Via Twitter, Sleigh Bells have accused Demi Lovato of sampling two of their songs without permission. Specifically, Sleigh Bells are alleging that samples from their songs “Infinity Guitars” and “Riot Rhythm” are heard in Lovato’s new song “Stars.” Lovato has not yet responded to the allegation. (Pitchfork)
In other alleged theft news, Taylor Swift has been sued by Jesse Braham, an R&B singer who says that Swift stole the lyrics to “Shake It Off” from his 2013 song “Haters Gone Hate.” Swift has not yet responded to the allegation. (Billboard)
In even more alleged theft news, director Gaspar Noé says that Kanye West cribbed the style of the opening credits to Noé’s 2009 film Enter the Void for West’s “All of the Lights” music video. The music video came out in 2011, and previously the designer of Noé’s credits had leveled the charge; now Noé says he agrees. (Pitchfork)
Adele‘s new song “Hello” has become the first single ever to sell over one million digital downloads in its first week of release. “Hello” sold 1.11 million downloads, almost doubling the previous record—held by Flo Rida, for “Right Round.” (Rolling Stone) Adele hasn’t been sued by Lionel Richie yet, but stay tuned.
The filmmakers behind the acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary Amy have reportedly planned their next project, and this one involves a whole band of flamboyantly troubled U.K. rockers: Oasis. Neither of the Gallagher brothers have commented publicly, but the filmmakers have reportedly been given “unprecedented access” to footage of the band. More details are expected to be announced soon. (Rolling Stone)
Doseone, Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), and Mike Patton (Faith No More) have officially announced a release date for an album by their supergroup called Nevermen. Their self-titled debut will be out Jan. 29; listen to the song “Tough Towns” on Pitchfork.
The Stone Roses, who haven’t released a studio album since 1994 but reunited for live performances in 2013, have announced more reunion gigs: three U.K. concerts in summer 2016. (Billboard)
A new online auction features an odd assortment of rock-and-roll memorabilia—including Kurt Cobain‘s sweater from MTV Unplugged (estimated value: about $50,000), Michael Jackson‘s dental mold from the Thriller video (estimated value: about $16,000), and a bottle that held Valium prescribed to Elvis Presley (estimated value: about $6,000). (Pitchfork)
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade always includes a few random stars amiably lip-syncing atop themed floats (think Kenny Rogers, Don McLean, and Becky G), but this year’s parade is set to be stocked with an unusually high-powered music lineup. Among the performers who’ve been booked are Mariah Carey, Questlove, and Jordin Sparks—not to mention Train, Pat Benetar, and Daughtry, among several others. Something for everyone to be thankful for…and if not, there’s always Al Roker. (Billboard)
Ariana Grande is getting plaudits from the Internet for body-positive remarks she tweeted in response to an Instagram comment that compared her body to that of Modern Family actress Ariel Winter. (Billboard)
here we go again…. Sure I'm not the only 1 feeling this way today!! in case you need a reminder, you're beautiful? pic.twitter.com/OPQIgzroEI
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 2, 2015
In Jersey City on Halloween, Sufjan Stevens covered Drake‘s hit “Hotline Bling,” and did a pretty decent job of it at that—with a little help from his opening act Gallant. (Billboard)
The Internet has delightedly discovered a pair of unlikely doppelgangers: rapper Future and actress Meryl Streep. (Us Weekly)
Future is actually Meryl Streep pic.twitter.com/WSaITB19dv
— T-Mac (@McelroyTurner) October 20, 2015