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Shady Music Moments From 2015

10/3/2015 1:00pm EDT
When The Shade Hits The Fan: 9 Shady Music Moments From 2015
Musicians have been “throwing shade” at each other for years – understatement. In fact, before it was known colloquially as throwing shade, the esteemed classical composers were literally ripping each other apart with their harsh critiques of one another. Each and every year, new shade is thrown into the hands of the media, which in turn is presented to the people for their entertainment pleasure.

1) Empire (Season 2, Episode 1) Vs. Donnie McClurkin

Even gospel artists – those singing for “the glory of God” are subject to shade. In its disjointed second season premiere, hip-hop soa...

Deadmau5 Battles Disney Over Ear Logo, Accuses Company Of Copyright Infringement

9/5/2014 9:07am EDT
Deadmau5 Battles Disney Over Ear Logo, Accuses Company Of Copyri
Dance music star Deadmau5 is embroiled in trademark dispute with Disney over his mouse-eared helmet, which the corporation believes too closely resembles its iconic character Mickey Mouse.

Deadmau5's costume consists of an oversized mouse head that covers his face. The ears are very large. The white eyes have black "Xs" over them like a dead mouse.

The DJ has successfully made his mau5head logo a registered trademark in 30 countries worldwide.

Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmeran, has been complaining all week about the case, writing on Twitter: "Let's test a theory, it takes em 10 years to...

Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extravaganza

7/4/2014 11:00am EDT
Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extrava
Happy 4th of July! Get out your BBQs, crack open a cold one and ready the fireworks, it's time to celebrate the great holiday commemorating American Independence. No doubt friends and family will be flocking to your place for a grand ol' time.

But wait? What about the music? Every party needs to music. "But what music nest fits my party?" you might be asking. Well, we're here to help. So fear not - here are ten musical suggestions to help you find a fit that's right for the shin dig of your choosing.

Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

The type of party you're probably having : A banger with a...

Miami Nightclub Offers To Fund Free Deadmau5 Concert

1/9/2014 4:20pm EST
The honchos of a Miami nightclub have offered Deadmau5 the chance to put on a free concert after the DJ swore never to perform in the city again.

The Canadian DJ/producer, real name Joel Zimmerman, recently slammed the organizers of his New Year's Day show at Miami's Mansion club over a decision to allow affluent concert-goers to pay for the privilege of being in the front row.

On his official website, Zimmerman complained, "I f**king reamed out my agent for making me deal with that. Putting fans in the back and trust fund kids up front is f**king stupid as f**k," adding he "won't be pl...

Deadmau5 Responds To Cheating Allegations From Kat Von D

6/27/2013 6:06pm EDT
Deadmau5 and Kat Von D
Deadmau5 has written a lengthy post on his Facebook page defending himself from an apparent cheating allegation by ex-girlfriend Kat Von D.

Kat Von D called off their engagement and wrote a message on Twitter alluding to a transgression by Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmerman.

She posted, "Cheating on your loved one is the most hurtful thing one could do. I hate to have to admit that this relationship is indeed over... Onwards and upwards."

Earlier today, Zimmeran defended himself on Facebook, explaining that while he was with another woman, it was when the couple broke up briefly last Nov...

Kat Von D Splits With Deadmau5, Accuses Him Of Cheating

6/27/2013 8:35am EDT
Kat Von D & Deadmau5
Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D has called off her engagement to electronic dance music superstar Deadmau5 amid cheating allegations.

She revealed on Twitter on Wednesday:  "Cheating on your loved one is the most hurtful thing one could do. I hate to have to admit that this relationship is indeed over... Onwards and upwards."

It's been a rocky road for the couple. They split up in November, and then Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmerman, proposed in December. She tweeted a photo of her black diamond engagement ring on Dec. 15 with the caption: "Tonight, Joel put a ring on my finger... Does...

Kat Von D And Deadmau5 Planning 'Underwater-Themed' Nuptials

4/16/2013 6:20pm EDT
Kat Von D
Dance music superstar Deadmau5 and his bride-to-be, celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, are to exchange vows in an unusual underwater-themed ceremony.

The DJ, real name Joel Zimmerman, proposed to the reality TV star in December, and now they're putting the finishing touches to their August 10th nuptials.

According to, the couple will marry in an "underwater-themed" ceremony before 200 friends and family in Los Angeles.

Sources claim the ceremony will be inspired by the couple's mutual love for author H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Call of Cthulhu, about a half-man, half-o...

Kat Von D Shows Off Black Diamond Engagement Ring

12/28/2012 2:07pm EST
Kat Von D Engagement Ring
Dance music superstar Deamau5 gave his fiance Kat Von D a very special early Christmas gift by presenting her with a stunning black diamond engagement ring.

The DJ proposed to the celebrity tattoo artist, who was previously engaged to Sandra Bullock's ex Jesse James, on December 15 and he officially put a ring on it two days before Christmas.

Kat Von D showed off the custom-made engagement ring in a festive tweet to fans, adding, "Tonight, Joel put a ring on my finger... Doesn't get anymore official... The biggest thank you to The Great Frog London for handcrafting the most important ri...

Kat Von D And Deadmau5 Are Engaged

12/16/2012 1:15pm EST
Deadmau5 and Kat Von D
Dance DJ Deadmau5 is heading down the aisle after proposing to his on/off girlfriend Kat Von D - in a post on

Just weeks after the couple's short break-up in November, Deadmau5 popped the question on the social networking site on Saturday.

The star tweeted, "I can't wait for Christmas so... Katherine Von Drachenberg, will you marry me?" and posted a photo of a diamond engagement ring, adding, "Changing the diamond to a black diamond FYI (for your information). Sorry for the jpg (photo)... they'll finish the actual ring soon I hope. I love u."

The celebrity tattoo artist took...

Kat Von D Splits With Deadmau5

11/12/2012 10:47am EST
Kat Von D & Deadmau5
After a brief romance, tattoo artist Kat Von D and electronic dance DJ Deadmau5 have split up.

In September the DJ confirmed the relationship by posting photos of them together on Twitter and writing, "Yeah, im (in) love... inb4 I find a f**k to give over the Internet implodes over it... at least I'm happy!"

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Von D posted a message on Twitter: "Man.. Can't say I didn't give it my best... Man, I sure was wrong. But at least he made it a no-brainer to break that off. lessonlearned... Now, we can get all of the 'I told you so's' outta the way... And move on."

She later ...

Deadmau5 Dating Celebrity Tattoo Artist Kat Von D

9/18/2012 6:59pm EDT
Deadmau5 and Kat Von D
Electronic dance music superstar Deadmau5 has found love with TV mechanic Jesse James' ex Kat Von D.

The top DJ has been cooing about his new romance on, posting snapshots of himself with the celebrity tattoo artist and singer.

Confirming his relationship status in a tweet on Sunday, Deadmau5, real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, wrote, "Yeah, im (in) love... inb4 I find a f**k to give over the Internet implodes over it... (sic) at least I'm happy!"

Von D called off her engagement to James last year, six months after Sandra Bullock's former husband asked her to marry him.

A 'Miserable' Deadmau5 Planning A Hiatus

8/8/2012 2:26pm EDT
DJ Deadmau5 has decided to take a break from music because he has been feeling "pretty miserable" and needs some "quiet time."

The house music star, real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, explained his planned hiatus to fans in a post on his blog, insisting he won't be cancelling any planned shows but he won't be performing again anytime soon.

He writes, "I'm going to unplug for a wee bit. Which doesn't mean I'm cancelling any upcoming shows or anything, I'm just gunna slam on the breaks for a bit and force myself to endure some quiet time. In that time, obviously the gears will sti...

Deadmau5 Slams Model Tricia Evans For Tasteless Joke About Colorado Massacre

7/24/2012 9:18am EDT
DJ Deadmau5 called out model Tricia Evans for writing an offensive Batman joke on Twitter on Friday just hours after 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a Colorado movie theater.

The Playboy model tweeted, "Tragedies happen in our world every day. Jump off the bandwagon...I heard the new Batman movie is really 'to die for'! Too soon?"

Deadmau5 responded: "good to know. @HollywoodTricia i seriously had no idea how big of a piece of s**t you are."

Evans then tweeted, "@deadmau5 Listen, apparently I have a different opinion than u. That doesn't make me a piece of s**t."

Deadmau5 fi...

Deadmau5 Involved In Fire Scare At NYC Club

5/8/2012 7:56am EDT
DJ Deadmau5 gave club goers in New York City a scare during a set on Friday after he nearly set himself on fire with a pyrotechnic stage effect.

The star was playing at Manhattan hotspot Provocateur when he set off an air horn to mark the premiere of his new song, but the stunt nearly ended badly for his crew in the DJ booth.

He writes in a post on, "OMG (oh my God) I actually lived through that... Nearly blew up myself and a buncha (sic) people in the booth. Pyros a b**ch."

DJ Van Dyk Calls Madonna 'Stupid' For Using Drug Slang At Music Festival

3/30/2012 9:11am EDT
Electronic DJ Paul Van Dyk is refusing to let Madonna off the hook for her controversial comments appearing to glamorize drug use, insisting it was "the biggest mistake of her career."

The Material Girl made a surprise appearance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida last weekend, and footage from the event showed Madonna using the word 'molly' - a slang term for MDMA, the chemical name for ecstasy - while addressing fans at the dance extravaganza.

Producer Deadmau5 was quick to take Madonna to task for what he thought was a reference to the drug, but she has since clarified her c...

Madonna And Deadmau5 Kiss And Make Up

3/27/2012 8:42am EDT
Madonna has made peace with dance music producer Deadmau5 after he accused her of glamorizing drug use during a festival appearance on Saturday.

The Material Girl made a surprise visit to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida and footage from the event showed Madonna using the word 'molly', a slang term for MDMA - the chemical name for ecstasy.

Deadmau5 called the singer "irresponsible" and blasted her in a series of posts on his page, writing, "At the end of the day, it's a slap in the face. associating a potentially harmful substance to the work and passion we put in ...

Deadmau5 Slams Madonna For Glamorizing Drug Use

3/26/2012 11:34am EDT
Madonna has come under fire from dance DJ Deadmau5 for allegedly glamorizing drug use at a recent concert.

The Material Girl whipped fans into a frenzy after making a surprise visit to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida on Saturday.

In video footage of her appearance, Madonna can be heard using the word 'molly', a slang term for MDMA - the chemical name for ecstasy, which is a popular drug among electronic music fans.

She shouted to the crowd, "How many people in this crowd have seen molly?"

However, Canadian star Deadmau5 was less than impressed with Madonna's comment.


'Deadmau5 Day' Declared In Las Vegas

12/23/2011 11:13am EST
Canadian music producer Deadmau5 is having a special day dedicated to him in Las Vegas in the New Year by the city's mayor.

The artist, real name Joel Zimmerman, is launching a new residency at Sin City's XS Nightclub in a partnership with Wynn Las Vegas.

And to mark the launch, Mayor Carolyn Goodman has officially proclaimed January 2nd, 2012 as 'Deadmau5 Day' - a move welcomed by local club owners.

Jesse Waits, co-owner of XS, says in a statement, "The following for Deadmau5 is phenomenal, and I applaud Mayor Goodman for recognizing both his remarkable persona alongside his ability ...

David Guetta Scores Top DJ Award

10/21/2011 1:45pm EDT
David Guetta
David Guetta has been named the best DJ in the world in an annual poll, knocking three-time winner Armin Van Buuren from the top spot.

Dutch star Van Buuren has held the number one position in DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs rundown since 2008, but Guetta has now snatched the lead thanks to high-profile collaborations with stars including Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

He says, "I'm very happy. I was thinking it was going to be impossible for anybody to replace Armin Van Buuren as number one. I've had amazing success as a producer, but I always saw myself first of all as a DJ. Of course I love maki...

Rivers Cuomo Judging Digital Art Competition

9/23/2011 5:30pm EDT
Rivers Cuomo
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has asked fans to get creative for a new computer art contest he is judging.

The rocker is teaming up with electro music producer Deadmau5 to preside over the Adobe Imagination Challenge.

The competition requires entrants to use Adobe computer software to produce an inspiring work of digital art showing the "power and depth" of their imagination.

The panel will pick five winners to receive $10,000, while 36 others will receive $550 for their submissions.

Paris Hilton Training To Become A DJ

9/8/2011 11:27am EDT
Paris Hilton
Socialite Paris Hilton is training to become a top house music DJ, according to a report.

The reality TV star has travelled the world learning from top DJs Afrojack and Deadmau5 to help her create her upcoming album.

Hilton, who is reportedly planning to appear onstage with Deadmau5 at an upcoming gig, is aiming to become the "Queen of house music," according to, because "no woman has ever taken over in that arena."

Editors at the website report Hilton is aiming to release a house music album before the end of the year.

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Deadmau5 Punched At Club Gig

5/4/2011 10:40pm EDT
Canadian star Deadmau5's weekend trip to Australia ended in injury when he was punched in the head by a fellow DJ.

The artist, real name Joel Zimmerman, performed at Brisbane's Creamfields club on Sunday and went on to attend the afterparty at the city's Birdie Num Num venue.

But Deadmau5 was not a fan of the tunes being played by the event DJ and asked for a change in music.

His request was snubbed, but the unidentified DJ later approached Deadmau5 and reportedly attacked him.

In posts on his page, the star writes, "Thank God for Creamfields tonight, cause the music at the ...