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Katy Perry Sued
Grammy-nominated rapper Flame (Marcus Gray), Chike Ojukwu, Emanuel Lambert and Grammy-winning rapper LeCrae Moore filed a lawsuit against Perry and Capitol Records in St. Louis federal court Tuesday, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The group of musicians claims that Perry’s "Dark Horse" rips off their 2008 song “Joyful Noise.”
In addition to Perry, Juicy J and producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin are named in the suit as well as a number of other associates that the suing party believes “infringed the copyright" of “Joyful Noise.” The suit argues that they “exploited and profited” from the use of their Christian rap song with "Dark Horse."
Not only do the musicians take issue with Perry and »
The "Problem" singer will unveil her sophomore set on August 25.
Get ready, Arianators! We’re one step closer to Ariana Grande’s new album.
The newly-21-year-old diva revealed details about her sophomore set, My Everything, during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Saturday. (See the full special on iHeartRadio.com, ArianaGrande.com and all Yahoo! Stations.) The new album is set to street on August 25 via Republic Records and pairs the chanteuse with the likes of Zedd, Big Sean, The Weeknd, Childish Gambino and A$AP Ferg.
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Grande teamed with some of the industry’s hottest hitmakers for My Everything, including super producer Max Martin, Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco, among others. One Direction's Harry Styles even lent a hand on the production, writing the song "A Little Bit of Your Heart" specifically for Grande.
Earlier this month, MTV announced that it would be resurrecting and re-branding »
As “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea continues to ride high on the chart, Ariana Grande will release her second full-length album, "My Everything," Aug. 25. In addition to first single, “Problem,” the album includes collaborations with produced Zedd on “Break Free,” rapper Big Sean on “Best Mistake,” The Weeknd on “Love Me Harder,” Childish Gambino on “Break Your Heart Right Back” and A$AP Ferg on “Hands On Me.” Though he doesn’t appear on the track, One Direction’s Harry Styles penned “A Little Bit of Your Heart”; OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Max Martin, Rodney Jerkins, Oak & Pop, and Harmony & Tommy Brown handled production duties. Grande will promote the album through a number of TV appearances, including Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, as well as performing on “Today” on Aug. 29. Grande's last album, "Yours Truly," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and included the hit, "The Way, »
- Melinda Newman
Last week, the Swedish pop singer Tove Lo made her American TV debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers; she's climbing up the Hot 100; and she's about to tour with Katy Perry. It is time to learn who she is! Here's what you need to know:It's pronounced "Too-veh Lu."But she doesn't mind if you say it phonetically. Her song “Habits” is climbing up the charts as you read this. It’s currently sitting at No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it's headed in the right direction. (Up!) She got her start as a songwriter for some people you might have heard of.Before she released any music of her own, she studied under Supreme Swede Max Martin and wrote songs for Gavin DeGraw, Adam Lambert, Lea Michele, Girls Aloud, and Cher Lloyd. Her name is actually Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson.Tove Lo has actually been her nickname since Nilsson »
- Brennan Carley
Maroon 5’s new single, “Maps,” may cover new terrain geographically as lead singer/“The Voice” coach Adam Levine vows to search the globe for his lost love, but musically it stays pretty much in the group’s sweet spot with catchy verses and a striking vocal performance from Levine. The song, the first single from the group’s forthcoming album, “V,” does strike a bit of a blend between its edgy pop and the Police’s thumping beats and guitar lines, and some cool chanting and goes for an overall atmospheric sense building urgency. “I was there for you in your darkest times/I was there for you in your darkest nights/But I wonder where were you when I was at my worst/Down on my knees and you said you had my back/So I wonder where were you/All the roads you took came back to »
- Melinda Newman
Multi-platinum, 3-time Grammy-Award winning recording band Maroon 5 has announced the release of "Maps," the first single off of the group's highly anticipated fifth studio album V. The track will impact radio and iTunes on June 16th, 2014. Maroon 5's new studio album, V, was recorded in La over the past year and will be released on September 2nd, 2014. The band worked with producers Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Shellback and Sam Martin, and the release sees Maroon 5 reuniting with long-time keyboardist Jesse Carmichael who took a hiatus while the band recorded 2012's Overexposed. Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as "Best New Artist" of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5's releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 »
- Pietro Filipponi
Ariana Grande has one less "Problem" now that she's released one brand-new music video for the chart-topping song! The Max Martin-produced single from the pop sensation's upcoming sophomore album is now sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but now that the hit video is out the tune may make its way to the No. 1 spot. With dizzying backdrops, crazy contortionists, go-go dancers and Iggy Azalea's big, bouffant hair reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra's classic "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" video, the visuals are definitively '60s mod-style. Speaking of go-go boots and retro looks, Grande, who teased the video release on Twitter and Instagram for days before it »
Jennifer Lopez’s stunning new black-and-white video, “First Love,” features her in the desert with Dolce & Gabbana model David Gandy, who is hotter than the Mojave and also seems around the same age as Lopez. Though she lives in a shack, she has her love to give her everything she needs. The Max Martin-produced track is the new single from JLo's June 17 release, "A.K.A." Here are the video’s six best moments: (0:01): Lopez’s opening voice over: “I knew I had to leave the world behind me to find out who I was,” she says, adopting a deeply philosophical tone. “I knew if I went far enough and left everything behind I would find you.” This plays over scenes of Lopez in formal wear, carrying a designer purse, in high heels as she strolls out into the desert. so she’s not really leaving “everything, »
- Melinda Newman
There’s a bumper crop of albums coming this summer and fall, based on several new releases announced over the past 24 hours. Here’s a round-up of what’s coming soon listed chronologically: Jason Mraz, “Yes,” July 15 The singer/songwriter has a knack for releasing songs that take up residency at radio and do not move, such as “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up.” The new album, his first since 2012, features Mraz teaming with Raining Jane for an acoustic, intimate set covering such topics as love, faith, healing, environmental stewardship. A tour kicks off in August. First single, "Love Someone," is out now. "Yes" track listing: 1. Rise 2. Love Someone 3. Hello, You Beautiful Thing 4. Long Drive 5. Everywhere 6. Best Friend 7. Quiet 8. Out Of My Hands 9. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday 10. 3 Things 11. You Can Rely On Me 12. Back To The Earth 13. A World With You 14. Shine Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, »
- Melinda Newman
As we previously announced, Jennifer Lopez’s 10th album will come out June 17. But now we have a title, "A.K.A.," and a list of the guest stars on her first album for Capitol Records. Lopez collaborates with French Montana, Rick Ross, Ti, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Tyga, Sia, Chantal, Kirby, Chris Brown, and producers Max Martin and Savan, Detail, RoccStar, DJ Mustard, Diplo, Harmony, Pop and Oak and Cory Rooney. She’s already revealed a number of the tunes, including “I Luh Ya Papi,” “Same Girl” and “Girls.” Current single, the Max Martin-produced “First Love,” debuted last week on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” In other JLo news, Billboard will present her with the Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. In addition, she and Pitbull will debut the FIFA World Cup Anthem, “We Are One (Ole Ola),” during the show, which airs live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on ABC. »
- Melinda Newman
It's hard to believe that Jennifer Lopez's upcoming album will be her 10th, and when we attended an intimate listening party with the multihyphenate singer in Malibu, CA, on Friday to preview a handful of tracks from the still-untitled project, the milestone wasn't lost on her. "It seems so landmark and so surreal," Lopez, clad in white jeans, a paper-thin pink t-shirt, and fringed booties, admitted. Lopez played five tracks from the album, which she said is almost - but not quite - finished. The first single will be "First Love," an expansive pop hit with hints of Edm that calls to mind "Jenny From the Block" with its catchy, radio-friendly hook. She also previewed "Emotions," a piano-driven ballad about love gone wrong; "Actin' Like That," a bass-heavy, downtempo hip-hop track; "Never Satisfied," a sexed-up R&B slow jam; and "Big Booty" - more on that one later - for us. »
- Lindsay Miller
What do you get when you mix five early 20-something choreographers, dancers, actresses and singers, all of whom have serious vocal chops? That would be G.R.L. (a riff on the word "Girl," but pronounced like "T.R.L."), the sexy new girl-group featured on Pitbull's new radio hit, Wild Wild Love (No. 25 on the charts and still climbing). They've performed on both the Today show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. Formed in 2012, the group - featuring Simone Battle, Paula Van Oppen, Brit-born Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton and Canadian Emmalyn Estrada - are currently in »
- Gillian Telling
It feels almost unfair to rag on Pitbull’s video for “Wild Wild Love” featuring G.R.L., when it could be so much worse… but we’re not going to let that stop us. Pitbull, who, unlike my colleague Katie Hasty, I have a begrudging fondness for, is calling it in on this folktronica tune that tries to make “Timber’s” success strike again. This time, instead of Kesha, his co-ed counterparts are the members of G.R.L., an assemblage of hair and breasts and legs that that Pussycat Dolls' mastermind Robin Antin cooked up in her music laboratory. Pitbull, who co-wrote the tune with Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Ammar Malik, Alexander Castillo Vasquez and Henry Walter (yes, it took six people to come up with this with Martin sleepwalking through it), is clearly taking one for the team as he surrounds himself with the quintet as »
Adam Lambert's third studio album -- his first since leaving RCA Records last summer -- is currently being worked on by pop super-producer Max Martin, and a handful of ace songwriters, in Sweden. Martin, who has helmed pop smashes from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and countless other mainstream superstars, co-produced two songs for Lambert's 2009 debut album "For Your Entertainment," including the hit single "Whataya Want From Me." Martin did not contribute to Lambert's sophomore album "Trespassing," which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in 2012, but the "American Idol" finalist is linking
- Jason Lipshutz, Billboard
The stars of Hollywood will be gathering this Sunday (March 2) for the biggest awards ceremony in the industry.
With everybody from Jonah Hill to Meryl Streep nominated for an award, Digital Spy takes a look inside the $80,000 goody bag that all the nominees who miss out on the coveted Oscar will be taking home.
Contents include a variety of gifts, including mace pepper spray, maple syrup and circus lessons, while female nominees will also receive a vagina rejuvenation procedure.
The $2,700 'Orgasm Shot' treatment, designed by Dr Charles Runels, involves an injection of blood and claims to "help women cure urinary incontinence and sex problems" while "rejuvenating the vagina".
Male nominees are offered a procedure to help combat balding.
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Taylor Swift spent Valentine's Day not with a new romantic squeeze, but with her one true love - music. Posting on her Instagram account, Swift, 24, shared that she embraced the sweetest of holidays in the studio. "It was a studio Valentine's Day with Max and Johan!" Swift captioned her black and white pic, which showed her, mouth open in surprise, flanked by her frequent collaborators Karl Johan Schuster, also known as "Shellback," and Max Martin. Things still looked festive, even as it was a workday. Swift, sporting her fresh short haircut and wearing a pleated skirt that showed off her svelte frame, »
- Andrea Billups
Even if you don't take home an Oscar at next month's 2014 Academy Awards, you're still a winner. Why's that? A-list actors and movie industry professionals who lose at this year's big bash will have the opportunity to take home an "Everybody Wins at the Oscars" gift bag awarded by Distinctive Assets. Oh, and the contents of said gift bag are valued at over $55,000. So what kind of amazingly extravagant and expensive things with the rich and famous be gifted? Here's a little preview. Chocolatines Savory Win Flight Pairing ($80) Halo Natural Pet Food (6,142.89) Max Martin Shoes ($750.00) Dosha Tea-Based Pops ($35.00) Blossom Blends Tea »
Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
Timeflies just released their latest hit, ‘All the Way’ and we’re already completely obsessed! So, HollywoodLife.com sat down with the duo and Cal and Rez shared just how they got where they are today — and what they think about other artists out there.
Producer Rob Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro started Timeflies around 2010 — but that’s not a hard date. It could have been, but they decided on it at a party in college. Together, they create a sound that has opened for Ludcris, covered Taylor Swift and has a thing or two to say about Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Read our whole interview below, and listen to their new hit, “All the Way.”
HollywoodLife: How did you start it?
Cal of Timeflies: We were at a party when we in college, I was a little bit drunk and free-styling and Rez started beat-boxing, he actually had »
- Emily Longeretta
Welcome to 2014. This year is only a few weeks old but it shows a lot of promise and when it comes to music, there’s a lot to look forward to. We saw a lot of highs and lows in the music industry when it came to 2013. Justin Timberlake made an epic return to music, Jay Z reminded us all why he’s a hip hop icon and it’s safe to say that Miley Cyrus humping a foam finger is an image we won’t forget anytime soon. If you found 2013 to be an exciting year for music then you haven’t heard anything yet.
- Joshua Foster
20 items from 2014
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