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XXXTentacion, 20, fatally shot in Miami, Florida

XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was a rapper who rose to fame on SoundCloud back in 2016 after his song "Look at Me" went viral on social media. On Monday, June 18, he was killed in an apparent robbery just outside of a luxury vehicle dealership in Broward County, Florida.

He was shot just before 4 p.m. by two men in a dark SUV. One of the alleged killers, Dedrick Devonshay Williams, has been apprehended. Officials believe Onfroy was followed into the dealership by Williams and the other suspect. Broward County deputies are still looking for the second suspect. 

The late rapper's current girlfriend, who remains anonymous, is expecting a baby. "He left us a final gift," states Cleopatra Bernard, Onfroy's mother, on Instagram. According to PEOPLE, Onfroy knew of his future child.

YouTube is struggling to remain a viable monetizable platform for content creators by unveiling 'new features'

YouTube has been tredding in murky waters recently. Its continuous fight against creatives to demonetize content is infuriating to those who depend on the platform to pay their bills. As it continues to struggle to remain relevant in music streaming, the video giant unveiled new "features" that are aimed at "helping creators earn more money and build stronger communities."  

YouTube just unveiled Channel Memberships. This is basically Twitch but with YouTube's name and branding. So, for $4.99 per month, "viewers get unique badges, new emoji, Members-only posts in the Community tab, and access to unique custom perks offered by creators, such as exclusive livestreams, extra videos, or shout-outs," states the YouTube blog post.

Sure, these features have been introduced by separate platforms, including Twitch, Patreon, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories, but now they're all in one handy place. 

Channel Memberships will soon be expanding to eligible channels with more than 100,000 subscribers.

Simon and Martina YouTube Channel Memberships

Screenshot of what YouTube's Channel Memberships will look like

SOCAN, Canadian performing rights organization, achieves another record setting year, for the seventh time

Performing rights organizations are, in lamen terms, record labels for songwriters. They collect royalties for songwriters, not artists. The main three in the United States are ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. We previously discussed them in an article about music licensing.

SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada, just shared its financial results for the fiscal year that ended on December 31, 2017. It collected $352 million for its songwriters, with $265 million being from the United States. This marked an 8% increase from 2016. According to Digital Music News, "The PRO reported a 44% increase in revenue to under $49 million (around $36.5 million in the US) from internet sources and a 13% increase in international royalties to $76 million ($57 million in the US)."