Kanye West became embroiled in a dispute with British dance music veteran Aphex Twin after the DJ accused the rapper of using a song sample without permission. West used a portion of Aphex Twin's track Avril 14th in a song called Blame Game from hit album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The British star, real name Richard James, has now revealed the sample prompted a dispute with West as he had to fight the rapper to gain recognition for his work.
He tells Pitchfork.com, "Is it a sample? I actually don't know what it ended up being in the end, I'm so slack. I know that he tried to f**king rip me off and claim that he'd written it, and they tried to get away with not paying. I was really helpful, and when they first sent it to me, I was like, 'Oh, I can re-do that for you, if you like,' because they'd sampled it really badly and time-stretched it... I was like, 'I'll just replay it for you at that speed if you want.' And they totally didn't even say 'hello' or 'thanks,' they just replied with, 'It's not yours, it's ours, and we're not even asking you any more.'"
James eventually won a writing credit on West's record.
A less-than-flattering new Britney Spears video has hit the Internet and the pop princess loves it.
The minute-long promo accompanying I'm Toxic's song Bored (Just Do It) features Britney's recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge footage and a short Instagram film, in which Spears reveals she is bored while out walking with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline and then pulls a face.
The video also features footage of the boys skateboarding as Britney keeps reminding the camera she's bored. And she's far from upset about the parody - in a tweet posted on Thursday (21Aug14), she writes, "I have just discovered the Bored (Just Do It) remix & omg I can't even with y'all (sic). LOL'ing (laughing out loud) so hard."
If we haven’t already made it clear how much we love British boybands, let’s take a moment. We're here to show you all the reasons why The Vamps are amazing and why you should join in on our BBF-ing (British Boyband Fangirling). The Vamps consists of members: Bradley Will Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans. They’re currently touring the states with Austin Mahone. They even got Demi Lovato to be featured on our favorite song of the summer, "Somebody To You." Check it out:
Here are some reasons why you should be BBF-ing over The Vamps along with us:
1. They’re a ton of fun.
2. They’re so innocent and just super adorable.
3. Bradley’s existence.
4. Those smiles though…
5. They love us as much as we love them.
6. Connor’s volumized hair.
7. Their modeling faces are on point.
8. They enjoy pizza. So relatable!
9. They stare into our souls.
10. And this...
So do yourself a favor and listen to these budding Brits. And for all of you concerned, these guys range from ages 18-20, so our semi-obsession with them is totally fine… right?
Send us some of the reasons why you love @TheVampsband on Twitter!
Celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum honoured late Hollywood stars Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at an exclusive charity dinner on Thursday (14Aug14).
The actors attended the Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the handing out of donations to more than 40 non-profit entertainment industry-related organisations and scholarship programs. The grants, which totalled $1.9 million (£1.1 million), are funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the committee behind the Golden Globe Awards.
At the gala, celebrities took a moment to remember Williams and Bacall, who both passed away this week (beg11Aug14), with a round of applause.
Actress Kristen Bell, who was among the guests at the event, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Kudos to #HFPA #hfpaGrantBanquet this eve for honouring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall w/a (with a) moment of not silence but applause."
During the gala, Bell also performed the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman? from hit Disney movie Frozen. Kerry Washington, Chris Evans, Jason Segel, Eddie Redmayne, James Marsden and Sofia Vergara also attended the event.
Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14) and Bacall passed away following a stroke on Tuesday (12Aug14).
British soul sensation Sam Smith was left stunned by reports suggesting he is the frontrunner to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, insisting it's "all news to me". Sources told multiple news outlets that the Stay With Me hitmaker was in talks to team up with 007 producers to croon the lead song for Daniel Craig's latest outing as the suave superspy, following in the footsteps of artists like Adele, Madonna, Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Smith claims he has no knowledge of the negotiations, but he'd love to tackle a Bond theme if given the chance.
He tells NME.com, "No, I have no idea what that (report) was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article.
"I think it's something everyone would love to do, but yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."
Smith admits he is a big fan of Jack White and Alicia Keys' Bond theme, Another Way To Die, which was crafted for 2008's Quantum of Solace.
He says, "I love that; I thought it was amazing. Her voice and his voice together, I thought, was really interesting."
The next Bond film is due for release next year (15).
Broadway actor James Monroe Inglehart celebrated Robin Williams' beloved role as Aladdin's Genie during Tuesday's (12Aug14) production of the hit stage adaptation by leading the audience in a touching sing-a-long. Inglehart, who recently won a Tony Award for his incarnation of the Genie in the New York show, returned to the stage after the final curtain came down at the New Amsterdam Theatre and belted out the film's Oscar-nominated song Friend Like Me in honour of the man who brought the Disney character to life onscreen.
Crowd members were encouraged to join in by using song lyrics that had been stuffed inside each copy of the show's Playbill programme.
Williams was no stranger to Broadway - he last performed on the Great White Way in 2011 in the play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Broadway theatre bosses will pay tribute to the tragic actor by dimming their marquee lights for one minute on Wednesday night (13Aug14).
Williams died in an apparent suicide at his California home on Monday (11Aug14), aged 63.
Kc & The Sunshine Band frontman Harry Wayne Casey has paid tribute to disco and R&B mogul Henry Stone, following his death on Thursday (07Aug14). The TK Records co-founder passed away from natural causes at the age of 93 at a Florida hospital.
Stone played an instrumental part in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & The Sunshine Band after launching his own recording studio and label in 1948.
Charles became his first big artist, recording his early song St. Pete Florida Blues, also known as I Found My Baby There, at the studio.
Stone also helped to sign soul legend Brown and his band The Famous Flames, and scored a big hit with Please, Please, Please in 1956.
Casey, aka KC, worked part time at TK Records and ended up landing his group a deal at the label, where they experienced huge success with songs including Get Down Tonight, Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty), That's the Way (I Like It), and I'm Your Boogie Man.
He also co-wrote George McRae's hit Rock Your Body in the mid-1970s with his bandmate Richard Finch.
Calling Stone his "mentor", Casey adds, "Henry believed in me when no one else did."
Meanwhile, Finch tells the Miami Herald, "The world of music has lost a trailblazer - a legend - but personally, I've lost the only father I've ever known.
"He was my friend and mentor... He gave life to the studio concept that Harry and I created together at TK, resulting in the birth of our band, KC & the Sunshine Band. Our success, the success of so many other TK artists, all props and thanks lie solely at the feet of Henry Stone."
Pioneering country guitarist Velma Smith has died at the age of 87. The musician passed away on Thursday (31Jul14) in Madison, Tennessee.
Smith began performing on a local Kentucky radio station with her sister Mildred at the age of 12 and later went on to play with the likes of Ernest Tubb, Carl Smith and Roy Acuff.
However, it wasn't until the late 1950s that her career really took off as she became the first female rhythm guitar player to perform on records cut in Nashville, Tennessee.
She worked with artists such as Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and Ray Price and her song credits include Hank Locklin's Please Help Me, I'm Falling in 1960 and Skeeter Davis' The End of the World in 1962.
She was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in January (14) as part of the Class of 2014, which also featured Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy and Randy Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive.
Smith was married to Price's pal, fiddle player-turned-producer James 'Hal' Smith, from 1948 until his death in 2008.
As the dopiest bandit in the known galaxy jaunts through a damp cave, his Walkman blaring the sounds of Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love," the Guardians of the Galaxy tile card pops onto the screen in giant, blocky letters. From this second on, I knew my ears were in for a treat. It's not often that the music in a film can be called a character in its own right, less so for a giant blockbuster. But just like Rocket, Groot, Drax, or Gamora, the soundtrack playing throughout Marvel's latest adventure adds its own personality to the film.
It's particularly surprising, since the films in Marvel's ever-expanding universe have never stood out for their musical choices. The company can sure bring in the proper talent to put together a witty script, or deliver dazzling action at the drop of a hat, but the scores backing Marvel's efforts have always felt like a means to an end: Insert generic flourish here, conjure heroic horns there. And while Guardians of the Galaxy had its own cinematic score that's currently slipping through the cracks of my memory, each and every pop songs peppered throughout the film is still ringing through my brain on repeat: The spacey sounds of David Bowie as the Guardians cruised toward Knowhere, the propulsive punk sounds of the Runaways as Quill and crew get suited up for their upcoming brush with death. Who knew the Piña Colada song would fit so perfectly in galactic prison break orchestrated by a raccoon?
Guardians of the Galaxy was already a film brimming with character, but the music, a wondrous collection of '70s rock, punk, and Motown really gave the film a consistent theme, its own distinctive style that showed a willingness to do things just a little bit differently. It seemed odd, running up to the release of the film, that James Gunn's space opera had such a reverence to the rock titans of the '70s and '80s, but it all makes perfect sense in context. The film, whose plot follows the story of a boy ripped from Earth in 1988, is appropriately jam packed with winks and nods to Troll dolls, Full House, Kevin Bacon, and the classic space sagas of the decades in question. But it's the soundtrack that really brings everything home. The music is fun, nostalgic, and wonderful, just like the film surrounding it.
Actor Johnny Depp is set to show off his musical talents on a new record based on unfinished Bob Dylan songs. The Alice in Wonderland star visited the Los Angeles' Capitol Studios to watch the recording session for producer T Bone Burnett's Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, but ended up filling in for Elvis Costello on the guitar for the song Kansas City.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, which also features Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
This isn't the first musical venture for the Depp - the actor is currently working with The Beatles legend Paul McCartney on a secret project with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, while he has also become a familiar sight at Aerosmith and Willie Nelson concerts after joining them onstage on various occasions.