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Petty Family Notches Small Victory in Auction Kerfuffle

Singer's items temporarily taken out of sale block while auction house investigates theft claims

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Tom Petty's family put an auction house on blast and warned fans not to purchase the late singer's items in an ongoing sale, claiming that property had been stolen out of a secured storage site. By Thursday, RR Auction had pulled the memorabilia temporarily from the...

Tom Petty's Estate Orders Trump to Cease and Desist

President played 'I Won't Back Down' at Tulsa rally

(Newser) - President Trump played Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" at his Tulsa rally Saturday, and the late singer's family was having none of it. The same day, Petty's estate posted a statement on Twitter saying the POTUS was "in no way authorized to use...

Fire Wiped Out Their Masters. Now the Artists Are Suing

They want Universal Music Group to pay up over devastating 2008 blaze

(Newser) - In 2008, a fire at Universal Studios Hollywood also hit a vault of master music recordings owned by Universal Music Group. The full scope of the damage wasn't revealed until earlier this month, when a New York Times investigation labeled it "the biggest disaster in the history of...

Petty Family Fracas: Widow Slammed With $5M Suit

New complaint is latest development in battle between Dana York Petty and Petty's 2 daughters

(Newser) - The battle between Tom Petty's kids and his widow rages on. Last month, competing petitions were filed by Dana York Petty and Petty's daughters, Adria Petty and Annakim Violette, all involving control of such things as Petty's estate in general and song catalog in particular. Now Variety ...

Tom Petty's Kids, Widow Embroiled in Court Fight

Dana York Petty battling it out with Adria and Annakim Petty over control of estate

(Newser) - It's been a year and a half since Tom Petty died , and while Variety reports a couple of his music compilations have since made their way to the public, a family feud may hold up further releases. Per court documents obtained by the Blast , Petty's widow, Dana York...

Cardi B Makes Gaffe About the Late Tom Petty

She thanked him for sending her flowers

(Newser) - Cardi B thanked Tom Petty for sending her flowers after her big win at the Grammys , puzzling everybody who was aware that the rocker died in 2017 . People reports that in a now-deleted Instagram post, Cardi B said "Thank you Tom Petty for the flowers," adding that she...

Never-Released Tom Petty Song Is Now Available

The track dates back to 1982

(Newser) - Tom Petty's death did not mark the end of new music from the rock legend. A previously unreleased track from 1982 has been made public ahead of a box set to be released by Reprise Records. Per Variety , the song, called “Keep A Little Soul,” will be...

Tom Petty's Family Reveals Rocker's Cause of Death

Accidental drug overdose

(Newser) - Tom Petty's family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose, the AP reports. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty's autopsy via a statement on his Facebook page Friday night. Dana and Adria Petty say they got the results from the...

Matt Lauer Made at Least One Company's Top 10 List

He's up there with Hurricane Irma on Google's annual ranking of favorite searches

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma and Matt Lauer were hot topics in 2017, Fast Company notes—hot enough to propel both to the top of Google's annual "Year in Search" results. Per the site, the results were culled "based on search terms that had a high spike in traffic in...

This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celebs
This Year's
Dead Celebs

This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celebs

Michael Jackson earned $75M in last 12 months: 'Forbes'

(Newser) - Celebrities aren't any less mortal than the rest of us, but their earning power can be. Forbes takes a look at the highest-paid dead celebrities of the past year, measuring pretax income as of Oct. 15. Among those included is a celeb who died this month—and another who...

SNL Bows to Vegas, Petty
SNL Opens on Somber Note

SNL Opens on Somber Note

Jason Aldean bumps the usual cold open with tribute, performance of 'I Won't Back Down'

(Newser) - Country star Jason Aldean took the stage on Saturday Night Live, reports the AP, paying tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre and to the late rocker Tom Petty. "Launching into a solid, countrified cover of Tom Petty’s 'I Won’t Back Down,' Aldean...

Remembering the 'Psychedelic Strangeness' of Tom Petty
Why Tom Petty's
Death Hurts
So Much

Why Tom Petty's Death Hurts So Much

We've all sung his songs at karaoke and played them on the guitar

(Newser) - Tom Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 66 after suffering from cardiac arrest, and the tributes are now pouring in. Thanks to a mixup in the media that led to a premature announcement, the tributes actually began a little early, as he was showered...

How News of Tom Petty's Death Got So Mangled

The confusion started with CBS News and the LAPD

(Newser) - For several hours Monday, music lovers believed Tom Petty was dead. Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, and Kid Rock were among scores of fans posting remembrances on Twitter. A memorial was scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But the 66-year-old entertainer was still alive at the time,...

Tom Petty Dead at 66
Tom Petty
Dead at 66

Tom Petty Dead at 66

Rocker was found at home in full cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Iconic rocker Tom Petty is dead at age 66, a spokesperson confirms to the AP . The news comes after a day of confusing reports on Petty's condition. Per TMZ , he was found at his home Sunday night in full cardiac arrest and was placed on life support; his family...

Tom Petty Suffers Cardiac Arrest: Report
Tom Petty
'Clinging to
Life': TMZ

Tom Petty 'Clinging to Life': TMZ

Singer was reportedly found in full cardiac arrest

(Newser) - CBS News cited the LAPD in its report—which it said was confirmed—that Tom Petty had died at age 66, but now the LAPD says it has no information on the well-being of the singer, the AP reports. TMZ originally reported the singer had been taken off life...

Tom Petty to Bachmann: Don't Use My Song

He asks her to stop playing 'American Girl'

(Newser) - Sure, she's been in a presidential debate and has a PAC and all that, but Michele Bachmann has now truly made it to the political big leagues: A rocker wants her to stop using his song. In this case, it's Tom Petty, who objected to the use of...

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