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Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York. READ FULL STORY

Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard goes on trial in DC

Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard is going on trial on assault charges in Washington, a case that will be a preview for the musician’s own trial.

Christopher Hollosy’s trial begins Thursday in Superior Court.

Both men were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown’s tour bus. The man told police Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.

Court papers say the man’s nose was fractured.

Hollosy’s trial is expected to last one to two days. Brown’s trial will follow. Brown has denied punching the man.

Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, survives

Police have reported that Andre Johnson, a rapper reportedly associated with the Wu-Tang Clan family, severed his penis and then jumped off a building in North Hollywood early Wednesday morning. Despite being severely injured, Johnson survived the fall from the second level of the building.

Authorities were able to rush Johnson and his recovered penis to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is currently being treated, according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann. READ FULL STORY

Trick Daddy arrested, charged with possession of weapon and cocaine

Authorities say rapper Trick Daddy has been arrested in South Florida on several charges, including possession of cocaine and of weapon and ammunition by a convicted felon. READ FULL STORY

Willie Nelson's armadillo returned after theft














A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being kidnapped from a Las Vegas-area show. Officials at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson, Nev., say the critter, named Ol’ Dillo, vanished while audience members were greeting Nelson after a Monday night concert.

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Chris Brown's lawyer asks judge to block jail transfer

Chris Brown’s attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to block an order that would transfer the jailed R&B singer to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial.

Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial on April 17 in Washington on the assault charge. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber and Usher prevail in copyright suit

A judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit that claimed Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled Friday that the song, “Somebody to Love,” isn’t intrinsically similar to a song by the same name that Bieber and Usher performed. READ FULL STORY

Man pleads not guilty to killing Johnny Cash's great-niece

Wayne Masciarella has pleaded not guilty to killing the great-niece of late country music singer Johnny Cash.

The Tennessean reports that 27-year-old entered the plea Wednesday during a brief court appearance in Putnam County.

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Anita Baker: Arrest warrant for singer is dismissed

A Michigan judge has dismissed an arrest warrant that had been issued for Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker.

A Wayne County Circuit judge had signed off on the warrant last week. It was sought by the lawyer for a company that says Baker owes it $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe, Mich., home.

According to WDIV-TV, Judge Edward Ewell said Monday that while the warrant has been dismissed, the lawsuit over the money will continue at a hearing in April.

Baker tells WXYZ-TV she’s grateful the judge lifted the warrant.

The singer’s lawyer has said Baker didn’t know she had been sued in 2011 by Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating.

The company’s lawyer says he wants to see his client get paid for the work it did

Isaac Hanson welcomes third child

There’s a new trio of Hanson siblings in the family.

Isaac Hanson, the oldest member of the band Hanson, welcomed a daughter on Tuesday, People reports. The girl, named Nina Odette, is the third child for the musician and his wife, Nikki. They have two sons, Clark Everett, 6, and James Monroe, 5.

“After more than five years of not having a baby in the house, having our first little girl is going to be fun,” Hanson, 33, tells People. “I know that Everett and Monroe are excited about being big brothers.”

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