Rod Wave Calls Out Label, Says He Won't Drop Music Until He's Paid

Rod Wave has been gaining traction with his music but also made the news when video surfaced of the rapper falling through a stage during a performance. The rapper was set to perform at a show and walked on to a stage that appeared to be hollow, with a large entourage of people. https://www.vladtv.com/article/266762/rod-wave-seen-falling-through-the-stage-at-his-show
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Trump's Entire Legal Team Quits a Week Before Impeachment Trial

According to reports, all five of the lawyers who were set to represent Donald Trump during his impeachment trial have quit a week before the scheduled trial.The team was led by lawyer Butch Bowers, and it was noted that the South Carolina lawyer quit because of discrepancies on how to defend Trump. https://www.vladtv.com/article/268724/donald-trump-becomes-first-us-president-to-be-impeached-twice
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Iman Shumpert Signs to the Brooklyn Nets

The build up for the Brooklyn Nets has been on the rise, and ultimately started with the move to get Kevin Durant. From there, Kyrie Irving made his way to the Nets, and then James Harden was traded. Now, news surfaced noting that free agent Iman Shumpert has signed with the Brooklyn Nets. https://www.vladtv.com/article/268814/james-harden-cleared-to-make-brooklyn-nets-debut
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Justin Timberlake Eyes Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott Collaborations

Justin Timberlake is cooking up new music.

While promoting his new film Palmer on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday (Jan. 29), the singer revealed that a new album is in the works.

“Is there a possibility that there’s going to be a new Justin Timberlake album in the works?” Fallon asked the father of two, who turns 40 today.

“Yeah, we can say that,” Timberlake responded. “There is a possibility. Let’s go with yes. I’ve been in and out of the studio working on stuff.”

“I played you a few tunes,” he reminded Fallon, who said they were “good songs.”

He was also asked who he would like to collaborate with in the future and two names came to mind, Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott. “Kendrick is on the top of my list,” he said, adding, “Kendrick, Travis Scott…”

He even offered to put his pal Fallon on a song. “I’ll happily put you on a record if you want to be on a record. You want to sing some backgrounds? OK, done.”

Timberlake recently collaborated with Ant Clemons on “Better Days,” which they performed as part of the Biden-Harris inaugural celebration. Additionally, he has been in the studio with frequent collaborator Timbaland and Ty Dolla $ign.

It’s been three years since Timberlake released his last album, Man of the Woods, which featured contributions from Timbaland, The Neptunes, Alicia Keys, and Chris Stapleton.

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Kanye West Faces Lawsuits From Sunday Service Cast and Crew

Kanye West is facing two class-action lawsuits over his Sunday Service series.

According to The Sun, the suits were filed last summer in Los Angeles and involve around 800 performers and backstage crew who claim they were mistreated or not paid.

Some of the plaintiffs include a hairstylist named Raina Leon who alleged she had to wait four months to receive her $550 paycheck (minus a $20 wire fee), while performer Michael Pearson claimed he was paid a flat $250 day rate “regardless of the number of hours worked,” was not permitted a meal or restroom breaks, and was “forced to stand or sit on the ground” before walking home when a shuttle wasn’t provided.

The suits also pertain to the production of Kanye’s first “opera,” Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2019. The performance allegedly violated California labor laws by not paying employees on time or ever and denying overtime, meal, and bathroom breaks.

Lawyers are now tracking down other members of Kanye’s Sunday Service shows, and believe that the final tally will be closer to 1,000 people.

“They’ve got hundreds of people on board already, but they’re talking to many, many others, who want to be a part of it. People are very upset how they were treated, saying it’s their worst experience,” a legal source told The Sun. “Now it’s about proving that Kanye is the employer and the buck stops with him. Now that there’s others coming forward, then the complaint will be amended and be bigger in scope.”

A source added, “No one knows how involved Kanye himself was, if he knew what was going on, as it was all so last minute, it was terribly ran. Whether it was mismanagement, accidental, or on purpose, this is a very strong case.”

Kanye, who once claimed that he spent $50 million on his popular Sunday Service performances, could end up paying $1 million for each lawsuit if he settles or as much as $30 million if he contests it.

“I’m pretty sure Kanye West hasn’t done anything about paying a bill in 20 years, he’d expect people to take care of it,” said an insider. “But Kanye can’t have this go to trial, as the jury may not be Kanye fans and just see a rich rapper ripping off normal folk, he can settle for much less or be hit with a $30 million legal bill.”

This is the latest legal drama for Kanye, who is also preparing for his potential divorce from Kim Kardashian. Back in August, MyChannel, Inc. sued the billionaire mogul for more than $20 million, accusing him of abandoning the partnership and stealing its technology for Sunday Service and his Yeezy brand.

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