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By McClatchy News Service | November 18, 1991
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Yolo County District Attorney's Office settled a suit last week for $100,000 with the recording companies of the now infamous, lip-syncing pop-duo Milli Vanilli for unfair competition and false advertising.And it plans to use the cash to help reduce the county budget deficit.It was the first suit of its kind filed in California against those involved since it was revealed a year ago that Milli Vanilli did nothing more than dance in videos, lip-sync and pose for pictures for the platinum recording "Girl You Know It's True."
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | September 2, 2007
Neighbors danced in the street yesterday as the 2900 block of Presstman St. in Baltimore was renamed after a fellow west-sider who rose to become one of the most powerful executives in the music industry. Kevin Liles, executive vice president of Warner Music Group and former president of Def Jam Records, stood beside Mayor Sheila Dixon on a platform as a street sign was unveiled reading "Kevin Liles Drive." In an impassioned speech, Liles urged residents of his struggling neighborhood to take responsibility for themselves and their community, and not wait for the government to solve their problems.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Evening Sun Staff | December 27, 1991
MILLI Vanilli, the dreadlocked duo who lip-synced their way to stardom, is doing Carefree gum commercials that poke fun at their fraud.Kevin Liles is laughing, but not all the way to the bank.He's one of the five people who are credited with the hit song, "Girl You Know It's True," which propelled Milli Vanilli -- Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan -- to a Grammy Award and international fame. Meanwhile Liles and his band, the Numarks, lingered in anonymity."We started everything," said Liles. "Without 'Girl You Know It's True,' there wouldn't have been a Milli Vanilli or anything."
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By Thor Christensen and Thor Christensen,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 26, 2001
In 1990, after the vocal duo Milli Vanilli turned out to be nothing more than two mimes in spandex shorts, lip-syncing became the worst-kept secret in pop music. Lawsuits were filed. Legislation was proposed. And most experts predicted that within a few years, singers would stop lip-syncing onstage - or at least stop lying about it and proclaim it to be a valid part of their act. But today, the issue is no closer to being resolved than it was a decade ago. From Janet Jackson's current tour to the dubious "live" performance by Britney Spears on the recent MTV Video Music Awards, the slogan "Is it live or is it Memorex?"
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | September 2, 2007
Neighbors danced in the street yesterday as the 2900 block of Presstman St. in Baltimore was renamed after a fellow west-sider who rose to become one of the most powerful executives in the music industry. Kevin Liles, executive vice president of Warner Music Group and former president of Def Jam Records, stood beside Mayor Sheila Dixon on a platform as a street sign was unveiled reading "Kevin Liles Drive." In an impassioned speech, Liles urged residents of his struggling neighborhood to take responsibility for themselves and their community, and not wait for the government to solve their problems.
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By Thor Christensen and Thor Christensen,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | September 26, 2001
In 1990, after the vocal duo Milli Vanilli turned out to be nothing more than two mimes in spandex shorts, lip-syncing became the worst-kept secret in pop music. Lawsuits were filed. Legislation was proposed. And most experts predicted that within a few years, singers would stop lip-syncing onstage - or at least stop lying about it and proclaim it to be a valid part of their act. But today, the issue is no closer to being resolved than it was a decade ago. From Janet Jackson's current tour to the dubious "live" performance by Britney Spears on the recent MTV Video Music Awards, the slogan "Is it live or is it Memorex?"
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By SYLVIA BADGER | March 19, 1993
Boxes of actor-comedian Bill Cosby's old clothes and a mixed bag of his memorabilia raised nearly $3,300 at an auction Tuesday in Timonium. As auctioneer Richard Opfer slammed the gavel ending the sale, Cosby fans left with his old suits, framed posters and pictures, and even a pair of tennis shoes with gum rubber soles covered with metallic sprinkles.Camille, wife of the famous actor-comedian, retrieved the items from their basement and sent the boxes to Baltimore to help raise money for her close friend and Superior General of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Alice Chineworth.
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By Dan Rodricks | November 19, 1990
Pieces of column too short to use:` Through the years, Marylanders have learned to adapt to change. We learned to accept right-on-red. We faced up to emissions testing with courage. We stepped boldly into the Age of Call-Waiting. We elected William Donald Schafer twice to the highest office in the state. But now, the people of Maryland are facing a much larger choice, one that could profoundly affect the lives of each and every citizen. It is a question we must face with intelligence and confidence, a question we must answer before the arrival of the 21st Century: Are we going to be a one area code state or a two area code state?
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,Sun Staff | October 3, 1999
Has your biography aired on television yet? No? That's odd. Well, probably it will be on this season. Definitely no later than next season.Ridiculous, you say? There's hardly anything notable about little old you; nobody could possibly be interested in your story.If that's your view, you must not have cable. Surf the channels these days, and you can't help stumbling on a biography of somebody somewhere. At least a dozen cable networks broadcast biography shows, and more pop up all the time.
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By N.Y. Times News Service | December 5, 1990
NEW YORK -- The 1989 Grammy award for best new artist, which had been given to Milli Vanilli and which was rescinded last month when the pop duo admitted that it had not sung on its album or at concerts, will go to no one."The Grammy is not like an athletic competition," Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said yesterday in a telephone interview after the decision was announced."The voting is not intended to produce a rank result. Had Milli Vanilli been moved from the initial voting, the results for the other four acts would probably have been quite different."
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,Sun Staff | October 3, 1999
Has your biography aired on television yet? No? That's odd. Well, probably it will be on this season. Definitely no later than next season.Ridiculous, you say? There's hardly anything notable about little old you; nobody could possibly be interested in your story.If that's your view, you must not have cable. Surf the channels these days, and you can't help stumbling on a biography of somebody somewhere. At least a dozen cable networks broadcast biography shows, and more pop up all the time.
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By SYLVIA BADGER | March 19, 1993
Boxes of actor-comedian Bill Cosby's old clothes and a mixed bag of his memorabilia raised nearly $3,300 at an auction Tuesday in Timonium. As auctioneer Richard Opfer slammed the gavel ending the sale, Cosby fans left with his old suits, framed posters and pictures, and even a pair of tennis shoes with gum rubber soles covered with metallic sprinkles.Camille, wife of the famous actor-comedian, retrieved the items from their basement and sent the boxes to Baltimore to help raise money for her close friend and Superior General of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Sister Mary Alice Chineworth.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Evening Sun Staff | December 27, 1991
MILLI Vanilli, the dreadlocked duo who lip-synced their way to stardom, is doing Carefree gum commercials that poke fun at their fraud.Kevin Liles is laughing, but not all the way to the bank.He's one of the five people who are credited with the hit song, "Girl You Know It's True," which propelled Milli Vanilli -- Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan -- to a Grammy Award and international fame. Meanwhile Liles and his band, the Numarks, lingered in anonymity."We started everything," said Liles. "Without 'Girl You Know It's True,' there wouldn't have been a Milli Vanilli or anything."
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By McClatchy News Service | November 18, 1991
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Yolo County District Attorney's Office settled a suit last week for $100,000 with the recording companies of the now infamous, lip-syncing pop-duo Milli Vanilli for unfair competition and false advertising.And it plans to use the cash to help reduce the county budget deficit.It was the first suit of its kind filed in California against those involved since it was revealed a year ago that Milli Vanilli did nothing more than dance in videos, lip-sync and pose for pictures for the platinum recording "Girl You Know It's True."
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By N.Y. Times News Service | December 5, 1990
NEW YORK -- The 1989 Grammy award for best new artist, which had been given to Milli Vanilli and which was rescinded last month when the pop duo admitted that it had not sung on its album or at concerts, will go to no one."The Grammy is not like an athletic competition," Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said yesterday in a telephone interview after the decision was announced."The voting is not intended to produce a rank result. Had Milli Vanilli been moved from the initial voting, the results for the other four acts would probably have been quite different."
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By Dan Rodricks | November 19, 1990
Pieces of column too short to use:` Through the years, Marylanders have learned to adapt to change. We learned to accept right-on-red. We faced up to emissions testing with courage. We stepped boldly into the Age of Call-Waiting. We elected William Donald Schafer twice to the highest office in the state. But now, the people of Maryland are facing a much larger choice, one that could profoundly affect the lives of each and every citizen. It is a question we must face with intelligence and confidence, a question we must answer before the arrival of the 21st Century: Are we going to be a one area code state or a two area code state?
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By Chuck Philips and Chuck Philips,Los Angeles Times | November 19, 1990
MILLI VANILLI'S Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan intend to give back their 1989 best new artist Grammy to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at a press conference in Hollywood tomorrow."
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April 6, 1998
Rob Pilatus,32, a former model whose career as half the pop music duo Milli Vanilli crashed in disgrace and drug addiction after it was revealed that the group lip-synced its songs, is dead, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper in Hamburg, Germany, said yesterday.Mr. Pilatus died in a hotel room in Frankfurt, Germany, late Thursday after consuming alcohol and pills, the newspaper reported.Pub Date: 4/06/98
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By Chuck Philips and Chuck Philips,Los Angeles Times | November 19, 1990
MILLI VANILLI'S Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan intend to give back their 1989 best new artist Grammy to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at a press conference in Hollywood tomorrow."
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