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"American Idol" Sued Over Musicians' Royalties

June 13, 2008 2:55 PM ET

Even in the off-season, American Idol manages to stir up controversy as the musicians' union filed a lawsuit against the show, claiming the musicians in the AI band were underpaid. The American Federation of Musicians says the hit Fox show violated a collective bargaining agreement by failing to pay musicians royalties for rebroadcasts of episodes. In 2007, the show started using musicians to re-record new music for season highlights, a move that the union was also not informed of. A rep from American Idol has not commented on the suit yet.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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