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Ariana Grande Settles ‘God Is a Woman’ Video Copyright Lawsuit

Ariana Grande has settled the federal copyright infringement lawsuit brought against her by a Las Vegas-based “Metaphorical Realism” artist over use of an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star’s widely viewed “God Is a Woman” music video. Vladmir Kush, owner of Kush Fine Art in Las Vegas, sued Grande,...

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Universal Music Group: Original Masters for ‘Many of the Artists’ Named in Class Action Were Not Lost in Fire

Hole has dropped out of the lawsuit because because UMG assured them the band’s music was not effected by the blaze. Hole has dropped out of a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group after accepting that their masters were not affected by the 2008 fire that reportedly destroyed up to 500,000 master recordings in...

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Russell Simmons Can’t Knock Out Rape Suit With Opponent’s Email

The producer emphatically denies the allegations and says he lost his bid to evade the suit on a technicality. Russell Simmons can’t end a lawsuit from an anonymous woman who claims he raped her in 1988 because her lawyers gave him the date of the alleged incident as part of settlement negotiations. Jane Doe in March...

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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Says Singer Missed Hearing in Sex Abuse Case Because ‘Nobody Came to Get Him’

R. Kelly was conspicuously absent during a court pre-trial hearing in his ongoing sex abuse case in Chicago on Thursday (Aug. 15). The singer (born Robert Kelly), 52, who has been behind bars for more than a month on racketeering and child pornography charges in New York and Illinois, was a no-show at the status...

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Guns N’ Roses Settles Trademark Dispute With ‘Guns ‘N’ Rosé’ Craft Beer

Guns N’ Roses has settled a trademark infringement case against a craft brewery for selling beer named Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer without permission. The band filed a federal lawsuit in May in California against Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective, also known as Oskar Blues Brewery, after its management team realized the brewery was not only selling...

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De La Soul Ends Negotiations With Tommy Boy Records Over Back Catalog

After months of back-and-forth, streaming talks with the group’s former label have broken down. De La Soul has canceled negotiations with Tommy Boy Records over the release of their catalog to streaming services, the hip-hop group announced in a press release Thursday (August 8). “Well friends, after 30 years of profiting from our music and hard...

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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty to Sexually Abusing Women and Girls, Denied Bail

R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday (Aug. 2) to federal charges he sexually abused women and girls who attended his concerts. The 52-year-old Kelly was denied bail in a New York City courtroom packed with his supporters. He appeared sullen as prosecutors told Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione he posed a flight risk and a...

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Anitta Signs Worldwide Management Deal With Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Entertainment

Brazilian superstar Anitta has signed with Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Entertainment for worldwide management, joining a roster that includes Normani and Jacob Banks. “Anitta is a global superstar who continues to push the envelope musically,” said Silverstein in a statement. “At S10, we’re excited to continue to both build her international platform and extend her influence...

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Katy Perry Loses ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Trial

A jury has found Katy Perry liable for copying the underlying beat of Marcus Gray’s 2008 Christian rap song “Joyful Noise” for her hit single “Dark Horse” in a verdict handed down on Monday (July 29) in Los Angeles federal court.  Also found liable were Perry’s “Dark Horse” collaborators Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), Karl Martin...

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