Singer Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson may be dishing out more cash than they wanted for the hit song, “Uptown Funk”. A 1980’s group called Collage is claiming that the song stole instrumentals from their single "Young Girls” to make the song. According to the lawsuit, the bass notes and sequence, rhythm, structure, crescendo of horns and synthesizers are almost identical to Collage’s single.
It seems the song “Uptown Funk” has come under scrutiny before for copyright infringement. There was a threat of a lawsuit that was never filed from a 1970’s group called Sequence that felt the song took from their music piece, “Funk You Up”.
According to Yahoo, Mars and Ronson were also forced to add two of the Gap Band’s members as songwriters to avoid another lawsuit because the cadence of “Uptown Funk” almost exactly matched their song "Oops! Upside Your Head".
It looks like lawsuits and this song are never-ending.
Rapper Kevin Gates was sentenced to six months in jail on Wednesday for kicking a fan at a concert last year after a trial that only lasted one day. He will serving out his sentence at Polk County Jail according to recent reports.
The 18-year old woman that was kicked, Miranda Brown, admitted to grabbing at Gates’ feet before she was kicked, but still affirmed the rapper overreacted.
Body guards present testified that there were several people there to keep control of the crowd; several people were grabbing at his legs; and Gates had room to move back if he didn’t want to be touched.
Gates’ defense attorney was hoping for only 60 days in jail for Gates, but the judge handed down a sentence of 180.
Reportedly, singer Sevyn Streeter was denied the ability to perform last night at the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder game after she arrived with a “We Matter” jersey on. The singer recorded a video stating that the decision came from the 76er’s organization at the last minute.
She’d been booked to sing the national anthem at the game. However, it’s a bit ironic that she planned to sing the national anthem, ignoring the protest of the song by Colin Kaepernick only to be told she can’t perform for the same reason he refuses to stand for the song.
Another ironic aspect is that this occurred the week after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that players are expected to stand for the national anthem. It seems that all NBA players have followed suit.
The Internet was overrun by people from all across the globe defending rapper Drake during his rap skirmish with fellow rapper Meek Mill this year. However, many Twitter users had negative things to say about Drake after his new song lyrics revealed digs at Kid Cudi about his mental illness announcement weeks ago.
Before entering rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts, rapper Kid Cudi went on a Twitter rant about Drake and Kanye. Apparently, Drake released two new songs entitled “Two Birds One Stone”, where he takes a subtle jab as payback. The song states:
"You were the man on the moon, now you go through your phases / Life of the angry and famous / Rap like I know I'm the greatest and give you the tropical flavors / Still never been on hiatus / You stay xan and perked up so when reality set in you don't gotta face it".
What do you think? Were the lyrics too harsh in light of Kid Cudi’s recent ailments? Let us know your opinion.
We’re not sure this is what the musical icon Prince wanted, but Warner Brothers has opened his music vault and plans to release a number of unreleased songs. The company sent a press release yesterday stating that a remastered version of “Purple Rain” would be released, along with songs that have not been heard before from the Pop artist, who died suddenly this past April.
Prince always kept a close reign on his music so that outside music gatekeepers didn’t misuse the value of his music and artistry. There were many songs that he never released, nor planned to release.
According to People Magazine, the first album – “Prince4Ever” – will be released this November on the 22nd.
The collection will feature a previously unreleased track called “Moonbeam Levels.”
Are you looking forward to new Prince music? Let us know your thoughts.
Last night, R&B singer Jaheim Hoagland decided to stick it to Twitter and social media critics. The 39-year old released his debut album back in 2001 called “Ghetto Love” and made hits like “Put that Woman First” that many cherish to this day. Hoagland even released a new album this year in March entitled, “Struggle Love”.
However, Jaheim had apparently had enough of negative rays in the spotlight after he posted pictures of a new hairstyle that had jokes flying throughout social media. In his first response, Jaheim took to Twitter stating, “I don’t know why I’m entertaining these broke **** on Twitter. I wish you would think about taking something from me. I’ll break your neck.”
In his next video, Hoagland went on to say, “This is the last video I will make. I can’t win arguing with stupid ****. I don’t do what I do to please you. I do it for me. Worry about what you got on your head. Worry about what yo girl got on her head. Work on yourself. Ja is good. Survival of the fittest, take care of yourself.”
These tweets catapulted Jaheim to a trending spot on Twitter of No. 2 last night, where he remained this morning. The responses were trigged by fan memes like the ones below. In response to the first Twitter user that posted meme No. 1, Jaheim stated, “I don’t believe someone actually got this dinosaur pregnant.” He attached this caption to a picture he screenshot of the Twitter user when she was pregnant. He also responded to other Twitter users that he felt had wronged him by criticizing their appearance.
The weird exchanges lingered into today after Charlemagne the God on the Breakfast Club morning show gave Jaheim Donkey of the Day for responding to Twitter critics. View the video below.
What was Jaheim’s response to being deemed Donkey of the Day? He stated, “You fake radio personality. Man, quit now bro. NYC don’t need you. And take that makeup off your face.” Hoagland continued his tirade against Charlemagne saying, “You are a disgrace to God. You are poison behind a mic; fungus; you’re a demon and you gone meet these here healing gloves.”
He posted a fist punching emoji after the last statement. There were also some other derogatory comments posted about the radio host by Jaheim. To see the rest of his tirade to followers and critics, click here.
Social media is in an uproar from the comments Kanye West produced at a recent concert in Seattle, Washington, criticizing Jay Z, Tidal and Apple Music for prohibiting musical projects between rapper Drake and Kanye.
West also seemed to infer that Beyonce and Jay Z may think Blue Ivy is better than North West because they never let them play together. He went on to state that Jay Z and his wife did not call or come to visit Kim Kardashian after her robbery ordeal in Paris recently. The rapper manages to cypher Meek Mill into the argument as well.
All we can think is, how much did concert-goers pay for those tickets to listen to a rant and adhere to a refusal by West to perform certain songs because Jay Z is featured on them? We’re guessing way too much.
View the video below.
In order to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, artists must have released their first recording single before 1991. This makes legendary musician and activist, Tupac Shakur, eligible for nomination for the first time in the 2017 class.
Often considered the bad boy of rap, there were many layers to Tupac Shakur’s music. On one hand, Pac was conscious in his bars and dissected the plight of African American people. He often discussed creating his own political party before his murder in September 1996. However, others may produce a Tupac remembrance of hard-nosed interviews and strong criticisms of other rappers including Biggy and Bad Boy producer Sean Puffy Combs. Still, iconic, inspirational hits like “Changes”; “Brenda’s Got a Baby”; and “Keep Your Head Up”, altered the face of rap forever.
Fans can vote once a day through December 5 by visiting Rockhall.com for Tupac to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other nominees include: Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, Chaka Khan, Chic, Janet Jackson, J. Geils Band, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5, The Cars and The Zombies and Yes.
A decision will be made this December.