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Drake Earns Apple Music's Artist Of The Year Honor

The late XXXTENTACION also scored several singles on the streaming service's Top 100 Global Chart. 

Drake's reign in 2018 was one to remember as the artist was awarded Apple Music's Artist of the Year with plenty of singles and guest features dominating the streaming giant's Top 100 Global Chart.

Announced Tuesday (Dec. 4), the moment feels like déjà vu since the entertainer previously earned other accolades for the most popular album and song last year with Views and "One Dance." This year, his double album Scorpion was listed as the year's most popular album while country star Kacey Musgraves’ album Golden Hour earned the Album of the Year title.

The service’s song of the year went to “I Like It” by Cardi B, featuring Bad Bunny and J. Balvin while Juice WRLD was the 2018 Apple Music Breakout Artist of the Year. In addition to artists like Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole and Camilla Cabello shining with their game-changing singles like "HUMBLE.," "KOD" and "Havana," the late XXXTENTACION had six tracks on the list.

Check the full list out below.

1. Drake "God's Plan"
2. Drake "Nice For What"
3. Post Malone "rockstar" (feat. 21 Savage)
4. Drake "In My Feelings"
5. Post Malone "Psycho" (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
6. Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J Balvin "I Like It"
8. Camila Cabello "Havana" (feat. Young Thug)
9. BlocBoy JB "Look Alive" (feat. Drake)
10. Offset & Metro Boomin "Ric Flair Drip"
11. Lil Baby & Drake "Yes Indeed"
12. Post Malone "I Fall Apart"
13. Juice WRLD "Lucid Dreams"
14. Post Malone "Better Now"
15. Migos,Nicki Minaj & Cardi B "MotorSport"
16. Bazzi "Mine"
17. Drake "Nonstop"
18. Kendrick Lamar & SZA "All The Stars"
19. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line "Meant to Be"
20. Ariana Grande "no tears left to cry"
21. Migos "Walk It Talk It" (feat. Drake)
22. Travis Scott "SICKO MODE"
23. Zedd,Maren Morris & Grey "The Middle"
24. G-Eazy "No Limit" (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)
25. XXXTENTACION "Moonlight"
26. 6ix9ine "FEFE" (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz)
27. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa "One Kiss"
28. Ed Sheeran "Perfect"
29. Cardi B "Bodak Yellow"
30. Dua Lipa "New Rules"
31. Tyga "Taste" (feat. Offset)
32. Cardi B "Bartier Cardi" (feat. 21 Savage)
33. Migos "Stir Fry"
34. Maroon 5 "Girls Like You" (feat. Cardi B)
35. Bruno Mars "Finesse (Remix)" [feat. Cardi B]
36. The Weeknd "Call Out My Name"
37. Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"
38. Khalid & Normani "Love Lies"
39. Drake "I'm Upset"
40. NF "Let You Down"
41. Camila Cabello "Never Be the Same"
42. XXXTENTACION "Fuck Love" (feat. Trippie Redd)
43. XXXTENTACION "Jocelyn Flores"
44. Marshmello "Silence" (feat. Khalid)
45. Imagine Dragons "Thunder"
46. Rich The Kid "Plug Walk"
47. Khalid "Young Dumb & Broke"
48. Selena Gomez & Marshmello "Wolves"
49. Marshmello & Anne-Marie "FRIENDS"
50. Lil Dicky "Freaky Friday" (feat. Chris Brown)
51. Sam Smith "Too Good at Goodbyes"
52. French Montana "Unforgettable" (feat. Swae Lee)
53. XXXTENTACION "changes"
54. Post Malone "Candy Paint"
55. Ella Mai "Boo'd Up"
56. Post Malone "Ball For Me" (feat. Nicki Minaj)
57. Kodak Black "Roll in Peace" (feat. XXXTENTACION)
58. Lil Pump "Gucci Gang"
59. Cardi B "Be Careful"
60. Post Malone "Congratulations" (feat. Quavo)
61. Travis Scott "Butterfly Effect"
62. Drake "Mob Ties"
63. G-Eazy & Halsey "Him & I"
64. Dua Lipa "IDGAF"
65. Jay Rock,Kendrick Lamar,Future & James Blake "King's Dead"
66. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso "Let Me Go" (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt)
67. The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar "Pray For Me"
68. Kendrick Lamar "LOVE." (FEAT. ZACARI.)
69. Lil Uzi Vert "XO TOUR Llif3"
70. Gucci Mane "I Get the Bag" (feat. Migos)
71. Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble "This Is Me"
72. Imagine Dragons "Believer"
73. Eminem "River" (feat. Ed Sheeran)
74. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee "Despacito" (feat. Justin Bieber)
75. Kendrick Lamar "HUMBLE."
76. J. Cole "KOD"
77. Ariana Grande "God is a woman"
78. YoungBoy Never Broke Again "Outside Today"
79. Miguel "Sky Walker" (feat. Travis Scott)
80. Rudimental "These Days" (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen)
81. 5 Seconds of Summer "Youngblood"
82. Imagine Dragons "Whatever It Takes"
83. Logic "1-800-273-8255(feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)"

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LeBron James: “The Most Disrespected Person On Earth Is The Black Woman”

LeBron James shared a powerful statement in reaction to the lack of justice in the murder of Breonna Taylor, and promised to do his part to bring about change.

“The most DISRESPECTED person on Earth is THE BLACK WOMAN! I promise you I’ll do my best to change this as much as I can and even more!!! Love to you Queens all over this country and beyond,” James tweeted on Wednesday (Sept. 23) along with a shout out to some of the women in his family.

The most DISRESPECTED person on earth is THE BLACK WOMAN! I promise you I’ll do my best to change this as much as I can and even more!! LOVE to you QUEENS all over this country and beyond! 👸🏽👸🏾👸🏿❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 24, 2020

Grandma Freda, Gloria Marie, Savannah Rachael, Zhuri Ann Marie Nova I LOVE YOU MY BLACK QUEENS more than life itself!! 👸🏾🖤🖤🖤🖤

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 24, 2020

Mema Brinson, Deidra Norris, Pam Walker, Tanesha Walker, Chanelle Walker, Brenda Weems, Caddie Powers I LOVE YOU Queens!!! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 24, 2020

As previously reported, a grand jury decided not to charge officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove for killing Taylor during a police raid. Hankinson, a former officer of the Louisville Metro Police Department, faces three counts of wanton endangerment, but the charges were not related to Taylor being killed.

Collin Kaepernick also took to Twitter with a few thoughts: “The white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor’s life from us must be abolished for the safety and well being of our people.”

Read more reactions below.


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I am just at a loss for words.... 💔

A post shared by Kelly Rowland (@kellyrowland) on Sep 23, 2020 at 5:23pm PDT

Dear Breonna,

I’m so sorry the people in power have failed to get this right. You deserve so much more. Your life mattered. You deserved the bright future that was ahead of you. We will continue to say your name. We will continue to fight in your name. #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/31M3ndOloK

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 24, 2020

They never get it right and that doesn't make it hurt any less. Breonna Taylor should still be with us and her family deserved justice today. Tired of this shit.

— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) September 23, 2020

Bulls--- decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times. https://t.co/HOrDQzHJ0d

— Viola Davis (@violadavis) September 23, 2020

Amen 🙏🏽 shit is sooo sad and discouraging. https://t.co/2ex3OImFpv

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 23, 2020

Another innocent black life gone with no consequences!! Breonna Taylor was 26, a daughter, a cousin, a friend, a girlfriend, an ER technician, an AMERICAN. 💔

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 24, 2020

Understand what that truly means because Accountability needs to occur in a new way. Word is Bond to the Father. Let’s not be sorry, Let’s correct this fucking Error. Rest Easy Queen #BREONNATAYLOR pic.twitter.com/dzWTtV90Zl

— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) September 24, 2020

#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/eURn5iMQrl

— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020

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Kanye West Says He’s Giving G.O.O.D. Music Artists Back What He Owns Of Their Masters

After nearly two weeks of speaking out against Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, Kanye West has promised to do his part to help artists on his G.O.O.D. Music label imprint.

“I’m giving all Good music artist[s] back the 50% share I have of their masters,” West tweeted on Wednesday (Sept. 23). Big Sean, who signed with West’s label more than a decade ago, thanked West for the gesture.

Thank you!!! This would help so much 🙏🏾 https://t.co/6yR3fAKlwB

— Sean Don (@BigSean) September 23, 2020

The move comes as West spoke with Billboard to further discuss his plans to “free artists” from oppressive record deals.

“The desired effect will only be achieved when every artist owns their masters,” said West. “I’m Team ‘Free Artists.’ I’m committed to doing whatever is necessary so artists own their own copyrights. The response is awesome because everyone knows this is a broken system that needs to be fixed. Currently, artists take advances to make records and yet when they repay those advances the record company still owns the records.”

West said that he is in talks with Universal, and their parent company Vivendi, but reiterated that he wants to fix “everyone’s situation,” along with his own. “My brand and influence goes way beyond just music and that of course is meaningful to Vivendi, as it is to Adidas and many other conglomerates. If that helps me be able to help free all artists, of course I’m going to use it,” West explained.

“You only need to look back to the early days of the record companies and see how predatory they were,” he continued. “Old execs admit it. The contracts are almost the same now. The shape, the terminology... And yet, in that time we moved to a completely digital age. Has the attitude of the labels and the structure in which our music moves on our side changed to that degree? No, it has not. You’re locked in; once you’re locked in you can ask no questions.”

Despite his feelings on UMG and Sony/ATV, West hasn’t closed the door on working with the label giants in the future. “I will work with anyone who treats artists fairly and righteous. They do that , I will partner with them in bringing music to life. I will redesign the whole process.”

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Former Louisville Cop Brett Hankison Charged, But Not For Killing Breonna Taylor

Former and current officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove, were facing potential indictments for killing Breonna Taylor, but only one was charged in connection with the case, Louisville Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Wednesday (Sept. 23).

The grand jury opted to indict Hankison, who was fired from the department in June, on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for firing recklessly and endangering neighbors on the night of Taylor’s murder. Hankison was not charged for her death. If convicted on all three charges, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Cameron stated that he spoke with Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer ahead of the announcement. He called the 26-year-old emergency room tech’s death a “tragedy,” before revealing “facts” in the case, which concluded that all of the officers acted lawfully.

“There was no video or body camera footage of the officers’ attempted execution of a search warrant at Ms. Taylor’s residence. Video footage begins at the point that area patrol officers arrive at the location. And therefore, the sequence of events from March 13th had to be pieced together through ballistics evidence, 911 calls, police radio traffic, and interviews,” said Cameron, who denied that police were executing a no-knock warrant in the early morning hours of March 13. Louisville moved to ban no-nock warrant’s after Taylor’s death.

Mattingly, Cosgrove and Hankison were called on as “extra personnel” during the raid on Taylor’s home, and only had information that was “conveyed” during a prior briefing, according to Cameron. Another unnamed officer filed the warrant.

“Evidence shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment. The officer’s statement about their announcement are corroborated by an independent witness who was near in proximity to [Taylor’s apartment],” continued Cameron. “In other words, the warrant was no served as a ‘no-knock warrant.’ When officers were unable to get anyone to answer or open the door the decision was made to breach the door.”

Mattingly was the “first and only officer” to enter the residence, where he saw two people (Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker), Cameron said. Both Taylor and Walker were unaware that police were raiding the residence and were sleeping prior to being woken up by the commotion. Mattingly observed Walker in a “shooting stance” and was shot in the upper thigh, Cameron said.

“Seargent Mattingly returned fire down the hallway. Mattingly fired six shots. Almost simultaneously, Detective Cosgrove also in the doorway, shot 16 times. This all took place in a matter of seconds,” Cameron said. “In total, six bullets struck Ms. Taylor. Medical evidence obtained by our team indicates that only one shot was fatal.” Cameron added that Crossgrove fired the fatal shot and that Taylor died within seconds. However, Walker told authorities that Taylor struggled to breathe for at least five minutes. She went untreated for more than 20 minutes.

“I think it is worth repeating again our investigation found that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker,” Cameron reiterated.

Cameron does not plan to release the grand jury indictment. When asked about the racial breakdown of his team he replied, “Well I’m Black. And I speak for the entire department.”

Benjamin Crump, one of the attorney’s representing Taylor’s family called the charges “outrageous and offensive to her memory.” Read his full statement below.

Today’s indictment is outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor’s memory, yet another example of no accountability for police. Full statement: (1 of 2) pic.twitter.com/pmurOrV5My

— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 23, 2020

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