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Led Zeppelin sued for plagiarizing 'Stairway to Heaven' from former tour mates

Fans may be left dazed and confused over a new lawsuit about an old ongoing battle between Led Zeppelin and their former tourmates Spirit.

According to People, the suit claims that Led Zeppelin plagiarized arguably their best work “Stairway to Heaven” from an instrumental section of Spirit’s song “Taurus”. Similarities between the two songs have been noted for decades, with videos created on YouTube specifically to call out the issue. Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page claims he wrote “Stairway to Heaven” in 1970, two years after the band toured with Spirit, the same year they had released “Taurus.” READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Page, Puff Daddy receive honorary doctorates

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page received an honorary doctoral degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Saturday, while in Washington, D.C., rapper Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs was awarded an honorary doctorate at Howard University. Both men gave the commencement speeches at the respective schools honoring them.

Page was so moved by a performance of his songs by students the previous evening that he tossed out his planned address when he stood before the school’s nearly 900 graduates. “I’ve got something here which could be reasonably called a speech,” said Page, 70, laughing. “After the experience of listening to the concert last night, this speech is rendered useless. So here I am; I’m a sort of busking musician trying to busk my speech!” READ FULL STORY

Eat the Beat: The tastiest songs about food

With the release of her new album Food last week, singer and Le Cordon Bleu-certified chef Kelis has gone from “Milkshake” to full-on smorgasbord — tracks on the album include “Jerk Ribs,” “Cobbler” “Friday Fish Fry,” and “Biscuits n’ Gravy.”

But she’s hardly the first artist to find her muse on a menu. Place your order below—and stream our full food playlist (minus a few songs that weren’t available on Spotify; apologies to fans of both Pumpkins and egg-based condiments): READ FULL STORY

Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed

Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.

The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an  an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.

Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.

Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage.  READ FULL STORY

Led Zeppelin finally join Spotify

It’s a battle nevemore: Led Zeppelin has finally joined Spotify. The rock icons announced today announced that their Swan Song/Atlantic catalog is now available for streaming on Spotify.

Right now, it’s just the band’s first two albums, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II. More will be released at midnight local time each day through Sunday, December 15, when the full catalog will be live.

Find the release schedule below:

•    Wednesday, December 11 – Led Zeppelin (1969) and Led Zeppelin II (1969)
•    Thursday, December 12 – Led Zeppelin III (1970) and  untitled fourth album (1971)
•    Friday, December 13 – Houses Of The Holy (1973) and Physical Graffiti (1975)
•    Saturday, December 14 – Presence (1976) and In Through The Out Door (1979)
•    Sunday, December 15 – The Song Remains The Same (1976), Coda (1982), BBC Sessions (1997),
How The West Was Won (2003), Mothership (2007), and Celebration Day (2012)

On My iPod: 'Castle' star Stana Katic on collecting folk music and making out to Led Zeppelin

On Castle, Stana Katic plays Kate Beckett, a no-nonsense detective who often has to reign in partner and paramour Rick Castle.

In her life outside of network procedurals, however, Katic is a little more footloose—she regularly travels the world in search of new culture, and spends a great deal of that time on the road listening to and collecting new music.

She also got an education in punk rock history for her upcoming film CBGB, in which she plays producer and club mainstay Genya Ravan. Check out some of Katic’s favorites below, and spin them all on the Spotify playlist at the bottom:

Queen, “I Want to Break Free”
“F— yeah. I never knew about until very recently. There are just these classic rock songs that for some reason weren’t on my radar growing up. It speaks to me on so many levels. Everyone around me was like, ‘How do you not know this song?’ And then I watched the video and was even more in love with it. Freddie Mercury is incredible. He’s an amazing vocalist, and his story was really wonderful as well. It’s that amazing mix of classical ballad vocals with rock, and I see that happening a lot now. The lead singer for fun. or Neon Trees—these guys have voices that could fit elegantly and comfortably on any Broadway stage, but here they are entertaining us with rock music. Their vocals are so complex and capable of inspiring a lot. Freddie Mercury, I think in so many ways led that path. He’s an incredible performer. I like this song because it’s got a great beat, it’s got a lot of fun going for it, but it speaks to my restlessness, my wanderlust right now. I feel like a caged cheetah sometimes.” READ FULL STORY

Robert Plant would be up for a Led Zeppelin reunion in 2014

Back when the surviving members of Led Zeppelin unveiled their concert film Celebration Day a few months ago, they were peppered with so many questions about getting back together that they were pushed to the point of cattiness. But perhaps all those requests to dust those Houses of the Holy tracks off one more time has weakened singer Robert Plant, who intimated that he wouldn’t oppose another run in Led Zeppelin.

“You need to speak to the Capricorns,” Plant told the Australian television show 60 Minutes in reference to his bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. “I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.” READ FULL STORY

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman' -- EXCLUSIVE

Here comes another round of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors.

The revered rock band’s three surviving members — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jimmy Page — have been confirmed for a rare TV interview on The Late Show With David Letterman next week, EW can exclusively announce.

The Led Zep vets have been spending a fair amount of time together lately as they promote this month’s Celebration Day, the DVD/CD version of the reunion-ish concert that they staged in London back in 2007. And as we reported last month, the trio’s recent encounters with the press have resulted in “politely terse” to “cheekily hostile” interactions, especially regarding the question of a band reunion. All of this should hopefully make their chat with Dave an interesting one.

And for those wondering, Paloma Faith is booked as Letterman’s musical guest that night. So unless an incredibly bizarre collaboration goes down, it’s unlikely that Led Zep will be rocking out Ed Sullivan Theater.

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On the scene: SiriusXM Town Hall with Soundgarden

Image Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Soundgarden just released King Animal, their first album in 16 years. So what better way to celebrate than with a Q&A session that moderator and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins called “the raddest garage party ever”??

Last night, at an event hosted by SiriusXM at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, the reunited Seattle rockers took part in an informal Q&A session, moderated by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The venue is microscopic; there were maybe fifty people there, so needless to say, there wasn’t an un-close seat in the house.

Now, most musicians don’t go into the business for the press circuit. They’re usually roped into these events by their publicists in order to promote an album or a tour, and they tend to answer questions — nearly all of which they have been asked countless times — with marginal, rehearsed enthusiasm. You could tell there was an element of forced publicity in last night’s session, but the discussion was surprisingly lively and informative.  READ FULL STORY

Led Zeppelin continue to shoot down reunion rumors, get justifiably annoyed at New York press conference

Yesterday, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin (plus honorary member Jason Bonham, son of late drummer John) pulled back the curtain on Celebration Day, the concert film that captures the group’s sorta-reunion performance at the O2 Arena in London in 2007.

(The “sorta” is because of Bonham—sure, he’s the son of the original drummer, but nobody would have allowed Sean Lennon to front the other three Beatles and still call it the Beatles.)

The film will be in theaters for one night only next Wednesday, October 17, and will follow with an album/DVD/Blu-ray release on November 19. If there’s one thing the band wants to drive home with this release, it’s that this is most likely the last time you’ll be seeing them together, at least for now.

At the post-screening press conference at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the question of a reunion kept coming up, and the band’s responses ranged from politely terse (John Paul Jones simply said “Sorry”) to cheekily hostile (Robert Plant called one inquirer a “schmuck”).

Later, guitarist Jimmy Page was a little more definitive. “It’s disappointing for people when the answer is no,” he said. “But that’s what it is now.” READ FULL STORY

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