Judge Reduces Cash Settlement Of "Blurred Lines" Verdict, Adds New Stipulation

Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and, now, T.I. will be forced to relinquish half of the single's royalties to the Gaye family.=

While a new ruling has reduced the amount of money paid to Marvin Gaye's family in the "Blurred Lines" copyright infringement lawsuit, the judge is not through with Robin Thicke, Pharrell Willams' and T.I.'s pockets just yet.

The original $7.3 million that the judge ordered the "Blurred Lines" musicians and their team to pay was chopped down to $5.3 million after a new development was made in the case, the Associated Press reports. The judge agreed to order Thicke and Williams to pay half of their royalties to the family instead, with a block on the new trial that Thicke requested. The block also stood relevant for the Gaye family, who motioned for a bar on all of the single's sales until court proceedings settled.

READ: Robin Thicke On ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict: ‘I’m Constantly Inspired, But I Would Never Steal’

Richard Busch, the Gaye family's attorney, threatened to re-litigate the infringement every three years if a royalty percentage hadn't been settled upon. Because the original ruling only addressed past sales of "Blurred Lines," the Gaye family wanted to be sure they received all of their just dues.

The attorney for Billionaire Boys Club co-creator, Pharrell, disputed all of the judge's resolutions. "While we certainly respect the diligence and care devoted by the court throughout these proceedings, we must agree to disagree on the conclusions," Howard King said in The Hollywood Reporter. "We look forward to exercising our further remedies and ultimately achieving clarity on the difference between inspiration and copyright infringement."

READ: T.I. On The ‘Blurred Lines’ Case: ‘I Don’t Steal From Anybody Creatively’

Tip, who had previously dodged any involvement with the lawsuit, was also thrown in the mix as a result of the new ruling. The Grand Hustle Records head honcho received a sting from the judge's order to now include him in Thicke and Williams' judgment along with Universal, Star Trak Entertainment and Interscope records.

"I am thrilled for the Gaye family, and the thoughtful members of the jury, who had to listen to all of that while remaining silent," Busch said of the new ruling. He also appreciated the court's decision to involve T.I., who is a co-writer and royalty recipient for the track, back into the lawsuit.

Hopefully, this is the last and final adjustment to the lawsuit, and a case closed can be stamped on the dispute once and for all.

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Kanye West And More

After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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