Led Zeppelin's new entertainment lawyer has asked a Pennsylvania judge to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit over the British band's Stairway To Heaven hit on the grounds of a lack of jurisdiction. The rockers are fighting a copyright infringement claim filed in Pennsylvania against the group in May (14) by Francis Malofiy, a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Malofiy alleges the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to California's work on his 1968 song Taurus and is demanding credit for at least inspiring Led Zeppelin's 1971 release.
Guitarist Jimmy Page previously dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous" and now top attorney Helene Freeman is seeking to have the case thrown out of court.
In a motion to dismiss, Freeman writes, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here.
"Under established case law, no good faith basis exists to argue the Court has general jurisdiction over them."
Led Zeppelin hired Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, earlier this month (Sep14), to help them win the case.
Randy California, real name Randy Craig Wolfe, was born in Los Angeles.
America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon wore a pair of diamond encrusted loafers worth $2 million (£1.3 million) for the show's finale on Wednesday (17Sept14).
The presenter showed off the $2 million (£1.3 million) footwear on in a picture posted on Women's Wear Daily's Instagram page ahead of the reality TV installment, writing, "A million each foot... Pow!" The shoes hold more than 14,000 full-cut diamonds set in white gold with a weight of 340 carats and were created by Jason Arashenen. The designer reveals Cannon approached him about the special project in 2013, saying, "Not very often do I get a request for the most expensive shoes in the world. When Nick approached me last year, he said he wanted to make history and be so over-the-top. He wanted to set a new standard in diamonds."
The pricey shoes are being considered by Guinness Book of World Records officials to be listed as the Most Valuable Pair of Shoes in the world. Cannon split from his superstar wife Mariah Carey last month (Sep14).
Rockers U2 have seen an unexpected sales bump of their music catalogue despite mediocre download figures for their new album. The Beautiful Day hitmakers made a groundbreaking move last Tuesday (09Sep14) when they teamed up with bosses at tech giant Apple to offer their highly-anticipated Songs of Innocence record for free on iTunes.
The album reached half a billion iTunes users around the world, and while Billboard.com reports suggested just 200,000 fans had downloaded the record on the first day, a Universal Music Group spokesman says the number is "completely inaccurate".
While label and iTunes bosses have yet to reveal the final figures, 24 of the Irish band's titles had reached the Billboard top 20 since last Tuesday.
Albums including The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, War and two versions of the singles collection have made it to the U.S. top 50 chart, with Rattle and Hum and The Unforgettable Fire following close behind.
In addition, their U218 singles record has also made its way to the top 10 in 46 countries.
Songs of Innocence will go on sale in stores next month (Oct14).
Zz Top and Jeff Beck are hoping to reschedule their disastrous summer (14) tour for next spring (15) after scrapping dates to allow bass player Dusty Hill to recover from a tour bus fall. The joint tour hit a number of snags this year and the rock trio and the guitar great have their fingers crossed that next year's trek will be problem free.
Announcing the new shows for May (15) on Thursday (11Sep14), Beck says, "We are looking forward to getting back out there with ZZ Top and are grateful that Dusty is on his way to a complete recovery."
Hill injured his hip during a fall on the band's tour bus last month (Aug14) as he was recovering from surgery and he is not expected to return to the stage with ZZ Top this year.
A post on the band's Facebook.com page reads: "Dusty's well-being is paramount. We're looking forward to getting out there and rockin' it with Dusty in a big way."
Accident-prone British TV presenter Richard Hammond was knocked off his motorcycle twice in one month. Hammond, who co-presents hit BBC motoring show Top Gear, told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper how in one incident a driver reversed into his BMW R1200, throwing him to the ground.
He says, "A driver executing a hasty U-turn on a major London road failed to check their mirror... They reversed into me and my bike, knocking us both over."
However, the daredevil presenter managed to turn the shunt to his advantage, adding, "It has given me the opportunity to repair the old thing and re-engage with it financially, showing my appreciation for what a tremendous machine it is."
In 2006, Hammond cheated death after crashing a jet-powered dragster at 288 miles per hour (463 kilometres per hour) while filming a segment for Top Gear.
The Hollywood hacking scandal has helped Cameron Diaz's new comedy Sex Tape soar to the top of the U.K. box office chart.
The film, about a couple whose homemade erotic movie gets passed around their friends before leaking online, opened in Britain on Friday (05Sep14) amid outrage over the hacking of naked photos of around 100 female stars. Hollywood was rocked by the scandal but it appears to have worked wonders for Sex Tape.
The movie, which flopped in the U.S., landed at the top of the U.K. box office with weekend sales of $2.4 million (£1.4 million). It easily outstripped its nearest rival, last week's (ends05Sep14) chart-topper Lucy, which slipped to second place with $2 million (£1.2 million).
New mystery movie Before I Go To Sleep landed in third position, with $1.3 million (£790,000), and the top five was rounded out by The Hundred-Foot Journey, which took $1.17 million (£694,000), and Guardians of the Galaxy, with $1.15 million (£678,000).
Stars including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton were among the victims of hackers who broke into online 'cloud' storage accounts and stole naked photos which were posted online last month (Aug14).
Ariana Grande has denied reports she scrapped her promotional schedule in Australia because she was unhappy with a photoshoot.
The Problem hitmaker was reported to have stormed out of a photo session Down Under because she was unimpressed with the pictures produced, but Grande is adamant there is no truth to the rumours.
She tells Australian radio show Mike E & Emma, "I did hear about something just 10 minutes ago that was totally untrue and very annoying... There's no record to set straight. It was just a photographer or something who got mad at me because I left to change my outfit mid-photoshoot because I didn't like my top and I was like, 'Oh I'll be right back' and then I came back and he had left and I was like 'Oh s**t' . He's now... said all these ridiculous untrue things about me and I'm just like, you know what, that's not real, that's nonsense, my fans know who I am, my family knows who I am, my friends know who I am and that's all that matters."
Grande's manager Scooter Braun also defended her on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14), writing, "@ArianaGrande is kind, caring, and more than anything she is a great human being (sic). Some people make up rumours for a living... so... saying things about Ari comes with her now being a big star. But saying she isn't a good person that ain't gonna fly... There is zero truth to anything different. Enough is enough...(sic)."
Last month (Aug14), Grande had to defend herself when a group of U.S. fans accused her of being rude and cold towards the crowd at a meet-and-greet session. Grande claims she acted that way because she was upset.
The radio interview with the pop star is due to air on Wednesday (10Sep14).
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Pop star Sia Furler looks set to dominate the upcoming Independent Music Awards in her native Australia after landing a slew of top nominations.
The singer/songwriter has scooped nods for her record 1000 Forms Of Fear, which is nominated in the Best Independent Album category, and her huge chart hit Chandelier, which is in the running for Best Independent Single. Sia is also set to compete for the Best Independent Artist trophy at the ceremony in Melbourne next month (Oct14).
Violent Soho and the John Butler Trio are among the other artists who have landed nods ahead of the 8 October (14) prizegiving.
Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes was recovering from back surgery in hospital on Sunday (07Sep14) when his latest album hit the top spot on the Australian music chart. The 58 year old underwent an operation at the start of the month (Sep14) but suffered complications on Saturday (06Sep14) and was admitted to a medical centre for an emergency procedure.
He spent Australia's Father's Day (07Sep14) recovering in hospital surrounded by family and friends, and also celebrated his 10th number one solo album while under the care of doctors.
Barnes hit the top of the charts Down Under on Sunday with his latest disc 30:30 Hindsight.
The musician has cancelled all events scheduled for this week (beg08Sep14) so he can rest at home following his discharge from the facility.
In a post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Unfortunately I've had to pull out of tomorrow's Q and A (question-and-answer) on (network) ABC as per the doctors orders. Surgery went well, and will be resting up for the next week."
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.