Music & Arts

Kendrick Lamar sued over Bill Withers sample

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Kendrick Lamar is being sued for a Bill Withers sample. Kendrick Lamar and his label Top Dawg Music are being sued for a Bill Withers sample used in the Compton rapper’s song “I Do This” off 2013’s Kendrick Lamar EP mixtape, according to a lawsuit obtained by Billboard. “The musical composition “I Do This” consists of nothing more than new, so-called Rap or Hip Hop lyrics, set

Broadway's 'Matilda' posted closing notice for January 2017

Danny DeVito (l.) and Mara Wilson (r.) in 1996’s “Matilda.” Broadway’s “Matilda” has posted a closing notice for Jan. 1, 2017. The musical based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 children’s novel about a girl with special powers an awful parents will have played 37 previews and 1,555 regular performances. In its April 11, 2013 review, the Daily News noted that “Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin’s score is a jaunty and

Country star Zac Brown involved in hotel room drug bust

Rothenberg,Debra L/Debra L. Rothenberg/Freelance,NYDN Singer and guitarist Zac Brown is mired in controversy after allegedly partying in a room full of drugs.    A charity trip to Florida has turned scandalous for country star Zac Brown, who is allegedly involved in a police investigation over a Florida hotel drug bust. The front man of the Zac Brown Band was reportedly partying in a room at the Four Seasons in Palm

R. Kelly ribbed for watching Bryant's last game on tiny TV

Frank Franklin II/AP Musical artist R. Kelly watched Kobe Bryant’s final game on an absurdly small television. It’s the remix to bad vision. Like most people with a shred of interest in basketball, R. Kelly tuned in to Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game Wednesday night. Unlike some of his celebrity counterparts who took in the game courtside, though, the R&B singer had to squint to make out number 24. The

Cyndi Lauper to perform in NC despite anti-LGBT law

Luca Teuchmann Cyndi Lauper will not boycott North Carolina despite the state’s so-called bathroom bill. Cyndi Lauper just wants to give back. The “True Colors” crooner revealed she’s not joining the growing symphony of stars who have canceled their North Carolina shows to protest the state’s anti-LGBT bill. Instead, the 62-year-old will take the stage as planned but plans to donate all proceeds “to build public support to repeal HB2,”

RHCP’S Flea ripped apart for National Anthem performance

[embedded content] Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea may have to go hide under a bridge. The bassist was ripped apart on social media Tuesday night after performing his bass-only rendition of the National Anthem at Kobe Bryant’s final game. The 53-year-old, a lifelong Lakers fan, delivered his usual animated stage antics and even banged his head along to the “Star-Spangled Banner.” LADY GAGA PERFORMS BEAUTIFUL RENDITION OF NATIONAL ANTHEM Before

Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina concert over HB2

Noam Galai/Getty Images The Beatles legend is the latest musician to protest House Bill 2. Beatles legend Ringo Starr is the latest musician to join the chorus against the anti-LGBT bill in North Carolina. The 75-year-old Starr drummed up more attention against the Southern state’s House Bill 2 by canceling his June 18 concert at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CANCELS NORTH CAROLINA CONCERT TO PROTEST STATE’S

SEE IT: J.Lo’s dramatic reading of 'Baby Got Back'

[embedded content] Jenny got back. Jennifer Lopez sat down for a dramatic reading of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s bodacious butt ballad “Baby Got Back” with W Magazine, and the “Booty” singer somehow managed to make it sound like a romantic poem. “Some brothers wanna play that hard role. And tell you that the butt ain’t gold’. So they toss it and leave it. And I pull up quick to retrieve it,” she reads,