News: "Watch The Throne" Album Sample Lawsuit Gets Royally Settled

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 6:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap duo Jay-Z and Kanye West can breathe a sigh of relief with new reports claiming their fall 2011 "The Joy" Watch the Throne lawsuit has been dismissed, saving them from a nasty legal trial.

While details are still scarce, The Throne recently came to terms with music veteran Syl Johnson.

Jay-Z and Kanye West have to be feeling a little more joyful than usual -- because the hit-making duo has settled a federal lawsuit over their song "The Joy" ... TMZ has learned. But in legal docs filed in Illinois federal court this week, the lawsuit was dismissed because the two sides reached a settlement ... though no further details were made available. Johnson is no stranger to copyright infringement cases; he's previously sued Michael Jackson, Jefferson Airplane and Cypress Hill. (TMZ)

The copyright infringement case became public knowledge last fall when Johnson sought legal action.

The Throne was sued last October by Syl Johnson for using an unauthorized sample of his song "Different Strokes." Johnson claimed Yeezy attempted to get the song cleared for his solo album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but couldn't get it done in time. Still, somehow the song then appeared on his collaborative set with Jay, Watch the Throne, prompting Johnson to file a lawsuit. (XXL Mag)

In related Watch the Throne-related news, Jay and Yeezy recently had one of their music video's Mercedes Maybach vehicles auctioned off.

What has surely become one of the most memorable music video vehicles, the recent announcement that Jay-Z and Kanye West's chopped up "Otis" Maybach would be auctioned off has culminated today with the news that the car has fetched $60,000 last week as a part of the New York Contemporary Art Evening. The car, which normally is priced at $100,000 - $150,000, sold to its winning bidder in just under five minutes. Despite the video footage of the Watch the Throne duo cruising in it, the Maybach was sold as a work of art as opposed to an operational vehicle. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Save the Children's efforts to feed and support children in Africa. (Hype Beast)

To date, their new joint album has sold over 1.3 million copies.

Grammy-winning duo Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne moved up 11 slots to No. 27 with 15,100. After 30 weeks of going strong, their joint record has sold 1,364,000 pieces. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

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