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EMI to fight Men at Work plagiarism ruling

Record company EMI filed a formal appeal today protesting a court ruling that the Australian band Men at Work copied a flute melody from the traditional children’s nursery rhyme “Kookaburra” in the 1982 no. 1 hit “Down Under,” according to Variety.

EMI’s claim states that similarities to two bars of the original song, whose publishing company is seeking millions of dollars in royalties from EMI, might be detected by “the highly sensitized or educated musical ear” but not by most ordinary listeners.

For a side-by-side comparison of the two melodies, click here.

Exclusive: Allison Iraheta to perform 'Scars' on 'American Idol' Thursday-night results show

Allison Iraheta, fourth-place finisher from season 8 of American Idol, will perform her new single “Scars” during the show’s Thursday-night telecast (8 p.m. ET on Fox). A live performance by the red-headed rocker should provide momentary respite for the four season 9 semifinalists (two men, two women) who’ll get the boot during the course of the hour-long telecast. “Scars,” written by Toby Gad and Alyssa James, and produced by Gad, is a ballad from Iraheta’s 2009 debut Just Like You; a rep from 19 Entertainment confirms “Scars” will be the followup single to “Friday I’ll Be Over U.”

As previously announced, Thursday’s episode of Idol will also feature season 8 champ Kris Allen performing and sharing footage of his recent trip to Haiti to raise awareness and funds that will benefit the UN Foundation’s work in the earthquake-ravaged country; that organization is one recipient of this year’s “Idol Gives Back” campaign. Thursday’s telecast will encourage viewers to donate money online and via text-message.

More on Allison Iraheta:
Just Like You album review
Concert Review: Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen: Awesome three ways in NYC
Follow EW’s Idol expert on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak
Allison performs “Don’t Waste the Pretty” on EW’s Idolatry series

Image Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Andrew Lloyd Webber 'very interested' in buying Abbey Road studios

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s publicist says the British musical composer is “very interested” in buying London’s Abbey Road recording studios, the BBC reports. Most of Webber’s musicals were composed at the famed studios, including Jesus Christ Superstar and the upcoming Love Never Dies. The studios are probably most famous as the facility the Beatles used to record most of their albums. Webber, 61, is one of a number of parties who have expressed interest in purchasing Abbey Road in the wake of rumors that EMI is looking to sell them.

SNL back on Feb. 27, Jennifer Lopez to host

NBC has announced that SNL will return on February 27 with Jennifer Lopez pulling her second double-duty spot as host and musical guest (a feat she previously pulled off in February of 2001). The star will be plugging her return to the big screen in The Back-Up Plan and her new album Love? (both slated for April).

Lady GaGa dominates BRIT Awards

Lady GaGa was the big winner at the 30th annual BRIT Awards in London, winning all three awards she was nominated for, including Best International Album. Jay-Z won Best International Male Solo Artist, and Lily Allen was honored as Britain’s Best Female Solo Artist. Other honorees included:

British Male Solo Artist: Dizzee Rascal

British Breathrough Act: JLS

British Group: Kasabian

British Album: Lungs, by Florence & the Machines

British Single: “Beat Again,” by JLS

For a complete list, click here

Doors documentary gets release date

Jim Morrison is headed to a theater near you. The feature-length documentary, When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors will hit theaters on April 9. Directed by Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) and narrated by A-list Doors fan Johnny Depp, When You’re Strange has been popping up on the festival circuit recently everywhere from Sundance to San Sebastian to Santa Barbara. The film is a mix of archival and previously unseen footage of the legendary ’60s L.A. quartet behind such classics as “Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “The End” and led by the charismatic Morrison who died in 1971. The film’s soundtrack will be released on March 30.

Abbey Road studios for sale

Here’s your chance to own a little piece of history. According to the Associated Press, the cash-strapped music label EMI is looking to unload Abbey Road studios, the legendary recording mecca (and tourist attraction) where the Beatles recorded some of their most famous songs, including those on their final studio album, 1969’s Abbey Road. While EMI would not comment on the sale, it’s believed that the studio could raise tens of millions of dollars. EMI has seen several high-profile acts like Radiohead and the Rolling Stones jump ship amidst cutbacks resulting from its acquisition by the private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners in 2007. EMI originally bought the Georgian town house in London’s residential St. John’s Wood neighborhood in 1929 and turned it into one of the industry’s most cutting-edge studios where such rock n’ roll classics as Radiohead’s OK Computer and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon were recorded.

Madonna calls Alexander McQueen a 'unique visionary'

Madonna, who showcased many of Alexander McQueen‘s most spectacular creations over the years, released a comment about the late fashion designer, who was found dead in his London home yesterday of an apparent suicide. Her statement reads: “Lee McQueen was a truly unique visionary in the world of fashion. A creator of beauty. What a tragedy.”

More Alexander McQueen:
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 40, found dead in London home
PopWatch: Remembering Alexander McQueen: What was your favorite creation?
Gallery: 12 Unforgettable Alexander McQueen designs

Celine Dion to return to Las Vegas stage

Celine Dion is planning to return to the Las Vegas stage with an all-new musical show in 2011, according to People. The show is set to premiere on March 15, 2011 at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where Dion previously performed for five years.

Taylor Swift's label exec defends Grammys performance

Scott Borchetta, whose Big Machine Records released Taylor Swift’s Fearless, has responded to criticism of Swift’s questionably off-key duet with Stevie Nicks during Sunday’s Grammy telecast, according to The Tennesseean. “Maybe she’s not the best technical singer, but she’s probably the best emotional singer,” he said. “She’s an extraordinary songwriter and her vocal performances are getting better. Everybody is not perfect on any given day.”

More about Taylor Swift at the Grammys:
Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks’ Grammys duet: Out of sight, or out of tune?

Taylor Swift collaborator Butch Walker on their much-discussed Grammy performance: ‘a lot of people give her unnecessary grief’

Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year: Did the Grammys get it right?

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