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Beastie Boys sued over allegedly illegal 'Paul's Boutique' and 'Licensed to Ill' samples

It’s been a bad week in the Beastie Boys’ corner of the universe.

A day before founding member Adam Yauch’s death, the band was hit with a lawsuit over the use of samples on two of their best-regarded albums, Paul’s Boutique and Licensed to Ill.

The suit, filed by the label Tuf America, alleges that the two albums illegally sample the band Trouble Funk’s 1982 songs “Drop the Bomb” and “Say What.” Both the Beasties and Capitol Records were named in the suit, some of which is available on All Hip-Hop for your viewing displeasure.

So what are the offending Beastie songs? The suit name checks Licensed to Ill‘s “Hold It Now Hit It” and “The New Style” and Paul’s Boutique‘s “Car Thief” for cribbing from “Drop the Bomb,” as well as that album’s “Shadrach” for stealing elements from “Say What.”

Tuf America wants the matter to go to trial, but in the meantime, let’s give the songs in question a listen to see (slash hear) what all the hubbub’s about:


Kurt Cobain's image rights now owned by daughter Frances Bean, not Courtney Love

Can you imagine an alternate reality wherein Kurt doesn’t commit suicide and the Cobain clan lives on happily ever after?

The ongoing saga of the family Cobain just got another wrinkle when The Fix revealed that 19-year old Frances Bean Cobain—the only child of Kurt and Courtney—has actually been in control of her father’s name, likeness, and appearance rights since 2010.

Documents show that in 2009, following her losing custody battle for Frances in 2009, Courtney agreed to step down as the administrator of End of Music LLC in exchange for $2.75 million, paid out to through Frances’ trust fund. The payout is a loan and until Courtney pays it back, she has no say in the business use of her late husband’s name or likeness.

As a part of the custody battle from a few years ago, Frances Bean also owns a generous portion of her father’s artifacts, including paintings, musical equipment, and personal items.

Though an executive named Larry Mestel has administrative rights to the catalog, and can approve usages like the inclusion of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in the recent Muppets movie, this ultimately means that Frances is in control of her father’s posthumous legacy. So if Nirvana songs show up in advertisements or if her dad’s hologram goes on tour, it’ll be on her.

Vintage footage of unreleased Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love duet surfaces: Watch it here
Courtney Love apologizes to Frances Bean Cobain on Twitter
In honor of Kurt Cobain’s 45th birthday, let’s listen to his other band

One Direction's label sued by another, probably less cute band named One Direction

Watch out, Michelle Obama — don’t let the wrong One Direction into the White House!

The First Lady’s favorite X Factor-spawned British boy band is seeing their label, the Simon Cowell-run Syco Entertainment, and Sony Music get sued for $1 million by an American band also called One Direction.

The litigious American group — who are unsigned but modestly successful on iTunes (their album The Light has been on sale since February 2011) — contend that the more popular 1D’s stateside activities are causing consumer confusion. The Today show, for example, recently played the domestic Direction’s song “2012” while welcoming the foreign Direction onto the program.


Sugarland ordered to testify in Indiana State Fair trial next month

As we reported back in November, the country duo Sugarland is being sued by 44 victims of last fall’s fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Now Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have been ordered by the court to provide depositions in the trial next month, the Associated Press reports.

The band’s attorneys initially hoped to delay the depositions until May, citing preparations for an upcoming tour, but Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin is ordering Nettles and Bush to testify between the dates of April 1 and April 15. (Sugarland is nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the upcoming ACM Awards, scheduled for April 1 in Las Vegas.)


Odd Future show shut down by cops in Boston (again)

Sucks to be an Odd Future fan in Boston.

Nearly a year after the Los Angeles rap collective had their Newbury Comics show shut down by police, the Tyler, the Creator-led group has once again seen their show cut short by Boston’s finest.

According to a fan-made video, Odd Future were performing last night at the city’s House of Blues when the lights were turned on by the venue, apparently at the instruction of cops.

“Just so you guys don’t think we’re d—s, I was going to finish the song, because you guys paid money,” Tyler tells the booing crowd. “But the promoter cut us off.” Word has it, one of OFWGKTA’s crew members was arrested outside the venue.

“We wanted to finish,” he continues, “but the owner of the club made us turn it off and the police are right there.” He had more to say, but his mic was quickly cut off. See it go down in the video below:


El DeBarge arrested on cocaine charges and later released

The week just took a pleasant turn, as the 50-year-old singer and onetime ’80s star will not be charged following an arrest for drug possession on Tuesday.

DeBarge was picked up on Tuesday for possession with intent to sell after police noticed him speaking to a second person on the street. After a search, the other man insisted that he was trying to buy rock cocaine from DeBarge, and the cops found the drugs tossed away nearby.

But the Los Angeles County District Attorney determined that there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed with formal charges, so the incident has been dropped.

DeBarge may not be entirely out of the woods. He once spent 13 months in jail on drug-related crimes, and was in rehab as recently as last year — a struggle he has been open about in the press.

In 2010, DeBarge put out a well-received comeback album called Second Chance that earned him a Grammy nomination.

El DeBarge checks in to rehab
Review: El DeBarge, Second Chance

Adam Lambert lawsuit settled; his early recordings will be released


Fans looking forward to Adam Lambert’s forthcoming album Trespassing might have even more to look forward to (and we’re not just talking about Queen shows).

Thanks to a newly settled lawsuit, Colwel Platinum Entertainment has won the right to release the American Idol runner-up’s pre-Idol album Beg for Mercy — with or without Lambert’s approval.

The company claimed that Lambert made a false claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in order to have take the album off its digital shelves. But after taking the matter to court, Colwel prevailed; according to a new statement from the group:

“The Colwel Platinum Entertainment lawsuit against Adam Lambert has been resolved. Adam has withdrawn any objections to the release of Beg For Mercy and he has approved the use of his songs and performances in these pre-Idol recordings which are interpretations of his artistic vision at the time. Neither Colwel Platinum Entertainment, Inc. nor Malcolm Welsford ever stated that Adam was not eligible to participate in American Idol when he did so and regret that the lawsuit’s allegations were misinterpreted.”

So, there you have it: more Adam Lambert for all.


Madonna vs. Joe Francis on 'Girl Gone Wild' -- title fight?

Yesterday, Madonna unleashed the lyric video for “Girl Gone Wild,” the latest single from her forthcoming  MDNA.

And there is a boy, apparently, who is not so wild about it: Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis says he threatened legal action if the single was released with its original plural title.

He appears to have been satisfied, though it’s unclear how thoroughly. In a statement, Francis said that the shift from “Girls” to “Girl” was “an immediate solution for [Madonna’s label Interscope] to thwart any injunctive relief.”

“Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song,” he continues. “But this is still infringement as far as the law is concerned and we have been in touch with Madonna’s representatives in an effort to resolve this issue.”

However, according to longtime Madonna manager Guy Oseary, Francis is shoveling bull. READ FULL STORY

Sugarland blame act of God, careless fans in Indiana stage collapse -- then release clarifying statement

Sugarland’s response to a negligence suit filed against them following the fatal collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fair last summer have caused an internet furor today.

According to documents obtained by local Indiana news station WRTV, the band (or more accurately, their legal team) placed responsibility for the seven deaths and more than 50 injuries on “gust of wind of unprecedented intensity” and “a true accident, or act of God.”

The civil suit claims that the concert’s promoters and the companies responsible for building the stage allowed it become overloaded, failed to take note of the dangerous weather conditions, and then failed to promptly and properly evacuate the venue once the 60 to 70 mph winds became dangerous. The band responded that “they had nothing to with the construction of the venue” or therefore its safety.

The statement that has garnered the band the most headlines today, however, is their claim that “some or all of the plaintiffs failed to exercise due care for their own safety” and further that “some or all of the plaintiffs knowingly and voluntarily assumed and/or incurred the risk of injury to themselves.” READ FULL STORY

Robin Thicke arrested for marijuana possession

EW has confirmed that R&B singer Robin Thicke was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana in New York today. According to Reuters, he was observed smoking a joint in the passenger side of a parked Escalade.

Reuters also reports that authorities released Thicke after issuing him a ticket, but not before getting his autograph and snapping photographs with him.

The “Lost Without U” singer is the son of Growing Pains actor Alan Thicke and the husband of Mission: ImpossibleGhost Protocol star Paula Patton. A spokesman for the NYPD could not release the date of Thicke’s court appearance at this time.

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