Here are the top five pieces of important musical information I feel you need to know:
1. The Black Keys Go Sue-Happy
The Black Keys are suing Home Depot and Pizza Hut for Copyright Infringement. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Home Depot allegedly used parts of the Black Keys song “Lonely Boy” in a promotional ad for power tools. Also, Pizza Hut misused parts of “Gold on the Ceiling” in a recent ad. The federal lawsuits were filed June 21st.
2. Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
Lauryn Hill, arguably one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, plead guilty to Tax Evasion in a court in New Jersey. According to MTV, Hill failed to file her tax returns for 2005-2007. Although sentencing is not until November, the singer could face up to $75,000 in fines and three years in prison.
3. Lamb of God Singer Detained for Manslaughter
Randy Blythe, singer for the heavy-metal band Lamb of God, was detained in Prague this week because of an altercation from 2010. The alleged incident at a concert involved a fan rushing the stage and being thrown into the crowd, which caused head injuries and later, his death. Blythe has not reportedly been formally charged, according to MTV. If found guilty of this crime, Blythe could face up to 10 years in prison.
4. Jimmy Henchman Did NOT Shoot Tupac
The 1994 shooting of Tupac was devastating to both his fans, and other admiring artists. There has been a lot of controversy since the shooting about whether ‘Pac is still alive or if he actually died, and also who shot him. Check out Village Voice, which has some official court documents on the subject. Although Henchman’s attorney claims that Henchman is innocent and did not orchestrate the shooting of Tupac, a Village Voice journalist Chuck Phillips claims that Henchman admitted his involvement during a proffer session with the government in 2011. “Proffer sessions allow suspects under investigation to confess to crimes under the agreement that the confession won’t be used to prosecute them.”
5. Kanye West Gets Erotic
Kanye West is being featured in an erotic video… a promotional tool for model Anja Rubik’s 25 magazine. MTV described this way: “Directed by Barnaby Roper, the visual features a frenzy of kaleidoscopic, nude imagery interspersed with Kanye saying things like, ‘Through me, the everlasting pain/ Abandon all hope.'”
That’s it for this week’s music news. Join me next week for more melodic shenanigans.