Overnight news from around the world: Tuesday, July 5

Overnight news from around the world: Tuesday, July 5

Sony fails in bid to dismiss Michael Jackson 'fake songs' lawsuit

Sony Music Entertainment's has failed in its bid to dismiss consumer protection claims from a lawsuit alleging the label misled Michael Jackson fans into buying posthumous albums containing songs sung by other vocalists.  LA Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones said Sony’s dismissal bid was ”improper procedurally and wouldn’t have prevailed anyway”. The alleged fake songs featured on the 2010 Michael album and include Monster, Keep Your Head Up, and Breaking News. The putative class action lawsuit was filed by MJ fan Vera Serova, who accused Jackson’s friend Eddie Cascio and his production company, Angelikson Productions LLC, of creating and selling fake songs via Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony. Both Cascio and Porte claim the songs were recorded in Cascio’s New Jersey basement in 2007, but this is disputed by Serova and the entire Jackson family.  (Digital Music News)

BMG acquires legendary Aussie indie Alberts

BMG has acquired Australian independent recording and publishing company J Albert & Son Pty Ltd,  which launched the careers of acts such as AC/DC and the Easybeats. Alberts will form part of BMG Australia, the Sydney-based operation of BMG which was launched three months ago, headed by former Universal Publishing A&R executive Heath Johns. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Billboard)

Lollapalooza Colombia scrapped

Organisers have scrapped the inaugural version of Lollapalooza Colombia, scheduled for Bogota from September 17-18, after a proposed headliner pulled out. Disclosure, Lana Del Rey and Wiz Khalifa had been set to appear. Despite it being reported that Rihanna had dropped out as headliner, leaving not enough time to find a replacement of equal star power, the singer was not available for those dates and was never actually booked for the festival. (New York Daily News)

Sexual assault probe after Swedish festival

Swedish police received reports of 27 cases of sexual assault against girls or young women at a music festival in southern Sweden over the weekend. They are searching for seven male perpetrators in the alleged attacks on Friday and Saturday at a concert in the central city, but didn't give any details about the suspects. (AP)

Calum Scott tops trending chart

Calum Scott's Dancing On My Own is No.1 in this week's Official Trending Chart. Chainsmokers Ft Daya are at No.2 with Don't Let Me Down, followed by Hotter Than Hell by Dua Lipa at No.3. Don't Mind by Kent Jones and Into You by Ariana Grande round off the Top 5. The Top 20 is as follows: 

POS

TITLE

ARTIST

1

DANCING ON MY OWN

CALUM SCOTT

2

DON'T LET ME DOWN

CHAINSMOKERS FT DAYA

3

HOTTER THAN HELL

DUA LIPA

4

DON'T MIND

KENT JONES

5

INTO YOU

ARIANA GRANDE

6

TREAT YOU BETTER

SHAWN MENDES

7

PERFECT STRANGERS

JONAS BLUE FT JP COOPER

8

GOOD GRIEF

BASTILLE

9

JUST LIKE FIRE

PINK

10

ALL FOR ONE

STONE ROSES

11

TILTED

CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS

12

HOLD UP

BEYONCE

13

MAMACITA

TINIE TEMPAH FT WIZKID

14

M.I.L.F.S

FERGIE

15

MAMA SAID

LUKAS GRAHAM

16

SLEDGEHAMMER

RIHANNA

17

WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE

CHARLIE PUTH FT SELENA GOMEZ

18

GOLD

KIIARA

19

FOR FREE

DJ KHALED FT DRAKE

20

FINAL SONG

MO

Live Nation launches new app

Concert promoter Live Nation has launched a new app in the US. The app includes features such as password-free presales, tour alerts for favourite artists and venues, seat upgrades, past setlists, in-seat delivery and ordering for intermission. It also enables mobile ticketing at select venues and mobile payment. 

BST Hyde Park partners with Deliveroo

On-demand food delivery service Deliveroo has partnered with Barclaycard British Summer Time at Hyde Park.  Negotiated by AEG Global Partnerships, the deal includes ticket giveaways for Deliveroo customers and a presence on the site itself for the brand. Deliveroo will operate an exclusive Backstage space for artists and performers allowing them to order their favourite foods from a range of top London restaurants before or after their sets. Deliveroo’s team will deliver directly to the festival site, into the hands of artists and music fans alike. For festival goers there will also be the RooMachine, a giant slot machine in the form of a takeaway box which offers a range of prizes as well as dining area for customers in the Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden.

Roisin Murphy to receive AIM Outstanding Contribution To Music Award

Róisín Murphy will receive the coveted Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards. Previous winners of this award include Skepta, Richie Hawtin, Billy Bragg, Edwin Collins and Bjork. The 2016 AIM Independent Music Awards takes place at The Brewery in Clerkenwell on September 6. (Music Week)

Embankment Summer Market to return for second edition

Embankment Summer Market returns to Victoria Embankment Gardens on London’s Northbank from July 15-17.  The three-day event, created by City Showcase: Markets, saw in excess of 15,000 people visit the market for its debutlast year. More than 50 artists, bands and musicians from across the musical spectrum have already been confirmed including BBC radio and BBC Introducing supported artists, Corey Fox-Fardell, Ashleigh Ashley, Nick Aslam, Hattie Briggs, Charlene, Roxanne De Bastion, OH!KAY, Kaity Rae, Luciee Marie Closier, and Basheba.

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