Quickies: Katy Perry, Pitbull, Tove Lo & More
KATY PERRY & CO-DEFENDANTS OWE $2.78 MILLION IN ‘DARK HORSE' LAWSUIT: Katy Perry was sued for copyright infringement over her song "Dark Horse" and a jury decided that she and her co-defendants had copied the song from Flame's "Joyful Noise." Now, Katy, producer Dr. Luke, record label Capitol Records, and others are on the hook for a combined $2.78 million in damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The bulk of the money will come from Capitol Records and Katy owes just over half a million dollars. The money will go to songwriter Marcus Gray and his co-plaintiffs. During the trial, Katy testified that she'd never heard "Joyful Noise" before. The plaintiffs argued that Katy's parents are both pastors and she started her career as a Christian pop singer, which may have made it more likely that she had heard Gray's song. Katy countered that she was "mostly always listening to ... secular music anyway," even during the early part of her career as a Christian singer.
PITBULL DROPS ‘3 TO TANGO': Pitbull has released his new song "3 to Tango." Pitbull will be performing the new song when he hits the stage for Good Morning America's "Summer Concert Series" in Central Park this morning. Pitbull is also set to release his new album Libertad 547 later this year.
TOVE LO RELEASES ‘BAD AS THE BOYS': Tove Lo teamed up with Finnish singer ALMA for the new song "Bad as the Boy." "Everyone has a first summer crush, #badastheboys is about one of mine. i hope it makes you feel all of the feels all over again. 🙏🏻 @almacyber for lending your amazing voice and killing it. ❤️💛💚💙💜," Tove Lo tweeted. "Bad as the Boys" is the latest single off of Tove Lo's upcoming album Sunshine Kitty, which she will be releasing later this year.
ARIANA GRANDE GOES INTO ATTACK MODE IN ‘BOYFRIEND' VIDEO: Ariana Grande has released her new single "Boyfriend" and dropped the accompanying music video at the same time. The 26-year-old singer teamed up with Social House for the new song. In the video, you can see Ariana go into attack mode after seeing another woman chatting with her "boyfriend." When she dances with another guy, then the boyfriend goes into attack mode. Eventually, they make up.
SHAWN MENDES REVEALS HE DOESN'T HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA ON HIS PHONE: Shawn Mendes has wiped his phone clean of social media platforms. Speaking with to fans during a pre-concert Q&A this week in Atlanta, the 20-year-old musician revealed that his manager posts on his handles. "I struggle with social media a lot too. To be honest with you guys, I deleted Instagram and Twitter three days ago, but I send my manager pictures and I'm like, ‘Can you post this.'" Shawn added that social media "gets to him as much as anyone else" and steps back from the platforms when he needs to focus on him. "Sometimes I need to take a break from it too because it gets to me just as much as it gets to anyone else," he shared. "You have to take care of yourself, it's really, really important. Make yourself come first."