2014 McDonald’s All American Dunk Contest

6’4 Duke commit Grayson Allen from Jacksonville, FL stole the show at the annual Powerade Jam Fest as part of the 2014 McDonald’s All American Game festivities held at University of Chicago.

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV is an Android-driven platform with ties to the broader Amazon ecosystem. Inside the slim black plastic box is a quad-core CPU with a full 2GB of RAM — that makes it more akin to a high-end smartphone than your typical streaming device. And its incredibly slim, shorter than a dime,with barely enough clearance for the small selection of ports around back, which includes the standard HDMI as well as optical audio and Ethernet according to Engadget.

The device will launch with access to Hulu and Prime (obviously) but other partners will be added over time, Including Netflix, Plex, and NBA Gametime, if the demo screens are to be believed. It can pull in content from other Amazon services as well. If you’ve got photos on your Amazon Cloud Drive, you can beam them to your TV and look at them either as a scrolling screensaver mosaic or as a slideshow.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.”
-Sheila Graham

Drake (@Drake) – Draft Day

Drake unleashes a brand new record called Draft Day, which samples Lauryn Hill’s ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ and produced by Boi-1da, Syk Sense and Ducko McFli. Drizzy speaks on his good friend Johnny Manziel and responds to Jay-Z’s shots on the We Made It freestyle.

UMG Dissolves Island Def Jam Music Group

Universal Music Group has announced today that it is dissolving the Island Def Jam Music Group.  In addition to that, East Coast Label Group president and CEO Barry Weiss has stepped down from his position. According to the press release, Motown Records, Island Records and Def Jam Recordings will all once again operate as standalone imprints. In 1999, Island and Def Jam were consolidated into IDJ while Motown folded into the group in 2011.

Other shakeups include: Motown relocating to Los Angeles, with former label SVP Ethiopia Habtemariam promoted to president. Former Def Jam president Steve Bartels will now serve as CEO, while Island will continue to be helmed by David Massey.

 

In a statement, Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group said:

“At UMG, our labels are empowered to be entrepreneurial and take creative risks. By re-establishing Def Jam, Island and Motown as standalone labels within the UMG family, we’re positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success.”

UMG also announced a number of exec hires and promotions, with IDJ A&R exec Karen Kwak appointed to the new position of executive vice president of A&R for U.S. recorded music, servicing all of UMG’s labels. Additionally, Def Jam named Dion “No I.D.” Wilson and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua executive VPs and co-heads of A&R for the label.

Trey Songz (@TreySongz) – Smart Phones

Trey Songz makes his return with a brand new single called Smart Phones. This will appear on Trey upcoming album titled Trigga, dropping later this year.