Former hip-hop mogul wants a third of Dre’s earnings, including Beats sale to Apple, which supposedly was the cause of Dre’s desire to see him dead, he alleges in new lawsuit
The continuing saga of Suge Knight’s murder trial has taken another turn, with the former rap impresario issuing a lawsuit demanding around $300m (£245m) from Dr Dre and alleging that his former protege has tried to have him killed to avoid paying money owed.
The suit – waved away by Dre’s attorney Howard King – is a response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Knight, Dre, Ice Cube and Universal Music. That case was brought by Lilian Carter, the widow of Terry Carter, who was run over and killed by Knight’s truck during filming of the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. Knight also faces a murder charge for Terry Carter’s death.
“Marion ‘Suge’ Knight’s murder trial has been shrouded in much mystery. This cross complaint reveals why,” wrote Knight’s attorney, Thaddeus L Culpepper, in the new complaint. Knight claims Dre was responsible for the incident in which Carter was killed, claiming he was trying to escape men who were trying to kill him. He also claims Dre was behind a gun attack in a Hollywood club in August 2014, in which Knight was shot multiple times.
The reason for Dre’s alleged animus, Knight claims, is that when Knight and Dre ended their business relationship in 1996, Dre agreed to a lifetime management agreement, entitling Knight to 30% of Dre’s earnings for the rest of his career. The fresh suit is claiming that percentage of Dre’s income from the $3bn sale of headphone company Beats to Apple, and his profits from Straight Outta Compton.
The suit claims that Cle Sloan – one of two people Knight alleges tried to attack him on the night Carter was killed – was hired to “handle the Suge Knightproblem” on Straight Outta Compton, and he in turn brought in 100 gang members as security.
According to Rolling Stone, Howard King, acting for Dre, said in a statement: “Given that Dre has had zero interaction with Suge since leaving Death Row Records in 1996, we hope that Suge’s lawyer has lots of malicious-prosecution insurance.”
Universal Music as reportedly not yet responded to the latest legal action
Back in August, Skrillex announced via a now-deleted tweet that Jack Ü would be taking a hiatus from touring. Luckily for fans, Skrillex and Diplo’s indefinite break from their infectious live performances doesn’t mean the end of new Jack Ü music. During one of their last scheduled performances at Reading Festival, the duo premiered their unreleased collaboration with none other than Florence and the Machine.
While playing a sold out show in Maple Grove, Minneapolis last night, October 22, Diplo unleashed the new Florence collaboration, rumored to be called “Constellation,” on U.S. soil for the first time. The producer took a moment to announce the highly anticipated track, saying it had “never been heard before in America”.
As heard in the fan-captured video, Florence Welch’s ethereal vocals beautifully carry the steady drum rhythm to a signature Jack Ü future bass drop. With this new track, Skrillex and Diplo have once again proven they are masters at cross genre production, continuing to blend the best of what pop music and EDM have to offer.
Rock n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday, celebrated his birthday by announcing that his new LP Chuck, the guitarist's first LP in 38 years, will arrive in 2017 on Dualtone Records.
Chuck, Berry's first album since 1979's Rock It, is stocked with new, original songs written, recorded and produced by the rock legend.
Berry dedicated his upcoming album to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy," Berry said in a statement. "My darlin', I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
Berry recorded Chuck with his longtime backing band that includes his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), as well as bassist Jimmy Marsala, who has played with Berry for 40 years, pianist Robert Lohr and drummer Keith Robinson. This backing band has performed alongside Berry at the rock legend's famed Blueberry Club shows over the past two decades.
"What an honor to be part of this new music," Charles Berry Jr. said in a statement. "The St. Louis band, or as dad called us 'the Blueberry Hill Band,' fell right into the groove and followed his lead. These songs cover the spectrum from hard driving rockers to soulful thought provoking time capsules of a life's work."
Lady Gaga, "Joanne" (Universal)
Lady Gaga has spent the last few years proving her vocal chops — the Grammy-winning album with Tony Bennett, the show-stopping "Sound of Music" tribute at last year's Academy Awards, her performance of "Till it Happens to You" for her Oscar nomination this year — and her strong voice is the star of the promising but uneven "Joanne."
Those performances may have hinted at what this album could be: a stylistic departure from her dance-pop past. "Joanne" is more like a rock-and-country album with a few dance songs sprinkled in.
It doesn't feel like a new persona as much as an artist exploring her boundaries. The result is a little haphazard, but it's interesting to hear where she might be heading.
"Joanne" is named for the pop star's late aunt. The title song is fittingly tender, though Gaga's voice sounds affected. Backed by acoustic guitar and simple percussion, it ultimately lends the track a timeless feel.
Gaga employs an equally obvious vocal technique — this time a stiffened vibrato — to lesser effect on the downtempo ballad "Angel Down."
She sounds more natural, even fierce, elsewhere, particularly on the heartfelt "Million Reasons" and the rocker "Diamond Heart."
Gaga co-wrote and produced every song, most of them with Mark Ronson, who also plays guitar, bass or keyboards on many of the tracks. Other co-writers include Beck, Florence Welch, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, folk-rocker Josh Tillman and country hit maker Hillary Lindsey.
There's a lot going on, and there's no real cohesion, but there are a few catchy standouts likely to merit replays.
PayPal, Airbnb, and more experienced outages this morning due to a “denial of service” attack on Dyn, a company that tracks and directs Internet traffic.
Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, and SoundCloud were among sites affected by a huge Internet hack earlier today, as TechCrunch reports. The hack also affected The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Github, Airbnb, Vox Media sites, Shopify, and others. Users of Netflix and PayPal also said they were experiencing problems, the Times reports. The sites were down or otherwise interfered with amid a big “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a company that ensures Internet traffic gets where it is trying to go. Dyn said the problem mainly affected users in the eastern United States and that services were restored to normal around 9:20 a.m. ET. Dyn hosts Domain Name Services (DNS), which are often compared to a phone book or map of the Internet.
Here's what Dyn said earlier about the problem: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21st-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”
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