Patricia Arquette has said she was “p***** off” on learning that her late sister had been left out of the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars. Alexis Arquette, a trans activist and actor, starred in films including Pulp Fiction and The Wedding Singer, but was not remembered at Sunday night’s ceremony. Patricia said including her late sister in the tribute would have sent out a positive message to young transgender viewers, and that the Academy has a “lot of learning to do”.
Plagiarism is a bit of a taboo subject within the music industry. Some say it is unavoidable since there are only so many notes on a piano and chord shapes on a guitar. But others will swear blind that using a riff, melody, or tone of another artist’s song is stealing, ripping, robbing and thiefing and is unequivocally wrong. Either way, it can take years and even decades for a jury to decide who is right and so many warring musicians settle out of court. Take a look at these big name artists whose names of have been dragged through the dirt after they were accused of stealing music. The writing duo won a copyright infringement case for their 1999 hit, which features flute notes sampled from an Egyptian composer. It was their first major single, and the composer’s heir tried to pursue a claim for ownership of the track but US District Judge Christian Snyder dismissed his case. Baligh Hamdi’s 1957 song ‘Khosara Khosara’ is repeated throughout ‘Big Pimpin’ and the case took amost a decade to be settled. (Photo: BFA / Hagop Kalaidjian) The 35-year-old singer is currently facing legal action over her hit song ‘Formation’ from the family of the late YouTuber Messy Mya, who claim she used samples taken from videos made by the rising YouTube star who was shot dead in 2010. According to Forbes, the family are seeking $20million. (Photo: Getty Images)
Emma Watson has spoken emotionally about her relationship with her father, and how they stayed connected through their shared love of books. The actress, 26, was five when her lawyer parents Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson separated. The actress and her younger brother Alex moved from Paris to Oxfordshire with their mother and she saw her father only at weekends, at his home in London.
Piers Morgan has lashed out at JK Rowling, branding her “terribly irritating”. Morgan – who was recently embroiled in a Twitter spat with the world famous author – grabbed the opportunity to lambast Rowling during a discussion on Good Morning Britain. Morgan disagreed, adding: “There’s a silent majority of tens of millions of us who don’t know one end of a Muggle from a Voldermort.
From the opening strains of ‘Migration’, the eponymous title track from Bonobo’s new album, a rammed Brixton Academy warmly embraces Simon Green’s first live UK show since London’s Alexandra Palace in 2014. For this tour Szjerdene Mulcare has taken over all vocal duties, bringing a new soul-heavy feel to well-known favourites from previous albums such as ‘First Fires’.
A British songwriter and guitarist has alleged that Bono stole one of his songs when writing a track for U2. In a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan federal court, Paul Rose states U2 heard his song Nae Slappin in 1989 after he submitted a demo of the track to their label Island Records. The Fly featured on their 1991 album Achtung Baby and Mr Rose believes the band were looking elsewhere for inspiration and used his song at a time when they were keen to reinvent themselves.
On Sunday night, Mahershala Ali cemented his position as a permanent fixture in major movies with an Oscar for Supporting Actor in Moonlight. Moonlight was far from a breakout role, with Ali having given memorable performances in House of Cards, The Hunger Games series, Luke Cage and more, but before his TV and film career started popping, he dabbled in hip-hop. Under the name Prince Ali, Mahershala released a couple of records in the mid-2000s and scored a feature on Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples’ album Curb Side Service.
A British songwriter has claimed that U2 copied one of his songs for their 1991 album Achtung Baby. Paul Rose is seeking £4 million in damages and costs after filing a lawsuit at Manhattan federal court which says the band lifted parts of his song Nae Slappin’ for The Fly. The suit claims the song was “played and repeatedly listened to in the Island Records office”, with U2 “often in the Island Records offices” as Bono and the Edge frequently used the recording studios.