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FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, Pharrell Williams, left, and Robin Thicke perform onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Williams and Thicke were were ordered to pay nearly $7.4 million to three of Marvin Gaye’s children after a jury determined the performers copied elements of the R&B icon's 1977 hit, "Got to Give It Up” for their song, "Blurred Lines."  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)

Borrowing, Appropriating and Stealing Are as Old as Art Itself

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blurred lines indeed. The recent verdict by a federal jury in Los Angeles may have settled one case, but it has ignited a larger debate about creativity and ownership and how to sort out the co-opted from the copied. After a jury determined Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied parts of Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up in their …

Luke Bryan, It’s Time for You to Grow Up

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Modern country music stars love reliving high school and college glory days (see any Kenny Chesney song), but Luke Bryan really loves it. So much so that every year since 2009, the Nashville superstar has released a special Spring Break EP, complemented by free concerts in Panama City, Fla., for all the beach-bound …

‘Bosch’ Gets Second Season After Amazon Prime Premiere

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, the veteran LAPD homicide detective with the unbending code of ethics and strict sense of justice, is going to have to put a lot more shine on that shoe leather. He’s going to be on the beat for quite a while. Bosch, Amazon Prime’s series starring Titus Welliver as the no-nonsense investigator featured in a series of acclaimed novels by …

Sam Smith Wins Song, Record of the Year

Monday, February 9, 2015

A partial list of winners from the 57th Grammy Awards: ∎ Album of the year: Morning Phase, Beck. ∎ Song of the year: Stay With Me, Sam Smith. ∎ Record of the year: Stay With Me, Sam Smith. ∎ New artist: Sam …

Holy Grail or Just a Really Cool Guitar?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Les Paul was a musician, inventor and obsessive tinkerer. His signature six-string became the instrument of choice for a Mount Rushmore of guitar heroes: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. But there is something else Paul was …

Suge Knight Hasn’t Been Able to Shake Gangsta Rap’s Violent Origins

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the 2½ decades since Marion “Suge” Knight founded his volatile label Death Row Records, its artists and crew have moved beyond gangsta rap and onto more peaceful projects. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young co-founded Beats Electronics, the headphone …

With ‘Empire,’ Diversity Becomes the Watchword on TV

Monday, February 2, 2015

The 2014-15 TV season was already shaping up to be a watershed year for diversity on the major networks, thanks to the success of ABC’s black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder. The most-watched new comedy and …

Picture These Bands in Their Prime

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A shirtless Mick Jagger, relaxing poolside in Clearwater, Fla., in 1965, intently studies the back cover of Bob Dylan’s then-new Bringing It All Back Home album, still in the shrink wrap. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gaze with delight as George Harrison tosses a yellow balloon …

Old Meets New in Planned Grammy Duets

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Young will meet old — again — at this year’s Grammy Awards. In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Recording Academy has arranged several May-December duets for the Feb. 8 ceremony, organizers announced Wednesday, including planned performances by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Hozier and Annie Lennox, and Jessie …

‘Stay With Me’ Credits Expand

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In a surprise backstage maneuver involving British crooner Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated breakout hit, Stay with Me, both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s names have been added to the song’s writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith, Petty and Lynne now share credit with two others due to …

Still Rockin’ the Road at 81

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Las Vegas — Another Saturday night on Earth. How is this one different? “Honestly, nothing is distinct after a while,” Willie Nelson confesses. He’s talking about life on the road at 81, when wisdom makes the totality of …

If Elvis Were Still Alive ...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What if Elvis Presley had lived? In August 1977, the singer was found unconscious in his Graceland home and later pronounced dead at age 42. But what if the King of Rock ’n’ Roll had in fact been …

With Interest Down, Piano Stores Close

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington — For months, Nick Margaritas has been reading stories of his coming demise. His intention, when he set up the alert for any news articles about “piano sales,” was to keep tabs on his world. What he …