Plus, Jared Leto is suing TMZ for that video diss aimed at Taylor Swift, The Weeknd is getting sued for copyright infringement and more.
■ If you're wondering why Drake's massive "Hotline Bling" track didn't receive a single Grammy nomination this year, it's because his label Cash Money made a clerical error and forgot to submit it, reports Hits Daily Double.
HDD adds, "That huge hit might well have been a multiple-category contender but for this goof."
Perhaps he'll take Adele up on that offer and re-submit in 2016?
■ Jared Leto is suing TMZ for the video footage of him dissing Taylor Swift's 1989 record, saying "I mean, f--- her," he says. "I don't give a f--- about her."
The following day, Leto apologized via Twitter, saying "The truth is I think @taylorswift13 is amazing + an incredible example of what's possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies."
His complaint reads: "TMZ requested that Videographer sign a document confirming he had the legal right to deliver the Footage," states the complaint. "Videographer refused to sign such an acknowledgement. Prior to any broadcast of the Footage, Plaintiff had advised Defendants that the Footage was stolen, and that Defendants were not authorized to disseminate, display, or publish the Footage on the website TMZ.com or at all."
The lawsuit goes on to say TMZ "rushed to publish" to footage, and 15 minutes after it was online, the videographer told TMZ, "Do not post the footage. I do not own it. I do not have permission."
Leto says in a statement via Billboard:
■ U.K. company Cutting Edge Music Limited filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against The Weeknd, his producers, Universal, Warner Chappell, Sony/ATV and others. They claim his song "The Hills" illicitly samples a score from their 2013 film, The Machine.
The company claims one of the song's producers, Emmanuel "Mano" Nickerson, sent one of the film's composers a message via Twitter, saying "I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!"
The filed complaint says: "Both the Infringing Song and the Track featuring synthesizer bass-lines performed with almost identical idiosyncratic sounds at the same register and using the same pitch sequence, melodic phase structure and rhythmic durations." [The Hollywood Reporter]
■ Rocker Noel Gallagher tells MusicFeeds Adele's music is "for fucking grannies."
■ Kylie Minogue sings “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” at Royal Variety 2015:
"Last Sunday, I was alerted that TMZ had acquired personal and private video footage of me in my home and that they were planning to leak it on their site. My team notified TMZ immediately that I fully owned the footage and that their source had absolutely no rights to sell it. They chose to post it anyway. Let's be clear. This was stolen footage. This was an invasion of privacy. And it was both legally and morally wrong. Regardless of who we are, we should all be able to talk freely in the privacy of our own homes without the fear that our unfiltered thoughts or actions will get broadcast to the world. We have the right to privacy and security and when we don't have protections in place to safeguard those things, we lose the freedom to speak loudly and clearly - right or wrong - about anything and everything we choose to. I have chosen to file this lawsuit not because I want to, but in hopes it will encourage more people to stop trafficking in stolen goods, to follow proper legal procedure and so that it may motivate additional consideration for the harm these acts can create, especially when the only intention is to simply further the bottom line for the companies and corporations that commit these acts."
I don’t overthink anything that I do. If I get asked a question on anything, I give a straight answer. It is interesting that no-one ever talks about my love of U2 and Coldplay, but there you go. Lately, the one I’ve been asked about is Adele. If someone wants to know what I think of Adele, I’ll fucking tell them. Not because I have any sort of agenda or because I’m trying to whip up any kind of hysteria. I just don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t like her music. I think it’s music for fucking grannies. The way I was brought up, you’re obliged to give an honest answer if someone asks you an honest question. If you trot out the same bullshit all the time, then you’re one of them. And I’m not one of them. I’m one of us.