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The ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit Just Revealed How Much Money Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, And T.I. Made

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If you haven’t been keeping up with the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, here’s a quick refresher (or just skip to the next paragraph for the dollar amounts). Marvin Gaye’s family contends the song is too similar to “Got to Give It Up”, while Pharrell Williams and T.I. haven’t said much and human Ken doll Robin Thicke contends he was too high to be blamed and we should all point the finger at Pharrell and Beethoven instead. It turns out Thicke’s stiff doll arms can move well enough to throw Pharrell under the bus.

And now, the money. According to court proceedings unearthed by The Wrap, “Blurred Lines” has earned $16,675,690 so far, and that’s not including an additional $8 million in publishing revenue and nearly $12 million in Thicke’s tour earnings. Of the almost $16.7 million in main earnings, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams each received over $5 million, T.I. made over $700,000, and their record labels (Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, and Star Trak) split the nearly $6 million remainder.

Nancie Stern, the vice president of Quincy Jones’ music publishing business, testified that, had “Got To Give It Up” been licensed for “Blurred Lines” in the first place, Gaye’s family would likely have been offered 50 percent ownership. That may or may not include a chunk of the publishing revenue and tour earnings.

The court papers also reveal what Universal Music Group claims to have spent on promoting “Blurred Lines”. The company’s Senior VP of Finance Jason Scott Gallien testified the song cost over $6.5 million in overhead (9.6 percent of the company’s expenses). That’s a lot of Beetlejuice suits.

Pharrell Williams and T.I. are set to take the witness stand later today. We’ll keep you posted if anybody wears a funny hat.

Via The Wrap


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Beck fan redirects visitors to website to Kanye West’s Wikipedia page

A self-confessed Beck fan who owns the URL has redirected all visitors to the site to Kanye West’s Wikipedia page.

Despite an apology from the rapper following his comments about Beck’s need to “respect artistry” following The Grammy Awards last month (February), it appears that fans of the artist have not forgiven West. Anyone currently visiting will find themselves on the Wikipedia page for West. ‘Loser’ was the name of Beck’s worldwide 1994 hit single.

CBC reports that the original URL was first registered by the telecommunications company Tucows in Toronto in 1995. Twitter user Amy Bustle Connelly (@AmyBustle) is claiming credit for being behind the prank. Connelly was approached for comment by NME but has yet to respond.

Yall…I’ve owned since Prince was on Appolonia…since OJ had Isotoners. Isn’t something I purchased to troll kanye— Amy Bustle Connelly (@AmyBustle) March 2, 2015

Bustle states that she owns the URL and has bragged online that she is responsible for the prank, linking to news coverage of the story.

However, one domain registar claims that the move could have been done not to spite Kanye West but to drive up the value of the URL. “I would imagine would make the top 10 sales if sold today, probably for around $500,000,” a spokeperson for Netristrat Ltd. told Metro. “It might even make 7 figures if bought by a big brand.”

Yes. And I’m saying that I am a golddigger…and would love to sell this domain— Amy Bustle Connelly (@AmyBustle) March 2, 2015

Johnny Depp joins Marilyn Manson on stage for ‘The Beautiful People’ performance

Johnny Depp continued his run of notable gig appearances by performing alongside Marilyn Manson in Brisbane on Friday night (February 27).

As reported by Noise 11, the actor played guitar on a rendition of Manson’s 1996 single ‘The Beautiful People’.

The pair are long-time friends and Depp has performed with Manson and his band numerous times in the past. They also worked together in 2012 on a cover Carly Simon’s 1972 hit ‘You’re So Vain’, with the Rum Diary star playing drums and lead guitar and Manson providing the vocals.

Depp is currently in Australia to film the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean movie and was spotted early this week at a Foo Fighters gig, also in Brisbane. He is due to perform at this September’s Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro alongside Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry as The Hollywood Vampires. But despite moonlighting as a musician, the 51-year-old has insisted he has no intention of ever making music into a second career.

“That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick,” he told reporters at the Berlin premiere of his latest film Mortdecai in January. “I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life. But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”

Johnny Marr: ‘The Smiths were planning a disco album’

Johnny Marr has revealed that The Smiths were planning a disco album before they split in 1987.

The singer-songwriter made the announcement in a Q+A with the Guardian, in which he also revealed that he was at his happiest when he woke up “in a dark hotel room in Bayswater one winter’s evening in 1984, to find I’d recorded ‘How Soon Is Now?’ through the previous night.”

Marr also said that the living person he most admires is David Hockney, “for work, and for seeming to be inspired”, and that his most treasured possession is The Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar he used on Inception – which he wrote the score for – as well as his memory of the first time he played with Chic.

Johnny Marr released his second solo album, ‘Playland’, last year. Speaking to NME at the time, Marr described how the album addressed the “tension, boredom and anxiety” in society and how it affects people.

In October the Smiths man was joined onstage by Noel Gallagher during his show at the O2 Brixton Academy. The pair then played a cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ before launching into The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now?’ Marr appears on track ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’ on Gallagher’s new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’.

Meanwhile, last month, David Cameron was presented with a limited edition Salford Lads Club T-shirt which featured a photo of The Smiths. The Prime Minister quoted his favourite band as he said thank you, commenting: “You have made my day. Thank you very much, there is a light that never goes out.” Marr previously said Cameron was forbidden from liking the group.

Taylor Swift officially named as the biggest-selling artist in the world

Taylor Swift has been given the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014 Award after being named as the world’s biggest-selling artist last year.

Swift beat 2013 winners One Direction, as well as Ed Sheeran, to claim the title. Global music downloads, streaming and physical format sales were all counted in her win.

Swift’s latest album ‘1989’ topped the iTunes chart in 95 countries and has sold more sold more than 8.6 million copies worldwide. Swift withheld the album from Spotify when it was released in November and subsequently decided to remove all of her previous releases from the streaming service.

“I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music,” Swift said at the time. “And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”

Earlier this month, it was reported that Swift had “gone into the studio” with Kanye West after the pair were photographed together at the Grammy Awards. It was further evidence that the musicians had patched things up following their infamous fall-out at the MTV VMAs in 2009, when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech to argue that the Best Video award should have gone to Beyoncé.

The Top 10 global recording artists of 2014 are:

Taylor Swift
One Direction
Ed Sheeran
Michael Jackson
Pink Floyd
Sam Smith
Katy Perry

Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce new album ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’

Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release their new album ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ on March 31.

The band reformed in 2010. The new record follows 2012’s ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!’ and 2002’s Steve Albini-produced ‘Yanqui UXO’. See the LP’s artwork above.

The band worked on the album with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) in North Carolina and Montre?al and they will support its release with a short run of UK and Ireland tour dates in April. Scroll down for a full tracklisting and also for tour information. The album comprises just four tracks, but its run time is 40 minutes.

According to a press release, the album is “arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band’s career.” It adds the record is made up of “a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band’s inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions.”

The ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ tracklisting is:

‘Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!”
‘Lambs’ Breath’
‘Asunder, Sweet’
‘Piss Crowns Are Trebled’

Godspeed You! Black Emperor will play:

Manchester Albert Hall (April 17)
Dublin Vicar Street (18)
Glasgow ABC (19)
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (20)

Wolf Alice announce release of debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’

Wolf Alice have announced the release of their debut album, ‘My Love Is Cool’.

The LP comes out on June 22 and will feature first single ‘Giant Peach’, which you can stream below. The band will tour the UK following a stint at SXSW in Austin, Texas this March. Scroll down for full dates.

The band recently spoke to NME about the mix of genres on their debut album, saying “it’s 100 per cent not a grunge record” and that it “will surprise people”.

Singer Ellie Rowsell detailed the band’s experimentation on the record, which will be their first release since 2014’s ‘Creature Songs’ EP. “It’s 100 percent not a grunge record. It’s a much braver record than that,” Rowsell said. “There’s a mix of genres on it. We’re using our instruments in different ways, like Joff [Oddie] using his guitar as a synth.”

She continued: “We’ve been making sounds that don’t necessarily sound like guitar and experimenting with the way we use our voices. We’ve tried to match the emotion of the songs in how they’re performed and recorded, tried to make a sad song really feel and sound sad.”

Drummer Joel Amey adds that fans would be surprised by the sounds on the record, “because they surprised me when listening back to them. I’m kind of shocked we’ve made certain sounds – they’re really experimental and poppy. ‘What a guitar band can do’, in inverted commas, or what’s expected of us, we don’t want to settle for that.”

Tracks on the album, include ‘Silk’, ‘Giant Peach’ (“one of the best things we’ve recorded”), ‘Swallow Tale’ and ‘Lisbon’, which involves “really crazy elements”.

Meanwhile, Wolf Alice will soon embark on a UK tour that will see the band play their largest headline show to date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. The tour will kick off on March 23 at Glasgow’s Oran Mor and take in 14 dates throughout March and April.

Wolf Alice play:

Glasgow Oran Mor (March 23)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (24)
Manchester Ritz (26)
Sheffield Leadmill (27)
Newcastle Riverside (28)
Birmingham Institute Library (31)
Cardiff Globe (April 1)
Bristol Trinity (2)
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (3)
Oxford O2 Academy 2 (4)
Reading Bowery District (7)
Bournemouth Old Firestation (8)
Brighton Concorde 2 (9)
Cambridge Junction (10)

To check the availability of Wolf Alice tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.