*After winning one copyright-related lawsuit, rapper Rick Ross has just filed one of his own.
Rozay is going after the duo LMFAO over their monster 2010 hit “Party Rock Anthem,” which uses the hook “everyday I’m shufflin’” – a play on Rick Ross’ 2006 single ‘Hustlin” and it’s central line “everyday I’m hustlin’”.
*LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, has been crowned Billboard’s 2011 song of the summer.
The hi-energy dance track tops this year’s Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart, which ranks the most popular songs based on cumulative performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 from Memorial Day through Labor Day (specifically, the charts dated June 11 through Sept. 17, 2011).
“We created a tool for people to use to get hyped up at their party, on their boat, at the club, at the gym, etc. People love it… it feels amazing!” the group’s Redfoo told Billboard exclusively upon hearing the news. “Because of how hard we worked on mixing the record and the dedication that went into the video, it was clear from the beginning that our goal was to take the party rock sound to number one.”
Redfoo, a.k.a. Stefan Kendal Gordy, is the eighth and youngest son of Motown founder Berry Gordy with mother Nancy Leiviska, a music video director and writer. His LMFAO partner SkyBlu, a.k.a. Skyler Gordy, is Redfoo’s nephew.
*While Berry Gordy helped to define a generation with the Motown Sound, his offspring – youngest son Stefan Kendal Gordy and grandson Skyler Husten Gordy of LMFAO – are hoping to provide the definitive party soundtrack for their generation.
Stefan, a.k.a. Redfoo, is Gordy’s eighth and youngest son with mother Nancy Leiviska, a music video director and writer. Skyler, a.k.a. SkyBlu, is Redfoo’s nephew.
The 2011 Capitol Record Summertime Ball held at the Wembley Arena. (June 12, 2011)
Last month the duo released their second album “Sorry for Party Rocking,” a follow up to 2009’s debut, “Party Rock,” which featured the Sunshine State anthem “I’m in Miami Trick,” the “Jersey Shore” theme song “Get Crazy,” and laid the groundwork for the group’s wild-eyed persona.
That, and a trip to Miami in 2007.
“We went to Miami and we just discovered the party life,” said Redfoo, 35. “For a week we went there, for the Winter Music Conference, and we saw a whole new life. People was partying, they was having a drink or two and they would go all night. And the energy drink had just come out at this time, and we just felt good. We said, “This is it. This is our life.” We had been searching. We were doing extra work, improv, stand-up comedy. But then when we saw that, we said, “That’s it, baby,” because we know how to party. We just perfected the craft.”
LMFAO's pop/grandpop Berry Gordy
LMFAO (text talk for “Laughing My F***king Ass Off”), released “Party Rock Anthem” in January, their biggest hit to date, due in part to its high-energy “shuffle” dance. The song has a breakdown that turns Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’” chorus into “Everyday I’m Shufflin’.”
“You know we’re walking down the street before that song and they used to say, ‘Oh look, there goes Sideshow Bob!’ Or [for SkyBlu], ‘There goes Slash. And now it’s, ‘Everyday I’m shufflin’!’ And it’s a thing where it’s finally good to be recognized for who you is in the biz.”
Their latest single, “Champagne Showers,” is an ode to the club practice of popping shaken bottles of the bubbly and spraying it over the crowd. “It’s amazing because you’re wet, but it tastes good, and you drink it off you because you don’t have a lot of money, and the girl’s licking it off, too, and you say, ‘This is not so bad,’” said Redfoo. [Scroll down to watch the video.]
In the bonus audio below, we had to ask them what Berry Gordy thinks of their musical shenanigans.
*Two sons and one grandson of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy have set a new family milestone, as three generations of the musical clan have now appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, notes Reuters.
It all began in 1984, when Kennedy Gordy, the fifth of Gordy’s eight children, charted as Rockwell with an ode to paranoia, “Somebody’s Watching Me.” That Motown single (which also featured the voices of brothers Michael and Jermaine Jackson) peaked at No. 2 in March 1984.
Meanwhile, the current No. 3 song in the country is “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock. LMFAO (the duo behind “I’m In Miami B****”) is made up of Redfoo and SkyBlu. Redfoo is Berry Gordy’s youngest son, Stefan Kendal Gordy.
LMFAO’s Red Foo (Stefan Kendal Gordy) and, SkyBlu (Skyler Husten Gordy) at the 2011 Capitol Record Summertime Ball held at the Wembley Arena in London (June 12, 2011)
If “Party Rock Anthem” manages to knock off Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and prevent Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” from moving into the pole position, Stefan will have trumped his brother by one chart placing.
There’s more to this family affair: SkyBlu is Skyler Husten Gordy, Berry’s grandson and Stefan’s nephew. That makes for three generations of Gordys who have charted on the Hot 100 (with Berry charting as a writer and producer). That’s not a first, but it is a rarity.
The Gordy trifecta was preceded by the Wilsons – father Murry, sons Brian, Carl and Dennis of the Beach Boys and grandchildren Carnie and Wendy of Wilson Phillips. Murry was also a writer/producer, with Hot 100 credit for writing the Beach Boys’ 1969 single “Break Away” with Brian.
Across multiple charts, the Winans are also a three-generation musical family, starting with David and Delores Winans, who charted on Top Gospel Albums in 1990 as “Mom and Pop Winans.” They have 10 children, including charted artists Marvin, Carvin, Michael, Ronald, BeBe, Cece, Angie and Debbie. Grandchildren Michael Jr., Marvin Jr., Carvin Jr. and Juan have charted as Winans Phase2. (Mario Winans has also charted; he is the son of Vickie Winans, who was married to Marvin Winans).