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Iggy Azalea Puts Music on Pause, Cancels Next Album to Focus on Creative Ventures

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Iggy Azalea has made the decision to step away from the music scene temporarily, opting to cancel her upcoming album as she prioritizes her creative pursuits beyond music.

Sharing a detailed letter with fans on Twitter/X in the early hours of Wednesday (January 3), the Australian rapper explained her choice to put her music career on hold for now.

Starting with a playful warning, she wrote, “This is gonna be long…so only bother reading if you love me. (If you still bother anyway you’re a weirdo who has been warned. [shrug and laughing emojis]) I’ve always been someone who finds my joy in being creative & seeing my ideas come to life. For a long time, I used music to deliver my big crazy ideas to the world.”

Azalea clarified that she was not bullied away from music, debunking a common perception. She revealed a stronger passion for design and creative direction over songwriting, expressing her happiness when focusing on those aspects of her career.

“I’m not going to finish my album. It’s been paused for a few months while I was giving direction for a different project & in truth I just haven’t felt the urge to go back to it. I feel really happy & passionate in my day-to-day life when my mind’s focused on that and so I want to stick to what’s undeniably best for me,” she added.

Concluding her message, she mentioned her excitement about sharing unconventional projects she’s been involved in and hoped fans would see her quirk and humor in her new ventures.

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When asked for more details, Azalea teased that she’s working on “cool weird stuff” and has been in this new creative space for a while but felt it was time to share it.

Iggy Azalea had previously considered stepping away from music after her 2021 project, “The End of An Era,” but later changed her mind. She returned with the single “Money Come” in August 2023, and her focus has shifted towards various creative endeavors beyond music.

In November, it was disclosed that Iggy Azalea, surpassing celebrities like Cardi B and Tyga, emerged as the highest earner on OnlyFans, amassing a staggering $48 million for 2023. For a monthly subscription fee of $25, fans gain exclusive access to uncensored content, including photos, videos, illustrations, poetry, and music from the Australian star.

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Beyoncé Makes History as First Black Woman to Top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

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Beyoncé has shattered records yet again, becoming the first Black woman to claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her latest single, “Texas Hold ’Em.”

The groundbreaking achievement was announced by Billboard on Tuesday (February 20), alongside the revelation that another track from Beyoncé’s surprise drop, “16 Carriages,” debuted at No. 9 on the same chart.

Both songs were released unexpectedly on February 11, following their announcement during a Verizon commercial aired during Super Bowl LVIII. Beyoncé also disclosed that these tracks would feature on her upcoming album, Renaissance: Act II, slated for release on March 29.

The surprise release confirmed speculations among fans about Beyoncé’s venture into country music, fueled by hints such as her country-inspired attire at the 2024 Grammy Awards and lyrics from her 2019 single “Black Parade,” where she sings, “I’m going back to the South, where my roots ain’t watered down,” hinting at a country direction for Act II.

While Beyoncé’s camp has neither confirmed nor denied the trilogy rumors, there had been prior indications that the original Renaissance album was part of a larger narrative arc.

Days after their release, “Texas Hold Em” made history as Beyoncé’s inaugural entry on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, debuting at No. 54 with 1.1 million in audience via 100 stations at the format in the tracking week ending February 15.

Billboard’s data is drawn from around 150 country music stations across the United States, as surveyed by Mediabase.

“We immediately added it [in] a sub-power rotation, which is where we put top-trending new music,” remarked Bo Matthews, program director at KBAY San Jose. “I want people to hear it. One of the biggest artists in the world delivered a great country record for us to have fun with, and the song is really good.

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“We are in the business of creating excitement for our listeners, and I’m embracing the moment. Plus, there is plenty of room for great artists, even from other genres. It’s a big country tent,” Matthews added, highlighting the genre’s evolving inclusivity.

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2Pac Murder Suspect Keefe D’s Trial Delayed, New Trial Date Set

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he trial for Keefe D, a suspect in the murder of 2Pac, has been postponed, pushing the proceedings back by several months.

As reported by ABC 13 in Las Vegas on Tuesday (February 20), Keefe D’s new attorney, Carl “E.G.” Arnold, requested the delay, citing the need for additional time to review the discovery materials related to the case.

Originally slated to commence on June 3, the trial is now rescheduled for November 4, following Arnold’s plea for an extension.

During a hearing on Tuesday, Arnold expressed confidence in his client’s eventual acquittal, stating, “He’s upbeat that he can possibly get out of here real soon.” Arnold emphasized the necessity for the prosecution to present evidence regarding the alleged firearm, vehicle, and Keefe D’s whereabouts in Las Vegas at the time of the incident.

Last month, Keefe D opted to replace his public defenders with Arnold, a Howard University School of Law graduate recognized in the legal community for his expertise, having been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Regarding bail, the presiding judge set a $750,000 cash bond in early January. Additionally, the judge ruled that if Keefe D can meet the bail requirement, he may be placed under house arrest, provided he wears an ankle monitor.

Earlier, Keefe D’s court-appointed attorneys had appealed for leniency, citing his poor health and assuring that he posed no flight risk. They had hoped for a bail amount not exceeding $100,000, considering his financial constraints.

Although Nevada permits capital punishment, prosecutors have indicated that they will not pursue the death penalty in Keefe D’s case if he is found guilty.

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50 Cent, Drake, and The Game Among Celebrities Falsely Registered to Vote

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A recent revelation has surfaced indicating that high-profile celebrities such as 50 Cent, Drake, and The Game were falsely registered to vote under the same address without their consent.

According to a report by The Houston Chronicle last week, records from the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office showed that on August 15, 2023, names including those of the aforementioned artists, along with Trey Songz and Chris Brown, were submitted for voter registration in Texas. Notably, none of these individuals cast a ballot in the most recent elections.

The loophole in federal law allowed for this fraudulent activity to occur, as Texas doesn’t mandate individuals to provide identification, driver’s license, or Social Security Number during the registration process. Applicants are only required to provide legal names and birth dates.

The individuals behind this scheme listed each name under a residency in Katy, Texas, bypassing the requirement for further identification.

Moreover, the perpetrator(s) knowingly signed documents acknowledging the legal repercussions of their actions, including the possibility of imprisonment and fines for perjury under state and federal law.

“This is not fooling around,” commented UT Austin law professor Randall Erben, highlighting the severity of the situation. “These people are either committing high misdemeanors or felonies.”

While 50 Cent may not be eligible to vote in Texas, he recently caused a stir by suggesting his support for Donald Trump in the upcoming elections while criticizing New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed program of distributing pre-paid debit cards to migrants.

In a now-deleted Instagram post, the G-Unit mogul expressed his confusion and frustration with the program, hinting at a preference for Trump as a solution to his grievances.

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Snoop Dogg Finds Solace in Family Amid Loss of Brother

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Snoop Dogg is navigating through a period of grief following the recent passing of his brother, and he’s taking a moment to express gratitude for the remaining members of his family.

The loss of Snoop’s younger brother, Bing Worthington, at the age of 44 has left a profound impact on the West Coast icon. On Tuesday (February 20), Snoop shared a heartfelt Instagram post, honoring his loved ones and acknowledging the support they’ve provided during this difficult time.

“Prayer n family getting my spirit bac in order. RIP @badabing33,” he captioned a video collage featuring his relatives, set to the backdrop of October London’s “Mulholland Drive.”

The post garnered support from notable figures such as radio host Big Boy, singer Monica, and actress Windi Washington, who all offered their condolences in the comments section.

Worthington, Snoop’s half-brother on his mother’s side, played various roles in Snoop Dogg’s career over the years. From tour managing to contributing to the album “Snoop Dogg Presents: Tha Eastsidaz” and even collaborating on business ventures like Snoop-branded skateboards and hot dogs, he was deeply involved in his brother’s endeavors. He also formed part of the rap duo Lifestyle.

In recent times, Bing co-founded a record label in Canada with Miguel Lopez, merging Dogg Records and Lopez’s Urban Heat. His passing comes less than two and a half years after the death of their mother, Beverly Tate, whom Snoop fondly remembered as an angel in an Instagram post from October 2021.

While the cause of Bing’s death remains undisclosed, his mother had been battling illness for some time. Snoop had previously reached out to his extensive network of friends, fans, and family, seeking prayers for her recovery. Responding to his call, figures like Jermaine Dupri, Warren G, Roxanne Shanté, Sheila E., Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, and Killer Mike expressed their support and offered their thoughts and prayers.

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