John Legend, G.O.O.D. Music Face Suit

Songwriter Says Legend Stole His Song
4:15PM ET July 7th, 2011
Contributor : Stephen Willis
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John Legend, G.O.O.D. Music Face Suit

Singer/songwriter John Legend and Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label are facing a lawsuit by aspiring songwriter Anthony Stokes. Stokes alleges that John Legend’s track “Maxine’s Interlude,” was lifted from his recording “Where Are You Now.”

Stokes filed the suit in U.S. District Court, in the District of New Jersey.

According to the suit, Stokes wrote the song when he was a student at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, registering it with the United States Copyright Office in October 2004. But before he registered the copyright, Stokes says he attended a John Legend concert at the university. Afterwards, Stokes says he met Legend and gave the singer a demo of “Where Are You Now” and Stokes’ contact information.

According to AllHipHop, Stokes now claims that John Legend stole the majority of the song and used it for “Maxine’s Interlude” from his 2006 album Once Again.

“A key similarity is at 1:29 minutes, where Legend sings “where are you now” similarly to Stokes’s singing of the catchphrase throughout the course of the original ‘Where Are You Now,’” Stokes’ lawyer Louis Tambaro said. “Also, like in Stokes’ ‘Where are You Now,’ in ‘Maxine’s Interlude,’ Legend cuts off the ‘now’ after the first recital, while background vocalists sing the full phrase ‘where are you now’ on the refrain.”

John Legend, G.O.O.D. Music and Sony Records are being sued for copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.


Andre 3000 Still Playing Hendrix

Actress Claims Rapper On Board For Biopic
1:30PM ET July 7th, 2011
Contributor : Chris G.
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Andre 3000 Still Playing Hendrix

Andre 3000 has been rumored for several years to be playing rock legend Jimi Hendrix in a biopic. But as the buzz for the project seemingly died down fans wondered if the film was ever going to see the light of day. But according to actress Hayley Atwell, the movie is still coming and Dre is still slated to be the star.

“Next up is possibly a Jimi Hendrix biopic — an independent film with Andre 3000 from OutKast playing Jimi Hendrix,” Atwell told Esquire. “But I don’t know, really. The Atwell team is like, Let’s just wait and see.”

Andre has been relatively quiet musically for years, despite a few sporadic guest appearances. And he hasn’t appeared in a film since 2008s Semi-Pro.