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How Much Is Your Favorite Rapper Worth?

What? You know you've Googled it.

After years of keeping most of his finances under wraps, the inevitable has become official: Kanye West is a billionaire.

West's wealth shouldn't come as a surprise. His mansion is insane. His namesake shoe is in the race to dethrone Nike Jordans. His in-laws are the country's most famous family, and his buddies include the country's most infamous family. It was only a matter of time.

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On This Day: Shakira Liberated Everyone's “She Wolf”

"I was in the studio in a bad mood that day, then I got inspired and went to a corner and I wrote the lyrics and the melody in 10 minutes. The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting," Shakira said.

By Fabio Alexx

11 years ago, on July 10th, 2009, Colombian singer Shakira released the first single off her third studio album.

"She Wolf" is a synth-pop banger built on a B minor progression. It was, in many ways, an insane song, born out of the singer's own frustration and ennui.

"I was in the studio in a bad mood that day, then I got inspired and went to a corner and I wrote the lyrics and the melody in 10 minutes. The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting," Shakira said.

Though the music was composed by John Hill and Sam Endicott, lead singer of post-punk band The Bravery, the lyrics were all Shakira's own. "[Shakira] contacted him (Hill), asking if he had any stuff," said Endicott. "We never had her in mind. We just made the thing independently of her, and then she liked it a lot, and she sang over it. She used some of the melodies we put in there and then wrote these crazy lyrics about being a werewolf. And that's how it happened."

Shakira - She Wolf www.youtube.com


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Bandcamp Waives Revenue Shares to Help Artists During Coronavirus Outbreak

Today, March 20, the streaming platform is dedicating 100 percent of their proceeds to artists.

Courtesy of Bandcamp Daily

With tours and music festivals being called off left and right, independent musicians are experiencing an unprecedented drop in their income.

It's no secret that streaming giants like Spotify skimp out on paying artists a fair share, and without the opportunity to sell tickets (and merchandise at their shows), smaller musicians are taking a huge hit right now. But Bandcamp is making it even easier to help your favorite indie artists.

The platform has already been heralded for their commitment to supporting artists, making it so that 80-85 percent of the sales on their site go to the artist directly. But now in the wake of coronavirus, Bandcamp is going the extra mile by waiving their revenue share entirely today, March 20. That means if you buy something on Bandcamp before midnight tonight, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the artist.

"For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not," Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond writes. "Still, we consider this just a starting point. Musicians will continue to feel the effects of lost touring income for many months to come, so we're also sharing some ideas below on how fans can support the artists they love and how artists can give fans new, creative ways to provide support. It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you'll join us both today and through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time."

There's no better time than right now to stock up on hard copies or MP3s of all your favorite albums. With so much free time on your hands, you can even try some deep listening, too.