Pop parodist 'Weird Al' Yankovic has settled a lawsuit with executives at Sony Music Entertainment over royalties from online record sales. The Eat It hitmaker launched legal action last year (12) for $5 million (£3.3 million), claiming he was owed the money from downloads and ringtones.
He also demanded profits linked to the viewer hits racked up by his music videos on YouTube.com.
Yankovic claimed he was only given for 15 per cent of shared income from his digital downloads because they were treated as sales instead of licences, which resulted in him being underpaid by at least $1.5 million (£1 million).
The case was settled in a New York court this week (begs16Dec13), but the details of the agreement have not been released.
Tower of Power, Sister Sledge and Peter Frampton have also launched similar suits against other record label bosses.
Shamed singer Chris Brown is to make his musical comeback by headlining the upcoming tribute concert to Michael Jackson in Vienna, Austria.
The R&B star was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to serve six months hard labor after pleading guilty to a vicious assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in February.
The "Kiss Kiss" hitmaker has not performed in public since the incident, which occurred after a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Brown is now ready to make his return to the stage -- he has been announced as the first headline act for the star-studded Jackson tribute concert set to take place on Sept. 26. The news was revealed by the King of Pop's brother Jermaine at a press conference in Vienna on Tuesday.
The Jackson 5 singer told reporters, "Michael was his idol and he (Brown) dedicated his first No. 1 hit in the U.S. to Michael. Chris is a very, very talented artist."
Other artists on the bill include Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole and Sister Sledge, as well as boy band US5. The rest of the lineup will be unveiled in a series of press conferences to be held over the course of this week, with scheduled stops in both London and Berlin.
Jermaine revealed that the tribute concert, which will take place in front of 65,000 fans at Vienna's former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, will feature a multi-cultural line up -- because his brother's music touched people all over the globe.
He adds, "We have many, many surprises. This is growing more and more, and we have more names to announce. We want this to be a dignified performance for Michael -- he attracted people from around the globe so we need to have a diverse mix of talent."
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