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Rihanna sued over cancelled concert

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LOS ANGELES — Singer Rihanna is being sued for purportedly bailing on a scheduled concert in Nigeria.

A show promoter situated in Nigeria is suing Rihanna, Jay Z, and Roc Nation for a concert that was purportedly expected to happen in May 2013, TMZ reports.

A man named Chris Ubosi claim that he had signed an agreement with people who said they were from the label and that Rihanna would perform for 65 minutes for $425,000

The New York Daily News adds that the claim was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday. In the suit, Ubosi claims that he made an advanced payment of $160,000 before reps for Rihanna postponed the show.

Ubosi was willing to delay it only if Rihanna announced a new date on her social media. Rihanna never complied and the show was eventually canceled. She never returned the money and now Ubosi’s suing her in attempt to get his money back.

Sources close to Rihanna, however, say that she never made such a deal with Ubosi.

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US judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’ copyright lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song ‘Shake It Off’ on Tuesday ruling the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler brought the suit last fall, arguing that the chorus of the song borrowed from their 2001 composition, ‘Playas Gon’ Play’.

In his ruling, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald held that combining the phrases, ‘Playas gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate,’ does not entail sufficient originality to warrant copyright protection, Variety reported.

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Swift’s 2014 song reached No 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from country to pop music.

Swift’s lyrics from the chorus of ‘Shake It Off’ are, ‘the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.’

Attorneys for Swift asked US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case.

“In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers.

The songwriters who sued Swift did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, and phrases about players and haters existed in pop culture before 2001.

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