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It’s sex, drugs and rock & roll, minus the first and last part

Interscope Records, responsible for such acts as Lady Gaga, Eminem and U2, has been dealing out more than just record contracts. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company “was used by a drug-trafficking ring as a waystation for cases stuffed with cocaine and vacuum-packed $20 bills.” These allegations stem from a letter listing evidence against music industry manager James “Henchman” Rosemond, who has been in custody since his indictment on drug trafficking charges in June. Members of Rosemond’s organization allegedly used musical equipment ‘’road cases’’ to send cocaine from Los Angeles to New York. Those same cases would then be sent back with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to Interscope’s California headquarters. Rosemond is facing 18 felony charges and could spend the rest of his life in jail if convicted. Interscope has since denied in a company statement that any employees had any involvement in the ring, and that the company had no “knowledge of the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its offices.”

Express yourself, just not to me

Volunteers at the Toronto International Film Festival got a special treat last week when they were lucky enough to be made to stare at a wall as Madonna walked past them. According to The Globe and Mail, eight volunteers working backstage “were asked to turn their faces to a wall so that they would not look at the pop-star-turned-movie-director as she made her way to her press conference about the film.” Her spokesperson Liz Rosenberg flatly denied the allegations: “She has never and would never ask anyone to do that ever.”

Turning the other cheek may be a bad idea here…

Christian musician Jose Principe has sued the companies responsible for his latest album, claiming they put “odious” and “extremely offensive” titles on his songs, “depicting, among other things, homosexual rape.” Principe claims that he paid the defendants, Tabernáculo Internacional and Luis Aviles of Blessing Recording Studios, $5,500 to record, produce and make the master copy of his songs, only to find out after their release that someone had changed the titles of his songs. The new song titles include “Me Rescaron Las Bolas” [sic: recte, Rascaron] (“They Scratched My Balls”), “Por Que Tenía El Bicho Pelu” (“Because I Had a Hairy Cock”), “Pero Lo Tengo Chiquito” (“But It’s a Small One”), “En El Piso Me Clavaron” (“They Nailed Me to the Floor”), and “Dolía Pero Me Gustó” (“It Hurt But I Liked It”).

Most literal rock concert ever!

Seven concertgoers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver were injured after rocks and debris fell onto the crowd at the outdoor venue last week. The incident occurred at 1 a.m. just as Sound Tribe Sector 9, a psychedelic-electronica group, were finishing their set. The venue itself, which is surrounded by high walls of rock on three sides that routinely undergo maintenance, has not had a reported incident of this kind for 23 years.



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