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YouTube Announces New “Creator Music” Platform

October 4, 2022

In the wake of Tiktok’s rapid expansion and growing dominance in the short-form video market, YouTube has felt the pressure to adapt to keep up with the shifting demands of its audience...

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Deep Dive: How Conan Gray Writes His Songs

October 5, 2022

Conan Gray is an American YouTuber turned singer-songwriter, most well-known for his songs about heartbreak and unrequited love. Throughout his career, Conan has written songs like “Crush Culture”...

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Phoebe Bridgers: A Deep Dive into Songwriting

October 17, 2022

Phoebe Bridgers is an American songwriter, singer, and producer who has, in recent years, gained mainstream recognition with the release of her sophomore album “Punisher” in 2020...

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How Steve Lacy Makes the Most with Less

October 18, 2022

Steve Lacy is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and living proof that you don’t need the most advanced or high-tech studio equipment to create music that listeners will love...

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Has the Pandemic Changed the World of Live Music?

August 31, 2022

For the last two years, there has been something missing in the lives of music lovers around the world—live music. The advent of a global pandemic meant the absence of concerts, festivals........

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Like the Early Days of Hip-Hop: The Future of Blockchain in the Music Industry

August 19, 2022

One of the biggest questions many spaces face today is how blockchain technology may overhaul industry norms, and the music industry is no exception. In particular...

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Snapchat Announces a $100,000 Monthly Grant for Artists

August 19, 2022

Snapchat has recently announced Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund, a monthly grant program of up to $100,000 awarded to independent artists distributing music on the platform...

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TikTok Plans to Introduce a New Music Streaming App

August 15, 2022

Over the past few years, TikTok’s popularity has significantly increased resulting in 1 billion global daily users by early 2022. The app has also become extremely influential in the current music....

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Are Charlie Puth’s Music Classes Worth $300?

August 4, 2022

Charlie Puth has paired with Studio to create a 30-day online course that outlines the entire songwriting and production process for $279 USD. This hands-on learning experience has been marketed....

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Success Through Self-Exploration: Lexie Liu's Rise to Stardom

August 2, 2022

Whether you know Lexie Liu from her performance as Seraphine in K/DA’s “MORE” or her fourth-place finish on The Rap of China 2018, there’s no denying that the Chinese hip hop star is a global ...

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BTS: The First K-Pop Band to be Invited to the White House

June 17, 2022

BTS is the most famous K-Pop band in the world now, and recently, they were invited to the white house to speak about anti-Asian hate crimes and inclusivity. Being the first K-Pop band to be...

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SEVENTEEN is Going "HOT" This Summer

June 6, 2022

SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) is a 13 member Korean boy band under Pledis Entertainment. They are split into 3 teams, the Hip Hop unit (S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon), the Vocal unit (Jeonghan, Joshua, Woozi...

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Bobby Shmurda Is Finally Out Of His Epic Deal

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Photo: Bobby Shmurda - Shmoney (Official Music Video) ft. Quavo, Rowdy Rebel

Bobby Shmurda has finally been released from his deal with Epic Records following his own plea for his release on social media stating, “I did six years in jail trying to get off this label before I came home.”

Shmurda rose to fame in 2014 after the release of the music video for his song, “Hot N****” went viral on the former short-form video social media app Vine, along with the “Shmoney” dance move which he and his friends do throughout the video, which eventually became an iconic meme with celebrities incorporating the dance move within their own videos and performances. During this time, he was quickly signed to Epic Records with L.A. Reid.

He was arrested in 2014 shortly after his viral success, pleading guilty to the charge of criminal possession of a weapon. The police assigned to Shmurda’s case stated his songs were documents of what he and his confidantes were doing over the years. After serving his full sentence, he was released in early 2021 and made is first return to the stage at Rolling Loud later that year.

During Shmurda’s incarceration L.A. Reid subsequently left Epic Records in 2017 after sexual harassment allegations resurfaced from a previous employee. Sylvia Rhone has since taken over as chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Shmurda has remained vocal on social media about the lack of control that Epic Records has given him, even before his incarceration, regarding the release of his new music.

Bobby Shmurda took to Instagram to publicly announce that he has been released from his deal with Epic Records and has signed his release papers, prompting fans to look out for his new music that he will now be releasing independently from now on.