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Beastie Boys Awarded $1.7 Million

Beastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million in a copyright lawsuit. The surviving members of the hip-hop group - Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz - have been handed the payout after winning their legal case against Monster Beverage Corporation, which they sued for the unauthorized use of their music in a video advert. The commercial featured five of the "Fight For Your Right" hitmakers' songs in a "Beastie Boys Megamix" and a …

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Lady Gaga to Call in Bieber’s Manager

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Gossip, Industry News, Rumors, Pop, Sales,

Lady Gaga wants Justin Bieber's manager to help save her career. The "Do What U Want" hitmaker is considering getting help from Scooter Braun, who helped Justin to become a global superstar, after being left disappointed by the sales of her last album Artpop, while her latest track "G.U.Y." didn't even made the American Top 40. "If anyone can help Gaga now it's Scooter. He's one of the smartest blokes in the music industry and …

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Dr. Dre Sells Beats for $3 Billion

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Posted by Andru Edwards
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Dr. Dre has secured a deal to sell his Beats Music business to Apple for $3 billion, making him the richest artist in hip-hop. The co-founder, who launched the headphones and streaming service with friend Jimmy Lovine, will leave Interscope, which he founded, to work with Apple alongside his business partner. "I've always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple. The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple's unmatched ability …

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Michael Jackson Hologram to Tour the World?

Michael Jackson is set to tour the world again - as a hologram. The late King of Pop, who was resurrected onstage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night thanks to advanced technology, could wow fans across the globe again five years after his death. The producers behind the special effects extravaganza want to take their show on the road for a two-year tour and are predicted to make half a billion dollars. "It's …

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Led Zeppelin Sued for Plagiarism

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Gossip, Industry News, Rock,

Led Zeppelin are being sued for plagiarism over their hit "Stairway to Heaven." The band have been served legal papers on behalf of late song-writer and guitarist Randy California from the band Spirit, who claimed for years the track's opening notes were lifted from their track "Taurus." Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who is representing a trust for Randy, told Bloomberg Businessweek, "It's been a long time coming. The idea behind this is to make sure …

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Rihanna Leaves Def Jam for Roc Nation

Rihanna is preparing to release her next album with Roc Nation after leaving Def Jam. The "Diamonds" singer, who was already being managed by Jay Z's record label, has now inked a deal and her profile on Roc Nation's website has been updated, which lists her as one of their big name acts. Rihanna first signed her record deal with Def Jam in 2005, when she was just 17, and claims then-label-president Jay Z wouldn't …

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Pink Wins Debut Album Royalties Court Case

Pink's court case against Specialists Entertainment production company has been dismissed. The singer's record label Sony Music will get to keep the $36,213.31 they were accused of withholding in royalties to two producers, who claimed they were owed the cash for working on two tracks, "Hiccup" and "Can't Take Me Home," from the star's 2000 debut album of the same name. According to RadarOnline.com, a New York appeal court sided with Pink - real name …

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50 Cent Signs with Indie Label

50 Cent will release his next album on an indie label. The "Candy Shop" hitmaker has severed ties with Eminem's Interscope imprint, Shady Records, after 12 years and will now be working with Caroline, a music distributor owned by Universal, starting with his album Animal Ambition, which is due out on June 3. "I recorded so many album quality songs that I'm going to put the Animal project out as my viral marketing plan and …

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The Smiths Never Wanted Factory Records Deal

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Posted by Andru Edwards
Categories: Gossip, Industry News, Rumors, Rock,

Johnny Marr insists that The Smiths would have only signed to Factory Records over his "dead body." The guitarist claims rumors they were refused a deal by Tony Wilson's famous label in the 1980s were a "crock of sh*t" and the band preferred being signed to London's Rough Trade. "If you were a musician in Manchester at that time, it was almost the law that you went on your hands and knees and begged Tony …

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Beyonce Sacks Her General Manager

Beyonce has sacked her manager and become her own boss. The "Drunk In Love" hitmaker and Jay Z are now in total control of her career after ditching Live Nation executive Faisal Durrani, although her husband doesn't hold an official professional position. "Jay has been heavily involved in Beyonce's career for years, and was instrumental in organizing the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. But he isn't officially regarded as her manager - she really is …

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