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Prince has to pay up in perfume dispute PDF Print E-mail
Written by newsdesk@wenn.com   
Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:48

Pop star Prince has been told to hand over almost $4 million to bosses at a fragrance company after failing to promote a line of scents for them.

The "Purple Rain" singer was sued by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics in 2008 for pulling out of an alleged deal to endorse products inspired by his 2006 album "3121."

In legal papers, the company's lawyers claimed bosses spent a fortune on the venture but Prince didn't honor his commitment to promote the perfume.

Revelations executives accused the pop star of refusing to give media interviews and attend in-store events they set up for him.

He also turned down a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2007, which he had allegedly agreed to, and refused to distribute samples of the perfume at his concerts.

A New York Supreme Court judge ruled in the company's favor and confirmed the award on Friday.

 
Historic Agreement On Royalty Rates And Standards PDF Print E-mail
Written by RB   
Friday, 13 April 2012 07:38

Organizations representing the music publishers and songwriters, major record labels, digital music services and cellular phone companies today announced an agreement setting mechanical royalty rates and standards that supports a slate of new cutting-edge business models to help consumers access and enjoy music (PDF of agreement attached).

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) and Digital Media Association (DiMA) are filing an industry-wide agreement that fully resolves the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) Rate Proceeding under Section 115 of the Copyright Act.

The settlement provides for the development of new digital music services and business models offering music to consumers by creating new rates and terms under Section 115 for five new categories, which include:
Mixed service bundles (for example, a locker service, limited interactive service, downloads or ringtones combined with a non-music product such as a mobile phone, consumer electronics device or Internet service)
Paid locker services (subscription-based locker providing on-demand streaming and downloads)
Purchased content lockers (a free locker functionally provided to a purchaser of a permanent digital download, ringtone or CD where the music provider and locker have an agreement)
"Limited offerings" (subscription-based service offering limited genres of music or specialized playlists)
Music bundles (bundling music products such as CDs, ringtones and permanent digital downloads)
The 25-page proposed agreement will be submitted to the CRB today by the various parties resolves the pending mechanical royalty rate proceedings without litigation. The agreement covers 2013-2017 and must be formally be approved by the CRB. It establishes a royalty rate category for these new business models and rolls forward, with limited changes, all existing rates and terms for CDs and downloads.

 
"UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots" PDF Print E-mail
Written by RB   
Thursday, 05 April 2012 08:28

It has been 20 years since the L.A. Riots, the four days of unrest, looting and rage that paralyzed Los Angeles and sent racial shockwaves throughout the country. After decades of racial tension in South Central Los Angeles, VH1's Emmy Award-winning "VH1 Rock Docs" franchise explores the connection between the violence manifested on the streets during the 1992 riots and the rage expressed in Hip Hop by NWA, Dr. Dre, Ice T, and Ice Cube among others with VH1's "UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots" premiering Tuesday, May 1 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1.

Executive produced and narrated by Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg and directed by Mark Ford, "UPRISING: Hip Hop and The L.A. Riots" tells the story of the most destructive riot in American history and is scored by some of the most iconic and controversial hip hop tracks of all time, such as NWA's "F Tha Police" and Body Count's "Cop Killer." With definitive first-hand accounts and exclusive rare footage that was locked away and hasn't been seen until now, the documentary gives an inside look at the four fiery days that left 53 people dead and over 12,000 arrested, "UPRISING" is told through the diverse perspective of the rappers, musicians, police officers and victims who lived through the landmark L.A. Riots in April, 1992. Viewers will also witness never-before-heard stories from well known figures and Hip Hop artists who were affected by or actual participants in the riots, including: Rodney King, Arsenio Hall, Ice T, Professor Todd Boyd (USC), Connie Rice (Civil Rights attorney), John Singleton, Too Short, KRS-One, Nas and Henry Watson (one of the "LA Four" convicted of beating Reginald Denny) and many more.

After making its successful debut and receiving rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival this past March "UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots," puts a searing spotlight on race relations, revisits Hip Hop's warning of what was to come and documents the turbulent days of the riot with first hand accounts from residents that were caught in the cross hairs.

VH1's Emmy Award-winning Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives. "UPRISING: Hip Hop and the LA Riots" is executive produced by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films and executive produced by Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde for VH1.

 
Immortal Technique Returns To Europe PDF Print E-mail
Written by RB   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:02

On Friday, April 13th, Immortal Technique kick soff his first 2012 European tour, starting in Portu, Portugal. Accompanied by DJ Static, AKIR, and Swave Sevah, the crew will be visiting seven different countries in less than two weeks. With the success of his recent release The Martyr, which has amounted over 700,000 downloads worldwide, Immortal Technique now prepares for the upcoming release of his documentary, The (R)evolution Of Immortal Technique. Directed byCary Stuart of Quarter Water Productions, the documentary is a first-handed account of Immortal Technique's journey to iconic status, following seven years worth of performances worldwide, along with an in-depth look at his humanitarian efforts including Save The South Central Farm, and his 2009venture with Omeid International for the creation of an orphanange in Afghanistan, the Amin Institue. The double-DVD documentary also features conversations with the likes of Chuck D., Dr. Cornel West, DJ Green Lantern, along with extras and extended footage. The (R)evolution Of Immortal Technique is set for a July release.

Tour Dates

4/13/12 - Hard Club in Porto, Portugal
www.hard-club.com

4/14/12 - Rote Fabrik in Zurich,Switzerland
www.rotefabrik.ch

4/17/12 - Melkweg, Oude Zaal(Old Hall) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
www.melkweg.nl

4/18/12- Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark
www.pumpehuset.dk

4/19/12 - Mejeriet  in Lund, Sweden
www.kulturmejeriet.se

4/20/12 - GOTA KALLARE in Stockholm, Sweden
www.gk.nu

4/21/12 - Spikerboks in Oslo, Norway
www.spikerboks.no

4/22/12 - Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland
www.elmu.fi/?q=node/16


The (R)evolution OfImmortal Technique [Official Trailer]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hLJIH7ICJs

“ToastTo The Dead” [Off the recent The Martyr album]
Stream/Download: http://www.publicwizardinc.com/djs/review/immortal-technique-toast-to-the-dead-main-and-clean-version

 
Cissy Houston: ‘I Did The Best I Could’ With Daughter Whitney Houston PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Wendy Carpenter at Yahoo   
Sunday, 01 April 2012 09:19

In her first interview since daughter Whitney Houston died almost two months ago, Cissy Houston says she did "the best" she could raising her, and she is "very proud" of her.

On Thursday, Houston returned to the location of her daughter's funeral, New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., a symbolic gesture for her first public speaking appearance. The church is also where Whitney Houston awed the congregation with her prodigious singing as a child.

"I'm very proud of my daughter," Houston said. "She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here ... she was a very wonderful person."

Whitney Houston's death on Feb. 11 was ruled as an accidental drowning -- in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite the night before the Grammys -- though it was determined that heart disease and cocaine contributed as well.

"I know I did the best I could. ... I don't blame myself," Houston said of her daughter. "I know I did the best I could for everything."

"I have my moments ..." Houston, a mother of three, responded when asked how she's dealing with losing her only daughter. "I'm not there yet ... I don't think I'm any more courageous than anyone else."

Houston, a Grammy Award—winning soul and gospel singer, also says there's one rumor that is completely false.

"Whitney did not die broke ... she's not broke. None of that crap."

It wasn't the first time Houston tried to help her famous daughter.

In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston claimed it was her mother who fought to save her from her substance addiction.

"I'm not losing you to Satan," Whitney recalled her mother telling her. "I'm not doing this. I want my daughter back. I want you back."

Cissy Houston was "hysterical" after her daughter's death, Perez Hilton reported, and she said as much in a statement released at the time: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends."

The sentiment was representative of the close relationship Cissy Houston and her daughter had. Journalist Jawn Murray told FOXNews.com that their connection was comparable to that of Whitney Houston's situation with her own daughter, , which was "amazingly close."

"They had a relationship that really resembled the relationship that Whitney Houston had with her own mother, Cissy Houston," said Murray, who interviewed Whitney Houston. "Whitney loved her daughter. Bobbi Kristina was her only child and her pride and joy. Because of that, she treasured her."

 
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