GOSPEL RAPPER AWARDED $2.7 MN FOR SONG COPIED BY KATY PERRY

A US gospel rapper whose song was partially copied by Katy Perry was awarded $2.7 million in damages by a federal jury Thursday in the latest high-profile copyright ruling to rock the music industry. Perry herself was ordered to pay just over $550,000 to Marcus Gray – who performs as Flame – after the jury found that […]

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Zimbabwean filmmakers charged for violating censorship laws: lawyer

Four leading Zimbabwean filmmakers were granted bail after being charged for allegedly screening a film without approval, their lawyers said, calling the arrests a “fresh censorship blitz” by the government. “Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers have charged four prominent artists with contravening the draconian Censorship and Entertainments Control Act after they allegedly exhibited an unsanctioned […]

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Babes Wodumo’s pic with Mampintsha sparks pregnancy speculation

Comedian Thenjiwe was one of the first who speculated that the couple may be expecting a bundle of joy. Simelane, popularly known as Babes Wodumo, sparked pregnancy rumours after posting a picture of her and Mampintsha on social media on Tuesday. The gqom queen divided her followers, with some insulting her for seemingly getting back […]

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Cardi B cancels US show after ‘security threat’

United States (US) rapper Cardi B cancelled a concert in Indianapolis Tuesday evening due to concerns over a “security threat,” she said on social media. Indianapolis police confirmed the cancellation, citing an “unverified threat to the artist.” “There is no immediate threat to public safety, this (is) not an active incident. Ongoing investigation,” the department […]

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US rapper A$AP Rocky pleads self-defence at assault trial

US rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to assault at his trial in Sweden over a street brawl, saying he acted in self-defence in a case that has stirred diplomatic tensions and outraged fans. The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested on July 3 along with three other people following the […]

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Will Smith gets fresh all-CGI clone in ‘revolutionary’ new sci-fi

 Will Smith does battle with a younger clone of himself in new sci-fi action thriller “Gemini Man,” which filmmakers say represents Hollywood’s biggest leap forward yet into futuristic computer generated imagery. Several movies have employed “de-aging” techniques to airbrush away wrinkles on grizzled stars, but the fresh-faced younger Smith in Paramount’s film is entirely built […]

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WATCH | Jesse Clegg’s heartwarming performance at his dad’s memorial service

    Johnny Clegg’s son and well-known musician, Jesse Clegg stood tall as he spoke about the priceless lessons his dad taught him and his brother. Hundreds of friends, family, fans and well-known personalities filled the Sandton Convention Centre on Friday afternoon for Johnny Clegg’s memorial service. He died on July 16 after a lengthy […]

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‘The Lion King’ rules with $185mn debut

Simba and Mufasa reigned supreme this weekend as Disney’s The Lion King dominated box office charts. Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the animated classic collected a massive $185-million from 4,756 North American theatres during its first three days of release. In yet another win for Disney, the movie landed the best domestic launch for a PG film and set a […]

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