*Jay Z has managed to meet the royal family, dodge a lawsuit and set his first fight card – all within 24 hours.
Manhattan federal Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit by NY-based record label TufAmerica Inc. against Hov and his entertainment company alleging that the rap mogul and other industry honchos illegally sampled a late 1960s funk tune without permission for the track “Run This Town.”
Kaplan, in his 15-page ruling, said Jay Z, his company Roc Nation, WB Music Group and others didn’t infringe on the 1969 song “Hook & Sling” when it used a sample of the single-syllable lyric “oh” for the 2009 Jay Z hit that also features Rihanna and Kanye West.
“The word in question — ‘oh’ — is quite common,” Kaplan wrote, according to Page Six. “It appears only once, if it appears at all.”
“The court concludes that … the relevant works bear no substantial similarity to one another,” Kaplan said. “It would be impermissible to conclude that defendants are liable in this case.”
“Run This Town” was released on a track for Jay Z’s albums “The Blueprint 3” and “The Hits Collection Volume One” and as part of a popular music video. The suit sought a court order blocking the defendants from “any further distribution or exploitation” of the song.
Also on Tuesday, Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports cemented its entrance into boxing promotion with the announcement of three cards to be televised on Fox Sports 1, with the first card of the series — given the name “throne boxing” by Jay Z — set for Jan. 9 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“All of us at Roc Nation Sports are thrilled to announce our first boxing event along with our first series and television deal,” said David Itskowitch, the chief operating officer of Roc Nation Sports’ boxing division. “An evening of exciting fights, great music and fantastic entertainment will be a fitting way to kick off Throne Boxing, a series that will stand alone on the boxing landscape.”
Welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will fight Tommy Rainone in the featured bout of Roc Nation Sports’ first boxing card, to be held on Jan. 9.
The card will be headlined by welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C., squaring off with Long Island’s Tommy Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs), of Plainview, New York, in a scheduled 10-round bout. The rest of the card has not been announced.
In addition to the fights on Jan. 9, of which $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Center, Roc Nation Sports said there will also be live performances by Roc Nation artists still to be announced.
“Madison Square Garden is looking forward to teaming up with Roc Nation for their first-ever boxing event,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president of MSG Sports. “The Theater at Madison Square Garden provides a great setting for fans to watch boxing and entertainment all under one roof.”