work ! THE GREAT DRAKE ! BLESS UP !”

Apart from the Top Billboard 200 Album, Drake won an award for Top Artist, beating out Travis Scott, Ariana Grande, Cardi B, Post Malone and the late XXXTentacion. As he held his award, the Canadian musician looked up and said, “I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life.”

He took the moment to recall all the moments, where his mother struggled to take him to his music and sports classes. Drake stated that while he took time to know what he wanted, his mother was “always there to give me a ride, and now we’re on one hell of ride.”

The three hour show at the Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena was based on the theme of family bonding, where Kelly Clarkson hosted the show. It opened with a performance by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, who set colors on the stage with their latest single “ME!”.

Taylor Swift opens BBMAs with debut performance of new single “ME”!

While Drake trounced Swift’s record of most wins, rapper Cardi B followed him in winning multiple awards. Other winners included BTS for top duo/group award, Ariana Grande for top female artist and Luke Combs for top country artist.

The musical night also included several worth-watching performances, including the first in over a decade by Jonas Brothers; Madonna’s debut performance on just-released collaboration with Maluma, “Medellin”; BTS and Halsey singing their top 10 hit “Boy With Luv”; and Khalid’s pair of hits off his second album “Free Spirit”, including “Better” and “Talk”.

The celebrations of Billboard 2019 were certainly grand for every celebrity present at the event. However, they will definitely remain memorable for Drake, who “Started From The Bottom”, but has definitely reached the top.


Sussex Royal: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s New Charitable Foundation



Sussex Royal

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, charity work enthusiasts, have finally decided to launch their own charitable foundation called the Sussex Royal.

One of the royal reporters, Emily Andrews tweeted that the new foundation would solely involve the Duke and Duchess of Sussex along with their PR manager Sara Latham, who was earlier an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Natalie Campbell, a former staffer at the Royal Foundation.

Expressing her contentment on the name chosen by the Royal couple for the new foundation, the royal reporter further disclosed that the Sussex Royal has been registered as a private company.

“Exclusive: #Harry & #Meghan’s new foundation will be called “Sussex Royal” (full title “Sussex Royal The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex). Its 4 directors are the Sussexes, PR guru Sara Latham & former Royal Foundation staffer Natalie Campbell, who will be the new director,” Emily tweeted.

The news of the foundation first came in the month of June, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced to part their ways from the previously shared Royal Foundation, a trust set up by Prince William and Prince Harry in September 2009 to fulfil their charitable ambitions. The wives of both the Princes later joined the Royal Foundation.

Post the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s separation from the Royal Foundation, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to take the full responsibility of the foundation. While the former couple is excited to embark a new chapter in their royal work, the fans of both the royal couples want them to work together.

Throughout their journey of moving from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor prior to baby Archie’s birth, to starting their own charitable trust, both Harry and Meghan have been quite enthusiastic.

The introduction of the Sussex Royal would influence the royal couple’s dedication towards charity work, allowing them to pursue their ambitions. Though not many details about the foundation have been revealed, it is expected that the Sussex Royal’s first project will apparently focus on protecting lions in Africa.  

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Pop Singer Taylor Swift Becomes Highest Earning Celebrity



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Pop singer Taylor Swift has been named as the world’s highest-paid entertainer by Forbes. The list revealed by Forbes on Wednesday put earnings by Taylor at $185m, in the last year. Her estimated income grew by 131% from $80m in 2018. The pop star was closely followed by Kardashian clan – Kylie Jenner and rapper Kanye West.

The annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list also featured Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in the list of top 10 earners. British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran also made it to the list after his successful tour in 2018.

Taylor has topped the list for the second time after 2016, when her earnings were put at $170m, courtesy her 1989 World Tour. Touring still continues to play a major role in Swift’s life as her Reputation Stadium Tour surpassed her 1989 World Tour in the US, earning $266.1m domestically, while $345 globally.

In 2018, Pop Singer Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour was made available online by Netflix, after the streaming media company obtained the broadcasting rights, which added millions more to Swift’s repository.

Kanye West returned to list after four years, his earnings before tax were put at $150m. His earnings reached to a new epitome following his popular Yeezy sneaker line. The magazine ranked him as the third most earning celebrity. His wife, Kim Kardashian, was ranked at number 26 on the same list.

Jenner, 21, came in the second place after her earnings were put at $170m. Her online lip kits and cosmetics company has attracted masses, resulting in huge profits. She was also declared as the youngest billionaire by Forbes earlier this year.

Forbes compiled the list by taking into account the estimated pre-tax earnings from June 2018 to June 2019. The American business magazine than deducted fees for managers, based on data from Nilsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB and from interviews with industry experts.

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Disney’s Star Cameron Boyce Tragically Passes Away at 20



Disney’s Star Cameron Boyce Tragically Passes Away at 20

Last updated on July 9th, 2019

Cameron Boyce, who starred in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series has tragically passed at the age of 20. The actor died while he was asleep, a spokesperson for his family confirmed. He was suffering from seizure, a medical condition caused because of a sudden uncontrolled disturbance in the brain, and the same has been deemed as the reason for his death.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” the spokesperson said. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.”

“The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” the family said in a statement.

The 20-year-old starred in films including Mirrors, Eagle eye, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. He also appeared on the Disney Channel comedy series- Jessie, and as Conor on the Disney XD series- Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything.

Cameron Boyce was born in Los Angeles, and had an amazing charisma that attracted people of all age groups. Besides, his passion for performance, which began in a dance studio, presented him opportunities into commercials and films. He was set to make an appearance in comedy series – Mrs. fletcher, next.

The youngster was also involved in many benevolent activities, and was mostly active with the Thirst Project, a nonprofit that provides communities with safe drinking water.

“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid,”. “Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken.” Actor Adam Sandler wrote on his Twitter.

Certainly, the world is at loss with death of a young star, and especially his friends, family and co-workers, who shared a special bond with the superstar.

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Queen to Miss the Christening of Royal Baby Archie Harrison



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Archie Harrison, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s firstborn, is going to be two-months-old this Saturday. The royal baby is once again in the limelight despite the efforts of his parents to keep their life private.

This time the reason is his christening. The Buckingham Palace confirmed that the first born of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be christened in a private ceremony on July 6, exactly two months after his birth.

According to the announcement, the Archbishop of Canterbury will christen royal baby Archie Harrison and the ceremony is expected to be a private affair.

The christening ceremony of the newly born royal baby is said to take place in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who earlier captured the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will be covering this event.

The Duke and the Duchess will release some photos of the ceremony later. It is also expected that the royal baby will adorn the replica of the royal Honiton lace gown in the ceremony. 25 close friends and only the family members will be present during the christening Archie Harrison.

While the Queen will not be able to attend the ceremony due to her prior commitments, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland are all expected to grace the ceremony.

The decision to keep the ceremony private did not go well by many Britons and fans of the royal family, including royal biographer Penny Junor. They feel that the Sussex couple wants to “have it both ways”.

They believe that the couple has used £2.4 million of taxpayer money for the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, and yet do not want to share the photographs of their baby or let people be a part of the christening ceremony of baby Archie Harrison. The news surrounding the godparents has also been kept as a secret.

Nevertheless, the fans are still excited about the event and want to see the full picture of Harry and Meghan’s firstborn.

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Celebrated Singer Taylor Swift Reacts to Unauthorised Transfer of Masters



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Taylor Swift recently reacted to the news, which said that the Big Machine Label Group sold the singer’s master rights of first six albums to a powerful music manager Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings LLC. 

As the singer now has no control over her masters, she claimed that the deal took place in her absence and she was not given a chance to purchase it herself.

Swift addressed Scott Borchetta, founder of the Big Machine Label Group, and Braun in her letter, calling the acquisition as her “worst case scenario”. Directing towards the fellow musicians, Swift concluded her letter, saying “Young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.”

In the music industry, various artists have previously bought back their master recordings, which refer to the original recordings of their music, from their respective labels. This is because the owner of these master rights along with the copyright owner has the right to control the licensing of the recording itself.

The label owning the master recordings are held responsible for maintaining them. If the recordings get destroyed through any medium, the artists can file a lawsuit against the respective labels for breaching of their contractual obligation to protect their masters.

One of the main reasons for artists giving their master rights to the label is to get their work promoted. Thus, by supporting the artists and their music, the labels earn money through distribution and licensing. 

Taylor Swift, who does not own her master recordings since the time she signed to Big Machine in 2005, announced that her new label gave her the right to retain her future master recordings. In her letter, Pride month’s pop star wrote that with her quitting the Big Machine, she has opted out of the deal in which she was given the opportunity to renew her contract and earn the master rights of an old album, by turning in the new one.

Borchetta denied Swift’s allegations, saying that he offered the best deal to her. He also claimed that the singer found the deal unpleasant and “chose to leave”.

With her celeb status and open letter to the public, Taylor Swift has succeeded in bringing forward one of the greatest realities of the music industry, which has long been ignored. Her reaction letter encouraged many more artists to come forward, who described their difficult partnerships with the labels and their way of working. The move would definitely mould the future artist-label deals. 

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