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Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

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One year ago, the world was grooving to “Blurred Lines” when the song of the summer prompted a courtroom battle now destined to make its mark in the annals of music history.

Producer Pharrell Williams and singer Robin Thicke filed a lawsuit against the family of Marvin Gaye that sought a declaration that the hit wasn’t an infringement of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” In response, Frankie Gaye and Nona Gaye brought counterclaims that alleged that Thicke’s “Marvin Gaye fixation” had led to the misappropriation of two songs.

Since then, the respective sides have examined reports from musicologists, given depositions and fought over access to evidence. Now, it’s come time for Williams’ camp to tell a judge why the issues in the case are so indisputable that the creators of “Blurred Lines” should be given victory without any jury trial.
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Mastering Compression Tips And Tricks

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Many engineers overlook the attack and release controls on a compressor but they can affect the sound more than you think, especially during mastering. In the latest edition of The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, I outline what these controls can do when used across a full mix either during mixing or mastering.

“The key to getting the most out of a compressor is the Attack and Release (sometimes called Recovery) parameter controls, which have a tremendous overall effect on a mix and therefore are important to understand. Generally speaking, transient response and percussive sounds are affected by the Attack control setting. Release is the time it takes for the gain to return to normal or zero gain reduction.  

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Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wages

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Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wages

Apple faces another expansive legal battle after a California court granted a three-year-old lawsuit over labor codes class-action status. The original suit, filed by four hourly employees in 2011, claims the company failed to provide appropriate lunch and rest breaks as required by state law.

On Monday, Judge Ronald S. Prager of the Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego granted the lawsuit class-action status so that nearly 21,000 current and former employees with similar complaints can litigate jointly. “A class action is the only feasible method to fairly and efficiently adjudicate these claims,” Prager wrote, according to The New York Times.

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Ray J Charged With 10 Crimes; Sexual Battery Charge Clarified

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The Los Angeles County D.A. has charged Ray J with 10 crimes, according to TMZ.

One charge that the D.A. and the police disagree on is regarding sexual battery.

As reported in May, following Ray J’s arrest in Beverly Hills, California, TMZ said the following of the incident: “He somehow made contact with a woman’s butt and that’s why cops were called. They determined it was not a sexual battery. The contact was ‘incidental.’”

The D.A. disagrees, TMZ now reports.
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Beats’ Battle with Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

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HTC's Beats by Dre in MOG Acquisition Talks

Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by Beats this year. As well as highlighting the recently Apple-acquired brand’s ongoing struggle with phony products, the suit is a fascinating look into the sophisticated distribution network of counterfeiters spread throughout Asia.

Beats says the defendants are an interrelated group of Chinese counterfeiters working together to manufacture and sell phony products, but it is virtually impossible for the company to learn the defendants’ identities or exact interworking.
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Busta Rhymes Splits From Cash Money

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After three years on Cash Money Records, Busta Rhymes told Sway on Shade 45 that he’s parted ways from the label. He says there’s no hard feelings, but he left due to creative differences. Elsewhere in the interview, he speaks on his collabo with Eminem and Loaded Lux’s slight at Total Slaughter.

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Using Roland TR-8 As A V-Drums Sound Module

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This video, via rolandmedia, is a quick demo of using the Roland TR-8 live as a sound module.

Nate Morton, drummer for The Voice, demonstrates how he uses a Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer as a sound module with a TD-15KV V-Drums kit.

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Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming’s Success (Analysis)

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Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming's Success (Analysis)

How does a streaming company turn a profit? There’s one good example: Netflix, which released second-quarter earnings Monday.

Netflix is the only publicly traded company that deals almost entirely in the streaming of licensed digital media. Streaming accounted for 85.5% of the company’s $1.34 billion of revenue last quarter. The remainder, $195 million, came from the legacy DVD rental business.

It’s important to ask how a streaming music company can succeed. Streaming is the next important business segment. It will one day overtake downloads and CDs. But profits are elusive. There are reasonable fears that streaming music is too difficult for a standalone company. As with CDs and downloads, streaming music could be merely a means to an end — Google search queries, an iPhone or an Amazon Prime account.
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Freelancers, How To Proctect And Structure Your Business

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Know what you’re spending.

The most important money principle for everyone — freelancer and full-timer — is to spend less than you earn . So knowing where your money goes is key to proper budgeting.

If you don’t already, track your spending. You can do this in whatever way you are most likely to stick with — a spreadsheet, a notebook, an automated program like Mint, or one of the numerous other financial apps that aim to help you manage your money.

Create a baseline budget using a conservative number.  Read the rest of this page »

The Joie Manda Episode

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Who is Joie Manda? Why is his name being mentioned so much these days? Is he a “culture vulture”? How did he get to be a representative of Black music? For someone who hasn’t done a lot of public speaking, he speaks a great deal about these questions and more on this one.
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Vulfpeck’s ‘Silent Album’ Half-Joke Made Some Substantial Cash

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Vulfpeck's 'Silent Album' Half-Joke Made Some Substantial Cash

Los Angeles groove band Vulfpeck’s silent album ‘Sleepify’ may have been a mere prank intended to rack up play counts and royalties, or perhaps it was a more sophisticated act of digital performance art. It’s definitely been a rocky road — but either way, the inaudible ten-track recording has delivered the band a very real payout from Spotify of nearly $20,000, and the band is proceeding with plans to book a U.S. tour.
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How The Ancients Used Sound

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There’s a little-known scientific field known as archaeoacoustics that studies the sound of historical environments and its effects on the human body. These environments can vary from ancient temples to caves, but it’s been discovered that they all have a similar quality – a resonant frequency between 70 and 130Hz.

Most of the cavities that archaeoacoustics study are spiritual in nature, and the theory is that the exposure to the resonant frequency of the chamber has a physical effect on human brain activity, even to the point of triggering a different state of consciousness without the use of chemical substances.
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Dame Dash Says Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Lawyer Is Robbing Late Rapper’s Family

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Months after YDB, son of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, stated that he was looking for Dame Dash and wanted the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder to return his father’s masters, Dame has spoken out on the matter.
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Fired ‘Halo’ Composer Wins Settlement Over Unpaid Wages

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Renowned “Halo” music composer Marty O’Donnell has prevailed in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the president of Bungie, the original developers of the popular sci-fi shooter series. A judge in King County, Wash. has approved a settlement awarding O’Donnell more than $95,000.

O’Donnell was fired on April 11 from Bungie, where he worked as audio director since 2000. On social media and in the lawsuit, he claimed the termination was “without cause” and that the company and chief executive Harold Ryan offered no explanation for the move.

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Common Returns To Breakfast Club

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Common returned to the Breakfast Club today to plug his album, Nobody’s Smiling. He spoke contribution to end the violence in Chicago, pas relationship with Serena Williams, feud and reconciling with Drake, signing to Def Jam, advice he shares with Kanye and more.

His chat and freestyle on Hot 97′s Ebro In The Morning below.
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