In October of 2007, Mark Ronson released a cover of the Zutons’ “Valerie” as the third single from his second album, Version. Amy Winehouse, who provided vocals for the track, is credited as a featured act. Defund non-singing producers.

The original version “Valerie,” released in the summer of 2006, is a bluesy rock song that cracked the top 10 in the UK and gained a fan in Ms. Winehouse, who wasn’t particularly keen on current music. When asked to contribute to Mark’s project, which would only consist of “soulful-ish” covers of rock songs, she chose the Zutons hit, and the rest is history.

Amy’s cover of “Valerie” would become her last big hit, peaking at No. 2 on the UK charts and in the top five throughout Europe. It would become her final major hit. A slower, jazzier verssion of her cover was made, and that version cracked the top 40 in the UK.

The music video for the “Valerie” cover does not feature Amy, but she performed it live multiple times, including at the Brit Awards in 2008.

In a new lawsuit filed early today, a woman named Joie Dickerson-Neal is accusing Diddy of drugging her, sexually assaulting her, and recording said assault without her knowledge. The incident is said to have happened on January 3, 1991, when she was a college student at Syracuse University.

The plaintiff says she had reluctantly gone to dinner with the music mogul (born Sean Combs) and had left her drink unattended with him and later took a hit of a blunt after he pressured her. She claims he sexually assaulted her later that night and couldn’t defend herself because she had been drugged.

Days after the alleged assault, a friend of hers, DeVanté Swing (one quarter of Jodeci), told her he and others had seen a sex tape featuring her and Diddy, and that he was scared to speak out because his group — which was still months away from the release of their debut album — was signed Uptown Records, where Diddy was a talent director at the time.

Joie Dickerson-Neal said the incident led to her being admitted to a hospital for severe depression and suicidal ideation, and she eventually dropped out of college. She later worked in the music industry, but left it after Diddy’s rise to fame.

In addition to Diddy, the suit names Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy Records and Combs Enterprises as defendants. It accuses Diddy of assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sex trafficking and revenge porn.

Dickerson-Neal says Cassie’s lawsuit is what moved her to file a lawsuit of her own. It come just one day before the New York Adult Survivors Act expires. The law opened a one-year lookback window that allowed survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were over the age of 18 to sue their abusers regardless of when the abuse occurred.

In response to the suit, an attorney for Diddy said, “This last-minute lawsuit is an example of how a well-intentioned law can be turned on its head. Ms. Dickerson’s 32-year-old story is made up and not credible. Mr. Combs never assaulted her, and she implicates companies that did not exist. This is purely a money grab and nothing more.”

A woman identified as Jane Doe is accusing Jamie Foxx of sexual assault in a new lawsuit. She claims the incident took place on the rooftop at Catch NYC in August 2015.

The accuser said she and a friend took a photo with Jamie, after which he pulled her to the back area of the rooftop and put his hands under her top to rub her breasts. She also claims he put his hands down her pants and put his fingers on and in her vagina and anus.

According to TMZ, the accuser said there were witnesses (including a security guard), but they all chose to walk away.

The accuser claims she was injured and had to undergo medical treatment. She also says she suffered emotional distress.

In addition to Jamie Foxx, the suit names Catch and its employees. The accuser is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

In a summons filed earlier today in New York, Jimmy Iovine is being accused of sexual misconduct and abuse. The accuser, identified as Jane Doe, says the Interscope Records co-founder “sexually abused, forcibly touched, and subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation” in August 2007.

The summons is a precursor to a forthcoming lawsuit, which will be for assault, battery, and violations of the Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Act and the New York City Human Right Law.

I truly cannot go for that.

According to reports, there’s so much bad blood between Hall & Oates that Daryl Hall has filed a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order against John Oates.

(Sidebar: Hall is 6’1” while Oates is 5’4”.)

The details of the lawsuit, which was filed last Thursday, are unknown because it is sealed. However, it has been categorized as a “contract/debt” dispute.

The restraining order goes into effect on November 30.

The 2024 Grammy nominations were announced earlier today and SZA leads the pack with nine nods this year. Victoria Monet, Phoebe Bridgers and Serban Ghenea are tied in the runner-up spot with seven nominations each. One of Victoria Monet’s nominations is shared with her two-year-old daughter, #HazelMonet, who is now the youngest Grammy nominee ever.

Jon Batiste, SZA, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo and Miley Cyrus were all nominated for Album of theYear, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on February 4, 2024 from the Arena in Los Angeles.

According US Weekly, Keke Palmer filed a temporary restraining order against the father of her child, Darius Jackson, earlier today. In the filing, she says that he has been physically abusive towards her throughout their two-year relationship, which she says ended last month primarily due to the physical and emotional abuse she endured.

The filing describes a November 5 incident where he came into her home without her knowledge before, in her own words, “lunging for my neck, striking me, throwing me over the couch and stealing my phone.” She also accuses him of destroying her property (including her diary and glasses); throwing her stuff into the street; throwing her car keys to prevent her from leaving; “spewing profanities” about her to their eight-month-old son, Leodis Jackson; hitting her in front of their son; and threatening to “kill himself with a gun” if she leaves him.

In addition to the restraining order, Keke is filing for sole custody of her son.

All of this comes just months after the couple made headlines when Darius publicly took issue with Keke’s outfit at an Usher concert, after which they both unfollowed each other. It was assumed they split, but they went live on Instagram together on Keke’s 30th birthday in August (where he referred to her as his “partner in crime”), leading people to believe they had reconciled.

Since the news of the filings broke, Darius has tweeted a pic of himself with he and Keke’s son, ending it with “see you soon.” An hour after that tweet, his brother, actor Sarunas J. Jackson, made and quickly deleted a tweet that said, in part, “The most disgusting, vile, abusive, manipulative person I have EVER encountered in my entire life.” He also adds, “Y’all will see.”

It’s a Thursday in November, so this week’s TBT feels particularly appropriate.

This month in 1997, Wyclef Jean released “Gone Till November” as the third single from his solo debut album, The Carnival. Writing and produced solely by the rapper/singer, the song features the New York Philharmonic, whose strings lift the chorus all the way to heaven.

“Gone Till November” is written from the perspective of a man who get locked up while trying to make money the fast way, and has now to explain to his lady that he’ll be gone for a while. The album version of the song, which features rapped verses, is by far the superior version, but most people will probaby be more familiar with the single version, which is sung from top to bottom and has much softer bass line.

The remix of “Gone Till November” features R. Kelly, Canibus and an uncredited and a not-yet-famous Beyoncé. R. Kelly doesn’t appear in the video for the remix, but Canibus and Destiny’s Child are in it (as is legendary radio host Big Boy). The music video for the original, shot at LAX, features a cameo by Bob Dylan, who is named in the second verse when Wyclef references “Knockin’on Heaven’s Door.”

“Gone Till November” remains one of Wyclef’s biggest hits as a solo artst — its by far the biggest among all songs where he is credited as a lead artist. The song peaked at No. 7 in the US and No. 3 in the UK.