MTV VMA Awards HangoverAugust 31, 2015
Nurse yourself back to normalcy with these new music stories.
While you’re dragging your *** into work after a VMA-fueled night, here’s a mini roundup of music news we want you to know.
■ Drake chose not to participate in TIDAL’s live stream of the Lil Weezyana Festival, but TIDAL immediately suspected it was Apple Music’s decision, who was rumored to be filing a suit. Sources familiar with the situation tell BuzzFeed News that Apple did not threaten Tidal with any legal action whatsoever — let alone one with $20 million in liabilities attached to it. “No one even knew this was going on until the Post piece hit,” one of the sources said, adding that it’s not even within Apple’s power to file such a suit.
“The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal steam has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal,” Drake’s manager Future the Prince said. “Point blank, 100%. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they’re our partners.”
“I don’t understand,” Future said. “If you’re going to say something about the situation publicly, you should tell the truth. They saw the opportunity to take a situation and spin it in their favor as a publicity stunt.”
■ Demi Lovato covered Areatha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” at the Time Warner Cable VMA Concert Saturday night at the Avalon in Los Angeles. Her set lasted 45 minutes and included “Really Don’t Care,” “Neon Lights,” “Cool For The Summer” and her cover of Aretha Franklin’s 1968 Lady Soul b-side track, “Ain’t No Way.” [Popcrush]
■ Justin Bieber lands on Travis Scott’s ‘Maria I’m Drunk’ featuring Young Thug:
■ Adam Lambert performed a handful of songs, including “Another Lonely Night,” “Evil In The Night” and “Ghost Town,” and “Whataya Want From Me” at the Fusion Festival at Cofton Park on August 30, 2015 in Birmingham, England on Sunday.
■ Justin Timberlake responded to Kanye West’s mention during his Video Vanguard Award speech, “I just, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee Lo lose,” Kanye said. “Gnarls Barkley and the ‘Sexyback’ album… Justin, I ain’t trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears bro. And I was thinking like, he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are as entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?”
Kanye is so cute, y'all.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 31, 2015
■ We thought he learned his lesson, but Kanye West pretended to sleep during Taylor Swift’s speech. Sort of funny, sort of just don’t.
■ Justin Bieber acknowledges his latest hair style was interesting.
■ Miley Cyrus and the Dead Petz album cost her $50,000 to make, but still had the support of her label RCA. “They had never heard the record until it was done,” she admitted. She denied any romantic link between her and Flaming Lips frontman, Wayne Coyne, adding “He’s everything in the world — you can’t even define us,” Cyrus explained. “I am 100 percent in love with Wayne, and Wayne is in love with me, but it’s nothing sexual in any way. That would be the grossest.”
■ Kylie Jenner stars in Tyga’s new “Stimulated” music video, and ehhhh.