2020 – Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and other musicians are demanding politicians seek approval from artists before playing their songs at campaign rallies. An open letter released by the artists demands major U.S. political party committees “establish clear policies requiring campaigns to seek the […]
2020 – Michael Jackson’s estate executives have officially ended their legal spat with the pop superstar’s ex-manager. Tohme R. Tohme has reportedly accepted a $3 million (£2.39 million) settlement after demanding a cut of the compensation the King of Pop received during the last year of his life. Tohme first sued the estate in 2012 […]
Led Zepplin wins copyright on Stairway to Heaven
2016 – On 30 July, A Glorious Dawn by composer John Boswell, mixed with audio of American scientist Carl Sagan describing the universe, was played 28,000 metres above Earth on a “space-proof” turntable engineered to operate in the conditions. The record played for about 80 minutes until the high-altitude balloon which carried the contraption burst […]
2015 – Taylor Swift was being sued for $42m (£27m) for allegedly stealing the lyrics to her hit 2014 song ‘Shake It Off’, which topped music charts around the world. R&B singer Jesse Braham claimed in legal papers Swift stole the words from a song he wrote in 2013 called ‘Haters Gone Hate’.
2015 – An original tape of The Beatles performing at The Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 was found after 50 years languishing in a desk drawer. It featured the Fab Four playing ‘Some Other Guy’ in September 1962, four weeks before their debut single came out. It was recorded after the group were filmed […]
2015 – Happy Birthday: A US District Judge ruled that the original copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’ was invalid and the song would now be entirely in the public domain. The copyright was obtained by the Clayton F. Summy Co. from the song’s writers, sisters Mildred and Patty Hill and bought for $15 million in 1988 […]
2013 – Marvin Gaye’s family were taking legal action against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement over their hit song Blurred Lines. Three of Gaye’s children filed legal papers accusing them of copying elements of the song ‘Got To Give It Up’. The Gaye family cited excerpts of magazine interviews given by Thicke […]
2013 – Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson on This Day in Rock Music History! 30 years ago, Michael Jackson outbid secretly at auction Paul McCartney on his own songs from the Beatles Era. This, after Sir Paul had shown Jackson how to purchase song rights in this way. However, the 1976 […]
2011 – BlueBeat.com settles lawsuit over selling Beatles songs illegally on This Day in Rock Music History! The UK site BlueBeat.com illegally sold Beatles, Coldplay and others for 25 cents US. They settled out of court for 1 million dollars to the relative record companies. The site had already streamed over 67,000 tracks.
2011 – Two years since Michael jackson Passed and he tops earnings for Dead Rock Stars on This Day in Rock Music History. Elvis is up on the list as well. John Lennon was No. 5 with $12 mill. Ah… that Magical Mystery Tour. It’s been two years since Michael Jackson passed away at the […]
2011 – lyricist Jerry Leiber dies at age 78 on This Day in Rock! He Co-wrote hits like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” and was a key player in the birth or Rock ‘n’ Roll. Composing over 200 tunes covered by Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, BB King, The drifters […]