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Pharrell, Robin Thicke Lose Summary Judgment Bid for “Blurred Lines”

A year and a half after Robin Thicke’s release of “Blurred Lines,” the song is still generating heaps of controversy. In what may easily become the most memorable copyright infringement lawsuit in recent memory, a judge in California has effectively handed Round One to the family of Marvin Gaye. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Court Judge John Kronstadt has denied the motion by Thicke (and fellow songwriter/producer […]

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Meet Missy Elliot’s New Protégé, Sharaya J

Sharaya J is a hard one to miss. The diva with the blue hair and bluer lipstick is the latest artist signed to Missy Elliot’s label, The Goldmind Inc, releasing the singles “BANJI” and “Smash Up the Place / Snatch Yo Wigs.” Speaking of wigs, it was actually Sharaya’s hair that caught Missy Elliott’s attention. As Elliot told Jet Magazine, they were introduced at a party where Sharaya was dancing […]

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Dillon Francis ‘Money Sucks, Friends Rule’ – Album Review

Having originally set a release date of early 2013, Los Angeles superstar DJ Dillon Francis finally gets round to unveiling the debut album he’s described as “the bane of my existence,” aka Money Sucks, Friends Rule. The 27-year-old’s first studio effort may have been a little more torturous to piece together than he’d have liked, but packed with club bangers that cleverly bridge the gap between his speaker-blasting electro-house roots […]

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Drake Drops New Tracks from Upcoming ‘Views From The 6′

Probably the best line is, “All the school kids are so sick of books and learning / They don’t read anymore… They just want to be like all the rappers that I can’t stand / N**gaz we don’t need anymore”. How Drake managed to pull off a boast about his own relevancy, a diss to all the irrelevant rappers, and a plea for children to stay in school is beyond […]

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Hardwell Leads Dutch Revolution in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll

It’s that time of year again when various superstar DJs start high-fiving each other, others begin to moan about the state of today’s dance culture, and deadmau5 starts ranting again on Twitter. Yes, the results of the most talked-about survey in electronic music, DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll, have been announced—and once again, it’s the Dutch leading the way. Not only can the Netherlands boast the overall winner with […]

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The ‘Incomparable’ Faith Evans Keeps the Faith

Faith Evans is about to release her 6th album, Incomparable, in late November, and we must say it is exciting to hear once again from the diva! Y’all remember Faith? Oh, who could forget the legendary songstress and widow? Her story reads like something out of a film noir itself. It was 1994. The stage was set for perhaps the greatest love triangle in hip-hop mythical lore. Soon-to-be rap legend The […]

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Kiesza ‘Sound of a Woman’ – Album Review

The breakout star of the deep house revival which had previously seemed rather faceless, flame-haired Canadian vocalist Kiesza already seems to be preparing for the time when the whole scene collapses in on itself, judging by her surprisingly eclectic debut album, Sound of a Woman. Produced by Kuwait-born Rami Samir Afuni, the album’s 13 tracks still contain several dancefloor anthems in the shape of “Hideaway,” the euphoric fusion of thick […]

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Jaden Smith Challenges the Rap Game, Seeks Autonomy

“Dear Everybody Who Can Rap Better Than Me. Please Show Me,” reads Jaden Smith’s tweet on October 17. “Cause I Got 2 Or 3 Albums In Stock Ready”. Well, okay then. Looks like Mr. Smith Jr. is stepping out of Big Willie’s sizable shadow to establish his own cred as a rapper. Whether the tweet is a clever marketing ploy or a legitimate challenge, it accomplishes what it needs to, bringing attention […]

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Kindness ‘Otherness’ – Album Review

London producer Kindness, aka Adam Bainbridge, has claimed that it would be “boring as hell, lazy and cowardly” if his second album, Otherness, simply repeated the tricks of his 2012 debut, World, You Need A Change of Mind. Considering that particularly idiosyncratic record featured cover versions of both post-punk pioneers The Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party” and the theme tune to British soap opera Eastenders, it appears as though formulaic isn’t in […]

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Swagga Like Us: A Flashback

And now for a flashback. Today, we look into the annals of time to remember one of the greatest live performances in hip-hop history. I’m talking the 2009 51st Grammy Award performance of the hit single “Swagga Like Us”. T.I. Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and the jiggaman himself, Jay Z, took the stage like a modern-day rat pack (or as Queen Latifah introduced them, a “rap pack”) and showed the world […]

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Flying Lotus ‘You’re Dead!’ – Album Review

Frustrated with all the “Starbucks jazz s***” out there, Los Angeles beatmaker Flying Lotus ventures into the territory once occupied by his great auntie and uncle, Alice and John Coltrane, for his fifth studio effort, You’re Dead! The artist formerly known as Steven Ellison isn’t exactly a stranger to the sound, having built a career on blurring the boundaries between jazz, funk, hip-hop and electronica in various weird and wonderful […]

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MIMO Talks with the Pros: Songwriter/Producer Richard Harris

MIMO was present at this year’s Durango Songwriter’s Expo in Broomfield, CO, a three-day conference established to connect up-and-coming songwriters with industry pros who provide helpful information, offer song critiques, and sometimes sign deals with artists and songwriters. (Meghan Trainor is a recent success story of the Expo.) While there, we had a chance to catch up with songwriter/producer Richard Harris, himself a DSE success story, who makes a significant part […]

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Word to Lil Debbie: How To Bake A Come-Up

She sprung from White Girl Mob with two other white female rappers Kreayshawn and V-Nasty. You can see her bobbing her head next to Kreayshawn in the viral hit, “Gucci Gucci”. Having split with them, she went on to make a series of viral videos that semi-launched her career; “Michelle Obama,” “SQUIRT,” “Gotta Ball,” “I Do It” and “Bake a Cake”. Two EPs later, Queen D and California Sweetheart, this […]

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Pop Rewind: Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, collectively known as new wave electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, had been generating interest in the club scene for several years before their breakout single “West End Girls” catapulted them to international fame. In fact, the version of the song most of us have heard wasn’t the first time it was released as a single. Tennant and Lowe had previously met noted electro-music producer Bobby […]

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Guillermo del Toro Is Launching A Horror Film Contest

Guillermo del Toro. He’s one of the biggest names in the movie business. He writes, directs, and produces his films. He also produces other peoples films. Meaning he cherry picks brilliant works that wouldn’t be seen by a wide audience and he, through his fast connection network, is able to get them wider distribution. Well, now the man is taking his producer habits one step further. He’s launching a contest. […]

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Watch David Fincher’s New Gap Ads

David Fincher is one of the greatest living directors. He’s created masterpieces like Fight Club, Seven, and Zodiac. He also directed Alien 3. But that’s neither her, nor their. He’s a man who, with some regularity, creates some of our culture’s most talked about films. And on occasion he directs commercials. It’s a fairly common occurrence. Directors working in commercials allows them to make smaller films, with less risk, at […]

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Michael Fassbender Has Ideas For X-men: Apocalypse

Michael Fassbender is, arguably, one of the biggest stars on the surface of planet Earth, currently. He’s a leading man who can pull massive crowds into a theatre and simultaneously win numerous amounts of awards. Interestingly, he’s been chatting with Simon Kinberg about the newest X-film. And apparently he’s got some ideas as to where the story could go. “Yeah, I mean, I haven’t got a script or anything yet, […]

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Donald Glover To Play Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-man Cartoon

In 2010, the Amazing Spider-man was rumbling to life. People were saying that Sony was going to reboot the franchise and of course the topic of what actor could take over the role of Spider-man was an instant debate. One of the names the quickly became a source of heated discussion was Donald Glover. Fans of the actor-rapper-writer were convinced that he could play Peter Parker, while more conservative individuals […]

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Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus and Blade Runner Sequels

Ridley Scott has a line of projects that seems to circle the block. He’s wrapping up Exodus: Gods and Kings, then he’s moving on to The Martian, with Matt Damon, and then he’ll finally be getting around to the films that everyone wants him to make Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. Scott recently sat down with EW and had a few things to say about each of the upcoming […]

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Bond 24 In Need Of A New ‘Iconic’ Henchman

Bond 24 is inching towards production. They have a script, they have a director and an established cast. What they don’t have is a cool new henchman, apparently. A casting call just went out for a man who is above 6’2”, age 30 – 45, and has a ‘ very unusual look’. What that means is they’re looking for someone who is taller than Bond, and has the capability to […]

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Parks and Rec Blooper Real

Parks and Rec is inching towards completion. And as such interesting odds and ends from is sixth season are ending up online. Check out this hilarious blooper reel from the season. Needless to say, Parks and Rec has one of the most comedically gifted casts currently on TV. Watching Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza in these bloopers makes me almost wish the show was […]

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‘Young Ones’ Looks Absolutely Jaw Dropping

Young Ones is the second feature film from writer and director Jake Paltrow. It’s a futuristic western with an amazing cast that looks absolutely spectacular. The film appears to have gravitas and empathy in spades. Set in a futuristic dystopian world where drought has covered the United States, the film follows a family and their struggles to find equilibrium in this new unforgiving world. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Elle […]

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The Emmys Don’t Matter

The Emmy’s have long been the strange, slightly gangly, socially awkward cousin in the award show family. They don’t really matter. They’re there. They’re at the table. They’re frequently seen around at family functions. But most people don’t like them. They’re certainly not the Oscars. The pride and joy of the family. The accomplished and good looking favorite child. They’re not even the Golden Globes, the stocky, slightly less accomplished […]

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Men, Women, and Children

Jason Reitman is one of those directors that you always need to keep an eye on. He’s always in the background, doing interesting things. While other directors with his level of clout would be attempting to direct Transformers 16, he’s out making interesting, character based pictures. His latest effort is entitled Men, Women, and Children. What’s it about? The intersection of technology and the human condition. Too broad a synopsis? […]

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Jackie Chan Needs To See A Script For Rush Hour 4

In the endless deluge of sequels, reboots, preboots, and remakes I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone say ‘Man, I wish there was another Rush Hour movie’. Well, apparently there are plans slowly rumbling to life. Somewhere there’s a studio executive who is attempting to breathe new life into the franchise. While promoting the Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan sat down with Jonathan Ross and answered some questions. One of […]

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Stallone Ramping Up Rambo V

The Rambo Franchise has been through numerous ups and downs. From the cartoon to the three sequels, with decades sometimes passing without a new entry, and then of course there’s the failed live action TV show. Well, not too long ago, Rambo V was announce. Some people rolled their eyes and said ‘sure, we’ll believe it when we see it’.   Well, apparently things are heating up. At wrap party […]

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William H Macy’s ‘Rudderless’ Looks Heartwarming

William H Macy is one of the few ‘that guy’ actors who has transcended character acting and become a household name. In films like Fargo, Magnolia, The Cooler and Mystery Men Macy has showcased his skills and verisimilitude at every turn. The man is an amazing talent. Well, now it looks like Macy is turning his skills to another aspect of filmmaking. Namely, being behind the camera. The official blurb […]

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The Revenge of the Green Dragons

Crime movies are released pretty regularly. They’re easy to make from a logistical point of view. They don’t require tons of special effects and high profile actors. But, let’s be honest, most of them aren’t earth shattering. They’re just not. Yeah, of course there are amazing crime films made. But let’s be real. They’re few and far between. Well, the godfather of crime films is executive producing a new one […]

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