The “British Rule” of loser pays shouldn’t apply in the copyright fight between Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye’s heirs, according to the musicians’ attorney. In a verdict that sent shockwaves throughout the music industry, a jury last March ruled against the superstar duo behind “Blurred Lines,” finding the track infringed on Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” A judge later awarded $5.3 million in damages plus 50 percent of the song’s future royalties to Gaye’s heirs.
Late Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White and surviving members will be recognized for their Lifetime Achievement award when the group presents Record of the Year at the 58th Grammys. Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, James Corden and Common help round out final roster of presenters
With its sonic inclusion across different music genres and hit-making pioneers coming into the pop culture forefront, dance music is finally earning its well-deserved stripes. So much so that the iHeart Radio Music Awards has added a category for Dance Artist of the Year.
It's not regular being Kanye West. Every tweet, every album title, every track list, every fashion design becomes an instant headline. Yet, despite the past month of negative publicity (see: Wiz Khalifa beef and Bill Cosby is innocent tweet), there was no hint of sad Kanye, mad Kanye or even loud Kanye.
By the end of what is often a 50-hour workweek at Sony Music Entertainment, Clive Davis is just getting started. At 4 p.m. on any given Friday, the 83-year-old chief creative officer is making sure everything is arranged for the guests -- there are always guests -- headed to meet him at his 17-acre weekend compound in New York's northern Westchester County.
Tim McGraw, the biggest name at this year's Country Radio Seminar, wasn't putting on a show, but rather sitting for a career-spanning interview, at a conference wrap-up panel titled "Transcending and Evolving." While there was plenty of attention given in the Q&A to McGraw's transcendence as a country hitmaker and actor, questions also inevitably arose about how he evolved into -- as moderator RJ Curtis put it -- "a beast."
Kanye West is merging his worlds of music and fashion into one mega-event as we speak. Watch the live stream of West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and The Life of Pablo debut as it unfolds at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Lucian Grainge won't be nervous when the coveted album of the year award is revealed Feb. 15 at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. "We have every nomination in the category," notes Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company.
As MTV continues to struggle with its transition into the digital world, that perpendicular mix of coverage can be found almost everywhere online, including sites that compete with the channel for the attention of teens and twentysomethings, like Vice and Buzzfeed.
Is Pandora putting itself on the market? A New York Times report, published just hours before Pandora released fourth quarter and 2015 earnings, claims the Internet radio company has engaged Morgan Stanley to meet potential buyers.