The songwriter who initially claims she discovered Lady Gaga has won a $7.3 million lawsuit, according to New York Post's Page Six. Wendy Starland, a California songwriter, first found Gaga singing at The Cutting Room in Manhattan in 2006. She also claims she introduced Gaga to pop producer Robert Fusari at a meeting in New Jersey.
Aretha Franklin is reportedly threatening to sue over what she claims is a "trashy" unauthorized biography about her life. David Ritz recently released the somewhat controversial biography on the Queen of Soul titled Respect on October 28. It has been said the book was in the making for 25 years.
AC/DC have hinted that Phil Rudd may not be reuniting with the group after his recent arrest. The band's drummer was arrested for supposedly at one point hiring a hit man, but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. However, he will still face charges of making threats to kill and possession of the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis.
Faith Evans has released a preview of her upcoming sixth studio album Incomparable. The album sampler features 90-second clips from seven of the LP's songs. Included are "Make Love" (feat. Keke Wyatt), "Incomparable," "Take Your Time," "Thank You Goodnight," "He Is," "Paradise" (feat. B Slade & Karen Clark-Sheard) and "Good Time" (feat. Problem).
Noel Gallagher has announced that he's available the weekend the 2015 Glastonbury festival will be taking place. The former Oasis member said if the organizers of the fest want him to play, he's free. In a recent interview with XFM, Gallagher commented on the Foo Fighters saying they would play the Worthy Farm Festival if Oasis and Prince did as well.
Brad Pitt has been outspoken about his wish to play the role of Bruce Springsteen in an upcoming biopic. The 50-year-old actor desperately wants the chance to portray the rocker in a movie, aptly titled The Boss, according to Radar Online. "Bruce has had offers before and has always turned them down, but Brad's interest has caught his attention," a source said.
The Flaming Lips And Yoko Ono have recorded their own version of John Lennon's holiday classic, "Merry Xmas (War Is Over)." The two parties teamed up to record the song for Amazon's new playlist, "All is Bright." In the original song, which features Lennon and Ono, there is a children's choir heard in the background.
Beach Boys singer Mike Love is planning to release his memoir in 2016. The book, tentatively called Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, is being released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band's Good Vibrations album. "I've had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences," the singer said.
Coldplay's Chris Martin has revealed that Katy Perry, Nirvana and EDM inspired the track "A Sky Full Of Stars," which is featured on their latest release Ghost Stories. "I'll tell you the truth — I was listening to a lot of Katy Perry. A lot of her songs have the same chord sequence the whole time," Martin, 37, said in a new video for Beats by Dre.
Carrie Underwood, who announced her pregnancy at the recent CMA Awards, says that she and hockey player husband Mike Fisher found out the fetus' gender at a restaurant. Speaking with ABC, Carrie said that they didn't want to find out at the doctor's office. "It's kind of a sterile place. We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that . . ."
"7/11" and "Ring Off," the two new bonus cuts to be featured on the platinum box version of Beyonce's self-titled album, have leaked to the internet. "7/11," writes the Huffington Post "is meant for your next party," while "Ring Off," was "seemingly" written about the divorce of Bey's mom. "Then you'd smile through your tears / In the mirror you would stare and say a prayer," Bey sings.
Toby Keith has been announced as the third and final headliner for the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter Mountain, New York from June 12 to 14. Previously announced for the fest were Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. "We are thrilled to add Toby Keith to our superstar lineup," says Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President, Live Events, Townsquare Media Inc.
Fantasia hooked up with R. Kelly in the studio for an unknown track. Fantasia is currently working on the follow up to her 2013 record, Side of Effects of You, and posted photographic evidence of the Kelly session to Instagram. "Still Going . . . Rock Soul LIVES . . . This Man Is Teaching Me So Much About Music."
Jerrod Niemann is helping his fans celebrate the holidays with the release of "Holly Jolly Christmas." The country singer says that Christmas is a big deal for him and his family. Christmas with my family has always been a special part of my life. I have so many amazing memories that I'm so thankful for," Niemann says.
U2 fronter Bono had a bicycle accident earlier in the week necessitating surgery. According to ABC, the Irish rocker was under the knife for five hours, having his elbow washed out and an arm bone repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. The following day he had surgery the next day on his left hand.