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1980’s funk band Collage is suing Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson for copyright infringement claiming that parts of their 1983 hit “Young Girls” were used in the hit “Uptown Funk” without permission. In the suit, Collage says that “Uptown Funk” borrows heavily from their song, adding that many of the instrumental attributes and themes of “Uptown Funk” are deliberately and clearly copied from “Young Girls.” Larry White, the group’s only surviving member, along with Grady Wilkins and Lee Peters are the plaintiffs named in the suit. They’re seeking damages and profits from the success of “Uptown Funk.” This is the second lawsuit filed against Mars and Ronson concerning “Uptown Funk.” To avoid a nasty legal battle, in May 2015, Mars and Ronson credited funk masters Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson of the Gap Band as contributors of “Uptown Funk” as they used elements of the band’s classic “Oops Upside Your Head” on the track. They also credited keyboardist Rudolph Taylor, who played on the track, and Lonnie Simmons, who produced the track as well. In addition, Mars and Ronson gave 17 percent of the publishing royalties of “Uptown Funk” to members of the Gap Band. We’ll have to wait and see how this new suit pans out. Singer/songwriter The Weeknd will be hitting the road this fall. The Grammy award winning singer will begin the first phase of what’s been titled the “Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour” on Feb. 17 in Stockholm, Sweden at The Globe. He’ll later visit 14 additional cities across Europe, including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Oslo, Copenhagen and others before heading to North America on Tuesday April 25 in Vancouver British Columbia. The Canadian’s North American tour will consists of an additional 25 cities, including Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle and more. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the “Starboy Legend of the Fall World Tour” will support The Weeknd’s forthcoming album “Starboy”, which is scheduled to be released on Nov. 25 via XO/Republic Records. Citi card member presales begins today through Citi’s  Private Pass Program. Fans can visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com for details regarding presales. Tickets for both the European and North American dates go on sale Friday at http://www.livenation.com. Lifelong TLC fans will be happy to know that they’ll finally get an opportunity to hear the new music T Boz and Chilly have been working on. The group has released two singles from their forthcoming comeback album via iTunes Japan exclusively. Both tracks sound like a more modern version of the sound that pushed barriers in 1990’s and early 2000s. The first single, titled “Joyride”, is a lively, breezy anthem meant to celebrate the good times the ladies have had over the years. Meanwhile, “Haters” is an up beat Pop/R&B number meant to address certain issues, including bullying across social media. While no release date for the album has been confirmed, the group’s manager, Bill Diggins, told Paste Magazine that 15 songs have been completed thus far. In early 2015, TLC asked fans to help fund their album through a Kickstarter campaign, which was hugely successful. The group raised over $400,000 with the help of 4,000 backers. Congratulations ladies. Glad to see you back on the scene.  Halloween may be officially over, but rapper Desiigner, along with King Savage get into the spooky spirit in the visual for the single “Zombie Walk.” In the nearly nine minute clip directed by Grant Curatola, Desiigner and King Savage turn into extras from “The Walking Dead” after a house party in the middle of the forest goes awry. The duo also gets the animated zombie treatment via Pixel Pirate Studios. “Zombie Walk” appeared on Desiigner’s mixtape “New English”, which was released in June via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Records. In just three short years, business management major turned producer Metro Boomin has become one of the most in demand producers in hip hop. Following his work with Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman and Young Scooter, his first breakthrough came via producing the remix for Future’s single “Karate Chop”, featuring Lil Wayne. The song went on to enter the Hot 100 at No. 82 in April  2013. The young prodigy’s career behind the boards took off shortly thereafter, as he’s since gone on to produce hits for Drake, Kanye West, Travi$ Scott and Lil Uzi Vert, ensuring that he lands more hits on the Billboard hot 100. His latest project, “Savage Mode”, is currently climbing the Billboard charts and shows no signs of slowing down. Without question, there’s more to come.