Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas on suspicion of narcotics possession, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The Las Vegas police department tells the paper that Mars — the rising talent behind pop smashes like B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You,” Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” and his own “Just the Way You Are” — was found with unidentified narcotics in the bathroom of a Hard Rock venue where he was performing. Mars’ reps have not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.
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The Wrap is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision and ruled that Eminem’s music publishing company is owed royalties by Universal Music Group for songs downloaded through iTunes and as cellphone ringtones. An attorney for UMG said the company would file for a new hearing. The final decision could have greater implications as other artists attempt to get a bigger share of digital downloads.
A former employee at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment has accused him of age discrimination in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York City. Francesca Spero, 51, claims she was fired after having hip surgery and admitting to a fellow executive that she was treated for a drug dependency relapse, the AP reports. According to the lawsuit, Spero takes credit for helping to launch Combs’ career by introducing him to Russell Simmons and Uptown Records. “There are many reasons why Ms. Spero is no longer employed by Bad Boy, but age discrimination is not one of them,” a publicist for Combs told the AP.
Michael Been, vocalist and guitarist for the 1980s band The Call, suffered a heart attack in Belgium on Thursday and died. He was 60 years old. Been had been touring with his son’s band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, serving as a sound engineer, when he was stricken backstage at the Pukkelpop Music Festival in Hasselt. The Call produced 10 albums between 1982 and 2000, including 1989′s Let the Day Begin, the title track of which later became a campaign song for Al Gore in 2000.
Courtney Love has settled a $1 million lawsuit with the company that sued her two years ago over the profits from the sale of Nirvana’s publishing catalog. The Associated Press reports that lawyers for Love and the plaintiff, London & Co., told a judge last Wednesday that the two sides had come to an agreement, and the case was dismissed.
She acted opposite Sidney Poitier, spoke out for civil rights, and had a singing voice so full of emotion and passion it reminded some of Billie Holiday. Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln died on Saturday at her Manhattan home at age 80. Lincoln, an idiosyncratic and fiercely independent performer, influenced a generation of younger vocalists, including singer Cassandra Wilson, who told The New York Times, “I learned a lot about taking a different path from Abbey,” she said. “Investing your lyrics with what your life is about in the moment.”
Lincoln was born as Anna Marie Wooldridge in Chicago in 1930. Her stage name was suggested by fellow musician Bob Russell in the ’50s as a fusion of Westminster Abbey and Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln recorded her first album, “Affair…A Story of a Girl in Love” in 1956 and that same year appeared in the classic Jayne Mansfield movie comedy The Girl Can’t Help It, directed by Frank Tashlin. Lincoln also lent her voice to Max Roach’s politically incendiary 1960 album: “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite”. Shortly after the collaboration, she married Roach.
Soon after, she starred in the seminal 1964 African-American movie drama Nothing But a Man, and in 1968, she shared the screen with Poitier in the romantic comedy For Love of Ivy. In the ’80s, Lincoln took up singing full time again and her voice was as strong — if not stronger — than ever, maybe because she’d lived and now had more to say. Her 2007 album “Abbey Sings Abbey” is considered a jazz classic. As is the woman it’s named after.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who stumbled on stage Wednesday night during the band’s concert in Tampa, revealed on Twitter that his spill was actually the result of blacking out. “And for those that saw me fall last night during Bullet [With Butterfly Wings] that wasn’t a stage move or clumsiness, that was me blacking out and wiping out.” A second tweet added, “I have no memory of falling against the drum riser and my guitar cabinet, but I can tell you I’ve got quite a good bruise + am moving slow.” Corgan recovered to perform 11 more songs that night, and the slip went unnoticed in most concert reviews.
Gospel singer-composer and pastor Walter Hawkins died in his California home on Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61. Hawkins won a Grammy Award in 1980 for his album The Lord’s Prayer. His last album was 2005′s A Song In My Heart, and he was planning a new Love Alive CD concert recording for this fall, according to the AP.
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