Katy Perry has won the copyright battle over her song “Dark Horse.” the writers of Katy’s song “Dark Horse” were found by a jury to have infringed on the copyright of Flame’s song “Joyful Noise.” Flame was $2.78 million, but now a judge has thrown out the ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder ruled the evidence presented in the case didn’t show the defendants, Katy, Capitol Records, and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, had ripped off the rapper. She ruled that none of the elements of "Joyful Noise," including pitch sequence and the temporal spacing of notes, was protectable.
The judge noted, “the signature elements of the 8-note ostinato in 'Joyful Noise'... is not a particularly unique or rare combination.” The judge added that even if she didn’t come to that conclusion, she would have ordered a new trial regarding damages.
Another award show is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest is the Billboard Music Awards, which was supposed to take place April 29th in Las Vegas.
"In accordance with the current guidelines set forth by national and local health officials and in order to ensure the health and safety of our artists, fans, guests and staff - we are postponing the Billboard Music Awards," a joint statement from dick clark productions and NBC reads. "For more than two decades, the Billboard Music Awards has honored the best in music based on the Billboard charts, and we look forward to celebrating the incredible artists who topped those charts over the last year.”
So far a new date for the award show hasn’t been announced.
Bebe Rexha wants make sure everyone knows just how serious this coronavirus pandemic really is. The singer shared on social media that somebody she knows actually died from the virus at only 45 years old.
"This is NOT A JOKE. A friend of a friend just died of corona at the age of 45," she tweeted, adding, "STAY INSIDE YOUR HOUSE AND DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY. PLEASE."
She later added, “The US government should put a stop to rent payments, mortgage payments and utility payments at least until the corona virus is under control," noting, "Millions of Americans are worried about keeping their jobs and their homes instead of staying safe.