Looks like Lil Wayne‘s brilliant depositionperformance was not enough to win Weezy the case. As you’ll remember, earlier this year, Lil Wayne took Quincy Jones’s son to court, alleging that his use of Lil Wayne’s music in the 2009 documentary The Carter was copyright infringement. Yesterday a Los Angeles jury dismissed that case. Turns out there was also a countersuit in the mix, this one raised by Jones and claiming that Lil Wayne “wrongfully limited the film’s profit potential;” Wayne lost that one, too. According to TMZ’s report, when Lil Wayne missed his day in court after suffering a mid-flight health scare, his lawyer was forced to the aforementioned deposition tapes for a less than amused judge and jury. Unfortunately for Wayne, they were were less than amused and have ordered him to cough up a hefty $2.2 million. Ouch!
Written six years ago, P!nk‘s “Dear Mr. President” spoke directly to former President George W. Bush. And now, it speaks directly to the history of politically charged anthems, one that spans years of candidates and every age of our country’s history. P!nk’s open letter to George W. never made it to the charts, as she decided it would never be a single because “it was too important to be perceived as a publicity stunt.”
Meanwhile, the lyrics are loud and clear on the singer’s feelings on our former President. Unabashedly, she calls him out for his reported contradictions:
What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away?
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.
If all goes as P!nk hopes, as she’ll be voting Obama today, she won’t be writing our President such a strongly-worded musical letter for (at least!) the next four years. To hear more of the story behind “Dear Mr. President”, check out P!nk’s full VH1 Storytellerson Tuesday, November 13th at 11PM EST.
Despite the gaping hole in their line-up, T-Boz has assured that the heart and soul of TLC still remains. “We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time,” she said at the Mobo Awards in Liverpool. Rumors are swirling that the band might bring Left Eye out in hologram form on tour, which Rozanda “Chilli” Thomasaddressed in an interview. “It will be hard on us, but I certainly think our fans would love to see it,” says Thomas, 41. “I think we would probably pass out, and all of our fans would break down, but it’s amazing how real the hologram looks. It’s almost like you can touch the person.”
As promised, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen are out rallying with President Barack Obama on this eve of the election. Obama says that he’s got both artists on his iPod — and, “Yes, the president has an iPod!”– and that he chose these two in particular because “they tell the story of what our country is, but also what it should be.”
Jay and Obama go way back, and so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to learn that the rapper was willing to duck the President’s secret service, putting his life, liberty and Red Phone line to the White House at risk, to really drive his point home with a. “I have to do it, I’m sorry,” he said, before hitting ‘em up with this “99 Problems” election special remix: “I feel bad for you, son, but I’ve got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one!” Needless to say, the re-work has already been taken up as a hopeful rallying cry on Twitter.
You guys! Starting this Sunday night, November 12, we’ve got three consecutive nights of VH1 Storytellers amazingness coming your way. When we first found out that we’d have back-to-back-to-back nights of Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and P!nk coming our way, the first thing that popped into our heads was a twist on the famous Brady Bunch theme. “Here’s a story of some lovely ladies.” And, well, we couldn’t resist…
Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond created magic when the former DJ started BGR to inspire young girls of color. What started out as a non-profit for youth empowerment and mentoring, while also promoting positive images of black women in the media, has expanded into an annual BET awards ceremony honoring black women in arts, entertainment, education and other fields who are using their gifts to change the world. This year’s seventh annual star-studded event held at Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NY was hosted by actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King–whose wardrobe changes gave us life! Read more…
Watch with the sound off, and you might think that Mumford & Sons‘ new video for “Lover of the Light” is the prequel to Prometheus. The 6-minute video is directed by and starring the Alien franchise and Hackney’s own Idris Elba‘s, though this time he’s blind and basking in a world so beautiful as to be almost unearthly rather then captaining a misguided mission to Mars for whatever sort of extraterrestrial immortality may be buried there.
We admit that we hadn’t imagined this Elba/Mumford & Sons collaboration possible (as Vulture points out, even Marcus Mumford‘s wife, Carey Mulligan, is several degrees removed from Elba), but the video is well acted, really pretty and totally befitting of the song’s sort of somber reflectiveness, and we’re totally into the meeting of their minds! Maybe the video for “Broken Crown” could be The Wire-themed? Read more…
Called to Jimmy Fallon‘s office pre-show Friday night, Christina Aguilera put on the week’s best late night performance without even so much as a mic or a stage set to assist her. Rather, Jimmy on the iPhone dial-tone, The Roots with the office supplies — like, the full Staple’s circular’s worth of office supplies: pencils, scissors, tissues, a water cooler, legal pads, etc. — and Christina with the stapler, the motley crew jammed out Lotus single “Your Body” desk-side. Of course she’s got a good sense of humor and a cool die-job, but what really makes this office space performance work is Christina’s killer voice. And maybe a little bit Jimmy’s sexy moves? But mostly that voice, because caught up with her judging on The Voice or man-splattering videos as we can get, we really shouldn’t forget that that Christina’s a real powerhouse ready to bring down whatever space you give her!
Still, though, we wonder if we should add that stapler to this list.
Silly as it may be to have Louis C.K. introduce them as such, fun. really are exactly that: fun. They’re sound is always tight and their performances heartfelt, and frontman Nate Ruess inevitably winds up bouncing around the stage like it’s electrified. Their performance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend proved no exception, as it was necessarily spirited for a city still wringing itself out after a week of scary weather.
His trench coat on (can’t knock the preparedness) and his hair a tad unkempt (but who are we to judge, we only peeled-off our hurricane leggings this morning), Ruess belted out the indie-pop trio’s latest and buzzy chart entry “Some Nights,” playing with auto-tune at the end for longer than usual, before signing off with their appropriately resilient “Carry On.”
Tomorrow’s the big day and after a loooooong year of campaigning, the 2012 Presidential race will be decided. You’ve by now heard a plethora of musicians telling you to get out there and vote, but quite a few of them are also telling you who to vote for. Barack Obama has been a longtime favorite for many performers, but it has yet to be decide (See: tomorrow) whether or not that actually matters. All we know is that there are a ton of artists putting their chips (and their money, time, etc.) in the political playing field.
With endorsements happening left and right, we’ve concocted this megalist of musicians and who they’ve promised their vote to. Will it help you choose your side? Who knows. Will it at least put to bed the rumors that Ludacris has joined the Green Party? (There are no rumors.)