German court allows music sampling for hip-hop producer


BERLIN Germany's Constitutional Court handed a defeat to electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk on Tuesday by ruling that a hip-hop artist can sample a two-second beat from a band's tracks without infringing copyright.

Justin Bieber sued over riff in smash hit 'Sorry'

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and the co-writers of his 2015 smash hit "Sorry" are being sued for allegedly stealing a vocal riff from another artist who said she used it on her own song a year earlier. | Video

27 May 2016

Rapper arrested in shooting at NY City concert that killed one

Police on Thursday arrested a rapper in connection with a shooting that left one man dead and three other people wounded shortly before a concert by rapper T.I. in Manhattan. | Video

27 May 2016

Tragically Hip to tour despite lead singer's terminal cancer

TORONTO The lead singer of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer but the band will go on tour this summer because it "feels like the right thing to do," the band said on Tuesday. | Video

25 May 2016

Drake holds off Beyonce for top spot on Billboard album chart

LOS ANGELES R&B artist Drake held his spot atop the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, keeping Beyonce from the coveted No. 1 position. | Video

24 May 2016

In quiet Crimean village, Jamala's family basks in Eurovision glory

MALORECHENSKOYE, Crimea In her home in a small village on Crimea's rocky coastline, the mother of Eurovision song contest winner Jamala is surrounded by magazine cuttings about her daughter and bouquets of flowers from well-wishers.

24 May 2016

Madonna, Kesha, Dion rule the stage at emotional Billboard Awards

Madonna paid tribute to Prince, Kesha earned a standing ovation for her stirring rendition of "It Ain't Me, Babe" honoring Bob Dylan, and Celine Dion dedicated her Icon award to her late husband at Sunday night's emotion-packed Billboard Music Awards. | Video

23 May 2016

Former Megadeth drummer dies after collapsing during Los Angeles gig

Nick Menza, a former drummer for the heavy metal band Megadeth, died at age 51 after collapsing on stage at a Los Angeles club late on Saturday, a family spokesman said on Sunday.

22 May 2016

Kanye West is sued by Hungarian rock star for alleged song theft

Kanye West is being sued by a prominent Hungarian rock singer and composer, who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known compositions without permission for the 2013 song "New Slaves."

23 May 2016

Rome opera house taps Hollywood glitz for new 'Traviata'

ROME Rome's opera house has called on the star power of Hollywood and high fashion for a new production that is already racking up record ticket sales for an institution that until two years ago was grappling with debt and labor disputes.

23 May 2016