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Conor Oberst says rape accusations cost him a record deal (updated)

Last December, a woman posting in the comments section at the online magazine xoJane claimed that in 2003, when she was 16, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst raped her following a show in North Carolina. Oberst denied the accusations and claimed that the woman, Joanie Faircloth, was a serial liar and, according to an article by Jezebel, had a history of “catfishing” online, at one point claiming falsely to be suffering from cancer.

Back in February, Oberst filed a defamation suit against Faircloth for $1.2 million in damages, and he says that so far she hasn’t even shown up for their court hearings. According to TMZ, he’s asking a judge to rule in his favor and award him the money. Oberst claims that the accusations have damaged his record sales as well as his reputation, and led to the cancellation of a $200,000 label contract.

Update: According to his publicist, Oberst has not been dropped by his label and his libel suit against Faircloth makes no claim that he was.

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

Songwriter Jesse Winchester dies at 69

Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69.

His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday.

“Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this morning,” the update reads. “Bless his loving heart.”

Winchester was born in Louisiana and raised around the U.S. South, but he didn’t begin his music career in earnest until moving to Quebec in 1967. There, he began performing solo in coffee houses around Montreal and the Canadian East Coast.

Winchester was a protege of the Band’s Robbie Robertson, who produced and played guitar on Winchester’s self-titled debut album and brought Band-mate Levon Helm along to play drums and mandolin.

Winchester’s second album, 1972’s Third Down, 110 to Go featured tracks produced by Todd Rundgren. He continued to release material at a steady clip until 1981’s Talk Memphis, after which he took a seven-year break from recording. That album, however, contained Winchester’s biggest U.S. hit, “Say What.”

Although large-scale mainstream success eluded Winchester, his songs were covered by an array of musicians including Elvis Costello, Anne Murray, Wynona Judd, Emmylou Harris, the Everly Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, and Joan Baez.

Some of his best known songs include “Yankee Lady,” “Biloxi,” “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” and “Mississippi, You’re On My Mind.”

After living in Canada for decades, Winchester moved back to the U.S. early last decade. He died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Winchester was nominated for three Juno Awards, including country male vocalist of the year in 1990 and, most recently, best roots and traditional album for Gentleman of Leisure in 2000.

In September 2012, artists including James Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Vince Gill, and Jimmy Buffett performed covers of Winchester’s tunes for a tribute album called Quiet About It.

Winchester reportedly recorded a final album called A Reasonable Amount of Trouble, due out this summer.

Michael Jackson estate in battle with IRS

Michael Jackson’s estate is currently embroiled in a fight with the IRS, according to the LA Times.  The pop star’s executors claim that Jackson was only worth $7 million at the time of his death in 2009 while the IRS says he was worth $1.125 billion. The government agency is seeking $505 million in taxes and $197 million in penalties.

One Direction's Zayn Malik is engaged to Little Mix's Perrie Edwards

Sorry teens, but One Direction’s Zayn Malik is officially off the market. The singer proposed to Perrie Edwards, whom he met on the set of U.K.’s The X Factor in 2011, sometime last week, People reports.

Rumors started circulating about the engagement when Edwards arrived at the London premiere of One Direction: This Is Us, wearing a diamond ring on her left hand. Since then, Edwards’ mother has confirmed the news during a chat with Real Radio, in which she claims, “Yes, it is. It’s true. They got engaged on Sunday, and it was absolutely lovely.”

Edwards is a member of the girl group Little Mix, who won the 2011 season of U.K.’s The X Factor.

Adam Levine engaged to model girlfriend

Join me in a heartbroken sigh as the man who said he would never be married is, according to People, engaged. Adam Levine — Maroon 5 frontman, coach on The Voice, celebrity fragrance maven, and general badass — is set to wed girlfriend Behati Prinsloo.

Levine has been dating the Victoria’s Secret model for a little over a year, and although the couple split recently, they are back together for good!

The singer has talked about how marriage leads to inevitable divorce, but it looks like he’s had a change of heart.

Boston student's $675,000 song-sharing fine upheld

A $675,000 verdict against a former Boston University student who illegally downloaded and shared songs on the Internet has been upheld.

A jury ordered Providence, R.I., resident Joel Tenenbaum to pay $22,500 for each of 30 songs after the Recording Industry Association of America sued him on behalf of four record labels.

Tenenbaum argued the $675,000 award violates his due process rights because it’s not tied to the injury he caused. He estimates that to be no more than $450, or the cost of 30 albums.

A federal appeals court Tuesday found Tenenbaum’s conduct was “egregious” because he illegally shared songs for years despite numerous warnings.

Michael Bublé and wife expecting a baby boy

Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato spent their Wednesday celebrating both the choice of a new pope — who is from Lopilato’s native Argentina — and the fact that the couple learned they are having a baby boy, according to People.

“We are so excited. We have just come from the hospital, and the sonogram was pretty clear — it’s a boy! We are thrilled,” Bublé said to Page Six.

Lopilato is due in August.

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Motley Crue cuts concert short as Vince Neil is hospitalized

According to band members, Motley Crue’s Australia concert was cut short yesterday after Vince Neil had to be rushed to the hospital to undergo surgery for kidney stones. Both Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx took to Twitter to update fans on the situation:

Lady Gaga reports undergoing hip surgery

Lady Gaga says she’s had surgery to fix her hip.

The 26-year-old singer posted on her blog late Wednesday that she had hip surgery and it “happened so fast.” She canceled her “Born This Way Ball” tour last week.

She thanked her fans in the post, saying they gave her “a lot of strength.” Lady Gaga said that as she was wheeled to surgery, she reflected on her fans. She wrote: “Sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it’s even possible.”

Lady Gaga canceled more than 20 dates on the remainder of her tour, which began last April. She originally postponed four dates last week after experiencing difficulties during her concert in Montreal. She explained to fans on Twitter that she’d hurt herself while performing some time ago.

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