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Eminem has sued New Zealand’s governing over one of his biggest hits it used for a campaign ad.

The rapper says the song, used in the 2014 advert by the National Party, was an unlicensed version of Lose Yourself.

However, the party’s lawyers argue it was not actually Lose Yourself, but a track called Eminem-esque which they bought from a stock music library.

The case began on May 1, with the two tracks played in court.

A lawyer for Eight Mile Style – a publishing group representing the artist – said Lose Yourself was “iconic” and “without doubt the jewel in the crown of Eminem‘s musical work”.

The 2014 ad featured shots of rowers and a voiceover urging people to “keep the team that’s working” and return the National Party to office at the coming election.

The backing track, Eminem-esque, was strikingly similar to Lose Yourself, which appeared in Eminem‘s 2002 film 8 Mile.

It had the same insistent driving rhythm, though did not feature any words.

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The track had been taken from a library made by production music company Beatbox.

Songs which sound similar to famous tracks – but different enough to avoid breaching copyright – routinely feature in free-to-use commercial music libraries.

However, Eight Mile Style lawyer Gary Williams said the use of the song had been a breach of copyright.

Gary Williams told the court that emails showed some in the National Party campaign team had raised copyright concerns at the time, but decided the composer, not them, would be liable.

That was “just wrong, in law” he said, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Gary Williams said permission had only very rarely been given for use of Lose Yourself.

“When licensed, it can command in the millions of dollars. That’s how valuable it is,” he said.

The National Party denies being responsible for any copyright infringement.

Defense lawyer Greg Arthur said copyright was “not in any way proven by the name given to a piece of music”.

The case is expected to continue for six days.


Mariah Carey and Eminem long-running feud continues.

Eminem, now 41, famously claimed that he and Mariah Carey had a relationship after their meeting in 2001.

Mariah Carey’s pointed response on the matter was her 2009 smash Obsessed, which inspired a video that featured herself in male drag as, presumably, Eminem himself.

On the Sunday episode of Watch What Happens Live!, Andy Cohen broached the topic to Mariah Carey during a round of Plead the Fifth by asking her to say three nice things about Eminem.

Mariah Carey and Eminem long-running feud continues

Mariah Carey and Eminem long-running feud continues

Mariah Carey response was sweetly sarcastic: “They come in a package that you can carry wherever you go. People love them around the world, and they’re tasty. You can have peanut or the regular kind.”

“Oh my god, I love it!” Andy Cohen replied.

Mariah Carey also revealed that she and husband Nick Cannon won’t be adding to their brood ever: “Here’s the thing, I’m responsible for the kids for like forever. They didn’t ask for this lifestyle but here they are.”

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MTV Europe Music Awards 2013: Full list of winners


Best Look – Harry Styles

Best Video – Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball

Biggest Fans – Tokio Hotel

Best Song – Bruno MarsLocked Out Of Heaven

Best New Act – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome

2013 MTV Europe Music Awards at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome

Best Hip Hop – Eminem

Best Electronic – Avicii

Best Rock – Green Day

Best Pop – One Direction

Best Alternative – 30 Seconds To Mars

Best Female – Katy Perry

Best Worldwide Act – Li Yuchun

Best Male – Justin Bieber

Best Push – Austin Mahone

Best UK & Ireland Act – One Direction

Global Icon – Eminem

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Eminem will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Amsterdam this evening.

Eminem joins a list of previous winners including Bon Jovi, Queen and Whitney Houston.

The rapper will also be at the ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday night and possibly performing.

“A lot of thought goes into who could possibly be appropriate,” Bruce Gilmer from MTV said.

“This man, has sold over 80 million records.

“I think everyone agrees, Eminem is one of the most creative and unique artists of our time.”

Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Katy Perry and Kings of Leon are some of the big names confirmed for performances.

The award show will be hosted by Redfoo from LMFAO as the intergalactic MC.

He is looking forward to one act in particular.

“Miley of course, I just want to see what she is going to do,” Redfoo said.

Eminem will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Amsterdam this evening

Eminem will be honored with the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs in Amsterdam this evening

“Yesterday I actually refused to watch her rehearsal because I want to be just as shocked because I am a fan.”

Redfoo also promised lots of outfit changes and explained how he will not be upstaged by the other artists.

“I want everyone to shine but I have the mic, I have the secret wiggle,” he said.

“It’s about supporting everyone but i think I have the most segments, the most camera time.”

Dutch DJ Afrojack is nominated for Best Electronic Act but admits he has tough competition.

“We have Calvin Harris, we have Avicii, we have Daft Punk, these people are all legends, they release gigantic albums,” he said.

“I’m actually really excited that I am performing and being allowed to perform the way I am,” he added.

“Not just for me but for the entire community of DJs, it’s a big step ahead.”

Afrojack also said it was great to have such big names in his country.

“My manager came to wake me up and walked past Will Ferell from Anchorman in the gym,” he said.

“It is really exciting to be here with all these people and party with them.”

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the way with five nominations each for the awards on Sunday.

Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus all have four.

Guest presenters on the night include Ellie Goulding, Jared Leto and Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy from Anchorman 2.

It was also announced Glasgow will host the 2014 MTV EMAs.

It is part of “Homecoming Scotland” which sees a number of major events being held in the country.

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The first ever YouTube awards were held in New York and presided by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts.

The event featured Eminem, Lady Gaga and M.I.A making live music videos directed by the awards’ creator, Spike Jonze, and others.

Eminem won Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble took the YouTube Phenomenon award.

The ceremony was streamed live online.

The inaugural YouTube awards reflect an increasing trend for people to turn to the internet, rather than television and radio, for music and video

The inaugural YouTube awards reflect an increasing trend for people to turn to the internet, rather than television and radio, for music and video

Nominees were chosen by taking into account the YouTube views, likes, comments and subscription figures for different artists.

Indie actress Greta Gerwig kicked off proceedings at the sprawling Pier 36 venue, performing in a live video for Arcade Fire and their new song Afterlife.

Lady Gaga was up next, tears rolling down her cheeks as she performed her single Dope for the first time wearing a baseball cap and flannel shirt.

The coveted Video of the Year award went to South Korean group Girls’ Generation for their song I Got A Boy, while Innovation of the Year went to DeStorm Power, the YouTube user whose 250 videos on the website have been watched more than 200 million times.

The inaugural YouTube awards reflect an increasing trend for people to turn to the internet, rather than television and radio, for music and video.

In August last year, the Nielsen rating agency published a survey in which 64% of American adolescents said they listened to music on YouTube, compared with 56% who listened to radio.

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Virgin Mobile Freefest 2011


The first festival held in two different places over one weekend, V Festival 2011, started in England on Saturday, August 20, and it will close on Sunday, August 21.

Rihanna is singing at V Festival 2011 (Photo shows Rihanna during Loud Tour)

Rihanna is singing at V Festival 2011 (Photo shows Rihanna during Loud Tour)

The V Festival is an annual rock music event held at two parks simultaneously, Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire. Musicians sing at one location on Saturday and then swap on Sunday. It is a predominantly rock music festival, but other musical genres are accepted, pop has become common in the last years.

This year many genres (rock, pop, rap, R&B) are blending in entertaining and exciting performances.

Eminen, Rihanna, Artic Monkeys, Plan B, The Script, Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, LostProphets at “Virgin Media” stage.

“Music” venue features Pendulum, Primal Scream, The Courteeners, The Wobats, N-Dubz, Dizzie Rascal, Razorlight, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Example.

Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl, The Wanted, Big Audio Dynamite, Hurts, The Saturdays, Chase and Status, GlasVegas, Kathy B, Professor Green, whiz Kalifa at “The Arena” stage.

The “Undercover” venue presents Jaguar Skills, Wolf Gang, The Pierces, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Airborne Toxic Event.

For fans who could not come to V Festival 2011, the official website is streaming live the event to introduce them into the atmosphere.

Weston Park is one of the sites of V Festival 2011

Weston Park is one of the sites of V Festival 2011

Although the copyright might impede this kind of strategies, it seems that they are beginning to spread, making the events more popular. We mentioned classical music events that was broadcasted on the internet, or that are going to be aired online partially (George Enescu Festival 2011).

The “V” means the Virgin Group, the event being sponsored by Virgin Media and broadcasted on 4 Music and Channel 4.

“V Festival has being going strong as one of the UK’s leading music festivals since 1996. The first festival to take place across two different sites over one weekend, Virgin’s very own brand of rock ‘n’ roll festivities in a field now reaches across the whole wide world.” Virgin Festivals said.

Virgin Festival Canada (from late June to late August) and Virgin Mobile FreeFest in September at Merriweather Post Pavilion (Jimi Hendrix sang  here) in Columbia, Maryland, along with V Festival 2011 are parts of Virgin Festivals.


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[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]Two stages of the Belgian music festival Pukkelpop 2011 have collapsed after a sudden storm and at least 3 people died.


The victims were all attending  Pukkelpop  2011 festival near the town Hasselt, east of Brussels, when the storm struck, bringing the stages down.

Hilde Claes, the mayor of the town of Hasselt, where Pukkelpop festival is held each year, confirmed two of the deaths earlier this evening, but reports emerging from Belgium have said that at least 3 festival-goers have been killed. The mayor also said those injured are taken to several nearby hospitals. Some of those lightly injured were being treated at a local sports complex.

Two stages of the Belgian music festival Pukkelpop have collapsed after a sudden storm and at least 3 people died

Two stages of the Belgian music festival Pukkelpop 2011 have collapsed after a sudden storm and at least 3 people died

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Hugo Simons, Hasselt’s head of emergency planning, told VRT radio that 11 people were severely injured while 60 have light injuries as a result of the storm.

More than 20 ambulances were dispatched to the Pukkelpop ground.

Chokri Mahassine, Pukkelpop festival’s official, said:


“We have for now put the festival on hold until we understand the situation completely.”


Earlier reports of the Belgian media said four people had been killed.

The stages were destroyed by falling trees during severe storms.


3 deaths and 71 people injured after stage collapsed at Pukkelpop festival in Belgium

3 deaths and 71 people injured after stage collapsed at Pukkelpop festival in Belgium


[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]The situation is still unclear at Pukkelpop festival’s location, about 75 km east of Belgium capital, Brussels.


According to NME, the rest of the night’s schedule will more-than-likely be called off. Rap star Eminem is due to headline the concert tomorrow night.

Jared Leto, lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, was due to headline on the collapsed stage later tonight. He has just tweeted:


”Serious injuries at the festival. More bad weather poss heading this way. Please take care and caution!”


Local TV footage from the scene, showed fallen stage rigging and people scrambling for cover and rain-soaked festival attendees bracing against strong winds. Fallen gantries and rigging could be seen on the ground.

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Belgian media reported that trees were uprooted by the violent storm and smashed into the stage, bringing it down.

Some festival-goers said on the Twitter website that a tornado had struck.

According to BBC, the storms swept across Belgium in the early evening, turning the sky dark.

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About 60,000 people were believed to attend the three-day Pukkelpop music festival, one of Europe’s largest outdoor festivals.


This evening, Pukkelpop organizers posted on the festival website:


“The Pukkelpop organisation has decided to cancel all shows tonight out of respect for the victims. We want to make our hearts and our minds silent for the festival goers that we lost and the ones that were injured.”


Last week, 5 people were killed at Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, US, when a stage collapsed in high winds.