Yep, Taylor Swift wrote today's mystery lyrics:
"Bring on all the pretenders / One day we will be remembered"
They come from her song 'Love Live,' which can be found on her 2010 album 'Speak Now.' It's t
Punk legends the Dead Kennedys had been broken up for more than a decade when former members East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride and D. H. Peligro noticed that the band's label, Alternative Tentacles, had been shorting them on record royalties to the benefit of frontman Jello Biafra, who also just happened to run the record label. What followed was a very un-punk lawsuit over record royalties and publishing rights, with a jury ruling Biafra had committed fraud and malice and ordering him to pay the other three members nearly $200,000 in damages and punitive fees. Biafra also was forced to hand over the rights to the majority of Dead Kennedys' back catalog.
Several years after the 1994 suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, his widow, Courtney Love, formed a business partnership called Nirvana L.L.C. with surviving members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl to oversee future uses of the band's music. But Love soon filed suit against the two, claiming that they were merely minor sidemen in Nirvana, that she joined the partnership under duress, and that as Cobain's widow, she should be the sole guiding force of Nirvana's legacy. Dave and Krist countersued, the two parties reached a settlement in 2002, and later that year, a greatest-hits album featuring Nirvana's final studio recording, 'You Know You're Right,' hit stores.
Iconic pop artist Andy Warhol and influential New York rockers the Velvet Underground have been linked ever since Warhol's banana print appeared on the cover of the band's 1967 debut album, 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' -- a fact cited by the Velvets in a copyright lawsuit filed last year against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over its licensing of the image for such products as covers for Apple iPods and iPads.
A judge rejected the band's copyright claim last Septemb
Tom Waits' gruff, whiskey-soaked growl became the focus of a lawsuit that the singer filed against Frito-Lay in 1988, when the corn chip producer, unable to secure permission from Waits to use his tune 'Step Right Up' in a commercial, instead hired a voice impersonator to sing a soundalike jingle
While trying to pick artwork for their second album, 2010's 'Contra,' New York rockers Vampire Weekend were drawn to the striking Polaroid image taken in 1983 of a blonde girl in a Polo shirt. They decided to use it on the cover, despite not knowing who the woman was. They paid the purported photographer, Tod Brody, $5,000 for the rights and released 'Contra,' figuring that was the end of that.
And it was -- until July 2010, when a woman named Ann Kirsten Kennis discovered the album and sued the band for $2 million for using a photo of her without permission. Kennis claimed she was "a high-fashion model under contract with prestigious agencies in New York City" in 1983, and that Brody had forged the release forms. A year later, VW paid her an undisclosed sum and the lawsuit was dropped.
"What does it take to transform a town," asks Fuse anchor Yasmine Richard in the video below, a recap of what happened earlier this month when vitaminwater® invaded Boring, Ore., and set about making the ho-hum burg a happening place. Yasmine's question has many possible answers -- economic investment, community buy-in, the dedicated leadership of local officials -- but the good folks at vitaminwater® found an immediate solution for Boring's lack of color: live music, compliments of Matt and Kim, Santigold and B.o.B. Also, dinosaurs. By the look of it, it worked!