Pop Music

Lawsuit Alleges Pharma Douche Copied Rare Album

Reuters reports: Martin Shkreli has been sued in New York by a digital art collective that said it paid $4.75 million for a one-of-a-kind album by the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, only to learn that the convicted pharmaceutical executive made copies and is releasing the music to the public. Shkreli paid $2 million in 2015 for “Once Upon a Time …

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50 Cent: I Met Boebert And “I Don’t Have Chlamydia”

Mediaite reports: Rapper and actor 50 Cent insisted on Wednesday that he was Chlamydia-free after meeting with Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and complimenting the congresswoman’s appearance. During a trip to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, 50 Cent met with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, including House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and …

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Adele Blasts Concertgoer Who Shouted “Pride Sucks”

Rolling Stone reports: June 1 marked the beginning of Pride Month, which apparently irked one concertgoer Saturday at Adele’s residency show in Las Vegas. In a brief video from the concert posted by Popbase, Adele clapped back at the fan who reportedly and audibly yelled “Pride sucks” between songs. “Did you come to my fucking show to say pride sucks? …

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Cher Wins Copyright Battle With Sonny Bono’s Widow

Rolling Stone reports: The dispute tied to Cher’s suit goes back many years. When she and Sonny settled their divorce in 1978, it was determined that Cher was entitled to a 50 percent stake in the Sonny & Cher publishing catalog. After Sonny died in 1998, Cher and Bono’s heirs entered a partnership over the songs. But in 2016, Mary …

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Kid Rock Shouts N-Word And Waves Gun At Reporter

The Daily Beast reports: After switching from white wine to bourbon and Coke midway through a sitdown with Rolling Stone, the MAGA-loving rocker began “shouting” at the journalist, David Peisner, who reports that his subject proceeded to pull out a handgun and wave it in his face. “And I got a fucking goddamn gun right here if I need it!” …

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Christians Blame Madonna For Fatal Flood In Brazil

Religion News reports: Conservative Christians are accusing the pop star Madonna, who gave a free concert on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach May 4, of including satanic rituals in the show, with catastrophic consequences for Brazil. The concert, the last stop on Madonna’s The Celebration Tour, drew more than 1.6 million Brazilians and fans from neighboring countries and was aired …

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Cops: Charges Likely For Expelled Eurovision Contestant

The Associated Press reports: The Netherlands’ contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest who was dramatically expelled from the competition hours before the grand finale will likely be charged for making illegal threats, Swedish police said Monday. Joost Klein had failed to perform at two dress rehearsals on Friday and the organizer, the European Broadcasting Union said that police were investigating …

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Nonbinary Swiss Artist Nemo Wins Eurovision 2024

CNN reports: Switzerland’s Nemo won a chaotic and politically fraught Eurovision Song Contest, triumphing in a competition in Sweden that was upstaged by controversy over the presence of Israel. The typically jovial event – one of the most-watched in the world’s cultural calendar – descended into turmoil in recent days, as organizers tried and failed to contain anger aimed towards …

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Dutch Eurovision Entry Expelled Hours Before Final

NBC News reports: A Dutch public broadcaster reacted angrily after the Netherlands’ contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest was dramatically expelled from the competition hours before Saturday’s final over a backstage incident that is being investigated by police. The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes Eurovision, said Swedish police were investigating “a complaint made by a female member of the production …

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Record 1.6 Million Attend Free Madonna Concert In Rio

Rolling Stone reports: Madonna closed out her career-spanning Celebration Tour Saturday with a free concert at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Copacabana Beach in front of 1.6 million fans, setting the record for the largest audience ever for a stand-alone concert by any artist in history. The performance marked Madonna’s first time performing in Brazil since 2012, and was heralded as …

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Christians Rage Over Taylor Swift’s “Hateful” New Album

The Christian Post reports: Taylor Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department, has garnered criticism from faith leaders who have taken to social media this week to express their distaste with the lyrical content that they believe mocks God and Christians. Released last Friday, critics have voiced concern over lyrics that seem to suggest that Christians are both hateful and …

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2024 Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees: Cher, Mary J. Blige, Foreigner, Kool & The Gang, Ozzy Osbourne, Frampton

CBS News reports: Mary J. Blige, Cher, Foreigner, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool & The Gang and Ozzy Osbourne have been named to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a class that also includes folk-rockers Dave Matthews Band and singer-guitarist Peter Frampton. Alexis Korner, John Mayall and Big Mama Thornton earned the Musical Influence Award, while the late Jimmy …

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Taylor Swift Issues “Surprise” 31-Song Double Album

The Washington Post reports: As Taylor Swift accepted the Grammy Award in February for best pop vocal album for “Midnights,” she informed the audience that she had been keeping a secret for two years: She had recorded a new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” and it would be released on April 19. When Swift said “two years,” she held up …

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Chechnya Bans Pop Music Based On Beats Per Minute

Politico Europe reports: Chechnya, we have bad blood. The culture ministry of the Russian republic recently announced it is banning any songs that are too up-tempo — or down-tempo — in a bid to conform with the country’s musical traditions and root out any hint of Westernization. “From now on all musical, vocal and choreographic works should correspond to a …

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2 Live Crew Rapper Plans Florida Run For US House

The New York Post reports: Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell is planning to run for Congress to rep his home state of Florida — accompanied by a flashy documentary film to chronicle his challenge to the Washington establishment, The Post can confirm. Campbell, 63, the frontman of the hip-hop legends whose 1989 album “As Nasty As They Wanna …

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DHS Raids Homes Of Sean “Diddy” Combs [VIDEO]

Los Angeles’s ABC affiliate reports: Homeland Security agents on Monday raided a Holmby Hills mansion associated with rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and his production company. The exact reason for the raid was unclear but Combs has recently been associated with legal troubles that include lawsuits over alleged sexual assaults and sex trafficking. HSI agents were conducting their operations in …

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Grammy Winners Join Dozens Of Artists In Song To Support Dem’s Bid To Unseat Sen. Marsha Blackburn

The Tennessean reports: Three dozen well-regarded Americana, country and pop vocalists — including Grammy winners Allison Russell, Brittany Howard, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris and Amanda Shires — have joined forces to record and release the new soul anthem “Tennessee Rise.” It is being released to support of the U.S. Senate campaign of state Sen. Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville. …

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Pop Singer/Songwriter Eric Carmen Dies At Age 74

Billboard Magazine reports: Eric Carmen, the hitmaker behind ’70s and ’80s smashes like “All By Myself” and “Hungry Eyes,” has died at age 74, his wife Amy confirms. Carmen scored three top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100: the No. 2-peaking “All By Myself” in 1976, followed by the Dirty Dancing soundtrack standout “Hungry Eyes,” which peaked at No. …

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Deep State Operative Urges Her Fans To Vote Today

NBC News reports: Taylor Swift urged fans in her adopted home state of Tennessee and other Super Tuesday voting jurisdictions to exercise their democratic rights by casting ballots today. The simple message to vote might not seem impactful, but this comes from the world’s most famous pop star — with 282 million Instagram followers. “I wanted to remind you guys …

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Label To Trump: Stop Playing Sinead O’Connor’s Music

“Throughout her life, it is well known that Sinéad O’Connor lived by a fierce moral code defined by honesty, kindness, fairness and decency towards her fellow human beings. “It was with outrage therefore that we learned that Donald Trump has been using her iconic performance of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at his political rallies. “It is no exaggeration to say that Sinéad would have …

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