Monday, December 30, 2013

Biggest Feuds of 2013


One of 's most ardent Little Monsters became her biggest frenemy as the singer and gossip blogger Perez Hilton engaged in this summer. Hilton publicly celebrated the less-than-great chart performance of Gaga's firstsingle "Applause" (after mocking the hip injury that landed the superstar in a wheelchair last year) so Gaga responded by calling Hilton a stalker amongst other not nice things. The feud never escalated beyond Twitter barbs, but something good did come out of the beef: The Artpop track "Swine" is reportedly inspired by the pair's falling out

Rick Ross vs. Gangster Disciples Rozay had some pretty major problems in 2013 -- much bigger than theMastermind postponements and his Reebok dismissal. In late January, the rapper's disagreement with the Gangster Disciples reached its crescendo as Ross was in Fort Lauderdale, which led to Ross crashing his Rolls Royce into an apartment building. The street gang has accused Ross of stealing their iconography and identity - Ross often compared himself to Larry Hoover, the Disciples' founder - without proper compensation.

Robin Thicke vs. The Marvin Gaye Estate "Blurred Lines" was both one of 2013 s biggest hits and . It was unavoidable for the majority of the year, so it was only a matter of time beforefamily heard it. While the Pharrell-produced "Blurred Lines" doesn't contain any samples, the single reeks of Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." The song was such a big Gaye rip-off Thicke sensed a lawsuit was inevitable and the Gaye estate in August 2013. A against Thicke and Pharrell arrived from the Gaye estate in October that alleges Thicke has "a Marvin Gaye fixation." "Blurred Lines" was downloaded over six million times during its Hot 100 reign, so there's a lot of money at stake going into 2014.

Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox Thewent to battle against a toy company who produced an ad featuring a cover of "Girls." GoldieBlox, whose Rube Goldberg-esque commercial starred little girls singing "Girls," seemed delighted with the free publicity they drummed up when the Beasties asked them to stop using their song. GoldieBloxthe Brooklyn rappers, saying the new "Girls" was satire and therefore protected from copyright laws. While GoldieBlox's rendition of "Girls" wasn't wildly offensive, it technically violated a stipulation in Adam "MCA" Yauch's will prohibits the Beasties' music from being used for advertising purposes. That's why Ad-Rock and Mike D came down so hard on GoldieBlox, ultimately resulting in .

Jack White vs. Dan Auerbach During the custody battle between and his ex Karen Elson, we learned that White really, really dislikes ' Dan Auerbach, to the point that White didn't want his kids attending the same Nashville school as Auerbach's children. "My concern with Auerbach is because I don't want the kids involved in any of that crap," White to Elson. "That's a possible 12 fucking years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that asshole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world."

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