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Leona Lewis may or may not have stolen her new single 'Collide': Listen here and decide

Leona Lewis has had a hard time trying to get back to the Oprah-approved level of success she attained with her smash single “Bleeding Love” a few years back, and her latest single “Collide” isn’t going to do her any favors.

For one thing, it is not awesome: EW’s Tim Stack declared it “a misguided dip into dance-pop” that “lands with a major thud” in his review of the track, which appears in the forthcoming issue of the magazine. (In other words, it’s no “Buffalo Stance.”)

But the other thing that may stand in her way is the fact that she has been accused of stealing the track wholesale from dance artist Avicii. They have had a track called “Penguin” that has been circulating for a few months, and Lewis’ “Collide” is little more than her singing over their track. READ FULL STORY

DMX released from Arizona prison

After seven months in prison, embattled rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) was released from an Arizona prison in Yuma earlier today. His manager Nakai Walker confirmed to Reuters .

X was imprisoned in December after pleading guilty to breaking the rules of his probation and consuming alcohol during a concert in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The rapper, 40, whose got solid albums like It’s Dark and Hell is Hot to boast, is no stranger to legal problems. Between drug violations, driving violations, and fraud attempts, his rap sheet has been more prevalent than his music as of late. He was also cited six times for rules infractions during his latest prison stay, including failing to submit to a drug test, which added a week to his jail stint.

“I can tell you one thing, he’s not going to be going back there (to prison) again,” Walker said. Let’s hope she’s right.

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Ja Rule sentenced two two-year sentences for gun possesion and tax evasion

After pleading guilty in New Jersey Federal Court to two counts of tax evasion in March, rapper Ja Rule (né Jeffrey Atkins) has been sentenced to two years in prison, Yahoo reports. He had not filed taxes from 2004 to 2008.

In addition, Rule was sentenced in New York City to two years prison time last month after pleading guilty to attempted criminal weapon possession charges from 2007. He reportedly will serve the sentences together.

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Beyonce's dad Matthew Knowles speaks out about stolen-funds controversy: 'All dollars will be accounted for.'

On Monday, Beyoncé’s father and former manager Matthew Knowles filed documents in a Texas court revealing that he was dismissed as his daughter’s manager after an audit by concert mega-promoter Live Nation showed that he had allegedly stolen funds from her. Now, Knowles has given an interview to the Associated Press about the dust-up and the status of his relationship with his daughter Beyoncé.

Knowles began with a denial of any wrongdoing. “We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyoncé, and all dollars will be accounted for,” he told the AP on Thursday afternoon. “In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims — they have to come into the light.”  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga's YouTube page suspended: Who's to blame?


Fans who looked to get their regular dose of Mother Monster on Youtube received a pretty harsh message today when they tried to catch a clip on the site: “This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s Copyright Policy.” Yikes.

So why has Lady Gaga‘s page been put on ice? Apparently, it’s all due to a recent performance she had on Japanese TV.

Time Out Tokyo reports that Gaga’s official YouTube account was suspended because, without proper permission, the pop diva (or her handlers, rather) posted her performance on Fuji TV’s SMAP x SMAP—which is a legal no-no. That led to Media Interactive Inc. requesting the footage be taken down on Tuesday for copyright infringement.

In it, she sings several cuts from her latest album, Born This Way. Gaga’s been quiet about the Youtube suspension so far. But she did tweet about her excitement for the SMAP show airing a few days back writing, “My performance+cooking show appearance on SMAP SMAP is airing now in Japan. Kawaii Monsters!”

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Beyonce's professional split with her dad sparked by stolen funds? Matthew Knowles takes those claims to court

Beyoncé and her father/longtime manager Matthew Knowles parted ways professionally in a seemingly amicable way back in March.

But now some odd details of the split are coming to light: Yesterday, Knowles filed papers in a Houston court claiming that Live Nation—the massive concert conglomerate behind Beyoncé’s past tours—erroneously fingered him for stealing money from his daughter, which eventually led to his ousting as her manager.

According to the documents, which EW has obtained, Knowles claims the touring company made “false statements” to Beyoncé that he had pilfered funds while he was her manager. That led to an October 2010 audit conducted by Beyoncé’s legal team, and his subsequent firing.

Knowles claims he didn’t steal anything and has asked to depose Live Nation employees about how they came to their conclusions in the audit.

A spokesperson for Live Nation had no comment on the matter, and representatives for Beyoncé have yet to return requests from EW.

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Coheed and Cambria bassist arrested for allegedly robbing Massachusetts pharmacy


Coheed and Cambria member Michael Todd was arrested Sunday for allegedly robbing a pharmacy in Mansfield, MA., according to the AP.

Police say that yesterday afternoon Todd, who plays bass with the prog-metal outfit, showed a Walgreens pharmacist a note in which he claimed to have a bomb and then left the store with six bottles of Oxycontin. The musician then took a taxi to Mansfield’s Comcast Center, where Coheed and Cambria were set to open for Soundgarden. He was arrested prior to the show and the band played without him.

Coheed and Cambria posted the following message on their facebook page: “Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour. Wes Styles, long time member of the Coheed family will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be canceled.”

According to MTV News, Todd was arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Monday, July 11. The charges against the bassist — armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics — were read and Judge Daniel O’Shea increased Todd’s bail from $10,000 to $25,000 cash. Todd is due back in court on August 9.

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Tom Petty asks Michele Bachmann to stop using 'American Girl,' joins long list of rockers unhappy with politicians

You know election season must be in full swing when rock stars are issuing public statements getting candidates to stop using their songs at rallies, speeches and events.

The inaugural music-related strike of the 2012 presidential race comes from Tom Petty, who issued a cease and desist letter to Michele Bachmann’s campaign to get her to stop using Petty’s 1977 hit “American Girl.”

This isn’t even the first time Petty has bristled at the idea that somebody from the right borrowed one of his tunes—he issued a similar letter in 2004 when George W. Bush used Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” as one of his campaign themes (like Bachmann, Bush complied).

Ever since Bruce Springsteen took umbrage with Ronald Reagan’s use of “Born in the U.S.A.” during his re-election campaign in 1984, it has become something of a tradition for rock musicians (many of whom, you may have noticed, have views that tend to skew to the left) to publicly disassociate themselves from right-wing candidates who borrow their music. READ FULL STORY

Inside Lady Gaga's Japan relief lawsuit: Does it have real merit? And who will benefit?

As we continuously learn from the likes of Madonna, Wyclef Jean and Kanye West, celebrities wading into the world of charity can bring about tremendous change and influence but can also lead to big-time headaches.

Lady Gaga just joined the club yesterday, when legal network 1-800-LAW-FIRM filed a suit in their native Michigan claiming that funds raised through the sales of Gaga-designed-and-endorsed bracelets for the benefit of earthquake relief efforts in Japan were misused.

The suit (which you can read in full at the firm’s official site) claims that Gaga and a number of other companies connected to her, including her various publishing arms, her merchandising company and Live Nation, over-charged for shipping and did not properly allocate tax fees. The suit says that because of these details, Gaga is in violation of consumer protection laws, especially because of the promise that all proceeds would go to the victims of the Japanese earthquake.

“This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan,” Gaga said through an announcement distributed by her publicist. “The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements. Lady Gaga has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster.”


Lady Gaga sued over Japanese tsunami relief efforts

A Michigan legal group sued Lady Gaga on Friday, claiming that not all the proceeds from the sale of her Japanese earthquake relief wristbands went to the victims, according to Reuters. 1800LAWFIRM filed the federal class-action lawsuit, which also claims that Lady Gaga and her partners overcharged on shipping costs. Gaga is reported to have raised about $3 million for Japan disaster relief through the sales of the wristbands and other efforts. “Our intention via this lawsuit is to uncover any improprieties committed by Lady Gaga and appropriate the full donations assumed to the victims in Japan,” Alyson Oliver, an attorney for 1800LAWFIRM told Reuters. Lady Gaga’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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