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Gaye sisters: show us the money

Marvin Gaye’s sisters were happy about the recent $7.4 million his children Nona, 40, and Frankie, 39, were awarded in federal court when the Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams song “Blurred Lines” was found to have infringed on the Motown great’s 1977 party song, “Got to Give it Up.” Gaye’s younger sister Zeola, 69, who lives modestly in Las Vegas as a bookkeeper, texted Jan Gaye, his second wife and mother of Nona and Frankie, congratulating her on the verdict. Jan was polite but noncommital. Zeola admitted to London’s Daily Mail that she and older sister Jeanne, 78, would like to have a little piece of that $7.4 mil for themselves — like, a couple million. “The bottom line is that they get everything and we don't get a dime,” Zeola told the Daily Mail. “We try and live with that, but it is difficult. If I was given a few million, it would change my life a lot. Marvin would have hated to have seen us like this. I don’t want to be rich. I just want to be comfortable where I can be in a position to say, ‘Come on guys, get your passports, we are going to London.’” Since Zeola wrote a book charging Jan with being unfaithful to Marvin with singers Teddy Pendergrass and Rick James, along with other untruths (according to Jan), it’s probably a long shot. Jan Gaye also pointed out that the money won’t be paid out for some time, pending an appeal.

Zayn Malik quits One Direction

If your pre-teen is weeping in her bedroom, be kind. It happens that Zayn Malik of the British boy band One Direction, has left the group. No worries about Niall,Harry,Liam and Louis, who will carry on as a four-piece. Malik, 22, posted on his Facebook page that “after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.” Malik left the tour abruptly last week after photos of him with “another woman” (he’s engaged to Perrie Edwards) were published.

Local rock group gets 60K video hits with cover

Detroit band the Seatbelts have gotten a bit of traction for their new video. It’s an English language cover of the song “I Always Have To (Aina Mun Pita)” by Finnish punk band PKN. The European band’s members all have learning disabilities, but they’re not letting that stop them from touring Europe and North America to change people’s perceptions of the disabled. The Seatbelts’ video has only been up since Saturday and already has more than 60,000 views. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWbRmtXWQfg.

Compiled by Susan Whitall and Melody Baetens

Today’s Birthdays

Diana Ross, 71

Steven Tyler, 67

Kenny Chesney, 47

Keira Knightley, 30

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