One of the most popular figures in electronic dance music in the mid-2000s, Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse") was equally recognized for his prodigious output of material, which reached the upper ech...
Dance DJ Kaskade has distanced himself from label bosses' decision to sue YouTube.com sensation Michelle Phan over accusations she illegally used the star's music in her popular make-up videos. Ultra Records executives launched legal action against Phan in a Los Angeles court last Wednesday (16Jul14), claiming she breached copyright laws by using their clients' songs in her viral clips, which have racked up more than 150 million views online.
They are demanding all profits from her YouTube channel, which has been running since 2007.
However, Kaskade has since spoken out via Twitter.com to insist he is not personally involved in the suit.
On Saturday (19Jul14), he shared a link to a blog post he had written a month ago insisting copyright law was outdated in today's tech-driven world, and he reiterated his sentiments again over the weekend by posting, "Copyright law is a dinosaur, ill-suited for the landscape of today's media."
He then made it clear he had no issues with Phan, stating, "I'm not suing @MichellePhan + @ultrarecords isn't my lapdog. I can't do much about the lawsuit except voice support for her."
He also quipped, "I find that @MichellePhan has great taste in music... and knows secrets on how to make my eyes really POP. What's not to like?"
Meanwhile, Phan's lawyers are preparing to fight the allegations, insisting Ultra chiefs allowed her to feature tracks by artists like Kaskade and Deadmau5 as they believed her videos "showcased (them) to an international audience". They are now planning to countersue, reports TMZ.com.
Ultra Records is also home to artists including Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and David Guetta.
Label bosses behind dance DJs Kaskade and Deadmau5 have launched legal action against online sensation Michelle Phan over copyright issues relating to the music she uses in her popular YouTube.com videos. Phan has been dishing out make-up tips to fans via her own YouTube channel since 2007, but Ultra Records executives claim her viral videos, which have racked up more than 150 million views, feature hits she does not own the rights to.
They filed suit in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (16Jul14) and are demanding all profits from her YouTube venture.
Phan's Internet success led to endorsement deals with soda brand Dr. Pepper and cosmetics giant Lancome, in addition to landing the 27 year old her own make-up line.
Ultra Records is also home to artists including Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and David Guetta.
Lana Del Rey has scored her first U.S. number one album as Ultraviolence debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 as expected. The new release sold 182,000 units in its first week on sale, giving the singer/songwriter her best week on the countdown.
British soul sensation Sam Smith is also celebrating after debuting his first album, In the Lonely Hour, at two, with 166,000 first-week sales, and Linkin Park make it an all-new top three by entering at three with The Hunting Party.
The Frozen soundtrack lands a 26th consecutive week in the top five at four and Willie Nelson returns to the top 10 with his highest-charting album since 1982 - Band of Brothers debuts at five.
Other new entries in the top 10 are Jennifer Lopez's AKA at eight and Deadmau5's while(1
Police in Los Angeles are trying to track down a stalker who has informed celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D he's planning a killing spree after she obtained a restraining order against him. The reality TV star, who has dated Sandra Bullock's ex Jesse James and electronic dance music star Deadmau5, has told cops she fears for her life and the lives of others after receiving online death threats from Michael Nunn.
Von D was granted a restraining order against Nunn in 2012 and now the Iowan insists his life is over and he's planning to go out in a blaze of glory.
In a tweet he sent out on 4 June (14), Nunn wrote, "You have to understand, Kat, my life is over because of you. Therefore, what would my only reason for living be? Revenge."
He then threatened to "go Columbine in Los Angeles... in a few weeks", referring to the deadly 1999 Columbine school massacre in Colorado.
Nunn added, "Get it through your f**king head!! Lose the game or watch people die!... Your (sic) running out of time and I'm not running out of anger and determination."
Police are taking the threat seriously and, according to TMZ.com, officials have launched a search to track him down.
Electronic dance music star Deadmau5 has taken aim at the bosses of Craigslist.com after they pulled the sale of his 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider (F1 Edition) from the listings website. The DJ recently completed the Gumball 3000 rally in the sports car and was asking for offers close to $380,000 (£228,000) for the vehicle, which he dubbed the 'Purrari'.
His original Craigslist ad reads: "Selling the majestic Purrari... asking 380k OBO (or best offer)... anything over 380 goes to charity, so get those bids in! (Toronto Humane Society).
"We will personally invite the buyer to Toronto to come and film a 'farewell purrari' coffee run with me... We will ship this thing anywhere in north america."
The ad was mysteriously removed by Craigslist bosses, but the DJ has since taken to Twitter.com, insisting he'll sell it elsewhere.
Deadmau5 writes, "craigslist removed my listing? what the f**k for? is it not a site for selling s**t?"
Music star Deadmau5 has been honoured with the prestigious Spirit of Gumball award after completing the 3,000 mile supercar rally. The dance music producer arrived in Ibiza, Spain on Wednesday (11Jun14) in a Ferrari customised with images of Internet meme Nyan Cat, dubbed a 'Purrari', and landed the coveted trophy for being the driver who best embodies the fun, free spirit of the Gumball 3000 rally.
As well as racing through eight cities in the U.S. and Europe with 124 other teams of competitors, deadmau5 - real name Joel Zimmerman - helped launch the rally with a concert in Miami, Florida and made bids at the Gumball Foundation's charity auctions along the rally route.
Zimmerman spent $200,00 (£125,000) on a signed Gumball 3000 flag and a place in next year's race and $72,000 (£45,000) on a pair of swimming trunks and a Baywatch jacket worn by David Hasselhoff, who also drove in the rally.
The music star wrote on Twitter.com, "WE DID IT!!! #teampurrari takes home the spirit of the gumball award!!!! Unreal!!!!"
Money raised by the auctions, as well as the $64,000 (£40,000) teams pay to enter each car, goes towards a number of charitable endeavours including providing opportunities for under privileged kids around the world.
Dance music star Deadmau5 missed out on the London festivities on the world-famous Gumball 3000 rally on Sunday (08Jun14) after taking a wrong turn in his luxury sports car. The producer and DJ, real name Joel Zimmerman, jumped behind the wheel of his famous Ferrari Spider 458, which has been dubbed the 'Purrari' thanks to its cat-themed exterior.
He drove down the city's famous Regent Street, which had been shut down for the bash, as part of a fleet of 120 super cars, but somehow managed to miss a turn and ended up failing to make it to the checkpoint.
The mistake forced Deadmau5, who had travelled with the rally group from Miami, Florida, to return to his hotel while he awaited the chance to catch up with his fellow competitors.
He has since managed to rejoin the drivers to travel to Paris, France, as they continue the race across Europe.
The epic rally sees the Gumball teams roaring 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometres) across two continents and five countries in seven days, from Miami to Ibiza, Spain, where rapper Eve and her fiance, Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper, will wed.
Actor David Hasselhoff was held up during the London leg of the Gumball 3000 rally on Sunday (08Jun14) after police pulled over his famous Knight Rider sports car for speeding. The former Baywatch star is among the celebrities taking part in the annual event, in which a host of famous faces drive luxury cars across the world, and the Gumball regular is racing across the globe in a modernised version of his high-performance sidekick KITT, a car fitted with artificial intelligence which featured in the hit 1980s show.
However, Hasselhoff ran into a little trouble with cops after he was spotted travelling at high speed, and the actor admits his usual charms failed to convince the officers to let him go with a warning.
He explains, "Police pulled me over, for speeding.
"Normally on Gumball, when I get pulled over by the police, I have a photo with them and they let me off. But not this year.
"I told them that it wasn't my fault, because KITT drives itself!"
More than half a million fans turned out to cheer on the celebrity drivers as they pulled up on London's Regent Street on Sunday for the U.K. leg of the world's biggest rally.
The famous shopping district was shut down for the day to allow the fleet of supercars to pass through, with other star participants including rappers Eve, Xzibit, Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah, dance DJ Deadmau5 and British TV host Jonathan Ross.
The Gumball rally continues across Europe, with the finish line set in clubbing Mecca Ibiza, where Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper will wed Eve.
Kourtney Kardashian's husband Scott Disick joined the New York stretch of the Gumball 3000 supercar rally on Saturday (07Jun14). The reality TV star and businessman, famed for his extravagant collection of luxury motors, rode with Beverly Hills makeup brand Kameco's team in a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster as part of the 120-car global race.
Disick, whose wife is rumoured to be expecting her third child, later showed he could keep up with the hard-partying rally crowd by performing manic raps at New York's Up&Down club during the event's afterparty
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star took to his Twitter.com page to share a picture of his swanky car, writing, "Had an amazing drive today with paintedmanbykameco (sic)."
The rally, which also features stars including David Hasselhoff, rappers Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah, Deadmau5, and British TV host Jonathan Ross, hits London's Regent Street on Sunday (08Jun14) before continuing across Europe towards the finish line in clubbing Mecca Ibiza, where Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper will wed rapper Eve.
British rappers Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah will show off their driving skills when they go head-to-head in this year's (14) Gumball 3000 international rally. The pair will join other motoring enthusiasts and stars including David Hasselhoff, rapper Eve, and music producer Deadmau5 for the 3,000-mile (4,828-kilometre) trek across two continents.
The seven-day event next month (Jun14) begins in Miami, Florida, and ends in Ibiza, Spain, via New York and London, and the two British hip-hop stars are the latest famous faces to sign up.
Tempah is keen to show off his motoring skills during the event, but his rival Rascal may have an unfair advantage - he will be competing in the world's fastest supercar.
The Bonkers hitmaker will be climbing behind the wheel of a $1.6 million (£1 million) Bugatti Veyron for the rally.
One of the most popular figures in electronic dance music in the mid-2000s, Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse") was equally recognized for his prodigious output of material, which reached the upper echelons of the mainstream charts, and his stage headgear, an enormous, LED-equipped mouse head that pulsed in time with his mix of progressive house music. He rose to fame on the strength of his 2007 single "Faxing Berlin," which caught the attention of influential U.K. DJ Pete Tong, who helped to send it to the top of the American and European dance charts. A flurry of full-length albums, both self-released and through Deadmau5's own label, Mau5trap, soon ushered him into the <i>Billboard</i> 200 while maintaining an iron grip on the top of the dance charts. By the end of the 2000s, Deadmau5 was among the leading performances in dance music, headlining massive world tours and even performing at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The increased success of each record was a clear indication that Deadmau5 was among the top DJs, if not the top music artists, around the globe.<p>Born Joel Thomas Zimmerman on Jan. 5, 1981 in the Ontario, Canada town of Niagara Falls, Deadmau5's teenaged obsession with computers led to his first music efforts in chiptune, a style of electronic music produced with the sound chips from early computers and video game consoles. These efforts found a receptive audience in Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, who hired Deadmau5 to contribute to his 1999 album <i>Methods of Mayhem</i>. He further honed his talents on a Niagara Falls radio program devoted to dance music while working as a web developer before bringing the two fields together at a small studio which allowed him to install computer technology into their recording process. At the time, Deadmau5 was primarily interested in becoming a producer, though he also recorded his own music as a hobby. One of these tracks, a collaboration with programmer-engineer Steve Duda called "This is the Hook" recorded under the name B.S.O.D. (Blue Screen of Death, the nickname for a Windows error message), which reached No. 1 on the sales chart for the online electronic store Beatport. Duda's engineering commitments prevented them from recording more B.S.O.D. material, prompting Deadmau5 to begin recording efforts on his own. After adopting the name of his web-developing business as his stage moniker - reportedly inspired by his discovery of a dead mouse on his computer keyboard - he released his debut album, <i>Get Scraped</i> (2005) through the independent label ZOOLOOK.<p>A trio of self-released albums soon followed, all available through the online electronic dance music page SectionZ, as well as a second studio effort, <i>Vexillolgy</i>, in 2006. The following year, he recorded the progressive house single "Faxing Berlin" (2007), which made its way to BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. The exposure afforded by airplay on Tong's show made it one of the biggest electronic dance music (EDM) tracks of the year, reaching No. 6 on the U.S. dance track charts. Deadmau5 soon developed a devoted following on the dance club circuit, thanks in no small part to his stage presence, which featured an oversized helmet shaped like a mouse head with blinking lights that pulsed in time to his music. In 2008, he released his breakthrough album, <i>Random Album Title</i>, through his own label, mau5trap, which featured "Faxing Berlin" and "I Remember," a collaboration with American DJ Kaskade that reached No. 14 on the U.K. pop singles chart and topped the stateside Dance chart, with a second joint single with Kaskade, "Move With Me," following suit. <i>Random Album Title</i> would subsequently win the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year in 2008, as did its follow-up, 2009's <i>For Lack of a Better Name</i>. <p>The record's lead single "Ghosts 'n' Stuff," featuring Australian singer-songwriter Rob Swire of the electronic band Pendulum, also reached the top of the <i>Billboard</i> Dance charts while providing Deadmau5 with mainstream exposure through use on television series like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ), "Jersey Shore" (MTV, 2009-2012) and even the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, where he performed during several competitions. The year was capped with a Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Grammy nomination for the single "The Longest Road" by Morgan Page. After previewing new material as the house DJ for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Deadmau5 released <i>4x4=12</i> (2010), which became his first studio album to chart on the <i>Billboard 200</i>, where it eventually resided for over 100 weeks, while peaking at No. 2 on the <i>Billboard</i> Electronic Albums chart. Deadmau5 promoted the record's first single, "Some Chords," with an appearance as himself on "CSI," while the third single, "Sofi Needs a Ladder," turned up on the soundtrack to "The Hangover II" (2011). The album eventually reaped three Grammy nominations, including Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Dance Recording for its fifth single, "Raise Your Weapon."<p>A concert DVD, "Live @ Earls Court" (2011) preceded the release of Deadmau5's sixth studio effort, <i>Album Title Goes Here</i> (2012). Critical response to the album's all-star lineup of contributing guests - which included Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, U.K. singer Imogen Heap, and hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill - was mixed, but followers provided <i>Album Title</i> with the highest placement on the <i>Billboard</i> 200 and Electronic Albums charts, where it reached No. 6 and No. 1, respectively, while also topping previous efforts on the U.K. Albums chart by reaching No. 9. A hugely successful world tour soon followed, as well as a compilation album of artists signed to Mau5trap, including such EDM stars as Skrillex, called </i>Meowington Hax Tour Trax</i> (2011). Deadmau5 also maintained a growing presence on the tabloid circuit by dating 2009 Playmate of the Month Lindsey Evans and tattoo artist/TV personality Kat Von D. A flurry of online postings that criticized Madonna for reportedly promoting ecstasy usage at various EDM shows also earned him headlines, as well as a response from the singer that attempted to clarify her position on the subject. <p><i>By Paul Gaita</i>