Eight Mile Style, the music publisher of rap artist Eminem, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for copyright infringement. In the lawsuit Eight Mile Style referred to an ad called “Airplane,” which was created by Wieden + Kennedy agency. The “Airplane” ad promotes the new Facebook Home software. Eight Mile Style accuses Wieden + Kennedy of using background music that sounds the same as “Under the Influence” by Eminem and D12.
This past weekend at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Kelly Clarkson decided to cover the Eminem song “Lose Yourself” since she was in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Clarkson is known for winning the inaugural season of “American Idol” in 2002. YouTube user kittycat319 uploaded this video and it has hit over 130,000 views.
Eminem has become the first living person to hit 60 million Facebook Fans. Eminem has beat Lady Gaga (53 million), Justin Bieber (45.7 million), Michael Jackson (51 million), and Rihanna (59.4 million). Eminem is hitting around 179,000 new Likes per week (26,854 per day) according to App Data. Other Facebook pages that are beating Eminem are YouTube (61.2 million), Texas HoldEm Poker (63.8 million), Facebook (70.3 million) and the Facebook for Every Phone page (117.5 million).
In February 2009, I wrote an article about Eminem’s publishing company taking Universal Music Group to court and the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was going to testify. Jobs did provide a deposition for that case and now a group of musicians is bringing a class action lawsuit against UMG. These musicians are interested in hearing Jobs’ deposition from back then, but Apple is fighting against making the deposition public claiming that it contains ”highly confidential and proprietary trade secrets.”
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The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of rap artist Dr. Dre in a case that involves whether police have the right to privacy when on duty. In a DVD produced of Eminem and Dr. Dre’s tour concert, police officers were shown threatening to shut it down. The police officers were warnings the artists that if they showed a sexually explicit video on the tour, they would be forced to shut it down. The lawsuit was filed by Detroit City Councilman Gary Brown. The court dismissed the lawsuit in a 6-1 ruling. This means that it is legal in the state of Michigan to record officers when on duty. However recording police officers in Illinois is illegal and it has been a controversial issue around the country. [MichiganMessenger]
In the clip above, you will see a video made by Motofinity. This Ford-inspired video could be a pretty good response to the Chrysler-Eminem commercial that aired during the Super Bowl (see video below). The Chrylser-Eminem ad was viewed over 6 million times on YouTube and received a lot of hype during and after the Super Bowl. A lot of people from Michigan wrote the ad tagline (“Imported from Detroit” ) in their tweets and Facebook statuses after watching the Chrysler ad.
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DJ Hero is a video game that was made by FreeStyleGames and Activision. The game features a turntable with buttons that acts as the controller. The objective of the game is to “scratch” and mix music when in order to match the beats. There is music and avatars in the game featured that include Eminem, Jay-Z, DJ Shadow, Z-Trip, DJ AM, Cut Chemist, J.Period, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Daft Punk. The game is actually dedicated to DJ AM who passed away earlier this year.
Eminem and Jay-Z both worked as consultants for the game. In return the gaming companies dedicated an edition for the two rappers called the Renegade Edition. The Renegade Edition features unreleased singles and tracks by the two rappers. Above is a video of Eminem behind the scenes discussing the game.
Dressed as the gay Austrian fashion icon Brüno, Sacha Baron Cohen flew into the MTV Movie Awards from a wire harness, but ended up falling on Eminem face first but with his rear end sticking in Eminem’s face. Furious about the whole event, Eminem pushed Cohen around and left the award ceremony.
As soon as the event took place, a massive debate started taking place on the Internet. Was this whole incident staged or not? Both Eminem and Cohen both wanted to come back in the limelight. Eminem released a new album and Cohen is releasing a new movie based on Brüno.
To me the incident looked pretty real but there were some indications that it could be fake such as the prepared camera angles of Eminem leaving the show and it sounded like the white rapper had a microphone on him at the time.
Scott Aukerman, one of the show’s writers admitted that the whole incident was staged on his Tumblr account (removed now):
“Yes, the Bruno/Eminem incident was staged. That’s all anyone wants to talk about, so let’s get it out of the way. They rehearsed it at dress and yes, it went as far as it did on the live show then.”
There you have it folks. Straight from the horse’s mouth in case you weren’t sure.