Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' leaks
Eminem fans got a pre-Halloween treat Wednesday when the rapper’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2” leaked online, six days ahead of its release date. The album, which will be released Tuesday, popped up on several file-sharing and MP3-streaming sites. It is customary for big releases such as Eminem’s to appear online ahead of their release dates; that it was able to be contained this close to its release date can be considered a success. The album, positioned as a sequel to Eminem’s 2000 album “The Marshall Mathers LP,” opens with the 7-minute-plus “Bad Guy,” which contains a throwback to “The Marshall Mathers LP’s” “Stan.” Over icy strings, Eminem raps an elaborate tale about death and the demons in his own head. The third track, “Rhyme or Reason,” contains an interpolation of the Zombies’ 1968 hit “Time of the Season.” The album contains contributions from Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, fun.’s Nate Ruess and more. Eminem is scheduled to appear as musical guest on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” and will perform on Sunday’s inaugural YouTube Music Awards.
Gaye family sues singer Thicke
Members of Marvin
Gaye’sfamily are suing singer Robin Thicke, saying he ripped off their father’s “Got to Give It Up” in his summer hit “Blurred Lines,” TMZ.com reports. Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye filed suit Wednesday, citing interviews Thicke gave in Billboard and GQ where he noted Gaye’s influence on the song. Further, they allege Thicke lifted Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his song “Love After War.” The suit comes after Thicke sued the Gaye family in August, in an attempt to get a court to rule that “Blurred Lines” did not copy “Got to Give It Up.” The new suit seeks damages and profits from the songs, which could be sizable; “Blurred Lines” has sold more than 6 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Perry's 'Prism' debuts at No. 1
Perry’s“Prism” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart this week, after selling 286,000 copies its first week in stores. It’s a huge bump from Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” which sold 192,000 copies its first week in 2010. “Prism” pushes Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” down to No. 2, while Drake, Miley Cyrus and Lorde round out the top five.
■Kerry Washington, who will host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, is pregnant with her first child, Usmagazine.com reports. The “Scandal” star married San Francisco 49ers player Nnamdi Asomugha in June. Washington is about four months along, a source tells Us.
■Chris Brown entered a rehab facility Wednesday to undergo anger management treatment, TMZ.com reports. The rehab stint comes after Brown was arrested over the weekend in Washington, D.C., for allegedly punching another man in the nose.