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Apple Reportedly In Talks To Aquire Jay Z's Tidal Music Streaming Service

After a year of ups and downs, Tidal might be headed to Apple Inc. 

Tidal, Jay Z's music streaming service, might have a new home under the Apple umbrella.

According to The Wall Street JournalApple hasn't announced it's plans just yet, as negotiations are ongoing. The idea to acquire Tidal was inspired by the company's powerful ties to major celebrities like Beyonce and Madonna. It is also the only streaming service to contain the entire discography of the late singer Prince, who endorsed the company before his death.

While Apple Inc. hasn't dismissed the reports, a Tidal spokesman says head execs haven't spoken to the company. Tidal came to fruition in March 2015 when Jay Z purchased the service from Swedish company Aspiro for $56 million. It went on to be a champion of the independent artists as the company assured allegiance to the artist by giving them freedom and more money for streaming their songs. It also began to show potential with the presentation of music specials from Rihanna and exclusive releases of Beyonce's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo albums.  

Backlash ensued due to the $20 a month charge for high-fidelity tracks, despite their normal $10 option for listeners. There was also the constant revolving door of chief executives. Jeff Toig, the former chief business officer of SoundCloud has held the CEO title since January. Jay Z himself even took to Twitter to explain his view of Tidal and it's allegiance to artists.

Meanwhile, Apple Music has housed special deals of their own. With a year under its belt, the company has released exclusives like Drake's Views and new music through Beats 1 Radio.

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A former Postmates delivery driver is suing Lizzo for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, two months after the “Truth Hurts” singer put her on blast over a food delivery mix-up.

According to TMZ, Tiffany Wells claims that she received threats, fears for her safety and has been battling stress and anxiety since the incident. Wells claims that while she no longer works for Postdates she remains subject to being humiliated and ridiculed.

In September, Lizzo blasted Wells on Twitter when her food delivery never showed up to her Boston hotel. She tweeted out a photo of Wells and accused her of stealing the food. “She lucky I don’t fight no more,” Lizzo joked.

As it turns out, Wells was actually in the hotel but left because she couldn’t get a hold of Lizzo. Postmates delivery drivers are allowed to leave a location if they can’t get in touch with the customer within a certain amount of time.

Lizzo received backlash for publicly shaming Wells. She later deleted the tweet and apologized. “I apologize for putting that girl on blast. I understand that I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger,” she tweeted at the time. “Imma [sic] really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door.”

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Lil Nas X Debuts On Forbes’ List Of Top-Earning Country Music Acts

It’s been a good year for Lil Nas X. The 20-year-old’s record breaking “Old Town Road” single helped him make it on the Forbes list of Top Earning Country Acts of 2019.

With an estimated $14 million in income (before taxes), Nas X debuted at No. 18 on the list ahead of Miranda Lambart, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flats. Country star Luke Bryan topped the list with $42.5 million followed by Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney rounding out the Top 5.

Aside from being the youngest on the roster, Nas X is the only black artist and the only openly gay artist to make the Forbes’ Country Music list.

With a record 19 weeks on the Billboard singles charts, “Old Town Road”  became the longest No. 1 single in history and the first single to earn a diamond certification from the Recording Academy while simultaneously topping the charts.

Earlier in the week, the Atlanta native made history with his win at the CMA Awards and was recently spotlighted in TIME magazine's Next 100 list of influencers.

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Naturi Naughton Responds To 50 Cent Targeting Her On Social Media

Naturi Naughton refuses to let 50 Cent get her “out of character.” A week after he apologized for making fun of her hair on social media, 50 Cent posted yet another meme taunting Naughton on Twitter on Wednesday (Nov. 13).

The G-Unit honcho, whose Instagram account was suspended earlier that day, tweeted a meme of Naughton which featured a photo taken during the Power season six mid-season finale screening in New York last month. The tweet went viral but most of the comments were blasting 50 for repeatedly targeting Naughton.

You're disgusting for this.

— peaches (@peaches07) November 13, 2019

Idk who hurt you so deeply that you continue to be this childish and bitter but sir PLEASE seek help. It's never too late to get therapy mama.

— hp lovecraft named his cat... (@mystorimachinee) November 13, 2019

She already said she wasnt. The first time he could say he thought it was all in fun. This time he KNOWS he is hurting her feelings.

— 🧞‍♀️ (@ebonymystique) November 13, 2019

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— 🤘🏾HannaAnn🤘🏾 (@hannapauses) November 14, 2019

Naughton hit back on social media on Thursday (Nov. 14). “There’s so much I wanna say but…You don’t have an Instagram account so why waste my characters or come out of my CHARACTER,” she wrote on Instagram next to a tweet that read, “Did we have a fight and I not know about it?”

Though 50 Cent has a reputation for social media bullying, many felt that he crossed the line with Naughton, given the power dynamic. As executive producer of Power, the Queens native is Naughton’s boss. He has yet to publicly apologize again but let’s hope that the 46-year-old rapper is done bothering Naughton.

Read her full response below.

 

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😔There’s so much I wanna say but... You don’t even have an Instagram account so... 🤷🏾‍♀️ why waste my characters or come out of my CHARACTER! But do pick up a copy of my upcoming book: #whatNOTtoDoWhenYoureABoss 🤦🏾‍♀️ #ImNotACharacter #IAmARealPerson #IAmAWoman #IAmABlackWoman

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