Duke Bootee, Rapper and Co-Writer of Hip-Hop Classic ‘The Message,’ Dead at 69

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s historic 1982 single was largely penned by Edward Fletcher, a session musician in Sugar Hill Records’ famed studio band Duke Bootee, the pioneering rapper who co-wrote and appeared on Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s classic “The Message” — Number One on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All […]

Trump has told staff not to pay Rudy Giuliani over irritation at being impeached again

(CNN)President Donald Trump, irritated at being impeached for a second time, has told people to stop paying Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees, a person familiar with the matter tells CNN, though aides were not clear if the President was serious about his instructions given he’s lashing out at nearly everyone after the day’s events.Trump became the first president in […]

Andrew Yang announces run for New York City mayor

Former Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang has officially announced his campaign to become the mayor of New York City. The move sets him up to join a crowded Democratic primary that will likely determine the next mayor of the city, which has taken a severe economic hit during the coronavirus pandemic. The 46-year-old tech entrepreneur said in a Twitter […]

Final days bring new urgency to Trump’s desire to pardon himself and his children

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has discussed issuing pardons for himself and his children with new urgency since the attack on the US Capitol, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.One source familiar with the conversations says there is a belief that a Trump “pardon of family and kids, is more likely and more urgent because […]

More Than 5,000 Independent Artists Demand Reinstatement of Their Music on Spotify

Six days back, Digital Music News was first to report that Spotify had removed hundreds of thousands of indie tracks over alleged “artificial stream” violations. Now, more than 5,000 indie artists have signed a petition (entitled “Restore Our Music”) demanding that the platform reinstate the songs. A musician reached out to DMN last week with word of the […]