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The Joe Budden Podcast To Depart from Spotify

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On Aug. 23, 2018, it was announced that The Joe Budden Podcast would be joining the digital streaming platform, Spotify.

Since the partnership began, Joe Budden, Rory and Mal exceeded the platform’s expectations, increasing audience reach to 900% with exclusive content – recording two episodes a week (which is only available to fans via Spotify premium), and providing visual content as well via Youtube.

However, Budden announced this past Wednesday (Aug. 26) that its two-year partnership would be coming to an end as he would not be renewing the podcast’s contract and is removing all of its content from the platform. During the three-hour episode titled, “Views From the SPOT,” Budden went in great detail about the podcast’s forthcoming departure, stating that Spotify was “pillaging” his audience.

“September 23rd, I cannot tell you where this podcast will be. But as it stands, I can tell you where it will not be, and that is Spotify,” said Budden.

Budden went into great detail about his treatment at Spotify, stating that the podcast never received a bonus for the reach brought to the platform nor were they able to take vacation days, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve because it would require them to miss two episodes.

“Spotify never cared about this podcast individually,” said Budden. “Spotify only cared about our contribution to the platform.”

Spotify has responded to Budden’s comments with the following statement: “It was our desire to keep Joe Budden on Spotify. As Joe referenced on his show, we made him a considerable offer — one that was significantly larger and many times the value of the existing agreement and reflective of the current market and size of his audience. Unfortunately, we could not come to terms and we respect his wishes to find a new home for his show.”

You can stream the episode below:

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J. Cole Announces 2022 Dreamville Festival

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After numerous delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Florence, J. Cole has announced the return of the Dreamville Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The two-day festival is scheduled to take place, April 2 – 3, 2022 and will serve as a follow-up to the 2019 festival that took place at Dorothea Dix Park. You can purchase tickets via dreamvillefest.com

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The Production Credits For Drake’s New Album ‘Certified Lover Boy’

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Drake’s has finally unleashed his highly anticipated album, Certified Lover Boy. With features from JAY-Z, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Giveon, Future and more, production is handled by Vinylz, 40, Oliver El-Khatib, Masego, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Bink! and several others.

Check out the credits below.

Drake ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Production Credits:

1. Champagne Poetry
Produced by Maneesh & Oliver El-Khatib, Masego and 40

2. Papi’s Home
Produced by Jarrel Young, Mark Borino, O. Ojelade and Supah Mario

3. Girls Want Girls (Feat. Lil Baby)
Produced by Ambezza and OZ The Producer

4. In The Bible (Feat. Lil Durk & Giveon)
Produced by AP, Eli Brown, Leon Thomas and 40

5. Love All (Feat. JAY-Z)
Produced by Dez Wright, Leon Thomas III and OZ

6. Fair Trade (Feat. Travis Scott)
Produced by Jahaan Sweet, OZ, Patron, Travis Scott & wondaGURL

7. Way 2 Sexy (Feat. Future & Young Thug)
Produced by TM88 and Too Dope!

8. TSU
Produced by Harley Arsenault, Noel and OG Ron C

9. N 2 Deep (Feat. Future)
Produced by Alex Lustig, Harley Aresnault, Kid Masterpiece, 40 and Noel

10. Pipe Down
Produced by Anthoine Walters, FAXONLY, Jean Bleu, Leon Thomas III and Simon Gebrelul

11. Yebba’s Heartbreak (Feat. Yebba)
Produced by James Francies, 40 and Yebba

12. No Friends In The Industry
Produced by Nik D, OZ, Vinylz

13. Knife Talk (Feat. 21 Savage & Project Pat)
Produced by Metro Boomin and Peter Lee Johnson

14. 7AM On Bridle Path
Produced by Cardo, Dez Wright, KND and Maneesh

15. Race My Mind
Produced by Govi, Monsune and 40

16. Fountains (Feat. Tems)
Produced by Monsune, 40 and Tresor

17. Get Along Better (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Produced by Ninteen85, 40 and Noel

18. You Only Live Twice (Feat. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross)
Produced by Bink!

19. IMY2 (Feat. Kid Cudi)
Produced by 3ddy, Clibbo, Harley Arsenault, Houssam, Kanieltheone and Yume

20. Fucking Fans
Produced by Aliby, 40, Noel and PARTYNEXTDOOR

21. The Remorse
Produced by 40

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Drake Announces ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Release Date On Sportscenter

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Drake’s highly anticipated album has finally gotten a release date, September 3rd.

Seven months ago, Drake announced the delay of Certified Lover Boy due to recovery from his knee surgery. As tension builds between him and Kanye West, the Toronto artist decided to leverage his relationship with Sportscenter and use the platform to reveal the official release date for Certified Lover Boy through a cryptic message.

This week, Rick Ross share a text message between him and Drake following a phone discussion where the two spoke about the beef with Kanye. Drake responded with, “Everything is unfolding… I’m about to be as free as a bird ?”

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