Rihanna Wins $5 Million Lawsuit Against British Retailer

Eric McCandless/CBSFollowing a two-year legal battle, Rihanna has walked away victorious in her lawsuit against retailer Topshop, the British retail clothing chain that sold a shirt bearing her likeness without her permission.

According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, a three-judge panel has sided with Rihanna after Topshop’s parent company filed an appeal requesting that judges reconsider an court ruling against the company that entitles Ri Ri to a settlement worth around $5 million.

The popular chain used an image on a garment under the name “Rihanna Tank,” from a photograph taken by a freelance photographer during the filming of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” video in Northern Ireland in 2011.



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Imagine Dragons Launch Merchandise Line with Hard Rock to Support Cancer Foundation

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons and Hard Rock International have teamed up to “slay cancer with Dragons.” The rock band and the lifestyle brand have partnered to launch the Imagine Dragons Signature Series: Edition 33 merchandise line in support of the Tyler Robinson Foundation. The line includes limited-edition collectible pin and a T-shirt featuring an original design by Imagine Dragons.

“We feel very passionate about the Tyler Robinson Foundation and are excited to work with Hard Rock to use their global reach and charitable roots to help us spread the message of Tyler and this cause,” says Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement.

Reynolds and his band mates helped create the Tyler Robinson Foundation after becoming close to Tyler, who was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at age 16. One of Tyler’s favorite Imagine Dragons lyrics was “the road to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell” from their hit single, “It’s Time.”

You can shop the Imagine Dragons Signature Series: Edition 33 merchandise line at RockShop.HardRock.com.

Imagine Dragons will release their much-anticipated sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors, on Febraury 17. To coincide with the record’s release, Imagine Dragons videos will be playing throughout the day on the screens at every one of Hard Rock’s 150-plus cafes.



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Sam Smith Hints He Split from Boyfriend

Derrick SantiniIs Sam Smith back in the lonely hour, so to speak? The 22-year-old singer recently hinted on stage that his romance with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel is over.

Right before launching into his song “Good Thing” in Toronto Tuesday night, Sam told his audience about the ex that inspired the song, and how history seemed to be repeating itself. “When I fell in love with the person who inspired the majority of this record, I had this fight in me to basically end it when I could’ve carried on,” he said. “But I decided to write this song, and, the day before I wrote this song, I basically went on my phone, and I deleted their number and I deleted everything.”

He then added, seemingly in reference to Jonathan: “The reason why this song is very special for me today is that I’ve actually had to do a very similar thing today with someone I’ve been seeing.”

The chorus of the song says: “Too much of a good thing won’t be good for long/Although you made my heart sing, to stay with you would be wrong/Too much of a good thing won’t be good anymore/Watch where I tread before I fall.” Based on the lyrics, it sounds like the couple’s whirlwind relationship may have soured quickly.

After the Toronto show, Sam further fueled rumors of a break-up when he posted an Instagram photo of himself holding a glass of red wine while making a sad face. “Sometimes you just need to lay in bed with a glass of red wine and a football T shirt and listen to Joni Mitchell,” he captioned the pic. “It’s been a sad day. Beautiful show, but sad day.”

Sam and Jonathan had been dating less than a month, and during that time they took an Australian vacation together.



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Ellie Goulding Ballroom Dances for “Love Me Like You Do” Video

Louie Banks/InterscopeEllie Goulding dances a sensual ballroom routine in the new video for “Love Me Like You Do,” her song from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

The video, which was released on Vevo Thursday, starts with Ellie entering an ornate ballroom and is intercut with scenes of her dancing with a mysterious stranger, as well as some never-before-seen footage from the Fifty Shades film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Ironically, Ed Sheeran‘s current video for “Thinking Out Loud” features him ballroom dancing as well.  Last year, rumor had it that Ed’s hit song “Don’t” was about Ellie cheating on him with One Direction‘s Niall Horan, though that’s never been officially confirmed. 

Ellie took a more romantic approach with her video, unlike The Weeknd, whose super-sexual video for his own Fifty Shades of Grey tune, “Earned It,” was released Wednesday. His video featured half-naked women -– including a tied-up Dakota Johnson -– and is definitely not suitable for work.

“Love Me Like You Do” is available for digital download. The entire soundtrack will be released on February 10. Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the erotic novel by E.L. James, hits theaters February 13.



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Is Adele Working on New James Bond Theme?

LaurenDukoff/Columbia RecordsAs we continue to await the release of Adele‘s next album, she may be preparing to record a new James Bond theme.

Reportedly, the singer — who won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for “Skyfall,” her musical contribution to the 2012 Bond movie of the same name — was flown to California by the MGM studio to explore a potential follow-up song for the next 007 flick, Spectre.

Britain’s Mirror cites an unnamed source at MGM who says, “Everyone thinks Adele is here for her much anticipated new album, but she is actually working on a music idea for the James Bond film.”

“The execs made their feelings known to Adele that they want her back for the next film. They’ll still have to decide whether they want the tune once it’s recorded,” the insider adds.

James Bond star Daniel Craig reportedly asked Adele to return for the new film, which will be released in November.

If true, Adele would be the first artist to record multiple Bond themes since Shirley Bassey performed songs for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.

Regardless, the part about Adele being in America is apparently true.  Lady Gaga posted a selfie to her Instagram account early Thursday morning that shows her and Adele hanging together.  “Nothing like a Wednesday night bro-down with the beautiful Adele,” Gaga writes in the caption.


Ariana Grande to Headline Halftime Show at NBA All-Star Game

Image Group LA/ABCA week after she performs at the Grammy Awards, Ariana Grande will have yet another prestigious gig: headlining halftime at the 64th NBA All-Star Game.

Ariana will take the stage Sunday, February 15 at New York’s Madison Square Garden for the show, which is being presented by JBL.  The game will air live on TNT starting at 8 p.m. ET.

At the Grammys on February 8, Ariana is up for two trophies: Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang,” her collabo with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj

Ariana will kick off her North American headlining tour, with opening act Rixton, on February 25 in Independence, Missouri.


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Jennifer Lopez Declares, “There’s Worse Movies than ‘Gigli’ Out There”

Lloyd Bishop/NBCWhen Jennifer Lopez visited NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesdayto plug her latest movie, The Boy Next Door, she also took the opportunity to clear the air about the 2003 comedy Gigli, which was roundly panned by movie critics.

When host Seth Meyers asked the American Idol judge about her favorite movies, the subject of Gigli, in which she co-starred with her then boyfriend, Ben Affleck, came up.

While admitting the movie wasn’t one of her best, J-Lo didn’t think it deserved the beating it took in the media. She blames her relationship with Affleck for the negative attention, noting, “We got a lot of crap at that time. It was ’cause we were together,” adding, “There’s worse movies than Gigli out there.”

Lopez began her career as a dancer and told Meyers she actually enjoyed the struggle of trying to make it in show business.

“I love that feeling of kinda…I don’t know, that struggle,” she admitted. “That’s why I think I like American Idol so much, because I see people like at the beginning of their careers the way I was, kinda like pounding the streets, going to auditions and buying pizza every day…Yeah, I look very fondly on those days.”

Her early dancing career included a stint as a “Fly Girl” on the sketch comedy series, In Living Color from 1991 to 93.

Jennifer also noted that being a single mother in the entertainment business can be difficult not only for her, but her six-year-old twins — a daughter and a son — from her marriage to singer Marc Anthony.

J-Lo told Meyers her son is now at the age that he “wants to roughhouse,” but unfortunately he’s “surrounded by women all day.”

The solution for her son, according to Lopez, is to hire a manny.  That’s right, a manny.  Lopez told Meyers, “I got…a manny, a nice guy to come in and like hang out with [my son] and…have fun with him.”

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

In The Boy Next Door, Lopez plays a teacher who has an affair with a teenage boy who turns out to be a creepy guy who refuses to leave her alone.  It opens nationwide Friday.


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“American Idol” Recap: Season 14 Continues with Auditions in Minneapolis

FOXAmerican Idol‘s 14th season continued Wednesday night with auditions in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back behind the judges’ table were Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted to send a contestant named Matt Riehle to Hollywood.

Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday’s one-hour episode:

First up, was St. Paul, Minnesota, native Shannon Bertheaume, a 17-year-old who says she got into music as a form of therapy to get her through the day. She belted out a soulful version of the traditional song, “House of the Rising Sun.” Harry was sold, noting that he responds to people who are “constantly struggling to find the best piece of art they can present at that moment.” Jennifer called her a “crazy artist in the best and most beautiful way.” Keith declared it was “the most raw talent they’d seen.” All three voted “yes” to send Shannon to Hollywood.

Kemil Casey, 19, sang Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” into a gold microphone that wasn’t hooked up, but he claimed it helped him and made the audition feel more realistic. It didn’t provide much help for Casey on his Idol audition. Connick called the performance “oddly entertaining,” but voted “no.” Lopez agreed, noting Kemil had a career in show business, but didn’t know if it was “that one.” She voted “no.” Urban added a third “no,” explaining the vocals “weren’t there.” Casey was sent home.

Vanessa Andrea got emotional as she talked about her husband Jeremy, who’s currently on active duty in the Air Force, noting he was her “hero.” She recovered quick enough to perform Grand Funk Railroad’s version of “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Urban declared the song was her “jam.” Connick agreed, noting it suited Vanessa to a T. Lopez loved her sound, style and confidence. When Andrea called her husband to tell him how she did on the audition, Keith asked for the phone and one by one, each judge told Jeremy their verdict was a “yes,” and Vanessa scored a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Zach Johnson, 20, from Fargo, North Dakota, auditioned with “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” by Keith Whitley. Harry loved his energy and voice, but advised Zach, who sings with a twang, but doesn’t speak with one, that if he didn’t talk with a country accent, he shouldn’t sing with one. Connick decided to vote “yes” anyway. Keith also liked Zach enough to vote “yes,” and even invited him onstage during one of his concerts a couple of weeks later. Jennifer was on the fence and wanted hear what he sounded like singing, minus the twang. Afterwards, she was sold and agreed with Connick and Urban that Johnson deserved a chance to go to Hollywood.

Minnesota native Cindy Jo Scholer, 26, is a pre-K teacher as well as an avid hunter and fisherman. She belted out Patsy Kline’s “Crazy.” Jennifer thought Cindy Jo “lost the melody in an attempt to show off.” She voted “no.” Keith urged her to “lose all the theatrics,” but voted “yes,” noting Scholer had a good voice and could sing. Harry thought the song was more yelled than sung, but said he really liked her voice and voted “yes.” Connick also joked later that he was scared to say “no” to someone who kills bears for sport. Cindy Jo earned a trip to Hollywood for the next round of competition.

Jacob Tolliver currently lives in Las Vegas where he’s an understudy for the actor who portrays Jerry Lee Lewis in the musical Million Dollar Quartet. He gave an impressive performance as “The Killer” on “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” but the judges thought it was the wrong choice for an Idol audition because they couldn’t determine what kind of artist Tolliver is. When Lopez asked him to sing another song, Jacob chose Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” Connick thought this song gave him a “peek into individuality” and voted “yes.” Lopez agreed Jacob has talent and also voted “yes.” It was another “yes” from Urban and Tolliver bagged himself a ticket to Hollywood, as well as a selfie with the panel.

Hannah Mrozack is a 16-year-old native of Richfield, Wisconsin, whose version Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” drew comments like “fantastic” and “amazing” from the judges. Without any need for discussion, all three voted to send her on to Hollywood.

Mark Andrew, 29, is a foreman with his family’s landscaping business. He started off singing “Soulshine” by The Allman Brothers Band, until Urban, noting that it was a stylistic tune that was suited to Mark’s voice, stopped him and asked if he could hear something a little different. Mark chose “I Want to Be Like You,” originally performed by Louis Prima in the Disney film, The Jungle Book. Jennifer loved the tone of his voice, saying it “cuts through so hard.” She voted “yes,” as did Harry, who declared he wanted to hear Mark on a record. Keith added a third “yes” and Mark was off to Hollywood.

The American Idol auditions continue Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.


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Mark Ronson Says “Uptown Funk” Was Months in the Making

Florent Dechard“Uptown Funk,” the collaboration between Bruno Mars and super-producer Mark Ronson, is spending a third week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  While the song sounds like a bunch of buddies just jamming out, Ronson says it took months to actually finish writing and recording it.

Mark tapped Bruno for “Uptown Funk” because he’d worked on Bruno’s smash album Unorthodox Jukebox, along with another producer, Jeff Bhasker.  In an interview with the BBC, Mark says that he, Bruno and Bhasker came up with “Uptown Funk” together.

“We were sitting in a studio and Bruno was playing drums, I was playing guitar and Jeff was playing synths, and it just started as a jam,” Mark tells the BBC. “Bruno got on the drums and started playing a beat and we just all really loved it, felt good and wrote the first verse. And then it probably took the longest of any song I’ve ever worked on.”

The reason, Mark says, is because Bruno was on the road promoting Unorthodox Jukebox.

“It took about six, seven months to finish ‘cause Bruno was on tour and I was sort of chasing him around Canada, North America, England, wherever it was,” he says. “Whatever it took to get the song done.”

There’s no doubt that “Uptown Funk” is a throwback: not only does it sound like a soul classic from the ’60s or ’70s, but it actually features real musicians playing real instruments, not tracks created by a computer.

Ronson tells the BBC of the song’s success, “It’s great to hear that there’s still a place for live musicianship on the dance floor, you know?”

But seeing his song spend a third week at #1, and his album, Uptown Special, debut at #5, aren’t the only things that Mark Ronson has going on this week.  “I also wrote the score for this new Johnny Depp film with Ewan McGregor called Mortdecai that’s out this week,” he tells the BBC.  The film, which also starts Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn and Jeff Goldblum, opens on Friday.

And, in the near future, Ronson says, he’s “hopefully going back in the studio with Bruno Mars as well, ‘cause he’s getting ready to make his next album.”


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Meghan Trainor Says She’s Saving Her Booty for a Boy

Brooke NiparMeghan Trainor may be “All About That Bass,” but she won’t be showing off that “bass” to just anyone. The singer spoke to the MailOnline about why she refuses to bare her booty in public.

“I was told that I started the booty song movement but no one knows what my booty looks like,” she said. “That’s the trick, it’s all about the mystery. I save that for my boy. Well, for whoever gets to date me one day.”

She said she made it clear to her label that she would not be wearing skimpy outfits on stage or in her videos. “I don’t like pointing it out, I don’t know why,” she said of her curvaceous assets. “I like to keep that a secret for my future hubby.”

Meghan admitted she did wear a form-fitting body suit in the “All About That Bass” video, but said she was “so uncomfortable.”  She doesn’t have a problem with other stars who perform in racy outfits, though. She particularly came to the defense of fellow pop star Ariana Grande.

“Everyone gives Ariana Grande crap now for being too sexy, but I think she’s classy with it and if you’ve got it, then rock it,” she said.

When she’s not looking for a boy to share her booty with, the 21-year-old is planning her next move in the musical world.

“For the next album I want to show my reggae side and I definitely want to have a country hit,” Meghan said. “My dad told me to do every genre and be the best.”

Meghan’s debut album, Title, just debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.


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