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‘Dark’ Larceny?

Katy Perry, Young Money get sued and doctors in Germany study headbanging hazards

By Mike Breen · July 9th, 2014 · Minimum Gauge
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HOT: ‘Dark’ Larceny? 

Superstar Katy Perry’s early days as a Christian music performer are a distant memory. But if you believe Christian rapper Flame’s current lawsuit against her, Perry (or one of her numerous co-writers) still keeps an ear tuned to the Christian music world and, at least in one case, steals what she likes and demonizes it. Not only does the suit say that Perry’s hit “Dark Horse” is a direct rip-off of Flame’s “Joyful Noise,” but it also claims that Perry’s video for the song “irreparably tarnished (‘Joyful Noise’) by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery.” Perhaps instead Flame could just steal a Perry song and Christian-ify it — maybe “I Kissed a Girl (and Immediately Prayed for Forgiveness)”?

WARM: Headbang at Your Own Risk

A 50-year-old German man is showing that the side effects of headbanging can be a bit more serious than just a sore neck.

After suffering a worsening headache a few weeks after a Motörhead concert, doctors found a blood clot they believe was the result of brain bleeding possibly caused by rocking so damn hard. The doctors believe this to be the first documented case suggesting headbanging may lead to brain bleed. But the best part of their report in medical journal The Lancet was this press-kit-worthy quote: “This case serves as evidence in support of Motörhead’s reputation as one of the most hardcore rock ‘n’ roll acts on earth, if nothing else because of their music’s contagious speed drive and the hazardous potential for headbanging fans to suffer brain injury.”

COLD: What’s in a Domain Name?

When music stars hit the headlines for failing to pay for something, it’s usually tax or child support bills. Rarely do you see someone sued for failing to make timely “website payments,” but that’s what’s happening to Lil Wayne and his label, Young Money (home to Drake, Nicki Minaj and others). No, GoDaddy wasn’t hunting Weezy down for failing to pay his monthly $7 hosting fee. It seems youngmoney.com had already been claimed, so in 2011 Wayne and Co. bought the domain name for a whopping $600,000. Even though $600,000 seems about the equivalent of one month’s worth of wig supplies for Minaj, Young Money didn’t want to pay all at once and offered to make payments. The original domain-name owners say the label stopped payments and still owe $250,000, so they are suing to get the name back. Maybe since Drake is Canadian, Wayne could just grab the apparently available youngmoney.ca instead? 

 
 
 
 

 

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