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Rick James' Estate Moves To Ban Mary Jane Girls Reunion

20th November 2013

Administrators of Rick James' estate have launched legal action to block a reunion by two members of the Mary Jane Girls, the 1980s girl group put together by the funk legend.The band was formed by...

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Beyoncé Reveals Music That Gets Her In The Mood

17th January 2013

Beyoncé has given a glimpse into her life, admitting she listens to 'Make Love To Me' by Rick James before heading to bed with Jay-Z.The 31-year-old singer spoke in a behind the scenes video of...

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Linda Blair Opens Up About Rick James Romance

7th September 2011

Actress Linda Blair has opened up about her unlikely 1980s romance with tragic funk icon Rick James, confessing the relationship was doomed because of the singer/songwriter's cocaine habit.The Exorcist star was just 22 when she...

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Rick James' Estate In Royalties Dispute

5th April 2011

Administrators of funk legend Rick James' estate are suing Universal Music executives over increased royalties for digital downloads.James' representatives have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal bosses, claiming the estate is owed 50 per...

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Marie Dedicates Song To James

9th November 2009

Eighties soul star TEENA MARIE has dedicated a song on her new album to her late mentor RICK JAMES.Marie shot to fame in the early 1980s after being discovered by funk icon James and she...

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Rick James' Estate Settled

2nd January 2008

Funk legend RICK JAMES' estate has settled a lawsuit against a music publishing company which they claim collected money from licensing his songs without permission. The estate's attorney, Jennifer J. MCGrath, announced the settlement in...

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Rick James' Estate Sues Former Music Publisher

22nd March 2007

The estate of the late RICK JAMES is suing the singer's former music publisher for allegedly continuing to enter into new contracts, despite being told its services were no longer required. The lawsuit, filed last...

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Beatfreakz In Superman Copyright Scandal

17th October 2006

Dutch dance act BEATFREAKZ have been forced to withdraw copies of their current top 10 single from shops because the record cover copies SUPERMAN's famous 'S' logo. The copyright infringement also demands the Man Of...

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Teena Marie Blasts Chappelle For Rick James Skit

22nd August 2006

R+B legend TEENA MARIE has blasted comedian DAVE CHAPPELLE for his offensive take on her late lover RICK JAMES. The comic came up with his famous "I'm Rick James, b**ch!" for a skit on his...

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James Remembered For Street Songs Image On Gravestone

11th August 2006

Late funk icon RICK JAMES' most famous album cover image has been transferred to his tombstone in a Buffalo, New York cemetery. The photo from James' hit 1981 album STREET SONGS has been recreated on...

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Rhymes Returning With Big Names

22nd March 2006

BUSTA RHYMES is planning a major comeback after three years away from the charts thanks to famous pals - dead and alive. The hip-hop star's new album, THE BIG BANG, not only features top producers...

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Fascinating Fact 1039

20th February 2006

Oscar nominee TERRENCE HOWARD is in talks to play both boxer JOE LOUIS and late funk icon RICK JAMES in two upcoming biopics....

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Rick James Back From The Grave For Final Album

9th July 2005

Funk legend RICK JAMES is being brought back from the dead for one final album. Tracks he recorded before his death last August (05) are to feature on new album RICK JAMES TOGETHER....

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Rick James' Popularity Causes Problems For Politician

14th April 2005

RICK JAMES' renewed popularity shortly before his August (04) death has contributed to a spate of theft problems for a Mississippi politician. Hattiesburg City Council candidate RICK JAMES is far from amused that his...

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Motown Gets A New Sound

25th March 2005

MOTOWN's biggest hits are set to hit the world's dancefloors again, thanks to top remixers like GREEN LANTERN and DJ JAZZY JEFF. A collection of Motown soul classics have been remixed for a new...

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Teena Marie Returns With New Year's Eve Show

30th December 2004

R+B veteran TEENA MARIE will make her first live performance since the August (04) death of mentor and collaborator RICK JAMES when she rings in the New Year (05) at the HOUSE OF BLUES in Los Angeles....

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James Leaves Behind Just $250,000

24th November 2004

Members of RICK JAMES' family who were hoping for a big pay day from the late funk star's will are set for a shock - the SUPER FREAK singer left an estate worth only $250,000...

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Bruce Palmer Dead

11th October 2004

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD bassist and co-founder BRUCE PALMER has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 58. Palmer - born in Nova Scotia, Canada - died on 1 October (04) in Belleville, Ontario, but...

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Coroner Claims Drugs Triggered Rick James' Death

17th September 2004

Late funk legend RICK JAMES' lethal heart attack may have been caused by a cocktail of drugs that were found in his system, an American coroner claims. The SUPERFREAK star, who described himself...

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Rick James' Assistant Panics After Finding Funk Star's Body

27th August 2004

Tragic funk legend RICK JAMES' knocked on his neighbours' doors desperately looking for help after finding her boss' dead body. Her desperation was caught on phone records as she ran around the neighbourhood looking...

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Battle Begins Over Rick James' Estate

25th August 2004

Late funk legend RICK JAMES' family members are reportedly locked in a bitter battle over his estate. Sources say a high-powered meeting of accountants and lawyers was just held to discuss who gets what...

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Friends Of Late James's Blow Cocaine At Portrait

20th August 2004

Friends of the late SUPER FREAK's RICK JAMES held a memorial at a Los Angeles club where regulars reportedly paid their respect by either blowing marijuana smoke or cocaine at a portrait of the singer....

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Thousands Pay Respect To Rick James

16th August 2004

A 6,000-strong crowd arrived to pay their respect to funk legend RICK JAMES as he was laid to rest on Saturday (14AUG04) in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. The line of mourners stretched...

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Fans Pay Tribute To Rick James

13th August 2004

RICK JAMES was honoured by hundreds of friends and fans who gathered at the funk legend's memorial service yesterday (12AUG04). A crowd of approximately 1,200 converged on an auditorium at the Forest Lawn cemetery...

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Fatone Throws Dick Out Of Nightclub

12th August 2004

'N SYNC hunk JOEY FATONE threw TV comic ANDY DICK out of a New York nightclub after catching him begging people for drugs and drunkenly weeping over the death of his friend RICK JAMES....

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Date Announced For Rick James Memorial Service

10th August 2004

A public memorial service and viewing for funk legend RICK JAMES is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles tomorrow (11AUG04). The SUPER FREAK singer, who was born JAMES JOHNSON JR in Buffalo, New...

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James Death Still Unsolved

9th August 2004

LATEST: SUPER FREAK legend RICK JAMES' death remains a mystery after a postmortem examination proved inconclusive. James, who was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Friday (06AUG04) morning, had a history of...

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Rick James Dies

8th August 2004

Funk legend RICK JAMES' tragic life has come to an end - he was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Friday morning (06AUG04). A caretaker found James' body. The cause of death...

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Rick James Breaks Jamie Foxx's Bed

22nd June 2004

Comedian JAMIE FOXX will never forget the day he invited RICK JAMES into his home - because the funk superstar broke his bed. ALI star Foxx constantly invites celebrity pals over to his California...

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D12 Cause Havoc At Mtv Movie Awards

10th June 2004

Rap supergroup D12 caused havoc backstage at Saturday's (05JUN04) MTV MOVIE AWARDS by hassling Hollywood stars SHARON STONE and HALLE BERRY. The MY BAND six-piece - minus bandmate EMINEM who quietly resided in his...

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