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Fiona Apple talks arrest on stage in Houston, and she's not happy: Watch the video here

As you may have heard, Fiona Apple was arrested for possession of hashish last week at a border crossing in Texas. She  readily admitted that the drugs (.01 pounds each of marijuana and hashish), and the “Free Fiona!” movement didn’t really come to a head, mostly because Ms. Apple was only detained long enough to miss one date on her tour, a scheduled Thursday night show in Austin.

Still, she didn’t exit the scenario unscathed, and she decided to air her grievances during a show in Houston on Friday.

“Most of the people were very nice to me,” she said of the officers who kept her in stir following her arrest. “There are four of you out there—I want you to know that I heard everything you did, I wrote it all down, with your names and everything you did and said, stupidly thinking I couldn’t see or hear you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it.”

She goes on, discussing a pair of hypothetical lockboxes (is she channeling Al Gore?), and intimating that she may have been handled inappropriately during her time in the clink. Check out the whole speech below.


One Direction settles lawsuit, gets to keep their name

Yes, our long national nightmare is finally over: the cute One Direction gets to keep their name!

If you recall, there was some hoopla about whether the U.K. boy band called were allowed to call and market themselves as One Direction, given that some American punks had the same name already. The homegrown band filed a lawsuit against the British invaders, asking for a million (American) dollars and a share of the foreign band’s royalties.

Simon Cowell’s company Syco then countersued the Yanks, accusing them of trying to leech off of a more famous group’s success. Apparently, things got so ugly that the boys from the States started receiving hate mail and death threats from their rival’s fans.

Now the two sides have settled for an undisclosed amount, and they’ve issued a press release announcing that the American band would be changing their name to Unchartered Shores, while the British band will retain the name One Direction. According to the release, this outcome pleased both parties.

To celebrate, let’s listen to each band side by side, in the spirit of their newfound harmony:


Drake, Chris Brown sued again over NYC club brawl

A model who was injured during a bottle-throwing nightclub brawl between Chris Brown and Drake sued both singers and the owners of the New York City nightclub on Monday.

Romain Julien, who was sitting at a nearby table during the brawl, suffered a severed tendon in his right hand during the June 14 melee, according to a lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court. Julien also alleged that he endured lacerations from broken glass, cosmetic deformity and mental distress as a result of the fight.

The complaint accused Brown of having a “hot temper” and inciting the altercation with Drake.

The operators of the club Greenhouse and its basement lounge, W.i.P., are also named in the suit. Julien claimed the operators created a public nuisance by failing to provide adequate security in the club and serving liquor to intoxicated patrons.

Julien, a model with Re:Quest Model Management, is seeking actual and punitive damages. Representatives for Brown and Drake had no immediate comment. READ FULL STORY

Madonna expresses hope for leniency toward imprisoned Russian rockers

Madonna voiced hope Monday that three feminist Russian rockers on trial for performing a “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin will be released soon. “Obviously I believe in freedom of speech and I’m against censorship, so I hope that the judge is lenient with them and that they are freed soon,” the pop star told The Associated Press during a concert tour of Russia.

Two weeks before Putin’s return to the presidency in a March election, five members of the Pussy Riot band staged their political protest in Moscow’s main cathedral, singing “Virgin Mary, drive Putin away!”

Three of them were arrested, and have spent five months in custody on charges of hooliganism. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted. International rights groups have called them prisoners of conscience, and leading musicians have called for their release. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga sued by toymaker for $10 million

Lady Gaga has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit by a toy manufacturer that claims the pop star and her crew reneged on a Gaga doll that had been in the works, the NYDN reports.

MGA Entertainment had planned on releasing the doll around Christmastime but alleges that at the last minute, Gaga, as well as her management and licensing companies, asked for the toy’s voice-chip to be removed, thus delaying the item’s release date. MGA says that Team Gaga had in bad faith “engaged in intentional and deliberate delays” so that the doll could debut in 2013, which would be timed closer to the release of her upcoming perfume and next album.

The company also cites a $1 million advance given to Gaga’s licensing company, Bravado International, for the rights to produce a doll in the singer’s likeness. It’s apparently the largest advance the company’s ever doled out, “because Lady Gaga is not only an A-list celebrity, but one of the few elite recording artists working today,” MGA says.

Gaga’s spokesperson says that while Gaga’s lawyers have yet to see the suit, they’re confident they’re in the right.

Michael Jackson's mother safe, 'de-stressing' after mini-stroke, says Jermaine Jackson

Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and guardian of his three children, is safe and with a family member in Arizona, authorities said late Sunday, one day after another relative reported her missing. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope said investigators made contact with Jackson, but he did not have specifics on her whereabouts. The agency previously said they believed she was with a relative and safe, but wanted to speak with her.

Katherine Jackson is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona, following a doctor’s orders to “de-stress” and stay away from the phone and computers, her son Jermaine Jackson said in a statement late Sunday. He said access to his mother is not being blocked. READ FULL STORY

Madonna facing lawsuit in France over swastika imagery

Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” ways are finally catching up with her.

As we reported earlier, the rampant nipple-flashing pop legend previewed a video in Tel Aviv that featured images of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wright Front National Party, with a swastika imposed over her head. As one would imagine, Le Pen did not take kindly to it, threatening Madge by saying, “If she does that in France, we’ll be waiting for her.”

Well, guess what: Madonna did that in France, and Le Pen was waiting for her — with a lawsuit. At a show in Paris’ Stade de France, the singer indeed let the video rip in front of 70,000 concert-goers, which you can see in the video below:


Police suspected of selling bruised Rihanna photo won't face charges

Two Los Angeles police officers won’t face criminal charges alleging they leaked a photo of pop star Rihanna’s bruised and beaten face after she was assaulted by singer Chris Brown, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. An internal report by prosecutors says that after a three-year investigation, they didn’t have enough evidence to show celebrity news website TMZ paid the accused officers for the photo, and that became an obstacle in charging them.

The Associated Press report obtained a copy of the March 28 report on Thursday after its contents were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Officers Blanca Lopez and Rebecca Reyes may still get fired. They are slated to appear before disciplinary panels in August. READ FULL STORY

Black Keys, Danger Mouse suing Pizza Hut, Home Depot for using song in commercials

The Black Keys may have named their most recent album after an old Chevrolet model, but that doesn’t mean they’re open to pimp just any company.

The Ohio garage duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have filed separate copyright infringement lawsuits against Home Depot and Pizza Hut for wrongly using their music in commercials, the AP reports.

Home Depot, the suit claims, used portions of the band’s hit “Lonely Boy” in a power-tools ad without the artist’s permission, while Pizza Hut allegedly pulled a similar stunt with “Gold on the Ceiling.” According to the AP, Brian Burton (a.k.a. Black Keys producer Danger Mouse) is also suing the companies.

“The experts confirmed that this was copyright infringement,” said Black Keys spokeswoman Mary Moyer in a statement. On top of requesting cease-and-desist orders, the band (which has previously allowed their work to be used in ads for Cadillac and Suburu) is also seeking more than $75,000 in damages from each party.


Grammys add changes to jazz, Latin, R&B fields

A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album.

The Recording Academy announced Friday in a statement to The Associated Press that the upcoming Grammys will feature 81 categories. It reduced the number from 109 to 78 last year.

New entries include awards for best urban contemporary album — to honor R&B albums that may include elements of pop and rock — and best classical compendium to highlight albums “involving a mixture of classical subgenres.” READ FULL STORY

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