Monster Beverage issued a statement on the Beastie Boys lawsuit, which sees the veteran hip hop group seeking over $2 million for using its songs in a video that was online for five weeks. Monster stated:
Monster has no intention of litigating this matter in the media, but since the case has now received publicity we felt we should let the public know the facts as we see them. Monster in good faith believed it had obtained the rights to use a compilation of certain Beastie Boys music for an Internet video. The video recounted a snowboarding event in Canada that Monster sponsored where the after party featured many Beastie Boys songs played by the DJs in honor of the recent death of one of the Beastie Boys’ members. The music that Monster used was provided by one of the DJs, who told Monster he had permission. When Monster was notified by the Beastie Boys that the company was mistaken in its belief that it had the proper authorization, Monster immediately removed the video from the Internet. The video received less than 14,000 views during the brief period it was online. This lawsuit is solely about what, if anything, Monster must pay to the Beastie Boys because of Monster’s good faith mistake. In Monster’s view the Beastie Boys are demanding sums that are far beyond any reasonable fair market value.
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Nova Rockafeller is out with the music video to her new single ’1990s’, featuring references to Nirvana, Gameboys, pagers, flannel shirts and Wayne’s World, and a cameo from ‘Saved by the Bell’ principal Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins).
In a recent interview with Fuse, Nova talked a little bit about making the video… and cereal. “I like videos a lot and I also really like Cookie Crisp. My second favorite cereal is Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch,” Nova explained. “At the ’1990s’ video shoot we ate burritos, which I don’t really like but I try to stay open minded.” Watch the video via YouTube below.
Former Las Vegas Metropolitan PD officer Chris Carroll tells VegasSeven.com he gave Tupac Shakur a chance to identify his shooter in the final conscious moments of the rapper’s life in 1998, but Tupac responded to the cop with an expletive. After pulling 2Pac from the passenger seat, Carroll shared that he told Shakur, “Who shot you? Who shot you?” Tupac wouldn’t name the gunman, simply stating, “Fu** you.”
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South Floridian rapper Hi-Rez will be releasing his debut EP ‘Beautiful Struggle’ on May 13th, the first release from the newly re-launched Penalty Entertainment with RED Distribution. The ‘Beautiful Struggle’ EP will be available for pre-order on April 29, and fans who purchase the release in advance will receive the first single ‘Gum Drop’ as an instant grat track on iTunes. ‘Gum Drop’ features production from The Heatmakerz and is being serviced to mixshow and college radio. The song can be streamed via YouTube below. The official music video will premiere later this month.
DJ Nick Cannon is out with the music video to his new single ‘Famous’, featuring Akon’, off the American rapper and comedian’s second album ‘White People Party Music’, out April 1st on N’Credible Entertainment. The comedic video features parodies of Fame, Michael Jackson, MC Hammer, Gene Simmons and more. Watch it via YouTube below.
The other night, Supreme Team hosted The Game’s official birthday celebration, an all black “Black Friday Affair” in Los Angeles at Friday Night Rox at Roxbury. Among those on hand for the rapper’s birthday were Wiz Khalifa, Ty $, Too Short, Joe Moses and Laura Govan. Wiz kept the bottles of Ace of Spades coming and enjoyed several spliffs, while Game opted for Dom Perignon Luminous. Game also took to the mic to thank everyone for coming out in his honor, but then kept a low profile. Ty $ went on the mic to perform his hit single, ‘Paranoid’. Check out additional pictures after the cut. Continue reading
Supreme Team LA organized an official birthday party for Damien Wayans on November 5th at Friday Night Rox at Roxbury in Los Angeles. The actor was joined by ‘Real House Husbands of Hollywood’ star Kevin Hart and rapper Wale, who at one point took to the mic to give an impromptu performance. Also celebrating a special birthday was pregnant actress Eva Marcille, who declined to have her photo taken, but looked very happy with boyfriend Kevin McCall. Check out additional pictures after the cut. Continue reading
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Eminem is out with the music video to his new single ‘Rap God’, off the Detroit, Michigan rapper’s eighth studio album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′, out now on Interscope Records. The video, directed by Rich Lee, features Eminem parodying Max Headroom and includes references to ‘The Matrix’. Watch it via YouTube below.
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will.i.am is out with the music video to his new single ‘Feelin’ Myself’, featuring Miley Cyrus, French Montana and Wiz Khalifa, off the expanded version of the Black Eyed Peas rapper’s fourth studio album ‘#willpower’, out now on Interscope Records. Watch the Michael Jurkovac and Pasha Shapiro directed video via YouTube below.
Pitbull is out with the music video to his new single ‘Timber’, featuring Ke$ha, off the Miami rapper’s EP ‘Meltdown’, out now on Mr 305. Watch the David Rousseau directed video via YouTube below.
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