Check out the latest happenings around the music worldâ€¦
- Papa-to-be Kanye West is being sued for allegedly sampling the tiniest (and I mean tiniest) bit of Thunder & Lightning’s 1974 song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.” The children of late group member David Pryor say the rapper lifted their father’s expression “get down” for his 2005 hit “Gold Digger.” (The line in question? “Get down girl, go ‘head, get down.”) Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor both own one quarter of their father’s song and have asked a judge to stop the sale of the single and provide them with “millions of dollars” in damages for the unlicensed sample. West has yet to comment on the matter.
- Don’t call it a [Destiny’s Child] comeback. Kelly Rowland has confirmed features from BeyoncÃ© and Michelle Williams on a new song for the singer’s fourth studio album, Talk a Good Game. However, it is not a reunion. â€œItâ€™s not a Destinyâ€™s Child track, itâ€™s me featuring BeyoncÃ© and Michelle,â€ she recently told Billboard magazine. The 12-song album, out June 4, also boasts collaborations with Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa and others.
- Jay-Z‘s “Made in America” festival is headed back Philadelphia this summer after the success of its inaugural run. The event will once again take place on Labor Day weekend– Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. This year, the festival will bring out out big names that include: BeyoncÃ©, Solange, Nine Inch Nails,Â Emeli SandÃ©, Schoolboy Q, Walk The Moon, Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Wiz Khalifa, Ab-Soul, A$AP Rocky and more. News of the concert hit the web as the 43-year-old rapper’s entertainment company Roc Nation announced a worldwide deal with Universal Music Group for its record releases (and just a week after this). Very cool.
- After a monster sophomore album and a brief maternity leave, Adele is reportedly back in the studio to make sweet, sweet music. The 24-year-old star has tapped producers/songwriters James Ford and Kid Harpoon for her third effort, which will have an “edgy” twist.
- And finally, LL Cool J and Brad Paisley are feeling the heat over the controversy of their new song “Accidental Racist.” In an attempt to open up the conversation of racial tensions in America, the artists blend the worlds of hip-hop and country music. Unfortunately, not everyone’s feeling it. Paisley defended the single, stating, “[…] I wouldn’t change a thing. This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like life. Have a ball, ya’ll.” Listen below…