Second Member Of Korean Group Ladies’ Code Dies Rise DEAD At 23

Rise becomes the second member of Korean pop group Ladies’ Code to die as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident that claimed the life of fellow member EunB.

Rise, 23, had undergone surgery over a head injury, but sadly slipped into a coma.

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Polaris Entertainment, the group’s record label, made the following announcement: “Ladies’ Code’s RiSe has passed away to the heavens at 10:10 AM on the 7th, at 23 years of age. Continue reading

Robin Thicke New Album SELLS ONLY 530 COPIES In UK

Robin Thicke may have been trying to get his wife back with his latest break-up album, Paula, but the way the record is selling, he may soon be crying for his mommy..

The US singer’s new record, Paula, a desperate plea to his estranged wife Paula Patton, has squarely bombed in the UK, reaching only number 200 in the charts after a full week of release.

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Fans remain unimpressed, with reports suggesting that just 530 copies of the album have been sold in the UK to date.
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Rita Ora Defensive Over Claims Of Jay Z Affair

Miss defensive! Rita Ora made an effort to squash rumors she’s having an affair with Jay Z in an interview on Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” on Wednesday.

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When asked about rumors claiming she and her record label boss are “boinking,” the British star responded, “Don’t you dare disrespect Beyoncé like that ever again in your entire life!”

“That’s just straight up disrespect. You can’t even go there,” she went on. “That’s like not even a question.”

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8 Major Music Publishers Sue Limewire!

On the heels of a major court win by the recording companies against file-sharing software company LimeWire, eight major music publishers said they filed their own suit on Wednesday.

The publishers are seeking relief and damages from LimeWire for facilitating copyright infringement.

Publishers are paid royalties for songwriters, while recording companies work with the artists who perform the songs. Several of the publishers, including EMI Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music Inc., are owned by the parents of the recording companies that won.

National Music Publishers’ Association CEO David Israelite said songwriters and publishers were hurt as well as performers by LimeWire, which provides software that allows users to swap songs over the Internet for free.

“The pervasive online infringement facilitated by LimeWire and others like them has consequences for everyone in the music chain,” Israelite said in a statement.

Last month, a U.S. District judge in New York ruled that LimeWire and its chairman, Mark Gorton, were liable for inducing copyright infringement. The case began in 2006.

The recording companies have yet to reach a deal that could settle the case before penalties are determined. But for each song that was downloaded with a willful intent to infringe on copyrights, the court could award $150,000.

Last week, the recording companies sought a preliminary injunction to freeze Gorton’s assets, alleging that he had attempted to shield LimeWire assets and its proceeds from the courts.

A LimeWire spokeswoman said in a statement that the company was attempting to relaunch itself as a legitimate music service with a business model “that will compensate the entire industry.”

 

Student Fined $675,000 for Sharing 30 Songs Online

A Jury ordered a 25-year-old student to pay a hefty fine totaling $675,000 to record companies for admitting he shared 30 songs online.

Joel Tenenbaum was sued by the RIAA calling him, “a hardcore, habitual, long-term infringer who knew what he was doing was wrong.”

Although the case focused on only 30 songs, Tenenbaum is believed to have downloaded and shared more than 800 songs, however, the RIAA chose to focus on 30.

According to federal law, record companies can receive, as much as $150,000 per track in damages from such violators if it is found the actions were willful.  If not deemed willful, $750 to $30,000 can be awarded.

If you’re keeping score it’s 2 for 2 in favor of the RIAA, this being only the second case to be brought against an individual. Last month, a jury ruled 32-year-old, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, to pony up $1.92 million for infringing on 24 songs.