ED Sheeran wins copyright ruling

Ed Sheeran won his High Court copyright case over one of his 2017 hit songs Shape of You, as judge Antony Zacaroli, ruled on Wednesday that the singer-songwriter had “ neither deliberately nor subconsciously copied. Similarities between the one-bar phrase” in Shape of You and Oh Why, but said, “such similarities are only a starting…

Lata Mangeshkar succumbs to Covid-19

  Lata Mangeshkar (92), “ Nightingale of Bollywood” and Indian national icon, one of India’s most venerated singers who singing era reigned for half a century during her lifetime sang thirty thousand songs has died. She had been admitted to Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai in January after testing positive for Covid-19 and died of multi-organ…

Grammys 2021, Beyonce and Swift makes history

Beyonce sets a new record at the Grammy Awards with her 28th win,  for her  Black Parade, a celebration of black power and resilience, overtaking bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. Taylor Swift also made history by becoming the first female artist to win album of the year three times, for her locked down album Folklore after…

Bob Marley : 76th anniversary

Robert Nesta Marley, Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician considered to be one of the pioneers of reggae with his distinctive vocal and songwriting style celebrates its 76th anniversary. Born in  Nine Miles, a small village in rural Jamaica to Capt Norval Marley a white man a superintendent of lands for the British Government, which had…

Swift sued by Theme park owner over use of Evermore album name

Taylor Swift is being sued by US-based  Evermore theme park, which says the star’s latest album has infringed its trademark by using the same name, as Swift’s Evermore release had caused some confusion about whether the two were linked. The Utah venue said there was a dramatic departure from typical levels of traffic on the…

Way forward for 5G networks

A couple of months ago, the heads from 18 small British telecoms companies met at a London bank to discuss investment, strategy, and mergers. In the meeting, they were asked if they thought the Chinese could eavesdrop through back doors in Huawei equipment all 18 hands went up. One of the bankers then asked, if…

Rihanna is the world richest female musician with £471m fortune

According to Forbes’ annual Rich List, Rihanna is the richest female musician in the world with an estimated fortune of $600, ( £471m) with the majority of that coming from her Fenty Beauty range. She’s overtaken Madonna and Beyonce, who previously topped the list. The 31- year-old has been putting her efforts into her beauty,…

EMI laid bare in all its hubris and glory

  For decades record companies used people’s desire for a tune as licence to print money were facing catastrophe. In April the IFPI – the global body of the recording industry –released its latest annual Global Music Report. For the consecutive year, revenues were up to total of $19.1bn from a low of $14.3bn in…

Sunrise records buys collapsed HMV

Canadian firm Sunrise Records has bought 100 stores, securing 1487 jobs, the collapsed music chain HMV, beating competition from Sport Direct owner Mike Ashley. But 27 stores will close, resulting in 455 redundancies. Sunrise Records CEO Doug Putman, said he was “ delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK”.…