Marc Hogan

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    Everyone Is Suing Universal Over Digital Royalties

    Universal Music Group is fending off lawsuits from all comers over how it calculates artist royalties from digital downloads, according to the Hollywood Reporter. On Tuesday, a federal judged denied the label's motion to dismiss one such class action suit led by Rob Zombie and the estate of Rick James. On Wednesday, Public Enemy's Chuck D filed his own class action accusing the label of failing to give artists their proper cut of royalties from MP3s, ringtones, and other digital sales. The lawsuits could lead to a massive windfall for royalty recipients. The argument boils down to whether digital downloads should be considered a "license" and what's considered a "sale." While copyright owners receive only 12 percent to 20 percent share of royalties from sales, they receive a 50 percent chunk of royalties from licenses, according to a previous report. In March, the U.S.

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    R.E.M. Won't Reunite, Michael Stipe Says on U.K. TV

    Don't count on an R.E.M. cash-in reunion tour a decade from now. The alternative rock trailblazers will not be getting back together, Michael Stipe told British TV on Wednesday night. "It's over," Stipe said of the band's split. "It's done." Four decades of R.E.M. photos: right here. There will be no R.E.M. equivalent to the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over rapprochement, the Athens, Georgia-based band's former frontman confirmed, calling the decision "bittersweet" and "strangely liberating." Appearing on BBC political show Newsnight, Stipe and former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills also discussed their reasons for the breakup and their feelings on contemporary politics. Asked why R.E.M. chose not just to get back together every few years, as the Rolling Stones and other bands do, Mills explained, "It was an opportunity for us to walk away on our own terms ...

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    Hear Amy Winehouse's Duet With Nas, 'Like Smoke'

    Nas and Amy Winehouse went way back. "She was like a little sister to me," the rapper told BET's 106 & Park after the pop singer's tragic death in July. As previously reported, the two teamed up for a collaborative track, titled "Like Smoke," that will appear on Winehouse's posthumous third album, Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, due out on December 6 — the one with the album cover shot by Bryan Adams. New York radio station Hot 97 got their hands on the cut, produced by frequent Winehouse cohort Salaam Remi, and it's unsurprisingly jazzy, laid-back retro-soul, rotating between Winehouse's appropriately smoky chorus of hard-hearted regret and Nas's slightly heavy-handed rhymes. What's most intriguing, perhaps, is the fact that although this duet between Winehouse and the rapper she name-dropped on Back to Black's "Me & Mr.

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    Rick Ross Won't Let Seizures Delay New Jay-Z Team-Up

    There's no rest for Rick Ross. The Florida rapper has attributed his recent on-flight seizures to a lack of sleep, and revealed that instead of resting up afterward, he headed straight back into the lab to wrap up a collaboration with Jay-Z. The comments came in an appearance on last night's episode of BET's 106 & Park, and you can watch the interview below (via the Hollywood Reporter). "It was a case of me not getting enough rest, enough sleep," Ross said of falling unconscious on a flight to Memphis, a scare that required an emergency landing. "I felt a little wore out but I felt like I could keep going. And I boarded a jet and I had another seizure and when I snapped out of that one, I woke up in front of a doctor." The Maybach Music Group label boss added that he's "totally healthy" now. No thanks to following medical advice, apparently.

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    Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Scoring Dad's Off-Broadway Play

    Adam Horovitz, the Beastie Boy better known as Ad-Rock, had recently remixed artsy Afro-indie sensation tUnE-yArDs' gentrification-wracked belter "Gangsta" and made some PB&J for Bravo's Top Chef: Just Dessert. Now he's handling the original score for an Off-Broadway play produced by the Barefoot Theatre Company (via XXL). Gloucester Blue is the latest play written by veteran playwright Israel Horovitz, who is not coincidentally Ad-Rock's father. According to Broadway World, the show is a "a black comedy about a man who returns home after a long absence and encounters all manner of infidelities and murders." The production will reportedly run from November 16 through December 8 at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre in Manhattan. SPIN assumes Ad-Rock has forgiven his dad for catching him smoking in the second verse of "Fight for Your Right."

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    Hear Thom Yorke's Head-Nodding DOOM Collabo 'Retarded Fren'

    Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood have joined forces with the rapper formerly known as MF Doom, and the results are neatly the sum of its parts — darkly futuristic electro-orchestral murk undulating beneath fiercely free-associative rhymes. Some have deemed the trio's collaboration on the stupidly titled "Retarded Fren" to be kind of surprising, but Radiohead have been longtime Doom fans (Yorke remixed Doom's "Gazzillion Ear") and we're not exactly in Jack White vs. Insane Clown Posse territory here. The new track, set to appear on a compilation commemorating the 10th anniversary of eclectic U.K.

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    Mumford & Sons Debut Haunting New Ballad 'Ghosts'

    Mumford & Sons brought a Halloween treat to Philadelphia's Radio 104.5 over the weekend. The British folk rockers and recent SPIN cover stars debuted a tender new ballad titled either "Ghosts That We Knew" or just "Ghosts" — the bandmembers are in disagreement, and it turns out they're not as mellow as they appear. Watch the band's in-studio performance of the track below, followed by a brief video interview (via TwentyFourBit). Whatever they end up calling it, the latest from Mumford and Co. is a delicate, yearning ballad. Much like another tune premiered in the wake of 2009's platinum-selling Sigh No More, "Home," the song relies on tenderly finger-picked guitars, banjo, and swelling accordion as Marcus Mumford pleads for a relationship to last.

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    Hear 7 Live Tracks by Damon Albarn and Flea's Rocket Juice and the Moon

    Last year, Damon Albarn told us about a new project with Red Hot Chili Pepppers bassist Flea that would be centered around drummer Tony Allen, who previously worked with the Gorillaz/Blur singer in the Good, the Bad, and the Queen. That group is Rocket Juice and the Moon (do with that name what you will), and they just unleashed live audio of seven new songs. The music here features Albarn's "favorite" African musicians and expands on Fela Kuti's Afrobeat tradition, topping horn- and electronics-tinted grooves with mellifluous vocals and twisty rapping.

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    Robyn Headlined MTV's (Mostly Pointless) O Awards

    At last year's MTV Video Music Awards, Robyn was left serenading the live audience during commercial breaks — a thankless role filled this year by broken-legged U.K. pop phenom Jessie J.MTV made up for the poor billing Monday night at its digital-oriented O Music Awards in West Hollywood, California, tapping the Swedish pop singer to perform several songs from for the assembled Halloween throngs.

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    Kid Cudi, Shia LaBeouf Slaughter the Fourth Wall in 'Maniac' Clip

    Kid Cudi's "Maniac" has nothing to do with that one time The Simpsons' Groundskeeper Willie sang in his Scottish brogue about how he's "a maniac, maniac, that's for sure / and I'm dancing like I've never danced before" (however we've included the clip below for your amusement). Oddly enough, though, Kid Cudi's "Maniac" short film also has little to do with the song of the same title from his 2010 Man on the Moon II album, either. Directed by Indiana Jones/Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf, who also helmed Cudi's "Marijuana" video and is in business with Marilyn Manson, this 10-minute clip instead follows a couple of cold-blooded killers (played by Cudi and fellow rapper Cage) as they go about their business some snowy holiday season. Repeated onscreen references to the camera might appear to indicate some sort of underlying theme about the complicity of the viewer.

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