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Nicki Minaj has unveiled the North American dates for The Pinkprint summer tour. The trek launches on July 17 in Dallas, TX and lands in major markets across the U.S. and Canada before finishing on August 19 in Edmonton, AB. She has tapped an all-star cast of special guests including Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, and Dej Loaf. Nicki also tweeted that a couple more dates will be added to the itinerary.

Confirmed dates below:

July 17 - Dallas, TX
July 18 - Houston, TX
July 20 - Miami, FL 
July 22 - Bristow, VA
July 24 - Holmdel, NJ 
July 26 - Brooklyn, NY 
July 28 - Toronto, ON
July 29 - Montreal, QC
July 31 - Clarkston, MI
August 2 - Atlanta, GA
August 4 - Charlotte, NC
August 6 - Camden, NJ
August 8 - Burgettstown, PA
August 9 - Tinley Park, IL
August 11 - Denver, CO
August 13 - Chula Vista, CA 
August 14 - Concord, CA 
August 16 - Vancouver, BC
August 18 - Calgary, AB
August 19 - Edmonton, AB

After a judge awarded $7.4 million in profits and damages to Marvin Gaye's family in the "Blurred Lines" copyright lawsuit, writer and producer Pharrell Williams has now spoken about it publicly for the first time. In an interview with The Financial Times, Pharrell noted that "The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else. This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we're going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."
      The ruling in the suit has so much significance because although the two songs have a similar sound and style, they have different note sequences and chord progressions.
     "There was no infringement," Pharrell added. "You can't own feelings and you can't own emotions [in music]... there are only the notations and the progression. Those were different."
      Meanwhile, the lawsuit has taken another turn as The Gaye family has now added new motions for the "Blurred Lines" judge to consider. The family is pushing for the judge to "correct" the jury's verdict and to add Universal Music, Interscope Records and Star Trak Entertainment to the list of infringers. Additionally, the judge is also being asked to set aside the jury's decision to excuse rapper T.I. from the list of those accountable, even though he only contributed a guest verse to the song.
      Initially, the jury chose to punish the songwriters while allowing the record distributors to avoid sharing the burden of paying damages. However, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the Gayes contend that there is no separating out those who, "by virtue of their participation in the creation, manufacture and distribution" of "Blurred Lines," infringed on the Gaye song "Got To Give It Up" as well. Whatever the next verdict may be, it's notable not only because it might represent more money for Gaye's side, but also because it could influence the judge's decision about whether to order an injunction against any further distribution of "Blurred Lines."

Juicy J has announced that he will hit the road this summer on The Hustle Continues Tour, stopping in major markets across the U.S. The 25-date tour kicks off May 14 in Houston and wraps up on June 28 in Tampa. Juicy J's latest mixtape, Blue Dream & Lean 2, was released last month in anticipation of his upcoming album, THC: The Hustle Continues.

Snoop Dogg has released the music video for his first single, "Peaches N Cream," off his Columbia Records debut album, Bush. Bush drops on May 12 and is executive produced by Pharrell Williams. Snoop performed the new single on the season finale of the Fox series Empire last night, and on Friday (3/20), the rapper will address SXSW as the Keynote speaker. Check out the video below:

Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly set a new Spotify record with 9.6 million streams on Monday, March 16. That gives the rapper the global record for the most album streams in a single day. Lamar's album was briefly released early on iTunes and then taken down before going back up for sale, so Spotify became the only place to hear the record legally for a period of time.


Pat Paxton
Pres. of Programming

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