Lance Stephenson Joins the Lakers w/ LeBron James, Agrees to 1 Year, $4.5M

In a move that took everyone by surprise, former LeBron rival Lance Stephenson will join James at the Los Angeles Lakers. Stephenson has reportedly signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal to join LA.The Lakers also signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one year, $12 million deal. https://www.vladtv.com/article/246816/lebron-james-officially-signs-with-los-angeles-lakers-4-years-154
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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Set for Largest Debut of 2018

Scorpion is set for a record-breaking week.

After surpassing 300 million worldwide streams within its first 24 hours, Drake’s double album is expected to move 870-920,000 units in its first week, reports HITS Daily Double. Of that number, 275-300,000 are traditional sales.

Those numbers would easily put Drake at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, earning him the largest debut of 2018 and the biggest first week sales since Taylor Swift’s Reputation in November (1.2 million).

Drake’s 25-track set has already shattered worldwide one-day records on streaming services. In 24 hours, Scorpion had over 170 million streams on Apple Music and it currently occupies the top 25 spots on Apple’s songs chart.

It also broke Spotify’s opening day global record for album streams with over 132 million streams, besting the previous record holder, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (78 million).

On Friday, the RIAA declared Drake its Top Digital Song Artist with 142 million to date, a number that will only grow in the coming days.

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Iggy Azalea Reveals ‘Survive the Summer’ Cover Art

Iggy Azalea is heating up the summer with new music.

The Aussie rapper has revealed the cover art for her long-awaited EP S.T.S (Survive the Summer). The dark and provocative artwork finds Iggy bathed under red lights while dressed in a netted bodysuit and lace mask as two hands grab her breasts. A single white rose is placed between her hands.

According to Iggy, the project was delayed after a shift in executives at her label Island Records. “My record label, Island records, is changing presidents this month,” she tweeted last month. “We have to allow time for everyone in the company to re-organise, its a big change! Im really happy to welcome the new Island Records president, cant wait to release this EP with him leading the team!”

Iggy and Tyga were recently seen shooting a video for “Kream” in Los Angeles. The track was reportedly produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Ronny J and features Tyga. She previously shared a visual teaser and revealed the single artwork.

“First you get the money, then you get the power, respect,” raps Iggy on the snippet. “Hoes come next.”

Survive the Summer arrives July 6.

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Drake Pays Tribute to Slain Rapper Smoke Dawg

Drake is mourning the loss of Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg, who was reportedly shot and killed in Toronto on Saturday night (June 30).

The Scorpion rapper posted a heartfelt message on Instagram Stories along with a photo of them performing together on stage. “All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” wrote Drake. “I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”

Smoke Dawg, who was a member of the Halal Gang, supported Drake on his “Boy Meets World” European tour in 2017. He had success with his hit song “Still” three years ago, and collaborated with the likes of French Montana and Skepta.

The 21-year-old MC died in a shooting outside Cube Nightclub in Toronto on Saturday evening. According to police, three victims suffered serious injuries during the incident. One of the male victims later succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital, the Toronto Police Operations Center announced on Twitter. Two suspects may have fled in a black SUV or a white car.

Canadian spoken word artist Mustafa the Poet confirmed the tragic news, tweeting, “Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven.”

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