Pandora Media Inc., the biggest Internet radio service, was sued by major record labels for failing to pay for using music recorded before 1972. The companies, including Capitol Records LLC and Sony Music Entertainment, filed the copyright infringement lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan yesterday because federal law doesn’t protect recordings made before Feb. 15, 1972. New York courts have enforced ownership rights stemming from before that date, according to the suit.
At the pressconference at JFK airport, on virgin soil, they do their by-now fully developed thing: four mouths in a row, four bobbing heads, four sets of speculative-aggressive eyes. Unnerving polyphonic comedy. The atmosphere in the room is boisterous, the questions fatuous. How much money do you expect to take out of this country?
A POP art legend will help Mumbles celebrate a four-day festival of art, music and literature next month. Sir Peter Blake, best known for designing the iconic sleeve to the Beatles album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, is one of the guests appearing at the Mumbles Marvellous Weekend, being held in the grounds of Oystermouth Castle.
The Rutles are back with their unique blend of music and humour. The irreverent songwriter and satirist Neil Innes talks to Chris Bond. THE RUTLES have probably had more comebacks than the great Frank Sinatra, although according to the band this really is it. “Last time was just the last time. This time it really is the last time.”
We’re talking about life’s ‘if onlys’ when Mike McCartney drops his astonishing bombshell. He hates the word ‘if’. ‘It’s the most stupid, little two-letter word in the world,’ he says. ‘Why have the word? If that bird [he points to a crane flying past his home in the Wirral] came crashing through the window and put its beak into your neck, you’d be dead.’
In days of yore – or at any rate, from the dawn of cinema into the 1960s or so – going to the movies was more than just settling into a plush seat with nearly a gallon of soda and a truckload of popcorn, and then getting blasted against the wall with insanely overamplified sound.
Sir Paul McCartney is encouraging people to try a vegetarian meal rather than the traditional fish option this Good Friday. The former Beatle, who is wearing an "Eat No Fish" t-shirt for the campaign by charity PETA, said:
It was about six months ago when the former horse stable Yoko Ono bought for son Sean Lennon, who only briefly occupied the joint, appeared on the market for $6.5 million. After entering contract in November, the sale to an anonymous buyer has hit public record, listing the final price as $8.3 million.
"I'm Not the Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews" is now on CD, six radio interviews conducted with John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969-72. Beatles fans have had an embarrassment of riches competing for their entertainment dollars over the past few months thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four invading (and conquering) America in 1964
If there’s one car the people of California will see Sir Paul McCartney in when he’s hanging out Stateside, it’ll be his blue Chevy Corvette convertible. The legendary rocker always drives around in the classic C5 when on the West Coast, and that was no different on Tuesday when he took it for a spin.