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Mark Ronson Sued Over 'Uptown Funk,' Way Too Much 'Bounce to the Ounce'

  • TMZ
Mark Ronson completely ripped off Roger Troutman and Zapp's funk masterpiece when he cranked out his megahit "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars ... this according to a new lawsuit. Lastrada Entertainment, which owns rights to Roger and Zapp's 1980 classic "More Bounce to the Ounce" ... says 'Uptown' is a clear copy ... particularly the first 48 seconds of it. That portion includes the repeated talk-boxing of the word "doh" ... similar to the lyrics of 'More Bounce' in the 1980 hit.
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Top Bet Programming Execs to Exit Viacom-Owned Cabler

Top Bet Programming Execs to Exit Viacom-Owned Cabler
Bet programming president Stephen Hill and his top lieutenant are stepping down from the network, marking the latest transition in the management of Viacom-owned cablers.

Hill, an 18-year Bet vet, announced his departure to staffers on Wednesday. Bet also confirmed that exec VP and head of programming Zola Mashariki would exit along with Hill.

Connie Orlando, senior VP of specials, music programming and news, will head programming in the interim while Bet searches for a successor for Hill.

The timing of Hill’s departure is surprising. Bet on Tuesday launched a new drama series “Rebel” that had mostly favorable reviews (ratings were not immediately available on Wednesday) and traction in social media. In January, Bet scored a big hit with its three-part miniseries “The New Edition Story.”

Hill has headed Bet programming since September 2014. He joined Bet in 1999 and moved up the ranks in various programming posts. He was the driving force behind Bet’s music-related shows
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Tupac Shakur's hologram spurs jump in album sales

  • Pop2it
After late rapper Tupac Shakur's virtual appearance on the first Sunday (April 15) of Coachella, an increase in sales of his "Greatest Hits" put the album back on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since 2000, reports Billboard.com.

It re-entered at No. 129 with 4,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Hologram Tupac also caused an uptick in downloads of his songs like "Hail Mary," which had 13,000 downloads last week for a 1,530 percent sales increase, and "California Love" (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman), which saw 11,000 downloads. The rapper's third best-selling track of the week was "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (with Snoop Dogg) with 9,000 downloads for an increase of 881 percent.

Hologram Tupac performed both "Hail Mary" and his collaboration with Snoop at the annual Coachella Festival. Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa also joined virtual Tupac on stage.
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Chromeo’s Dave 1: ‘I Am To The Jheri Curl What Jack White Is To The Mississippi Delta’

Chromeo’s Dave 1: ‘I Am To The Jheri Curl What Jack White Is To The Mississippi Delta’
Getty Dave 1 of Chromeo

As much respect is paid to the pioneers of r&b, the performers in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s who created the rich musical tapestry that is still providing inspiration today, decidedly less attention is paid to 1980s soul, where all of those instincts merged with contemporary technology. But for all of the folks who loved Zapp as much as Marvin Gaye, there’s a mysterious shortage of artists around today to carry both torches – except of course for Chromeo.
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Complete 'DJ Hero 2' Mix List Now Official

"DJ Hero 2" has entered the last leg of its path toward an October 19 release date, and though they've revealed 105 tracks that will appear featuring talent like DJ Qbert and DJ Shadow, FreeStyleGames had not yet named what the sequel's mix list would include. That's all changed now, however, and they've even grouped the combos and re-styled singles by producer.

"Whether it's Pussycat Dolls Mixed With Pitbull, 2Pac Mixed With B.o.B., or a all-new remix of a Daft Punk anthem, in 'DJ Hero 2' we have created 83 mixes that are not only incredibly fun to play, but will allow everyone to experience the music they know and love in an all-new way," FreeStyleGames music director Dan Neil said in a press release. "The amazing soundtrack, coupled with the new social gameplay modes and all-new levels of creative freedom, make 'DJ Hero 2' the ultimate interactive music experience."

Here's what
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Lady Gaga to have 3 songs featured on DJ Hero 2

HollywoodNews.com: Lady Gaga already has some of the biggest hits of the past year and so it would only make sense for three of them to be included in the new DJ Hero 2 video game that is slated to hit stores on October 19.

A follow up to DJ Hero, the new game will feature over 100 of the biggest tracks from the hottest artists, remixed exclusively for the game. From Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” David Guetta’s “Memories” feat. Kid Cudi, and Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop” feat. Static Major music fans will find more than a handful of songs to entertain themselves.

“The individual songs that have been mixed into the DJ Hero 2 soundtrack have been viewed online more than 1.5 billion times, which really speaks volumes to both the size and scope of our music,” said Dan Neil, Music Director, FreeStyleGames. “Working with some of
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'DJ Hero 2' Track List Complete With 105 Titles

All of that "DJ Hero 2" chatter about DJ Qbert, David Guetta, DJ Shadow and RZA turned out to be based on facts, as Activision has released the names of 105 tracks from the new game, and they all appear on it. So do 2Pac, 50 Cent, Justice, Eminem, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and lots of other artists you should recognize. You can peruse the whole rundown after the jump.

"The individual songs that have been mixed into the DJ Hero 2 soundtrack have been viewed online more than 1.5 billion times, which really speaks volumes to both the size and scope of our music," FreeStyleGames music director Dan Neil said in a press release. "Working with some of the best DJs in the world, we were able to take this amazing collection of the biggest pop, hip-hop and dance hits, and with some turntable magic, craft the best soundtrack in entertainment."

• 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre
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'DJ Hero 2' tracklisting revealed

'DJ Hero 2' tracklisting revealed
The tracklisting for DJ Hero 2 has been revealed. Among the 105 tracks are acts such as Lady GaGa, 50 Cent, Daft Punk, Flo Rida, Justice, Salt N Pepa and Stevie Wonder. The game will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii from October 22. The tracklisting in full: 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman: “California Love Remix'

50 Cent: 'In Da Club'

Adamski: “Killer'

Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force: 'Planet Rock'

Armand Van Helden: 'I Want Your Soul'

A-Trak: 'Say Whoa'

B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars: 'Nothin' On You'

Basement Jaxx: 'Where's Your Head At'

BlakRoc feat. Pharoahe Monch & RZA: “Dollaz & Sense'

Busta Rhymes: “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See'

Calvin Harris: 'I'm Not Alone'

Chamillionaire: (more)
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