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Major: Music Industry Confirms Introduction Of Friday Global Release For New Albums

Move Comes After Success of Beyonce's Surprise LP

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Last year saw volume given to the murmurs that – after the success of Beyonce‘s surprise album – music industry forces were banding together to try and establish a global release date system; a move that would radically change the scope of how albums are rolled out worldwide.

Today has brought with it the confirmation that an agreement has been reached and that the new structure will come into effect sooner than one might think.

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2015 Academy Awards Clock Ceremony’s Lowest Ratings Since 2009

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For all of the tweet-worthy moments over its lengthy 3.5 hour airtime (see: emotional speeches, off-color commentary, jaw-dropping live performances courtesy of Jennifer Hudson, John Legend & Lady Gaga), the day after the  87th annual Academy Awards is finding the show lining tweets for another reason – a severe drop in ratings.

The Neil Patrick Harris-hosted affair, which aired February 22 on ABC, not only brought with it a 17% drop in viewers from last year’s showing, but also reigns as the ceremony’s lowest ratings tally this decade.

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Winners List: 2015 Academy Awards [Full]

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards certainly provided many a notable moment courtesy of the host of movie and music stars who took to the stage.

Now, after show-stopping performances from John Legend, Rita Ora, Lady Gaga, and more, see who walked away with the show’s biggest star – its coveted trophies!

A full winners’ list awaits below:

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Geraldo Rivera: ‘Hip-Hop Has Hurt Black People More Than Racism in the Last 10 Years’ [Do You Agree?]

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With years of lending controversial ideas on racially charged topics (see:  Travyvon Martin, “absent black fathers,” and more), 71-year-old Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera has once again found himself in the line of Twitter fire for his assessment that hip hop has been “more damaging to black and brown people over the past 10 years” than the institution of racism itself.

Taking to HuffPost Live, Rivera – who lost the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ crown this week to fellow journalist/former talk show host Leeza Gibbons – appears to have lost his mind as well when he argued, “Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years.”  Expounding, he asserted it’s impossible to “…find a youngster — a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that make it in the music business — that’s been a success in life walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos.”

His comments have incited a host of ongoing debates on social media, but as always, we turn to you – That Grape Juice readers – to ask:

Is Geraldo Rivera right?

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Hot Shots: The Grammy Awards Release Proposed Seating Plan

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Two days separate the world from the 57th annual Grammy Awards, set to serve up appearances and performances from Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, Rihanna & Lady GaGa.

Now, as to tease Sunday’s night’s ceremony, the event’s organisers have released photos of its proposed seating schedule, revealing where each act has agreed to be seated.

Who will be rubbing shoulders with who on the night?

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Report: Sony Music Artists To Be Hit With Scandalous Email Leaks?

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Last November, Sony Pictures Entertainment found themselves in troubled waters when a group named the ‘Guardians of Peace‘ hacked into the company’s computer systems and leaked headline-grabbing confidential data.

This week, the company’s music arm is said to be bracing itself after learning emails sent about some of the world’s biggest Pop stars may surface online as part of the same cyberattack.

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Major Lyrics Site Unveils Most-Viewed Artists Of 2014 List (Big Sean & Beyonce Featured)

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The go-to spot for any Rap enthusiasts hoping to dissect their favourite artist’s lyrics, ‘Rap Genius’ has unveiled which artists and songs received the most clicks on its official website today, revealing which Rap cuts received the most play on the outlet.

Ready to find out who came where?

Peep the telling list below…

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