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Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Worse for Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke's in the middle of a lawsuit with the family of Marvin Gaye about the music that went into his big hit, "Blurred Lines."

You'll recall that despite its hit status, the song stirred up a lot of controversy, ending up with Robin being labeled a mysogynist - and that's a generous characterization.

It didn't help any that Miley Cyrus joined him on-stage at the Grammys to twerk along in her mostly-naked style as Robin sang the tune dressed as Beetlejuice.

Anyway, the lawsuit claims that Robin and the song's producer, Pharrell Williams, were heavily influenced by and may have borrowed some of Gaye's music. The Gaye family says that Robin gave interview after interview saying how much Gaye inspired him and the creative process that went into the song.

Now, in a deposition from April that's just been made public, Robin's singing a different song. From the transcript:

"I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I  — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn't want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit."

He also says in the year following the song becoming a hit, he never gave one sober interview.

Which helps explain the Beetlejuice fashion choice too...





 
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Rhapsody, or Not?

It's always risky to produce a cover version of a classic song.

Even more risky when the tune has achieved iconic status, like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

It's one of those songs where just about everyone knows every note and every bit of lyric.

So why would a rock group like Panic! At The Disco take the chance? And a live version to boot.

One critic says that the lead singer's "voice is perfectly suitable for the journey of this great song."

What do you think? Does this live up to Freddie Mercury?

 
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"It's the Things We Love Most... That Destroy Us"

The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released yesterday in advance of the film's November 21 opening.

Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen, along with Donald Sutherland as President Snow. In this one, Katniss is the Mockingjay, the symbol of revolution against the Capitol.

Also featured in this new movie: Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the recently departed Philip Seymour Hoffman.

He passed away before filming was complete for Part 2, so it will be interesting to see what producers do with his role.

Meanwhile, check out the trailer.

 
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Vintage Bad Taste

The folks at Urban Outfitters have redefined "bad taste" with a recent offering on their website for a vintage Kent State sweatshirt.

It appears to have bloodstains and bullet holes on it, and instantly conjured up memories of the 1970 shooting of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam war protest. Urban Outfitters apologized, saying that the sweatshirt was simply sun-faded, and not designed intentionally to look the way it looked.

There's about two people who work for UO who buy that story. And even fewer people on the outside.

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New View Coming Up

Season 18 of The View started up yesterday - did you catch it?

Whoopi Goldberg returns. Rosie O'Donnell is back - despite quitting the show seven years ago and vowing never to return. Actress Rosie Perez joined the team. And the fourth member, also new to the show, is conservative political commentator Nicolle Wallace.

You'll remember at the end of season 17, hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were unceremoniously wheeled out the door. And the show's creator, Barbara Walters, retired over the summer.

The first show, from all reports, had all the elements of a shaky shakedown cruise. Let's see if the boat will stay afloat...

 
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Usher Rises to the Challenge

Ellen DeGeneres is obsessed with American Ninja Warrior.

So it makes perfect sense that you set up an ANW obstacle course in her studio parking lot.

Strictly for fun, she invites celebrities to take the challenge.

A major music star ran the course on yesterday's show.

Okay, it was Usher. Not surprisingly, he invented some new moves. Check it out here...

 
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August Alsina Collapses On Stage at NYC Show

August Alsina's show came to an abrupt end when he fainted on stage during his "Testimony Live" tour in New York on Monday night.

The "No Love" singer was performing at Irving Plaza when he collapsed and fell off stage and into the crowd. He was picked up by security and taken away.

Paramedics were seen loading him into an ambulance. It's unclear if he was transported to a hospital.

His fans tweeted about the scary moment. "Now I'm crying cuz august fainted and now the concert is over," said Achta Laura. "Now AUGUST is going to the ambulance omg I'm so sad."

It was the third to last show on his "Testimony Live" tour, which is scheduled to wrap in Kansas City on September 21.

Earlier in the day, August appeared on "106 & Park" and was set to visit Power 105.1′s "The Breakfast Club" on Tuesday morning.

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Beyonce – Flawless (feat. Nicki Minaj) (Live in Paris)

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August Alsina Feat. Nicki Minaj - No Love Remix (Official Video)

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Red Cafe Feat. Fabolous - Pretty Gang (Official Video)

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