Bombshell 'American Idol' Lawsuit Claims Sony Stiffs Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson

For 12 years, American Idol has been one of the biggest success stories in the music industry. Even as the reality singing competition series experiences some signs of aging, there is no doubt that the show has provided an immensely influential promotional platform for undiscovered talent and a sanctuary from some of the industry's post-Napster blues.

But as shown by a new lawsuit filed on Thursday by 19 Recordings against Sony Music, the story of how the industry has leveraged American Idol into one chart-topper after the next is not without allegations of greed and corruption...

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BET Can't Shoot Down 'American Gangster' Lawsuit

A former bank robber, representing himself in court, has survived the first round of a $20.5 million lawsuit against BET, A&E, Netflix, Apple and others over an episode of American Gangster.

Charles "Chaz" Williams is the plaintiff, who besides robbing dozens of banks in the 1970s and once escaping prison, went onto found Black Hand Entertainment, whose roster included 50 Cent and Foxy Brown...

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