Tag Archives: pop music

Madonna Wins Vogue Sampling Lawsuit

Madonna has finally won her very long battle with Salsoul Records. For now. Variety reports: On Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made it easier for musicians to sample small portions of song recordings by giving Madonna and her producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone a victory in a long-running lawsuit over the 1990 hit “Vogue.” The decision affirms a 2013 ...

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Autopsy Confirms: Prince Died Of Opioid Overdose

From the New York Daily News: A Minnesota autopsy found an opioid overdose caused the unexpected April 21 death of musical megastar Prince inside his sprawling Paisley Park compound, the Associated Press reported. The results were made public weeks after a four-hour autopsy by local Chief Medical Examiner Dr. A. Quinn Strobl. A preponderence of evidence has since suggested Prince’s ...

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TRAILER: Careful What You Wish For

From Deadline: Starz has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Careful What You Wish For, the Nick Jonas starring thriller directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum. The film will bow theatrically in June, followed by a VOD release before it moves to Starz later this year. Isabel Lucas (Knight of Cups), Graham Rogers (Quantico) and Dermot Mulroney also star in the film ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Dave Matthews Band To Donate Charlotte Concert Proceeds To Pro-LGBT Groups

Billboard Magazine reports: Dave Matthews Band still plans to perform in Charlotte, N.C., on May 27, despite North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” but said they will donate a portion of the proceeds from the show to five charitable organizations. Equality groups American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, ACLU of North Carolina, Equality NC and Time Out Youth will all ...

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Pop Star Demi Lovato Promotes Transgender Rights During Performance At Billboard Music Awards

Via press release from GLAAD: Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law known as HB2. During her performance, the GLAAD Vanguard Award recipient wore a T-shirt featuring an inclusive bathroom symbol. A replica of ...

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Sia – Unforgettable [VIDEO]

Awful. Via Rolling Stone: Justin Timberlake isn’t the only artist tethering a new single to an animated film this summer: Sia has covered the Nat King Cole standard “Unforgettable” for the upcoming Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to the Pixar hit Finding Nemo. The “Chandelier” singer debuted her rendition of the classic Friday on Ellen; host Ellen DeGeneres provides the ...

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Maroon 5 Goes Springsteen On North Carolina

From the band’s website: We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the ...

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Barbra Streisand Announces Summer Tour

Via USA Today: Barbra Streisand is going on tour this summer. The singer, 74, will perform in nine cities in August and after the tour, she will release a new album: Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. No release date was identified. Her summer concerts will include songs from each decade of her hit-making career as well as numbers from the ...

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Elton John Slams “Ignorant” Pat McCrory

Elton John has penned a lengthy piece for The Hill in which he denounces the “ignorance” of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. An excerpt: What’s worse than the discriminatory bill itself, and the millions in taxpayer dollars McCrory is wasting to defend it, is that the governor signed it after admitting he had never met a transgender person. Although McCrory ...

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Ukraine Wins Eurovision 2016 [VIDEO]

Ukraine’s Jamala won Eurovision 2016 tonight after the final result in the controversial new voting system failed to put Russia over the top. Ukraine’s win is arguably the most politically-charged result in Eurovision history. From the BBC: Jamala is the first ever Crimean Tatar to perform at the contest and caused controversy ahead of the show over her political song, ...

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Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want Equal Funds [VIDEO]

The Hollywood Reporter recaps: Cyndi Lauper never shies away from fighting the good fight, whether it’s donating her earnings to an LGBT charity or getting behind National Women’s Equality Day. Or taking Donald Trump to task over his call to ban all Muslims from entering the country. The award-winning singer has rolled up her sleeves again to go into battle ...

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Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling [VIDEO]

Esquire raves: Before you play the new track from Justin Timberlake, pause just for a second and really try to remember this moment. This is what it’s like to live in a world where you have not heard “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” You’ll never get this back. And maybe, come July, when you’ve heard this song thousands of times (and ...

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Janet Jackson – Dammn Baby [VIDEO]

Stereogum raves: Less than two weeks shy of her 50th birthday, and allegedly expecting her first child, she looks incredible. And not only does she look fantastic, she still moves with the precision and fluidity that she did almost 30 years ago. Her wispy vocals are perfect for the contrasting feathery flights over heavy trap-leaning R&B beats aesthetic that’s popular ...

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Rolling Stones To Trump: Stop Playing Our Music

TIME reports: As Donald Trump sealed up the Republican nomination with a victory speech at the Trump Tower Tuesday night, the music as he exited the stage sent a message about his general election campaign: “Start Me Up.” The Rolling Stones, who wrote the song, would prefer that he stop. “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump ...

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Beyonce Denounces North Carolina’s Hate Law

From Beyonce’s website: North Carolina has been drawing the attention of the masses for new legislation that blocks cities and local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures that could protect gay and transgender people. It all began earlier this year when Charlotte passed a decree expanding North Carolina’s anti-discrimination laws allowing LGBT people protection in places of public accommodation. The ordinance, ...

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Radiohead – Burn The Witch [VIDEO]

The Verge recaps: After slowly disappearing from the internet and releasing a few short teasers through Instagram, Radiohead has released a stop-motion video for their new song “Burn the Witch.” It’s the band’s first piece of new music since their almost-Bond theme “Spectre,” which was released last Christmas, and it’s the first single from the band’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled ninth studio ...

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Eurovision To Air Live In USA For First Time

From the New York Times: Eurovision has finally made its way onto American television. The popular European song contest, now in its 61st season, will air the season’s Grand Final live on Logo on May 14. More than 200 million viewers tuned into the show last season, making it the most watched live entertainment program in Europe, according to Eurovision. ...

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Monster Energy Drink Vs Fred Schneider

From the New York Post: Monster Energy is in its own “Private Idaho.” Fred Schneider, lead singer of The B-52’s, and a small Florida coffee company find themselves between a rock lobster and a hard place after the makers of the sugary energy drink accused them of infringing their “Monster” trademark. Monster believes its brand is as good as legal ...

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Openly Gay Neon Trees Lead Singer Tyler Glenn Trashes His Mormon Upbringing In New Single [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: For Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, his solo debut is as political as it is personal. Two years after the singer came out to Rolling Stone and declared himself equally proud of being both gay and a practicing Mormon, his song “Trash” and its accompanying video clearly denounce the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ restrictive, conservative ...

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Beyonce Flips Off Haters, Sells Own Boycott Merch, Breitbart Calls It “Slap In The Face Of Law Enforcement”

From the Atlantic: Beyoncé is selling t-shirts and phone cases that say “BOYCOTT BEYONCÉ” at her current tour, which kicked off last night in Miami. The slogan’s swiped from calls by some law-enforcement organizations to shun her after her “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance. Now, for $45, you can confuse all who encounter you as to whether you’re a ...

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