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Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Found Guilty of Copying Christian Rap Song

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Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a jury found on Monday.

via ABC:

Monday’s decision returned by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors first sued alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement.

Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.”

“Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

Perry’s attorneys argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

Perry and the song’s co-authors, including her producer Dr. Luke, testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.

Gray’s attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that “Joyful Noise” had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors, and provide as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was nominated for a Grammy.

“They’re trying to shove Mr. Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, when he also pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.

The 34-year-old pop superstar and “American Idol” judge brought laughs to the proceedings when she testified during its second day, and her lawyers were having technical troubles getting “Dark Horse” to play in the courtroom.

“I could perform it live,” Perry said.

No performance was necessary after the audio issues were fixed. Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week.

Perry was not present for the reading of the verdict Monday afternoon.

Listen to the similarities in both songs below.

(MUSIC VIDEO) Grammy and NAACP Image Award Nominated Recording Artist RAHEEM DEVAUGHN Delivers That “JUST RIGHT” Type Of Love In New Video!

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Nothing feels better than finding yourself wrapped up in the right amount of love!

The visual for “Just Right” is written by Raheem Devaughn featuring the talented Singer/Actress V. Bozeman (Empire), directed by Chris Scholar from a storyline envisioned by DeVaughn. It’s the visual accompaniment to DeVaughn’s top 20 Billboard R&B Songs hit and first single from his seventh studio album, The Love Reunion (SRG/DMG/Universal Music Group). The DeVaughn-penned track was produced by Tim Kelley, formerly of the production duo Tim & Bob (Boyz II Men, TLC).

This is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem. “Hands down, I predict it will be one of the urban wedding songs of the decade,” he adds. The single is lifted from Raheem‘s recently released seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion“, available on all streaming and download platforms now via the SRC/DMG label imprint.

Via Billboard:

“DeVaughn is concurrently developing various film and television projects and helming his LoveLife Foundation, which helps women and men in domestic abuse situations as well as people living with HIV/AIDS. He’s also writing and producing several songs for Bozeman’s own upcoming album from SRG. Her first single is expected in September.“V. Bozeman is a phenomenal talent that the world needs to hear,” says DeVaughn. “It’s an honor to be involved both creatively and musically in her soon-to-be-released project.”

Check out the Video Below!

 

In the midst of his now decade-long steady climb to international R&B notoriety and prominence, he’s been the singers’ singer, a consummate ladies’ man, the fellas’ fella and the “go-to” modern-day R&B/soul crooner with sensibilities simultaneously grounded in the past and the present. Indeed, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN has been many things to contemporary music culture and his ever-expanding core audience, for which he’s amassed a combination of prestigious award honors/nominations and multiple chart-topping releases.

“There’s a lot of talk about ‘King of R&B’ and ‘King of Soul,” but I’ve got enough music for the next ten years,” says the three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. “I literally have enough music for the decade to release. If I stopped recording now and said I wouldn’t record for five years, I’ve got enough music for ten. So I can’t wait, because I’m just warming up.”

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In the meantime, look for RAHEEM DEVAUGHN to continue to scintillate, titillate and seduce with his most-authentic soul stylings amidst this intoxicating, mood-altering collection of songs he’s poured his heart and soul into. “This album right here is hand-crafted to impregnate the world…bring people together. I’m here to be one of the greatest of my generation. And that’s not based on album sales and hype, or what reality show I’m on. It’s purely based on the music, based on the culture…and based on style and grace. I’m growing up not only musically, but personally. It’s kind of like the story of the phoenix rising…I’m coming out of the fire.”

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CONNECT WITH RAHEEM DEVAUGHN:
Twitter: @Raheem_Devaughn
Instagram: @Raheem_Devaughn
Facebook: /RaheemDevaughn

 

Starrdom100 Exclusive: Raheem DeVaughn Talks New Album, His Definition of Love & Thoughts on Today’s R&B Music

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Photo credit: DMG (DeVaughn Music Group)

Three-time Grammy Nominated Recording Artist RAHEEMDEVAUGHN Releases Seventh Studio Album, “THE LOVE REUNION”

(New York, NY), Three-time Grammy Nominated and 2019 NAACP Outstanding Male Artist nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and last but not least,  philanthropic-pioneer, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN released his seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion“. The anticipated album released on June 28th, 2019, via the SRG/DMG label imprint.

The Love Reunion” is led by the already Top 15 Billboard Chart hit single, “Just Right” (Testify), written by Raheem DeVaughn and produced by Tim Kelley (one half of the multi-award-winning producers, Tim & Bob). “Just Right is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem.

Although this is album number seven that we’re calling The Love Reunion,” says RAHEEM of his surprise second release in eight months, “it’s a part-two to Decade of a Love King, which just came out in October. I never stop making music; I’m still working on finding new ways to use my instrument, so the best way to do that is to stay in the studio…that’s my refuge, my therapy, and my sanity. [So] this Decade of a Love King trilogy has a lot of different tones and variations in it. When people go through albums six, seven, eight, and maybe nine and ten, they’re gonna be like `Wow, he gave us some real hardcore, new millennial R&B!’”

(AUDIO LINK): “JUST RIGHT” (TESTIFY) by RAHEEMDEVAUGHN

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During our recent interview with the talented singer, he shared some thoughts on the new album, expressed his definition of love and spoke on today’s R&B music scene.

Why is this album so special to you?

It’s my seventh album. My first album came out actually on June 28th and fast forward through the energy of the universe, my seventh album released on the same day in 2019. This album, in my opinion, is one of my best bodies of work to date. I am better vocally, I am better at writing. I have found the Raheem Devaughn sound.

What are your thoughts about the style of R&B music being produced today compared to the 90s and early 00’s?

I love lots of the new generation that is making music and that are being successful with it, but to me, there is nothing like that good ole 90’s R&B vibe. I love to still be able to deliver that quality music for my fans that have been with me from the beginning and my new fans just learning about the Raheem Devaughn sound.

How do you define love?

Love is understanding, compassion and making sure you look out for one another.

                                     What upcoming events do you have? Any tours?
There is a tour in the works that it’s still early to discuss, but I promise you it will be one for the books. It’s being planned for this fall/winter.

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Photo credit: DMG (DeVaughn Music Group)

Keep up with Grammy Nominated Recording Artist Raheem DeVaughn on Social Media!

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6x Entertainment Releases “Come Together” by Rising Music Star Tia P. featuring B. Slade

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LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2019 / — 6x Entertainment has released the new single and official music video for “Come Together” by the multi-talented entertainer, Tia P., which features the dynamic recording artist B. Slade.  “COME TOGETHER” is now available to download on all streaming platforms and the official music video can be seen on YouTube. With so much violence, racism, and corruption going on in our communities and the political climate state of the world around us in constant archaic disaccord, Tia P. and B. Slade are ready to take the world by storm with a positive message and soulful rendition of The Beatles’ classic hit, “Come Together”, but with a banging and interesting new twist. In addition to dropping the new single, “Come Together”, Tia P. will be featured in this season’s upcoming episodes of, “Next Big Thing”, which airs on the BET Network.

One cannot categorize Tia P. as just a singer or rapper, she’s an overall entertainer and quadruple threat adding acting, dancing, and percussionist skills to her talent repertoire. “Tia P. is a visionary.  She embodies greatness and musical excellence. She is gifted in her DNA with an authenticity, artistry and creativity that only musical legends are made of”, says C. Von Parchman, President & Founder of 6x Entertainment.  Marty Arnold, COO and Managing Partner of 6x Entertainment adds, “Tia P. is an electrifying performer, a remarkable songwriter, and eclectic rapper. We feel extremely confident that Tia P. will captivate audiences and leave music fans wanting more.”

What inspired you to create the single “Come Together?”

Well, the song is originally by The Beatles – epic in their own right. The remake concept actually sprung from KJLH radio personalities Tammi Mac and Don Amiche. “Mac & Amiche”, now “The Tammi Mac Show”, began playing the remixes I was reproducing and performing on YouTube from my “Minute Music Monday” series.  They threw out a Beatles iconic song “Come Together” as a challenge to see if I could pull it off as well as I’d done the others in my series. As soon as I heard what they proposed, I was excited and eager to take on the challenge for several reasons: A) I’m all about love, peace, and unity and this song is the embodiment of embracing differences but all being able to come together as one. I believe that message, decades later, in this day and time needs to be echoed to the younger generations and serve as a reminder to the older ones. B) It’s something I don’t think I would have ever suggested myself, nor is it a song people would expect from a young Black female “rapper” from Inglewood. I didn’t want to listen to any other remakes of “Come Together” because I didn’t want my version to sound like anything else that had been done. I needed to keep the integrity of the song. After listening to and researching the absurdity of the lyrics, I was sold on recreating this necessary audio masterpiece but giving it my own taste with an added rap towards the end. Once I brought B.Slade into the mix, it went to a whole nother level!

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BSlade in Tia P’s “Come Together” Music Video

What was the experience like collaborating with BSlade?

It’s a trip! That’s big bro! Seriously, being able to work with someone you’ve looked up to and been inspired by for most of your life doesn’t happen for most. His energy is infectious and he’s king of being out the box, which is exactly what we needed for this video shoot. On top of that, he’s freaking hilarious; a maniac on stage or on camera, but humble and chill when off. This isn’t actually the first song we’ve collaborated on. We’ve worked on a few things, but our first cut together was a song he featured me on called “Black Lives Matter” for his project called the Black Belt.  “Come Together” is the first audio and visual collab we’ve done.

What is the message that you want listeners to take from this song?

It’s ok to be different. Please don’t be a conformist; it’s boring. However the power that we have when we come together (no pun intended), when we truly see one another beyond the differences, past the fear mongering and politics, we make change happen. Most of the lyrics sound like nonsense, much like the noise of the world today; but the one part that people around the world know is “Come Together”. Isn’t that what we still need to do?

In the months ahead, she will be performing at The Viper Room in Hollywood and at the 2019 Women in Entertainment Luncheon, which will be held at AEG’s Dignity Health Sports Park.

To connect with Tia P, visit her music link page!

“Come Together” is a new rendition of the Beatles classic hit by rising music star Tia P. featuring B. Slade. “COME TOGETHER” official music video!

“Come Together” is available for download and streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and all major online retailers.

 

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For booking, press or media Inquiries contact:

C Von & Marty Arnold

323.273.5398

mgmt@6xentertainment.com

http://www.6xentertainment.com

(Video) Diggy Simmons and Detroit’s B Free Join For Single “All Mine”

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Diggy Simmons & B Free (Photo Courtesy of Kisha)

Detroit native B Free and Diggy Simmons, were introduced by Big Sean’s best friend Earlly Mac, and decided to collaborate on a song together. Both artists recorded the single together in Los Angeles, CA. For the video, Diggy flew out to Detroit, where they shot the video, and he helped with the radio promo of the single “All Mine”. The single was produced by PGF and the video was directed by Nick Margetic. According to B Free, “Sometimes collaborations can feel awkward or forced, but with Diggy it was natural from the second I landed.” 

 B Free’s EP “Lost in Paradise” streams on all platforms April 5th.

This video just gives us great vibes and these combinations of goodness and talent in this video from them is worth indulging and vibing to!

 

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Connect with B Free & Diggy Simmons on Social Media!

B Free @officialbfree 

Diggy Simmons @diggysimmons

 

Suspect in Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shooting Is Identified

#RIP Nipsey Hussle

Late Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department identified Eric Holder, 29, of Los Angeles, as a suspect in the shooting, which injured two other people. He was last seen in a white 2016 Chevy Cruze.

The Los Angeles police identified Eric Holder, 29, as a suspect in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle.CreditLos Angeles Police Department

Nipsey Hussle’s death was felt deeply in Crenshaw, the neighborhood where he grew up and maintained a regular presence after becoming a Grammy-nominated artist. His fans said he offered hope, advocated self-improvement and financially invested in the community, which has long struggled with violent crime. He opened a co-working space dedicated to increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and planned to meet Monday with police officials to discuss ways to prevent gang violence.

His debut studio album, “Victory Lap,” was nominated for best rap album at the Grammys last year and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart. He had two children, Kross and Emani.