Chris Brown Blackballed (Pg. 3)

VIBE: What’s going on with Chris Brown, and the dilemma with the radio stations?

JOJO: I heard someone say, “I was playing Chris Brown’s records before, but not now!” I heard that myself…because of the Rihanna thing.— 

HENRY: To a certain extent, I think the Rihanna situation gave certain program directors and radio people a reason not to play his records. And I was just looking at his sales the other day—he’s closing in at 300,000. We’re talking about a multi-platinum artist… 

SICKAMORE: It’s not that the radio is not playing his record. He don’t have a hot record. He had so many hits in a row that he didn’t know what it meant not to have a hot record out. Now he needs the radio to kind of push a record along that might not be as hot. And that depends on relationships. If Chris Brown had something hot off the Gangsta Grillz, you can’t stop him because he’d get hot on his own, because the fans would make him hot. But when he’s cold and he drops a lukewarm single like he did with “Transform Ya” and he drops a lukewarm album like he did…

"I heard someone say, 'I was playing Chris Brown’s records before, but not now!'" JoJo Brim

[Radio people think] How much has Chris Brown really helped me in the past, that I can help him out now? If he had came to a couple of more car shows, signed a couple of more autographs, did a couple of more radio promo stuff, then, "Yeah, you know what, Chris Brown’s record coming out? We’ll promote him in rain, sleet, hail or snow because we fuck with Chris, that’s our boy. And if he didn’t do that, then fuck him, who cares? We don’t have to play his record. We’ll give that spot to Trey [Songz]." That’s how they think. What happens is, when people start getting cold, you don’t have to treat them the same way as when they were hot.

VIBE: So Chris is being blackballed because he’s no longer hot? 

JOJO: I would slightly disagree with that, because the context of it is a little different. Most people who say that they’re blacklisted, they say that within the context of something happened with them or something occurred that made people treat them different. Being hot and being cold is a different thing. I don’t know a lot of artists that say, “I’m blacklisted,” because they got cold. Now, if you were the type of artist that ran around smacking people and didn’t show up for shit and had a history of being volatile, then that would be the context to say, “I’m blacklisted.”

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Additionally, Kim wrote that a video for “Go Awff” will drop this Friday (Mar. 26). She told fans over the weekend during a performance in Atlantic City, N.J. that the album would drop within the next few months, and will feature a Rick Ross collaboration.

The number 9 bears a special significance in Kim’s life. June 9 is the day her daughter Royal Reign was born, and March 9 was the day her dear friend, the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., was killed. Additionally, this is her ninth project (five albums and four mixtapes).

This will be Kim’s first official album since 2005’s The Naked Truth, which featured the singles “Lighters Up” and “Whoa.” Since then, she’s appeared on multiple tracks from artists such as Remy Ma, Keyshia Cole and Maino, just to name a few.

Watch her announcement and listen to “Go Awff” below.

LIL’ KIM ANNOUNCED HER NEW ALBUM “9” RELEASE DATE....May 17th 2019. Will you be supporting Queen Bee?

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Drip Too Hard 💧 | #GoAwff Video out Friday 🎥 | New Album “9” drops May 17th 💿

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Congrats: Kehlani Announces Birth Of Daughter, Adeya

Kehlani took to Instagram to announce that her daughter Adeya Nomi was born over the weekend. The While We Wait songbird thanked those who sent well-wishes as she entered the next big phase of her life.

“This weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home,” she wrote on Monday (Mar. 25) to accompany a photo of a baby’s blanket. “Unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing i’ve ever done. thankful beyond words. in love beyond comparison.”

She continued her post by stating she’s taking a social media break to be with her family and to rest.

Kehlani announced her pregnancy in 2018 via social media, and detailed that while she was preparing to go through a big change, she was still going to work on music. During a Zane Lowe interview earlier this year, she explained that her next album was dedicated to her daughter.

“[My next album details] my parents’ story, articulated into mine, articulated into a gift for my daughter, so she knows where she comes from,” she said. “[It’s] a really heavy load to process while I’m pregnant…breaking down my mom when I’m about to be a mom.”

Congrats to the new mom on her bundle of joy.


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this weekend our angel arrived healthy & perfect in every way in our bathroom at home. unmedicated homebirth was the absolute hardest yet most powerful thing i’ve ever done. thankful beyond words. in love beyond comparison. refraining from posting to be family and rest, we just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent well wishes, love, and support in all forms while waiting & working to bring Adeya earthside. 🧡

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Pharrell's New Netflix Kids' Series Focuses On Importance Of STEAM Learning

Pharrell Williams is the executive producer of a new children’s show on Netflix that focuses on educating little ones on the importance of science, technology and current events.

“I got involved with ‘Brainchild’ because there is a desperate need to raise awareness about the importance of science with our youth, we must edu-tain,” Williams told Variety about his new series. The show is hosted by Indian-American actress and comedian Sahana Srinivasan.

Brainchild will use “interactive games, experiments and skits” to teach and highlight the “core concepts and principles of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).” It was co-created by Atomic Entertainment, and is billed as a spinoff of the Emmy-nominated show “Brain Games,” which aired on National Geographic Channel for seven seasons.

Williams and his i am OTHER production partner Mimi Valdes also discussed the idea of the show’s accessibility for teachers and students. Per Variety, “The curriculum is available without having to sign up or register for any account, and can be used at home or in the classroom to supplement existing tools.”

“It’s especially important to me to get STEAM-focused programming in front of minority communities,” Pharrell says of attempting to reach viewers. “That’s because at the core of the plight of children of color in this country is a lack of access to actionable education.”


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Prepare to have your minds blown 🧠⚡🌊💖💡🔬 I worked with the masterminds of Brain Games on a show that will empower kids by approaching STEM topics in a cool, new way and to provide anOTHER way into science. Thank you to our host @Sahana.j.shree, @AlieWard, Atomic Entertainment, @i_am_other and the @Netflix team. Brainchild OUT NOW on Netflix. #brainchild

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