After a mental breakdown, tons of criticism from his fans and non-fans alike, Kanye West has finally left the hospital, and returned back to his home. Departing from the UCLA Medical Center, ‘Ye left the hospital accompanied by his wife Kim Kardashian. According to recent reports, Kanye will still be under the watchful eye of his physician Michael Farzam, who was the one to call 911 and have West admitted into the hospital. Kanye will be spending this time with his children, family and wife.
There seems to be a ton on the plate of West, who recently cancelled shows for his Saint Pablo Tour indefinitely, as well as a recent album release, and the anniversary of the death of his mother. Additionally, working closely with Adidas, Kanye and their team have been hard at work designing new forms of the Yeezy Boost 350 and 750, which are selling for upwards of $2,000 on secondary markets.
While it’s unclear as to what is the exact cause of Kanye’s original breakdown, there is a clearly a lot of stress on the artist within the past six months. It’s not unheard of to go through hard times and while his departure from the hospital points to good things, there is likely much more time to be spent recovering from this incident than many have speculated.
Our thoughts are with the West/Kardashian family.
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Famous 80’s hair metal band Ratt has had two members going ‘round and round’ for some time now, in a lawsuit that has just recently seen it’s end. Former drummer Bobby Blotzer staked a claim against bassist Juan Croucier, saying that he used the RATT name to promote his other band, which is trademark infringement. According to other reports however, Croucier was still a part of the partnership that owned the RATT name, along with his former drummer, and the rest of the band.
Oddly enough, a few members of the band attempted to transfer the name to another entity in 1997, but this was ruled invalid, meaning by technicality, Croucier was still a member of the partnership that owned the name, and was legally allowed to use the name in his new band’s name.
The last twist of the story includes the other members of the band stating that Blotzer was now officially out of the band, and could only use the words ‘Former member of RATT’ when referring to himself in another music situation.
RATT was famous for their songs ‘Round and Round’, ‘Slip Of The Lip’, ‘Lay It Down’, ‘Wanted Man’, and many more — ‘Round and Round’ peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200.
Following a tragic death, an arrest has finally been made in the death of 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts. Roberts, just 38 when he died, died from a prescription drug overdose in a hotel just outside of Milwaukee. Roberts served as the lead guitarist of the band from their inception in 1996 until 2012 when he left the band for health reasons.
During his departure, Roberts stated that this was due to performing near 300 dates per year, and the band having exacerbated health and circulation issues that he was currently dealing with. He continued to mention that the band would always hold a special place in his heart, but needed to take this time off for his own health.
Police have now made the arrest of a doctor who was reportedly in connection with Roberts prior to his death. The alleged physician is believed to be from Alabama, a ways away from where his death was confirmed in West Bend, Wisc. Illegal drug distribution has been the primary charge in the case. Throughout his time as physician, Snellgrove (the accused) prescribed Roberts 5 different controlled substances in the names of different individuals, but (police) also have stated that the intended recipient of the drugs were all for Roberts.
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Have you ever been to a record store selling used and promotional copies? You’ll see many CD’s reading “For promotional use only – no reselling”. You probably had to think twice whether to buy a copy or not, wondering if it could be some sort of illegal sale. If you have ever bought a “Promo” CD before, you can rest assured that the FBI is not going to show up at your door and arrest you while your neighbors look on in horror.
Just recently, a higher court in San Francisco ruled that buying and selling of promo records is not in any way copyright infringement. Promo records are copies that are distributed by record labels, mostly to radio stations and some music critics, before the actual release date.
It was a big name in the music industry, Universal Music Group, that sued a California resident, Troy Augusto, about 4 years ago. The record label sued Augusto for allegedly reselling their promo CD on eBay. Similar actions would have been taken had the case favored UMG. Prior to suing Augusto, UMG’s standard practice was to send notifications to eBay with the objective of stopping the auctions. In court, Mr. Augusto firmly argued that he has the rights to sell the copies because he owns them, and stated that the First Sale Doctrine is applicable in his case.
…if you own a book or recording which you legally acquired, you retain the right to do whatever you want with it.
The First Sale Doctrine dictates that if you own a book or recording which you legally acquired, you retain the right to do whatever you want with it. You can give it to a friend, have the library keep it, or sell it to a record store. This rule makes borrowing a book from library possible. Thus, it annoys publishers and music labels as their profitability opportunity is impacted.
The Supreme Court originally ruled when this doctrine was codified that anyone who has bought anything in these categories are given the full ownership as long as the products is not being copied or reproduced. This case clearly showed that there is a distinction between copyright sale and sale of copy, so buy with confidence!
Whenever you feel excited, happy, angry, ridiculed or annoyed with someone or something, these days, it is so easy to express your frustration by sharing it with your friends and acquaintances online. Indeed, Twitter has made this form of “self-expression” incredibly popular; but like everything, it can be a double-edged sword in certain circumstances.
Twitter is currently in the spotlight because of the first high-profile defamation lawsuit to result from one user suing another for the “defamatory” content of their tweets. Courtney Love, a rocker and a Twitter user, has been sued by designer Dawn Simorangkir, also known as the Boudoir Queen. This legal action occurred after Love made personal remarks targeting the designer after Simorangkir demanded payment for some designer clothing that Love had rejected as unsatisfactory. As a result of this lawsuit, scheduled to go to court February 9, 2011, some Twitter users have become paranoid about their posts, fearing that what they Tweet could land them in legal hot water. Continue reading Sue Me With 140 Characters »
Are you the type who listens to a song just because it was done by your favorite artist? Or do you judge a song as a cool track because it really is – based on all the given factors? If you want to find good music, either from a branded or a yet-to-be-known artist, MTV Music Meter will make things easier for you.
The Music Meter helps you find the names of the artists who are currently making a buzz on the music scene. Music Meter artists may be newcomers or someone who has been there for a long time, but is just waiting for a platform to share their songs with the world. MTV Music Meter does not gauge popularity based on album sales alone; this is MTV’s way of providing an avenue to talents who play any genre there is. Music Meter let the world know what sort of talent an artist has and why many people are listening to his music. Continue reading MTV’s Music Meter – The Perfect Spot for Fresh Talent »
One of the key components of the classical music industry is small orchestras. Today, small orchestras have various characteristics that the larger groups are starting to imitate. While the small orchestras may tend to not be as good as the larger ones, they are all facing similar challenges—most notably, widespread financial troubles—which have an impact on the audience and their ability to support young musicians. Continue reading A Key Note for Small Orchestras »