Sunday, May 29, 2016

Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over 'Sorry' Hook

Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over 'Sorry' Hook:

Casey Dienel, an indie artist who records under the moniker White Hinterland, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Justin Bieber, alleging that the singer's hit "Sorry" borrows heavily from her 2014 track "Ring the Bell."

"As many of you that follow my career and work have already recognized, Justin Bieber's song 'Sorry' copies the vocal riff prominently featured in my song 'Ring the Bell,'" Dienel wrote on Facebook. "The writers, producers and performers of 'Sorry' did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work, nor did they obtain or seek my permission. Yesterday afternoon, I filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against Justin Bieber and the other responsible parties."

The lawsuit, which names Bieber as well as producer Skrillex, focuses on the opening vocal melody of both tracks. "Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in 'Sorry.' But he chose not to contact me," Dienel continued. "After the release of 'Sorry,' my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement, but Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me." Dienel added that she was left with "no other option" but to file a lawsuit in order to "stand up for my music and art."

The suit lists the similarities between "Sorry" and "Ring the Bell." According to TMZ, the lawsuit accuses "Sorry" of stealing eight seconds of "Ring the Bell" and looping it six times, and notes that both songs are constructed around keyboard synthesizers, samples, synth bass, drums and percussion. "The identical and/or striking similarity of 'Sorry' to Plaintiff's song 'Ring the Bell' surpasses the realm of generic coincidence and independent creation," the lawsuit states.

Bieber and Skrillex have not responded publicly to White Hinterland's lawsuit. It's unclear how much Dienel is seeking in the suit.

"Creating original and unique music is my life's passion, but it is challenging and time-consuming," Dienel wrote. "I poured my blood, sweat and tears into writing and producing 'Ring the Bell,' and I am proud of the finished product, which Rolling Stone listed as one of its 'favorite songs, albums, and videos.' Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to preserve my independence and creative control, thus it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission."

Compare the opening of both tracks below:





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WOW Skrillex Refutes Justin Bieber Lawsuit: 'Sorry But We Didn't Steal This'

Skrillex Refutes Justin Bieber Lawsuit: 'Sorry But We Didn't Steal This':





Skrillex, who was named in the lawsuit filed against Justin Bieber over the hit "Sorry," has responded to the copyright infringement allegations. "SORRY but we didn't steal this," the producer tweeted alongside a video of how the songwriters crafted, and not sampled, the "Sorry" vocal hook at the center of the lawsuit.

On Thursday, indie artist Casey Dienel, who performs under the moniker White Hinterland, revealed that she had sued Bieber, Skrillex and the other songwriters involved in "Sorry."

"As many of you that follow my career and work have already recognized, Justin Bieber's song 'Sorry' copies the vocal riff prominently featured in my song 'Ring the Bell,'" Dienel wrote on Facebook. "The writers, producers and performers of 'Sorry' did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work, nor did they obtain or seek my permission. Yesterday afternoon, I filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against Justin Bieber and the other responsible parties."

SORRY but we didnt steal this @justinbieber @bloodpop pic.twitter.com/9897j9sfY7
— SKRILLEX (@Skrillex) May 27, 2016



Late Friday afternoon, Skrillex took to social media to show how the vocal hook was created: Using an a cappella demo by "Sorry" co-songwriter Julia Michaels, Skrillex manipulated the pitch and contorted the semitones to form a vocal melody that, aurally, resembles the opening notes of "Ring the Bell," but is clearly not a sample of the "Ring the Bell" recording.

In Dienel's Facebook post, the singer wrote, "Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in 'Sorry.' But he chose not to contact me." She added that, after a letter alleging infringement from her lawyers to Bieber's representatives went ignored, she was left with "no other option" but to file a lawsuit in order to "stand up for my music and art."

Before Skrillex posted the video showing how the "Sorry" hook was made, his Jack U partner Diplo acknowledged the similarities between "Sorry" and "Ring the Bell" in an impromptu interview with TMZ. The producer added that the situations often arise when there are "too many cooks" working on a song, and that Bieber might have to settle the lawsuit.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

NICOLA PELTZ and Justin Bieber at Mastros Steakhouse in Beverly Hills

NICOLA PELTZ and Justin Bieber at Mastros Steakhouse in Beverly Hills 05/25/2016:



NICOLA PELTZ and Justin Bieber at Mastros Steakhouse in Beverly Hills 05/25/2016


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Watch Justin Bieber's Vibrant Billboard Music Awards Performance

Watch Justin Bieber's Vibrant Billboard Music Awards Performance:







Justin Bieber performed a medley of new single "Company" with his hit "Sorry" at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night. Both songs appear on his fourth album Purpose, released last November.

Bieber emerged onstage bathed in aqua club lighting singing "Company" with a phalanx of background dancers and acrobats dressed in white. The smooth set came to a climax once trumpets signaled Bieber's chart-crushing hit "Sorry." The singer knelt to shake hands with fans, with whom he has had a rocky relationship with this past month.

Earlier this year, Bieber took home his first Grammy award for Best Dance Recording alongside Jack Ü for their inescapable collaboration "Where Are Ü Now." At the ceremony, Bieber, Skrillex and Diplo turned the song into a rock jam with the EDM superproducers moving from behind the boards to behind guitars and drums.

Bieber is currently in the midst of his Purpose world tour. Within the first couple weeks of being on the road, he canceled all future fan meet-and-greets for the current tour, revealing that they left hi "drained and unhappy." For similar reasons, Bieber has also revealed that he will no longer take photos with fans who see or meet him in public, stating that it makes him feel like a "zoo animal."

Britney Spears opened up the Billboard Music Awards with a medley of hits. Watch here.



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Justin Bieber Slams 'Fake' Awards Shows

Justin Bieber Slams 'Fake' Awards Shows:

In his latest Instagram missive, Justin Bieber wrote about his disdain for awards shows after performing at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.

"I don't know about these award shows," wrote the 22-year-old pop star. "No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after ... A lot of people in the audience there [seem to be] worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with ... These award shows seem so hollow."

Since the launch of his Purpose world tour, Bieber has taken to Instagram as a platform for discussing his discomfort with some of the more social aspects of being as famous a musician. He canceled all future meet-and-greets for his current tour, revealing how "drained and unhappy" they leave him. Earlier this month, he revealed that he would no longer take photos with fans because it makes him feel like a "zoo animal." Unlike these free-roaming sheep:
I don't know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don't want to knock them I'm just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I'm living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I'm getting awarded for the things that I'm doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone's spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.. Sorry not sorry about grammar it's not my strong point
A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on May 23, 2016 at 8:42am PDT
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Justin Bieber Got A Cross Tattooed On His Face

Justin Bieber Got A Cross Tattooed On His Face:

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A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on May 7, 2016 at 2:15pm PDT
During his stop in New York City for the Purpose World Tour last week, Justin Bieber squeezed in a trip to the tattoo parlor.

At West 4 Tattoo, Bieber and his friend, Joe Termini, got matching cross designs under their left eyes. Jonathan "JonBoy" Valena, who has also served as Kylie Jenner's tattoo artist, was behind the body art. He showed off his creation on Instagram.



A photo posted by c/s Jon Boy p/v (@jonboytattoo) on May 7, 2016 at 2:23pm PDT
Bieber's going back on his word with this. When asked by GQ in February if he'd ever get ink on his face, he responded, "Maybe when I'm really old, but not super old. Maybe like 40s or 50s or something." Clearly, he couldn't wait that long.

A liar, he lied to me https://t.co/I9pyrLUHRu
— PCD (@icyoccasion) May 7, 2016
He also told GQ he'd prefer "one above my eyebrow or something small." He only fulfilled half of that promise, but we can't fault him for changing his mind.

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June 19, 2011: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez on stage at the 22nd Annual MuchMusic Video Awards at the MuchMusic HQ in Toronto, Canada.Credit: O'Neill/White/INFphoto.com Ref: infcato-05/06

June 19, 2011: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez on stage at the 22nd Annual MuchMusic Video Awards at the MuchMusic HQ in Toronto, Canada.Credit: O'Neill/White/INFphoto.com Ref: infcato-05/06:



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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Justin Bieber Shaved Off His Dreadlocks, Went Back To Brunette

Justin Bieber Shaved Off His Dreadlocks, Went Back To Brunette:

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Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.


Justin Bieber took to Instagram to share pics of his drastically different new haircut last night.
Bieber shaved off the dreadlocks and has opted for a close buzz cut, instead. He didn't just ditch

the dreads. He lost the blonde highlights, too.
The first pic was blurry, but fans could easily see the radical change.

The next shot he shared pulled the new buzz cut into sharp focus. It's a more serious look for Bieber.

 As his Purpose World Tour rolls on, maybe he just wanted a more low-maintenance look.