Musical Notes – June 1

This week on Musical Notes Justin Bieber gets sued, My Morning Jacket gets reissued, it’s a family feud at B.B. King’s, Eric Clapton goes Live, and Steve Vai celebrates.

Musical Notes

Justin Bieber:
It’s beginning to seem like every week there is a new lawsuit over copyright infringement of songs.

The latest of these suits is from an artist who claims that Bieber used parts of the song “Ring the Bell” in his “Sorry”. White Hinterland – Casey Dienel – wrote on her Facebook page, “the writers, producers, and performers of ‘Sorry’ did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work, nor did they obtain or seek my permission. Yesterday afternoon, I filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against Justin Bieber and the other responsible parties.”

Skrillex responded to the allegation saying that he uses an editing program to turn an a Capella vocal session by Julia Michael into the vocals used on “Sorry”.


My Morning Jacket:
My Morning Jacket has re-issued their album “It Still Moves” into a special deluxe package that includes the re-mastered album, new artwork and photos, demos, and previously unreleased tracks.

The package is being offered as a four album 180 grain vinyl, as two CD’s, or in a digital download.

B.B. King:
With the recent death of Prince, the artist has changed but the song is the same…people are coming out of the proverbial woodwork to claim kinship to the star.

Blues legend B.B. King died last year but left behind numerous children – 15 of them – eleven of whom are still living. And since King’s death at least three more people have come forward to claim kinship to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend.

In the year since King’s death at age 89 from congestive heart failure, many of those children have been fighting with the estate – business manager LaVerne Toney – over the amount of that estate. Claims as to the size of that estate range from $5 million to $40 million. The heirs have obtained lawyers and are now fighting “for their fair share” in a litigation that could not only last for years, but take up any inheritance in attorney’s fees.

The fighting and lawsuits began shortly after King died with allegations of deliberate death by poisoning and suits of false allegations as children sued siblings. The latest bout of suits are over his musical estate. There are even allegations that more than one will exists and arguments have ensued over which one is valid.

When he was alive, King was generous when it came to helping his children.

While no will exists for Prince, there is evidence that the same fights, allegations, and lawsuits are looming.

Eric Clapton:
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is releasing some live performances form his Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Set for a July 1 release, the set will include Slow Hand performing many of his biggest hits with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, B.B. King, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, J.J. Cale, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Steve Winwood, ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr, Keb Mo, Earl Klugh, Ronnie Wood, Keith Urban, and Albert Lee.

Steve Vai:
Steve Vai is celebrating 25 years with an anniversary collection of “Modern Primitive” and “Passion and Warfare”.

Set for a June 24 release, the collection includes previously unreleased tracks and songs that were still unfinished when the album was released.

Vai will also be touring where he will perform “Passion and Warfare” in its entirety. Speaking on that performance Vai said, performing this record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in the works, is something I’ve always dreamed of doing. There are songs here I’ve never performed before, and I’m delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before.”

The package is currently available for pre-order.

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