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Chuck D Brings Publishing Lawsuit to Federal Court, Claims He Was Cheated Out of Royalties

Chuck D is suing a music publisher in federal court alleging he fraudulently took copyright ownership of 28 of the Public Enemy rapper’s recent songs without his authorization. Those include Common‘s “Black America Again” and Prophets of Rage‘s eponymous single, “Counteroffensive” and “Fired a Shot.”  Chuck D (whose real name is Carlton Ridenhour) filed a...

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Sigur Ros Cleared on Tax Evasion Charges in Iceland

The band had the charges dismissed under a “double jeopardy” rule in the courts. Members of the experimental rock band Sigur Rós have been cleared of tax evasion charges in Iceland, according to Icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið and confirmed by Pitchfork. In March, band members Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson and Georg “Goggi” Hólm — as well as former members Kjartan “Kjarri” Sveinsson and Orri Páll...

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Fyre Fest Founder Billy McFarland’s Attorney Removed From Bankruptcy Process

“I agree that I’m responsible for every dollar owed to investors and ticket-holders,” says McFarland. A New York judge granted Billy McFarland‘s request to withdraw his attorney from bankruptcy proceedings on Thursday, meaning the Fyre Fest founder will represent himself moving forward.  In a handwritten letter to Judge Martin Glenn dated Oct. 1, McFarland asked...

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Roxodus Organizers Allegedly Misappropriated $3.8M From Eventbrite for Failed Festival’s Customer Refunds

They have until Thursday to respond to new lawsuits. Eventbrite has filed two lawsuits in California against organizers of the failed Roxodus music festival, which went belly up in July and filed for bankruptcy weeks later.  After advancing the festival millions in ticket sales, the San Francisco ticketing firm stepped up and issued $3.8 millions of dollars...

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Spanish-Language Radio Giant Sued for Playing Springsteen, Metallica Songs

Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights has a new copyright target. Irving Azoff‘s Global Music Rights is expanding efforts to force the radio industry to the deal table. On Thursday, GMR filed a copyright suit against Entravision Communications, which owns and operates dozens of predominately Spanish-language radio stations across the United States. The suit accuses the...

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Judge to Weigh Possible Bias by Jussie Smollett Special Prosecutor

A Chicago judge could decide this week whether the special prosecutor investigating possible conflicts of interest in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has a conflict himself, the latest twist in a saga marked by turns and reversals since the Empire actor reported a racist, homophobic attack that police say he staged against himself. Former U.S. Attorney Dan...

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Nashville Producer’s Home Studio Lawsuit Dismissed by Court, Plans to Appeal

Lij Shaw is challenging metro code that prohibits home businesses from serving clients on-site. Grammy-winning Nashville-based producer and engineer Lij Shaw‘s lawsuit against the city’s restrictions on home-based businesses was dismissed on Tuesday (Oct. 1) by Nashville’s Chancery Court of Davidson County. Shaw is a co-plaintiff in the case with hair stylist Pat Raynor and...

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Las Vegas Concert Massacre Anniversary Sparks Debate on Gun Control

58 people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on Oct. 1, 2017. In the two years since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government and states have tightened some gun regulations. But advocates say they’re frustrated that more hasn’t been done since 58 people died at a concert...

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Jussie Smollett Case Special Prosecutor Donated to Lead Prosecutor Foxx’s Campaign

The special prosecutor appointed to look into why the state’s attorney’s office in Chicago abruptly dropped the case against Empire actor Jussie Smollett allegedly staging an attack on himself acknowledged Monday (Sept. 30) that he donated to the top prosecutor’s campaign and that his law firm co-hosted a 2016 fundraiser for her. In a document filed in...

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Recently Arrested Music Exec Adam Lublin Was Pushed Out of AEG Because of Inappropriate Behavior

Music executive Adam Lublin was forced to resign from AEG in 2017 because of inappropriate behavior, sources tell Billboard. Lublin was arrested earlier this month after allegedely sneaking into a neighbor’s apartment, stealing her underwear and sexually assaulting her while she slept. One week later, he was arrested a second time and charged with burglary and...

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