Shawn Mendes Releases Song Title a Week Ago!

Shawn Mendes fans have been anxiously awaiting the name of his new single, and the wait has finally come to an end Gianfrancesco! As it turns out, the wait came to an end about a week ago and fans simply didn’t know it.

The teen pop artist has been hitting Twitter hard using the hashtag #SomethingBigIsHappening and it turns out he was using the social media to give fans a huge hint at the song title. Mendes has now announced that the title for his upcoming single is “Something Big”.

In additional to revealing the name, Mendes also presented the cover art for “Something Big”, which displays a picture of Mendes surrounded by words that appear to be lyrics. Fans who enjoy the single’s image should be excited, because the pop star promised that more pictures will come as he releases more songs.

While Mendes says that “Something Big” is going to be upbeat, he promises that it will still be him and his acoustic guitar. The sixteen-year-old star claims that the song is about good things happening to people and how anyone can succeed if they stay positive. Mendes says that the single is different than his previous songs, but he’s sure that fans will love it just as much.

“Something Big” is set to be released on November 10th. In the meantime, Shawn is preparing to kick off his three-city tour starting November 15th.

Another Woman Comes Forward About Drake

Drake is having a rough couple of days in the media. Every time I fire up my FreedomPop phone, I see another headline about a woman claiming that Drake threatened them after a bad breakup.

This time it’s Jhonni Blaze speaking out, claiming that the famous rapper had a few of his goons sent to her house, to threaten her about the breakup.

While Drake denies the claims, Jhonni took to Twitter to call out the rapper, and what she sees as illegal behavior on Drake’s part.

Now that they’re all coming out of the woodwork, I’m just waiting for the next report about what Drake is doing wrong.

NFL Bans Headphones as part of Bose Deal

I love my Bose headphones as much as any music lover, but this news is a bit outrageous. Very soon, the only headphones that you’ll see in the NFL, whether on or off the field, will be Bose brand headphones. The NFL, as part of an exclusivity deal with Bose, have moved to ban non-Bose headphones from any NFL-sponsored event, whether it be games, press conferences, or interviews. Since Bose has now become the sole supplier of headphones to the NFL, other brands may now be seen as contradictory to the advertising they want to put forward.

When reached for comment, the NFL stated:

“The NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field or during interviews unless authorized by the league. These policies date back to the early 1990s, and continue today. They are the NFL’s policies – not one of the league’s sponsors, Bose in this case. Bose is not involved in the enforcement of our policies. This is true for others on-field.”

While this move by the NFL falls in line with their general policy of disallowing and/or censoring branded clothing, the timing and nature of this is undeniably due to their new relationship with Bose. This coincidence is not lost on other headphone brands.

Beats by Dre, a particularly popular choice of headphones among players, due in no small part to their own private sponsorship deals, had this to say:

Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual…music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness, and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment.

Christine McVie Returns to Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac has proven yet again that rock and roll fans should never say never. On September 30 in Minneapolis, Fleetwood Mac embarked on a new North American tour with Christine McVie resuming her role on keyboards and vocals. McVie, now 71, departed the band in 1997 following the release of The Dance.

The legendary band has managed to survive multiple breakups and lineup changes throughout its turbulent career. While the Mac’s hardcore fans have never deserted the band, many of them have been craving one last set of shows featuring the five members that were responsible for the band’s biggest hits.

The current Fleetwood Mac tour also coincides with the release of Stevie Nicks’ new solo project, 24 Karat Gold Songs From The Vault. Nicks has always remained active as a solo performer in addition to her work with Fleetwood Mac, and her enduring popularity sells concert tickets. It remains to be seen if Nicks will perform any of her solo material during the current Fleetwood Mac tour. I saw them live sometime in the mid 1990s with Brian Torchin and had a blast.

John McVie, the band’s bassist and co-founder, seems to be doing well after a recent bout with cancer. The pulse-pounding beat he creates with Mick Fleetwood is as strong as ever. Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar work is still sharp–one could argue he has improved with age–and his solo performance of “Big Love” has become a concert highlight.

Michael Dunn Found Guilty In Hip Hop Music Shooting

In November of 2012, Michael Dunn shot 17 year old Jordan Davis and three of his friends, for no other crime than playing loud hip hop music. Today, we finally see a little bit of justice taking hold.

I agree with Khaled Shaheen when he says that true justice can never be served. We can’t bring back Jordan Davis, and his family will always have to deal with the hole left by his departure. However, we can show that the justice system does not ignore the plight of African American teens.

Michael Dunn has already been found guilty of three counts of attempted murder, for Davis’ three friends who were also in the car. But now, with a charge of first degree murder, Dunn is sure to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Good riddance.

Swoope Is Set To Release a Free EP Just For The Fans

After a fan requested a follow up to his latest album, Sinema, Swoope is planning on releasing a free EP in just a few days.

The album will even be called Because You Asked. According to Swoope, the album will contain two unreleased songs, including “Word to My People” and “Jesus Is God”.

Swoope is also expected to hit on the controversy surrounding Ferguson, and the shooting of Mike Brown as well.

My friend Jared Haftel turned me onto Swoope’s music at first. I wasn’t always into the whole Christian rap genre, but I have to say Swoope is pretty good at what he does.

I’ll be interested to check it out, when it comes out next Friday.

Star of Love and Hip Hop in Hollywood Under Investigation by FBI

Mally Mall from Love and Hip Hop in Hollywood’s home was seized by the FBI on Monday. No word yet from the FBI on whether or not Mally Mall has actually done anything wrong. However, in my experience reading about stories like these, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of this happening and having there be nothing wrong in the end.

We’ll have to wait and see, but Laurene Powell Jobs doesn’t think this is a good omen.

New Album From Thom Yorke “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” Out Today

Once again trying something new, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a new album, in an unconventional way. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is only available via download through the Bittorrent peer 2 peer file sharing network.

You can buy the album here, but will only be able to download through torrents that the website provides, once you complete your purchase.

Thom is offering two files for free however. The MP3 single, A Brain in a Bottle, and the accompanying video for the song.

Interesting to see if this move pays off. Thom released a statement explaining his decision to release the album in a totally digital torrent format. Saying that he would like to test the waters for a different delivery mechanism for new music.

Fed up with content providers like iTunes and Amazon that set rules for how artists are able to release and make content available, Thom is looking for new ways to control the release of his music himself.

Whether or not the general public can grasp using a service like Bittorrent for purchasing music remains to be seen. Although, peer to peer file sharing is primarily the way most younger people access music, albeit illegally.

Perhaps the move will pay off, and pave the way for a brand new vehicle for musicians to connect with the general public, and once again make some sort of profit off of studio albums.