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ClippersIn a $400 million cash deal, L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has purchased the Inglewood Forum. The acquisition—through a newly formed entity, CAPSS LLC—will put to an end the bitter battle with Madison Square Garden, clearing the way for the new Clippers arena project.

The Forum will continue to operate as one of the nation’s premier live-music venues. As part of the transaction, expected to close during the second calendar quarter of 2020, all of MSG’s current Forum employees will be extended employment offers.

Reaching an agreement with MSG will simultaneously resolve litigation surrounding plans for the new NBA arena. The new Clippers arena project would be a privately financed, state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat basketball arena, team headquarters complex and community center located on West Century Boulevard between South Prairie Avenue and South Yukon Avenue. The project is currently undergoing an environmental review by the City of Inglewood. Public hearings to approve the project are expected to be held later this summer.

“This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” said Ballmer. “We are committed to our investment in the City of Inglewood, which will be good for the community, the Clippers, and our fans.”

Having the Forum and the new Clippers arena under the same ownership will allow for coordinated programming between the two venues, improving traffic congestion around basketball games and concerts.

“We know traffic is something that many Inglewood residents worry about. While we have gone to great lengths to provide an unprecedented traffic-management plan for the new basketball arena, this acquisition provides a much greater ability to coordinate and avoid scheduling events at the same time at both venues,” said Chris Meany, a principal of Wilson Meany, the developer overseeing the new basketball arena project.

The L.A. Clippers’ new arena will create an estimated 7,500 high-paying construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs once the complex is open. In addition to the economic and civic benefits, the Clippers have proposed a $100 million package of community benefits.

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A new movement in hip-hop has risen out of Detroit. This slightly off beat intricate rhyme scheme known as scammer rap revolves around emcees rapping about credit card fraud, identity theft, ect. The main protagonists of this movement are Teejayx6, Kasher Quon, Shitty Boyz and Guapdad 4000. Here are my thoughts.

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Childish Gambino just dropped his fourth studio album 3.15.20 with little speculation or promotion. The album has a familiar cast of producers such as Donald Glover’s longtime collaborator Ludwig Göransson, along with DJ Dahi and others. This album sounds a bit like pieced together cuts from Glover’s previous projects. There are unmentioned guest appearances from 21 Savage and Ariana Grande Here are some thoughts on 3.15.20.

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Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation has donated $5 million to help assist in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, reports CNN.

According to CNN, The Foundation said, “When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how the Coronavirus would so dramatically alter our lives. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world’s most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come.”

The organizations that will get donations include The International Rescue Committee, Partners in Health, Feeding America, Direct Relief, The World Health Organization, and various medical outlets in Rihanna’s native country of Barbados.

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US-based finance firm Sound Royalties, LLC has announced a new $20m fund from which music creators impacted by Coronavirus can obtain no-fee royalty advances.

Musicians will be able to obtain advances from the $20m pot over the next 30 days, through April 16, or until the money is depleted.

Sound Royalties says that songwriters, performing artists, producers and others with royalty income can apply for zero-interest cash advances on a one-year repayment schedule with “no fees or costs of any kind”.

“From national tours to local clubs, the live music industry has been blindsided by Coronavirus, and the impact on creatives who depend on this income and the music industry as a whole will be significant,” said Alex Heiche, Sound Royalties founder and CEO.

“We stand with the creative community and hope to ease some of the burden caused by this unprecedented interruption in business.” Read more in MusicBusinessWorldwide.com

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Coronavirus1The race to control coronavirus in the US has taken a drastic turn as the CDC urged all gatherings of 50 or more people to be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks.

And more states are adding their own rules. Schools across New Jersey and New York are about to close, adding to the more than 30 million students unable to go to class. Many restaurants across the country can’t have dine-in guests. Even some public beaches in Florida are closing.

But some say these precautions are still not enough to stop the virus, which has infected more than 4,000 people and killed at least 70 in the US, according to the CDC. Read more in CNN.

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Idris Elba said he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Elba, 47, said he received his test results Monday morning.
So far, the “Luther” star said he feels “OK” and is showing no symptoms, according a video posted to Twitter.
Elba said he had been isolated since finding out last Friday that he had been exposed to someone who tested the positive. Read more from CNN.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony, which was supposed to take place May 2nd at Cleveland’s Public Hall, has been postponed due to the coronavirus.

“We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement. “Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”

This year’s Hall of Fame class includes Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, T-Rex and the Notorious B.I.G.

There are only four confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio, but authorities are working hard to stop the spread and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has plans to issue a public order limiting mass gatherings of people. The NBA has already suspended its season after two Utah Jazz players tested positive. Several others sports leagues appeared posed to take similar actions.

Read more in Rolling Stone.

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