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Marvin Gaye's Estate Wins Appeal Against Pharrell And Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will have to pay up in the case over their 2013 record, "Blurred Lines," after being accused by Marvin Gaye’s estate of copyright infringement. According to Forbes, a panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that they will uphold the original decision in the 2015 verdict in the case, which will award the estate with 50 percent of all royalties from the record forever.

The court said that Marvin’s 1977 song, "Got To Give It Up," which the estate said that Williams and Thicke ripped off for "Blurred Lines," was "entitled to broad copyright protection because musical compositions are not confined to a narrow range of expression."

  • The court also ruled that T.I., who is featured on the song, is not liable for damages. The rapper has been cleared of any involvement in the lawsuit.
G-Eazy, Fall Out Boy Performing At Stay Amped Benefit Concert Ahead Of March For Our Lives

G-Eazy, Fall Out Boy and Bebe Rexha are taking the stage March 23rd to perform at Stay Amped, a benefit concert in Washington, D.C. supporting gun safety.

The concert will raise money for the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Giffords organization, founded by former Congresswoman and gun violence victim Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly.

It’s set to take place at The Anthem in D.C., the day before March for Our Lives, a student-led demonstration organized in response to the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"I’m looking forward to being a part of this and getting energized by these kids and other survivors who have been incredibly inspiring to me," G-Eazy said.

Jason Mraz Wants To Be Next Mr. Rogers

Jason Mraz says he sees his future in the music industry as fulfilling a role similar to the one played by the beloved children’s TV host Mr. Rogers.

Speaking to the Shreveport Times, Jason says, "As I get older – I’m 40 now – I can’t imagine myself being in the competitive music market much longer. I just feel like it’s a young man’s life. But I’m grateful that I have a great audience that’s been very loyal to me so I’ll always be touring and always putting music out, but doing it in a more scaled down way that affords me more time with my family."

According to Jason, he’d also like to get more involved with the arts programs for kids that he’s funded through his charitable foundation. His goal, he says, is create more programs "that can cause peace in the world through arts education and the advancement of equality."

Summing up his ambitions, Jason says, "I guess what I’m saying is what I want to be in the future is a ‘Mr. Rogers.’ I want to help people tap into their feelings and use my music for good."

The first step, he says, is a new single he’s got planned called "Have It All" – the video will involve some of the kids who’ve participated in those arts education programs. No release date for the single has been announced.

The two-time Grammy-winning musician kicked off his national tour, An Evening with Jason Mraz, Solo Acoustic, earlier this month.
Katy Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel And More To Play Kaaboo Del Mar

KAABOO Del Mar, billed as an "adult, anti-dirt" festival featuring music, comedy, art and food, has announced an eclectic lineup for 2018.

Acts who’ll be performing at the event, scheduled for September 14-16 at the Del Mar Racetrack north of San Diego, include current hit artists Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons and Halsey, as well as ‘90s icons Jewel, Melissa Etheridge and TLC.

New-wave icons Billy Idol, Blondie and The English Beat are also on the bill, as are rock legend Robert Plant, and old-school R&B superstars Earth, Wind & Fire.

Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Better Than Ezra, Jimmy Eat World, Candlebox and Incubus will be there and The Wailers are on the bill as well.

In addition to dozens of music acts, the event also features a pool party, spa treatments, art exhibits, lounges, and gourmet food and drink.
P!nk's Daughter Willow Shares Make-Up Tutorial

P!nk’s daughter Willow got a special shout-out during her MTV Video Music Awards speech last year: The singer shared how eccentric style icons like David Bowie inspired Willow to march to the beat of her own drum. This week, Willow made her debut as a beauty vlogger on P!nk’s Instagram profile.

In the video, Willow plays around with P!nk’s make-up collection and paints on some outrageous features – crazy eyebrows, bold fuchsia cheeks – and lots of glitter.

"My little girl and her first makeup tutorial 😹👩🏼‍🎤💕🤪#backstage #rockstarintraining #likemamalikedaughter," P!nk wrote.

Meanwhile, P!nk has had to postpone her upcoming show in Montreal as she and her family battle the flu.

P!nk took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce that she will not be performing the following night in Canada.

"I am absolutely GUTTED to announce that tomorrow’s show, March 23 (Friday) will be postponed," Pink writes. "I will absolutely be back to perform for you all and I’m grateful for you wanting to come and be with us at all. Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks."

"I’m really sorry and know that I have done everything I could to avoid this. Carey’s been home with flu while me and the kids battle this virus," Pink continues. "I wish anyone out there going through this healing vibes and big hugs."

P!nk is set to take the stage again on Sunday night, March 25th in Detroit, Michigan.
Quickies: Shawn Mendes, David Guetta, Harry Styles & More

SHAWN MENDES DROPS ‘LOST IN JAPAN’: Shawn Mendes has yet another new song out. The 19-year-old singer just dropped his new song "Lost in Japan." The night before, Shawn surprised fans by dropping his song "In My Blood" which he revealed is the first single off of his upcoming album. "In My Blood" and "Lost in Japan" are the Shawn’s first new recordings since "There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back" was released in April 2017, and they’re expected to appear on his forthcoming album, SM3.

DAVID GUETTA DROPS ‘FLAMES’ FT. SIA: David Guetta is back with a brand new track featuring Sia called "Flames." David and Sia are frequent collaborators, having worked together on multiple productions since "Titanium." "‘Titanium’ is still one of the tracks I am proudest of and Sia is one of my favorite artists to work with. She’s a great songwriter and has an amazing voice. I’m just super excited that we get to release another track together," David said.

HARRY STYLES CONCERT SPECIAL COMING TO BBC AMERICA: Harry Styles’ BBC special is coming to America. The one-hour concert special, Live at the BBC: Harry Styles, is airing on BBC America next month. Hosted by British radio personality Nick Grimshaw, the special features Harry performing songs from his acclaimed debut solo album and talking about his life and career. It was filmed in front of a live studio audience in his hometown of Manchester last year and originally aired in U.K. in November. Live at the BBC: Harry Styles airs April 20th on BBC America.

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS ‘BLURRED LINES’ COPYRIGHT VERDICT: Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will still have to pay $5.3 million in damages after a federal appeals court upheld a jury’s decision that their song "Blurred Lines" – that also features rapper T.I. – infringes on the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s "Got to Give It Up." The decision was made Wednesday by a divided panel at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that discussed the case’s ramifications and how the win for Gaye’s family might stifle musical creativity. Thicke and Williams’ lawyers argued that the lawsuit went too far in protecting the generic elements of a song’s style shared between the two tracks. The appeals court ruling also cleared T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., and Interscope Records, of liability. The Gaye family was originally also awarded 50% of publishing revenue for "Blurred Lines" and will be able to get a running royalty rate of 50%.
The Chainsmokers Named Top DJs In The World By Billboard

The Chainsmokers top Billboard’s first-ever Dance 100 list, highlighting the top DJs in the world. The duo thanked fans in a special video to Billboard and reflected back to when they used to not even make top DJ lists.

"This means the world to us," Alex Pall says in the video. "Shoutout to all the other amazing artists on this list."

The duo is followed by Calvin Harris at No. 2 and Kygo at No. 3. Marshmello and Major Lazer round out the top five.

Also making the list: Martin Garrix, Zedd, Tiesto, DJ Snake and ODESZA. The ranking was calculated by combining chart statistics, touring data and fan voting.
Walk The Moon To Headline North Carolina Benefit Concert

Walk The Moon will headline a benefit concert for Band Together NC, a North Carolina-based organization that uses "live music as a platform for social change." The show takes place at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on June 23rd.

Proceeds from the concert will support Triangle Family Services and its mission to help local North Carolina families with mental healthcare. For ticket info, visit

Walk The Moon recently wrapped a North American headlining tour in support of their new album, What if Nothing, which features the lead single "One Foot."

This summer, they’ll play a run of home-state shows in Ohio, and they’ll also open for Thirty Seconds to Mars on Jared Leto and company’s massive Monolith tour.
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