Quick Hits: Kanye West, Jason Derulo, Metallica / Ozzy Osbourne, M.I.A., Beastie Boys
March 18, 2014

Kanye West
Following an altercation with a paparazzo at the Los Angeles airport last July, Kanye West pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery against photographer Daniel Ramos in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, reports MTV News. In a special plea deal, the rapper maintained his innocence by agreeing to two years of probation, anger management counseling, and 250 hours of community service. Additionally, the plea deal calls for West to pay restitution to Ramos and spend one day in jail, though he will likely be booked and immediately released. West did not have to appear in court for the case since it was a misdemeanor charge. Most recently it was reported that West and Kim Kardashian set a May 24 date for their wedding, just after West's Yeezus tour rolls through Australia.

Jason Derulo has announced that his new album, Talk Dirty, will be out on April 15. Timbaland, DJ Mustard and RedOne are among the producers who contributed to the set. "When I was making this album, I wanted to go in and experiment and do something that was just totally different and off the wall," Derulo told Rap-Up TV. Special guests on Talk Dirty will include 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Tyga and Kid Ink.

Metallica and Keb' Mo' have been added as performers for the 10th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert, which will honor Ozzy Osbourne and Village Studios owner/CEO Jeff Greenberg. The event will be held in Los Angeles on May 12, where Osbourne will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Osbourne also will perform with his touring band and special guest Slash on guitar. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

The NFL has been in a legal battle with M.I.A. since the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012, during which the Sri Lankan singer/rapper extended her middle finger during a performance with Madonna. Now, the NFL has added an additional claim, seeking $15.1 million more in "restitution" as the alleged value of public exposure she received by appearing for the two-minute segment. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the figure is based on what advertisers would have paid for ads during this time. "The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic," read M.I.A.'s response papers, filed on Friday. The artist told the arbitrator in the case that the "continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL."

The Beastie Boys have settled a legal battle with toy maker GoldieBlox over the company's viral video ad that parodied the group's 1987 song, "Girls." Late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch wrote in his will that his music was never to be used for advertising purposes, but GoldieBlox argued that the ad was a parody and therefore protected under fair use. Now, both sides have reached an agreement. "The lawsuit between the Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox concerning GoldieBlox's use of the Beastie Boys song 'Girls' has been settled," a spokesperson for the company told Rolling Stone. "That settlement includes (a) the issuance of an apology by GoldieBlox, which will be posted on GoldieBlox's website, and (b) a payment by GoldieBlox, based on a percentage of its revenues, to one or more charities selected by Beastie Boys that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls."

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