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UK NEWS: JESSIE J SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Oh dear it looks like the greatest vocalist of all time is in trouble. Billboard reports that singer-songwriter Will Loomis is suing Jessie J for copyright infringement. Loomis accuses Jessie of using the track Bright Red Chords by his band Loomis & the Lust without his consent and using it for her hit single Domino. His lawyer said in a statement, “We look forward to obtaining an appropriate remedy from the court for this clear infringement.” Check out the video below. … Universal Music []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: DEF JAM VICE-PRESIDENT OF A&R BU THIAM

Photograph Source In response to the rumour that Island Def Jam CEO LA Reid has been fired, Akon’s brother/Vice President of A&R (that role still exists?) Bu Thiam said this? As an Island Def Jam Executive, and more importantly a music fan, the recent heat that LA Reid has come under, in my opinion is extremely whack! Everyday I’ve been getting calls from people asking “When is LA getting fired? or what happened to Def Jam?” The ironic thing about this whole []

UK MUSIC NEWS: GRIMINAL SIGNS TO UNIVERSAL MUSIC

UK rapper Griminal announced via Twitter yesterday that he has signed to Universal Music / All Around The World. Check out the photograph he posted of himself signing on the dotted line. Why artists like to post photographs of themselves signing their lives away is beyond me. I wonder if he even bothered to read the contract first. Anyway congratulations Griminal. Now the hard work begins! Click HERE to watch the video to his new single Supa Dupa.

UK NEWS: N-DUBZ SIGN TO DEF JAM RECORDS

Well according to reports it’s finally happened.. it’s official…. UK group N-Dubz have signed to Def Jam Records. Def Jam’s Vice-President of A&R Max Gousse said, “I signed N-Dubz because they’re great entertainers and speak to London’s youth unlike any other band. We want to bring their message to the rest of the world.”   They speak to London’s youth? You don’t have a clue Max! Go back to surfing Myspace for new talent. I am old enough to remember when Def Jam only signed the cream []

ELVIS PRESLEY’S GRANDSON SIGNS 5 MILLION DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL RECORDS

The Virgin Media website reports that Elvis Presley’s grandson has just landed a $5 million deal with the world’s biggest record company Universal Music, to make up to five albums.  17-year-old Benjamin Presley Keough says his music will be “nothing like Elvis at all.” Does this kid even possess any real talent? Has he put in the ground work and managed to build a solid fan base? I’m guessing NOT!!! Universal Music clearly still have money to throw away in an age when the music industry is struggling to stay afloat. []

UK MUSIC NEWS: LADY SOVEREIGN EXPLAINS WHY IT ALL WENT WRONG WITH DEF JAM RECORDS

Four years ago the UK’s Lady Sovereign signed a five album deal with Universal Music and was then added to the Def Jam roster under the presidency of Sean Carter aka Jay-Z.  After much hype and fanfare things soon turned pear shaped for the young emcee. The endless touring and promotional activities (WORK) began to get to old Sovereign and she went on to have a very public meltdown live on stage one night.  Then she promptly disappeared. But now she is back with a new single So Human, new album and []

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S KENYAN CHOIR SIGNS DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC (UNIVERSAL OUT TO SHAFT)

The Kenyan Choir Via BBC News An African youth choir has been signed by Universal Music after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration celebrations in the US. The Boys Choir of Kenya signed the deal in the transit lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport as they returned home to Nairobi from Washington DC. They were the only international choir to sing at the inauguration. The choir, who are aged between 13 and 24, put on an impromptu performance for passengers before flying on []

UK MUSIC NEWS:”LEGITIMATE” TAIO CRUZ REP RESPONDS TO MAD NEWS

As most of you will now know I posed a question to UK singing sensation Taio Cruz several weeks ago (which incidently still hasn’t been answered) (click here to read), and then received this statement several days ago (click here to read). And today I received a new statement……  It has come to our attention (via Google Alert) that an unknown individual has replied to your blog post claiming to be either Taio Cruz or a Rokstarr Music Representative. In the interest of your blog being accurate, and to curb any []