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Freeplay Music Files Counterclaim Against Machinima, Collective Digital Studios

Last month, YouTube multi-channel network Machinima sued Freeplay Music for allegedly engaging them in a "bait-and-switch" scheme, offering them free usage of songs from their library and then asking them to pay for them. Now, Freeplay Music has filed a counterclaim that Machinima and Collective Digital Studios (CDS) used their tracks without properly licensing them, following another related suit against MCNs Maker Studios, Awesomeness, and Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp.
Girl Group Week 2015 Readers' Poll: Vote Now!

Girl Group Week 2015 Readers' Poll: Vote Now!

Cast your vote before the Readers' Poll closes on Friday, March 6. We'll announce all of the winners on that day, which is the final day of Girl Group Week!
Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj Road Crew Stabbing: Charge Upgraded to Murder

Philadelphia police have upgraded the charges facing a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a member of Nicki Minaj's road crew. Pierce Boykin, 31, is now in custody on a murder warrant, Philadelphia police confirm to Billboard.
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Kelly Clarkson's 'Piece by Piece': What the Critics Are Saying

Today (March 3), Kelly Clarkson released "Piece By Piece," her brand new studio album, featuring the hit single “Heartbeat Song.” We already gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five, but what is the rest of the critical world saying about it?
Robin Perkins

'A Guide to the Birdsong of South America': This Album is for the Birds -- Seriously

A Guide to the Birdsong of South America is not as scientific as the title might suggest, but the recording does capture the voices of actual birds – whistling, hooting, daybreaking, joy making - and yes, even angry-sounding birds. They sometimes seem to be singing to a cumbia beat. The album evokes both landscape and culture in tracks by ten notable artists from South America known for music informed by tradition and technology

'Empire': Watch Jamal Stand Up to Lucious

Empire's hip-hop mogul and Lyon patriarch Lucious (Terrence Howard) has not been quiet about his disapproval of son Jamal's (Jussie Smollett) homosexuality, and the expression on his face during the white party said it all about how he felt that his son not only came out publicly, but also did so by remixing one of his own songs.
Boogie Nights

'Boogie Nights' Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl

Universal Music Enterprises is continuing its roll-out of soundtracks on vinyl with the March 10 release of a picture disc of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors and Silence of the Lambs.
Speedy Ortiz

Listen to Speedy Ortiz's Grungy 'The Graduates,' From New 'Foil Deer' Album

Sadie Dupuis, singer and guitarist for Northampton, Mass. slacker-punks Speedy Ortiz, takes things down a notch on the second single off the band's forthcoming sophomore album Foil Deer (out April 21 via Carpark Records), "The Graduates." After proclaiming "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss" on "Raising the Skate," she sings about being "the best at second place before I was the runner-up."
Herbie Hancock

Playboy Jazz Festival 2015 Lineup: Herbie Hancock, Ledisi & More

Playboy Jazz Festival announces lineup for its 37th annual event; performers include Herbie Hancock, Ledisi, Aloe Blacc, Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy, Terence Blanchard, Tower of Power and Wayne Shorter. George Lopez returns as host for third consecutive year.
The Pop Group

The Pop Group Debuts New Songs Live in Tokyo

Groundbreaking late 70s/early 80s British post-punk outfit The Pop Group debuted live performances of its first new songs in 35 years at Liquid Room in Tokyo's Ebisu district.