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John Lennon’s Scathing 1971 Letter to Paul McCartney Is Up for Auction

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A letter capturing the tension between John Lennon and Paul McCartney following the breakup of The Beatles is up for auction.

The 1971 typewritten letter with additional hand-written remarks was penned by Lennon in response to an interview McCartney did with Melody Maker, where the latter shared his thoughts on John and Yoko, the dissolution of the Beatles’ business partnership and more.

Lennon addresses the letter with a sarcastic, “Dear Paul, Linda et al the wee McCartney’s,” before delving into his furious response. “We give you money for your bits of Apple,” he wrote of their business relationship. “We give you more money in the form of royalties, which legally belong to Apple. (I know we’re Apple, but on the other hand, we’re not.)”

The late artist also defends his beloved hit “Imagine,” writing, “So you think ‘Imagine’ ain’t political, it’s ‘working class here’ with sugar on it for conservatives like yourself!! You obviously didn’t dig the words. Imagine!”

The letter also includes digs at McCartney’s expense in addition to defense of Lennon’s relationship with Yoko Ono.  “Wanna put your photo on the label like uncool John and Yoko, do ya? (Ain’t ya got no shame). If we’re not cool, WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU,” he wrote, adding later about his love for Yoko, “I thought you’d have understood BY NOW, that I’m JOHNANDYOKO.”

“No hard feelings to you either. I know we basically want the same, and as I said on the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, all you have to do is call,” the letter concludes.

Gotta Have Rock and Roll, the auction house offering the letter, is accepting bids through August 19. The highest bid is currently set at $22,000.



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Megan Thee Stallion Says She Paid $250,000 for Future to Feature on ‘Pressurelicious’

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Megan Thee Stallion’s long-awaited sophomore album, “Traumazine,” dropped last week after a slew of successful chart-topping singles, including the Future-featuring “Pressurelicious”

In an interview with the LA Leakers on Power 106 Los Angeles, Megan admitted that the feature came with a price tag of $250,000.

“I had the beat for ‘Pressurelicious,’ right? I recorded the song, and I recorded it one way. And I’m like, ‘You know what? This would really sound hard if Future was on it,” she said before adding: “So I feel like being a woman in the industry, reaching out to a man trying to get a feature is always going to be a task. You never know what to expect.”

Megan says she put in a request to find out the Atlanta rapper’s feature price and said she wanted to make sure that he turned in his verse while they were both in the same area.

“They was like, ‘Okay, 250. He wants 250K.’ I was like, ‘OK, bet. Somebody go pull 250,000 out of the bank and go drop it off to Future and tell him I need the verse before he leaves [Miami].’”

Despite an initial objection from her team, Megan went through with the move and Future delivered his end of the deal. He sent back the seven-minute beat — having rapped through its entirety — which Megan then chopped and used to create the final version of “Pressurelicious.”

Aside from the Future verse, Megan also described “Traumazine” as an album about “dealing with yourself” after years of trauma. “This album — I feel like I wrote it as a letter to me, a letter to my mom — I didn’t even write these songs as regular songs, I wrote them like diary [entries]. It’s different.”

The album’s rollout has seen Megan in a much more serious tone than her previous releases. A few days before its arrival, the rapper alluded to “Traumazine” being the final project she’d deliver with 1501 Certified Entertainment — the label she’s had ongoing issues with for the past few years.



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Lizzo Drops Teaser for ‘2 B Loved’ Music Video: ‘Are You Ready?’

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Lizzo‘s “2 B Loved (Am I Ready)” music video is on its way, and it might be picking up where her “Truth Hurts” video left off.

Fans got a sneak peek at the video concept on Sunday (Aug. 14) when Lizzo shared a teaser clip that begins with the wedding set from “Truth Hurts” and ends with the singer speeding off like a runaway bride.

“ARE YOU READY..?” Lizzo wrote on Twitter. “THE ‘2 B LOVED’ MUSIC VIDEO IS COMING…”

She ended her tweet with 12 bride emojis.

On Friday, she’d hinted at the new video on Instagram, where she posted a clip of herself running into the water in a wedding dress, with the caption “DID I SAY YES?”

“2 B Loved (Am I Ready)” is featured on Lizzo’s latest studio album, Special. Her first single from the set, “About Damn Time,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, making it her second Hot 100 leader (after “Truth Hurts” topped the chart in 2019).

Watch the preview for Lizzo’s upcoming video below.



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Fans Choose Nicki Minaj’s ‘Super Freaky Girl’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

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Nicki Minaj‘s latest single, “Super Freaky Girl,” has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Aug. 12) on Billboard, choosing the Queen of Rap’s Rick James-sampling track as their favorite new music release of the past week.

“Super Freaky Girl” beat out new music by Megan Thee Stallion (Traumazine), Anitta and Maluma (“El Que Espera”), NIKI (Nicole), Rod Wave (Beautiful Mind), and others.

“Super Freaky Girl” finds Minaj doing what she does best — remixing old hits and reintroducing them to a new generation of fans. Where her 2014 smash “Anaconda” revisited Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” “Freaky Girl” employs James’ 1981 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Super Freak.” She has a gleeful time reanimating the classic track’s salacious funk with sexual innuendo and a flow that knows when to speed up and when to really land a punchline.

“Super Freaky Girl” is Minaj’s first release since “We Go Up” with Fivio Foreign in March. Prior to that, she dropped “Blick Blick” with Coi Leray, “Bussin” with Lil Baby, and “Do We Have A Problem?” with Lil Baby again — all from this year.

Placing second on the past week’s tally with 8% of the vote was Megan Thee Stallion’s sophomore album, Traumazine. The unflinching and revealing new full-length sees the Houston rapper at her most vicious, as heard on fiery tracks “Plan B” and “Ungrateful.” She then mellows into the soul bearing “Anxiety,” creating a multi-faceted body of work.

See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below.



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