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YOUTUBE REACHES 50 MILLION PREMIUM & MUSIC SUBSCRIBERS

(Photo Cred: TheVerge.com)

YOUTUBE REACHES A MILESTONE

You see them every time you try to view that cool video you saw on YouTube. The consistent ads that keep us from what we came to see right away. Tempting us with a one month free trial, that will keep those ads from showing up ever again. While you think that the majority of us would just click on skip, according to Google there are 50 million people who think otherwise. Google is reporting that their YouTube Premium and YouTube Music services have, or at the least extent, have been given a try by 50 million subscribers. The Verge reports that while Google doesn’t break down what that 50 million means, people are growing legs on a continued trend in their YouTube experience.

THE JUMP FROM FREE TO FEE

With the emergence of so many available streaming services, Google is staking claim in the music subscription service industry. YouTube is touting they are the fastest rising streaming service of its kind via a global newsletter from Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube. While only reporting back in December of 2020 that they were around the 30 million mark, Google is still accountable for breaking down the significant surge in overall memberships and trial ships during that time period.

Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music, YouTube (Photo Cred: Wikipedia.com)

The unique offerings of YouTube Music and Premium are resonating in established and emerging music markets alike. We’re seeing impressive growth in countries like Korea, India, Japan, Russia & Brazil where music is a top passion.”

Lyor Cohen

For $9.99 a month, music subscribers are able to enjoy ad-free music downloads of all their favorite music. The premium subscription, billed at $11.99 gives its users the keys to all the doors of YouTube! This includes features that range from being able to play music videos and songs while your device is locked. Or, while you’re busy with another app. This flexibility wasn’t available with Google’s previous attempt at entering the music streaming landscape (Google Play Music). This could be an initial argument as to why Google has seen such a turnaround in subscriptions since 2019.

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KANYE WEST TAKES BEEF WITH DRAKE TO NEW HEIGHTS @kaynewest @champagnepapi

Drake & Kayne West (Photo Cred: GC Images)

KANYE WEST PUSHES THE ENVELOPE

The ongoing beef between Kayne West & Drake has been elevated to new heights. Along with verbal shots fired at each other, West pushed the envelope this week. He took advertising for his Donda release to new levels. This is a move that will hit Drake close to home. As the two artists vie for Billboard spots with West’s Donda release on Sunday and Drake’s Certified Lover Boy release slated for September 3rd, Kayne went so far as to place DONDA billboards throughout downtown Toronto (Drake’s hometown).

IT GOES UP!!

Kayne West places DONDA billboards throughout downtown Toronto and above Drake’s Certified Lover Boy advertisements (Photo Cred: DJ Akademiks Twitter Page)

HipHopDX reports that the two artists jumped their rivalry off after Drake took a jab at Kanye on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal,” to which Ye responded by channeling his inner Joker and exposing Drake’s home address on social media — a move that got a Joker-esque chuckle out of the OVO rapper. This move by Ye shows that the beef is ongoing and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

(Photo Cred: Complex.com)

KANYE WEST VS. DRAKE (TALE OF THE TAPE)

Both Donda & CLB boasts several big name features. Drake listed some of his features on the billboards including JAY-Z, Future, Lil Baby, 21 Savage & Young Thug. Kanye’s ongoing story is how verses from Chris Brown and Soulja Boy were removed from the album. Both artists have voiced their angst towards the Chicago MC. Iit should be a sight to see how this long-lasting feud will pan out over time.

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Zachery Le’on Releases “Black Elderberry” Music Video

*Original Publish Date August 15th 2021

Zachery Le’on (Photo Cred: Francis Nwoso)

#GetSOM via @TenthLetterMedia

ZACHERY LE’ON is riding the wave of his fifth studio project release Black Elderberry to rave reviews. Le’on planned to release the project last summer. The ongoing pandemic had something to say about that. Now that everyone’s officially back outside, what better way for Le’on to flex than to drop the official music video for Black Elderberry this week!

Zachery Le’on – Black Elderberry

Hailing from Indiana, Le’on has become a mainstay in the Indianapolis Hip-Hop landscape. The laid back and meticulous flow of Le’on flows smoothly with the track produced by Hungerforce. Black Elderberry is a ride-out track with serious replay potential! Shot at Cleo’s Bodega and produced by Najah Tai, the video features cameos from some of Naptown’s most renowned artists including SKYPP and Mr. Indiana just to name a few.

(Photo Cred: Francis Nwoso)

Do it for the love, not the money and fame/Do it for the west 28th is what I claim/Do it for the city, they’ll remember the name/If you ain’t following the road to progression, get out my lane

Zachery Le’on-Black Elderberry
(Photo Cred: Francis Nwoso)

Check out the official music video for Black Elderberry down below. As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture!

Black Elderberry is available NOW for steaming and download! You can get your copy by clicking here.

You can follow ZACHERY LE’ON on all platforms at Linktree at @zacheryl3on

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WE’RE BACK!!!

#GetSOM via @TenthLetterMedia

hack /hak/ v.

2..use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system.
“they hacked into the bank’s computer”

SO WHAT HAPPENED??

You think that it can never happen to you, right? We’re all cautious to a fault when it comes to our online security. You take all necessary precautions to protect what matters most from changing passwords to cache cleaning.

But then one day you wake up and grab your phone or head to your laptop. You notice things aren’t the same from the night before. Passwords aren’t working and it’s causing you to really think to yourself…

“Have I been hacked?”

This trend took a major turn last week as the country of Afghanistan was overtaken by the Taliban. The country’s media organizations as well as their entire government was taken down by a group of hackers known as the Yemen Cyber Army. The world has been watching as the regime has had the people of Afghanistan in the grip of fear over the past 48 hours.

What our readers saw when trying to access Straight Official Magazine amidst the fall of Afghanistan on Monday evening (Photo Cred: TenthLetterMedia)

No one’s exempt to these types of attacks. TenthLetterMedia and Straight Official Magazine both were hacked on Monday night. Our readers saw a dark screen with the headline “HaCKED By Yemen YE ALI. ” This has us down for a few hours initially. I was in a line at a local gas station earlier in the day and read a headline on a newspaper that said AFGHANISTAN FALLS . The subheading read “Yemen Cyber Army Takes Down Government.”

Afghan citizens pack inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III as they are transported from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 (Photo Cred: CNN.com)

I thought to myself, “that’s way over there and I don’t see how that can affect us.” Once the site was up, we were hacked once again. We were wiped out as our coding team caught wind to what they were doing.

All of our hard work just gone in less than 24 hours. There were so many questions. Why us??

SO WHAT’S NEXT??

Lucky for us, we have one of the best coding teams in the business! This slight hiccup only sets us back in terms of content. Before the hack, we were revamping Straight Official as this year marks the ten-year anniversary of the publication. As the FLEET DJs home publication, our staff consists of the coalitions’ best writers, DJ’s, radio personalities and models. Each member spending the course of a decade making names for themselves through these digital pages.

We intend to get the eyes of the world on Fleet by getting to know them better. With over 500+ members and growing, there will be endless stories to tell on how this organization is changing lives. We will also celebrate all facets of our changing society and culture. We’ll have fingers on the pulse of news, health and wellness, sports, technology and much more. We are launching several new podcasts, including the new Straight Fire Podcast which will premiere this month via Twitch.

Straight Fire Podcast Host List (Photo Cred: Da Artist Workshop)

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU!!!

In the pursuit of our vision, we have found the best success when we have the manpower to do so. We are building both brands and a publication that will represent the views and beliefs of the people. What better way to do that then to include the people that we cater to! The possibilities are endless with a network that promotes both unity and growth. You don’t have to be a DJ to join Fleet! They are in pursuit of the best in a variety of fields related to the music & entertainment industry.

Log on to www.fleetdjs.com or at www.straightofficial.com and apply to join the hottest online publications in the industry! We are looking for bloggers, vloggers, writers, photographers, videographers, models, interns and much more. We intend to keep grinding for another ten years and we’d love to have you along for the ride!

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