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After three years out of the limelight, X Factor winner, James Arthur, has burst back onto the music scene.

And while many are celebrating his triumphant return, it looks like not everybody is happy with the singer's latest offering.

Say You Won't Let Go, which reached number one in the UK charts, is currently embroiled in controversy as whisperings escalate that the track has more than a passing similarity to The Script's The Man Who Can't Be Moved.

According to The Sun, a publishing company for the Dublin band are currently investigating the matter in an attempt to see whether the British singer ripped off their 2008 track.

Commenting on the furore, a source close to the reality show winner revealed that the controversy is taking its toll on James.

"James has just got on the straight and narrow after a difficult few years and a lawsuit is the last thing he needs," the insider explained.

"Say You Won’t Let Go is already one of the biggest singles of the year so this is a real hammer blow," they added while acknowledging: "There is no doubt the songs sound alike and have a similar chord progression."

We're curious to see how this one pans out…



Zara may be one of the most fashion savvy retailers on the high street, but that doesn’t mean the brand is without its worries as the Spanish clothing giant is reportedly facing a $5 million lawsuit for allegedly manipulating its prices.

According to The Fashion Law, Zara is being sued by customer Devin Rose in California who claims that he and other Zara customers in the US have been overcharged as a result of the brand’s “deceptive pricing practices”.  

The complaint states that Zara has made billions of dollars through the “classic bait and switch” practice of only tagging its clothing with euro prices – a procedure which Rose claims “lures” customers into making purchases.

In the lawsuit it is also claimed that once a customer reaches the till the products of choice are then sold “for a substantially higher amount in dollars” than conversion rates would suggest they should be.

Rose’s complaint is based on a personal experience he had earlier this summer at a particular Zara store in Sherman Oaks, California.  He claims he was charged almost 60% more than he should have been for three shirts because of Zara’s conversion rate tactics.

A spokesperson for Zara in the United States told TFL that the retailer “vehemently denies any allegations [of] deceptive pricing practices”.

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It looks like Demi Lovato is in hot water again.

The singer has been hit with a lawsuit for copyright infringement.

Indie band Sleigh Bells claim that Demi's song Stars sounds nearly identical to their 2010 song Infinity Guitars.


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According to E! News, who obtained court documents, Sleigh Bells claims that the songs are "virtually identical content" that "transcend the realm of coincidence."

The "comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works.

"This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants' song."


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Shortly after Demi's song was released late last year, Sleigh Bells took to Twitter to call Demi out, saying: "Flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars and Riot Rhythm for Stars but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those."

We're sure Demi wants this over and done with as soon as possible!



It finally looked like Tyga said goodbye to his money problems, but as it turns out, he's not even close to saying so-long!

After escaping arrest for not paying his landlord, the rapper partied the week away in the Turks and Caicos Islands to celebrate his girlfriend's, Kylie Jenner's birthday.


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Tyga owed $480,000 in damages made to the landlord's house, and failed to pay. An issue was made for his arrest, and then suddenly, the rapper had the money to pay back his former landlord.

But the party might have been short-lived as it turns out he now faces a new $200,000 lawsuit over a watch and chain he received in 2013.


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According to TMZ, Tyga has yet to pay the sum after receiving the jewellery from designer Jason Arasheben – and Jason is tired of waiting around.

The site claims that Mr Arasheben has now hired a full team of lawyers, so we can't see Ty getting away with this one either.



Kesha has reportedly dropped her sexual assault claim against record producer Dr Luke in an apparent bid to reboot her music career.

Buzzfeed News has reported that on Monday the singer began legal proceedings in California to end her ongoing sexual assault legal battle.

According to MTV, the Californian lawsuit – which alleges that Dr Luke drugged, raped and sexually assaulted the TiK ToK singer – has been on hold since last Summer while Dr Luke’s defamation claim against Kesha is dealt with in New York.

Now the star’s legal team has told Buzzfeed News that she has submitted 28 new songs to Dr Luke’s Kemosabe label, which is part of Sony Music.

They said: “Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label.”

“We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release the single and an album as soon as possible.”

While Sony has not yet commented on the case, Dr Luke’s legal representative told Buzzfeed that Kesha voluntarily dropped her claims “because she has no chance of winning them”.




Early this morning the singer tweeted: "My fight continues.  I need to get my music out.  I am continuing to fight for my rights in New York.  Thank you for all your support."

Kesha has been unable to release any new music bar her True Colours collaboration with Zedd earlier this year since she first filed her complaint against Dr Luke in October 2014.

In 2005 the star signed an exclusive recording deal with Dr Luke which stated she must create five albums for the producer before she can leave his label.  So far she has released two albums: Animal and Warrior.



Ed Sheeran is being sued for $20 million for allegedly copying a Matt Cardle song.

The people who wrote the X Factor winner's song Amazing have filed a lawsuit against Ed in a Californian court stating that his hit single Photograph contains 39 identical notes as Amazing, as well as having strikingly similar "words, vocal style, vocal melody, melody, and rhythm" to Matt's song.

Photograph – which was co-written by Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid who is also named in the lawsuit – has been sold more than 3.5million times since its release in 2014.

It has also been viewed over 200 million times on YouTube and was used in the movie Me Before You.

Meanwhile Matt Cardle's third release, Amazing, failed to make it past No.84 in the UK chart.

The lawsuit states: "While Sheeran, McDaid, and the other Defendants received career-defining accolades, awards, and a fortune for Photograph, the true writers of much of Photograph received nothing."


It claims there is an "unusual level of strikingly similar copying" between the songs and says "note-for-note copying makes up nearly one half of Photograph".

The same lawyer who successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for the similarities between Blurred Lines and a Marvin Gaye song is set to represent the songwriters.

Ed has yet to comment on the allegations.

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Elton John has dismissed the sexual assault claims that were made by his former bodyguard who said he was repeatedly "groped" by the singer.

Elton's lawyer told the AFP that the accusations by officer Jeffery Wenninger were "baseless" and were only made by a "disgruntled former security officer seeking to extract an undeserved payment."

The officer claims that Elton made a series of assaults from 2010 up to 2014 which escalated "in frequency and intensity," according to the lawsuit.

Jeffery also said that the 69-year-old would "grope and touch" him either in the car or at Elton's LA home.

He also allegedly used offensive language, such as "get your todger out" and "say hello to Uncle Elton," while on a separate occasion told the officer "you have so many gay genes in you, they just haven't met up yet."

The former security guard is seeking unspecified damages for "battery, sexual battery and sexual harassment."




A woman called Liziane Gutierrez tried to get Chris Brown arrested last month on assault charges, but Chris dodged the charges as there was absolutely no evidence of it happening.

So now, Liz has decided to sue the singer for hitting her when she was in his room at the Palms Hotel in LA.

According to the legal docs, the woman was assaulted in the "face and/or arm and/or hands." …What??

We're pretty sure if we got hit we'd know where it was, and there's a big difference from your face and your hands.

The whole thing started off when Liz snook into the star's hotel room with her phone (phones are usually banned in hotel rooms) and when Chris asked her to leave she hit off.

Not only is she trying to sue Mr Brown with assault, she's also trying to sue for theft and defamation since Chris apparently said she was 'ugly'. 



Kendall Jenner never shies away from talking about her struggles with bad skin and acne.

She has told magazines and website numerous times that it "ruined" her self-esteem, made school really difficult and destroyed her confidence.

When she was in her late teens she began treatment with Laser Genisis, which started to clear her skin up.

But in a turn of events, a skin care company, Cutera, realised that laser treatment was the way Kendall rejuvenated her skin, so they decided to use her face and name in their advertisements – without asking the reality star's permission.

TMZ reports that Kendall is quoted in their campaigns, saying that Cutera gave her "nearly perfect skin," even though it didn't.

Kendall is one of the biggest models in the industry at the moment, and she is paid "well into 8 figures" for being featured in campaigns, so that's what her lawyers have decided to sue Cutera for.

Because Cutera used her image and applied it to their ads without her even being aware of it, Kendall's lawyer believes that the company could owe her up to $10 million (€8.8m).

"The right to associate Kendall Jenner's name and likeness in connection with a product or service belongs solely to Kendall Jenner and is protected by federal and state law. Today's lawsuit by Ms. Jenner against Cutera, Inc., for the unauthorized use of Ms. Jenner's name and likeness to promote its product should serve notice that Ms. Jenner will vigorously defend her rights under the law," says Todd Wilson, Kendall's lawyer.


Sofia Vergara's face has been used by a beauty company… And she's not happy.

The Modern Family actress said that Venus Company blew up images of her face and used them to promote its products worldwide.

In the suit, Sofia said that a simple Instagram post is what started it all off.

She got the Venus' Legacy treatment – a skin tightening massage – in August of 2014. While doing so she shared a photo on IG of herself on the table, which ended up getting 40,000 likes.

However, Ms Vergara didn't actually like the treatment and found it "a waste of time and money with little in the way of any results."

But, even though Sofia didn't recommend the treatment, that didn't stop Venus from putting up photos of her at exhibition booths and on its website, with captions like, "Loved by… bombshell actress Sofia Vergara."

Sofia wasn't even paid a cent for the promotion images, which she usually gets paid a lot for. The actress said that her going rate for beauty endorsements is $15million (€14m).

So, the beauty is suing Venus for at least that much, and she also wants the company to pull all of the materials with her face on them. 


We reported yesterday that Chris Brown was accused of punching a woman in a Las Vegas night club, but now it seems the tables have turned as Chris is planning to SUE the accuser.

A source close to Chris told TMZ that the pop star will be filing a lawsuit against Liziane Gutierrez, the woman who claims he punched her in the eye.

Liziane went to the police after Chris allegedly punched her and made a statement for assault. But now, TMZ is reporting that Mr Brown is going to file a defamation suit against her today.

Chris is also said to be trimming down his friends list and won't let anyone who brings "random girls" into his parties anymore. 

It is also claimed that Ms Gutierrez also went after Jason Derulo a while back after he left her on the sidewalk outside a Hollywood nightclub. She told TMZ a week after the party that Jason tried to "get it on" with some ladies at the party, who later left crying.

We're not sure who to believe with this one!


The celebs aren't having the best of weeks… especially in the lead up to Christmas.

Chris Martin arrived back in LA, after doing a number of appearances in Europe, to find out that he is being sued by a photographer who is claiming the singer ran him down with his Jeep. 

According to TMZ, photographer Richard Terry is stating that Chris intentionally hit him with his car while leaving a restaurant about a year ago. 

The incident was apparently caught on camera by another photographer who was standing across the street at the time.

Richard said that he was outside an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica when he saw Mr Martin and ew-wife Gwyneth Palthrow leaving and getting into a Jeep.

He then states that the Coldplay frontman deliberately turned his car's wheel abruptly to the right, hitting Mr Terry on the path.

In his lawsuit, the pap claims that Chris has "a significant history of repeated and ongoing violent acts against entertainment news people."

He also says that he was upset the rocker didn't stop to see if he was OK.