Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic last week. He was charged with manslaughter after a fan died from injuries incurred after allegedly being thrown off the stage by Blythe and a security guard during a Lamb of God show in 2010. Despite posting his $200,000 bail earlier this week, Prague police insist that Blythe remains in prison for the immediate future, potentially up to 20 days while investigators continue their probe. The band released a statement today, providing a short update on the situation.
Universal Music has been berated by the California judge presiding over the battle between the record label and FBT (the producers of many hit Eminem recordings). In a decision that could potentially effect musicians throughout the country, the judge stated Universal has been “bamboozling” and attempting to “dupe” him into overlooking an issue that could mean substantial cash for FBT.
In more court-related news, Rihanna is suing her former accountants for millions of dollars in damages and lost revenue. The singer claims that Berdon LLP took “exorbitant” commissions, such as taking 23% of revenues from Rihanna’s “Last Girl on Earth” tour, while the singer herself only made 6%.
Adele announced last week that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Simon Konecki. This will be Konecki’s second child, as he has one from a previous marriage.
Android, which (contrary top popular belief) is the most-used smartphone operating system in the country, has released information about a new update for their music app platform. Unfortunately, Jelly Bean, the new operating system, won’t be available to most Android users for about six months.
Coachella producers Goldenvoice threatened to move the festival out of Indio, Calif. after the city proposed a new admissions tax. In June, the City Council declined the tax, but a petition arose to put it back on the November ballot. As of Thursday afternoon, the petition has been dropped. The tax would have added an extra $18 per ticket.
The Hendrix estate does not approve of All Is By My Side , the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000, so the film will not be able to include any of Hendrix’s music. The film will include a “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” cover as well as some Muddy Waters. That’s close enough, right?
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