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The-Dream Calls 'Love King' Hate 'Psychological'; Talks Rumored 4th Album

Though The-Dream’s third album Love King was at the top of just about every music critic's most anticipated albums list for 2010, many felt that the Grammy award winner’s lead single sounded like a weak rehashing. But The-Dream believes his received criticism has nothing to do with the actual music.

“I think it’s more psychological than anything,” he told VIBE at the Def Jam offices yesterday. “Somebody can make a song that sounds exactly like me and people will like it, but when it’s mine, they hate on it and say ‘This sounds like something Dream would do three years ago.’ If it’s somebody else doing my shit though, then it’s hot because they’ve never done it before. They’re like ‘Oh man this dope. This guy is really doing it’ [laughs]. 

“So I mean that’s flattering, but it’s a psychological thing. We change our minds so much now that we don’t know one thing from another. And the people who comment aren’t people that buy my album. Those are people who just listen and keep it moving. They listen and they free download and they ride on out.”

The 31-year-old also quipped that he embraces the hate received from “Love King,” as a reminder that his prominence is climbing. “I think the more hating you get starts because you’re actually getting bigger,” he says.“I saw a coach the other day and he said something that I truly believe in… ‘Nobody wants to see somebody win that much.’ The ones that are with you even start to say ‘Okay that’s enough’ and then want to explore the human side of you and see if you can fail. But that doesn’t bother me. I love it.”

 


"Somebody can make a song that sounds exactly like me and people will like it, but when it’s mine, they hate on it"
 

Dream—who stated to MTV News in March that Love King would be his final album—also addressed rumors of a fourth record in the works that sprang after he tweeted on March 27, “Love/Affair?”

“We was having a conversation in the studio, about how if I would do another album, I would name it Love/Affair. Funny thing is, my computer was open and someone else typed it in. They put it in with a question mark and I was like ‘Why did you do that? They’re going to think it was me,’” he says.

But that doesn’t guarantee a fourth album is en route—unless a certain necessity is met. “I would have a big chance of wanting to do one if I was able to turn it into a movie like Purple Rain. Nobody wants to see someone do another album just lyrically based. When I’m telling a story, I’d much rather have someone see it,” he says. “But I don’t even know if I’m going to do Love/Affair. If I can do the movie than Love/Affair would be the soundtrack to that movie.”

Aside from music, photos of The-Dream’s wife, Christina Milian, and their one-month-old daughter, Violet, were published in Us Weekly yesterday. The new husband told VIBE he’ll “probably end up with eighty kids some type of way.”

The-Dream also premiered the music video for “Love King” yesterday, and is readying two other visuals for the single, featuring Ludacris and Jeezy. —Tracy Garraud


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Pharrell And Robin Thicke To Pay $5 Million In "Blurred Lines" Lawsuit

Marvin Gaye's estate has finally settled its lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke regarding their 2013 hit single "Blurred Lines." A federal judge reportedly ordered the duo to fork over nearly $5 million in damages to the Gaye family, Billboard reports.

According to a ruling from Judge John A. Kronstadt, Thicke, Williams and William's company More Water From Nazareth Publishing Inc. will each have to pay $2,848,846.50 in damages. Thicke will have to pay an additional $1,768,191.88 and Williams and his publishing company will pay another $357,630.96 to the Gaye family in separate payments regarding their lawsuit. In total, the damages amount to $4,983,766.85.

The Gaye estate is also entitled to receive interest on the damages against each party and will receive a  running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" revenue.

As previously reported, Marvin Gaye's estate filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Williams and Thicke back in 2013. They claimed their single sampled Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" without permission. Both Williams and Thicke's legal team attempted to get the case thrown out but were denied an appeal in Mar. 2018.

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Oprah Responds To Viral Video Of Her Eating Unseasoned Chicken

A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah's jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn't even add seasoning pic.twitter.com/rfs7PS1Jc3

— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 9, 2018

Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.

 

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Kanye West Calls Out Drake For Sneak Dissing: "Stop This Already Bro"

Clearly, Kanye West is still holding onto some ill feelings about Drake. The rapper recently reignited his feud with Drizzy in an epic rant on Twitter on Thursday (Dec. 13) until the OVO artist was forced to call him back.

It all started when Kanye shared a screenshot of a text asking whether he wanted to give Drake clearance for the 2009 song, "Say What's Real," which samples Ye's past track. Seems like a simple request, but it turns out, Kanye has been trying to get in contact with Drake for the past six months to no avail. So, Kanye unleashed a series of tweets, putting Drake on blast.

"Been trying to meet with you for 6 months bro You sneak dissing on Trav records and texting Kris talking bout how’s the family," he wrote, mentioning his past collaboration with Travis Scott on "SICKO MODE."

He also brought up past allegations in which Kanye was accused of telling Pusha-T about his secret son. "I told you I ain’t tell Pusha about your son," he added. "It’s all love bro bro but don’t play with me. You stay too close to be playing all these industry games bro... I would never intentionally try to hurt you bro I never even heard none of the diss records That ain’t my MO never did a diss record."

Kanye also furthered the rumor that Drake bought out the first two rows at Pusha-T's show in Toronto and hired people to try to jump him. "Buying first two rows at Pusha show got me hot bro," he continued. "Stop this already bro. You getting people hurt out here And over what."

After 34 minutes of ranting however, Kanye revealed that Drake had finally picked up the phone to call him, most likely in response to the madness online. A happy Kanye responded: "Mission accomplished." Drake seemingly responded to the rant on Instagram shortly after the call as well, with a string of laughing emojis.

So clearly all you have to do to get Drake on the phone is tweet about him until he gives up. Check out Kanye's tweets below.

This proves shit faker than wrestling pic.twitter.com/E9wzNycJna

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Still need that apology for mentioning the 350s and trying to take food out your idols kids mouths

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Been trying to meet with you for 6 months bro You sneak dissing on trav records and texting Kris talking bout how’s the family

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

I told you I ain’t tell Pusha about your son

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

It’s all love bro bro but don’t play with me. You stay too close to be playing all these industry games bro

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Sending purple emojis When I’m dealing with mental shit I need my apologies now Not through scooter either Not through Travis

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

I would never intentionally try to hurt you bro I never even heard none of the diss records That ain’t my MO never did a diss record

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

This ain’t about who could pay to have something done to somebody This man to man bro This been bothering me too long

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Buying first two rows at Pusha show got me hot bro

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Stop this already bro You getting people hurt out here And over what

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Drake finally called

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Mission accomplished

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

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