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Songwriters and Other Self-Employed Music Workers Eligible for Federal Relief in $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill



Songwriters, together with different “gig economic system” employees within the music business starting from producers to roadies, might be eligible for grants and loans underneath the $2 trillion stimulus invoice handed by the Senate in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the advocacy organizations Songwriters of North America and Nashville Songwriters Affiliation Worldwide introduced at this time. (The Home is predicted to verify a counterpart invoice on Thursday.)

The invoice seeks to pour cash into the economic system in an effort to protect tens of millions of endangered jobs and companies. It might direct funds of $1,200 to most American adults and $500 to youngsters. It might steer $350 billion towards small companies in an effort to forestall layoffs and push billions extra towards hospitals and unemployment insurance coverage, and it might create a $500 billion program for companies, states and localities.

SONA, NSAI and different business teams labored intently with Congressional leaders together with Rep. Ted Deutch, (D-FL), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to incorporate language making certain that “sole-proprietors, impartial contracts and self-employed” employees are included in federal grant and mortgage applications contained within the invoice.

The excellence is essential, most business inventive and help occupations usually are not eligible for unemployment.  The invoice now covers self-employed small-business homeowners, a class that in music ranges from songwriters to roadies. Below the brand new invoice, self-employed people might start receiving monetary support, by grants and loans, as quickly as subsequent month.

“We’re grateful to Members of Congress for understanding that songwriters, composers and plenty of others who make a residing throughout the music business are small enterprise homeowners,” mentioned Michelle Lewis, Govt Director of SONA. “This can make much-needed aid within the type of small enterprise loans and grants out there to all who want it.”

“Many music business professionals usually are not eligible for conventional unemployment advantages as a result of they’re self-employed,” mentioned Bart Herbison, Govt Director of the Nashville Songwriters Affiliation Worldwide (NSAI). “That’s why is was crucial that the federal stimulus package deal comprise language that made them eligible for aid. Now they’ll be capable of apply for quick monetary assist for any revenue they’ve misplaced over the previous few weeks and revenue they’ll lose all through the remainder of this 12 months.”

Dina LaPolt, a board member of SONA and prime business lawyer, mentioned, “America represents 33% of the worldwide music business worldwide. We’d like legal guidelines that defend creators and make sure that they’re shielded from financial destruction.”

The organizations additionally nodded to Congresspeople together with Home Majority Chief Steny Hoyer, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Jim Cooper, Martha Roby, Zoe Lofgren, Sens. Marco Rubio, John Kennedy, Dianne Feinstein and others for his or her help.

SONA can have data on their web site to direct songwriters to the most effective assets on making use of for these grants and loans. The invoice units an revenue eligibility restrict of these making underneath $100,000 yearly for a number of the applications.

Earlier on Tuesday main U.S. inventory indices rallied amid indicators that the federal financial stimulus package deal would quickly present aid to employees and companies jolted by the sudden impression of the coronavirus pandemic.

Doja Cat

Tekashi 6ix9ine comes for Doja Cat after racism claims



Tekashi has shared comments about Doja Cat this week

It seems Tekashi 6ix9ine has come for Doja Cat, after she denied claims of racism following her appearance in a chat room.

After the two battled it out on the Billboard chart and Doja came out on top with her song Say So, the Gooba rapper has appeared to hit out at the performer.

Earlier this week Doja Cat – real name Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini – released a statement and later a video on social media denying she was racist after footage emerged of her in an ‘incel’ chatroom.

She was also slammed for her 2015 song, Dindu Nuffin, which is allegedly used by ‘racist alt-right’ groups to mock black victims of police brutality who state their innocence

Now rapper Tekashi has waded into the conversation, posting comments on Instagram this week.

While the comments, posted on a video uploaded by The Shade Room, appear to have been deleted, they were grabbed and appeared to show him writing: ‘She started with the wrong one… give me till tomorrow #canceldoja.’

In another he wrote: ‘Someone called her Doja Dog.’

However, it’s not clear whether Tekashi is referring to the claims against Doja, or a statement she made in the video about landing a number one hit alongside Nicki Minaj – clearly a sore point for 6ix9ine.

She said: ‘Your favourite artist—and there’s no judgment—if they care about that? Wonderful. That’s fine.

‘There’s nothing wrong about wanting a No. 1 and working hard to get to that No. 1. For me? I don’t give a s**t. I just wanna f**king make music.’

That has apparently struck a nerve with Tekashi – real name Daniel Hernandez – who released his comeback single recently following a stint in prison.

Tekashi didn’t like missing out on the top spot (Picture: Tekashi69/Instagram)

After he missed out on the top spot, he appeared to hit out at Billboard, claiming the Hot 100 (the US equivalent of the UK singles chart) gives ‘paid-for numbers ones’ after he came in third place with Gooba, behind Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s charity single Stuck With U and Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj’s Say So which was number two.

6ix9ine uploaded a video showing himself scrolling through an unidentified chart forecasting site on his phone, noticing that Stuck With U jumped from number five to number one overnight.

Billboard cleared up any confusion and clarified YouTube’s visible number of plays (over 180 million) for Tekashi’s song Gooba included global plays, while Billboard only counted US-based plays (55.3 million) for its Hot 100.

The apparent tweets come after Doja’s original statement in which she denied she was racist and stated: ‘I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.’

She later did an Instagram Live in which she apologised further.

‘There’s no better apology than me doing what I’ve always done, being on live, telling you guys my f**king truth, and being completely honest,’ she stated during the Instagram Live.

‘It’s a hard time right now, but recording myself apologising and recording myself sounding perfectly f**king diplomatic is the biggest lie I can make to you. ‘

‘My behaviour isn’t something that always needs to be followed, I’m not perfect – I shouldn’t be doing dumb s**t. But also I need to stand up for myself instead of making a video that’s diplomatically and politically correct.’

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Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion’s Savage Remix is finally number one



Beyonce left Megan Thee Stallion in tears after joining her on the track (Picture: Megan)

Megan Thee Stallion has landed her first-ever number one and, of course, it’s her iconic Savage Remix featuring Beyoncé.

The Houston-hotties have been ranking high in the Billboard Hot 100 charts ever since the track was released last month, making history in the process.

And now the rapper’s hit single has officially reach the top spot for the first time in her career, while Queen Bey is now the second artist to have topped the Hot 100 in the 2000s, 10s and 20s.

Cause they slay!

Naturally, Meg was thrilled about the news and took to the ‘gram to thank her loyal hotties for their support.


‘WE F**KING DID IT [crying emojis] thank you god [praying emojis] this is our first but it damn sure won’t be our last ! I love y’all so much [blue heart emojis] HOUSTON WE GOT ONE.’

Back when the track was release, Megan admitted she cried when she first heard Bey’s verse on the track.

She explained: ‘I know that they say manifest it, but b***h: that’s a real thing! That is a real thing. Manifestation is a real word.

‘I ain’t know that! […] I just really can’t believe it. I heard it for the first time and I called my grandma, and I was like in f**king shambles. I was really crying, I was like, “I really got a f**king song with Beyonce.”‘

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And the news is all the more amazing seeing proceeds from the track will benefit Bread of Life Houston’s COVID-19 relief efforts in their hometown in Texas.

Congratulations to thee iconic duo!

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Glastonbury bosses reveal plans to broadcast cancelled festival



Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis will be announcing broadcast plans next week (Picture: Instagram/Rex)

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis confirmed she will be announcing broadcast plans next week to replace what would have been this year’s festival.

The music event was all set to celebrate its 50th year between 24 and 28 June, but it was cancelled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Emily has since taken to Instagram to reveal she has some exciting plans in store for the weekend that Glastonbury was due to take place.

‘For everyone asking about our broadcast plans for what would have been the festival weekend, an announcement is coming next week with all the details,’ she said.

‘And there’s going to be a lot of gems unearthed from the Glastonbury vault!’

Sounds very promising, and it really makes up for the cancellation.

It comes after Glastonbury organisers urged people not to visit the festival site, located in Worthy Farm.

Glastonbury organisers have urged people not to visit Worthy Farm (Picture: WireImage)

A post on the festival’s website read: ‘Worthy Farm and its surrounding farms are private property, and, given the current circumstances, the land used by Glastonbury Festival is closed to the public.

‘Despite this, we have seen increasing numbers of visitors attempting to access the site used by the Festival.

‘For the sake of those who continue to work and live on the site, we would ask that you please do not consider visiting.

‘Those who do attempt to to access the site will be asked to leave. Thank you.’

And while there won’t be hundreds of thousands of people flocking to Worthy Farm this June for the festival due to the outbreak of Covid-19, both Emily and Michael Eavis have done their bit to help the battle against the illness.

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This includes donating cotton tote bags to hospitals as well as the thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks they had prepared for the event.

The supplies were all donated to frontline emergency services including Avon and Somerset Police and staff at nearby NHS hospitals.

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