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Dress Up Your Pet Day!

News of the Day:

+ According to NPD Group's BrandLink database, Rihanna is officially the most marketable celebrity alive. Seeing as to how she's racked up so many endorsements this past year, we aren't stunned one bit. Rock on, Bad Gal RiRi.

+ Laura Mvula collaborated with Nile Rodgers on the song "Overcome" and it sounds ahhhmazing.

+ SoundCloud signed a major licensing deal with Universal Music Group. The new agreement allows UMG to monetize and monitor streams of its catalog on SoundCloud's platform. A new subscription service is expected to follow sometime this year.

+ Have you been meaning to travel across the globe, but struggled to save up all the funds? Wow Air has you covered. The company recently launched one-way fares from Los Angeles and San Francisco to European cities that are as low as $99 and $199. Book your trip now before it's too late!

+ The Gregory Brothers created an amazing remix of President Obama's last State of the Union speech dubbed the "OBAMA MIC DROP." Bless up, fam.

Deal of the Day:

Yung Lean and his Sadboys crew launched their own clothing brand. Take a look at the first item available from the new line here.

Advice of the Day:

"I believe in individuality, that everybody is special, and it's up to them to find that quality and let it live."- Grace Jones

GIF of the Day:

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.