13 items from 2014
Apparently Led Zeppelin is being sued for plagiarizing “Stairway to Heaven.” This news may not be new to some of you as there is a YouTube video playing both the song “Taurus” by the band Spirit and “Stairway to Heaven” together. However, it has taken them a while to finally sue the band. Why now? Led Zeppelin is releasing a remastered version of the song. How’s that for a 1970s throwback!?
Taylor Swift's lucky number is 13. Her birthday is on December 13th, her first album went gold in 13 weeks, and every time she has won an award she was seated in the 13th row. Well, that's not good enough for the apparel company Lucky 13; they are sighting trademark infringement because she wears the Lucky 13 trademark everywhere and even sells it on some of her own apparel. Really, all she has to do to get out of »
- Leslie Nesbit
Well, this could change everything. Legendary rock band Led Zeppelin is being sued by another band named Spirit for plagiarism after allegedly lifting their famous hit "Stairway to Heaven," according to reports. Spirit claims the opening notes in the Zeppelin track are extremely similar to their 1968 song "Taurus," and want to block the re-release of "Stairway to Heaven" on the band's remastered deluxe versions of their original albums, claiming that Spirit's late guitarist Randy California (born Randy Wolfe) should be given a writing credit. "It's been a long time coming," attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy said in Bloomberg Businessweek. Malofiy is representing a »
It's a riff you've likely heard hundreds of times. And it might not even belong to the band most associated with it. Led Zeppelin are in court (again) for allegedly plagiarizing their best-known work, "Stairway to Heaven," from a little-known band called Spirit. "It's been a long time coming," attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy told Bloomberg Businessweek. Indeed: Videos showing the suspicious similarity between the introductory riff of "Stairway" and a passage from Spirit's instrumental "Taurus" have persisted for years on YouTube. Zeppelin also toured with Spirit in 1968, the year the group released "Taurus" and two years before Page claims to have written "Stairway. »
- Alex Heigl
American Idol Recap
Before the Idol hopefuls took the stage, the program featured a montage of some of the show’s greatest moments over the season, which included flashbacks to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken and even William Hung. Past winners Phillip Phillips, David Cook, Kris Allen, Candice Glover, Lee DeWyze, Fantasia Barrino, Scotty McCreery, and Jordin Sparks all offered their thanks via taped video messages.
Singing “Never Tear Us Apart” by Inxs, chosen by Randy Jackson, Caleb Johnson powered through despite a case of bronchitis and “small vocal cord” hemorrhage. All of the judges agreed that the mentor had selected a good song for Johnson and that despite the setbacks, the singer did a more than commendable job. »
A lot of celebrities are terrible at giving interviews. They can never truly open up and get honest. Samuel L Jackson does not have that problem. Give him a microphone, ask him a question and he will answer it. An overwhelming majority of the time, people find that trait in him really endearing, but now and again, something he says can ruffle a few feathers among a certain segment of society. In this case, it.s some porn stars who aren.t very pleased with his endorsement of RedTube. The incident in question happened during a press conference for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A reporter asked the panel to select a technological advancement they think the film.s title character should be made aware of. Chris Evans cited music, specifically The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Scarlett Johansson cited cake pops and Samuel L Jackson, in all his blunt glory, »
A stadium falls from the sky while Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” plays in the background, yeap, it’s all in the 3rd and best trailer we’ve gotten so far for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Ok, that was something else, forget Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past is […]
Read Here’s the Third and Supposedly Final Trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past on Filmonic.
The attention may have been on gummy bears and host Ryan Seacrest's feet on Wednesday, but Thursday's American Idol was all about the contestants. Following a night of strong performances, most of the contestants likely felt positive about their chances of making it through to next week, with the judges giving a big shout-out to the likes of Caleb Johnson (who rocked Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused") and Jena Irene (who wowed with her rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life"). Caleb, Jena Irene and the other members of the Top 9 didn't have to wait long. With the »
- Patrick Gomez
American Idol's Top 9 unleashed their inner rock star Wednesday, tackling songs that fit into the theme "I'm with the Band." While most of the performers hit some high notes in their performances, the theme was a perfect fit for a few singers who have already drawn comparisons to lead singers from legendary bands. Leading the pack was Caleb Johnson, 22, who rocked the stage, going toe-to-toe with the band as they jammed "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin. It's not easy to pull off Robert Plant's vocals, but Johnson electrified the audience with a performance Jennifer Lopez called "sexy. »
- Wade Rouse
After "American Idol" Season 13's resident rocker Caleb Johnson brought the house down with some Led Zeppelin during "I'm With the Band" week, judge Jennifer Lopez deemed his performance sexy. Johnson tells Zap2it backstage after the show that he's already planned their dream date together.
They'd "go out to Malibu, pop some bottles, crank up some R. Kelly and take it from there," Johnson jokes in an interview with a small group of reporters.
"I wish they would've been out there with me since day one because that's what I wanted," he says. "That's the career I want to have. I can feel them. Ricky was getting down, the guitar player was getting down."
In fact, he wishes they could be out there every week. »
American Idol’s top nine took on rock songs for the “I’m With the Band” theme reserved for this week. In preparation for the latest round of the competition, the contestants met with Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, who gave them tips on touring with one another and compiling a set list.
Alex Preston sang No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” remaking the hit ska band song into a jazzier version of itself. While Preston kept the chorus pretty much the same as when Gwen Stefani sang it, he dramatically changed up the melody on the verses. Preston’s artistry was both apparent and impressive, but the judges concluded that he may have lost some of the raw emotion of the song. »
The band is on stage this week for "American Idol." Do you suppose it's because so many singers have had some trouble with the band? Hmm.
Anyway, we have to sit through a group performance that is on par with every other group performance this show has ever done, complete with many of them looking like they are lip syncing.
The theme tonight is "rock royalty," so that'll be interesting.
1. Alex Preston, "Don't Speak," No Doubt
Awesome choice. Preston is maybe the best song-chooser of the group because he hasn't made a misstep yet. Now, as far as this one goes, we're not in love with the reggae feel of the song, but we do like his tiny scat sections (though the last note is messy). It doesn't have us jumping up and down with excitement, but he's solid and knows who he is as an artist. Some week, though, »
After watching the fantastic new Marvel Studios’ production Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I was fortunate enough to attend the London press conference with the majority of the cast in attendance. You can imagine my mixed feelings of excitement, anticipation and anxiousness after learning that my first ever press conference would be directly related to one of my favourite franchises’ of all time, as well as providing 20 minutes in the same room with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and the Russo brothers. It’s fair to say that I was pretty ecstatic at the news and after being blown away by the film itself, those feelings were only enhanced.
Of course every ‘first time’ has its speed bumps along the way, and mine came courtesy of almost following Scarlett Johansson and her agent into a large room before lunch. Some may call that a »
- Ben Read
Los Angeles, Jan 27: Legendary rock band Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" bagged the best rock album trophy at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
The gala event was held Sunday at the Los Angeles staples Center.
"Celebration Day" documents live performances of the surviving members of the band during their reunion in 2007. The album includes some of their hits like "Whole Lotta Love", "Rock and Roll", "Black Dog", "Dazed and Confused" and "Stairway to Heaven".
- Ketali Mehta
13 items from 2014
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