ShowBiz Minute: MTV, Kardashian West, Dr Dre

Despite pandemic, MTV VMAs to take place August 30 in Brooklyn; Kim Kardashian West sells stake in beauty brand for $200M; Dr. Dre’s wife of 24 years, Nicole Young, files for divorce. (June 30)

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ShowBiz Minute: Gooding Jr., Cromwell, Dre

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty to new misconduct claim; James Cromwell arrested at Texas A and M regents protest; Recording Academy to honor Dr. Dre for trailblazing production work. (Nov. 1)

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Dr. Dre, Iovine unveil high-tech new building at USC

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine launch the new University of Southern California Academy for Arts and Technology, a high-tech building that they donated a combined $70 million for in 2013. (Oct. 3)

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ShowBiz Minute: Miller, R. Kelly, Dr. Dre

Three men charged with providing drugs that killed rapper Mac Miller; Judge denies bail for R. Kelly in NYC sex-abuse case; Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine unveil high-tech new building at USC. (Oct. 3)

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ShowBiz Minute: Markle, Dr Dre, Perry

UK tabloid to fight Meghan Markle’s lawsuit on letter to dad; Dr. Dre, Iovine to unveil high-tech new building at USC; Tyler Perry dedicates Walk of Fame star to underdogs. (Oct. 2)

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Dr. Dre’s influence on Anderson .Paak’s ‘Oxnard’

(31 Dec 2018) Anderson .Paak talks working with Dr. Dre, influencing the current sound of music and explains why “Every day is another day to go viral.” (Dec. 31)

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Snoop Dogg thanks himself for his success

(20 Nov 2018) Snoop Dogg was joined by stars including Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Warren G, Quincy Jones and Jimmy Kimmel at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony. (Nov. 20)

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ShowBiz Minute: XXXTentacion, Dr Dre, Hamill

Fans throng Florida stadium, mourn slain rapper XXXTentacion; Jury: Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones owes ex-partner $25 million; Mark Hamill says playing jaded Luke Skywalker in “The Last Jedi” was “tough.” (June 28)

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Iovine: ‘Dre and I have never had an argument in 25 years’

Jimmy Iovine says “trust” and “chemistry” are the foundations of his longstanding relationship with Dr. Dre – which is the subject of a new docuseries. “The Defiant Ones.” (March 15)

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How Jay-Z And Diddy Made Millions Off Of ‘Cheap Grapes’

Zack O’Malley Greenburg, author of 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise discusses how hip hop moguls, Jay-Z and Diddy, leveraged their fame to create two million-dollar brands. Following is a transcript of the video.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg: Just goes to show how you can leverage your fame beyond just the music.

About a decade ago The Economist interviewed the director of the company that makes Cristal Champagne, one of the most expensive champagnes in the world favored by Russian tsars over history, he was asked, what did he think about all these rappers drinking Cristal Champagne and he basically said, “Well, we can’t forbid “people from buying it.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement of a new customer base. He thought that rappers didn’t read The Economist but he was wrong. Jay-Z heard about his comments, he removed it from his 40/40 Club, and more importantly he started issuing this sort of, directive to his fans, not to drink it either.

And instead of rapping about Cristal, he put his money where is mouth was, he ended up investing in, and eventually taking over French champagne brand called Armand de Brignac, AKA Ace of Spades. You see this in his videos, the gold bottles, he raps about it all the time, and this has now become one of his most valuable assets in his entire portfolio.

Diddy does not have his own champagne, however he has something just as or perhaps even more valuable, which is his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka. He started out with them in the late 2000s, and at that point, Ciroc was just a middling vodka brand being shilled by no-name former NFL players. They decided to take a chance on Diddy, and they didn’t really have anything to lose, because Ciroc wasn’t doing very well. It was about the fiftieth ranked vodka in the world and so Diddy came on and he applied his typical marketing panache and his shock and awe salesmanship, this was around the time that Barack Obama was running for president. He started calling himself Ciroc Obama, giving that free product placement, within only a few years, Ciroc was number two in the premium vodka category, to only Grey Goose doin’ about two million cases a year.

There’s a really fascinating connection between Diddy and Jay-Z in the spirits world. Between the two of them, I mean you think, you know same job description, hip hop mogul, two very different guys, two very different approaches. But born a month apart, in the same city, both named Shawn and they both use the same cheap grape as the base of two of their most important products, that’s the Trebbiano grape, which is considered by wine officials to be, you know sort of a, a nothing grape, it’s a filler, it’s table wine.

Jay-Z has a Cognac called D’Usse, which is a joint venture with Bacardi. Of course, if you’re making Cognac, it doesn’t really matter because they’re grapes that you have to include in order to be officially called Cognac. As far as Diddy’s Ciroc vodka goes, using grapes is rather unorthodox, vodka is typically made out of potatoes or grains or something like that. So that was kind of his first philosophy with Ciroc is to center on the sexiness of the grape.

Diddy: One-and-a-half ounces of Ciroc vodka, you can only make it with Ciroc vodka, other vodkas don’t work.

Greenburg: One thing that gets kind of lost in all of the promotion of Ciroc and such, is that Trebbiano is actually a very cheap grape and not some super-fancy thing.

At the end of the day, Jay-Z and Diddy are both excellent, savvy businessmen. Of course they’re not gonna get the most expensive grape because in order to do well on a product, you have to have a low cost, and you have to have a high price. They’ve grasped that better than anybody and the success that they’ve had with Ciroc and D’Usse certainly go to prove that as well.

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How Serena Williams Makes And Spends Her Millions

Serena Williams has won a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles. $84M in career prize money, $50M more than any other female tennis players. Winning percentage: 86%. The 36-year-old turned pro in 1995. Endorsements include Beats by Dre, Gatorade, JPMorgan Chase, Nike, Tempur-Pedic, Aston, Martin, Audemars Piguet, Intel, and Wilson.

She’s been on SurveyMonkey’s board since May 2017. Married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November 2017. She wore $3.5M worth of jewelry and changed designer dresses 3 times. There was even a carousel. In 2009, Venus and Serena became partial owners of the Miami Dolphins. The sisters will donate $1M to the American Tennis Association. She purchased a $6.7M Beverly Hills mansion. She founded The Serena Williams Fund which focuses on education and community development. She’s also a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Is there anything Serena Williams can’t do?

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Contrafact – Nirvana [Caliber Music]

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Caliber Music presents Contrafact. Hailing from Russia, the trio delivers two mid tempo beats taking as much influence from the organic, upbeat side of glitch hop as the synthetic darkness of the neurofunk / neurohop sound. Leading off the release, ‘Nirvana’ begins with a mangled guitar line, percussive clicks and whistles building up momentum until the beat and bassline drop together with a definitive simplicity. The track struts forward, maturing progressively with each new addition to its infectiously straightforward groove. Vocalist LM Re-Play collaborates with Contrafact on ‘Inhale’, with the latter serving up a beat laying somewhere in between Ill.Gates and Dr. Dre. The attitude on this one is palpable. Contrafact has arrived.

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Artist: Contrafact ft. LM Re-Play
Release: Nirvana / Inhale
Date: June 17th, 2013

Label: Caliber Music
Catalog: CLBR042

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