Robin Thicke has confessed under oath that he was so jealous of Pharrell Williams' talents he told interviewers he had a bigger part in the writing of 2013 hit Blurred Lines.
Interrogated for allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye's song Got to Give it Up, the singer reveals he amped up his involvement in the song because he was upset that his biggest hit was really someone else's brainchild. Thicke and Williams are currently in the middle of a drawn-out legal battle with Gaye's children over claims they sampled various segments of the late soul legend's song without permission, and in sworn testimony, revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday (15Sep14) and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, singer Thicke admits he took too much credit for the track.
He told the Gayes' lawyer, "I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit... I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that... I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there."
But when he was asked if he was around when the rhythm track was being created, he added, "To be honest... I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted... I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. "I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was... but the reality is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song... (I was) lucky enough to be in the room."
Williams appears to agree with Thicke in his deposition, explaining, "This is what happens every day in our industry. You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in." But the Happy hitmaker insists it's Thicke's voice that holds the song together - and that's why he gave the singer so much credit: "It's the white man singing soulfully and we, unfortunately, in this country don't get enough... we don't get to hear that as often, so we get excited by it when the mainstream gives that a shot."
Thicke goes on to admit that any comments he made in media interviews about the song's similarities to Gaye's track and his love for the soul man's music, which are now being used as proof of his sampling acts by the Gayes, were probably made in a drug haze, adding, "I had a drug and alcohol problem for the year... I didn't do a sober interview."
Thicke further confesses he was high on painkiller Norco when he sat down for a revealing TV chat with Oprah Winfrey, and reveals his wife Paula Patton left him when he told her the truth about his drug use. Thicke and Williams' depositions were recorded back in April (14).
Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards is planning to return to Fiji next month (Oct14) for the first time since his near-death accident there in 2006. The veteran musician fell from a tree in the tropical destination and suffered a severe head injury. He was flown to New Zealand where he underwent emergency brain surgery, and the band put its A Bigger Bang tour on hold while he recovered.
Richards is due back in Australia in October (14) to restart the Down Under leg of the Rolling Stones' latest tour which was postponed following the death of Sir Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott earlier this year (14).
The guitarist is planning to fly to Australia via Fiji and return to the scene of his accident.
He tells the New Zealand Herald, "I figured it out, I'm going to go via Fiji, where I'm going to chop down the tree that I fell out of the last time I was there... and spend a few days getting rid of the jetlag, and then I can pop down to Australia. Because the jetlag is the hardest thing around trips like that. Everybody's waking up and tripping over each other and falling asleep in rehearsals."
Australian rapper Illy cut short a show in Victoria over the weekend (13-14Sep14) after he was hit in the face by a glass. The award-winning hip-hop star was performing in the town of Traralgon on Saturday (13Sep14) when a missile from the crowd struck him under the eye, prompting him to end the concert early.
Illy writes in a post on his Facebook.com page, "I got to Traralgon hours before the show, warmed up, went on, got five songs in. As usual. Then someone threw a glass that hit me about an inch under my eye. At that point, I ended the show... But bottom line, I owe basic respect to myself, and to the people I share a stage with. They're fam (family). There has to be a zero tolerance for that s**t... We're on stage to smash (sic), but not at the expense of personal safety. If that hit me square in the eye and broke, who knows? It wasn't far off."
Venue bosses have since vowed to ban the offender from all future gigs, adding in a statement, "We are sorry that the event ended abruptly, after a patron injured the artist during his headline set, by throwing a plastic cup on to stage... This patron has been identified and will be barred from the venue, ongoing and further action will be taken."
Disability rights groups in Australia are demanding an apology from Kanye West after the rapper targeted handicapped fans for failing to stand up during his shows.
The hip-hop star sparked outrage Down Under by urging a fan in a wheelchair to get to his feet during a misunderstanding at his gig in Sydney on Friday night (12Sep14). West was caught on camera stopping the show and demanding every single concert-goer get to their feet for his track Good Life, telling the crowd, "I can't do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t."
In the footage, the rapper is seen calling out one particular fan, insisting he would not continue the show until he stood up before realising the gig-goer was disabled. After realising the mistake, the rapper added, "Is he in a wheelchair?... Okay, you (are) fine."
The stunt was similar to one West pulled at a previous concert in Melbourne in which he urged disabled fans to prove they were unable to stand, telling the audience, "I can't do this song if there's anybody here sitting down - unless you're handicapped and you pull out your handicapped parking slip right now." West has angered disability rights campaigners who are now demanding an apology from the star.
Craig Wallace, of People With Disability Australia, tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "To call out people for not standing up, when they are disabled and cannot stand up, in front of thousands of people, is humiliating. What if it was a young person who's coming to terms with their disability? It's arrogant to say every person in the audience needs to stand up just because you tell them to. Kanye West owes a duty of care and respect to his audience... Asking disabled people to show their handicap pass is patronising and inappropriate. He should apologise. Kanye West would also benefit from disability awareness training."
Rapper Iggy Azalea has fired another shot in her sex tape battle, warning porn company bosses her name is trademarked. The star hit headlines this week (beg08Sep14) after it emerged Vivid Entertainment chiefs were allegedly in possession of an explicit film featuring her.
Azalea's legal team denied any such tape existed, but sources later told TMZ.com the clip was genuine but could not be marketed as she was under 18 at the time it was shot.
Hip-hop star Jefe Wine then spoke out to confirm he is the man in the footage and insisted Azalea was over 18 and consented to the filming, and now editors at TMZ allege lawyers have moved to block its release again.
According to the website, a legal letter has been sent to Vivid bosses warning them the rapper's name 'Iggy' is protected by a trademark.
A Sir Cliff Richard impersonator has been pulled from a long-running stage musical in the U.K. over fears a recent child abuse allegation against the veteran singer could spark a brawl in the audience. Trevor Payne is the director of rock 'n' roll variety show That'll Be The Day, and he usually takes to the stage as the Living Doll hitmaker for a sing-off with an Elvis Presley lookalike.
However, the six-minute segment has now been axed from the touring production following a raid on the star's U.K. home in August (14) by cops investigating a claim he assaulted a boy aged under 16 in the mid-1980s.
Payne fears die-hard fans of the singer could cause a disruption if any audience members object to the scene.
He says, "Cliff fans are vehemently addicted and defensive of him, and have been for many years... We took the view that if I did venture on stage as Sir Cliff and just one member of the audience booed or made a remark then it would not be a situation we could contain. We do get a lot of Cliff fans attending our shows and they would probably turn on the person, and we could have a terrible situation... that would ruin the night."
British rapper Professor Green contemplated suicide after he was arrested for drink-driving. The Read All About It hitmaker, real name Stephen Manderson, was so low after cops charged him with driving under the influence in March this year (14) that he thought about taking his own life.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was definitely in a situation where the thought of ending it crossed my mind. I didn't think about how I'll do it but I had moments with the anxiety of it all, I wanted to get out of my own skin."
The rapper was sentenced to a nine-month driving ban after crashing his Mercedes while over the alcohol limit.
He recently made a BBC radio documentary about suicide, an issue which is close to his heart after his father Peter took his own life in 2008.
Taylor Swift has aired her grievances with a mystery female pop rival in new song Bad Blood. The singer counts the likes of Selena Gomez, Lorde, Lena Dunham, Emma Stone, Hailee Steinfeld and Sarah Hyland among her many girlfriends, but there's one famous female she has never gotten along with - and now she's channelled her feelings of bitterness into the track from her forthcoming album, 1989.
Swift refuses to name names or go into specific details, but in a candid new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she explains, "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?' (Then last year) she did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies'. And it wasn't even about a guy!
"It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I'm surprisingly non-confrontational - you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It's awkward, and I don't like it."
Swift admits the fall out "broke my heart... because I have such a high priority on girls sticking together", and she wishes she could say some of the lines from the tune directly to her rival.
She adds, "Sometimes the lines in a song are lines you wish you could text-message somebody in real life. I would just be constantly writing all these zingers - like, 'Burn. That would really get her'. And I know people are going to obsess over who it's about, because they think they have all my relationships mapped out. But there's a reason there are not any overt call outs in that song.
"I know people will make it this big girl-fight thing. But I just want people to know it's not about a guy. You don't want to shade someone you used to date and make it seem like you hate him, when that's not the case."
A series of Ariana Grande promotional activities in Australia have been scrapped because of a bad photo, according to reports from Down Under.
The Problem hitmaker stormed out of a photo session with mX photographer Chris Pavlich because she didn't like the shots he was taking, and when her aides and security staff attempted to persuade the snapper to delete the pictures he took, he refused, prompting Grande to cancel the rest of her photo shoot with a group of Australian photographers and interviews with the likes of the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper's bosses have since published one of Pavlich's shots that Grande wasn't happy with and listed the questions they would have asked the pop star alongside the ones they were told they couldn't ask, including queries bout Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and the singer's late grandfather, whose death forced her to cancel plans to perform at The Roots' U.S. Independence Day festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 4 July (14).
Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards kept his teenage daughters under control by banning lipstick and threatening their boyfriends. The music veteran has two girls with his wife Patti Hansen, Theodora, 29, and Alexandra, 28, as well as three older children from a previous relationship.
Model Theodora has now revealed Richards was a strict father who kept a close eye on his two daughters as they were growing up.
She tells Britain's The Sunday Times Magazine, "Dad could be strict with us and it was often over small things such as 'No singing at the dinner table' or 'No lipstick 'til you're 16'... When it came to boyfriends, he was usually great... When I was 16. I'll never forget the time he said to one of them, 'Cut it out or I'll cut it off.'"
Theodora also explains she found out about her dad's past drug-taking when watching a U.S. talk show at the age of 11, but admits she does not want to know about his rock 'n' roll excesses and has not read his acclaimed autobiography Life, adding, "There are things I don't want to know."