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Lawsuit Over Kanye West’s 2010 Track ‘Power’ Sample Dispute Settles Ahead of Trial

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Bet you didn’t know Kanye West’s hit record “Power” was facing legal scrutiny for a sample. That happens. Often in the music industry, Declan Colgan Music Ltd just settled its lawsuit with Universal Music Group (UMG) over the sample of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.” See, Declan Colgan Music Ltd owns the mechanical rights to the song and alleged that UMG had been underpaying streaming royalties from “Power.” They filed the lawsuit in London’s High Court in March 2022. So this was a UK thing, and essentially – the plaintiff won. 

Get this: The case was scheduled for trial in the U.K. this week but was settled out of court. And they don’t do a whole lot of suing and settling in the UK. Like, it’s far from the sure everybody energy in America. Anyway, the settlement terms are undisclosed, but Variety reported that their understanding is that Declan Colgan Music Ltd received a payment as part of the agreement. Representatives for both Declan Colgan Music Ltd and UMG declined to comment.

For music heads, King Crimson first released “21st Century Schizoid Man” on their 1969 debut album “In the Court of the Crimson King.” According to the lawsuit, West originally sampled the track without a license for “Power,” whose video has over 140 million views on YouTube since its release in 2010. “Power” was also featured on West’s album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

Diving deeper, after the release of the song and album, UMG and West’s production company Rock the World signed a deal with Declan Colgan Music Ltd, entitling the company to royalties on the same terms as West. West’s deal with UMG ensured his royalties for both streaming and physical CDs would be comparable. However, Declan Colgan Music Ltd claimed that the streaming royalties they received were not comparable to those for CD sales. Declan Colgan Music Ltd was represented by the Clintons, while UMG was represented by Russells.

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Cam’Ron Released Third Solo Album ‘Come Home With Me’ 22 Years Ago

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On this date in 2002, Dipset General Cam’Ron kept the Harlem legacy rolling when he dropped his third solo album aptly entitled Come Home With Me on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam imprint.

This was the Harlem natives first release under the Roc-A-Fella banner and coincidentally, his most critically acclaimed full-length release to date, being Cam’s only certified platinum album to date. The album features include rap heavyweights such as The Diplomats, DJ Kay Slay, Daz Dillinger, label head Jay-Z as well as labelmates Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel.

This 15-track banger released a slew of hard-hitting singles including the infectious “Oh Boy”, which led the soulful voice-sampling revolution, the mainstream hit “Hey Ma” and the only song ever recorded with Jigga before their highly publicized fallout “Welcome To New York City”.

Thanks to Cam, Jim, Juelz, Freekey, Just Blaze and Kanye West for their production and everyone else involved in creating this timeless Hip Hop classic!

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Kanye West Decides To Call It Quits On Yeezy Porn

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Kanye West has seemingly aborted his plan to open a pornography division of his Yeezy brand.

As pointed out by Kurrco on Tuesday (May 7), all posts related to the announcement of Yeezy Porn have now been scrubbed from Ye’s X (formerly Twitter) account and YouTube page.

The news follows a letter from far-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who serves as Yeezy’s chief of staff, stating his opposition to the adult-film plans.

Yiannopoulos described the move as dangerous to his “spiritual and physical health,” citing his past homosexuality and addiction struggles.

“I cannot be complicit in the production or dissemination of pornographic films and literature, for moral and religious reasons,” he wrote.

“But also because such material and the kind of people invariably involved in its production represent an imminent danger to my life as a recovering addict and an unacceptable risk to my spiritual and physical health as a former homosexual.”

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Kim Kardashian is ‘Over’ Long-Standing Beef with Taylor Swift

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Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift have a long-standing beef. Now, Kardashian wants it to be over.

Taylor Swift dissed Kardashian on “thanK you aIMee,” specifically capitalizing letters that spell out Kim. In the song she sings:

“All that time you were throwin’ punches, I was buildin’ somethin’
And I can’t forgive the way you made me feel
Screamed ‘F—k you, Aimee’ to the night sky, as the blood was gushin’
But I can’t forget the way you made me heal”

A source close to Kardashian is hoping that this can be done as she is “over” it. The insider said, Kardashian “doesn’t get why [Swift] keeps harping on it.” Adding, “It’s literally been years.”

Years back, the reality star wanted to set the record straight about the phone call between Kanye and Taylor that led to the bad blood.

Never-before-seen footage from a 2016 phone call leaked over the weekend. During the call, Kanye tells Taylor about a song he’s working on, that song would later become, “Famous”.

The pop star, who had been burned by West at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, is told lyrics about her are: “I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex.”

Ultimately though, on the final version, the lyrics were different.

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. I made that b*tch famous.” It relit the blazing feud between West and Swift, over the derogatory word in the lyric.

On Monday, Swift broke her silence on the unseen footage, saying, “proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about that call”

However, she also said that it was edited tormenting her for 4 years.

Kardashian posted parts of the video back in 2016 but says she never edited the footage.

With all the drama unfolding in the world right now, coronavirus cabin fever is making this interesting.

However, in the end, Kardashian put the focus back on the pandemic and not the past.

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Ye and Ty Dolla $ign Eye Pyramid in Egypt for Next ‘Vultures’ Experience

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Ye and Ty Dolla $ign have eyed Egypt for their next Vultures experience. The two have announced an event for April 20 at the Step Pyramid of Djoser in the desert of Saqqara, Egypt. Tickets are currently on sale.

Ye’s friend and frequent collaborator Travis Scott attempted to perform a show in Egypt ahead of the release of UTOPIA. That didn’t go as planned. You can read more about it here.

We can get a glimpse of Ye’s recording process for Vultures. The closing verse on “CARNIVAL” was recorded while at least 25 people surrounded him.

Earlier this month, Ye and Ty Dolla $ign reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Their collaborative, stadium-sounding anthem, “Carnival,” featuring Rich the Kid and Playboi Carti, hit No. 1.

“Carnival” now makes Ye the first rap artist to have a No. 1 in three decades (the 2000s, ‘10s and ‘20s).

According to Luminate, “Carnival” secured the 1,165th No. 1 spot in the 65-year history of the Hot 100. It amassed 33.7 million streams (up 4%), garnered 3.9 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 85%), and sold 3,000 downloads (up 15%) during the tracking week of March 1-7.

With “Carnival,” Ye claims his fifth Hot 100 chart-topper, following hits like Katy Perry’s “E.T.” (featuring Ye), which spent five weeks at No. 1 starting in April 2011, among others. Ty Dolla $ign previously led the Hot 100 for a week in June 2018 as featured on Post Malone’s “Psycho.”

It is the first No. 1 record for Rich the Kid and Playboi Carti.

Additionally, “Carnival” maintains its reign for a second week atop both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, utilizing a similar multimetric methodology as the Hot 100.

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New Video Shows Ye Recording Closing ‘CARNIVAL’ Verse in Room Full of Onlookers

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We can get a glimpse of Ye’s recording process for Vultures. The closing verse on “CARNIVAL” was recorded while at least 25 people surrounded him.

Earlier this month, Ye and Ty Dolla $ign reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Their collaborative, stadium-sounding anthem, “Carnival,” featuring Rich the Kid and Playboi Carti, hit No. 1.

“Carnival” now makes Ye the first rap artist to have a No. 1 in three decades (the 2000s, ‘10s and ‘20s).

According to Luminate, “Carnival” secured the 1,165th No. 1 spot in the 65-year history of the Hot 100. It amassed 33.7 million streams (up 4%), garnered 3.9 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 85%), and sold 3,000 downloads (up 15%) during the tracking week of March 1-7.

With “Carnival,” Ye claims his fifth Hot 100 chart-topper, following hits like Katy Perry’s “E.T.” (featuring Ye), which spent five weeks at No. 1 starting in April 2011, among others. Ty Dolla $ign previously led the Hot 100 for a week in June 2018 as featured on Post Malone’s “Psycho.”

It is the first No. 1 record for Rich the Kid and Playboi Carti.

Additionally, “Carnival” maintains its reign for a second week atop both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, utilizing a similar multimetric methodology as the Hot 100.

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Safaree Confirms Kanye West Asked Him About Threesome with Nicki Minaj

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Safaree confirmed that Kanye West had asked him about a threesome with Amber Rose and Nicki Minaj while he was in a relationship with Minaj. Hitting Akademiks’ comments, Safaree shared some laughing emojis before adding, “Yeah, that happened.”

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On “Monster” Nicki Minaj rapped: “Besides, Ye, they can’t stand besides me/I think me, you, and Am’ should ménage Friday.” And Kanye West took that literally.

During a conversation with Big Boy, Ye revealed that he inquired about the threesome but asked Safaree, who he did not know was dating Minaj.

“What’s messed up is we ain’t really know they was together,” Ye said. “We was doing ‘Dark Fantasy’ and he in the studio, I’m like ‘Yo Safaree, you think Nicki will let me and Amber hit, like she said.’ This her man.”

You can hear the story below.

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[WATCH] Fans Get In Huge Brawl, Trans Woman Beaten Up During Kanye West’s Rolling Loud Show

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Even though Kanye West shut down the Rolling Loud Festival 2024 weekend with Ty Dollar $ign, RIch The Kid and Playboy Carti, his set abruptly ended when a fight broke out in the crowd, leaving a trans woman brutally beaten in the melee.

The footage from Thursday’s capacity crowd performance shows what appears to be a trans woman getting into a physical altercation with one guy, which quickly turned into a full-out brawl in the crowd. The video shows the trans woman bloodied but continued in the fight despite the injuries.

A mix of bystanders is watching and cheering it on, while others are seemingly trying to break it up. Another group appears to push the person back into the fight, encouraging the chaos and shouting “WorldStar.”

It didn’t take long before the full-blown brawl calmed down, and everyone went back to partying to Yeezy’s music. No one was arrested, and no injuries were reported.

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WATCH: Kanye West Says He Asked About Threesome with Him, Nicki Minaj and Amber Rose

Kanye West Says He Asked About Threesome with Him, Nicki Minaj and Amber Rose

On “Monster” Nicki Minaj rapped: “Besides, Ye, they can’t stand besides me/I think me, you, and Am’ should ménage Friday.” And Kanye West took that literally.

During a conversation with Big Boy, Ye revealed that he inquired about the threesome but asked Safaree, who he did not know was dating Minaj.

“What’s messed up is we ain’t really know they was together,” Ye said. “We was doing ‘Dark Fantasy’ and he in the studio, I’m like ‘Yo Safaree, you think Nicki will let me and Amber hit, like she said.’ This her man.”

You can hear the story below.

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Justin LaBoy Says Ye & Bianca Censori are Hoping for a ‘Bunch of Babies’

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Justin LaBoy already spilled details on North West’s album and now he is pulling the curtain back on Ye’s romance with Bianca Censori.

“She lives an amazing life,” Ye said. “She’s extremely happy.”

After the TMZ reporter asked about the possibility of kids, Laboy replied: “bunchof babies.”

You can see the moment below.

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