Quick Hits: American Music Awards, Justin Timberlake, Marvin Gaye/Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, James Blake
October 31, 2013
More performers have been added to the American Music Awards, which will take place November 24 on ABC. Lady Gaga, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and Luke Bryan are all on board for the annual awards show. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the AMA nominees with six nods.
Justin Timberlake has been cast as dance music record exec Neil Bogart, in a biopic based on the book Spinning Gold. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spike Lee is in talks to direct the film. Bogart was closely involved in the music scene of the disco era and worked with everyone from The Village People to KISS to Curtis Mayfield. He also founded Casablanca Records, but passed away at the age of 39 in 1982.
The family of Marvin Gaye is proceeding with a lawsuit against Robin Thicke, claiming his smash hit "Blurred Lines" is a rip-off of Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." According to The Hollywood Reporter, new papers filed on Wednesday claim that Thicke has committed copyright infringement on multiple Gaye songs. THR adds that the Gaye estate has also targeted EMI April, a division of Sony-ATV, which has a relationship with both parties. The suit says that the publisher didn't do enough to protect Gaye's songs and should have remained a neutral party in the matter.
Bruno Mars is the latest act to join the lineup of MTV's EMAs. Mars is nominated for three awards at the European event, which takes place in Amsterdam on November 10.
Foo Fighters will play their first-ever concert in Mexico on December 13, headlining the massive Foro Sol in Mexico City. The National will open up. It is the Foos' first show in over a year.
Electro-singer-songwriter James Blake has won the 2013 Mercury Prize, which is awarded to the best album from a UK act. Blake won for his sophomore effort Overgrown.