■ In an effort to gain control over copyright ownership of songs Zayn has written and recorded, he’s signing with Kobalt Music, one of the largest independent music publishers in the world.
“Kobalt is a great business partner for Zayn,” said Zayn’s former manager, Sarah Stennett of First Access Entertainment. “He made a decision based upon his desire to retain ownership of the copyrights in the songs he has written. He feels that Kobalt is best placed to administer those copyrights globally.” So that all sounds pretty positive.
— Kobalt Music (@kobalt) June 21, 2016
Other artists signed to Kobalt include Kelly Clarkson, 50 Cent, Dr. Luke, Lionel Richie, Max Martin, Dave Grohl and Skrillex.
■ Jojo is celebrating the 12-year anniversary since her debut.
12 years ago TODAY, I was 13 years old, and I released my debut album. So surreal!!!! To say I'm sad and frustrated that this album is no longer available on iTunes or Spotify because of my previous label is a gross understatement. That was such an important time in my life and set a strong foundation for the career I'm building brick my brick. For those who've supported me since the beginning- THANK YOU FOR CHANGING MY LIFE YOURE THE FUCKING COOLEST I LOVE YOU MADLY FOREVER AND EVER!!!!!!!!
■ Little Mix watered down their poppy Get Weird singles into a laid-back acoustic performance for a 1LIVE Session in Germany.
■ Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform “Dance Off” and “Downtown” on the TODAY show:
■ 50 Cent and Chris Brown – “No Romeo No Juliet” music video:
■ INNA performs “Heaven” on Radio 21:
■ Chris Brown’s ex manager is suing him for “brutally” attacking him in an alleged drug-fueld rage, according to USA Today. Brown not only denies these claims, but is making a joke of it.