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Justin Bieber Sued For Ripping Off Indie Pop Singer's Track For His Hit Sorry! Listen For Yourself!

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Justin Bieber is gonna have to do a lot more than say he's sorry to get out of this one!

The superstar is being sued by an indie pop singer who claims Bieberoni ripped her vocal loop for his smash hit Sorry!

According to TMZ, Casey Dienel – who goes by the stage name White Hinterland — claims the "unique characteristics of the female vocal riff" off her 2014 single Ring The Bell are identical to Sorry.

Though JB only uses eight seconds of the riff in the song, Dienel says he repeats it six times over the track — and also points out that both songs feature keyboard synthesizers, synth bass, drums, and percussion.

Related: Justin Thanks Teen Choice Awards After Dissing 'Hollow' Award Shows!

Noting that her single was a hit in itself garnering over 800k online streams, Dienel alleges that she already told Biebs to stop using the sample last December — but he ignored her!

Now, not only is she coming after the Purpose hitmaker, but named Skrillex (who produced the hit) and the songwriters as defendants!

Yikes! This could get ugly.

Take a listen to both songs (below) to hear the very recognizable riff!

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B.B. King's Massive Estate Fight Is Turning Into A Bloodbath!

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It's so sad to see a family in turmoil!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, B.B. King's eleven children are fighting the late singer's estate trustee for LOTS of money. The children allege their father's net worth is between $30 million and $40 million.

Related: B.B. King's Top 10 Most Memorable Songs

What's especially crazy about this situation is, the kids in question (eleven out of fifteen), were never technically proven to be the icon's. Apparently an AUTHORIZED biographer once alleged that B.B.'s sperm count was too low to ever produce children. It's interesting because his two marriages never bore kiddos.

Despite the bizarre paternity situation, another bone of contention in this mess is that the musician's estate might not be worth the large amount the family contends.

The creative's longtime business manager, LaVerne Toney, filed docs claiming her client only has $5 million dollars stretched across multiple bank accounts. LaVerne also alleges she's simply following a 2014 trust which names the children as beneficiaries but not in the sense of monetary gifts.

As for the children, they're fighting for an alleged 2007 will and trust which provides them with LARGE monetary allowances. The group has hired lawyers and they've started a litigation process that could take YEARS.

One of B.B.'s kids, Riley B. King, angrily stated:

"My dad told us, 'Even when I'm gone, I'm gonna take care of you.' But we haven't received a dime since he died. We got a lawyer, and we are trying to fight and get what belongs to us."

To matters even more tricky, more people have come forward to claim themselves as the musician's children. A few of King's kids also tried to sue their dad's personal manager for allegedly poisoning him, a suit which was eventually dismissed.

We just hope this situation gets worked out sooner than later. It sounds like one big and unnecessary headache!

[Image via WENN.]

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Was Amber Heard REALLY Hated By Johnny Depp's Family?! Here's What Might've Actually Been Going On!

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Get the dramatic deets!

Let's be honest, it was pretty sh*tty for Amber Heard to file for divorce from Johnny Depp only days after his mom died.

But even though the blonde beauty proved she's clearly capable of making some coldhearted moves, the famous father's family supposedly didn't actually hate her.

Some sources have said that members of the acclaimed actor's fam — including his late mother, Betty Sue Palmercouldn't stand his lady love while they were together, and even claimed she was the reason the Alice Through The Looking Glass star had been distant from his momma lately.

Related: Everything We Know About Johnny & Amber's Divorce So Far!

However, insiders close to Miz Heard say that's a steaming load of bullsh*t!

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Against Me!'s Trans Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace Explains Why She Went Through With Her North Carolina Concert

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This is Laura Jane Great!

Against Me! is one of the most popular bands in punk rock, and they just so happen to have a transgender woman as their lead singer.

While that fact doesn't usually factor in when they're deciding on tour dates, the current anti-transgender attitude in North Carolina forced Laura Jane Grace to actively think about performing in the state.

Video: Cyndi Lauper Explains Her Decision To Not Cancel NC Concerts

Most LGBT-friendly musicians have cancelled their NC concerts due to Gov. Pat McCrory's bigoted bathroom bill, but Laura actually went the opposite route when deciding what was best for her trans fans.

The 35-year-old singer has been an out transwoman for four years now, so instead of backing out of her show, Against Me! took to the stage in Durham on May 15 where Laura burned her birth certificate onstage!

Now, two weeks later, the trans activist spoke to Vulture about her controversial decision, saying:

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NYPD Commissioner Says Rappers Are 'Basically Thugs' Following Fatal T.I. Concert Shooting… Hear His Racist Tirade HERE!

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Not only is this racist AF, it's in unbelievably poor taste.

As you may have heard, there was a shooting at a T.I. concert in Manhattan on Wednesday night that left one person dead and three others injured.

However, the tragedy didn't end when the gun went off, because NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton just went on a pretty racially charged tirade against rappers on Thursday morning!

Related: Donald Trump Believes Teachers Should Have Guns In Classrooms

Billy stopped by WCBS 880 less than 12 hours after the murder where he called rappers "basically thugs" and blamed the death on the lifestyle associated with rap music, saying:

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Levi Johnston Must Pay Bristol Palin $60K In Backed Child Support!

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Has Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin's legal battle finally reached a conclusion?

According to TMZ, a judge recently ordered Levi to pay Bristol a whopping $60K in backed child support for their 7-year-old son Tripp. While the judge had agreed to adjust Johnston's current support payments due to his reduced income, he decided the poppa must still fork over the money he skimped out on when he was flush with cash.

Related: Bristol Changes Sailor Grace's Last Name!

The good news is, the Alaskan has been keeping up with his monthly contributions to Ms. Palin. Even though the $60K figure is steep, Levi hopes to slowly chip away at the amount over time in addition to maintaining his current payments.

To make matters even better, the exes are reportedly in a great place right now, especially since they finally settled on joint custody earlier this year. L.J. had fought the momma on issues of visitation for YEARS before a judge eventually ruled in his favor.

Check out a sweet photo of Mr. Johnston and his wife Sunny Ogelsby campaigning for the fathers' rights movement (below)!

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Why Johnny Depp & Amber Heard's Divorce Could Get Ugly — Everything We Know So Far

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Johnny Depp has to face the box office this weekend for his new film Alice Through the Looking Glass, but his pending divorce trial should be a lot more worrisome!

Related: All The Couples Who Broke Up In 2016

That's because Amber Heard is demanding spousal support (pretty ballsy considering she filed for divorce days after his mother passed away), and the 52-year-old actor is turning to big-time Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser to reject those demands!

But if all reports are true, that's just one wrinkle in this stained relationship! Here's everything we know so far:

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