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Did Beyonce Illegally Take Music From A Hungarian Folk Singer?

12/16/2014 9:19am EST
Folk Singer Sues Beyonce Over 'Drunk In Love'
A Hungarian folk singer is suing Timbaland, Jay Z and Beyonce, claiming they illegally used her vocals in Queen B's hit song "Drunk In Love."

Monika Miczura Juhasz, known as Mitsou, filed papers in New York, claiming audio of her singing a traditional Roma folk song she learned from her grandmother, called "Bajba, Bajba Pelem," was taken and "digitally manipulated without her permission" and used for "Drunk in Love."

The original recording of "Bajba, Bajba Pelem" was released as "Gypsy Life on the Road" by Mitsou's group Ando Drom in 1997.

Did Beyonce steal a sample from this song?


Music Producer Slams Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic

11/17/2014 1:11pm EST
Timbaland Angry Over 'Bulls**t' Aaliyah Movie
Timbaland expressed his extreme displeasure over Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic over the weekend by blasting the made-for-TV movie on social media. The producer was close friends with the singer prior to her death at age 22 from a plane crash in 2001.

Timbaland posted an advertisement for the film on Instagram with the caption, "Hope yall not watching this!!!!!!!!" He also reposted various fan-made memes, including a fake poster for a biopic of R&B star Ginuwine that featured a picture of director/actor Tyler Perry with the words, "Lifetime be like - 'close enough!'" He posted a photo of singer...

Newcomer, Unknown Cast As Timbaland & Missy Elliott In Aaliyah Biopic

8/11/2014 8:17am EDT
Newcomer, Unknown Cast As Timbaland & Missy Elliott In Aaliyah B
Canadian actor Izaak Smith and newcomer Chattrisse Dolabaille have been cast to producer Timbaland and rapper Missy Elliott in the upcoming Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Smith starred in "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and "Mirror, Mirror." Dolabaille is making her professional debut in "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."

Fans aren't exactly thrilled with the casting and have voiced their concerns online. Several have complained that the light-skinned Dolabaille looks nothing like Elliott, who is known for being short and on the heavier side.

One Twitter user wrote, "Whoever is d...

Timbaland Apologizes to Chris Brown

7/28/2013 7:07pm EDT
The hit maker, Timbaland made a formal apology to Chris Brown for “talking smack” about his Aaliyah-assisted single “They Don’t Know.” While speaking with Revolt TV this month, Tim said Brown’s collaboration “will never work,” declaring himself as the only person able to team with Aaliyah because they were “soul mates.”

On Twitter (July 25), the rapper/producer directly addressed Brown and clarified his negative reaction. “I want 2 publicly apologize 2 my lil homie @chrisbrown 4 my statements on revolt regarding the Aaliyah collaborations.”

Timaland had an extremely close relationship wit...

Justin Timberlake's Music Video 'Tunnel Vision' Banned From YouTube

7/4/2013 5:07pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake’s latest music video didn’t last long on YouTube.

The streaming video site took down Timberlake’s "Tunnel Vision" soon after it was uploaded, citing the website’s stance against nudity.

JT’s team was aware of the video’s content, tweeting via his official page, “Check out the new video for Tunnel Vision and be's explicit.”

The seven-minute video, which can be found easily enough if you really want to watch it, features Justin Timberlake and producer Timbaland in a nondescript room. Shots are cut to nude women in a similar room, smoke and hands demurely coveri...

Justin Timberlake Shines At Roseland Ballroom

5/7/2013 10:31am EDT
justin timberlake at roseland ballroom, nyc
Justin Timberlake rocked the Roseland Ballroom last night in New York City to a sold out crowd. Sponsored by MasterCard Priceless Premieres, fans were treated to songs from all three of Timberlake's studio albums, as well as a sexified cover of "Need You Tonight" by INXS. Jay-Z wasn't in the house, but wife Jessica Biel and Lonely Island cohort Andy Samberg were, and towards the end of the set Timbaland made a surprise guest appearance.

Just recently, Timberlake tweeted out a photo from the studio announcing a September 30th date for the second part of his 20/20 Experience. He also announc...

Timbaland Invests In 50 Cent's Headphone Venture

1/3/2013 6:26pm EST
Rapper Timbaland is following 50 Cent into the headphone business by signing on as an investor in his company.

The "Candy Shop" hit-maker founded SMS Audio LLC in 2011 and his range of electronics has been a big hit among fans.

Now, Timbaland is throwing his support behind his pal's business venture by funneling his own cash into the firm and agreeing to serve as a member of the corporation's board of directors.

The music producer, real name Timothy Mosley, will also help design new products.

He says, "50 Cent has created an inspirational audio brand that produces the highest calibe...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

5/16/2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...

Taylor Swift Joins Justin Bieber On His New Album 'Believe'

4/13/2012 11:54am EDT
Justin Bieber & Taylor Swift duet
It's a music match made in heaven. Teen pop stars Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift have collaborated on a song together.

Yesterday Bieber told U.K.'s Capital FM Radio that his new album "Believe" will feature a tune with the country songstress.

He explained, "You know, the whole album is just so different, there's so many different people collaborating. I mean I even wrote a song with Taylor Swift, so the whole album ranges differently."

His third album also features Kanye West, Drake, Timbaland and Usher.

Bieber's new single "Boyfriend" debuted at number two thanks to the second biggest ...

Missy Elliott To Release 'Block Party' This Summer

2/8/2012 8:50am EST
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott will release her first album in seven years in June.

The hitmaker, who revealed she was battling autoimmune condition Graves' disease last year, was originally due to release the follow-up to 2005's "The Cookbook" in 2007, but the project, then titled "The Countdown," has suffered numerous delays and setbacks due to tracks leaking online.

Now Elliott's longtime collaborator and producer pal Timbaland tells she's aiming to make her chart comeback this summer with the newly-renamed "Block Party" - which will be released at the same time as his own solo disc.

He says, ...

Timbaland Avoids Driving After Fatal Car Crash

12/23/2011 7:15am EST
Hip-hop superproducer Timbaland steers clear of driving because he still has flashbacks of a tragic car accident which claimed the life of a female friend.

The star had just begun to taste success as a beatmaker after working with 1990s R&B singer DeVante when he decided to splurge his cash on a new vehicle.

He took the car out for a late night spin with a pal, but the ride ended in tragedy when he hit a patch of black ice on the road and smashed into a tree.

Timbaland managed to climb out of the mangled wreckage but his passenger wasn't so lucky and died at the scene.

In an E! True Hol...

Timbaland: Justin Timberlake Wrote 'Cry Me A River' About Britney Spears

12/22/2011 8:27am EST
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake wrote and recorded his 2002 hit single "Cry Me A River" after a fight with his then-girlfriend Britney Spears.

The song has long been rumored to detail the breakdown of the couple's romance, and the video even featured a girl bearing a striking similarity to Spears.

Timberlake has always denied the claims, but now his producer pal, Timbaland, has confirmed the "Toxic" hitmaker was the inspiration for the track as it was made following a heated phone conversation between the young lovers.

In a new E! "True Hollywood Story" special about Timbaland, the superproducer says,...

Jay-Z's 'Big Pimpin'' Lawsuit Heads To Trial

12/15/2011 4:20pm EST
Rap superstar Jay-Z is preparing to head to trial over allegations his hit song Big Pimpin' infringes the copyright of an Egyptian song dating back to 1957.

Osama Ahmed Fahmy co-owns the rights to his uncle Baligh Hamdy's composition Khosara, Khosara, and he initially sued the hip-hop icon in 2007, claiming Jay-Z and producer Timbaland used the track's melody for 2000 chart smash Big Pimpin'.

Jay-Z's record label bosses at EMI argued that the then-50-year-old song was governed by the 1909 Copyright Act, which only allows works to be protected by law for 28 years from the date of release...

Timbaland And Nelly Furtado Cleared In Copyright Lawsuit

6/20/2011 3:37pm EDT
Producer Timbaland and singer Nelly Furtado have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a two-year old copyright lawsuit.

Bosses at Finnish label Kernal Records launched a legal battle against the stars, alleging the duo stole elements of one of their artist's song to create the hit Do It.

However, a Florida judge has now tossed out the claim, freeing Timbaland and Furtado from the $20 million suit, according to

Karen Stetson, Timbaland's representative, says, "We're very happy. We thought from the beginning that this issue was an important one and followed the plain langu...

Timbaland Cleared Over Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

3/31/2011 4:52pm EDT
Hip-hop superproducer Timbaland has been cleared in a copyright infringement lawsuit over the sampling of a Bollywood tune.

The beat-maker was sued by the owners of publishing firm Saregama India Limited, who claimed he had illegally used their song Baghor Mein Bahar Hai, from the 1969 film Aradhana, when he created Put You on the Game for rapper The Game in 2005.

A U.S. judge initially ruled in Timbaland's favor, but Saregama bosses appealed and took the case to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, they failed to win over Judge Jane A. Restani, who cited an old Indian law i...

Timbaland Saves Miami Home From Foreclosure

2/4/2011 9:30am EST
Producer Timbaland has reporters at a Michigan newspaper to thank for helping him save his Miami, Florida, apartment from foreclosure after they alerted him to the property trouble.

The hip-hop star, real name Timothy Mosley, was hit with a $18,833 lien by the building's owner last August after allegedly failing to keep up with assessment fees for the $2.6 million condominium.

The quarterly bills soon grew to $27,000 - but Timbaland was unaware he was about to lose the property until journalists from The Detroit News contacted him for a comment on the story.

Their investigation prompted ...

Snoop Dogg And Timbaland Giving Away Free Song Downloads

1/12/2011 8:00pm EST
Snoop Dogg
Rap legend Snoop Dogg and hip-hop producer Timbaland have followed in Kanye West's footsteps and announced plans to treat fans to one free song every week.

The "Stronger" hitmaker kicked off the trend last summer with his G.O.O.D. Fridays offerings in the run up to the release of his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while producer Swizz Beatz soon followed suit and launched Monster Mondays, allowing devotees to download a new track at the start of each week.

Now Snoop Dogg has introduced Puff Puff Pass Tuesdays to share his new music with followers, and Timbaland has named his f...

Timbaland Ready To Help Demi Lovato Make Comeback (Video)

1/11/2011 7:42pm EST
Hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland has reached out to troubled teen Demi Lovato and offered up his services to help get her career back on track once she completes her stint in rehab.

The singer/actress pulled out of the Jonas Brothers' world tour in October and checked herself into a treatment centre to address undisclosed emotional and physical issues.

She is still thought to be receiving treatment but Timbaland has recorded a video message addressed to the 18 year old, expressing his support for the star.

In the clip, posted on, Timbaland says, "Demi, I'm so ... I'm sitting here l...

Rihanna Steps Out In A Long, Red Wig Prior To Tomorrow's Release Of 'Loud'

11/15/2010 4:00pm EST
We spotted Rihanna wearing a long red wig stepping out of her New York hotel today. The singer was on her way to a meeting in Midtown.

Rihanna's new CD, "Loud," is being released on Nov. 16. It's been described by insiders as a return to the uptempo dance grooves of her earlier records.

"Loud," her fifth studio album, is a significant change of pace from 2009’s platinum "Rated R." While much of "Rated R" was a cathartic and dark, "Loud" is relatively lighthearted and geared for dancefloors. It’s led by the sleek, euphoric, and up-front & "Only Girl (In the World)," produced by StarGate.


Timbaland Surprises High School Graduates With Impromptu Performance

6/24/2010 7:17pm EDT
Rapper/producer Timbaland and Dr. Dre shocked students in California on Wednesday night by performing a surprise gig at their graduation party.

"The Way I Are" hitmaker was introduced onstage at Culver City High by Dr. Dre, who then performed hits with his guest in the school's gymnasium.

A 17-year-old student from the school, Saul Salmeron, tells the Associated Press, "When we walked in, we were like, 'Whoa. Is this a second prom?'"

Speaking during the event, which was sponsored by Interscope Records and Hewlett-Packard, Timbaland was met with cheers as he asked the crowd of teenagers, ...

Vanessa Minnillo Will Get You Bikini-Ready In The New SELF (Hot Pics!)

6/24/2010 6:30pm EDT
Vanessa Minnillo
ABC True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo shows you the moves to slim down, firm up and show off your body!

About the workout, Minnillo says:

-"When I lift weights I feel more confident in a bikini and as a person."
-"This workout burns calories and tones. What girl doesn't love a two-for-one deal?"
-"I love songs that get me pumped and ready to go workout."
-HOW TO DO IT Choose any heart-pumping activity you enjoy (like jumping rope).
-Did you know Minnillo was actually a jump rope phenom back in the day? "When I was living in Turkey as a kid, I was on a traveling team and performed all over...

Brandy:'I'm Not Turning Into A Rapper'

6/7/2010 6:00pm EDT
R&B singer Brandy has laughed off reports she is seriously considering a career in rap after rhyming on a pair of tracks for her upcoming album.

The Never Say Never hit-maker introduced her rap alter-ego Bran'Nu in December, 2009 for a collaboration with hip-hop producer Timbaland.

The singer admits she shows off her MC skills once again on her upcoming sixth studio album, but she has no plans to pursue her hip-hop persona any further.

She says, "Maybe two songs (on her new album) feature rap, but I'm not turning into a rapper."

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Timbaland Settles Copyright Lawsuit

5/25/2010 8:52am EDT
Timbaland has settled a legal battle with a composer who accused the super-producer of sampling a controversial track without permission.

Musician David Cortopassi wrote the song Spazz, which was originally recorded by The Elastik Band in the 1960s and was banned for its tasteless content.

Timbaland used part of the track in Throw It On Me, his 2007 collaboration with The Hives, and Cortopassi launched a copyright infringement lawsuit. reports the pair has now agreed a settlement.

No further details were given about the terms of the deal as WENN went press.

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Lindsay Lohan Accuses Samantha Ronson Of Banishing Her From Club

5/3/2010 10:30am EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has blasted her ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson in an online rant - accusing the DJ of having her ejected from a Hollywood party last week.

The Mean Girls star was attending a birthday bash thrown by music producer Timbaland at Los Angeles night club Drai's last Wednesday night. However, the actress alleges her former lover contacted officials at the venue, and had her removed from the party.

In a series of posts on her page, Lohan writes, "I'm pretty sure that Samantha Ronson just threw a fit @ 33 years old... Asked me, after being here just for Timbaland's birt...

Recording Artists Who Have Changed Music Styles

2/2/2010 10:40am EST
What happens when Hip Hop & R&B stars lives are changed by fame and fortune? Now finding themselves in a different place most opt to crossover, which involves a marked change in artistic direction, to find new life in the world of popular music. Do you agree, or disagree? Let us know how you feel when your favorite musicians cross over into other musical styles.

Kanye West

Hip Hop entertainer Kanye West may have left many fans quite surprised with his last release, 808s & Heartbreak, which by the given the title was really more an Electronica release, non arguably one of the best in...

The Ten Greatest Songs Of The Decade

12/15/2009 10:03am EST
Ten Greatest Songs of the Decade
Yesterday, we brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows of the decade. Now it's time to turn up the tunes a bit. During this decade, music kind of went back to the way it was fifty years ago. That is, the single became more important than the album. With the rise of mp3 downloads, and the ultra-convenient iPod for playing them back, singles were now the most common way of buying or listening to music. We're on the verge of again seeing artists simply releasing singles, rather than padding them with an additional ten tracks.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Songs of the decade...

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder Talks New Album (Out Today!), A Dream Collaborator & Has A Message For Fans

11/17/2009 2:36pm EST
OneRepublic's highly anticipated album "Waking Up" is available today! The band's follow-up to their "Dreaming Out Loud" debut features the powerful single "All The Right Moves." "Waking Up" is available in both a regular and deluxe

edition which will include bonus tracks "Trap Door," "Sucker Punch," "Passenger," and "It's A Shame."

"Waking Up", recorded in their hometown of Denver, Colorado, is the band's most sweeping, cinematic effort to date, with even more strings and movie-like moments, thanks in part to the use of the same children's choir and orchestra used by Batman and Edwa...

Rihanna's 'Russian Roulette,' Drama, Chris Brown's New Video 'I Can Transform Ya' And More

10/27/2009 12:04pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Weekly Music News: Def Jam's decision to keep the world in the dark regarding singer Rihanna's single "Russian Roulette" may have back fired; an explanation about this in a minute. Beyonce and Lady Gaga team-up part deux, Chris Brown premiere's new video, and Rihanna on Good Morning America round's out this week's music news.

Beyonce to be featured on Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

These ladies clearly have some kind of obsession with phones. It was announced a few weeks ago that Beyonce and Lady Gaga are set to appear in Beyonce's video for her song "Video Phone" - a song that appears on he...

New Hot Music Just Released

4/2/2009 12:21pm EDT
Jake Owen Easy Does It
Here's our round up of some the hot new music releases during the 'March Madness' festivities. Don't' forget to share your own personal new music raves just released!

Pearl Jam / Ten

Pearl Jam, one of the biggest music acts from the Grunge music era, has released a tenth anniversary deluxe/collector's edition of band's Ten album. The reissue comes as two disc set, plus DVD, including bonus exclusive tracks, performances, and memorabilia.

The-Dream / Love VS Money

Well known as one of the producers behind Rihanna's "Umbrella" fame, The-Dream is now ...

Chris Cornell Streams New Album Exclusively On MySpace For 2 Days Only

3/3/2009 2:31pm EST
Chris Cornell
With one week until record release, Chris Cornell is giving his fans the opportunity to hear the album as it was intended- in full. Cornell will be streaming his anticipated 3rd solo album, Scream, produced by Timbaland, on MySpace for 48 hours starting today, March 3rd till 12pm EST Thursday, March 5th.

Scream is a seamless work. Timbaland makes inventive use of Cornell's soaring melodies and incisive lyrics, setting his intense vocal performances against a lush, expressive soundscape and irresistible stutter-step beats. The inventive new work looks to spearhead a brave new wo...