Justin Bieber is threatening to sue a New York newspaper that published nude photos of the singer on vacation. A cease-and-desist letter was sent from Bieber’s legal team to the New York Daily News demanding the takedown of 20 paparazzi-snapped photos of Bieber’s recent vacation in Bora Bora with his rumored girlfriend, British model Jayde Pierce. In the photos, which were censored by the paper, Bieber is strolling around his ocean-side resort completely naked. (Unfortunately for the singer, the uncensored photos have also hit the Internet.) Pop’s Pinocchio Moment: Tween Idols Try to Bounce Back According to The Hollywood Reporter , Bieber’s legal team asked for compliance with the cease-and-desist letter within 12 hours; that time has now passed and the Bora Bora gallery is still live on the Daily News site along with 75 other various Bieber photos. The cease-and-desist letter also claims that, by publishing the nudes, the newspaper is in violation of the singer’s publicity and privacy rights, as well as infringing on his trademark. However, the cease-and-desist letter also confirmed that it is, in fact, Bieber in the nude photos; there was some brief online speculation regarding the veracity of the photos before Bieber’s legal team confirmed them. “We recently became informed that your company has obtained and is distributing unauthorized photographs of our client including images showing him without clothing,” the cease-and-desist letter says. Bieber hasn’t spoken publicly about the photo leak on social media. TMZ reports that while Bieber’s legal team was doing their job with the cease-and-desist letters, it’s unlikely any lawsuits will result from the unauthorized nude photos. Related Fall Music Preview 2015: 30 Must-Hear Albums See Bieber Explain VMA Tears, Perform ‘What Do You Mean?’ Justin Bieber: ‘I Want to Live Like Jesus’
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The King of Country Music announced two big surprises today: a new album and a return to the stage for the first time in almost two years. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best George Strait Songs George Strait will be among the first entertainers to play Las Vegas’ new state-of-the-art arena in April 2016, returning to the venue again next September. “Las Vegas has been a big part of my country music career,” he said in a press conference today. “It’s fun to play Vegas. . . The crowds are great and they come from all over the place, because there is so much to do here
Muse have unveiled a guitar-heavy cover of Chvrches’ synth-pop track “Lies,” recorded during a recent session for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge . The band attacks the track with distorted guitars, fuzz bass and propulsive drum fills, as frontman Matt Bellmany adds his trademark melodramatic vibrato. It’s a dynamic reimagining of Chvrches’ original, a highlight from their 2013 debut LP, The Bones of What You Believe . On the Charts: Muse, Rolling Stones Continue British Reign Muse’s full Live Lounge session is available to stream below. The 30-minute set also includes three songs ( “Psycho,” “Dead Inside,” “Mercy”) from the trio’s latest LP, Drones , along with two older live staples, “Supermassive Black Hole” and “Knights of Cydonia.” Drones , Muse’s politically charged seventh album, is a conceptual set about drone warfare that Bellamy crafted after reading Brian Glyn Williams’ 2013 book Predators: The CIA’s Drone War on al Qaeda . Working with famed producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, the band aimed to harness the raw energy of their guitar-bass-drums setup, scaling back from the bombastic sprawl of their recent LPs. “We probably spent more time in the control room, fiddling with knobs and synths and computers and drum machines than actually playing together as a band,” Bellamy told Rolling Stone of their past studio habits.