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Spotify Launches in 80 New Markets.

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Spotify is finally bringing its streaming service to the Caribbean Region.

The leading streaming service has plans to expand into 80 new markets making its penetration a total of 180 markets worldwide. This is major news for artists in St. Lucia and the region at large. It is speculated however that this move was made subsequent to Apple Music’s own announcement that they would be expanding to newer markets which included the region – notably Jamaica and Africa.

Spotify’s Chief Freemium Business Officer, Alex Norström, made the announcement at the company’s Stream On event on Monday February 22 saying that there is a potential combined 1 billion potential Spotify users across these new markets. Norström added that the company’s “core library of content and features that will evolve over time.”

Established genres like Dancehall and Reggae can hope to see a boost in numbers after years of low number and complaints from stakeholders. Also this is an opportunity for other genres to gain the recognition they deserve.

Spotify will be available for free and premium subscription level streaming in all of these markets. However, its Individual, Family, Duo, and Student Plan level subscriptions will be available in select markets. Spotify added that the move would also help creators in music-rich markets reach more listeners globally.

Below is the list of Spotify new music markets.

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Curaçao, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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50 Cent Reveals He’d Star In A Romantic Comedy With Nicki Minaj

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50 Cent says he wants to share the screen with Nicki Minaj.

During his appearance on “Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man Podcast,” Fifty was asked who he would want to star alongside in a romantic comedy and Nicki was the first name that came to mind. “You know who would probably be fun to work with? Nicki,” said Fif. “Nicki Minaj would be fun to be in a romantic comedy with.”

The two both grew up n the New York neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens. As a result of this the rapper feels a kinship towards Nicki saying he understands Nicki “I kinda understand her a little bit more than the other people,” he said. “When she’s being an asshole because she’s telling you, ‘You’re not going to take advantage of me.” And while others may not like the”Seeing Green” rapper because of her tough personality 50 applauded Nicki for being an assertive “alpha female.”

The rapper is known to show his support for Minaj. Just last year while speaking with Lil Wayne on Young Money Radio he had nothing but praises for Nicki.

“I love me some Nicki. This n***a actually happens to come from my neighborhood. It happens to be a girl, but that n***a is tough!” he said. “She be harder than the n***a she f**k with. She be harder and she’s an alpha female! That motherf**ker tough! You see what I’m saying, son? You got to watch her or she’ll go–she’ll do something that’s pulling a move to assert herself.”

50 is fresh off the premiere of his new Starz series “BMF,” which has already been renewed for a second season.

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Tyga Unmasked As Dalmatian On Masked Singer

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Tyga has been unmasked as the Dalmatian on season 6 of “The Masked Singer”.

The rapper’s run on the Fox singing competition came to an end when he was eliminated on Wednesday night’s episode. For his final performance, he rapped Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful.”

The judges were shocked when Tyga took off his dog mask to reveal himself. Robin Thicke guessed it was Nelly, while Nicole Scherzinger thought it could be Nelly or Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, or Lil Boosie. Jenny McCarthy guessed Kevin Hart, and Ken Jeong guessed Reggie Bush.

Nick Cannon claimed to have known that it was Tyga underneath the Dalmatian costume all along. Tyga decided to do the show after Lil Wayne’s appearance as “Robot” in season 3. He stated that seeing Wayne do it had inspired him. Thicke, who collaborated with Tyga on “This Is Like,” remarked, “We’re lucky to have you on the show. Every time we have the young, hottest cats on the show it makes us look cooler.”

Last week’s double elimination, saw Toni Braxton unmasked as the Pufferfish and Vivica A. Fox as Mother Nature. Tyga is the latest rapper to appear on Fox’s Masked Singer.

Some honorable mentions of Masked Singer reveals are T-Pain as “The Monster” winner of the first season, former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams as “Butterfly”, Wayne Brady as “Fox” and Bow Wow as “Frog”.

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Natty Looking For a Wife

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Reggae star Natty Conqueror has agreed to find love in the most unconventional but not uncommon way. On Wednesday’s Morning Riot during a surprise birthday call to the “Black Cinderella” singer, Natty said that he was okay with finding love in the form of a reality show.

Natty is known for his reggae hits but more so his viral videos on his plight and frustrations with the difficulties of finding a good woman in Saint Lucia. Natty has listed all the aspects of his ideal partner time and again. Our only hope is that the casting directors can get it right. With MBC Studios ready to film and a potential sponsor to back it up, we might just all bare witness to Natty finding love.

Let us know if Natty’s journey to finding his Black Cinderella something you’d watch. Also stream Black Cinderella & Be Your Lover.

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