MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 19

Posted 3 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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LADY GAGA COPYRIGHT SUIT DISMISSED

CHICAGO (AP) — Lady Gaga is off the hook in a copyright lawsuit. A Chicago songwriter claims the musical performer copied music and the title lyric from her song. Rebecca Francescatti claimed Gaga swiped key elements from her song “Juda” to create her 2011 song called “Judas.” But a judge ruled the songs don’t have common lyrics, have different themes — and don’t even sound alike. As Marvin Aspen put it in his ruling, the songs “are so utterly dissimilar” that no reasonable person would find a similarity. The judge also concluded there wasn’t enough evidence that Gaga could have heard or known about Francescatti’s song before publishing “Judas.”

A GREAT BIG WORLD: YOU KNOW THE SONG, NOT THE SINGERS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Great Big World are still not big enough to get recognized. Singer Chad Vaccarino says they were walking out of a hotel in Denver when a man was singing “Say Something,” oblivious to the fact that the song’s creators were walking past. Singer Ian Axel says they once saw a cover band in Las Vegas playing “Say Something,” so he dropped a few bucks in their guitar case. Another time, Axel was waiting in line when a guy just showed him a phone with Axel’s photo on it. Axel just nodded and said it was him. The guy’s friend said, “He’s just messing with you!” The guy said Axel looks just like that Great Big World singer and Axel said he gets that a lot.

JACK WHITE’S “LAZARETTO” IS NUMBER ONE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack White has a number-one record, and he’s set a record. White’s “Lazaretto” album sold 137,732 copies its first week, according to his label. That puts it on top of the Billboard 200 album chart. “Lazaretto” also sold more than 40,000 vinyl copies. That sets a record for highest first-week vinyl sales since Soundscan began tracking sales data in 1991.

MUMFORD AND SONS CONCERT PRODUCES COMPOST

GUTHRIE, Okla (AP) — The waste from a Mumford and Sons concert last year could grow the vegetables of this year. More than 30,000 people attended the band’s show in Guthrie, Oklahoma, which normally has 10,000 residents. More than 24 tons of food waste and leftover paper products were generated, and 5.5 tons of that was composted. After decomposing for six months, the compost is being offered to residents for gardening. It will also be used in the parks.

”AMERICAN IDOL” ADDS TRUE BELIEVER AWARD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol” is willing to pay big money for standing by the side of an eventual winner. The American Idol True Believer Award will allow contestants who make it past a certain point each to designate one person who supported them above all else. The support person of next year’s winner will get $50,000. The rules are on the “American Idol” Web site.

SWIFT, STYLES AMONG TEEN CHOICE AWARDS NOMINEES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who’s got the better smile: Taylor Swift or Harry Styles of One Direction? Maybe Selena Gomez? Or Austin Mahone or Demi Lovato? They’re all up for Choice Smile at the Teen Choice Awards. Gomez is also nominated for Choice Female Hottie, while Mahone and all of One Direction are up for Choice Male Hottie. In the music categories, nominees include Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons and The Black Keys. The Teen Choice Awards will be given out August 10 and shown live on Fox.

JENNIFER LOPEZ DIVORCE FINALIZED

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly three years after they went their separate ways, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are officially going their separate ways. A judge in Los Angeles has finalized the couple’s divorce. L.A. Superior Court Judge John Sandoz signed off on paperwork dissolving the marriage on Monday. The decision awards the former couple joint legal custody of their 6-year-old twins. Lopez gets primary custody — with Anthony caring for them seven days a month. The singers also agree that no child support or spousal support was necessary. Anthony filed for divorce in April, 2012 — but the pair separated in July 2011.

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