One of The Amp's favorite SNL Digital Shorts, Andy Samberg's Shy Ronnie with Rihanna, is now the target of a lawsuit after a pair of St. Louis producers claimed that Samberg stole the musical tracks without proper credit. Aleric "Rick tha Rular" Banks and Monique Hines of StarStrukk Productions filed the suit in a New York federal court last week which claims Samberg's the Lonely Island used StarStrukk beats to create the songs "Like a Boss" and "Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde," but the production duo have yet to receive the appropriate royalties,according to the Hollywood ReporterRead More »from Rihanna and Andy Samberg Sued Over ‘Shy Ronnie’
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Steve Granitz/WireImage.comAfter Adele scrapped all of her 2011 U.S. tour dates and promotional appearances because of throat problems, the British singer traveled to Boston yesterday to fix her chart-topping voice. Why Beantown? Because that's the home of the Massachusetts General Hospital, where a futuristic surgery involving lasers is used to rescue the world's best cords. "Adele underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding) from a benign polyp. This condition is typically the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture," the Massachusetts General Hospital wrote in a statement (via Los Angeles Times). "Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery."Read More »from Adele’s Vocal Cords Rescued By Lasers
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Tue, Nov 8, 2011 9:27 AM EST
Pool/Getty ImagesJustice has been served in the death of Michael Jackson, and now the only question that remains is, "How long Dr. Conrad Murray will spend in prison?" The answer will upset Jackson fans who want Murray to spend the maximum of four years behind bars: Because of overcrowding in the California prison system and new laws in Los Angeles, Murray can expect to spend little to no time in prison. Take Lindsay Lohan as an example: Her 30-day prison sentence for violating probation turned into a five-hour cameo at the Los Angeles County jail. Murray will also likely benefit from the fact that there are simply too many violent criminals in California, and they represent more of a danger to the public than a Propofol-pushing doctor.Read More »from ‘Suicidal’ Conrad Murray Won’t Spend Much Time in Jail, Thanks to Overcrowded Prisons
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 7, 2011 4:17 PM EST
(Update: In a statement to TMZ, Michael Jackson's parents Joe and Katherine said, "We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time and we couldn't hold back tears of joy in the courtroom. Even though nothing can bring back our son, justice has finally been served!")
After nearly six weeks of testimony and 10 hours of deliberation, the jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has reached a verdict: Guilty. With that judgment, the 12 jurors unanimously agreed that Murray was solely responsible for causing Jackson's death by administering a deadly dose of the powerful sedative Propofol to the King of Pop. Jackson, who complained of insomnia in his final months, used the sedative as a sleeping agent, even though Propofol is only meant for surgical operations.Read More »from Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty in Death of Michael Jackson (UPDATES)
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 7, 2011 2:46 PM EST
Photo: Kristy Sparow/WireImage.comAvril Lavigne and her reality star boyfriend Brody Jenner were the victims of a vicious attack last night after the pair were reportedly assaulted by a group of five people as they left Los Angeles' Roosevelt Hotel. "I don't fight. I don't believe in it. To clear things up I got attacked by 5 people last night out of nowhere. Not cool. My face is f-----," the Canadian singer tweeted early this morning. "As in black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not ok to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer." Jenner added that he "just got of the hospital with a new scar on my face" following the incident. TMZ writes that Jenner was smashed in the face with a bottle. (Earlier in the evening, Jenner tweeted, "Having the best night with the love of my life @AvrilLavigne so happy right now!!" Talk about unhappy endings.)
The incident is very similar to when singer Gavin Degraw was assaulted in New York City this past August.Read More »from Avril Lavigne Got Gavin Degraw-ed Outside the Roosevelt Hotel
Take CareDrake's Take Care, one of the most anticipated albums of 2011, leaked nine days before its November 15th, but rather than reacting to the bad news like Vancouver fans after the Canucks lost in the Stanley Cup finals, the rapper and his cool Canadian temperament handled the album's early arrival in stride. "I am not sure if the album leaked. But if it did thank god it doesn't happen a month early anymore," Drizzy tweeted. "Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it... and take care until next time." He does have a point: The music industry has seen some instances of albums leaking as early as six months prior to its scheduled release date, so a nine-day head start isn't a complete disaster.Read More »from Drake Handled the ‘Take Care’ Leak Extremely Well
Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comThe MTV Video Music Awards have had their share of controversial moments in the past, from Madonna's "Like a Virgin" performance to the Material Girl/Britney kiss to Kanye's "Imma let you finish"-ing of Taylor Swift. But compared to what goes on at the MTV European Music Awards, all those incidents are about as contentious as a Disney movie. Case in point: At last night's MTV EMAs in Belfast, a male streaker ran out on stage while Hayden Panettiere was about to present the award for Best Song.
It was a scripted skit (according to Reuters, and anyone who's seen these kind of planned awards-show moments of spontaneity) with the actress doing her best to act surprised, the EMA audience and those watching at home were provided with an extended moment of uncensored, full-frontal male nudity.
Once the streaker reached the front of the stage where Pannetierre was standing, he made awkward conversation with the actress while covering his private parts. "So," he said through a very thick Irish brogue, "You're on that show 'Heroes' yeah?" They discussed hanging out at the post-party, but unfortunately the streaker didn't have his cell phone to take down Panettiere's number. Once he'd exited the stage, Hayden quipped: "Well, that was different." (The Amp emailed MTV for comment about the incident.)
If this ever happened in the States, the FCC would come to MTV's Times Square headquarters with a battering ram and a multimillion dollar fine -- especially given the number of young Bieber fans that were watching -- but this kind of behavior is perfectly acceptable across the Atlantic. You can watch the very-NSFW clip at Gawker if you dare, but here are some less explicit highlights from MTV's European awards:Read More »from MTV EMAs: Gaga! Bieber! Queen! Streaker!
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Mon, Nov 7, 2011 8:56 AM EST
As promised, Radiohead will finally embark on a tour in support of The King of Limbs starting in February 2012, over a year after releasing their latest album. However, residents of states that gave Electoral College votes to Barack Obama will have to wait longer to see Radiohead: The first leg of the band's 2012 U.S. tour has been revealed, and it only visits hardened red states and a few purple states. That means two stops in Florida, including the tour-opening concerts in Miami on February 27th, a visit to Georgia, three shows in Texas, two in Missouri, and Colorado. The first leg wraps up on March 15th in Glendale, Arizona, where every other band is refusing to perform because of the controversial immigrant law SB 1070. Check out the tour dates and pre-sale info at Dead Air Space.Read More »from Radiohead Touring Only Red States in 2012 (For Now)
Sabbath Bloody SabbathRemember the Black Sabbath reunion that was dismissed as "absolute nonsense" by guitarist Tony Iommi, the same man who initially revealed that the band was getting back together with Ozzy Osbourne? It turns out that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are in fact reuniting, and they're announcing the reformation next week. Black Sabbath's new website hints that some major news is coming on November 11th, or 11.11.11, On that date, Blabbermouth reports, all four members of the group — Osbourne, Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward -- will hold a press conference at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go -- the site of their first Los Angeles concert on, surprise, November 11, 1970.Read More »from Black Sabbath Reuniting on 11.11.11 at 11:11 a.m.
- Daniel Kreps | Amplifier – Fri, Nov 4, 2011 4:24 PM EDT
Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comLast night, the Grammys' official Twitter feed sent out this indecipherable message: "Who do u predict the reuniting band will be @ #GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make u wanna 'Jump' & 'Dance the Night Away'?" Gee, what a heavily disguised clue! It's really hard to parse that brain-teaser of a tweet. They "ain't talking about Love," are they? "You really got me" confused with those hints. Talking Heads, maybe? There will be "dancing in the streets" if Talking Heads reunite!Read More »from What Band Is Reuniting at the Grammy Nomination Show? (Hint: It’s Van Halen)
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