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Luis Fonsi Wins Song Of The Year For "Despacito" At BMI Latin Awards

Grammys might have dropped the ball, but BMI knew what was up. 

There’s no denying the massive presence Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” had on 2017, and the accolades for the Puerto Rican pop singer just keep on coming. Fonsi recently won the Contemporary Latin Song of the Year 2017 for the chart-topper at the 25th annual BMI Latin Awards gala. Residente of Puerto Rico's Calle 13 also won the BMI Champion Award for his philanthropic and artistry.

"I don’t even know how the hell I made it to that list," Fonsi said of the nominations upon receiving the award. "But I am just very honored thank you so much. It truly is an honor."

“Despacito” broke the record for the longest time a song has been at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 song list in its 59th year archive year history. “That is something that you sense, that doesn't happen with other singles you release, and you look at the charts and start seeing streams and spins in countries where my music normally doesn't get played,” Fonsi told Billboard regarding the song’s ubiquitous presence on the airwaves. “Two weeks in without the label formally launching the song, in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, it was already in the top five.”

Fonsi and Daddy Yankee won four honors at the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards for "Despacito," but failed to take home any accolades for the song during this year's mainstream Grammys ceremony, something the general public deemed a flagrant snub.

Congrats to Fonsi and Residente.

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Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Will Be Available For Streaming Across All Services

One of Dr. Dre’s most acclaimed albums will be available across all music streaming services very soon. On Thursday (April 9), The Chronic will live on various streaming platforms on April 20, a feat eOne’s Global President, Music & Live, Chris Taylor, said should put a smile on fans’ faces.

“Fans now have another reason to celebrate on what has become a national holiday, celebrating all things cannabis-related – where legally allowed and in moderation of course,” Taylor said in an email statement. “Working with the Death Row catalogue is like working with the legendary recordings of Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Beatles. These historic artifacts should be heard by all music lovers and we are so happy Dr. Dre has opened this door so everyone can experience the brilliance of this seminal work.” On certain streaming services, only Dre's 2001 and Compton albums are available to stream.

The Chronic was released in 1992 under Death Row Records. Dre's debut album featured rap heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage, Kurupt, The D.O.C., Warren G, and more. With hit songs like “Let Me Ride” and “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” The Chronic received triple platinum status and landed at the No. 3 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 upon its arrival.

Previously, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry selected The Chronic as one of 25 recordings to be honored within the prestigious roster. Via LA Weekly, Xenon Pictures’ Welcome to Death Row: The Rise and Fall of Death Row Records highlighted the making of The Chronic with its collaborators, including the late Nate Dogg. "I think [The Chronic] was a classic because everyone on it was hungry," he said. "Everybody put their all into The Chronic album. This was going to build a record company; this would build all our careers."

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Rapper And Model Chynna Rogers Dies at 25

Philly MC and model, Chynna has died, sources close to rapper confirmed.

“I can regrettably confirm Chynna passed away,” her manager John Miller told Stereogum via email. He added that her family said, “Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed”.

The 25-year-old got her start in the industry after she signed to Ford Models when she was 14-years-old. On weekends, she'd travel New York City with the late A$AP Yams. It was the producer and creative who inspired the "seasonal depression" rapper to pursue her music career.

In the 2013, made waves with her single, "Selfie," followed by the hard-knocking "Glen Coco," before releasing her EP, I'm Not Here. This Isn't Happening in 2015. Two years later, Ms. Rogers released her EP, Music 2 Die 2 .

It's no secret that she struggled with opiate addiction. Back in 2017, the late rapper told VIBE that she was three years sober.

"I felt crazy. I didn't want to be a statistic. I didn't want to go out that way and people be like: 'I told you so," or glamorize it [drugs], because I don't feel like that," Chynna said to VIBE. "It was nerve-wracking to be open, but when you see how many more people who are dealing with the same thing, it's good to have some kind of example of someone you didn't expect to be going through it."

Chynna went on to explain how having a support system was instrumental in her battling addiction. "It was hard," she said. "I had to go away for a minute and I did detox, but it was a matter of having a really good support system of family and friends."

chynna you were fuckin hilarious bro... today was our last exchange of jokes & those i will miss the most. i can’t believe it idk how to

i love you. so very much.

my heart is officially iced.

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 9, 2020

 

Damn it’s true 😔 her cousin confirmed on IG 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/S9yGblZjUc

— PSMIITH (@BoomFuego) April 9, 2020

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Cardi B And Fashion Nova Will Give Away $1,000 To Families In Need

Cardi B continues to back up her authenticity with actions. The Bronx native has joined forces with Fashion Nova to give away $1,000 every hour, for a total of $1 million, in an effort to assist people struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Everyone has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic," Cardi said via press release. "Fashion Nova Cares and I have come with a way to help the many families in need."

Those looking for help cam visit www.fashionnova.com/cares, enter their email address, and phone number as well as their personal story, which is optional.

Fashion Nova will choose 24 winners each day, who will receive a $1,000 check.

 

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