T-Swift Gets Thugged Out With T-Pain; Seth Hurwitz Sues Live Nation; Katy Perry Sues Her Namesake



Headlines: Taylor Swift, the queen of the pop-music prom, had quite a night at the CMT Awards. She won a couple of awards for "Love Story," including video of the year, and closed the show by joining Def Leppard for a performance of "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Better yet, though, was the opening, in which Swift put on Vulcan ears and dreamed about starring in "Star Trek" before teaming up (sans Spock look) with T-Pain for a rap song, "Thug Story." In it, Swift transformed herself into T-Sweezy and rapped about her good-girl life. "I'm so gangsta you can find me bakin' cookies at night/You out clubbin', but I just made Caramel Delight!" Haha! The video is embedded below. Some other awards were also handed out, but nobody will remember them except the video directors and the video promotions teams at the various Music Row labels. Entertainment Weekly summarizes the show with a best/worst list. Country California's C.M. Wilcox asked all the hard questions about the show. For instance: "Which gas station does Jason Aldean work at? What happened to his own work shirt and why did he have to borrow one from a female coworker half his size?" And: "Anyone else want to see all the pictures taken by the lady with the bright red autofocus light seated at the upper right behind the main stage? She must have gotten some amazing pictures of the backs of people's heads. Totally worth the constant annoyance of her red light flashing right into the camera the whole time." ... Seth Hurwitz has taken his "It's My [Insert Noun Here]" nomenclature to court, declaring: It's My Lawsuit! He's filed an 11-count lawsuit against Live Nation in federal court, claiming that the L.A.-based promoting/producing giant has a monopolistic grip on the national concert market and is forcing artists to play Nissan Pavilion instead of Merriweather Post Pavilion, which is booked by It's My Party and managed by It's My Amphitheatre, both of which are co-owned by Hurwitz. Oddly, the lawsuit was filed in March, but nobody seems to have noticed until recent days, when attorneys for Hurwitz filed a memorandum more or less saying that Live Nation's motion to dismiss should be dismissed. ... Meanwhile, Live Nation is doing its No Service Fee Wednesday thing again today. This week's deal? Lawn seats for shows at Nissan and other Live Nation amphitheaters are $24.99, all-in. ... Amy Winehouse's mum says her daughter needs to be saved. ... Any Lil' Wayne impersonators in D.C.? Somebody needs you. ... Antony and the Johnsons are covering Beyonce's "Crazy in Love"? Nuh-uh. ... R.I.P. Bob Bogle, guitarist for the Ventures, the instrumental group best-known for "Hawaii Five-O" and "Walk, Don't Run." ... Mariah Carey wonders (in song, of course) why Eminem is so "Obsessed." ... Katy Perry doesn't want Australian fashion designer Katie Perry to use the name she was given at birth for her clothing line, and she's suing to stop her.

Video of the Day
In which T-Sweezy and T-Pain tell their "Thug Story"

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 17, 2009; 7:32 AM ET Morning Mix
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"Thug Story" was awesome. Can't beat a rap song with a knitting shoutout.

Posted by: Hemisphire | June 17, 2009 8:29 AM

So, Seth is suing LN, despite the fact that he's working with them already and has more shows scheduled this year than LN. Hunh. Not that I'm defending LN, just saying.

Posted by: EricS2 | June 17, 2009 1:36 PM

Wheres the "Live Last Night - Better Than Ezra"??!??!?! You post about some of the worst "artists" ever...but a decent band, that's been around for a while..that knows how to write songs AND perform a live show...you ignore. Figures. Not that I'd pay attention to your "review" anyway, cuz you suck!

Posted by: Bebunk | June 17, 2009 4:41 PM

Hey Eric, it's not the number of shows that determines if a company is violating antitrust laws and abusing monopoly power. Just saying.

Posted by: justme27 | June 17, 2009 10:24 PM

I know Just.

Just saying, Seth has 37 events so far this year at Merriweather plus Green Day and some stuff at DAR plus the 930 Club and Rams Head Live, who actually gave LN the boot for IMP.

I certainly wish success with his suit as LN still sucks, but it seems like odd timing, especially since Merriweather is hosting the Warped Tour, which is owned outright by LN. Nissan is so far hosting about 20ish events. Not exactly a monopoly, though DC is about the only place they don't control almost entirely.

Posted by: EricS2 | June 18, 2009 12:04 AM

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