Justin Bieber Sued by Neighbor from Egg-Throwing Case

Ben WattsThe former neighbor of Justin Bieber who was the victim in the singer’s infamous egg-throwing case is now reportedly suing Justin.

Jeff Schwartz claims Justin caused him emotional distress even before Justin tossed eggs at his Calabasas, California, home in January of 2014, according to TMZ.

Schwartz alleges there was an incident during Memorial Day weekend of 2013 when he and a friend approached Justin to raise concerns over the pop star speeding in his Ferrari in the neighborhood. Allegedly, one of Justin’s bodyguards responded by repeatedly calling him “Jew boy.”

Schwartz also claims Justin once spat on him, cursed at his wife and minor daughter, and held loud parties and drag races.

Justin left the neighborhood after the egg-tossing incident, for which he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism and paid 80 thousand dollars in restitution.

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Pharrell Williams Says “Blurred Lines” Verdict “Handicaps” Creators

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Pharrell Williams has broken his silence after a jury found he and Robin Thicke improperly borrowed from Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” for their 2013 smash “Blurred Lines,” awarding the family of the late soul singer $7.4 million dollars for the copyright infringement.

The hitmaker feels the ruling will have a lasting impact on the creativity of artists. “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else,” Williams said in an interview with The Financial Times.

He continues, “This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas. Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”

While Thicke and Williams are planning to appeal the verdict, Marvin Gaye’s family has filed a request for a federal judge to block the sale, distribution and performance of “Burred Lines,” arguing that sales of the song represent continued copyright infringement.

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Miley Cyrus Urges New York Governor to Increase Funding for Homeless Youth

ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus has long been outspoken on the issue of youth homelessness in America.  She brought a homeless young man as her date to the MTV Video Music Awards last year in order to raise awareness of the issue, and she also established the Happy Hippie Foundation to encourage other young people to get involved. Now, the pop star is taking her mission to the New York state legislature.

Miley wrote a letter, which she posted to her Instagram page Wednesday, urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to devote more funding to helping the state’s homeless young people.

“These young people are homeless through no fault of their own,” Miley said in her letter. “They’ve been kicked out of their homes or are fleeing abusive parents. And too often they’re forced into dangerous situations just to find a place to sleep.”

She added, “But it doesn’t have to be like this, and there’s a clear way to make an impact right now: more funding for homeless youth shelter beds.”

The 22-year-old showed her support for a proposal by a Manhattan state senator, the Coalition for Homeless Youth and Empire State Pride Agenda that seeks to include $4.75 million for homeless youth in the upcoming state budget.

“I started the Happy Hippie Foundation because I believe every young person should have the opportunity to find their inner power and potential — no matter what their circumstances,” Miley concluded. “I hope you will join me in creating change and increase funding for homeless youth in New York’s budget.”

Speaking up so homeless youth in NY can have a place to sleep!!! #makingchange #HappyHippies @happyhippiefdn

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Wilmer Valderrama Surprises Demi Lovato at Her Scholarship Fund Benefit

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Island RecordsDemi Lovato was surprised by her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama at her first annual Lovato Scholarship Fund Benefit Wednesday night. The singer, who was convinced her longtime beau wouldn’t be attending the fundraiser, was shocked when he joined her on stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

The whole adorable moment was caught on video and posted by ShineOn-Media.com. Demi was in the middle of being interviewing by blogger Perez Hilton, who inquired if Wilmer was in attendance. “My heart is broken that he couldn’t be here tonight,” she said. Just then, the crowd erupted in cheers and the actor appeared by her side.

“Stop,” Demi said, before bursting into tears. The two embraced and kissed, to the delight of the audience.

Wilmer then took the mic and addressed the crowd. “So I just got off a plane from Toronto. And there’s like a million things to say — it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a role model like her,” he said. “It’s been a long time to see somebody who has the courage to be who she wants to be. And if you’re going to take away anything from tonight, walk away with the understanding that, from today, life will get better.”

Demi, who was overcome with emotion at that point, said, “I don’t know what to say, so I’m going to go off stage now.”

The singer celebrated three years of sobriety on March 15, and wrote a loving message to Wilmer on Instagram. Her Lovato Treatment Scholarship, which she founded in 2013, helps to fund mental health and addiction treatment for people who can’t afford it. The benefit featured performances by Demi and Christina Perri, and DJ-ing by Demi’s ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas.

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Adele’s “21″ Is UK’s Best-Selling Album of the Millennium; Ed Sheeran Hits New Sales Milestone

Columbia RecordsThis shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Adele’s 21 has now been officially declared the best-selling album of the millennium in the U.K.

Britain’s Official Charts Company says the singer’s Grammy-winning album has sold 4.7 million copies in the U.K. to date, making it far and away the best-selling album since 2000.  In at #2 is Amy Winehouse’s album Back to Black, which has sold 3.56 million copies.  James Blunt’s Back to Bedlam is in at #3, with sales of 3.3 million. Leona LewisSpirit and Dido‘s No Angel round out the top five.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran‘s album X has reached the two million sales mark in the U.K.  It’s only the fifth album to sell that many copies in the U.K. since the start of this decade, following Adele’s 21, Michael Buble‘s Christmas, Emeli Sande‘s Our Version of Events, and Progress, by the British boy band Take That.  In a statement to the Official Charts Company, Ed pronounced himself “so chuffed” to hear the news.  “Chuffed” it British slang for “psyched.”

Since its release last year, X has spent a total of 12 weeks at #1 on the British chart and has produced two #1 hits.

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New Rihanna Songs, “Dancing in the Dark” & “As Real as You And Me,” Hit the Internet

Image Courtesy Eric McCandless/CBSNew music from Rihanna has surfaced online. The songs “Dancing in the Dark” and “As Real As You And Me,” lifted from the soundtrack to the upcoming DreamWorks animated movie, Home,  began circulating on the Internet Thursday. She singer teased another song from the soundtrack, “Towards the Sun,” last month.

“Dancing in the Dark” is an up-tempo jam for the dance floor, but Rihanna slows it down on the ballad “As Real as You and Me,” which was co-produced by Rodney Jerkins.

The soundtrack also includes contributions from Jennifer Lopez, as well as pop stars Kiesza, and Charli XCX. The set arrives in stores March 24.

In Home, Rihanna voices the part of a young girl, opposite Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons who provides the voice of an alien.  The film hits theaters March 27.

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Report: Mariah Carey to Release Another Christmas Album

PRNewsFoto/PMK*BNCMariah Carey may have another Christmas album in the works.

According to New York Post‘s Page Six, sources reveal the self-proclaimed “Queen of Christmas” has been asked by her new label, Epic Records, to deliver another holiday project.

Although it’s unclear if Mimi will agree to another festive set, she’s expected to release her her first album in her new contract later this year. 

“Mariah begins her residency, Mariah Carey No. 1s, at Caesar’s Palace on May 6. Mariah’s first release [for Epic] will be a collection of her 18 No. 1 self-penned hits with additional newly-recorded material,” her rep tells the publication.

Mariah’s 1994 holiday album Merry Christmas, which first introduced her smash “All I Want for Christmas Is You,”  is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time.  In 2010, she released another holiday album, Merry Christmas II You.  This past December, she also did a series of Christmas concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik Pulls Out of World Tour Due to Stress

Jeff Daly/NBCIt seems One Direction’s Zayn Malik needed a break. The stressed-out singer has pulled out of the band’s world tour and returned to the U.K., a spokesperson for the band confirmed to ABC Radio.

“Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate,” the official statement says. “The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.”

The announcement comes a day after Zayn was accused of cheating on his fiancée, Perrie Edwards. Rumors began swirling after photos surfaced of him holding hands with a mystery woman in Thailand.

He addressed the accusations on Twitter Wednesday night: “I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous f**ks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x.”

It’s unclear whether the scandal contributed to Zayn’s impromptu departure, but his band mates will be performing without him for at least the next three tour dates — two in Manila, Philippines on March 21 and 22, and one in Jakarta, Indonesia March 25. Beyond that, it’s not yet known when he’ll rejoin the tour.

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Snoop Dogg Weighs In on “Blurred Lines” Verdict

ABC/Randy HolmesLast week, a jury found that Robin Thicke and his collaborators on “Blurred Lines” improperly borrowed from Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” awarding the family of the late soul singer $7.4 million dollars for the copyright infringement. While Thicke and Williams are planning to appeal the verdict, Snoop Dogg has weighed in.

During the red carpet for Justin Bieber‘s Comedy Central Roast, ABC Radio asked Snoop how he felt about the ruling.

“I don’t really got nothing to say about that, because I love both artists and I feel like, you know, if it was that, it was paying homage and showing respect and appreciation and sometimes… its misunderstood, its taken the wrong way,” said the rapper, who’s currently working on a new album with “Blurred Lines” producer Pharrell.

Snoop continues, “But me personally, I don’t have that issue, because I love what I do and everybody that’s old school, I always give them theirs and if we work together, then we work together. But if it is that, it is what it is.”

Marvin Gaye’s family this week filied a request for a federal judge to block the sale, distribution and performance of “Burred Lines,” arguing that sales of the song represent continued copyright infringement.

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Madonna Takes Issue with Dolce & Gabbana

Monty Brinton/CBSMadonna is the latest celebrity to voice her disapproval of comments made by designers Dolce & Gabbana regarding children born via IVF or surrogacy. 

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are gay and who were once a couple, reportedly lamented the use of in vitro fertilization and surrogate mothers to create families. Dolce said, “I call children of chemistry ‘synthetic children.’”  Elton John, who has two children with his husband, David Furnish, via a surrogate mother, then called for a boycott of the designers, , “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’…your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”

Madonna, who has collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana in the past, has now posted a photo on Instagram of an ad she did for the label in 2010.  Her caption reads, “All babies contain a soul however they come to this earth and their families. There is nothing synthetic about a soul!! So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?”

She added, “Every soul comes to us to teach us a lesson. God has his hand in everything even technology! We are arrogant to think Man does anything on his own. As above so below! Think before you speak.”

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