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Radiohead to release music stolen for ransom

Radiohead says a trove of unreleased music has been stolen for ransom. But instead of paying up, the band will release it in aid of environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion.

Guitarist Jonny Greenwood tweeted that about 18 hours of material from around the time of Radiohead's 1997 album "OK Computer" was stolen from singer Thom Yorke's minidisc archive last week.

Greenwood said Tuesday that instead of paying the $150,000 demanded by hackers, "we're releasing all 18 hours on (music-sharing site) Bandcamp in aid of Extinction Rebellion."

Fans can buy the music for $18 for the next 18 days. Greenwood said it was never intended for release and was "only tangentially interesting."

Extinction Rebellion, which stages direct-action protests against climate change, thanked Radiohead "from the bottom of our hearts."

NYC street named for rapper B.I.G.

A New York City street has been named for rapper Notorious B.I.G.

Community members and elected officials gathered in a downpour on Monday at the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street.

Rapper Lil' Kim — embracing the event's themes of social justice and making a difference — exclaimed: "We did it, Brooklyn!"

B.I.G., who was born Christopher Wallace, was shot to death in Los Angeles in 1997.

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He detailed street life in Brooklyn in songs and on albums that dominated the pop charts.

Voletta Wallace recalled telling a friend amid her heartbreak: "My son was well loved."

But she said the street naming evoked "happy tears."

Court to listen to Led Zeppelin appeal

"Stairway to Heaven" will get another hearing, this time to a packed house.

A panel of 11 judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Monday to hear Led Zeppelin's appeal in a copyright lawsuit alleging the group stole its 1971 rock epic from an obscure 1960s instrumental.

In a 2016 trial that included testimony from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant, a jury found that "Stairway to Heaven" did not significantly resemble the song "Taurus," written by the late Randy Wolfe and performed by his band Spirit.

Page said he wrote the music for the song and Plant the lyrics, and that both were original.

But in September, a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit ruled that the judge at the trial had failed to advise the jury properly, and ordered a new trial . The judges unanimously found that the trial judge was wrong to tell jurors that individual elements of a song such as its notes or scale may not qualify for copyright protection, because a combination of those elements may qualify if they are sufficiently original.

Led Zeppelin's lawyers moved to the next level of appeal, asking for the larger group of judges to rehear the case, and the request was granted. The 11-judge panel will hear the case in late September in San Francisco.

Today's birthdays: Jazz musician Chick Corea is 78. Actress Sonia Manzano ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 69. Actress Jenilee Harrison ("Dallas," ''Three's Company") is 61. Rapper Grandmaster Dee of Whodini is 57. Actor Rick Hoffman ("Suits") is 49. Actor-comedian Finesse Mitchell ("Roadies," ''Saturday Night Live") is 47. Country singer Chris Young is 34. Actor Luke Youngblood ("Galavant") is 33.

— The Associated Press


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