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50 Cent Lawsuit

50 Cent is apparently facing a lawsuit for employing known violent criminal Dwayne McKenzie. The lawsuit was spurred from an incident at the rapper’s mansion, where Dwayne invited over some women for a party and then made “graphic and vulgar sexual requests” to partygoer Vasti Ortiz. When she didn’t go along and tried to leave, she claims that Dwayne forced another woman at the party to beat her. According to the lawsuit, Vasti believes that 50 Cent should have known about Dwayne’s violent history, and as a result shouldn’t have hired the man and should be held responsible for the incident. Seeing as this all went down at the hip hop artist’s mansion, I can see where he can be held accountable.

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T-Pain VS Auto Tune

It’s an odd title isn’t it? T-Pain going against auto tune is like Daniel Radcliffe suing the Harry Potter franchise. As we are all aware, the hip hop artist and auto tune have practically been interchangeable words for quite some time now. However, it looks like the time is up as T-Pain has filed a lawsuit against auto tune company Antares Technologies in an effort to distance himself from them. Apparently, he’s doing this because he’s in the middle of developing his own “voice manipulation product” called The T-Pain Effect with new company Izotope. In the lawsuit, T-Pain claims that Antares “continues to use his image and likeness in advertisements, packaging and marketing materials” even though he no longer wishes to endorse their technology...

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R. Kelly is getting sued

It looks like the singer’s former manager, Jeff Kwatinetz, has a bone or two to pick with R. Kelly and he’s going to do it by filling a $1 million lawsuit against his former client. However, R. Kelly apparently couldn’t care less about this, as seems to emanate from his representative’s attitude toward the situation: ”Jeff Kwatinetz’s complaint is a collection of half-truths, distortions and outright fabrications. Mr. Kwatinetz is a disgruntled former manager who apparently feels the need to try to seek retribution for his discharge. It is particularly disturbing, given his job as a professional talent manager and trusted adviser, that he would feel the need to lash out and dish what he thinks is dirt against a former client...

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Soulja Boy Lawsuit

Rapper Soulja Boy cancelled a gig last December and allegedly didn’t pay anyone back the money that he was paid for to do it. He was paid a $16,250 advance fee to secure the date and also owes another $3500 for bus transportation to the event and another $8000 for television and radio commercials to promote it. TrinCity chief Joseph Sheldon Brewster has filed a lawsuit against Soulja Boy and he blames Interscope Records and MySpace Music for stopping the concert and then not paying a promised $10,000 to make up for the advertising costs on time. Brewster claims it’s a breach of contract and unjust enrichment. However, I find it unfair that he’s suing for $1 million instead of asking to get paid back with additional damages. I wonder how this will play out.

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Katherine Jacksons getting in the ring with Michael Jackson’s estate

This is probably the beginning of a whole new cycle in the drama that is the Jackson clan. It seems that Katherine Jackson has a very dim view of Michael Jackson’s estate, especially because of their lawsuit against the charity Heal the World. This is what she had to say on the matter: It is not my desire, nor would it be the desire of my son Michael, to continue this lawsuit against Heal the World Foundation. Michael would be very upset, if he knew our charity was being torn down by people who say they are doing what he wanted.” Apparently Michael Jackson’s estate is suing the foundation because they have dared to use the pop legend’s likeness and name in their work...

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Elvis Presley Estate Suing Music Publisher

Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a lawsuit against music publisher Chrysalis Music Group, claiming that they owe them as much as $5 million in royalty payments. EPE, which owns a 50% interest in the King of Rock n Roll’s music, filed the lawsuit last week and claim that Chrysalis breached an agreement by “failing to properly collect, account for and pay its owed money”. It sounds like the estate has a long and boring court battle in the future. This is something that the Michael Jackson estate is likely to deal with in the future too so those guys better take some notes.

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50 Cent Lawsuit

50 Cent released a rather popular album and movie combo last year called ‘Before I Self Destruct’. This year, the rapper is facing a lawsuit for allegedly ripping off the concept of both from a book by another author. 50 Cent has been slapped with a copyright claim from novelist Shadrach Winstead. He claims that the rapper stole the plot from his book ‘The Preacher’s Son – But the Streets Turned Me into a Gangster’ to write songs for his album and the story for the movie. Shadrach goes as far as saying that passages from his book are identical to some lines and lyrics from the movie. That could prove to be very strong evidence. It’s time for 50 to find a lawyer.

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More Plagiarism Woes for Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas have faced plagiarism lawsuits before so when they got sued by Bryan Pringle, I wasn’t all that surprised. Bryan claims that the hip hop band plagiarized his song ‘Take a Drive’ for their hit ‘I Gotta Feeling’. Plaintiff lawyer Ira Gould said “A simple listening of the two songs will tell you that the songs are substantially similar, and that the hooks of the two songs are virtually identical in rhythm and lyrics.” Bryan, along with Ebony Latrice Batts and Manfred Mohr who filed a lawsuit claiming plagiarism of their song ‘Boom Dynamite’ being copied for ‘Boom Boom Pow’, are suing for monetary damages including all net profits from the tracks and future royalties.

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Swizz Beatz Lawsuit

Alicia Keys’ new husband Swizz Beatz is being accused as a profit-hogging fraud by a jilted songwriter who claims that he co-produced the song ‘My Drink n My 2 Step’ but got nothing to show for it. Antwann Frost recently filed a lawsuit claiming that Swizz called him up in 2007 to help put together a hit single for rapper Cassidy’s then incomplete album. According to the documents, Swizz assembled the drum patterns and Antwann created “all of the other original musical components that shaped and defined” the track that would become a hit and would spawn remixes by Kanye West, Ne-Yo and Chingy. Antwann was reportedly offered $5000 in cash and 5% ownership of the song after it was released. He rejected the offer and is now suing for $1.5 million.

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Dr. Dre Settles Lawsuit

Dr. Dre has finally settled some major beef with a recording studio that accused him of flaking on a $1.2 million bill. In the lawsuit filed in LA County Superior Court, Paramount Recording Studios claimed that the veteran rapper never paid for studio time between 2009 and 2010. But the two sides have finally agreed on a settlement. A lawyer for PRS says “The costs have been paid in full … the recording studio is happy with the amicable outcome.” Hopefully, Dr. Dre’s next big move is finally releasing his incredibly long awaited album ‘Detox’. I almost forgot that he even has that.

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