Joe Jackson Says Quincy Jones ‘Knows Better’ Than to Accuse Michael Jackson of Stealing Music

In case you somehow missed last week's juicy Vulture interview with Quincy Jones, the famous producer made some pretty wild allegations. According to Jones,  he once dated Ivanka Trump, who apparently has “the most beautiful legs” but “the wrong father,” Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando had sex once (which Pryor's widow confirmed), and Michael Jackson “stole a lot of stuff.” Specifically, Jones said Michael stole “Billie Jean” and “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough.” 

TMZ started to ask Joe Jackson on Saturday at the restaurant Toscanova in Calabasas, CA if his son did, in fact, steal the hook of “Billie Jean” from Donna Summer's song “State of Independence.” Joe immediately chimed in and said, “I raised Michael, he's my son. Quincy Jones, he knows better. I don't want to talk about it.” When asked if he thinks Michael wrote “Billie Jean,” he said, “Yes, correct.”

Jones had a seemingly tight relationship with Michael as a co-producer for the late musician's best-selling albums. The producer did not hold back on his MJ gossip during this interview: he also addressed Michael's famous plastic surgery. “[Jackson] has a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him,” Jones said. “What do you expect?” The 84-year-old also addressed the state of music today, which, unsurprising given the tone of the interview, he is not at all impressed with. Pop music is “just loops, beats, rhymes, and hooks,” rap music is “the same phrase over and over and over again, and U2 sucks now, too. And this was just the PG-13 version of the interview.

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Dennis Rodman was arrested last night in Newport Beach, CA for driving under the influence.

Jon Jones May Be Stripped of His UFC Title After Failing Another Drug Test

So much for a Jon Jones comeback. Less than a month after his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, the 30-year-old MMA fighter has, once again, tested positive for a banned substance. Sources say Jones is now at risk of losing his title.

According to MMAFighting.com, Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol, which could result in a suspension spanning more than two years. TMZ reports Jones will be stripped of his title with the belt going back to Cormier. UFC president Dana White announced that a decision has not been made.

“He has not been stripped yet but he has got to go through the process,” White told the Sun.

The UFC released a statement on the matter:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones' bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones' potential anti-doping violation.

This is the second time Jones has tested positive for a banned substance. In 2016, he was slapped with a one-year suspension after clomiphene and letrozole were found. He insisted he failed the test because he took a male enhancement pill without knowing it contained a banned substance.

“I have always maintained my innocence and I am very happy I have been cleared in any wrong doing pursuant to the allegations made that I had intentionally taken a banned substance,” he said in a statement. “I am pleased that in USADA's investigation they determined I was ‘not a cheater of the sport.’ Being cleared of these allegations was very important to me.”

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Inside the Beef That Lead to XXXTentacion Getting Knocked Out

During the San Diego stop on his Revenge Tour, 19-year-old Florida-based rapper XXXTentacion got knocked out mid-song while performing at The Observatory. The assailant, who's identity has not been confirmed, is said to be an associate of Rob Stone, a 22-year-old rapper from San Diego who made some noise with a song “Chill Bill” but has been connected to XXXTentacion through a beef that's been stirring since April of this year.

With XXXTentacion's name being in the news circuit for most of 2017, and a flurry of theories regarding what happened in this altercation (which someone who may or may not have been the person who attacked XXXTentacion being stabbed), the question on everyone's lips is “what the hell happened?”

Let's walk back to the beginning of the beef, which reportedly features everything from grabbing mics, more violent attacks, and a rapper named Ski Mask The Slump God. Here's a look at Rob Stone and XXXTentacion's beef.

April 9, 2017: Ski Mask the Slump God escorted off stage during Rob Stone performance

To understand how XXXTentacion and Rob Stone started beefing, you have to understand Stone's beef with Ski Mask the Slump God, another Florida-based rapper who is down with XXXTentacion. According to reports, Ski Mask was escorted off the stage at a show at The Observatory on a San Diego date for Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

As the story goes, Ski Mask tried getting on the mic as Rob Stone was getting on stage to start his performance. Ski Mask got frustrated over the ordeal and decided to not leave the stage. Footage shows that he ended up getting walked off the stage by a number of unidentified men.

When word got to XXXTentacion about what happened at the show to Ski Mask, he took to Twitter to vent. The tweet, which has since been deleted, said, “Let them know whoever the fuck that is getting fucked in they mouth when I go on tour for putting their peasant hands on my brother.” Rob Stone wasn't here for it, and let it be known in his own tweet.

To which Ski Mask sent his own tweet, insinuating that there was more to the growing friction between himself and Rob Stone.

April 10, 2017: Ski Mask gets jumped

The very next night on Desiigner's Outlet Tour found Ski Mask and Rob Stone getting into it at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. At the start of Ski Mask the Slump God's set, a pair of individuals are jumped him from behind, causing the three of them to fall into the crowd. Ski Mask is said to have then jumped back on stage, and was chased by a whole squad of people.

April 11, 2017: Two sides of the same story

In two separate conversations with XXL, both Rob and Ski Mask laid out their sides of what happened in Los Angeles. Stone likened Ski Mask's set in L.A. to being the “third strike” of disrespect. Strike one was said to have been an incident where Ski Mask ran out during Rob's set in Seattle to interact with fans mid-song. Stone says, “The nigga was ruining my spot. So that was the first strike and I told the nigga, ‘Don’t do that. If you’re gonna run on my set, come on ‘Chill Bill’ at the end.’ So he was like, ‘Aight, cool’ and it was straight.” Stone said strike two was at the San Diego show. According to him, Ski Mask's lateness forced set times to be pushed back, with Ski Mask being told he's go on at 9 p.m. Around 9:25, Stone says Ski Mask finally showed up, and took to the stage as Rob Stone was about to go on. When Stone's DJ wouldn't hand Ski Mask the mic, he got aggy and stood his ground.

Stone said that after the back-and-forth with XXXTentacion and Ski Mask on Twitter, as well as seeing XXX on Instagram Live “talking about Ski Mask gonna slap the shit outta me,” Stone decided he'd approach Ski Mask at the L.A. show, but Ski Mask showed up and hopped right on stage. “I wasn’t even trying to run onstage and do bro like that. I was supposed to get at bro behind the scenes, but he wanna run onstage and not holla at me like a real nigga, so I run onstage and take the mic from blood and then we beat his ass from the stage to the street. And that’s how it goes. And I left his ass out in the street with his ass out and his underwear. And that’s exactly what happened, from beginning to end.”

Ski Mask saw things differently, saying that AEG (who was putting on the Outlet Tour) was trying to get Rob Stone off of the tour. “Statistically, I shouldn’t even perform before him. Looking at numbers, I shouldn’t have to perform before him because it doesn’t make sense. My numbers are way higher than his in general. Then performance wise, this nigga is ass. He doesn’t do good in general in performance. So they were trying to throw him off [the tour] and he was angry as fuck.” Ski Mask also stated that the San Diego date was supposed to be his last date on the tour, but he says he might not have been getting paid.

Now, even though he says he wasn't going to perform if he wasn't going to get paid, he did indicate that he would be telling his fans “'on the mic that I'm not performing.' Because they're gonna think I didn't even pull up and they're gonna be mad.” According to Ski Mask, that's when the footage starts, where he's on the stage not being given a mic, but not wanting to get off the stage.

In the case of the Los Angeles tour date, Ski Mask said he only went there because he “didn't want to seem pussy,” indicating that he “didn’t think, even if he was gonna jump me, he was gonna do it like that, by jumping me on the stage and not even give me the heads up that he’s about to jump me or wait until I’m done performing.” As you can see in the above video, that wasn't the case. Ski Mask also alleges that around eight people attacked him, and at some point, knives were drawn and his friend was stabbed.

They both indicated to XXL that they were no longer a part of Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

May 1, 2017: Rob Stone replaced by Ski Mask the Slump God at Rolling Loud Festival

After their very public scuffles on the Outlet Tour, Ski Mask and Rob Stone would spend time clapping back and forth at each other, but the next real issue was Stone's claims that he was removed from the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. According to a tweet of his on May 1, Stone says he was paid in full in advance “not to show up at the festival,” saying that “the promoter is their boy.”

The “their” is in reference to XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God; XXX was already on the bill, and its said that Ski Mask ended up taking Rob Stone's slot. Stone later spoke out on the situation, reiterating that he was paid not to go “for 'safety & security,'” and spoke on how his issues with XXXTentacion was the cause of him being let go.

 

#robstone says he was paid NOT to attend #rollingloud because of issues with #xxxtentacion (part 1)

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#robstone says he was paid NOT to attend #rollingloud because of issues with #xxxtentacion (part 2)

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June 7, 2017: XXXTentacion gets suckerpunched

It's hard to tell if XXXTentacion was worrying about any flack from his shared beef with Rob Stone when hitting The Observatory during his Revenge Tour, but knowing what has gone down between Ski Mask and Rob Stone, it's hard to be surprised. During his set, someone ran onstage and knocked XXX out with a blow. The individual was immediately bumrushed by security, with a major scuffle ensuing both on stage and behind-the-scenes.

It appears that many in the building started screaming “Fuck Rob Stone.” After the incident, when XXX came to, he hit Twitter to not only say he was set up, but to throw a threat for the next time someone attacks him.

Fox 5 San Diego reports that at some point during the incident on stage, a 19-year-old was stabbed. They also indicated that, at the time, there were no reported arrests.

At the time of this writing, there's been no comment on social media from Rob Stone, though the Slump God did share a couple of tweets.

Sadly, this doesn't seem like it's going to be over any time soon. Maybe Rolling Loud had the right idea; the heat between these factions is too great to have them near each other. If someone doesn't step up to mediate the situation, this could go from bad to worse very quickly.

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Kanye and Kim Look as Awkward on a Roller Coaster as the Rest of Us

Taking a break from his reported excursion to a mountain in Wyoming to work on his new album, on Monday Kanye West, Kim Kardshian, their kids, and Kourtney Kardashian's kids all made a trip to Disneyland, where they were immediately captured by the paparazzi (both the real one and the amateurs on Twitter):

According to TMZ, they were at the park to celebrate the birthday of a family friend. Being that Kanye spending a day at Disney quickly descended into paparazzi madness, that holing-himself-up-in-Wyoming thing is kind of starting to make sense.

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Your EDM Premiere: BONNIE X CLYDE – Bass Jam

“Bass Jam” is the newest single from BONNIE X CLYDE’S upcoming EP. In case you haven’t come across this duo yet, they are a force to be reckoned with. Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the duo have years of combined experience under their belts, allowing them to create alluring, genre bending tracks. Bonnie has extensive experience in producing, singing, and DJing. You will hear these skills bleed through with her vocals on this new single. Clyde brings in a lot of production experience to the mix, most evident in the crisp sounds created in this new single.

The track begins with a reverbed guitar and a far away synth. Bonnie’s voice cuts through a four on the floor beat, setting the pace for the rest of the tune. The chorus comes in with a bang. Half timed, massive 808s hit your ears as Bonnie continues to draw you in with her vocals and lush bass drones echo in the background. Blending house and future bass elements, this new single has us yearning for the EP to be released.

Take a listen to the track below:

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Source: Your EDM Premiere: BONNIE X CLYDE – Bass Jam

Darren Styles & Gammer – Feel Like This [Monstercat]

Just a month after his Monstercat debut, Darren Styles is back on the label once again with some new heat. This time, however, Styles is coming full force with much more than a simple remix.

“Feel Like This” is Darren Styles’ newest collaboration with hardcore mastermind Gammer, an artist most fans would have never expected to see on the label, given his distinct style of music that has lived through decades in the underground. While Gammer’s long time fans might be slightly disappointed with this release, “Feel Like This” should serve as a huge step for Monstercat and its community.

Though “Feel Like This” almost entirely abandons the alternative style found in Gammer and Styles’ previous collaborations, it’s definitely evident that the two producers had a heap of fun making what is arguably the most lighthearted song of their careers. Simply said, “Feel Like This” is nothing but pure happiness.

In addition, Styles and Gammer have recently announced a six-date B2B tour to support this new single. Check out the dates and listen to “Feel Like This” below:

Support on all platforms: Monstercat.lnk.to/FeelLikeThis

3.16 – TBA, AZ
3.17 – San Francisco, CA
3.18 – Los Angeles, CA
3.23 – Houston, TX
3.24 – Dallas, TX
3.25 – New York City, NY

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Source: Darren Styles & Gammer – Feel Like This [Monstercat]

SAYMYNAME Releases “Get On My Level”

Coming off of a major fall 2016 tour, SAYMYNAME has hit the ground running in 2017. The 2013 winner of the Insomniac Discovery Project has been drumming up support from some of the biggest names in electronic music lately from DJ Snake to Skrillex as he released music with major names like Armada, Spinnin’, and Mad Decent.

His latest release “Get On My Level” with surging record label Thrive Music brings a re-engergized feel to Hard Trap with none other than Kevin Flum on the hard-hitting vocals. The grinding hairstyle synths and earth-shaking bass in this track is sure to hype up dance floors and festival stages all over the map this upcoming season, so be sure to have a listen now.

Want to check it out live? SAYMYNAME will be performing tonight for a SOLD OUT crowd at Yost in Santa Ana, CA. Thrive Music and William Painter have teamed up for an epic giveaway, so don’t miss out. Grab your tickets here.

Have a listen to SAYMYNAME’s new release “Get On My Level” on Spotify below!

Use the ‘Get On My Level’ Snapchat filter on a video of you going hard as f*** at tonight’s show and add it to Yost’s story for a chance to win a pair of William Painter sunglasses.

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Source: SAYMYNAME Releases “Get On My Level”

Your EDM Premiere: Keys N Krates x KRANE – Right Here

A match that we never knew we wanted was made earlier today, when live electronic band Keys N Krates and rising underground legend KRANE teamed up to release a collaborative single, “Right Here.” Coming as a fluid blend of the two acts’ iconic styles, the song expertly combines KNK’s minimal, hard-hitting arrangement with KRANE’s sound design and songwriting prowess. The result is a track that’s already primed to hit the stages during the upcoming festival season.

When asked about the start of their relationship with KRANE, Keys N Krates said they became fans from the moment they heard his late 2015 original, “Movin.”

“When we first heard KRANE’s tune ‘Movin’ we knew he was special and we immediately became fans.  We got in contact with him, and just sort of just built and it became natural for us to work on something together eventually.  We sent him this dark RnB driven type idea that he put he then put his spin on and it started really becoming a cool blend of our sounds.”

For KRANE, the experience of working with several of his early inspirations was something to be extremely proud of.

“I remember when I started producing watching vids on Youtube of these dudes rehearsing. Been a long time fan of KnK and what they represent in electronic music, so having come all this way and made a tune with them is really something I’m extremely proud of.”

The song begins with a swell of warm synth above distant percussive strikes and a pulsating ripple, quickly rising towards the vocals as they occupy the spotlight. A gradual series kick drums and claps pairs with the climbing energy towards the drop, until an explosion of powerful future bass waves and signature, high-pitched vocal chops take over the space. Sharp snare hits and a rumbling bass transform the vibe into a riot full of cascading melodies and thick sonic textures.

Listen to “Right Here” below, and check further down for a download and the two acts’ touring schedules!

Click here to purchase your copy via iTunes!

KRANE:

2/10 – Webster Hall – New York, NY

2/17 – Wobbleland – San Jose, CA

3/3 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

3/4 – Exchange – Los Angeles, CA

3/24 – Sky – Salt Lake City, UT

3/25 – Stereo Live – Dallas, TX

Keys N Krates:

Feb 03 – Webster Hall (DJ SET) – New York, NY

Feb 11 – CRUSH – Dallas, TX

Feb 17 – Echostage – Washington, DC

Feb 24 – Create Nightclub (DJ SET) – Los Angeles, CA

Feb 25 – Bassmnt (DJ SET) – San Diego, CA

Mar 03 – BETA Nightclub (DJ SET) – San Diego, CA

Apr 08– Phoenix Lights Festival – Phoenix, AZ

May 05 – Middlelands Festival – Todd Mission, TX

May 26 – Elements Festival – North East, PA

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Source: Your EDM Premiere: Keys N Krates x KRANE – Right Here

Gryffin Releases Official Remix of CHVRCHES’ “Clearest Blue” Ahead of Second Sold-Out SF Show

LA-based producer Gryffin burst onto the scene after introducing his live setup at this year’s SnowGlobe festival in Lake Tahoe, CA. Since then, the up-and-coming artist has performed in front of huge crowds at events like San Diego’s CRSSD and Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. Alongside his chart-topping debut single “Heading Home,” Gryffin has also completely sold out his ongoing live tour, and added a special final tour stop at The Observatory Orange County on May 10th to celebrate his rising success.

Now, the multi-instrumental artist returns this week with a striking rendition of CHVRCHES “Clearest Blue.” Gryffin takes the indietronica elements of the original and infuses it with a resonating piano melody and warbling bass line to craft a melodic house masterpiece. The remix is just one of many amazing releases this producer has in store for this year, so keep an eye out for more of Gryffin’s impressive tunes in the months to come.

In addition to this stunning official remix of CHVRCHES, Gryffin will be making his way up the coast to San Francisco tomorrow, more specifically Rickshaw Stop, for his second sold-out show in the Bay Area on his Heading Home tour. Selling out two shows in San Francisco is no easy feat for even some of the biggest artists in the world right now, and Gryffin managed to sell out his second show in less than an year – an impressive achievement for the talented up-and-comer, and an ode to Gryffin’s rising popularity.

This second show at Rickshaw Stop is a can’t-miss opportunity to catch Gryffin in an intimate club setting before he turns to the next chapter of his impressive career, especially with this live setup as he is wrapping up his debut Heading Home tour.

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Source: Gryffin Releases Official Remix of CHVRCHES’ “Clearest Blue” Ahead of Second Sold-Out SF Show