Bruce Springsteen’s Unreleased ‘Harry Potter’ Song Surfaces Online

Bruce Springsteen admitted in a BBC Radio 2 interview in October that he wrote a ballad for the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — the first movie in the Potter series — although it was never used. Then on Friday (Feb. 10), at least briefly, the world got a chance to hear that ballad.

The soft and slow “I’ll Stand By You Always” was recorded in 2001 and appeared on SoundCloud for a few hours Friday, but has since been removed. The song doesn’t have any direct references to Harry Potter, although it includes sincere lyrics like, “We’ll let the night come and do what it may, together we’ll find the courage, we’ll find faith/ Until you awake.”

The first three Harry Potter used scores from composer John Williams, while subsequent films were composed by Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat.

Springsteen said in the BBC interview that it was “very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself.”

He added that he still hopes to get it into a children’s movie someday.

Sabrina Carpenter Hosts a One-Take Subway Dance Party in New ‘Thumbs’ Video

Singer/songwriter Sabrina Carpenter is clearly not content to just twiddle her thumbs in her new video for the EVOLution track “Thumbs,” which dropped Friday (Feb. 10).

The former Girl Meets World star hosts a subway dance party in the video, shaking commuters out of their mundane routines to look at things a little bit differently. Why can’t the train turn into a strobe-lit club? And most impressively, the video takes place in one continuous shot, as it follows Sabrina and her fellow subway revelers around.

Carpenter’s latest album, EVOLution, came out Oct. 14 on Hollywood Records and also spawned the single “On Purpose.”

Watch the new video below:

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St. Vincent Confirmed as Record Store Day Ambassador for 2017

St. Vincent is this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador, joining an esteemed list of former diplomats including Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Iggy Pop as the celebrity face of the annual holiday feting independent record stores.

In a short announcement video for Funny Or Die, St. Vincent (Annie Clark) visits her manager (played by Jonathan Marballi), who convinces her to become the new ambassador of an obscure country named Recorstorda. “I don’t have time to do the research,” her manager explains. “It’s a small island off the coast of Russia, but very influential. This could be huge for your Spotify numbers.”

After a bit of training and a new outfit, Clark is ready to assume her duties. 

But when “ambassador” Annie arrives at the “embassy,” it turns out to be nothing more than an indie record shop, its occupants enjoying RSD pickings. “Oh duck, my auto correct ducked up — you’re an ambassador for Record Store DAY,” her fumbling manager texts her. “Not my faust so u can’t fire me k gotta go.”

She gamely shrugs off the mixup and enters the store, presumably to do someone picking of her own.

“It is with deep honor and humility that I accept this ambassadorship,” Clark says in a statement. “Rest assured I do not take my duties lightly.”

The singer-guitarist has released two RSD singles, in 2012 and again in 2014.

Last year’s ambassadors, Metallica, used the occasion to release a nine-track live album. The metal icons were preceded by Grohl in 2015, Chuck D in 2014 and Jack White in 2013.

Record Store Day will take place Saturday, April 22.

Watch St. Vincent’s announcement video:

Beyonce Faces $20m Copyright Suit From Late YouTuber Messy Myar’s Estate

The estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star has filed a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Beyonce over the use of his voice in her “Formation” video.

The estate of Anthony Barre, who went by the name Messy Mya on YouTube, claims in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans federal court Monday that Barre’s voice is featured in the introduction to the video. The complaint alleges Barre’s estate has received no payment or acknowledgment.

Barre was fatally shot in 2010.

In addition to Beyonce, the suit names several songwriters, the video’s director and companies owned by Warner Music Group. Representatives for Beyonce and WMG didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Songwriters Say They Have Standing to Sue the Justice Department Over Consent Decrees

Assuming Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the Justice Department during Donald Trump’s presidency, he’ll likely have higher priorities than a massive dispute with the music industry over licensing rules. Nevertheless, as the Justice Department defends Trump’s executive order on immigration and may soon be in court to oppose resistance to changes to environmental and financial regulations, Sessions will inherit a pending case involving songwriters. On Tuesday, plaintiffs in this case told a DC Circuit judge they have sufficient standing and concrete injuries to bring constitutional claims over the Justice Department’s latest interpretation of consent decrees stretching back decades.

In 1941, in the midst of an antitrust investigation, the Justice Department entered into consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI that governed the licensing of public performance rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers. Thanks to the agreement, a New York federal court continues to be an arbiter of such matters as licensing rates and terms when the parties go head-to-head on adjustments every few years. Many in the song business believe that the rules are outdated in the digital age, but last August, after a big review, the Justice Department decided not to rip up the consent decrees.

Instead, the Justice Department angered ASCAP, BMI and their constituents by taking the position that 100 percent licensing, or “full-works licensing,” is required under the consent decree. Meaning that any party that controls a part of a composition can issue a license for the use of the whole composition. Stated another way, a user of music doesn’t have to worry how parts of a composition might be controlled by different entities.

It often takes many songwriters to create a composition and the intricate relationships are spelled out in contracts. So when word got out that the Justice Department was taking this position, one executive called it “a clusterf— of epic proportions,” with warnings of administrative mayhem and the possibility that certain groups of songwriters might no longer be able to collaborate with each other.

ASCAP and BMI are obviously fighting the Justice Department in court over this, but there’s another lawsuit out there on this topic that deserves attention, not merely because it involves a high-stakes controversy in music, but also because it tackles questions about who can bring claims over executive branch decision-making under the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act. Based on Trump’s first few weeks in office, this area of law is likely going to be one of the most explosive topics in court over the next few years.

On Sept. 13, 2016, the Justice Department was sued by the Songwriters of North America as well as Michelle Lewis (who has written songs for Cher, Hilary Duff and Katherine McPhee), Thomas Kelly (Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” The Divinyls “I Touch Myself,” Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”) and Pamela Sheyne (Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle”).

“In this action, plaintiffs challenge a sweeping pronouncement by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, rendered without proper authority or due process of law, that will limit and undermine the creative and economic activities of every songwriter and composer in the United States, as well as songwriters and composers abroad,” stated the complaint.

On Nov. 18, the Justice Department, then being led by Loretta Lynch, demanded dismissal (see here) and told the judge that its August pronouncement merely expressed its view of what’s required under the consent decrees and that interpretation and enforcement would be controlled by the New York federal court overseeing the ASCAP and BMI cases.
There also was this argument:

“There is no basis for a standalone lawsuit challenging an agency’s litigation position in another case, and the plaintiffs’ claims should be dismissed. The plaintiffs cannot meet the jurisdictional requirements of standing and ripeness because they do not allege any injury they have suffered or will suffer because of the Statement. The Statement only lays out what the Department believes is required under the consent decrees; it does not change the terms of the consent decrees or have any effect separate from the consent decrees. … Even if the Court had jurisdiction, the Court should abstain from exercising jurisdiction because the plaintiffs are essentially asking the Court to determine the meaning of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.”

On Tuesday, the plaintiffs’ attorney Gerard Fox hit back with an opposition brief.

“Although Antitrust pretends otherwise, calling the new rule a ‘clarification,’ the Determination recognizes that songwriters as well as PROs will need significant time to implement the new rule, and that the rule will require wholesale renegotiations of the many songwriting agreements undergirding the efficient operation of the music-licensing marketplace,” states the brief.

The plaintiffs blast the Justice Department’s “misdirection,” saying that ASCAP nor BMI actually own copyrights and they are the real “parties of interest” being harmed.

“Plaintiffs raise claims that cut to the core of what we hold out to be our democratic values: the rights to freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom to own and control one’s intellectual property, and freedom from government interference with their most intimate creative relationships,” continues the brief. “And while it might suit Antitrust’s rewriting of history in this case to reframe it as one concerning the interests of the ASCAP and BMI — sophisticated businesses with which Antitrust has had a relationship for years — plaintiffs are, or represent, the smallest of small-business owners in America. These are individual men and women who may well be composing music or lyrics at the kitchen table while they wait for their kids’ school bus or in the evening after everyone else has gone to sleep.”

The brief (read here in full) then addresses why plaintiffs believe they have properly stated a procedural-due-process claim and why what the Justice Department put out last August represents a reviewable agency action or rule. 

The Justice Department has suggested these songwriters might attempt to intervene in the ASCAP and BMI cases, but the plaintiffs doubt whether civil procedure or statute allows them to do so and argue their constitutional and APA claims are “very different” from the antitrust issues involved in the litigation determining what the consent decree requires.

The pending matter is before DC District judge Tanya Chutkan.

This article originally appeared in THR.com

Steven Van Zandt to Speak at Rutgers University Commencement

Musician and actor Steven Van Zandt has been named the speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony at Rutgers University.

He follows in the footsteps of former President Barack Obama, who delivered the keynote address in 2016.

Van Zandt is best known for playing with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and for his role on HBO’s The Sopranos.

He will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts at the May 14 ceremony in Newark. Van Zandt was born in Massachusetts but moved to New Jersey when he was seven.

He was chosen after a selection process involving students, faculty and staff.

Carla Hayden, the first woman to serve as U.S. Librarian of Congress, will deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for Rutgers University-Camden.

Selena Gomez Opens Up About Going Through Difficult Times: ‘It’s Hard Right Now. I Can’t Stand Social Media.’

13 Reasons Why, Netflix’s forthcoming series adaptation of the best-selling YA novel, deals with difficult topics like suicide, depression, bullying and emotional abuse. Behind the scenes of the drama, exec producer Selena Gomez says she was also battling tough times.

“I was actually going through a really difficult time when they started production,” Gomez told reporters Wednesday at a Netflix press event. “I went away for 90 days and I actually met tons of kids in this place that we’re talking about [with] a lot of the issues that these characters are experiencing.”

The confession was not surprising given Gomez’s announcement in late August that she was taking some time off to focus on maintaining her health and happiness. In a statement at the time, Gomez mentioned panic attacks, anxiety depression — all of which can be side effects of Lupus, which Gomez revealed she had in 2014.

In the time since, Gomez has been silent on Twitter even as she has slowly stepped back into the spotlight. “It’s hard right now. I can’t stand social media, I can’t stand what they’re looking at. I can’t stand what they think is reality and the show is real as it could possibly get.”

Premiering on Netflix in March, 13 Reasons Why centers on a high school student Clay (Dylan Minnette) who discovers audio tapes from his classmate crush Hannah (Katherine Langford) who killed herself two weeks earlier. In the series of tapes, Hannah attempts to reveal to Clay the 13 reasons why she took her own life. The series takes a tough look at modern-day high school life, something that Gomez believes is needed now especially.

“Unfortunately, kids don’t care. They don’t care,” she said. “They have to see something that’s going to scare them. They need to see something that’s frightening.

“I want them to understand it,” she continued. “I would do anything to be able to have a good influence on this generation but I definitely relate to everything that was going on. I was there for the last episode and I was a mess just seeing it all come to life because I’ve experienced that.”

When asked how her own high school experience — elevated by the fact that she was already a Disney Channel star during her teen years — Gomez discussed her past issues dealing with her other kids her age, but also adults in her life at the time. 

“Whether it was just kids, or growing up in the biggest high school in the world which was Disney Channel, it was also adults that had the audacity to tell me how to live my life. It was very confusing for me, it was so confusing. I had no idea who I was going to be,” she recalled. “It hits a very important part in me and I think this is what they need to see.”

Although Gomez said her long time in the spotlight has been difficult, she hopes she use the lessons she’s learned along the way and help others apply them to their own lives.

“Whether I like it or not, people have seen my mistakes and I have to use that as a good thing,” she said. “It definitely hits home. That’s why I wanted to make sure I was still apart of this project in anyway.”

Gomez has been attached to the project since 2011, when Universal Pictures optioned the Jay Asher book as a film for her to star in. However, her mother and fellow series exec producer Mandy Teefey said fitting the book into a film made it difficult to flesh out the supporting characters.

“It was meant to be a series,” Gomez said. “That’s why I’m glad it took this long to create something like this because I think we held out for something great.”

Part of 13 Reasons Why‘s evolution also included the addition of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) who penned the TV adaptation and serves as showrunner. 

“Jay wrote this book that was incredibly, incredibly tragic and that was dark in so many ways but ultimately was hopeful and ultimately I think about bringing light back into the world,” Yorkey said. “I think it’s an experience that ultimately is bringing light to very difficult and dark topics in a very difficult and dark time.”

Like Gomez, Yorkey is optimistic that 13 Reasons Why will have a positive influence on viewers.

“We have the ability through fiction, through art to tell stories and talk about things that are very difficult to talk about in life. They are especially difficult for young people to talk about, they are especially for people to talk about with their parents,” he said. “My hope for 13 Reasons Why is… they can have these conversations about these incredibly difficult and really life-or-death topics without starting from the place of fear or having to protect their own secrets.”

13 Reasons Why premieres March 31 on Netflix.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Radiohead Announces Summer Concert in Israel

Radiohead is returning to Israel.

The legendary British alternative rock outfit will play Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv on July 19 for what will be their fourth show in the market.  

It’s been a long time coming. Radiohead last performed in the capital back in 2000. Promoter Eran Arielli of Naranjah says this summer’s concert marks the first at the venue with no VIP or golden rings in 20 years. Tickets go on sale through Eventim from Wednesday morning.

Radiohead is still working its way around the globe in support of their ninth and most recent album, A Moon Shaped Pool. The album gave the Oxford outfit its sixth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart (peaking at No. 3) and earned a fifth career nomination for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. 

The multiple Grammy-winning band has a deep connection with Israel. Founding guitarist Jonny Greenwood is married to the Israeli artist Sharona Katan and he has collaborated with Israeli world music composer Shye Ben Tzur.

News of Radiohead’s concert in Israel comes as the world’s biggest concert promote Live Nation announces plans to expand its operations in the Middle East. LN has acquired a majority stake in leading Israeli promoter Bluestone Entertainment and, as part of the arrangement, both parties have partnered on the launch of Ticketmaster Israel.

Kylie Minogue Reportedly Beats Kylie Jenner in Trademark Stoush

There is only one Kylie. And that’s Kylie Minogue. The Aussie pop singer has reportedly won a legal battle with reality TV star Kylie Jenner, who had applied to trademark the name “Kylie” in the U.S.

Jenner, the teen model and star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, sought to register “Kylie” for “advertising services” and “endorsement services,” according to papers filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in April 2015.

Kylie Minogue, who is on a first-name basis with her millions of fans around the globe, owns the website www.kylie.com, and has been performing as “Kylie” since before Jenner was born, filed a notice of opposition citing possible confusion and “damage” to her branding.

In papers issued in 2016, KDB, an Australian-based business representing Minogue, dismissed Jenner as a “secondary reality television personality” who appeared as “a supporting character” on the popular Kardashians. 

A settlement may have now been reached, according to the BBC, and the trademark battle appears to have come to an end.

The Mail on Sunday has more on the matter. The Patent Office last week rejected Jenner’s application and her legal team has lodged an appeal, the British news title notes. Neither side has commented on the development and the USPTO does not comment on individual cases.

Minogue has sold more than 65 million albums over her career, and won Brit Awards, Grammys and in 2007 she became the first-ever woman (and first foreigner) to receive Britain’s prestigious Music Industry Trusts’ Award. In 2011, she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. 

The development in her trademark battle comes as Minogue prepares for the release of a new album, her first through a new recording deal with BMG. 

Sting and Wayne Shorter Named Polar Music Prize Laureates for 2017

Both Music Legends Will Be Honored at a June Ceremony in Stockholm

Sting, the internationally renowned singer-songwriter, and Wayne Shorter, the globally revered saxophonist and composer, have been named the 2017 Polar Music Prize Laureates. The announcement was made a few minutes ago at Stockholm City Hall by Alfons Karabuda, chairman of the Prize committee. Sting and Shorter will accept their prizes from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on June 15. 

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig “Stikkan” Anderson, the manager and music publisher of ABBA. A well-known lyricist, he also was the co-writer on many of their early hits. The prize was first presented in 1992. 

Sting was a charter member of the Police, the U.K. alternative rock band that first gained attention in the U.S. with the single “Roxanne” in 1979. They broke into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “De Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da.” In 1983, they topped the singles chart for eight weeks with “Every Breath You Take.” 

In 1985, Sting kicked off his solo career with the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles. His latest release, 57th and 9th, last November became his 10th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. 

After a five-year stint in Art Blakely’s band, Miles Davis recruited Shorter to join his quintet. Shorter wrote many of the songs Davis recorded and also signed with Blue Note as a solo artist. From 1970 to 1985, Shorter was in a jazz group he co-founded, the critically acclaimed Weather Report. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan and Carlos Santana

Shorter has been a frequent visitor to Sweden and tells Billboard he is looking forward to returning there in June for the prize ceremony. “I first traveled there in 1959 with Art Blakely’s Jazz Messengers. My first impression was that it was like being in a storybook. We played concert halls in Stockholm and Gothenburg and then the tour continued in Norway, France and Germany.” 

Sting and Shorter both said they are honored to be receiving the Polar Music Prize. “I still maintain a childlike curiosity about music, along with a sense that I constantly need to work at it,” said the British musician. “So to be recognized in this way is truly meaningful. I am looking forward to coming to Sweden in June for this special evening.” 

Shorter said, “I’m looking forward to accepting [the prize] in Sweden, a country that has produced some great musicians and composers who have inspired the world. It’s another great adventure for me, during a life where I’ve always chosen the trail less traveled because it always takes you to more interesting discoveries.” 

Marie Ledin, managing director of the Polar Music Prize, said, “In Sting and Wayne Shorter we have two Laureates whose music continues to move, enthrall and influence millions of music fans around the world. Both are true music legends and embody the spirit of the Polar Music Prize.” 

Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include Elton John, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Ennio Morricone, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Renée Fleming, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Isaac Stern, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Gilberto Gil, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Emmylou Harris, Yo-Yo Ma, Patti Smith, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Dizzy Gillespie, Youssou N’Dour, Max Martin and Bruce Springsteen.

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