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Jul112016

Photographer Sues B.B. King's Estate over Alleged Unauthorized Use of Pics He Took of the Late Bluesman

Charlie Gillett/RedfernsA photojournalist named Glen Craig filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit Monday against the estate of B.B. King and other parties, alleging that his photos of the late blues legend have been used on album covers and promotional materials without permission for more than 40 years.

The lawsuit claims, "Craig photographed B.B. King in a series of photographs during his music tours" that were reproduced without authorization. Craig cited 44 examples of his work that allegedly were used without his permission. He is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement, which adds up to well over $6 million.

The lawsuit also names King's record label, Universal Music Group, and KingSid Ventures film production company.

The influential guitarist died in May 2015 at the age of 89.

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Monday
Jul112016

Swizz Beatz Teams Up with Bacardi for New Endorsement Deal

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABCSwizz Beatz has just landed an enviable endorsement deal with Bacardi. 

Beatz will be the Global Chief Creative for Culture for the whole Bacardi brand portfolio. The producer announced the deal on his Instagram page on Monday. DJ Khaled also gave kudos to Beatz on his own Instagram page on Monday. 

"Congrats @therealswizzz bless up my brother," Khaled writes. 

Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited, Mike Dolan, gave a statement about the lucrative deal between the two global titans. 

"For Bacardi, having Swizz as a partner represents an opportunity to sell more than just bottles and cocktails," he states

"It represents a convergence of our brands in lifestyle and cultural experiences. Consumers are identifying with brands that fit their lifestyle in culturally relevant ways and Swizz is the perfect partner to identify and forge these new consumer connections."  

In his new creative role, Beatz will have the ability to develop further partnerships and produce ideas that can elevate Bacardi's brand in film, music and art. 

"As the Bacardi Global Chief Creative for Culture, I will be involved in all aspects of the product -- from brand marketing and advertising to innovation and selling platforms -- areas to which I will bring a new, fresh perspective," Beatz states

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Monday
Jul112016

Troy Ave, Rapper Indicted in Connection with T.I. Concert Shooting, Released on $500K Bail

Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImageTroy Ave was released on bail Monday. The rapper was indicted on one charge of second degree attempted murder and four counts of weapons possession, due to his alleged involvement in a May shooting at a T.I. concert at New York City's Irving Plaza concert venue.

Ave's friend, Ronald McPhatter, died following the shooting. Ave was indicted based on video footage that reportedly shows the rapper shooting at people in the venue's green room. Ave, who pleaded not guilty, was not charged with the death of McPhatter.  

In June, the rapper showed up to court in a wheelchair, after having been shot during the Irving Plaza incident. His attorneys denied police claims that Troy Ave shot himself.

On Monday, prosecutors stated that after seven weeks, the "precise manner and circumstances" of how McPhatter was killed remain under investigation.  However, they believe that the investigation was hampered by Ave, and that he and his entourage transported several guns to and from the venue.

Ave's DNA was on each of the three loaded hand guns previously found in his car, including the one that killed McPhatter. Ave is still charged with attempted murder for firing his weapon in Irving Plaza. 

Defense attorney John Stella states that Ave declined a request to speak to police at the present time.

"That was the extent of the cooperation that they asked of him," he said.  "I don't see it as him not cooperating. In terms of how everything is going to shake out, I really can't speculate." 

As for the rapper's release, Stella is both grateful and hopeful for Ave's continued healing.  

"He really needs an opportunity to fully recover from his...wounds," he said.   

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Monday
Jul112016

The LOX, French Montana, Teyana Taylor and More to Honor Lil' Kim Tonight

Rommel Demano/Getty ImagesAll for the love! During tonight's VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens event, many of the genre's finest will pay tribute to hip hop icon Lil' Kim

The LOXFrench MontanaDesiignerDej LoafTeyana TaylorRich Homie Quan and Jessica White are all scheduled to honor the Queen Bee during the ceremony this evening, Billboard reports. Lil' Kim joins a roster of fellow honorees that includes Queen LatifahMissy Elliott and Salt-N-Pepa.

Kim is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her 1996 double-platinum debut solo album, Hard Core.Later this summer, she will also be featured on the nationwide Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.

VH1 Hip-Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens, will air Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET live from New York City.

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Monday
Jul112016

Britney Spears Teases New Song in Ad for New "Private Show" Perfume

Getty Images via ABCWhat a tease! Britney Spears shared a brief snippet of a new song today in an ad for her most recent fragrance, Private Show.

The video, posted to her Instagram page, features Britney dancing backstage in black lingerie before taking the stage. At the very end of the clip, you hear Britney singing the perfume’s name.  It’s unclear when we’ll get to hear the whole song, or even what it's called.

Initially, reports said that Britney would release a new single on the way called “Make Me (Oooh)," but a hashtag on the Instagram post reads #TakeaBow.  Could this be a different song?

Last month, Britney posted photos from a music video shoot for a new single.  Her ninth studio album is expected later this year.

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Monday
Jul112016

Hollywood Vampires Cancel "Late Show" Appearance Following Joe Perry's Hospitalization

Credit: Ross HalfinThe Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, were scheduled to make their late-night television debut this evening on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but the band's performance has been canceled following Perry's onstage collapse and subsequent hospitalization on Sunday.

In place of The Hollywood Vampires, The Late Show will feature a performance by Blink-182, whose new album California current sits at #1 on the Billboard 200. The program airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

As previously reported, Perry collapsed while The Hollywood Vampires were playing a concert in Coney Island, New York. The 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer initially was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where -- according to the New York City Police Department -- he was listed in stable condition. He was then later transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for an unspecified reason.

The Hollywood Vampires said in a statement, "Joe Perry is stable and resting. His brother Vampires and fans wish him a speedy recovery."

The band is about halfway through its first official U.S. tour, which is scheduled to continue this Tuesday, July 12, in Kettering, Ohio. No word yet whether any of the group's other shows will be affected by Perry's illness.

Meanwhile, a variety of fellow rockers have sent out messages sharing their love and support for the legendary rocker, including Aerosmith members Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, and Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.

Hamilton posted a message on Twitter that reads, "Thankfully, Joe seems to be better than we all first feared. Here's hoping he's back on stage soon doing what he loves to do!"

Kramer wrote on his Twitter feed, "@JoePerry I love you ! We are Brothers @Aerosmith & our brotherhood lives on forever."

Slash tweeted, "Hey Joe, feel better soon. We're all [rooting] for you!"

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Monday
Jul112016

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Celebrate Their Anniversary by Getting Romantic Online

ABC/Image Group LAThings couldn’t get much better these days for Carrie Underwood. This weekend, she celebrated half a dozen years of marriage to hockey star Mike Fisher with a romantic getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

“Six years ago today, I said ‘I do,’ to this handsome fella,” the “Church Bells” hitmaker shared on her socials, along with a seaside photo of the two holding hands.

“I meant it then and I mean it now. God put us together and continues to bless our marriage," she continued. "I couldn't imagine this life without you, @mfisher1212 I am thankful for these past six years together (and, of course, for our beautiful son, Isaiah) and I look forward to spending the rest of our lives in love.”

The Nashville Predators star accompanied his love note to his wife with a picture of their wedding day. “Time sure does fly when you're having fun and you marry up,” Mike shared. “I'm very grateful to have an amazing wife and mother by my side!!”

Carrie still has a few more days off to enjoy before she gets back to work. Her next gig is July 22 at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, Iowa.

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Monday
Jul112016

Alessia Cara Turns 20 with an Empowering New Single & Tour Announcement

Image Group LA/ABCIt’s Alessia Cara’s 20th birthday today and she’s celebrating with some big announcements. She just released a brand-new single called “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and announced the second leg of her headlining Know-It-All tour.

Alessia debuted “Scars to Your Beautiful” with an exclusive video on Cosmopolitan.com. It features a strong message of empowerment that ties in with her new partnership with I Am That Girl, a national movement that aims to inspire girls to be who they are.

“The world sometimes tells us that we shouldn't be happy with ourselves if we don't fit certain standards of beauty,” Alessia says in a statement. “’Scars to Your Beautiful’ is my reminder that beauty isn't only one look, shape, size, or color. Beauty comes in all forms -- tangible and intangible -- inside and out. We need to recognize that.”

Alessia will take that message on the road when her Know-It-All Tour Part II begins September 29 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The tour will hit New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and Los Angeles’ The Wiltern before wrapping November 2 in Toronto, Canada.

She’ll be joined on the trek by Ruth B and Nathan Sykes. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.

Here are the tour dates:

9/29 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
9/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
10/1 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
10/4 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/6 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
10/7 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
10/8 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
10/10 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
10/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
10/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Foundry Hall at SLS
10/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Masonic Theater
10/18 -- San Diego, CA, Copley Symphony Hall
10/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater
10/21 -- Grande Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
10/22 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
10/24 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/25 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
10/27 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/28 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
10/29 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
11/1 -- Montreal, CAN, Metropolis
11/2 -- Toronto, CAN, Massey Hall

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Monday
Jul112016

Taylor Swift Is "Forbes"' Top-Earning Celeb of 2016

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As if you didn’t know already, Taylor Swift is rolling in dough. The singer tops this year’s Forbes Celebrity 100 list as the highest-earning celebrity in the world.

She’s raked in $170 million over the past year, mostly thanks to her insanely-successful 1989 world tour, which grossed $200 million in North America alone. Taylor also makes the big bucks by endorsing brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.

This year’s haul is the highest total of Taylor’s career, more than doubling last year’s $80 million sum. She earned more than last year’s highest-paid musician, Katy Perry, who took in $135 million. But it still doesn’t beat last year’s top-earning celeb, boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, who pulled in $300 million in 2015.

One Direction, which includes Harry Styles, one of Taylor's exes, is #2 on the list with earnings of $110 million, but of course, they have to split it four ways.  Adele comes in at #9, with $80.5 million.

Taylor’s most recent ex, Calvin Harris, also makes the list this year at number 21, with $63 million. Beyonce and Jay Z were named the top-earning Celebrity 100 couple, with $107.5 million total.

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Monday
Jul112016

Disturbed Announces US Tour with Chevelle 

Credit: Travis ShinnDisturbed has spent most of the year so far touring behind their comeback album, Immortalized, and that trend will continue this fall with another batch of dates, beginning September 23 in Las Vegas. The newly announced trek, which will feature support from Chevelle and Nothing More, will conclude October 21 in Glendale, Arizona. For ticket info, visit Disturbed1.com.

Currently, Disturbed is touring the U.S. on a co-headlining jaunt with Breaking Benjamin. That trek will wrap up August 19 in Concord, California.

In related Disturbed news, the band's orchestral cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "The Sound of Silence" has been certified platinum. The track previously reached the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

Here are Disturbed's fall tour dates:

9/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint+
9/27 -- West Valley City, UT, Maverick Centre*
9/28 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Colorado Springs World Arena*
9/30 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena*
10/4 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater*
10/5 -- University Park, PA, Bryce Jordan Center- Penn State University*
10/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall^
10/8 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena*
10/9 -- Reading, PA, Santander Arena*
10/17 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater^
10/18 -- Midland, TX, Horseshoe Pavilion*
10/19 -- El Paso, TX, Speaking Rock Event Center*
10/21 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena*

* with Chevelle and Nothing More.
+ Support TBD.
^ with Nothing More only.

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Monday
Jul112016

Corey Taylor Smacks Phone out of Texting Fan's Hand at Slipknot Show

Alessandro Bosio/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesHere's a piece of advice: don't text and Knot.  Corey Taylor made that point clear at a recent Slipknot show when he smacked the phone out of a texting crowd-member's hand in the middle of a song. You can watch Taylor impart his brand of concert justice via Slipknot's Twitter.

When asked about the phone smack on Twitter, Taylor responded, "If you're gonna text, stay home." The musician also said that he met up with the offending concertgoer after the show. "The dude TOTALLY understood," Taylor said, adding that they "laughed together" about the incident.

Slipknot is currently on tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men. The trek continues Tuesday, July 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Monday
Jul112016

Jay Z and Beyonce Are the World's Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

Johnny Nunez/WireImageForbes has spoken: Beyonce and Jay Z continue their reign as one of the world's foremost power couples with the news they're this year's highest-paid celebrity couple. 

Bey and Jay have made $107.5 million combined, with Bey garnering $54 million and Jay Z a cool $53.5 million in the past year.  That also puts them on the Forbes forthcoming Celebrity 100 list of the world's highest celebrity earners. Beyonce slides onto the list at the number 34 spot, while hubby makes it a number 36.  

Bey and Jay previously topped Forbes highest-earning celebrity couples list in 2013. Last year, that honor belonged to Taylor Swift and her former boyfriend, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris

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Monday
Jul112016

Hayley Williams Joins CHVRCHES in Animated "Bury It" Video 

ABC/Lou RoccoHayley Williams joins the members of CHVRCHES to form their own Fantastic Four in the new "Bury It" music video. The animated, comic book-style visual follows the Paramore frontwoman and the Scottish synth-pop trio as they discover new superpowers, including flight and telekinesis. You can watch the "Bury It" video now on YouTube.

"Bury It" originally appeared on CHVRCHES' sophomore album, Every Open Eye. During a tour stop in Nashville, the band performed "Bury It" live alongside Williams, and they later reunited to record a new single version of the track together.

Williams, meanwhile, is currently working with the rest of Paramore on the follow-up to the band's 2013 self-titled album.

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Monday
Jul112016

Red Hot Chili Peppers Confused for Metallica at Belarus Airport

Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers might be one of the most recognizable bands on the planet, but they were recently mistaken for another world-famous rock band. According to bassist Flea, the Peppers were confused with the equally recognizable Metallica while they were traveling through the Belarus airport.

"We were called into customs officials office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica cd's and photos," Flea writes on his Instagram. "We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power."

Flea adds that he did once play "Fight Fire with Fire" with Metallica, but he's "no Robert Trujillo," referring to the metal band's bassist.

Red Hot Chili Peppers recently completed a tour through Europe in support of their new album, The Getaway. The band will return to North America later this week to play the Ottawa Bluesfest, and they'll headline Lollapalooza in Chicago July 30.

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Monday
Jul112016

Future Lands New Partnership with Reebok

ABC/Randy HolmesHe is what he is -- and Future will prove his flair for athletic design with his new Reebok partnership. 

The rapper announced his forthcoming creative collaboration with the global athletic company on his Instagram account Saturday. Sporting a fresh pair of black and white InstaPump Fury Overbranded Reebok sneakers in several pictures, Future declared, "I'm excited to kick off the summer with Reebok by my side. It's a natural fit for me to work with a brand like Reebok that also shares my beliefs in moving culture forward and being passionate in what you believe in. Not only am I honored, but I feel privileged to be a part of the family."

"Future exudes the type of fearlessness and authenticity that Reebok Classic stands for," said Reebok VP Krinsky. "This partnership not only continues our brand's longstanding legacy of working with the world's best hip hop artists, but also solidifies Reebok Classic's commitment to never back down from pushing boundaries. I've had a preview of what's to come from Future and Reebok and I can't wait for everyone to see!"

Future joins a current roster of fellow rap artists who also recently signed endorsement deals with Reebok, including Kendrick Lamar and Swizz Beatz

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Monday
Jul112016

"Rumour Has It" Adele Sent Someone 140 Miles to Get Her Pizza

Simon EmmettAdele isn't someone you think of as pulling a diva move, but if the British tabloid The Sun is to be believed, she sent someone on a wild goose chase to get her a pizza -- and then didn't even eat it.

The Sun reports that when Adele, her partner Simon and their son Angelo were staying at the ritzy Soho Farmhouse resort in the U.K., she had a craving for pizza at 11pm, but wasn't interested in the ones the resort made on-site.  Instead, a source tells the paper, Adele asked a staff member to go to London, 70 miles away, and get her a pie from her favorite pizzeria near her home there.

"A member of staff drove all the way to London and came back with it," dished the source -- or should we say deep-dished?

“Unfortunately for Adele by that time it was 3am -- and she was asleep," said the source. "Soho Farmhouse staff members are trained to say yes to anything.  Adele made the most of that. She obviously likes to have her home comforts, even when they are almost 100 miles away.”

It's not clear when this incident supposedly happened, since Adele's been in the U.S. for a couple of weeks for the North American leg of her tour.

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Monday
Jul112016

Rock On! Adam Levine Shaves Hair into a Mohawk

ABC/Craig SjodinAdam Levine debuted a new hair style on Instagram this weekend. The Maroon 5 singer shaved his hair into a mohawk and his wife Behati Prinsloo documented the process.

“This is what happens when you cut your own s***,” Adam captions the photo. Behati also shared the pic on her own Instagram account, writing, “Baby daddy.”

No word on if Adam intends to keep the rock star ‘do.

The couple is expecting their first child, a girl, in September.

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Monday
Jul112016

Stevie Wonder Asks Us to Choose "Love over Hate"

Cliff Lipson/CBSStevie Wonder is asking his fans to love instead of hate. 

Performing at the British Summertime Festival in London's Hyde Park on Sunday, the legendary musician sent a brief, yet poignant, message to an audience of 65,000 people during his set. 

"I encourage you to choose love over hate. It's just that simple. Choose love over hate, right over wrong, kind over meanness. Hope over no hope at all," he said.

After his speech, Wonder performed his song "Love's in Need of Love Today," from his 1976 Grammy award-winning albumSongs in the Key of Life

Wonder's statement follows in the wake of the tragic events of last week, including the shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling; the Dallas sniper attack, which left five law enforcement officers dead; and the dozens of arrests during protests across America.   

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Monday
Jul112016

Craig Morgan's Son Feared Dead Following Tubing Accident

Black River EntertainmentThe search for Craig Morgan’s son has transitioned from rescue to recovery, after the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency brought in military-grade SONAR to search Kentucky Lake on Monday. 19-year-old Jerry Greer, the son of Craig and his wife Karen Greer, never resurfaced after a tubing accident Sunday afternoon.

In a statement via his publicist Monday morning, Craig said his “family is grateful for everyone’s support and prayers and requests privacy during this difficult time.”  The teen recently graduated from Dickson High School, in the town where Craig himself was raised.

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Monday
Jul112016

Rod Stewart's Mansion Can Be Yours, for Just Under $10 Million

Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesHe once thought he would live there "for the rest of my life," but Rod Stewart is selling his historic U.K. estate, Wood House, for 7.5 million pounds, which is nearly 10 million dollars.

The Sunday Times reports Rod loves the home, which he purchased in 1986 for 1.2 million pounds, but he and his wife Penny Lancaster are selling it because they want to live closer to their sons' new school.  "If only we could have picked it up and moved it," he tells the Times.  Wood House has been his home through any number of girlfriends, four of his eight children, his breakup with Rachel Hunter, and his battle with thyroid cancer.

One of the highlights of Wood House is Rod's extensive collection of paintings.  He tells the Sunday Times that if he can't sleep, he counts the pictures hanging on the wall: "Normally, by the time I get up to about 130, I'm ready to go off."

Rod and Penny's new home is a mansion he purchased in 2013 for 4.65 million pounds, which he's been fixing up -- he's even building a soccer pitch on the grounds.  But if he gets tired of that home, he also has a mansion in L.A., a place in Palm Beach, Florida, an apartment in London, and a villa in Cannes, France.

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