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A 'Rare Takedown' Over Katy Perry Song

9-person panel decides singer's 'Dark Horse' sounds too much like Christian tune 'Joyful Noise'

(Newser) - A jury's verdict that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song represents a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist, and sets up a battle over damages that will begin Tuesday. Monday's... More »

Long Battle Over a Famous Song Is Finally Over

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards relinquish royalties over 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' by the Verve

(Newser) - You've surely heard the song " Bitter Sweet Symphony ," which made stars of the band the Verve in the 1990s. What you may not have known is that the song has since been embroiled in a copyright dispute involving none other than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of... More »

Driver's Speeding Ticket Paid Thanks to Song She Blasted

Singer Halsey heard fan was rocking out to 'Nightmare' when she was pulled over

(Newser) - This writer is apparently not the only one convinced the foot gets heavier when a good song comes on the radio. A fan of singer Halsey confessed Tuesday to getting a first-ever speeding ticket while listening to the new single "Nightmare." "When asked why I was going... More »

This Might Be This Summer's Earworm

'I Don't Care' features Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran, and critics like it

(Newser) - Ever felt socially awkward at a soiree? What the Guardian calls the "most surefire pop hit of the year," featuring "two seismic stars, one super-producer, and a chorus that only leaves your head after surgery," may speak to you. The stars: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.... More »

Obama Debuts on Billboard R&B Chart

'Hamilton' remix will benefit charity

(Newser) - He's the former leader of the free world, and now a chart-climbing R&B hit-maker. Former President Obama gets a credit on "One Last Time (44 Remix)," a gospel-inspired remix of a song from Hamilton, which debuts at the No. 22 spot on Billboard 's Hot... More »

LeBron James Apologizes for Quoting Song Lyric

Referred to 'getting that Jewish money'

(Newser) - LeBron James likes to share music lyrics on Instagram, but a recent one has led to a public apology, reports USA Today . In an Instagram story, the Los Angeles Laker star quoted a lyric from the song "ASMR" by 21 Savage: "We been getting that Jewish money, Everything... More »

One Station Relents, Will Play 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'

Listeners in San Francisco overwhelmingly vote in favor

(Newser) - The "Baby, It's Cold Outside" debate churns on. A station in the San Francisco area that put the song on hiatus amid concerns that it's inappropriate in the #MeToo era has put it back in rotation, reports KGO-TV . The reason for KOIT's move? In a poll,... More »

Marching Band Delivers Big Game's Most Touching Moment

Washington State plays University of Washington's fight song after UW bus accident

(Newser) - The Washington State University Cougars faced off Friday against the University of Washington's Huskies during their annual Apple Cup football matchup, but it was the Cougars' marching band that ended up generating the most buzz. That's because they played "Bow Down to Washington," the opposing team'... More »

Pharrell Has a Specific Beef With Trump Rallies

He doesn't want to hear his 'Happy' played anymore

(Newser) - In a Fox News interview Monday, President Trump defended his decision to go ahead with a political rally after the mass shooting in Pittsburgh . Cancel events like that, and it gives too much power to those responsible for tragedies, Trump told Laura Ingraham. "Rallies are meant to be fun,... More »

He's Singing One Garth Brooks Song for 36 Hours Straight

Cliff Satterwhite is singing 'Friends in Low Places' over and over and over again

(Newser) - As we write this, Cliff Satterwhite is in the home stretch of an epic karaoke marathon: He's singing Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" for 36 hours straight. Why? The Seattle-area karaoke host is performing the feat as part of the breast cancer awareness fundraiser he's hosting... More »

'Significant' Bowie Recording Found in Bread Basket

Demo tape of star singing at age 16 will go on the auction block

(Newser) - Misplaced oddity? David Bowie's very first demo track, made when he was just 16, is set to go on the auction block in September and could fetch as much as $13,000. The Guardian and Independent report that the 1963 recording of Bowie—then known by his given name,... More »

Why an Old Green Day Song Is Climbing UK Charts

Social media campaign aims to make 'American Idiot' No. 1 single for Trump's arrival

(Newser) - A 14-year-old song by Green Day is climbing various music charts in the UK—and the reason has everything to do with President Trump's arrival there later this week. The song is "American Idiot," and a social media campaign launched by Trump critics aims to make it... More »

Brits Want 'American' Song to Top Charts for Trump Visit

Anti-Trumpers want Green Day to speak for them

(Newser) - Some Brits may be humming a tune this summer that President Trump isn't too crazy about, the Evening Standard reports. A campaign to make Green Day's song "American Idiot" top the UK charts before Trump's July 13 visit is gaining traction, with its Facebook page surging... More »

Sinead Made the Song Famous. Now, Prince's Studio Version

Previously unseen 1984 video of Prince performing 'Nothing Compares 2 U' is making the rounds

(Newser) - Prince died two years ago Saturday, and a bittersweet memento of the beloved rock star has now emerged. CNN reports on a newly released video of previously unseen footage, shot in 1984 in a warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minn., showing Prince's original studio version of "Nothing Compares 2... More »

Miley Cyrus Sued for $300M Over Song Lyric

Artist Flourgon says line in 'We Can't Stop' too similar to his 1988 hit

(Newser) - "We Can't Stop" is Miley Cyrus' third biggest hit, according to Billboard . And Marie Claire considers it one of her five best songs. A new lawsuit, however, claims it's not exactly hers. Jamaican artist Flourgon (real name Michael May) is suing Cyrus, Sony Music, and RCA... More »

Kiwi Party Learns Copying Eminem Song Was Wrong Move

New Zealand's National Party to cough up $415K, plus interest, for ripping off 'Lose Yourself' in ads

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge said Eminem's lyrics "You own it, you better never let it go" turned out to be prophetic after ruling that a political party breached copyright by using a song similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads. High Court Judge Helen... More »

Campus Flap Emerges Over Lou Reed's Iconic Song

Student group says 'Walk on the Wild Side' is offensive to trans people

(Newser) - Lou Reed's seminal 1972 hit "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is stirring up a little controversy on the campus of a Canadian college. As the Media Research Center reports, the student association at Guelph University apologized online because it included the song in a public playlist.... More »

Thank Trump for First Joan Baez Song in 25 Years

She was spurred by the 2016 presidential race to write 'Nasty Man'

(Newser) - Donald Trump: businessman, president … Joan Baez muse? "Here's a little song / About a man gone wrong" begins Baez's "Nasty Man," the first song she's written in 25 years, and it's a protest anthem apparently inspired by Trump himself. Among other topics,... More »

Did Lady Gaga Pull a Fast One at the Super Bowl?

Opening with 'This Land Is Your Land' may have been political 'dog whistle'

(Newser) - Despite anticipation that Lady Gaga would make some kind of political statement during the Super Bowl halftime show, the pop star appeared to play nice , a performance of the LGBT-friendly "Born This Way" aside. Even prominent conservatives hailed her "apolitical" show, the Washington Post notes, with tweeted praise... More »

Woman Calls Cops on Guy Whistling 'Closing Time'

Oregon police don't know if it was the song or the whistling in general that offended

(Newser) - Every week, Capt. Mark Herb of Oregon's Forest Grove Police Department pulls together what Time calls the department's "always entertaining" police log , and the last item in the most recent installation didn't disappoint. For the week of Nov. 20 through Nov. 26 listed in the Oregonian ... More »

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