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Thursday
May122011

Adele's Ex Demands Royalties for Breaking Her Heart

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- As Adele has said in a number of interviews, the songs on her #1 album 21 were inspired by her breakup with a boyfriend.  But the songs on her debut album, 19, were  inspired by a different guy who broke her heart -- and now he wants to get his.  According to the British tabloid The Sun, since 19 recently re-entered the British chart thanks to the success of 21, the unnamed boyfriend has popped up and is demanding royalties. 

The paper quotes Adele as saying, "For about a week, he was calling and was deadly serious about it.  Finally, I said, 'Well, you made my life hell, and so I lived it, and now I deserve it.'"  She adds, "I'll give him this credit -- he made me an adult and put me on the road that I'm traveling."

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Wednesday
Apr202011

'Happy Days' Cast Sues for Royalties

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The cast of Happy Days wants its payday.  CNN reports four stars of the popular sitcom, in addition to the estate of late star Tom Bosley, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS in Los Angeles, claiming they haven't received money from merchandising deals included in their contracts.

Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross and Erin Moran all claim they're owed from profits generated by Happy Days comic books, shirts, scrapbooks, cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, DVDs, magnets and even slot machines. The stars' images appear on many of the items.

Williams, best known as Potsie, said Happy Days "represented to the public what the best of America has to offer.  The friendships, the opportunities, the warmth.  Unfortunately, now Happy Days also represents the worst of America -- of what major companies are trying to get from it, trying to use it for, and forgetting the family it created."

A lawyer representing the actors said, "They (the studio) made a promise to pay, they broke their promise -- that's breach of contract.  Number two, they made a promise to pay, they purposefully didn't pay, they broke their promise -- the fraud."

In a statement to CNN, CBS said, "We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue."  However, the network says each star is owed between $8,500 and $9,000.  The cast claims they should receive millions.

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