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Robin Thicke

Partial Settlement of “Blurred Lines” Copyright Lawsuit (analysis)

But Robin Thicke is not off the hook yet

In the highly complex and often emotion-filled copyright dispute between the Marvin Gaye family and Robin Thicke over the latter’s hit tune “Blurred Lines,” the playing field was somewhat simplified this week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in what seems to be typical big-corporation wash-your-hands fashion, Sony/ATV has settled with the Gaye estate for an undisclosed amount, thereby removing itself as a defendant in the copyright infringement lawsuit. Robin Thicke, […]


Morrissey Signs with Harvest Records/Capitol Music Group

New album expected in 2014

For once, it seems the former Smiths’ frontman Morrissey is in the news for actual, music-related reasons. After 2013 was fraught with news about tour cancellations over a slew of health issues, beefs about…um…beef, and controversy surrounding his Autobiography, MusicWeek reports that Morrissey has inked a 2-record deal with Harvest Records, an imprint of Capitol Music Group, and will be releasing a new album sometime in 2014. Plans for recording […]

Coachella 2014

Coachella Reveals its 2014 Festival Lineup

Muse, OutKast, Arcade Fire to headline

Hailing the kickoff of music festival season, Coachella has officially revealed its lineup for its 2014 festival, which will take place over two weekends in Indio, California in April. As has become the custom, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is designed to be a repeat schedule over its two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20. OutKast is scheduled to headline both Fridays; Muse, both Saturdays; and Arcade Fire, […]

Insane Clown Posse Sue FBI For Calling Juggalos a “Gang”

On Wednesday, lawyers for horrorcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse filed suit in federal court against the United States Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for classifying their fans (known as “Juggalos”) a “loosely-organized hybrid gang,” the New York Times reports. Also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are four ICP fans who claim they have been the victims of police harassment and other penalties for identifying themselves […]

Artists to Watch in 2014

Previously, my end-of-year lists have covered artists who were overrated and artists who were worthy of the acclaim they received. In this final installment, I want to put a few bands and artists on your radar that you may not know yet, but who are showing promise and momentum, and whom you’re likely to hear a lot more from in 2014. Here they are, in no particular order (except for […]

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes” Streaming Early Online

Tunes from the record to be featured on “The Good Wife”

Well, if you want to hear Bruce Springsteen’s latest record High Hopes early, you can now do so legally. After Amazon accidentally leaked the record briefly last week, CBS is streaming the entire album online from now until its official release next week.  As an additional plug for the album, CBS is announcing that tunes from High Hopes will be featured on the January 12th episode of its television series […]

The Everly Brothers

Phil Everly Passes Away at Age 74

Phil Everly, the younger half of groundbreaking country-rock music duo The Everly Brothers, passed away Friday, January 3 in Burbank, California. He was 74. Everly’s wife Patti confirmed Phil’s passing to the Los Angeles Times, citing the cause of death as complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), brought on by a lifetime of smoking. The Everly Brothers (nee, Don and Phil Everly) first came to prominence in the 1950s […]

Beyonce Drunk In Love

New Beyoncé Album Sees 240,000 Illegal Downloads (Analysis)

Are streaming services solving the piracy problem?

Just because music piracy is talked about a little less these days, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still an issue. According to Musicmetric, as reported by Billboard, Beyoncé’s new self-titled album has been illegally downloaded approximately 240,000 times. The release of this “visual album” also sparked renewed interest in the other albums in Beyoncé’s catalog, which also saw increased numbers of illegal downloads recently. Paid sales of Beyoncé have still […]

Justin Bieber Believe

Justin Bieber “Retiring” From Music?

Apparently, the latest trend in pop music publicity stunts is to send confusing messages about possibly quitting music.  After Lana Del Rey confused the Twitter-verse last summer by calling her short film Tropico her “farewell project,” teen pop icon Justin Bieber has set up a similar bit of sensation by announcing his own retirement—even as his management team has flatly denied it. Perhaps a bit suspiciously, Bieber chose late Christmas […]

Nadezhda kolokonnikova

Pussy Riot Members Officially Freed From Prison

Both denounce amnesty as a PR stunt

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two remaining members of Pussy Riot incarcerated in the Russian prison system for “hooliganism”, were officially released from prison this morning under the terms of a widely publicized amnesty bill, according to CNN. But spending nearly two years behind bars has apparently not quelled the defiance of either inmate, nor their disdain for Vladimir Putin. Immediately upon release, both Pussy Riot members decried the […]

The 20/20 Experience Complete Experience

The Five Most Notable Musical Artists of 2013

In my first installment of 2013 end-of-year lists, I talked about five musical artists whom I felt were overrated in comparison to the media acclaim they received. This week, as promised, my second installment names five musical artists who definitely deserved the attention they got this year. Here’s my list of the top five most notable artists of 2013. See if you agree.   5.  Arcade Fire This alternative act […]

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot To Be Freed Under Russian Amnesty

This week, Russia has confirmed that the remaining jailed members of Pussy Riot are to be freed early under the terms of an amnesty bill approved by Parliament in honor of the 20th anniversary of that country’s post-Soviet constitution. But apparently not before Vladimir Putin issued a parting shot. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, as reported by NDTV and NME, Putin (who backed the amnesty bill) emphasized that their […]

Ian Watkins

Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Sentenced to 35 Years for Child Sex Charges

In a follow-up to our report on Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins pleading guilty to 13 charges of sex crimes involving children, on Wednesday, December 18, Watkins was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court to a total of 35 years in prison. Among the litany of charges against Watkins and two unnamed women (for legal reasons referred to as “Mother A” and “Mother B”) were charges of possession of child pornography, conspiracy […]

Chris Brown

Chris Brown’s Probation Revoked over Arrest in DC

Avoids jail time for now

When R&B performer Chris Brown was arrested on suspected misdemeanor assault back in Washington, DC in October, it raised concerns that it would jeopardize his probation. This week, those concerns were realized when Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin officially revoked his probation. The  violation occurred October 27, when Brown and his bodyguard were arrested outside the W Hotel in DC over an altercation with a fan, who claimed the […]

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

The Five Most Overrated Musical Artists of 2013

And so it begins—the bevy of “best of” lists that is already flooding the Interwebs as the music media looks back at 2013’s best (and sometimes worst) musical artists and releases. Some of these have already shown up here on MIMO, with more undoubtedly to come. No complaints—it’s a lot of fun to look back. But I thought I’d kick off my own year-end reviews with a bit of tongue-in-cheek […]