MUSIC

The Day the Music Died: How Greed Is Killing the Cover Band Scene

If you want proof that music is dying, just watch the Super Bowl halftime show. Or, God forbid, turn on your radio. Aside from paying $100 or more to see a huge arena show, there’s very few places to go these days to hear live music. Especially for free, or close to it. That’s because ASCAP and BMI, the performing rights organizations that pay performance royalties to artists, have been actively targeting the local bars and restaurants that still feature cover bands playing live music....

Rita Ora Wants Out of Stalled Jay Z Record Deal; Is Rihanna to Blame?

Rita Ora, the UK singing sensation, is suing to break her contract with record mogul Jay Z, claiming she’s been “abandoned” by his Roc Nation record label. Is Rihanna the real reason her singing career has been sidetracked? Jay Z personally signed Rihanna to a record contract while he was president of Def Jam Recordings. Her debut album, Music of the Sun in 2005 and sophomore effort A Girl Like Me the following year both reached the top ten on the US album charts. ...

Will Dana Leaves Rolling Stone With Lawsuits, Scandal in His Wake

Will Dana, the long-time managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, is leaving the iconic music publication amid continuing fallout since he was forced to retract a story about an alleged gang rape at the prestigious University of Virginia. Although Dana technically wasn’t fired, he’ll leave next month without another job lined up. Rolling Stone was launched in the 1960s by Jann Wenner, 69. He continues to be listed on the masthead as Editor....

Pharrell Williams May Get Relief From $7.4M ‘Blurred Lines’ Jury Verdict

Pharrell Williams may get half a loaf in his bid for a new trial in the “Blurred Lines” copyright case that stunned the music industry after a jury awarded $7.4 million to the family of late-singer Marvin Gaye. In a hearing on motions in the case yesterday (June 29), federal district court Judge John Kronstadt said he was leaning against Williams’ request for a new trial. But he called the $1.6 million jury award against the singer and producer “excessive.”...

Jimi Hendrix ‘Black Widow’ Guitar at Center of Ownership Fight

One of Jimi Hendrix’s lesser known musical instruments, a storied “Black Widow” acoustic guitar, is a the heart of a bitter legal fight between his estate and the former bassist for Earth, Wind and Fire, who was once married to Hendrix’s step-sister. Hendrix owned dozens of guitars during his brief career. Today, most are worth tens of thousands of dollars and are housed in museums. After Hendrix died, the guitar ended up in the hands of step-sister Janie Hendrix’s ex-husband Sheldon Reynolds, who is being sued by Hendrix’s estate, Experience Hendrix....

Iggy Azalea Falls on Stage; Watch Other Artists Who Tumbled, Too!

Iggy Azalea endured another rite of passage on her way to rap stardom. She fell off the stage last Friday during a performance leading up to the MTV Video Music Awards. But don’t call her clumsy. She follows a long line of artists who tumbled while performing. In fact, stage veteran Jennifer Lopez warned her a while back that it was bound to happen. Now, she joins Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga, Shakira and a slew of others. ...

Selena Gomez: I’m Supporting Lorde, Even If She Does’t Like Me

Selena Gomez was dissed mightily by New Zealand pop sensation Lorde along with several other singers, including Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. But Selena isn't getting mad, she’s killing her with kindness. Lorde, 17, was asked to comment about her contemporaries in a recent Rolling Stone interview and she didn't mince words....

Kylie Minogue Hot Bod Spices Up UK ‘The Voice’ Launch (photos!)

Kylie Minogue stole the show at the official launch of the UK version of “The Voice,” based on the popular US television show. The 45-year-old singer was dazzling in a sexy black dress that exposed her leg up to the top of her thigh. The Australian singer is the latest addition to the BBC singing and mentoring competition....

Jonas Brothers Band Sued by Irate Fan Injured at 2009 Concert

Jonas Brothers band has been named in a lawsuit stemming from a raucous free concert in May 2010. The woman who filed the suit in an apparent rush to beat the three-year statute of limitations, claims she was severely injured during the concert. The Los Angeles woman, Ashleigh Johnson, has also sued Caruso Management Co., which runs the outdoor shopping mall where the concert took place....