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Spotify CEO Clarifies Hate Speech Policy

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Spotify has been under fire for the implementation of their Hate Speech Policy.

After the streaming service announced the changes to the platform, the company began removing artists from their platform. Florida rapper XXXTentacion was added to the list. He is accused but not convicted of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and other serious allegations.

The internet backlash happened when R.Kelly’s music still appeared on Spotify. R.Kelly is accused of multiple sex acts with minors and being the leader of a sex cult.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted the company’s new policy was not deployed properly. The policy is not supposed to police one artist.

“The whole goal with this was to make sure that we didn’t have hate speech,” said Ek. “It was never about punishing one individual artist or even naming one individual artist.”

XXXTentacion music will be reinstated to the service after further investigation.

Let us know if Spotify should remove artist accused of crimes outside of hate speech.

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Rick Ross New Single Green Gucci Suit Featuring Future

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Rick Ross has premiered a new song tonight entitled “Green Gucci Suit,” which features Future. While there’s no confirmation yet, it is presumed that this record will appear on Rick Ross’ planned forthcoming album Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill, a sequel to his first album 2006’s Port of Miami, which was officially announced back in March.

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Rick Ross Loses Countersuit For Mastermind Name

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Rick Ross has been ordered to pay up for the use of the name Mastermind.

A court has reversed the 2015 ruling over a rapper’s suit against Rick Ross, Def Jam Records, and Universal Music Group over the name Mastermind, according to Bossip. The relatively unknown California rapper Mastermind, whose real name is Raul Caiz, had originally trademarked the name and used it for almost 20 years.

After Ross released his Mastermind album in 2014, Caiz issued a cease and desist to Ross as well as demanding $2 million in damages in 2015. Ross didn’t respond to the claim and headed out on his Mastermind tour. Then in February 2016, Ross went to court with a countersuit that ultimately ended in a win for Ross and had Caiz’s trademark nullified.

Caiz then appealed and last Friday (June 15), the original decision was overturned. The main point of contention was whether Ross had made it clear that using the word “mastermind” naturally included musicians. The panel of appellate judges decided that Ross’ team had failed to do so.

The is no word on how much Ross had to pay in the ruling.

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Dr. Dre Producing A Marvin Gaye Biopic

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Dr. Dre is ready to bring a Marvin Gaye biopic to the big screen.

The Hip Hop moguls, whose film credits include 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, on which he served as a producer and an inspiration for the film, is in the early stages of getting the project off the ground. And rights to use Gaye’s music have been secured, according to sources. Sony/ATV Music Publishing is home to Gaye’s songwriting credits.

There have been multiple attempts to give Gaye the biopic treatment. The soul singer behind such hits as “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing,” and “Let’s Get It On” became one of Motown’s most successful artists before he was fatally shot in 1984 at age 44 by his father following a family dispute in their Los Angeles home.

F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, and actors including Jesse L. Martin and Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye’s story to the screen, but until now, none had been authorized by Gaye’s family.

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