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Carlos Santana Deletes Apology Over Trans Closet Comment



Carlos Santana has removed a Facebook apology he wrote after a viral video surfaced this week showing him saying transgender persons should stay “in the closet.” The 76-year-old musician can be seen interrupting the show in the video to share his opinions on gender identity with an audience of 5,000 people.

“When God made you and me, before we came out of the womb, you know who you are and what you are,” Santana, who grew up in San Francisco, said in the YouTube video, which was posted on Aug. 19.

“Later on, as you grow out of it, you see things and begin to believe that you could be something that sounds good, but you know it’s not right.” Because a woman is still a woman and a guy is still a man. That’s all. Whatever you want to do in the closet is your prerogative. That’s fine with me.”

Carlos Santana apologised on Facebook: “I realise that what I said hurt people, and that was not my intent.” I truly apologise to the transgender community and anyone else I may have upset.”

However, Carlos Santana had removed that statement from his Facebook profile by the next morning.

During his rant last month, filmed at a Hard Rock Live at the Etess Arena stop on his 1001 Rainbows Tour and first shared on Reddit, Santana also praised comedian Dave Chappelle, referring to the comedian who came under fire for making transphobic jokes in his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer” as “my brother.”

Santana’s words received criticism from a variety of sources, including San Francisco Pride executive director Suzanne Ford and board president Nguyen Pham.

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“Carlos Santana’s recent anti-trans comments are particularly disheartening as he is a prominent Bay Area resident,” they said in a joint statement to the Chronicle.

“The fact that he used his incredible platform, onstage, to spew hate underscores the gravity of perpetuating misinformation in a society where gender’s spectrum is well-established.”

The incident occurred as anti-LGBTQ legislation was being introduced in state legislatures across the United States. Almost two dozen states have prohibited or limited transgender athletes from participating in sports at the K-12 or collegiate levels. Approximately 20 states have passed laws or policies, some of which have been overturned by courts, prohibiting gender-affirming medical care, such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and minor surgery.

“Carlos Santana’s influence necessitates responsible discourse, particularly given the marginalised position of transgender people facing discrimination and violence,” Ford and Pham wrote.

“As a community striving for inclusivity, we must use this moment to reinforce empathy, education, and unity in the face of discriminatory policies, and to encourage allies like Santana to use their influence to promote understanding rather than perpetuate harmful stereotypes.”

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The debut of the video coincided with the release of tickets for Santana’s upcoming documentary, “Carlos: The Santana Journey,” directed by Emmy Award winner Rudy Valdez.

The documentary, which will air on September 23, will showcase previously unseen archive material charting Santana’s life from his childhood in Tijuana, Mexico, where he struggled with poverty and sexual assault, through his rise in the San Francisco music scene and subsequent international stardom.

Santana was up in San Francisco’s Mission District and attended Mission High School before breaking out with singles like “Black Magic Woman” and “Evil Ways,” as well as the multiplatinum “Supernatural” album in 1999.

Guitarist Carlos Santana currently resides in Las Vegas and will start his 11th year of residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay next month, after a brief sabbatical due to a heart treatment in 2021.

Santana informed the audience at the same events where the viral video was taken, “We want you to feel precious and priceless because you are significant and meaningful.” It is critical to validate and appreciate yourself.”

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault




A former employee of Sean “Diddy” Combs has filed a lawsuit against the producer and businessman, alleging sexual assault, harassment, and “grooming.”

Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, Combs’ former producer and videographer, filed a civil complaint in New York federal court on Monday. He claimed to have worked for and travelled with Combs from 2022 to 2023 and collaborated on Combs’ most recent record, “Love.”

Jones alleges that Combs did not compensate him for his music production job, forced him to procure and interact with sex workers, intimidated him, and gave alcoholic beverages laced with drugs to visitors at his home parties. Kristina Khorram, Combs’ chief of staff; Universal Music Group CEO Sir Lucian Grainge; former Motown CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam; and Combs’ adult son, Justin, are all defendants.


Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault

Justin Combs is accused of inviting prostitutes and underage females to parties at his father’s properties. According to the lawsuit, Khorram allegedly hired prostitutes and illegal narcotics for Combs and his guests, and Jones suspected Khorram “aided and abetted” the sexual assault. According to the lawsuit, Grainge and Habtemarian “sponsored and attended several” listening parties for the “Love” album at Combs’ Los Angeles home and “knew or should have known that Mr. Combs was drugging the attendees through laced bottles of DeLeon Tequila, and Ciroc Vodka.” According to the lawsuit, Grainge and Habtemarian “had a duty and obligation to ensure that sex workers and underaged girls were not present, and that Mr Combs was not spiking the alcohol with date rape drugs.”

Jones seeks $30 million.

Sean Combs’ attorney, Shawn Holley, rejected the charges in a statement to CNN, calling Jones “a liar.”

“His irresponsible name-dropping about incidents that are a complete fabrication and did not occur is nothing more than a clear attempt to grab attention. “We have overwhelming, irrefutable evidence that his claims are complete lies,” Holley stated in the statement. “We attempted to share this proof with Mr Jones’ attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, but he refused to return our calls. We will address these outrageous charges in court and take necessary action against individuals who make them.

A spokesman for Justin Combs told CNN in a statement: “Justin Combs completely denies these ridiculous charges. They’re all falsehoods! This is a clear example of a desperate person pursuing desperate methods in the hopes of receiving a paycheck. ALL derogatory remarks regarding the Combs family will result in legal action.”

CNN has reached out to Jones’ attorney for comment on their claims. Khorram, Grainge, and Habtemariam representatives have yet to respond to requests for comment.

Jones claims in his complaint, which CNN has obtained, that “Mr. Jones was the victim of constant uninvited and unauthorized groping and touching of his anus throughout his time living with Mr. Combs.”

When Jones expressed worry about the alleged harassment of Khorram, the lawsuit claims she dismissed it as “friendly horseplay.”

Jones described Combs as “forceful and demanding” in the lawsuit, stating that he exhibited firearms, discussed getting away with shooting people, and frightened Jones with his music industry connections.

Jones claims that as his videographer, he “has secured HUNDREDS of hours of footage and audio recordings of Mr. Combs, his staff, and his guests engaging in serious illegal activity.”


Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault

Jones claims that Combs urged him to watch producer and reality TV celebrity Steven ‘Stevie J’ Jordan, whom Combs allegedly knew Jones admired professionally, have sex with another guy.

“This was done to ease Mr. Jones’ anxiety concerning homosexuality,” the suit claims. “According to Mr. Combs, ‘this is a normal practice in the music industry, look even Stevie J is doing it.'”

Stevie J is not accused of wrongdoing or listed as a defendant in the complaint. In a statement to CNN, he labelled Jones’ charges “false.”

“My lawyer will handle this going forward,” Stevie J explained.

Jones also alleges in the lawsuit that Combs is to blame for a sexual assault he claims to have seen by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., which allegedly took place “on a yacht that MrMrombs rented in the US Virgin Islands in January 2023.”

According to the complaint, “Mr. Combs was present while Cuba Gooding Jr. was assaulting Mr. Jones.” “Mr. Jones was legally on the premises as Mr. Combs’ guest and invitee.” Cuba Gooding Jr. was legally on the premises as Mr. Combs’ guest and invitee.

Gooding, Jr. has not publicly commented on the accusation, and his agents have not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment. He is not listed as a defendant in the litigation.


Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued By Male Producer Who Alleges Sexual Assault

Combs settled a lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend, singer Casandra Ventura, who claimed he raped her and subjected her to years of physical and other abuse.

“A decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing,” Combs’ attorney, Ben Brafman, told CNN in a statement at the time. “Mr. Combs’ choice to settle the litigation in no way undermines his outright denial of the allegations. He is pleased that they reached an amicable agreement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”

Weeks later, at least two further civil cases were filed against Combs, alleging sexual assault.

“I have sat silently and watched people try to assassinate my character, destroy my reputation, and erase my legacy,” Combs stated in a December statement. “Shocking claims have been levelled about me by those searching for a quick reward. Let me be clear: I did not do any heinous acts being accused. “I will fight for my name, family, and the truth.”


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More Music Leaving TikTok Over Universal Music Row




TikTok claims it has begun eliminating additional songs from its platform due to an ongoing dispute over royalties with Universal Songs Group.

The software has already hushed songs by label artists, but it now has to do the same for writers.

As a result, videos with music by Universal-signed artists like Harry Styles and Adele might soon become muted.

TikTok estimates that up to 30% of its “popular songs” could be destroyed.


More Music Leaving TikTok Over Universal Music Row

According to some industry estimates, up to 80% of all music on TikTok might be muted.

This is due to something called “split copyrights”. In other words, if a songwriter signed to Universal Music’s publishing arm contributes even a small amount to a song, the entire recording may have to be removed.

This would include music by artists signed to other labels, including the two remaining majors, Sony and Warner, and hundreds of independents.

TikTok had a licence to use Universal’s music until earlier this year, but they let it lapse after failing to agree on how much the app should pay musicians.

As a result, the label’s recording catalogue, which totalled over three million tracks, was removed at the beginning of February.

The publishing catalogue arrangement expires at the end of the week, and an additional four million songs are scheduled to be removed from the platform.

Universal has accused TikTok of “bullying” them by offering to pay a “fraction” of what other platforms pay for its music.

Despite having over one billion members, UMG claims the platform accounts for only 1% of overall revenue. It is owned by the Chinese corporation ByteDance.

TikTok stated that Universal was promoting a “false narrative and rhetoric”.

Music is a significant aspect of TikTok’s appeal, and content creators frequently include songs in their videos.

The app has also become a means for musicians to build popularity and get their songs recognized; there is even a TikTok Billboard top 50 chart in the United States based on user involvement.


More Music Leaving TikTok Over Universal Music Row

Songs have been utilized to create viral moments such as dancing trends or challenges, popular singers have embraced the opportunity to connect with fans, and new artists have achieved mainstream recognition.

Mae Stephens, a 20-year-old from Kettering, resigned from her job at a supermarket and signed with a record company after her song If
We Ever Broke Up became popular on TikTok.

She said in an interview with the BBC, “It’s a bit of shock to be honest, I still can’t believe everything that happened to me.”

The royalties dispute has generated concerns that musicians who built a fan base on TikTok before signing with a major label can no longer monetize their following.

Cody Fry, an artist registered to a record company owned by UMG, claimed in a TikTok video that he felt “like a person standing between two colliding planets” after learning that the licencing arrangement had expired just as one of his tracks was going viral in China.


More Music Leaving TikTok Over Universal Music Row

He told the BBC that TikTok should “value music more than it does currently” and that he wishes the two companies could have settled their disputes without “leaving it to the expense of artists on the ground”.

But pop star Kim Petras, whose music has been muted on the site, says she agrees with Universal’s approach.

“I feel very protected by Universal,” she explained to the BBC last week. “I know people who have number one records and can’t afford their rent, so I’m proud Universal is taking a stand.”Of course, right now, all of us Universal artists are a little screwed, but you have to take one for the team. “The intentions are noble.”


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Beatles To Get A Fab 4 Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo




NEW YORK — The Beatles are receiving the big-screen biography treatment in not just one film but four, with each band member getting his spotlight – all directed by Sam Mendes.

For the first time, the Beatles, traditionally among the most stingy rights holders, are granting complete life and music rights to a film project. Sony Pictures revealed Monday a contract that may dwarf all previous music biopics, with the story of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr divided across four films.

The Mendes-conceived films are intended to be released theatrically in a unique manner, with the films coexisting or intersecting in theatres. Specific release plans will be communicated at a later date. Sony has set a release date of 2027.


Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

McCartney, Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison have all approved the initiative through the band’s Apple Corps. Ltd. Sony Music Publishing has rights to the majority of Beatles’ songs.

“I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” Mendes stated in an e-mail.

Each film will be told from the perspective of one of the Beatles.

“We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives, which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time,” stated Pippa Harris, the film’s producer. “To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege.”

The Beatles’ most well-known film appearances were during their early career. From 1964 to 1970, they appeared in five films, including “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and the animated “Yellow Submarine” (1968). They have, of course, been the subject of numerous documentaries, most recently Peter Jackson’s 2021 “The Beatles: Get Back.”


Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

The Beatles reunited in 2023 using artificial intelligence in the newly released song “Now and Then.” The track was made feasible by technology employed by Jackson on “Get Back,” it included a music video directed by the New Zealand director.

Attempts to dramatise the Beatles’ narrative have been intermittent and less effective. A 1979 biography titled “The Birth of the Beatles” was developed while Lennon was still alive, with the Beatles’ original drummer, Pete Best, serving as an adviser. The 1994 indie drama “Backbeat” followed Lennon’s connection with Stuart Sutcliffe before the Beatles became famous. Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrayed a teenage Lennon in the 2009 “Nowhere Boy” film.

However, music biopics have become a lucrative business in the last decade. Box-office successes like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Rocketman,” and “Elvis” have prompted Hollywood executives to seek the next jukebox blockbuster. Over Presidents Day weekend, “Bob Marley: One Love,” co-produced with the Marley estate, was the top-grossing film in theatres. A Michael Jackson biopic is currently under production.


Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

“Theatrical film events today must be culturally significant. “Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and more,” said Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group.

The combination of Mendes’ crew “with the music and stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe,” Rothman added. “We are deeply grateful to all parties and look forward ourselves to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision.”


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