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Swizz Beatz and Timbaland sell Verzuz to Triller

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One year after launching Verzuz, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have sold the powerhouse platform.

Triller Network, the parent company of the social-networking app Triller, has acquired the global live stream music series. While financial details weren’t disclosed, Swizz and Timbaland will become large shareholders in the Triller Network and serve as brand visionaries on the Triller Verzuz management team.

The Verzuz co-creators have also allocated a portion of their equity in the Triller Verzuz combined company to all 43 performers who have appeared on Verzuz to date. Artists becoming shareholders and partners in Triller Network include John Legend, DMX, Alicia Keys, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Nelly, Ludacris, Brandy, Monica, Gladys Knight, D’Angelo, and more.

“This is a momentous occasion not only for Verzuz and Triller but the music business as a whole,” said Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. “By putting Verzuz in the Triller Network ecosystem and expanding the Verzuz brand to be side by side with the powerful Triller app, we will be able to continue to grow and evolve the music business as a whole, as we have been doing. To have partners in Triller who share our vision, specifically to celebrate and elevate the amazing artists who continue to shape culture around the world and give the consumer more direct access, is game changing.”

Added Swizz and Timbaland, “We couldn’t be happier to be elevating Verzuz and Triller and to recognize, in a very real way, all of the artists who have helped make Verzuz the global phenomenon it is today. Our dream, the artists’ dream, today is realized, which is no small feat. Triller Verzuz is a company that’s by the artists, for the artists and with the people.”

“There is no more disruptive and innovative brand in music today than Verzuz,” said Bobby Sarnevesht, Executive Chairman and co-owner of Triller. “Verzuz and music are synonymous, and both Triller and Verzuz share the ‘artist first, music first’ vision. We view this acquisition as more of a partnership than an acquisition, as Swizz, Timbaland and the other 43 artists who are all becoming shareholders and partners in Triller Verzuz from this day forward become our voice.”

As of now, there are plans to keep Verzuz on Instagram and Twitter in addition to Triller. But it won’t be returning to Apple Music after the deal expired. “We should be smart and just put it only on Triller. But we have strong core audiences on Instagram and Twitter as well. So for right now we want to leave everything in place,” Swizz told Billboard.

Verzuz launched in March of 2020 amid the cancelation of live events due to the pandemic. The platform has become a cultural phenomenon, amassing more than five billion impressions across platforms including Instagram and Apple Music. Earlier this year, Verzuz partnered with the NFL and plans to venture into additional sports verticals, comedy, and live events in the future

SOURCE: Rap Up

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Farruko Releases Powerfully Impacting Summer Anthem “Nazareno”

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As one of the music industry’s most prominent figures, Farruko, continues to create music that is relevant and impactful – something that is showcased with his latest song “Nazareno.” The song and its official video are available for streaming on all digital platforms today.

Throughout his remarkable and renowned musical career, the Puerto Rican urban music legend is once again proving that he is one of the most versatile artists of his generation by creating music that is not only in tune with current industry trends but also in line with his beliefs and positive messaging. His latest track, “Nazareno,” features Farruko’s signature style of using cutting edge rhythms and beats to produce something that will have everyone up off their seats and dancing throughout the summer. The lyrics of the song weave a story of someone who was being washed over by an external tide of undesired influences while longing for something better.

The video, which was directed by Mike Ho and produced by Cinema Giants, shows Farruko at a club surrounded by people who are in the throes of partying. The Puerto Rican rapper can be seen dressed in all white, a symbolic show of purity, while everyone around him is dressed in dark colors. The video was executive produced by Raul Celaya and Jessy Terrero.

“Wow. Nazareno. What a video. When me and Farruko spoke, we talked about doing something special for Nazareno. Something that would shock the world. Something that would touch people…but not the ones that are reachable. We wanted to reach the ones that the church doesn’t go for. This is going in and showing the TRUTH of what living in sin is to save the ones that need to be saved. That’s what Farruko wanted to do with this video.” comments Mike Ho.

In April, the critically acclaimed performer released his song “My Lova,” which focuses on the painful emptiness one feels when the most important person in one’s life is no longer around them and how walking that path can feel solitary. Since its release, the song has accrued over 3.36 million views on Youtube and over 3.29 million combined streams. Farruko first premiered the song on the Latin American Music Awards stage and later in the telecast joined an ensemble of over 30 artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, Prince Royce and more for a special performance of “Where Is The Love” in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

At the beginning of 2022, the multi-award-winning singer-songwriter took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with his song “El Incomprendido” featuring Victor Cardenas and DJ Adoni off of his LA 167 album. The song has garnered over 56.6 million YouTube views and over 118 million combined global streams.

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ELI DERBY and 6LACK Star in “Lately” Music Video

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PG County, Maryland artist Eli Derby has been joined by label mate and R&B savant 6lack on the official music video for track “Lately.” The song is off Eli’s current release, his debut EP Left on Read. Set in Los Angeles, CA the “Lately” music video is a stunning vignette of heartbreak and moody tension that matches the energy of the R&B earworm. Listen Here: https://eliderby.lnk.to/LeftOnRead

Hailing from PG County, Maryland and now based in Atlanta, GA, Eli Derby released his debut EP, Left On Read, last month. The five-track R&B project expertly showcases Eli’s prowess for addictive melodies and relatable songwriting. Eli wanted to reflect on the nature of how his generation of peers (Gen Z) often find solace on social media and yet struggle to actually communicate true feelings… leaving each other on “read.”

The 18 year old broke onto the scene last Fall with debut single “Gaslight.” The song received high acclaim from the likes of Complex, Billboard Uproxx, Okayplayer, VIBE (“…a catchy vibe”) — all praising the track as one of the week’s best R&B releases. Signed to LVRN (home to 6lack and Summer Walker and more), Eli has been busy gaining experience on the live arena performing sessions and sets across the DMV and South (watch his acoustic performance of “Gaslight” here) and ready to release more music in 2022 off the back of Left on Read.

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HEADIE ONE Drops New Single “22 Carats” Ft. French Rapper Gazo

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Today, Headie One releases a brand new track, “22 Carats,” available now across all DSPs. Get it HERE!

Featuring the French rapper Gazo, “22 Carats” is a collaboration years in the making, as Headie’s status as the UK break-out drill rapper reached France, Gazo was just starting out. Citing him as a huge influence on his rapping style, he reached out to Headie during the pandemic, with the pair finally getting together in a studio in Paris this year, resulting in the stone-cold drill track.

Gazo released his debut mixtape Drill FR in February 2021, topping the French album charts, giving him the much-deserved title The Prince Of French Drill.

“22 Carats” is produced by French producer Leo Eynard, with the video directed by Screetch.

Watch the video for “22 Carats” here

This latest track follows the recent release of Headie’s single Came In The Scene,” his first new music since Too Loyal For My Own Good in late 2021, marking a new chapter for The King Of Drill with more tracks to come from his recent travels in Europe very soon.

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Chris Brown congratulates Rihanna on her baby boy

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American singer, Chris Brown has reacted to the news about Rihanna welcoming a baby boy.

On Thursday, May, 19, 2022, TMZ reported that Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have welcomed a baby boy.

The Fenty Beauty founder reportedly welcomed her baby boy with the rapper on May, 13, 2022.

Reacting to the news in a post on his Instagram story, Breezy, who is the ex boyfriend of Rihanna, seemingly congratulated the couple on their baby.

“🙏🏾❤️ Congratulations 🫄🏻” he wrote.

Rihanna and Chris dated on and off from 2007 to 2013.

In February 2009, Rihanna obtained a restraining order against Chris after he physically assaulted her before the 2009 Grammy Awards. The two had been dating for almost two years at the time of the assault.

In February 2011, Rihanna agreed to drop the restraining order, and she and Chris reunited in 2012 only to split a year later in 2013.

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Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have welcomed a baby boy

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According to reports by TMZ, Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have welcomed a baby boy.

The Fenty Beauty founder welcomed her baby boy with the rapper on May, 13, 2022.

News of Rihanna’s pregnancy broke in late January after photos emerged of the singer, 34, proudly displaying her baby bump as she went for a stroll with Rocky, 33, in Harlem.

A month before the big reveal, Rihanna had sparked pregnancy rumors while dining at Carbone, with a source revealing she was “quite clearly drinking sparkling water and openly rubbing her baby bump.”

The love birds are also reported to have gotten engaged in a cute proposal captured in the latest music video from the rapper, “D.M.B.”

While Rihanna and A$ap Rocky have been friends for nearly a decade, they began sparking relationship rumors in late 2020.

They made their relationship public in 2021 and in early 2022, announced their pregnancy.

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Family sues Apple after AirPods supposedly damaged son’s ears

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Apple Inc has been sued by the family of a Texas child who allegedly suffered permanent hearing loss from an Amber Alert on the company’s AirPod wireless earbuds. (more…)

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