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How to watch Beyoncé at Coachella 

Coachella starts today, but don't despair if you don't have tickets. 

The festival, held over two weekends in Indio, California, attracts artists across various genres and is a highlight for many music fans. 

This year has been marked as a specifically sought-after ticket given that Beyoncé is a headliner, along with The Weeknd and Eminem. 

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The superstar singer was slated to headline last year's festival, but had to cancel under doctor's orders after she became pregnant with twins. 

She and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, welcomed Rumi and Sir Carter last June. 

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But the Beyhive (as her devoted fans are known) need not miss out on her performance: YouTube will be livestreaming it. 

As of Friday, there were 91 acts listed as planned streams on YouTube's Coachella page. 

Other acts that will be streamed include The Weeknd, Beyoncé protégées Chloe X Halle, Haim, St. Vincent and Post Malone. 

Viewers will be able to create personalized viewing schedules featuring the artists they want to see and set reminders so they don't miss a minute of the action. 

One of YouTube's channels will offer virtual reality coverage of some performances, as well as scenes from the festival grounds.

Philadelphia police chief defends officers in Starbucks arrests 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross is defending the actions of officers seen in a viral video arresting two men at a Starbucks. 

The video, which has racked up millions of views since it was posted to Twitter on Thursday, shows Philadelphia police officers arresting two African-American men inside a Starbucks location. 

Melissa DePino, who posted the video, wrote, "The police were called because these men hadn't ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing." 

In the video a man is seen telling an officer that he was meeting the two men there and asking what they did to warrant police being called. 

Others off screen are heard saying, "They didn't do anything." 

Ross said Saturday his officers "did absolutely nothing wrong." 

Ross recorded a statement on Facebook Live in which he explains that Starbucks employees called 911 to report a trespassing complaint. 

The employees told officers the two men wanted to use the restroom but were told the facilities are only for paying customers. The Starbucks employees then asked the men to leave, but they refused, Ross says. 

Officers responded and asked the men three times to "politely to leave the location because they were being asked to leave by employees because they were trespassing." When the men again refused to leave, they were arrested "without incident," Ross says. 

The men were taken to a police station and released when it became clear Starbucks didn't want to press charges. 

"They did a service that they were called to do," Ross says of the officers. "And if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that." 

Ross, who is black, references his own experiences while making his case, saying, "As an African-American male, I am very aware of implicit bias." 

"We are committed to fair and unbiased policing and anything less than that will not be tolerated in this department." 

In statement posted on Twitter, Starbucks apologized "to the two individuals and our customers." 

"We take these matters seriously and clearly have more work to do when it comes to how we handle incidents in our stores.," the statement reads. 

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Starbucks' apology "is not enough." 

He said he "asked the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to examine the firm's polices and procedures, including the extent of, or need for, implicit bias training for its employees." 

Kenney said he's "heartbroken to see Philadelphia in the headlines for an incident like that," which he says "appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018." 

"Starbucks should be a place where everyone is treated the same, no matter the color of their skin," Kenney says.

DJS OF THE WEEK!!!!! 

Every Friday we want to bring to you our DJS OF THE WEEK that are making noise in their cities by keeping the people in that city tuned in, and/or in the spot they're spinning at every week. This week belongs to you, and here they are!!!!!

1. Dat Damn Teddy (WFXM/Macon,GA) @datdamnteddy

2. DJ Chill (KRRQ/Lafayette,LA) @djchillbluboy

3. Snoopadelic (Honorary Celebrity DJ) @snoopdogg


 

(FLASH BACK FRIDAY) THAT NATION MAKES BILLBOARD MAGAZINE 

7/27/2017 by Da'Shan Smith 

For Yung Dezzy-D and Lil Bill Swavey of That Nation, it was an "amazing" experience to receive a Master P feature on the remix of their first single "Whole Notha." The rising hip-hop duo from the small town of Opelousas, Louisiana were "blown away" when they received the news that the mogul and pioneer of Dirty South rap wanted to add a few verses. 

"He ended up hearing the song and liking it," Lil Bill Swavey tells Billboard. "We wouldn’t think that an artist of that caliber would even want to do a song with us. He actually wanted to do it and that meant a lot." 

The two emcees formed That Nation while attending high school, where they were making music in separate groups. From there, they released their first mixtape in 2016 titled It Ain't Dat Easy: Reloaded. The music on the set is about their everyday life with topics focusing on their family, friendships, relationships, and transitioning into adulthood. The rappers originally had a solo video for "Whole Notha," a jaunt exposing fake friends and two-faced nemeses. With Master P's additional bars, That Nation filmed another visual with their newfound mentor, who Yung Deezy-D claimed "took his time and didn’t want to rush through" the video shoot. 

Now, the duo is promoting their latest single "My Whole Life," a track centered on a captivating sample of Ginuwine's 2001 classic "Differences." Yung Deezy-D explains that after hearing the beat of "My Whole Life," Ginuwine's chorus started "playing over and over in [his] head." He decided to loop the beginning of that chorus into their's, with Lil Bill Swavey singing the hook. The audio dropped in April, and just three months later, it's racked up over a million views on YouTube. 

While discussing the viral success of "My Whole Life" -- focusing on That Nation's rise from the trap into a new lifestyle of recording music -- Lil Bill Swavey says it's "still breathtaking. I can’t believe it." He expanded upon the significance of the feat: "Anytime someone out here [in Opelousas] would end up online it would be because of something negative or some delinquent type stuff. What we’re doing is positive." 

And that's the path the members of That Nation would like to stay on. Lil Bill Swavey hopes their upcoming debut album will "touch the youth." "I see a lot of the younger generations going down the wrong path, and they’re looking up to us," explains Swavey. "I want for us to set the tone for them. This album can really show them that just because you’re from down here, that you can still have anything." 

On their sound's inspiration, both members cite hip-hop legends past and present including The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, as well as Young Thug, Meek Mill and fellow Louisiana brethren Lil Wayne and Kevin Gates. However the duo enjoys mixing it up according to their mood. Lil Bill Swavey made a point to shout out Frank Sinatra: "I like his old school feel. The type of music Frank Sinatra makes -- he’ll make songs that capture a female audience in a classy way. I like the smooth, R&B aspect of it." Swavey's favorites from the crooner include "Fly Me To The Moon” and “Witchcraft." 

Up next for That Nation is further promoting "My Whole Life" with a hip-hop mix that will be radio friendly, and recording new music (with a possible Sinatra sample). The two also hope to go on tour and explore the world outside of Opelousas. In short, they're just getting started.

Lamar Odom saved Master P from a Kobe Bryant fight 

Lamar Odom can add “peacekeeper” to his résumé. 

The former Laker defused an argument between then-Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant and Master P that could have gotten ugly. 

“I got into it with Kobe before, at the Lakers facility,” the rapper told “The Red Pill with Van Lathan” podcast on Tuesday. “Lamar Odom kind of cooled it off.” 

Despite bringing the incident up, Master P was extremely vague about whatever went down, and details were rather scarce. 

“It was a little bit after [I was playing at the Staples Center],” Master P said. “You know how Kobe is, the Lakers is his facility, so it was just one of those things. That’s his place. 

“We had a couple words. I really don’t have that many words when it gets to that. … At that time, you know Kobe — everything ’bout the Lakers. We into the Lakers, we out here in L.A. … but you know, when things don’t go your way, you shut it down.” 

Odom and Bryant were teammates on the Lakers from 2004-11. 

Master P wasn’t forthcoming on what those words were, however, saying only, “It was just, you know, a lil’ small talk, you know what I’m saying?” 

We’re actually not sure what he’s saying, but if only one man had to get between them, it sounds like Bryant may have shown a bit more restraint than he did when ex-Knick Chris Childs punched him.

Apple Music Promotes New Head of Global Operations, Reaches 40M Subscribers 

Oliver Schusser will now lead international efforts as the new head of Apple Music & international content. 

Apple Music has promoted Oliver Schusser to lead its global operations under the new role as head of Apple Music & international content, Billboard has confirmed. As well, Apple Music has hit a new user benchmark, surpassing 40 million paying subscribers. 

In the new role, Schusser will relocate from London to California and split his time between Apple Park in Cupertino and the company's offices in Culver City, while continuing to lead international teams in 38 different offices. He will report directly to svp of internet software and services Eddy Cue, who announced the new Wednesday (April 11) in a memo first reported by Variety. 

Schusser was hired to Apple by Cue in 2004 and has since led international content initiatives, including the App Store, iTunes Movies and TV, iBooks, Apple Podcasts and more. A former employee of Bertelsmann, Universal, Napster and Vodafone, Schusser has also been responsible for overseeing label, studio and publisher relations outside the U.S. 

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With Schusser's promotion, Apple marketing exec Tracey Hannelly has now been promoted to lead International services in 155 markets. 

Apple Music's now 40 million subscribers span 115 countries, continuing a 5 percent monthly growth rate. In contrast, Spotify subscribers have been growing at 2 percent monthly, suggesting the Apple-owned platform may be poised to overtake the newly public Swedish service. Apple Music also has about 8 million people using the free service via free trials, as Cue noted last month during South by Southwest.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft visits Meek Mill in prison, calls for criminal justice reform 

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spent some time Tuesday in a Pennsylvania state prison visiting Meek Mill and emerged calling for the rapper's release and an overhaul of the criminal justice system. 

"Makes it clear to me we have to do something with criminal justice reform," Kraft said. "His kind of case, to be in a situation like this, it's really bad. I know some of our players in the NFL have talked about this. I see it firsthand that it's just wrong. We have to find a way to correct it and also help the community help themselves. 

"It's just sad. This guy is a great guy. Shouldn't be here. And then think of all the taxpayers here paying for people like this to be in jail and not out being productive. It's just really sad." 

Meek Mill, 30, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sentenced in November to two to four years for probation violations related to gun and drug charges from nearly a decade ago. His case has garnered attention from numerous professional athletes, among others, who feel the Philadelphia-born rapper is being punished excessively. 

 

Kraft, 76, said he was introduced to Meek Mill several years ago by by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, who accompanied Kraft on the prison visit this week. 

"He's an amazing young man," Kraft said of Meek Mill. "He's very intelligent. I've had the pleasure, through Michael, of getting to know him over the last two to three years, maybe even longer. Every time I see him, I just come away more impressed."