KATY PERRY & CO-DEFENDANTS OWE $2.78 MILLION IN ‘DARK HORSE’ LAWSUIT: Katy Perry was sued for copyright infringement over her song “Dark Horse” and a jury decided that she and her co-defendants had copied the song from Flame’s “Joyful Noise.” Now, Katy, producer Dr. Luke, record label Capitol Records, and others are on the hook for a combined $2.78 million in damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The bulk of the money will come from Capitol Records and Katy owes just over half a million dollars. The money will go to songwriter Marcus Gray and his co-plaintiffs. During the trial, Katy testified that she’d never heard “Joyful Noise” before. The plaintiffs argued that Katy’s parents are both pastors and she started her career as a Christian pop singer, which may have made it more likely that she had heard Gray’s song. Katy countered that she was “mostly always listening to … secular music anyway,” even during the early part of her career as a Christian singer.
ED SHEERAN MOURNS THE LOSS OF HIS RESCUE CAT, GRAHAM – (08/02/2019)
Ed Sheeran is mourning the loss of his beloved rescue cat, Graham.
He posted a photo of Graham as a kitten perched on his guitar and captioned it with the broken heart emoji on Thursday.
Ed rescued the cat back in 2014, but Graham was reportedly being looked after by his manager, Stuart Camp, and Stuart’s partner, Liberty Shaw, while Ed was on tour. Liberty revealed the animal’s passing on her own Instagram page.
“Our lovely little bud Baby Ba Boo aka Graham the Kitten passed away last night after being hit by a car,” she wrote, alongside a photo of the cat’s tiny paws. “We are absolutely heartbroken. He was such a dude. Funny and clever and best mates with a massive German Shepherd. We are going miss you so much. Thanks for all the fun.”
When he first adopted Graham, Ed started a Twitter feed for him, and started an Instagram page for two of his and his wife’s other cats, Calippo and Dorito.
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SHAWN MENDES REVEALS HE DOESN’T HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA ON HIS PHONE: Shawn Mendes has wiped his phone clean of social media platforms. Speaking with to fans during a pre-concert Q&A this week in Atlanta, the 20-year-old musician revealed that his manager posts on his handles. “I struggle with social media a lot too. To be honest with you guys, I deleted Instagram and Twitter three days ago, but I send my manager pictures and I’m like, ‘Can you post this.’” Shawn added that social media “gets to him as much as anyone else” and steps back from the platforms when he needs to focus on him. “Sometimes I need to take a break from it too because it gets to me just as much as it gets to anyone else,” he shared. “You have to take care of yourself, it’s really, really important. Make yourself come first.”
JASON MOMOA, DWAYNE JOHNSON PROTEST BUILDING OF TELESCOPE – (08/02/2019)
Jason Momoa flew to his native Hawaii to join protestors who object to the building of a telescope on a sacred mountain. He brought the two children, Nakoa and Lola, whom he shares with Lisa Bonet.
Momoa, who recently turned 40, documented his experience on Instagram. In a video uploaded to Stories, he said: “Aloha everyone, I’m home. My family and my babies are here. I love you, I loved being there, I loved supporting everyone, I loved interviewing everyone. We’re gonna get our voices out there, it’s my duty. I love you and I’ll see you soon. I’ll be back.”
Momoa isn’t the only celeb protesting the telescope. Last week, Dwayne Johnson showed up and told the crowd, “I stand with you.”
“Aloha everyone, I’m home. My family and my babies are here,” Momoa says at the beginning of the video. “I love you, I loved being there, I loved supporting everyone, I loved interviewing everyone. We’re gonna get our voices out there, it’s my duty. I love you and I’ll see you soon. I’ll be back.”
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