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Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' Hit With Plagiarism Claim

Songwriting brothers say they're responsible for key line

(Newser) - There's a battle raging over Lizzo's anthem "Truth Hurts"—the second longest-running No. 1 hit tied to a female rapper, with six weeks atop the Billboard's Hot 100 chart, per Forbes . As the New York Times reports, two songwriting brothers lay claim to a signature... More »

This 3-Minute 1980s Song Baffles Internet Sleuths

Nobody can figure out the group

(Newser) - If you took 3 minutes to listen to this song and then were somehow able to identify the group behind it, you'd make a lot of people happy all over the world. Why? As Rolling Stone explains, the song just happens to be nicknamed the "Most Mysterious Song... More »

Uncashed Royalty Check to Kurt Cobain Is Smaller Than You Think

It was for $26, just before the Nirvana made it big

(Newser) - A record store owner in Seattle has stumbled on papers that belonged to the late Kurt Cobain before he became a household name. Matt Vaughan of Easy Street Records bought a collection of Nirvana's tour itineraries back in 1993 but it wasn't until last week that he found... More »

A Dip in Taylor Swift Sales Reflects Changing Times

'Lover' does extremely well, but doesn't crack 1M album sales; streaming is on the rise

(Newser) - Taylor Swift had "one of the best weeks of my life" following the Aug. 23 release of sixth studio album, Lover. Not only did the album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as with each of Swift's previous releases, but it saw the biggest sales week... More »

Taylor Swift: I'll Remake 6 Albums

Plan revealed after sale of original masters

(Newser) - New recordings are on the way from Taylor Swift, and we aren't referring to her album Lover, which drops Friday. The singer-songwriter tells CBS Sunday Morning she will "absolutely" rerecord her songbook after her originals masters were sold to a man she accused of bullying her . In acquiring... More »

50 Years On, 'Fab Four' Hit Abbey Road

Thousands mark 50th anniversary of album cover shot

(Newser) - Fifty years to the day after the Beatles walked across Abbey Road in London, thousands followed in their footsteps, including a newly engaged Paul McCartney lookalike. The Evening Standard reports "an estimated 2,000 fans" gathered Thursday to re-create one of the most iconic album covers of all time.... More »

Simpsons Composer Sues, Says He Was Fired Over Age

Alf Clausen, 78, is suing Fox

(Newser) - Alf Clausen was fired from his role as composer for The Simpsons in 2017 after 27 years on the job , and he says he was told the show was "taking the music in a different direction." But the real reason, the 78-year-old says in a lawsuit against Fox,... More »

Billie Eilish: 'I Felt Like I Deserved to Be in Pain'

Singer talks self-harm, anxiety to 'Rolling Stone'

(Newser) - Billie Eilish is not shy about her mental health struggles in a revealing and extensive interview with Rolling Stone . The 17-year-old August cover star saw a dream fulfilled as she rocketed to stardom with the spring release of her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?... More »

Katy Perry Gets Hefty Bill for Stolen Song

She'll reportedly pay $550K of $2.78M penalty

(Newser) - The Grammy-nominated 2013 hit "Dark Horse" will cost Katy Perry and her team a whopping $2.78 million, per USA Today . A jury of nine who ruled that the song improperly copied from 2009 rap song "Joyful Noise" ordered Perry to pay $550,000 to Christian rapper Flame—... More »

Ed Sheeran Releases Album —and News That He's Married

Singer confirms wedding to Cherry Seaborn

(Newser) - Ed Sheeran released a new album Friday, and during an interview to promote it, mentioned that, oh, yes, he's married now. The Sun reported in February that Sheeran had married Cherry Seaborn, in December, a year after they became engaged. But the singer hadn't confirmed that until a... More »

'Many Things' Led to Avicii's Suicide: Dad

Klas Bergling calls on politicians to stand up for mental health

(Newser) - "If you are very happy or extremely happy, it's not so far to be unhappy. ... Small things can make you sad or move your balance and I think this is what happened," Klas Bergling tells CNN a year after the death of his son, superstar DJ-producer Avicii.... More »

There Is a New Taylor Swift Controversy Brewing

Singer claims Scooter Braun, who just bought her music catalog, bullied her, along with Bieber, Kanye

(Newser) - What are Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and music mogul Scooter Braun all doing in a news story together? It involves the latter's acquisition of Big Machine Label Group, which owns all six studio albums put out by Swift before she signed with Universal in November,... More »

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... More »

11 Years Later, Full Scope of a Music Disaster Is Revealed

NYT Magazine reports on Universal Studios fire that wiped out priceless master recordings

(Newser) - Some of history's most important music recordings were destroyed a decade ago. That's according to New York Times Magazine , which reports that a 2008 blaze at Universal Studios Hollywood was far more devastating than previously reported. Flames didn't just destroy movies and TV shows already copied to... More »

Dr. John, a Unique Voice of New Orleans, Dies

Musician combined rock and rhythm and blues with his hoodoo style

(Newser) - Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77, the AP reports. In a statement, the family said the musician born Mac Rebennack died of a... More »

Madonna: Harvey Weinstein 'Crossed Lines'

Describes movie mogul as 'incredibly sexually flirtatious' with her

(Newser) - At 60, Madonna reflects on a career that wasn't all sunshine and roses in a New York Times feature out Wednesday. In the process, she describes publicly for the first time the stain that was her interaction with Harvey Weinstein during the making of her 1991 documentary, Truth or ... More »

Apple Is Killing One of Its Biggest Products

The long-rumored demise is finally here

(Newser) - Love it or hate it, iTunes has been around for nearly 20 years—and now it's getting the boot. Apple will announce its pending demise on Monday at a developer conference in California, Bloomberg reports. The multi-faceted media software is slated to be replaced by separate TV, Music, and... 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 »

Star Adds an 'Amen' to Opry Celebration

Randy Travis makes rare appearance

(Newser) - Randy Travis celebrated his 60th birthday with a crowd-pleasing appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. Carrie Underwood was among the artists who sent video greetings, People reports. The country star has made few public appearances since suffering a massive stroke in 2013; he was left with impaired speech... More »

Beyonce Pulls Off Another Surprise

Release of undisclosed live album, with a new song

(Newser) - Beyonce's Netflix documentary Homecoming, focusing on the singer's 2018 Coachella performance , premiered Wednesday with a surprise for fans. Included is a brand new song, a cover of "Before I Let Go," released by Frankie Beverly and Maze in 1981, per Variety . But you don't need... More »

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