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A number of high-profile stars are suing ElevenParis for using their likenesses without their permission to sell clothes.
A range of pop stars including Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and Rihanna are suing a Paris-based clothes retailer and manufacturer for “brazenly” selling merchandise such as hats, T-shirts and mobile phone cases bearing their likenesses without their permission.
A complaint was filed on Tuesday (October 6th) at a federal court in New York alleging that the company ElevenParis has ignored warnings previously issued by the artists to stop the items in question from being sold. According to Reuters, the retailer’s actions “have caused and are causing immediate irreparable harm” to the plaintiffs.
Beyonce and Jay Z are two of the stars behind the legal challenge
Continue reading: Jay Z, Beyonce And Other Pop Stars Sue Paris Clothing Retailer
Combs replaces Dr Dre as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world, making $60 million in the last 12 months.
Despite not having released an album in nearly half a decade, Sean “P Diddy” Combs has been revealed as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world this year with a gross income of $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.
Diddy displaces Dr Dre in Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings rundown, with his income coming from various successful business ventures plus number of sponsorship and endorsement deals. His Ciroc brand of vodka has proven extremely popular in the States, and it has been this that has formed the bedrock of his financial health this year.
The rapper has also enjoyed income from his clothing line Sean John, his water brand Aquahydrate and TV network Revolt.
Continue reading: Sean 'Diddy' Combs Revealed As Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Star Of 2015
The British model and actress has previously admitted that she was reluctant at first to star in the video.
Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has spoken once more about her role in the controversial video for ‘Blurred Lines’, the Robin Thicke single that helped her to stardom, calling it “the bane of my existence”.
In a new interview with InStyle magazine, the 24 year old said: “Anyone comes up to me about ‘Blurred Lines’, I’m like, ‘Are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?’” Ratajkowski has since scored roles in Gone Girl and Zac Efron’s recent EDM flick We Are Your Friends, as well as a cameo in the Entourage movie in which she stars as herself.
Emily Ratajkowski at the 2015 MTV VMAs
The annual awards show takes place this Sunday (August 30th).
Demi Lovato and Pharrell are among the names just announced as performers at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The event, which takes place on Sunday (August 30th) will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California and hosted by Miley Cyrus.
Demi Lovato has been announced as performing at this year’s VMA’s.
Six performers were announced for the ceremony on Tuesday; Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Twenty One Pilots and Tori Kelly. They will join The Weeknd who was previously announced as performing hit single, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’.
Continue reading: Demi Lovato And Pharrell Among Performers For This Years MTV VMAs
The annual festival takes place at London's Roundhouse from September 19-September 28, with more headliners to be announced soon.
Apple has unveiled the first clutch of artists to appear at its annual festival, rebranded as the Apple Music Festival, in London next month. Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the acts to be confirmed on Tuesday (August 18th), with more artists to be announced over the coming days.
The Apple Music Festival will be taking place over 10 nights from September 19th to September 28th at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue in Camden. To tie in with the company’s recent launch of its all-in-one music content application Apple Music, all of the performances will be available for people to watch via the app, both live and on-demand.
Pharrell Williams is one of the first headliners to unveiled for the Apple Music Festival in London
Continue reading: Apple Music Festival Announces One Direction, Pharrell As Headliners
She was one of the scantily clad stars of 'Blurred Lines' in 2013, but now Emily Ratajkowski can't bear to hear it when out in bars.
It might the pop-culture earthquake that made her famous around the world, but Emily Ratajkowski has revealed that she can’t bear to listen to, or watch the music video for, ‘Blurred Lines’.
The 24 year old model and actress, who was one of the women in the notorious video for Robin Thicke’s smash hit single, the biggest-selling track worldwide in 2013, was speaking to GQ magazine ahead of her new film We Are Your Friends. She described the concept behind the video as “so bad”, and revealed that it took some serious persuasion for her to appear in the first place.
Emily Ratajkowski, who starred in the 'Blurred Lines' video, hates hearing it now
RiRi will be available to give advice to contestants from all four judges' teams during the Knockout Rounds.
‘The Voice’ is lining up yet another big name for its ninth season with the announcement that Rihanna is to be the new key adviser.
This comes hot on the heels of the news that Gwen Stefani would be one of the four judges when the singing competition returns on September 21st on NBC. The network’s president Robert Greenblatt announced on Thursday (August 13th) at the TCA press conference in Beverly Hills that the ‘B**** Better Have My Money’ singer would be playing a major role.
Rihanna has been announced as key adviser for season 9 of 'The Voice'
Continue reading: Rihanna Confirmed As Key Adviser For Season 9 Of 'The Voice'
Robin Thicke will have to pay a little less to the family of Marvin Gaye over his hit ‘Blurred Lines’.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have received a little bit of good news regarding their ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright case, after a judge trimmed more than $2 million from the damages the duo were ordered to pay to the family of Marvin Gaye.
Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines will now cost him $2 million less.
On July 14th US district judge John A Kronstadt ruled that $2 million should be cut from the $7.4 million total which had been decided on back in March, bringing the sum down to $5.3 million. Kronstadt said that he had made the reducTIon as the original award was not supported by the evidence.
Thicke spoke about how he lost and regained his perspective on life after the success of the controversial worldwide hit 'Blurred Lines' in 2013.
After a thoroughly miserable 18 months, Robin Thicke seems to have reached a sense of perspective with regards to his recent troubles, looking back on his rise and fall in a revealing new interview with the New York Times.
The 38 year old R&B star achieved worldwide fame for his 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’, which was the biggest selling single in the world that year. However, that fame slowly turned to notoriety, after the song’s lyrics were accused of being “rape-y” and was the subject of a multi-million dollar copyright infringement case that found that Thicke and collaborator Pharrell Williams had ripped off Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up’.
Robin Thicke has had a rough time of it since the start of 2014
The band's single 'Geronimo' became an instant number one hit.
Sheppard might be yet to gain significant attention in the US and UK, but they're becoming serious superstars in their home nation of Australia. The Brisbane six-piece shot to number one with their multi-Platinum single 'Geronimo' last year, and even managed to knock down Pharrell Williams' record-breaking hit 'Happy'.
Sheppard apologize for Pharrell victory
Needless to say, the band were, indeed, very happy when they discovered that they had beaten the pop giant to the top of the chart in Australia, and even more so when their independent debut album 'Bombs Away' reached number two. They remain, however, contrite that Pharrell's opportunity to break yet another record was snatched from him.
Continue reading: Sheppard Apologize For Foiling Pharrell's Chart Record With 'Geronimo'
It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.
The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.
The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood.
Continue reading: Isle Of Wight Festival - 2015 Live Review
'Daft Punk Unchained' will air June 24th on Canal + in France.
The mysterious, hit making duo known as Daft Punk might soon be lifting their helmets ever so slightly in a new documentary titled, ‘Daft Punk Unchained’. Made by BBC Worldwide France, the doc is the first to made about the group, who have been shrouded in secrecy since their formation in 1993.
‘Daft Punk Unchained’ will air June 24th.
Directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and co-written with Marina Rozenma, ‘Unchained’ will tell the story of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, aka Daft Punk, using archival interview footage from 1996 to 2013 and "rare documents”.
What happens when you take Pharrell, Snoop Dog, Snoop's favourite medication, and Stevie Wonder? A crazy story - that's what!
With Snoop Dog's 'Bush' set to hit shelves on 12th May 2015, Snoop and the record's producer, Pharrell Williams, took some time to give an interview about the creation of some of the tracks from the album. One of the main topics of conversation, however, turned out to be how they got Stevie Wonder to appear on the song 'California Role', and how the two musicians reacted to his arrival.
'California Role' was released on 5th May 2015
Pharrell originally played the song 'California Role' while the two were recording the album in Miami, apparently because it was a song he had made that had never made it onto an album. Snoop knew he couldn't rap over the song, so he reached out to a friend of his to write some lyrics for him, before he realised that the song was calling out for Stevie Wonder.
Is this the first signs of the post-'Blurred Lines' legal ruling coming into effect?
The biggest selling single of the year so far has seen a significant change to its writing credits. Mark Ronson’s record-breaking ‘Uptown Funk!’ now includes the writers of The Gap Band’s 1979 hit ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’.
It’s not clear as to how this alteration came about – there have been no court cases or lawsuits in the offing – but five extra names are now included on Ronson’s hit, according to Music Week. They are The Gap Band’s three members Ronnie Wilson, Charles Wilson and Robert Wilson as well as producers Lonnie Simmons and Rudolph Taylor.
Mark Ronson has altered the writing credits for 'Uptown Funk!'
Continue reading: 'Uptown Funk!'s Writing Credits Changed To Include The Gap Band
Motorhead, FFS and George Clinton make for exciting surprise additions.
The Billboard Music Awards are being held on May 17th in Las Vegas.
Swift and Smith, whose respective albums 1989 and In The Lonely Hour are still in the Top 5 of the Billboard Albums Chart well over four months after their release, are both gunning for the Top Artist, Top 100 Songs, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artists categories, while each is up for the Top Artist in their gender-specific prizes.
Taylor Swift scored the most BMA nominations with 14
The British supermodel fronts the new Marie Antoinette inspired campaign for the French fashion house.
She may be looking towards a future in Hollywood, but supermodel Cara Delevingne isn't quite done with striking a pose yet. The 22 year old is the new face of Chanel’s most recent campaign, which sees her giving Marie Antoinette a punk makeover in the period style images.
Muse: Cara Delevingne is the face of Chanel
Cara shared some of the striking images with her 10.7 million Instagram followers on Thursday captioning one picture “My new @chanelofficial campaign @karllagerfeld @carineroitfeld @sammcknight1 @tompecheux.”
Continue reading: Cara Delevingne's New Chanel Campaign Is A Vintage Dream
The song was produced by Grammy winning Pharrell Williams.
Alternative funk two-piece from New York Lion Babe have opened up about their 'empowering' new single 'Wonder Woman', produced by Pharrell Williams. The duo admit it's all about becoming a role model for young women in the world.
Lion Babe to release new single 'Wonder Woman' in May 2015
Rising stars Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman are set to unveil their highly anticipated debut album soon, and have already presented us with a little taster in the form of 'Wonder Woman', with whom they worked alongside multi-award winning 'Happy' hitmaker Pharrell Williams. The video is equally as exciting, featuring Jillian acting out her band's namesake, voluminous curls at their max.
Continue reading: Lion Babe Open Up About 'Empowering' New Single 'Wonder Woman'
The ‘Happy’ hat wearer is being recognised for his unique style.
He’s known for his unique fashion sense just as much as he is for his catchy hits, so it's no surprise to see Pharrell Williams being named as this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon Award winner. The ‘Happy’ singer has become a fashion trailblazer in recent years, always making waves on the red carpet thanks to his fearless, ever changing style.
Pharrell will recieve this year's CDFA icon award
“If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style, but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenburg in a statement.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams Named 2015 CFDA Fashion Icon Award Recipient
The Gaye family isn't quite done with Pharrell Williams.
So Pharrell has had enough trouble with the Gaye family to last him a lifetime. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be done with him quite yet. The Gaye estate originally lauched and settled out of court on a lawsuit that could net them $7.3 million, according to BBC News. The suit referred to the 1977 hit Got to Give It Up.
Now, they're looking into Marvin Gaye's entire back catalogue to see if there have been any other copyright breaches. According to the BBC, Gaye's daughter Nona has already found similarities between Pharrell's Happy and her father's 1966 hit Ain't It Peculiar.
Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams - Celebrities attend MOCA's 35th Anniversary Gala presented by Louis Vuitton welcoming new Director Philippe Vergne at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 29th March 2014
Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams - PHARRELL WILLIAMS At Liberty Fairs 10th Anniversary of Billionaire Boys Club" at Pure Nightclub Inside Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino In Las Vegas, NV on 8/21/13 - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Wednesday 21st August 2013
Pharrell Williams - Soledad O'Brien and Pharrell Williams Friday 27th July 2012 The 2nd Annual New Orleans In The Hamptons Benefit Gala
Pharrell Williams Wednesday 3rd December 2008 outside The Forge Restaurant with a friend Miami Beach, Florida
Pharrell Williams - N.E.R.D with Pharrell Williams performing live Berlin, Germany - N.E.R.D concert presented by MySpace at Roter Salon at Volksbuehne Friday 27th June 2008
Pharrell Williams and Nigo - Pharrell Williams and Nigo New York City, USA - Billionaire Boys Club / Ice Cream Clothing flagship store opening at West Broadway Wednesday 28th November 2007
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