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'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit Loss Will Cost Robin Thick & Pharrell Williams Big Bucks

3/11/2015 12:10am EDT
Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams Lose Copyright Infringement Laws
A Los Angeles jury ruled in favor of the children of late singer Marvin Gaye on Tuesday, awarding them $7.3 million in their copyright infringement case against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over their 2013 hit single "Blurred Lines."

The two singers have spent nearly the last two years battling accusations that the song ripped off the Motown legend's "Got To Give It Up."

The case spent the past two weeks in court, where Thicke played numerous songs on the piano to show that lots of songs have similarities and lawyers played parts of Gaye's hit single to convince an eight-person fede...

Lawsuit Against Robin Thicke And Pharrell Williams Over 'Blurred Lines' Going To Trial By Jury

10/31/2014 5:37pm EDT
Robin Thicke and Emily Ratajkowski
The lawsuit brought by the family of late singer Marvin Gaye against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. over hit single "Blurred Lines" will go on.

A Judge in Los Angeles ruled that a trial by jury will be needed to decide whether or not the artists sampled music from Gaye's hit song "Got To Give It Up" and infringing on its copyright.

The three stars attempted to dissuade District Judge John A. Kronstadt from moving forward with a trial, but it wasn't enough and a trial will now be scheduled.

Last year the children of the late Gaye filed a suit claiming that Thicke, Williams and T...

Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

10/30/2014 10:31am EDT
Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music
As prognosticated, popular masked metal band Slipknot debut ‘at the penthouse’ on the Billboard 200 selling 132,000 copies of their latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The Gray Chapter is Slipknot’s first new album since 2008, where All Hope Is Gone also landed at the top spot. Of course, like everyone else, Slipknot’s numbers were down – over 100,000 copies down to be exact. Still 132,000 copies is sound in an age where few albums are selling particularly well.

ATL rapper T.I. had a respectable week, selling 80,000 copies of Paperwork. The reason it’s respectable isn’t because of hi...

Florida Georgia Line Captures Their First No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200

10/23/2014 8:33am EDT
Florida Georgia Line Captures Their First No. 1 Spot On Billboar
For a third week, country rules the top spot of the Billboard 200. Last week it was Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt (who settles for #2 this week). This week’s honors go to Florida Georgia Line who sells a strong 197,000 copies of Anything Goes. Anything Goes is the sole album to sell more than 100,000 copies this week and outpaced the second place album by more than 100,000 copies. Guess Tyler and Brian have something to celebrate – as if they weren’t celebrating already.

Even though the numbers continue to stink, there are plenty of new albums being dropped by many notable artis...

T.I. Returns To Top-Notch Form On ‘Paperwork’

10/22/2014 2:20pm EDT
T.I. - Paperwork
Could anyone possibly doubt ‘the King’ – aka T.I. – on his latest studio album, Paperwork? Total poppycock – the biggest load of BS ever, right? Well not totally. The Atlanta MC’s last couple of albums has fallen short of the glory of his best. Sure, 2012 album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head had more goods than the previous, questionable No Mercy (“Trap Back Jumpin’” was enough to seal the deal there), but the top-echelon status of KING (2006) and Paper Trail (2008) were still missing. Paperwork, hence, returns T.I. to top-notch form.

T.I. gets “things poppin’” from the jump, litera...

Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

10/21/2014 10:30am EDT
Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Wee
October 2014 continues to roll out big release after big release. Sales continue to leave more to be desired in general, but there’s always a gem or two. Arguably the week’s most notable albums come by way of Slipknot, Little Big Town, and T.I., not to mention Logic’s highly anticipated debut. Also in the mix is the ‘old school,’ which includes Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. This list focuses on nine albums to check out, but also lists others being released as well.

1) Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)

Masked metal band Slipknot return with their first new studio album ...

T.I. And Floyd Mayweather Jr. At The Center Of Huge Brawl

5/26/2014 10:36pm EDT
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and T.I.
T.I. and fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. got into a heated scuffle Sunday morning when the rapper took a swing at Mayweather at the Fatburger restaurant in Las Vegas.

The two had words before T.I. threw his punch, and both stars' entourages stepped in to break things up, which is when an all-out brawl began, complete with chair throwing and one man ending up slashed across the midsection.

Police arrived shortly after the fight to see Mayweather leaving and learn that T.I. had already left. The injured man refused medical treatment and has also chose to keep his mouth closed about the fracas....

56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: Who Will Take One Home

1/25/2014 8:00am EST
56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions
Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th. Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues. After sitting on it a while, it is time to make one last set of predictions before Sunday’s broadcast. Here goes nothing! Picks are in bold.

First things first, let’s look at the BIG FOUR predictions

1) Record of the Year

“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rod...

From Apple To Zowie: The Craziest Celebrity Baby Names

10/21/2012 3:14pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Uma Thurman and her French financier boyfriend Arpad Busson revealed the name of their newborn baby girl this week, and the tot's title is a mouthful.

Not content with the typical first/middle/last -- or in this case hyphenated last -- name, the little girl surely has a challenging future ahead of her when it comes to filling out any types of forms.

The couple named their three-month-old Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Where they got her nickname, "Luna," from is a mystery; but their rep says each name has a special reason and meaning.

But Uma and Arpad -- who ...

T.I. Saved Creed Singer Scott Stapp's Life After Balcony Fall

10/5/2012 9:45pm EDT
Creed frontman Scott Stapp has credited rapper T.I. with saving his life after falling from a hotel balcony while high on drugs and booze.

The "With Arms Wide Open" singer was left with a cracked skull, fractured hip, and a broken nose when he took a tumble from his balcony on the 16th floor of Miami, Florida's Delano Hotel in the middle of a drug binge in 2006.

In his new memoirs, "Sinner's Creed," the rocker recalls his brush with death, explaining he was attempting to escape from an imaginary intruder when he lost his grip on the railing and plummeted onto a concrete ledge below.


T.I. Joins The Cast Of Kelsey Grammer's 'Boss'

9/5/2012 10:56am EDT
Rapper T.I. has joined the cast of Kelsey Grammer's hit TV drama Boss.

The Whatever You Like hit-maker recently signed a deal to film a guest spot in an episode of cop series Hawaii Five-0, and now he is expanding his acting resume after landing a spot on the Emmy Award-winning show's upcoming season.

According to, the 31 year old will play Trey Rogers, a former gang leader aiming for a career in politics.

The rap star is no stranger to the small screen - the second season of his reality show with wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, premiered on Monday.

10 Celebrity Heroes

7/25/2012 2:00pm EDT
Christian Bale
Christian Bale didn't have to visit the victims of the Colorado movie massacre, but that's exactly what he did on Tuesday. He didn't hold a press conference or alert the media; he simply visited the hospital, chatted with fans, and allowed people to take pictures with him.

A spokesperson for Warner Brothers told the Denver Post that Bale was not there on behalf of the film studio, but "there as himself."

The actor offered his condolences to those affected by the shootings that occurred during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last Friday. Twelve people died and dozens were i...

2011 - The Year In Review, September

1/1/2012 5:00pm EST
2011 - The Year In Review
September was a month rapper T.I. would like to both remember and forget - he completed an 11-month prison sentence for a probation violation only to run into legal trouble again soon after his initial release for conducting illegal business deals on his way to a halfway house. It wasn't a great month for Madonna either - her movie take on the romance between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII was savaged by critics at the Venice Film Festival, while her ex-husband Guy Ritchie became a dad again.

Celine Dion was left shaken up after an intruder was found running a bath at her Montreal, Canada ...

T.I. To Celebrate New Year With Release Of Dr. Dre Mixtape

12/31/2011 7:00pm EST
Rapper T.I. will ring in 2012 by releasing his new mixtape collaboration with reclusive hip-hop icon Dr. Dre.

The hitmaker, who spent much of 2011 behind bars on a probation violation, is planning to launch his latest release with a New Year's Eve party in his native Atlanta, Georgia.

He says, "For New Year's I'm gonna be waitin' on F**k Da City Up to drop. We got a party poppin' off down here in Atlanta... We gonna turn up and it's basically that. Between the party and the mixtape, that's all I got going. New year, new money. That's that."

And he insists the new release will be a huge d...

The 37 Hottest Male Stars Of 2011

12/20/2011 8:00am EST
Hottest Male Stars of 2011
Let's hear it for the boys! It's that time of year again when we honor the "37 Hottest Male Stars." Our list includes the usual suspects (Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney), as well as a younger crew (Taylor Lautner and Zac Efron).

Robert Pattinson dominated the big screen with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," and Ryan Gosling impressed critics with "Drive." We can't decide between who's the sexier magical creature on "True Blood" - Alexander Skarsgaard or Joe Manganiello.

Let's not forget the musicians: Adam Levine, Justin Bieber, Drake and other heartthrobs also make...

T.I. Is Skeptical That Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

12/7/2011 8:35am EST
Rapper T.I. has trouble believing that Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is dead because multiple stints in prison have turned him into a "conspiracy theorist."

The terrorist mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks in 2001 was shot and killed in Pakistan in May - but T.I., who was serving time for a probation violation when the news broke, is not sure what to believe because he's lost faith in the authorities.

He tells Vibe magazine, "Man, I'm a conspiracy theorist by nature. You can't experience the federal penal system and not be somewhat skeptical."

The hip-hop star completed his latest pris...

T.I. 'Pleasantly Surprised' By Taylor Swift's Duet Request

12/6/2011 3:58pm EST
Hip-hop star T.I. was "surprised and confused" to be asked to join Taylor Swift onstage when her tour hit his native Atlanta, Georgia - because he couldn't understand why "America's sweetheart" would want to be associated with a recently-freed convicted felon.

The Live Your Life hit-maker completed an 11-month prison sentence for a probation violation at the end of September and one of his first live performances post-jail was with Swift on October 2nd. T.I. admits he couldn't believe his ears when he received the call from Swift's manager.

He tells MTV News, "I was pleasantly surprised...

T.I. Gives Out Thanksgiving Turkeys To Children In Need

11/23/2011 10:30pm EST
Rapper T.I. embraced the Thanksgiving holiday spirit on Tuesday and handed out 300 turkeys to the poor in his native Georgia.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker took part in a charity drive at The Carrie Steele-Pitts Home in Atlanta to benefit abused and neglected children as part of the American holiday, which falls on Thursday.

And T.I., who endured a troubled childhood himself, is grateful to have been of help and to have brought some joy to kids in need.

He tells, "It's an honour and a pleasure to be able to be there and serve those who need me most in the community."

T.I. isn't ...

T.I. Still In Touch With Man He Saved From Suicide

10/26/2011 10:40pm EDT
Newly-freed rapper T.I. is continuing to provide support to a man he saved from suicide last year, insisting the pair recently met and his new pal is "doing very well."

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker was able to successfully convince the troubled soul to step away from the ledge of a 22-story building in his native Atlanta, Georgia in October, 2010 after offering his help to police during a stand-off. The desperate man was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation before being released.

T.I. vowed to maintain the new friendship and the star made reconnecting with the ...

T.I. Rejected Autobiography Idea Because He's 'Too Young'

10/18/2011 11:29pm EDT
Rapper-turned-author T.I. turned down offers to pen a memoir because he's convinced he's "too young" to look back on his life at the age of 31.

The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., is making his literary debut with fictional book "Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets," but he reveals his very first book could have been an autobiography.

He says, "I think I'm too young to have an autobiography at 30, 31 years old... And also I think people expected that. It's easier to write about yourself, but if you actually have characters and create an actual story that peop...

T.I. Proclaims He's 'Clean And Sober'

10/18/2011 3:27pm EDT
Rapper T.I. is confident he's broken the drug habit that landed him in prison last year, insisting he's now "clean and sober."

The Live Your Life hit-maker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., walked free from a halfway house last month after serving an 11-month sentence for a probation violation, stemming from an arrest for possession of ecstasy.

And he claims he has since kicked his penchant for "recreational" substances, which he first dabbled with when he was a teenager, growing up on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia.

During an appearance on The View on Tuesday, he said, "I've accepted ...

T.I. Writing Relationship Book With Wife

10/17/2011 8:05pm EDT
Rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle have teamed up professionally to pen a new relationship self-help book.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., is making his literary debut this week with the release of "Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets" - about two childhood friends torn apart by shady dealings on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia.

T.I.'s already nearing completion on its sequel, with co-author David Ritz, and he's planning to write a third book too.

He tells, "We’re right at the end of (Power & Beauty II) right now. We’re...

T.I. Yells At Diddy For Getting Upset About Vodka At Party

10/4/2011 8:54am EDT
Rapper T.I. was forced to chastise his pal Sean 'Diddy' Combs on Saturday for attempting to start a fight at a BET Awards afterparty in Atlanta, Georgia.

The newly-released hip-hop star, who completed an 11-month prison sentence last week, was celebrating his freedom at a party hosted by Diddy when the rap mogul and Ciroc vodka investor began taking aim at a group of partygoers at Compound nightclub for sipping on rival alcohol brand Grey Goose.

According to reports, Diddy shouted, "Put that s**t down. It's Ciroc boys in the building."

He is then accused of throwing his drink off the sta...

T.I. Makes His Return At BET Hip-Hop Awards

10/2/2011 5:00pm EDT
Newly-freed rapper T.I. made his post-prison return to the stage at the BET Hip-Hop awards on Saturday night.

The hip-hop star was recently released from jail to a halfway house after serving a 10-month sentence for a probation violation, and was made a free man on Thursday.

T.I. made his return to the spotlight official by making a surprise appearance at the glitzy prizegiving in Atlanta, Georgia, taking to the stage with Young Jeezy, who opened the show.

The star then performed solo, while later in the ceremony, DMX, who was freed from prison in July, also made his return by performing...

T.I. Is Back In The Studio

10/1/2011 11:00am EDT
Rapper T.I. is wasting no time in returning to work following his release from a post-prison halfway house on Thursday - he spent the afternoon in a studio recording new tracks.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., has been in the Atlanta, Georgia unit for the past two weeks completing his 11-month sentence for a probation violation.

He became a free man on Thursday morning, and immediately headed to a recording studio to work on material.

In a series of posts on his page, he writes, "What up world?! It's ME, no fill-in, no substitution. Officially b...

T.I. Released From Prison Again

9/15/2011 7:39pm EDT
Troubled rapper T.I. has been transferred to a halfway house in Georgia, two weeks after his prison term initially came to an end.

The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., was given an early release from an Arkansas incarceration facility on August 31 after serving 10 months of an 11-month sentence for a probation violation, but he was placed back behind bars after lawmakers discovered he had illegally conducted business onboard a luxury bus on his way to the halfway house in his home state, where he was due to spend the final days of his punishment.

The officials accused T.I. of...

T.I.'s Lawyer Refused Prison Appeal

9/13/2011 9:25pm EDT
Troubled rapper T.I.'s lawyer has been denied the chance to appeal his client's additional prison time.

The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., was placed back behind bars earlier this month, just one day after he walked free from an Arkansas incarceration facility, having served 10 months of an 11-month sentence for a probation violation.

Authorities were unhappy with the fact that T.I. had allegedly been discussing business matters with his manager and two producers from TV network VH1 on his private bus journey to a halfway house in his native Georgia, where he was due to sp...

T.I. In Trouble For Allegedly Conducting Business On Prison Bus Journey

9/8/2011 7:14pm EDT
Embattled rapper T.I. was hauled back to prison last week after he was caught allegedly conducting banned business meetings onboard his bus to Georgia.

The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., walked free from an Arkansas incarceration facility last Wednesday after serving 10 months of an 11-month sentence for a probation violation.

He hired his own luxury bus to transport him to a halfway house in his native Georgia, where he was due to complete his punishment, but was taken into custody in Atlanta on Thursday amid claims he had failed to properly notify prison bosses about the ...

T.I. Back In Prison After Dispute Over Luxury Coach

9/4/2011 11:23pm EDT
Rapper T.I. will spend the next few weeks behind bars after falling foul of prison authorities over his method of transportation upon leaving an Arkansas incarceration facility last Wednesday.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., walked free after serving 10 months of an 11-month sentence for a probation violation.

He was due to transfer to a halfway house in his native Georgia to complete his punishment, and had made arrangements to travel the 375 miles to the center in comfort, hiring his own luxury coach.

But the rapper was hauled back into custody on Thursda...

T.I. Moves Into Georgia Halfway House

9/1/2011 9:46am EDT
Rapper T.I. has entered a halfway house to complete the remainder of his prison sentence less than a day after his release.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., walked free from an Arkansas correctional facility on Wednesday after serving 10-months of his 11-month sentence for violating probation last year.

Following his release, T.I. was transported to a halfway house in Georgia onboard a luxury coach.

The star will be busy when he completes his time in the facility - he has announced plans to share his post-prison life with fans in a new reality TV show on VH1...