Daily Archives: September 20, 2017

Yoko Ono Forces Polish Beverage Company to Rebrand 'John Lemon' Soda

Yoko Ono pressured a Polish beverage company into changing the name of its new drink, “John Lemon,” with the singer-artist’s legal team alleging that the product infringed upon her late husband, John Lennon‘s, trademark. Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks agreed to change the name to “On Lemon” after Ono wrote to the company and its distributors across Europe, warning that continued infringement could result in violations of up to 5,000 euros ($5,998) per day and 500 euros ($600.20) per bottle sold, The Guardian reports.

The company reportedly incorporated obvious allusions to the former Beatle in their marketing materials, using the phrase “let it be” – the title of the Beatles’ 1970 LP and album’s title track – and a pair of round glasses, a style similar to the kind Lennon famously wore.

Lawyers representing Mr Lemonade denied exploiting the musician for financial gain, but Ono’s attorneys highlighted a Facebook post from John Lemon Ireland featuring an image of Lennon holding lemons above the company logo. “They were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda,” Joris Van Manen of Ono’s legal team, Dutch law firm Hoyng Rokh Monegier, told the East London Advertiser. Through a rep, Ono declined to comment.

Mr Lemonade’s legal team noted that they registered their EU trademark in 2014, two years before Ono registered the John Lennon brand. But the family business – which distributes to bars and restaurants throughout the U.K. and 13 other European countries – chose to avoid risking a lengthly legal battle.

“All of us involved with this product are startups, and we couldn’t take on someone who is worth many, many millions,” Karol Chamera, founder of Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks, told the East London Advertiser.

As part of the settlement, the company must sell up its stock of the John Lemon drinks by the end of October. From November 2017 forward, Mr Lemonade will rebrand the drink. 

“The company we represent was surprised by the claim,” Tomasz Srokosz and Hugo Bałaziński, attorneys for Mr Lemonade, tell Rolling Stone in a statement. The legal counsel claim that “only a few days elapsed” between Ono’s representatives first issuing a formal demand (via email on March 3rd, 2017) and delivering the writ of summons.  

“Our client disagreed with the claim filed by Yoko Ono,” they say. “Each party had its own arguments. However, what was the most important argument from the perspective of the polish company, the trade mark ‘John Lemon’ is registered in EUIPO in favor of our client since 2014 and the application to register the ‘John Lennon’ trade mark was filed by Yoko Ono in 2016.

“Having everything in mind, in order to avoid extremely high cost of the court proceeding (especially the risk of awarding full compensation of legal representation costs in case of negative ruling) and to avoid the risk of banning the current production of the John Lemon lemonades to secure claim, our client decided to conclude a settlement,” Srokosz and Bałaziński continue, adding that the settlement “took into account the interests of both parties.”

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Denial Events to Host VIP Experience and Artist Lounge at Imagine Festival Sept. 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia

Denial EventsATLANTA, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Denial Events announced its latest invitation-only experience happening inside the upcoming Imagine Festival in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 22-24. Known for hosting exclusive VIP-only events, Denial will once again elevate the party experience for arti…


Watch Bootsy Collins' Colorful, Animated 'Ladies' Nite' Video

Bootsy Collins toasts to “Ladies’ Nite” on the latest sample of his upcoming 14th LP, World Wide Funk. The synth-fueled track blends hip-hop swagger and funky rhythms, with cameo spots from BlvckSeeds, DJ-Quik and MC-Eiht.

In the song’s colorful video, an animated version of the iconic Funkadelic bassist drifts into outer space, grooves on a golf course, levitates over his bed and hangs out at everyday locales like a grocery store and laundromat.

Last month, Collins announced World Wide Funk and issued the LP’s lead single, “Worth My While,” a cosmic slow-jam highlighted by his alternating wah-wah and fuzz-bass.

The album, which follows 2011’s Tha Funk Capital of the World, features a high-profile crew of guest stars, including rappers Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik and Dru Down, experimental guitarist Buckethead, singer-songwriter Musiq Soulchild and bass guitar virtuosos Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke and Manou Gallo.

One of the record’s most noteworthy track is “A Salute to Bernie,” a posthumous spotlight for keyboardist Bernie Worrell, Collins’ former Funkadelic bandmate who died last year from cancer at age 72.  

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Foo Fighters 'Frustrated' After Fans Turned Away From London Show

After hundreds of Foo Fighters fans were denied entry to the band’s Tuesday show at London’s O2 Arena, Dave Grohl and company issued a statement blaming “unscrupulous secondary ticket agencies” for the widespread pre-gig confusion.

The Concrete and Gold sextet, along with promoter SJM and the O2 venue, wrote they were “frustrated and saddened that, despite their best efforts,” tickets wound up on the secondary ticket market. “Unfortunately, this meant a small number of fans purchasing bogus tickets from these unscrupulous outlets did not get into the sold-out show,” they wrote, per NME. “Foo Fighters, The O2 and SJM strongly advise and sincerely hope that in the future ALL fans buy tickets only from legitimate sites to ensure they are not defrauded out of their hard-earned money.”

Numerous fans were reportedly turned away by the venue after failing to present a photo ID that matched the name on their booking. After customers complained, security eventually allowed entrance to ticket holders without matching ID – but many of said fans had already left the arena by that point.

“Fans that bought tickets through our official box offices had to agree that they were buying named tickets prior to purchase,” SJM said in a statement. “This was not a ‘last minute’ decision but was clear from the outset. We did this to prevent tickets being re-sold at extortionate prices. The vast majority of fans understood and adhered to this.

“As event organizers of last night’s concert, we implemented a policy from onsale to limit secondary reselling of tickets,” the promoters continued. “The only official outlets were the venue box office and SEE Tickets and all purchasers were clearly informed that ID checks would be in place on entry.”

The O2 added, “Some ticket holders who arrived without ID or who had bought through secondary sites were unfortunately left disappointed.”

The Evening Standard spoke to several fans who were turned away by the venue – including some who paid over £200 ($270.74) per ticket. Tori Rosenbaum purchased four tickets and offered them to her brother after she couldn’t attend.

“I totally understand the thing of stamping out touting, but this is punishing actual fans and is so easily avoidable by saying bring a copy of the ID or card that bought the tickets, or their confirmation, or anything,” she said. “It’s a shambles. It’s not even the money that bothers me, it’s knowing that people are having their excitement crushed.”

Even some fans who purchased tickets through official resale partner Stubhub were refused entry. “At the request of the band, all tickets are being verified for tonight’s show at The O2,” an O2 spokesman told The Evening Standard. “All fans are required to show proof of ID. This does mean that some who have bought through secondary sites, including our partner Stubhub may not be able to see the show. Ticket buyers should contact their original point of purchase if they encounter issues.”

On Wednesday, a Stubhub representative said that ticket-holders who were denied entry for the concert would be eligible for refunds, calling the ID policy “not fair to customers.”

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See Billy Corgan's Dreamlike Trailer for New Silent Film 'Pillbox'

As Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan readies the release of his upcoming solo LP, Ogilala (billed to William Patrick Corgan), he’s also putting out a silent film, Pillbox, to accompany it. Next month, movie theaters in London, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York will screen the movie, which bears the slogan “No Hero Dies but Twice” on its poster. Corgan wrote and co-directed the film.

A one-minute teaser for Pillbox shows black-and-white footage of a soldier getting married around World War I and going off to fight. Amid newsreel footage, the solder cries and runs in a gas mask, as his wife worries about him at home. Color footage seems to depict an alternate fantasy universe, as people in wild facepaint fight and a little person guides the soldier in a blindfold toward the end of a cliff. Throughout it all, Corgan’s voice is heard singing, “Life keeps running faster than your stars/And Cain isn’t able to build a superstar,” accompanied only by piano.

Corgan made the film with co-director Linda Strawberry, and it stars Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley and Ike Catcher.

Tickets for the screenings go on sale September 22nd at 11 a.m. PST with tickets available on Ogilala.com. People who attend the screenings will receive limited-edition posters.

Ogilala, which was produce by Rick Rubin, will come out October 13th, and Corgan will be embarking on a North American tour supporting it the next day.

Pillbox Screenings

October 5 – London, UK @ Royal Society of Arts *
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Feliz Theatre +
October 11 – Chicago, IL @ Music Box Theatre #
October 12 – New York, NY @ Tribeca Screening Room #

*Appearance by Corgan
#Appearances by Corgan and co-director, Linda Strawberry
+Appearances by co-director, Linda Strawberry and select cast members

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Hackensack Meridian Health Launches Radio Station on Pandora, the First of its Kind in New York Market

Hackensack Meridian Health announced the launch of Life Years Ahead Radio, a station specially curated by Pandora which features pop, rock and country hits by recording artists and emerging artists such as Nicole Atkins. Pictured from left to right: Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center; Nicole Atkins; Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health; and John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.EDISON, N.J., Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to announce the launch of Life Years Ahead Radio, a station specially curated by Pandora which features pop, rock and country hits by recording artists including Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, as well…


Foot Locker And Timberland Team Up With Hip-Hop Legend Nas To Launch Fall 2017 Legends Collection

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Watch Prophets of Rage's Trump-Skewering New 'Hail to the Chief' Video

Prophets of Rage – the supergroup/”elite task force of revolutionary musicians” featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill – unleashed a new video for “Hail to the Chief” depicting the White House branded with the words “Trump Tower” on the front and African-Americans hanging from gallows out front.

The clip also shows President Trump’s face on a gunslinger shooting Hillary Clinton as Mike Pence applauds and statues of black-and-white Trumps giving a Nazi salute, as Chuck D raps, “All hail to the chief who came in the name of a thief to cease peace.” Most of the imagery, which includes some footage of the group playing, focuses on Pence as a Trump puppet master.

The track comes off the group’s recently released self-titled debut, which the band recorded with producer Brendan O’Brien.

The band will be playing three dates around the U.S. this fall before decamping for a European tour: Louisville’s Louder Than Life Festival (October 1st), New Orleans’ Voodoo Music and Arts Experience (October 27th) and San Bernardino, California’s Ozzfest Meets Knotfest (November 4th).

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Songtradr Launches Tipping Monetization Feature to Support Independent Musicians

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Songtradr, the fastest-growing music licensing platform in the world, is introducing new capabilities for artists to monetize their music careers. Fans will now be able to support their favorite artists on the platform and tip them…


Rapper Offset Launches $500K Fundraising Campaign for the American Cancer Society

Offset Launches $500K Fundraising Campaign for the American Cancer SocietyATLANTA, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Rapper Offset, of the chart-topping hip-hop trio Migos, is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and mobilizing his fellow artists, corporate sponsors and passionate fans to raise $500,000 for the organization.