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    Drake won his lawsuit over sampling with "fair use" argument. His song Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 off the 2013 album "Nothing Was the Same", sampled a 1982 spoken-word recording of “Jimmy Smith Rap”. The judge ruled that Drake’s use “transforms Jimmy Smith’s brazen dismissal of all non-jazz music into a statement that ‘real music,’ with no qualifiers, is ‘the only thing that’s gonna last.'” Thus the purpose is “sharply different” from the original artist's. This case was notable because winning a “fair use” defense is rare in songs.

    Gregg Allman, Southern rock pioneer and founder of the The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at the age of 69.
    (In Memoriam: December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017)

    Grunge icon Chris Cornell, frontman for bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, passed away at the age of 52. He was found dead in his room at the MGM Grand in Detroit after performing at a show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre. His death was determined to be a suicide by hanging.
    (In Memoriam: July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017)

    Drake was the big winner at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. He took home 13 awards, breaking the record for artist with the most wins in a single year, beating Adele's record of 12. Other winners included Zayn, who won Top New Artist. Top Female Artist went to Beyonce and Top Duo/Group went to Twenty One Pilots

    Katy Perry announced she will be a judge on the rebooted American Idol. Now titled just 'Idol', it is expected to premiere on ABC during the 2017-18 season.

    Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's Despacito became the first Spanish language #1 single on Billboard since the Macarena more than 20 years ago.

    Keith Mitchell, original drummer for Mazzy Star, passed away from undisclosed causes on May 14th, 2017.

    Former Black Flag bassist Cel Revuelta passed away from a stage 4 glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. He was their bassist for their final tour of 1986, replacing Kira Roessler. He also joined up for a string of 2003 reunion shows, alongside original Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn

    Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke and was hospitalized, according to a post on her Facebook page. She was admitted to a Nashville hospital, after the incident occurred at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home. She is expected to make a full recovery.

    Ja Rule apologized for the Fyre Festival debacle. It was suppose to be a luxury music festival in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas, but devolved into chaos for the would be concert-goers as the "physical infrastructure was not in place on time". A $100 million lawsuit was later filed against the festival co-founders.

    Miley Cyrus has an uncredited voice role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. (The cameo is post credits).

    J. Geils (born John Warren Geils Jr.), of The J. Geils Band, passed away at the age of 71. They had 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but were best known for the song Centerfold.
    (In Memoriam: February 20, 1946 - April 11, 2017)

    The 2017 Billboard Music Awards nominations have been announced. Drake and The Chainsmokers have the most nominations with 22 each. Twenty One Pilots have 17 nominations, Rihanna has 14, The Weeknd has 13, and Beyoncé has 8. The BMA's will air May 21st on ABC.

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill passed away at the age of 61.
    (In Memoriam: February 23, 1956 – April 5, 2017)

    In an interview with People, Barry Manilow, now 73, revealed he is gay. However, it was already reported in 2015 that he had wed his manager and longtime partner Garry Kief, who he has been with for 39 years.

    The Library of Congress picked 25 titles to be included in the National Recording Registry for the year. The enshrined titles included Judy Garland's Over the Rainbow, Barbra Streisand's People, N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by David Bowie, Remain in Light by Talking Heads, the original cast album of Broadway’s The Wiz, and songs by Wilson Pickett,, Don McLean, Marty Robbins, Melba Moore, Judy Collins, and Sister Sledge.

    Snoop Dogg will induct 2Pac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th. Other inductees include. Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Journey and Yes.

    A movie musical inspired by Pharrell Williams' childhood in Virginia Beach is in the works. The project, titled 'Atlantis' is being described as a 'Romeo and Juliet' style story.

    Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90. The legendary singer, songwriter and guitar great was widely credited as one of the founding fathers of of Rock 'n Roll.
    (In Memoriam: October 18th, 1926 – March 18th, 2017)

    Ed Sheeran will make a guest appearance in the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones. According to showrunner David Benioff, his appearance was designed mostly as a favor to Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark) who's a big fan of Sheeran. Future became the first artist to release number one albums in consecutive weeks since 1968, with HNDRXX and his self-titled album. The last time it happened was when Simon & Garfunkel released "Bookends" followed by the soundtrack to "The Graduate".

    The 1997 GMC Suburban that the Notorious B.I.G. was shot is being auctioned for $1.5 million. The previous week it was announced the BMW Tupac was shot is being auctioned for the same price.

    City of Stars from La La Land won the Oscar for "Best Original Song" at the 89th Academy Awards. (Which also kept Lin-Manuel Miranda from completing an EGOT for the also nominated How Far I'll Go from Moana)

    Beyoncé announced she will not be headlining this year's Coachella Festival. Her doctor recommended she stay home due to her pregnancy.

    Jay-Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, becoming the first rapper to be inducted. Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's one-time drummer and one of Hip-Hop's most sampled drummers, passed away at the age of 73. Brown's 1970 single for Funky Drummer was sampled over 1,000 times, including Public Enemy's Fight the Power, N.W.A's F*ck tha Police, LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out, Run-D.M.C.'s Run's House, and Beastie Boys' Shadrach
    (In Memoriam: April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017)

    Adele was this year's big winner at the The 2017 Grammy Awards. She took home "Album of the Year" and "Best Pop Vocal Album" for 25, while Hello won "Record of the Year", "Song of the Year", and "Best Pop Solo Performance". Other winners included:
    Chance The Rapper for "Best New Artist", "Best Rap Album", and "Best Rap Performance" No Problem
    Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance"
    Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya) for "Best Dance Recording"
    Lemonade by Beyoncé for "Best Urban Contemporary Album"
    Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw for Best Country Song
    And David Bowie won "Best Rock Song", "Best Rock Performance", and "Best Alternative Music Album" posthumously for Blackstar

    Mary Tyler Moore (of the iconic Mary Tyler Moore Show) passed away at the age of 80 from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia after having been placed on a respirator the previous week.
    (In Memoriam: December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017)

    Beyoncé is being sued for $20 million dollars by the estate of the late Messy Mya (Anthony Barre) for allegedly using two of her lines at the beginning of Formation without permission.

    The Game was sentenced to 3 years probation for punching an off-duty cop during a pickup basketball game. The charges were finally settled from the June 2015 incident.

    Metallica, John Legend, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban will perform at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this February 12th. The nominees for Album of the Year are:
    Adele for 25, Beyoncé for Lemonade, Drake for Views, Justin Bieber for Purpose, and Sturgill Simpson for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. And for Song of the Year:
    Formation by Beyoncé, Hello by Adele, I Took a Pill In Ibiza by Mike Posner , 7 Years by Lukas Graham , and Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

    Bonnaroo announced its lineup. The headliners are U2 (as part of their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour), the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper. The music festival will take place June 8th-11th in Manchester, TN.

    City of Stars from La La Land won the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The other nominees were:
    Can't Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake from Trolls
    Gold by Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse from the movie Gold.
    Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande from Sing
    and How Far I'll Go by Auli'i Cravalho from Moana

    U2 announced in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree, they will launch an international tour from May to August where they play the album in it's entirety.

    Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead will headline Coachella this year. Coachella 2017 takes place the weekends of April 14th and April 21st.

    Trey Songz was arrested after refusing to leave the stage at the Big Show in Detroit. After he went over his set time, security tried to get him off the stage. He starting dismantling and throwing stage equipment, hitting one police officer in the head in the process. Police arrested him for malicious destruction of property and for resisting and obstructing arrest.

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