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On Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made it easier for musicians to sample small portions of song recordings by giving Madonna and her producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone a victory in a long-running lawsuit over the 1990 hit “Vogue.”
The decision affirms a 2013 ruling by a California federal court that held on summary judgment that a 0.23 second sampling of a horn hit from the 1976 song called “Love Break” was de minimis, meaning small enough to be trivial.
“After listening to the audio recordings submitted by the parties, we conclude that a reasonable juror could not conclude that an average audience would recognize the appropriation of the horn hit,” writes 9th Circuit judge Susan Graber in today’s opinion. “That common-sense conclusion is borne out by dry analysis. The horn hit is very short—less than a second. The horn hit occurs only a few times in Vogue. Without careful attention, the horn hits are easy to miss. Moreover, the horn hits in Vogue do not sound identical to the horn hits from Love Break… Even if one grants the dubious proposition that a listener recognized some similarities between the horn hits in the two songs, it is hard to imagine that he or she would conclude that sampling had occurred.” read more →
The title of one of Madonna’s most popular songs is right on the money: “Material Girl.” With a personal fortune of $560 million, she’s one of the richest self-made women in the country–and claims the top spot on our first-ever list of America’s Wealthiest Female Musicians.
Though Madonna has been in show business for decades, her earnings power is as strong as ever. Her recently-wrapped Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, adding to her whopping career total: an estimated $1.4 billion on the road alone.
The latest cash infusion adds to a fortune already rich with royalties and the rising value of her real estate portfolio, which includes an outrageously large townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side purchased at the bottom of the market, as well as a fine art collection reportedly featuring the likes of Picasso, Kahlo and Man Ray.
Her secret? ”I’m a workaholic,” she once said. “I have insomnia. And I’m a control freak.” read more →
Madonna took her kids to see the off-Broadway show “Sleep No More” (May 31 2016)
Rocco Ritchie is back in the Big Apple as the battle over his custody appears to be drawing to a close.
The teen was spotted grabbing coffee with some friends in Manhattan Tuesday morning before heading to his mother’s home – his first time back in the States since late last year.
Although Madonna, 57, and Guy Ritchie, 47, were originally expected in court Wednesday for a tentatively scheduled hearing over their 15-year-old son’s living arrangements, the case now appears to be disposed, motion pending by the New York State Supreme Court.