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Spotify Facing $150 Million Lawsuit Over Unpaid Music Royalties! Is This The Beginning Of The End??

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A little music streaming drama may soon impact how you listen to tunes!

Spotify was just hit with a $150 million class-action lawsuit led by musician David Lowery, the frontman to bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker.

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Lowery's suit argues Spotify knew about and willingly reproduced and distributed copyrighted compositions without obtaining mechanical licenses — fancy talk for basically arguing that Spotify played and promoted music without providing legal remuneration to the artists.

What's it all mean?

Well, this class-action suit comes in the middle of a tough time for Spotify, as the company is also in the middle of a settlement

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Sisqo Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over The Thong Song! Lawyers Like What, What, What!

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It seems like an eternity since Sisqo topped the charts with his classic track Thong Song – but the singer is still trying to cash in on his past success!

The 36-year-old has filed a $3.6 million lawsuit in which he alleges he was not paid the proper royalties he was due for the 1999 megahit!

Sisqo says that he hired 27 Red Music to collect royalties from several different music publishing companies for all his work released between 1996 and 2005 (so… pretty much the Thong Song? LOLz!).

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The performer claims that the company succeeded in collecting the cash, but failed to give him about $600,000 it received on his behalf.

But that's not all — the hitmaker is also demanding an additional $3 million in punitive damages!

Yikes, that's a lot of cash for a song that came out over 15 years ago! Do YOU think Sisqo has a strong case?

[Image via YouTube.]

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Taylor, Calvin, And MILEY! Oh My!!!

We love Miley Cyrus — truly — but there's a few things really bothering us! More than a few!

And we get into it on the latest episode of the podcast!

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Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Have To Split Uptown Funk Royalties ELEVEN WAYS Due To Similarities To This Classic Funk Hit!

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Uptown Funk gonna give it to ya! And by "it" we mean a sizable royalty check!

With 575 million YouTube hits and 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, Uptown Funk was a massive hit for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

Oh, and four other people too.

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The song originally had six credited songwriters — Mark, Bruno, Bruno's partner Phillip Lawrence, producer Devon Gallaspy (for the All Gold Everything excerpts) along with Trinidad James, and co-producer Jeffrey Bhasker.

But now, thanks to a new legal settlement, the megahit is being credited to five more writers!

After a claim that part of the song sounded similar to

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Sam Smith's Stay With Me Is A Bit Too Similar To Another Song! Find Out Which Classic Rock Icon Gets Royalties For It Now HERE!

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Sam Smith has been lauded for his emotive voice and songwriting skills the world over ever since he unleashed his tearjerking hit Stay With Me.

But did he rip off Tom Petty??

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Apparently some people thought the chorus was a bit too close to the classic rock star's I Won't Back Down — and those some people included Tom himself!

Well it looks like Sam has quietly agreed to share songwriting credit, though according to him, the whole thing was a coincidence!

Sam's rep confirmed in an official statement:

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How Much Do Top Artists Like Taylor Swift ACTUALLY Make On Spotify? Check The Numbers HERE!

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Taylor Swift has some inneresting ideas about marketing to say the least…

She dropped a new album, and then pulled all her music off Spotify.

That's kinda the exact opposite of what you might expect a normal person to do! You know, because Spotify claims they've paid over $2 billion in royalties!

Regardless, Taylor still doesn't believe the streaming music service fairly compensates artists.

[ Related: Taylor Swift's Label Slams Spotify's Numbers! ]

But how much money would a top-earning single actually make? At Spotify's stated payout of $0.006 to $0.0084 per stream, the top artists from October (when Swift pulled her music) made a TON of money!

It breaks down like this:

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Carly Rae Jepsen & Owl City's Good Time Is Ruled A Rip-Off In Court! Get The Copycat Deets HERE!

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Well this is the total opposite of an AH-Mazing evening!

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's hit track Good Time was sued for for copyright infringement back in 2012…

And it looks like they just lost their case!

BMI (the company who collects royalties from the song) is now being order to pay over $800k to the lesser known vocalist Ally Burnett, who the song apparently rips off!

If you listen closely, Ally's ear candy, Ah, It's a Love Song, does sound trés similar - but your humble opinion is ALWAYS appreciated.

Do you think the ruling was fair?!

UPDATE: There has so far been NO ruling in this case by the court. The plaintiff actually dismissed her claims against BMI and agreed that royalties deposited by BMI can be released to the lawyers for other defendants in the case. That part of the claim has nothing to do with Carly Rae or Owl City.

Ch-ch-check out both videos…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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