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George Clinton Is Glad Miley Cyrus Is Workin' The Twerking

1/24/2014 11:49am EST
George Clinton
George Clinton is obstinate notorious pop star Miley Cyrus stole her infamous twerking routine from him.

The 72 year-old funk legend, is a big fan of Cyrus, who ditched her clean-cut image last year by indulging in X-rated stage performances involving the sexy butt-rubbing dance.

The Funkadelic icon loves her headline-grabbing new persona; nevertheless, the veteran musician insists he featured twerking women at his concerts as far back as the 1990s.

Clinton tells The Guardian, "She's got the funk. I love her! Her mind got free and her a** got twerkin'. She was workin' on the twerkin'....

George Clinton Selling Underwear To Help Pay Court Fees

5/24/2013 4:20pm EDT
George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton is selling specially-designed underwear to help fund his legal battles.

The Parliament star is involved in a number of lawsuits over the copyright to his songs, and was ordered by a judge earlier this year to settle a $1.5 million debt to his former lawyers by giving them the rights to four of his classic tracks.

Now, the cash-strapped Clinton is having a cheeky swipe at his court woes by designing underwear and T-shirts themed around his legal battles.

He tells Uncut magazine, "We (are) making T-shirts with the court documents on there. We call it legal bri...

George Clinton Ordered To Hand Over Songs To Lawyers

1/6/2013 7:07pm EST
George Clinton
Funk icon George Clinton has been ordered to hand over the copyrights to four of his classic tracks to pay off debts to his former lawyers.

The music legend's former representatives at Seattle, Washington-based law firm Hendricks & Lewis, who worked for him between 2005 and 2008, won a $1.5 million judgment against him in 2010 after claiming he had failed to pay their fees.

In documents filed at Washington District Court, Hendricks & Lewis executives claimed Clinton had only handed over $340,000 so far, prompting a federal judge to order that copyrights to four of Clinton's songs be han...

Funk Legend George Clinton Asks Fans To Help Restore Studio

2/20/2012 8:10pm EST
George Clinton
Cash-strapped funk icon George Clinton is appealing to fans to help him raise $50,000 to preserve his recording studio in Florida.

The Parliament-Funkadelic frontman, 70, is using online fundraising website IndieGoGo to encourage devotees to contribute to the cause and aid the "restoration and preservation of original recordings, as well as urgent repairs and upgrades to the Parliament-Funkadelic family recording studio".

The veteran singer is offering signed CDs, T-shirts and other memorabilia in exchange for donations, while the rewards for the most generous include a pair of concert pa...

Snoop Dogg To Be Honored At BMI Urban Awards

8/3/2011 12:25pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Rapper Snoop Dogg will be honored at the BMI Urban Awards later this month.

The Gin and Juice hit-maker will be bestowed with the BMI Icon title previously awarded to James Brown, George Clinton, Willie Nelson and Al Green.

The event honors urban songwriters who have "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers" and belong to Broadcast Music, Inc., - a performance rights organization which represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and publishers.

Snoop Dogg will pick up his accolade at a ceremony at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Augus...

George Clinton Sues His Former Lawyers

7/14/2011 3:39pm EDT
George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton is suing his former attorneys for $10 million over allegations they failed to pursue two cases of copyright infringement on his behalf.

The cash-strapped music icon, 69, claims he hired Oscar Yule Lewis, Jr. from Hendricks & Lewis in Seattle, Washington to help him regain the rights to a number of master recordings made with his band Funkadelic after they were "misappropriated" by an ex-manager.

In legal papers filed on Monday, Clinton admits he chose the firm because of their previous work in similar cases with the estate of Jimi Hendrix. Clinton alleges Lewi...

Flavor Flav & MC Hammer To Join Charlie Sheen At Insane Clown Posse Festival

7/7/2011 8:49am EDT
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav, Ice Cube, MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Lil Jon will join Charlie Sheen at the Insane Clown Posse's four-day rap and wrestling festival in Illinois next month.

Sheen announced he'd be among the presenters in an excited tweet on Wednesday, and now the full line-up has been announced.

Sheen and Flav will co-host the music and wresting event, dubbed the Gathering Of The Juggalos, while rappers Ice Cube, Lil Jon, Paul Wall and MC Hammer will join Bobby Brown on the bill.

The 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos will take place at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois from 11-14 August.

Xzibit, ...

Funk Icon George Clinton Hospitalized

5/26/2011 10:35pm EDT
George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton has been hospitalised to treat an infection in his leg.

The 69-year-old star was recently admitted to a medical facility after his doctor noticed an abnormality during a routine check-up.

But Clinton's representative insists the musician will soon be back to full health.

The spokesperson tells, "He will be just fine. Thank you for all your prayers and concern."

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George Clinton Suing The Black Eyed Peas

12/13/2010 10:35pm EST
George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton has launched legal action against the Black Eyed Peas over allegations they illegally sampled his classic hit "(Not Just) Knee Deep" on the remix to their single "Shut Up."

Clinton's lawyers filed the copyright infringement suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Friday.

In the court papers, the veteran star claims the Black Eyed Peas have cashed in on their 2003 track at his expense, thanks to various remixes released as a result of the chart smash.

Clinton alleges he never agreed to any use of "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by the Bl...

George Clinton Sued By Former Accountants

6/4/2010 11:30am EDT
George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton is set for more financial woes - the cash-strapped star is facing a lawsuit from his former accountants.

The star filed for bankruptcy in 1984 and has been struggling financially for many years following mismanagement of his music industry funds.

Clinton received a $1.2 million boost in 2008 following a review of his royalties from Universal Records and EMI, but bosses at the New York-based accounting firm he hired to complete the work allege he failed to pay them in full.

Executives at Wlodinguer, Erk & Chanzis filed papers at Manhattan Federal Court on Thu...

'Glee' Recap: Bumpy Road To Regionals Gets 'Funk'y

6/3/2010 8:05am EDT
Mercedes Glee
Shue gets divorced, Rachel gets egged, and Quinn finally cracks in this pre-Regionals ‘Funk’-isode. Everything is building towards next week’s finale and the twists and turns just keep coming in an emotional rollercoaster that sets the stage for a high stakes showdown between our beloved glee club and the reigning show choir National Champions, Vocal Adrenaline.

‘Another One Bites The Dust’
Jesse leads Vocal Adrenaline in a tight performance of the Queen song, effectively ending his relationship with Rachel and crushing the entire glee club’s spirits in the process. Toilet papering the ch...

George Clinton's Son Found Dead

2/9/2010 8:18am EST
George Clinton
Funk legend George Clinton is in mourning following the death of his son, according to reports. The body of George Clinton, Jr. was discovered at his home in Tallahassee, Florida on February 1st, reports

The 50 year old appeared to have died from natural causes, with a police spokesperson quoted as saying, "Barring any finding by the Medical Examiner's Office, our investigation is complete."

Clinton, Jr. is survived by his daughter, Shonda, who performs under the name Sativa.

It's the second tragic loss for funk star Clinton, 68, in recent months - his beloved mother...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

2/1/2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Rockin' and Reelin': Seven Spectacular Movie Concerts

7/7/2009 10:00am EDT
School of Rock
Pull out your lighter, turn up the volume, and get ready to throw up the horns. This jammin' compilation is my top seven compilation of climactic movie concerts. Why seven? Seven is a nice odd number.

When I first decided to form a list of top movie concerts, I thought having a wealth of film knowledge would help me out. Sitting down to draft the list however, I found myself at a loss for ideas. I couldn't see the forest for the trees, and plots sat jumbled together in my head.

After thinking for a few days and taking a stroll through my neighborhood Blockbuster's going out of bu...

2008 Overrated/Underrated Awards

1/16/2009 12:55pm EST
Katy Perry
All this year we've used this space to chronicle the annals of pop culture. Specifically, whether or not certain members of this all-encompassing umbrella term are overrated or underrated.

The time has come to focus our microscope a little more sharply and turn our critical eye on the year that was.

So, here they are, the first annual All Overrated/Underrated Awards in the fields of music, television and film.


The "'Everywhere' by Michelle Branch" Award for Most Underrated Record of the Year:

The Winner is: "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster) by Gnarls Barkley


The Ultimate Shocker In... Today's Links

11/13/2008 7:39pm EST
Reefer Madness
Check out some of the best links we found around the web today. And be sure to visit our Daily Links section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the web.

George W. Bush celebrates Arizona State University's Track & Field team by flashing gang signs with them. Oh, nevermind, it's just 'the shocker.' - White

Kate Beckinsale. - Bastardly

What if every famous person got what they deserved? - Cracked

That Christian Slater show that seven people watched? Yeah, it's been canceled. - Futon Critc

Quote of the day:

44 upcoming movi...

CMT's 'Gone Country' Returns For A Third Season

11/6/2008 1:34pm EST
Justin Guarini
CMT's hit franchise, Gone Country, returns with award-winning singer, songwriter & producer, John Rich, as host for a third season featuring new challenges and a new cast who are vying for a chance at country music success.

"Gone Country," the series that takes seven celebrities from every realm of the entertainment industries and immerses them in all things country, will premiere in January 2009 on CMT. Production is currently underway in Nashville.

The cast includes:

- George Clinton funk musician, founding member of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic; member of the Rock ...

Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

10/15/2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...

5 Underrated Guitar Players

6/25/2008 9:00am EDT
John Frusciante
Whenever one creates an "underrated" list, it often sparks an argument. Maybe that's because it's such a hard concept to define. Some might say an individual is far too under appreciated, while another might say, "Nope. He's rated right where he should be."

With music it's all about a person's ear and what he or she digs on. After all, there are no statistics to back a person up (unlike a topic such as sports where one might say that the importance of Dennis Rodman's rebounding was overlooked, and he/she would have the 20 boards a game stat right in front of him/her).

In a l...

'The Love Guru' Soundtrack To Be Released June 17; Movie In Theaters June 20

6/7/2008 11:00am EDT
The Love Guru
Check out the streams below to hear Mike Myers' rendition of the Steve Miller Bands' "The Joker" as featured on the soundtrack for his new comedy The Love Guru.

In The Love Guru, Pitka (Mike Myers) is an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus.

He moves back to the U.S. to seek fame and fortune in the world of self-help and spirituality. His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle a rift between Toronto Maple Leafs star hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) and his estranged wife.

Check out "The Joker"...

Saul Williams Discusses New Album 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust'

11/21/2007 12:44pm EST
Saul Williams
Saul Williams's The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust is all about, "Transcending those labels, borders, and boundaries that pigeonhole us." Saul manages to do this not just in the album's concept or its genre defying sound, but by releasing the album straight to the public for either the low price of five dollars or for free. In this Starpulse Q and A, Williams elucidates the album's deeper meaning and reveals that Niggy's got more in common with Parliament's Starchild than Bowie's starman, a truly funky development.

How do you feel about people's reaction and receptio...

Up-And-Coming Music: Critical Bill

9/15/2007 9:30am EDT
Critical Bill
No formulas, no fashions, no formats. Detroit-based urban rock outfit, Critical Bill, is a band loved by thousands of fans for being what it is. Real. Since its start in 2002, Critical Bill has brought its powerful blend of dirty rock guitar, rap influences and hip hop beats to radio stations nationwide including hometown stations WRIF and WTDW and to countless live audiences all over the U.S. and Canada - and continue to do so on their latest release, Downtown the World.

The band built a massive following headlining shows and touring extensively with the formidable "Kansas City Rap Ki...

Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

9/11/2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 22

7/22/2007 3:00am EDT
David Spade
Happy Birthday to Belgian singer Kate Ryan (1980), "Run Lola Run" actress Franka Potente (1974), singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (1973), WWE star Shawn Michaels (1965), "Joe Dirt" star David Spade (1964), "Moulin Rouge" actor John Leguizamo (1964), R&B singer Keith Sweat (1961), Savatage singer/Trans Siberian Orchestra composer Jon Oliva (1960), guitarist Al Di Meola (1954), Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley (1947), "Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover (1947), "The Muse" star Albert Brooks (1947), Supertramp keyboardist Rick Davies (1944), Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett (1944), funkmaster ...

Chart Topping Hits Of Soul Heard Decade By Decade In Four New 'Soul Number 1's' Collections

4/30/2007 10:00pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul is at the heart of hip-hop, providing the inspiration for today's chart-topping hip-hop tracks. Now four new compilations present the best of soul--a total of 67 recordings, every track a #1 (nearly all on the R&B chart)--from the '60s to the '90s. Each of the Hip-O/UMe Soul Number 1's albums in the new UMe Number 1's series is released April 3 and packaged in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable.

In the '60s, soul was cool. '60s Soul Number...

VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" & Ice-T's "Rap School" Premiere Oct. 17

9/14/2006 3:46pm EDT
Hip Hop Honors Hosted By Ice T
-VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" Airs Oct. 17 at 9pm (EST)

VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the third annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Ice-T, this year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," will pay tribute to Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, and Eazy E. The VH1-created awards special honors hip hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed this musical genre into a cultural phenomenon. The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 22

7/22/2006 3:00am EDT
David Spade
Happy Birthday to Belgian singer Kate Ryan (1980), "Run Lola Run" actress Franka Potente (1974), singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (1973), WWE star Shawn Michaels (1965), "Joe Dirt" star David Spade (1964), "Moulin Rouge" actor John Leguizamo (1964), R&B singer Keith Sweat (1961), Savatage singer/Trans Siberian Orchestra composer Jon Oliva (1960), guitarist Al Di Meola (1954), Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley (1947), "Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover (1947), "The Muse" star Albert Brooks (1947), Supertramp keyboardist Rick Davies (1944), Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett (1944), funkmaster ...