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Cardi B Shares New Song in Honor of Daughter Kulture's 1st Birthday. Surprise! Cardi B and husband Offset's first child together, daughter Kulture, turned 1 on Wednesday and to celebrate her joy with her fans, the "Money" rapper posted a photo and video montage of the little girl, set to a snippet of a new song. The untitled track samples Eve's 1999 song "Love is Blind." "Thank you everybody for wishing my sweet baby a Happy Birthday," Cardi wrote on Instagram. "I made this song one day before I turned in my album and Eve gave me the green light for the beat I was so grateful! She a real one !It didn't make it on time tho cause as you can hear I was maaa stuffy with a terrible cold. I couldn't get it right no matter how many times I spit it...Even when we try to mix it u still sound stuffy. I love my baby she changed my life." The montage shows pics of Kulture in various poses, drinking a bottle, taking naps with her parents and generally being doted upon by her loved ones. In the song, Cardi raps about watching her daughter grow, being under media scrutiny and dealing with criticism over her pregnancy. Following the birth of her child, the rapper became even more popular. "Cardi you're so stupid / You're gonna ruin your career / I know I won't / But if I did, I wouldn't care," she raps. Cardi's post has been viewed more than 8.7 million times. "I love this song so much," commented Cardi's sister Hennessy Carolina. "Aunties baby is such a blessing I love her so much !!!!! my beautiful baby kulture." (Eonline)

Beyonce is getting the star treatment at one of the most beautiful locations in the Grand Canyon -- but her music video shoot will likely piss off a few die-hard campers. TMZ obtained this footage of Bey and her crew as they shot Wednesday in the shadow of the spectacular Havasu Falls. That's her draped in a blue dress with the stunning backdrop ... a majestic waterfall, bright blue waters and a tiny forest of green. Easy to see why Beyonce would want to shoot here -- for those not in the know, Havasu Falls is right next to a super-exclusive campsite that requires a reservation that's tough to get. The Havasupai tribe owns the land and only approves 300 camping passes a day. Thousands of people get turned away daily. Beyonce plays by different rules. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Beyonce's team arranged the visit beforehand, and the tribe made an exception in her case by granting her use of the land for a few hours. Police are handling crowd control, because the nearby campground is packed. Our sources say Beyonce and her peeps flew in by helicopter ... shot for about 5 hours and then bolted. In our footage, you see Beyonce climbing into the chopper in a white robe, accompanied by Blue Ivy. Most campers ride a donkey to get to the campsite, but they ain't Bey. (TMZ)

Daniell Bregoli's favorite color has to be green by now -- she's getting a ton of it after inking a seven-figure deal with a publishing company ... at just 16 years old. According to new docs obtained by TMZ ... Bhad Bhabie signed a $1 million exclusive songwriter and co-publishing agreement on June 12 with BMI -- which collects licensing fees on behalf of artists, then distributes them as royalties to the artists. Danielle's deal calls for her to get $350k up front ... so, CHA-CHING!!! She'll also get two $325k installments later, once she hits certain revenue targets. The $1 million is an advance on her future royalties, but she'll also get at least 70 percent of her future record sales, licensing fees and digital streaming. Other popular BMI clients in hip-hop include Ty Dolla $ign, Run The Jewels and Rich The Kid. She was already balling ... but you can definitely say Danielle is one rich kid now. (TMZ)

'Lion King' Star Shahadi Wright Joseph Makes Empowering Debut With 'Skin I'm In' The actor and vocalist, 14, releases her debut single ahead of 'The Lion King' hitting theaters. At just fourteen years old, singer/actress Shahadi Wright Joseph is making a big statement for women everywhere with her debut single, "Skin I'm In," premiering exclusively via Billboard (July 11). "I'm loving this skin I'm in, I'm in/ But at times it can get so hard/ I'm loving this skin I'm in, I'm in/ But I'm bigger than my scars," she sings over an infectious beat followed by anthemic chanting. Blending a sweet mix of pop and R&B, the track feels like a fun and youthful breath of fresh air. "'Skin I'm In' is an anthem to remind us all to love ourselves on our best and worst days," Joseph tells Billboard of the track, which allows the multi-hyphenate to truly solidify the message that girls should love the skin that they're in. "Daily challenges are unavoidable but can be taken in stride when we choose to say, 'I am enough.'" Joseph also stars in the live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King as Young Nala alongside Beyonce, Donald Glover and Seth Rogen; the film hits theaters on July 19. This is also Joseph's second time playing Nala, as when was just nine years old, she made history as the youngest actress to play the character in the Broadway production. Joseph also starred in the 2019 Jordan Peele-directed film Us, alongside Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss. (Billboard)

'AGT' Alum Courtney Hadwin Drops Soulful Rendition Of Harry Styles' 'Sign Of The Times' English singer Courtney Hadwin was working nonstop on original music in the studio, when one day, she decided to pause to film and release a string of cover videos. You can hear the first one -- a soulful, rock-tinged cover of Harry Styles' "Sign of the Times" -- exclusively via Billboard (July 11). Rocking a grey suit that Styles himself would definitely approve of, Hadwin slows things down with just an electric keyboard and guitar. The guitarist uses a slide to give the rendition a slight twang while still letting Hadwin's rich vocals shine. At the end, she channels her inner rockstar and belts her roaring heart out. "I'm in the studio recording [but] taking our time, as we want to get it right and make sure the songs are authentic to me," Hadwin, 15, tells Billboard. "So in the meantime, I've put my own spin on some of my favorite songs that are more current and out of the scope of what I'd normally sing to share with all of you. I chose 'Sign of the Times' because it shows a softer side to my voice." Hadwin made a buzz in the industry after her season 13 audition on America's Got Talent, which immediately went viral and earned nearly 300 million views across YouTube and Facebook. Hadwin is currently in the studio working on her forthcoming album. (Billboard)

Ja Rule remains on the hook for allegedly defrauding thousands of Fyre Fest ticket buyers after shooting his shot with the judge ... and coming up short. Ja had filed a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit filed by Fyre ticketholders and attendees in which they claim he lied through his teeth with social media posts promoting the legendarily doomed music fest. The good news for Ja is the judge agreed with him that several of the allegedly fraudulent social media posts either could not be attributed to him, or don't constitute fraud. However, the judge did rule the case can go forward based on one of Ja's tweets. On April 27, 2017 -- the day before Fyre was supposed to begin -- he tweeted, "The stage is set!!! In less than 24 hours, the first annual Fyre Festival begins. #festivallife." Of course, that is not what happened. Not even close. Unless you're a lover of cheese sandwiches. In docs, the judge notes the plaintiffs claim several performers had been told by Ja and other Fyre organizers not to attend by the time of Ja's tweet. The plaintiffs also claim Ja knew by then Frye did not have promised amenities in place. Bottom line ... the class action goes forward, and could end up costing Ja big time. (TMZ)

Salt-N-Pepa's DJ, Spinderella, is cooking up a remix that probably goes like this -- Whatta Scam, Whatta Scam, Whatta Mighty Good Scam -- cause she says the group's been screwing her out of millions. Spin's filed suit against her groupmates of nearly 35 years ... claiming the screw job started with their 'Best of' album, released in 1999. In the suit, she says she was promised one third of the royalties for the record, and even got a phone call telling her she would be getting $125k ... but she never got it. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, that was just the beginning. Spin says she also got cheated when Salt-N-Pepa excluded her from a VH1 TV show based on the group's rise to stardom. In the suit, she says she was promised one third of the group's fee for the show -- and even though she got an occasional guest spot, she got way less than one-third. Even worse, Spin says she got ZERO compensation for their appearance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. But, according to the suit, she got the biggest shock this year. Spin says she was informed by SoundExchange -- which collects and distributes royalties to artists -- that her groupmates had been paid more than $600k in royalties over the last decade, but she hadn't seen a dime of that money. Spinderella's suing for trademark infringement -- she says Salt-N-Pepa continue to use her to promote performances -- and fraud and breach of contract. (TMZ)


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