Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Solange Elevator Incident Statement | Complex


Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Solange Elevator Incident Statement | Complex

Jay ZBeyoncé, and Solange have made the following public statement after the release of the footage from the Met Gala after party:

“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it,” “Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”

“The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false,” the statement continued. “At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”

Inmate is suing everybody


Check out this Complex Video of a man suing the biggest stars in urban music.

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Beyonce Breaks the Music Business

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Few artists have the capacity to change an entire business model with one deft maneuver, but hand it to Beyonce, because she just did.

Last night (Dec. 12), without any pre-promotion whatsoever, the former Destiny’s Child star dropped her new album— Beyonce`— directly viaiTunes.

Given Beyonce’s prominence as the queen of popular music, has Beyonce effectively paved the way for superstars to cut out their record labels?

For the full article, please visit Medium Magazine


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JAY-Z Battling Egyptians

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Jay-Z is has been battling a law suit for six-years for alledgedly sampling an Egyptian’s song.

At the heart of  the law suit, the nephew of late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, argues that Jay Z mutilated the original song, violated “moral rights,” and despite the existence of a settlement agreement that appeared to give “Big Pimpin” producers a valid license, infringed a copyright.

Jay Z and the other defendants hoped to wrap up this case altogether, but then there is the issue of allegedly infringing activity happening after 2006, when the EMI-Sout El Phan agreement expired and “Big Pimpin” defendants arguably no longer could point to a settlement agreement as freeing their liability for among other things, Jay Z’s exploitation of the song in concerts, in films, and on television.

For more on this topic, check out The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. page, HERE.


Jay-Z sued over “Run this Town” as sampling lawsuits spread

Jay Z’s “Run This Town” could contain unauthorized samples

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A sample troll is stalking Jay-Z over Run This Town, claiming the rapper’s 2009 hit from Blueprint 3 uses sounds from a 1969 track called Hook and Sling by the late pianist Eddie Bo.

A lawsuit, filed in New York federal court, claims that Run this Town uses sounds from Hook and Sling dozens of times, and asks for profits from Jay-Z and his record labels, and an order prohibiting the rapper from distributing the song.

So who exactly filed the lawsuit? Good question. The plaintiff is a company called TufAmerica, which is the same classy outfit that sued the Beastie Boys last year on the same day that one member of the trio, MCA, passed away.

As the New York Times explained, Tuf America “has made a business out of buying the rights to old songs and suing artists who sample them without permission.” A similar type…

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JAY-Z / BARNEYS; Follow Up

In an effort to save face with Jay-Z, his fans, and members of Barneys’ shopping community, Barneys’ CEO Mark Lee offers and apology to the man himself.

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Jay can now continue building his empire.