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Artists pay tribute to Alex Chilton at SXSW; Lady Gaga responds to lawsuit

Alex ChiltonAlex Chilton was remembered at SXSW in Austin on Saturday. (Image from Sound on Sound)

By Ally Schweitzer

- Musicians paid tribute to rocker Alex Chilton this Saturday at SXSW, taking over the time slot originally slated for his band, Big Star, before he died of a heart attack on Wednesday. The remaining members of Big Star played a set of their best-loved songs alongside a slew of guests including M. Ward, the Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Chuck Prophet, Evan Dando, the Watson Twins, John Doe and Sondre Lerche. Chilton's publicist Heather West read a letter from his wife Laura that described Chilton's recent years in New Orleans as "simple and relaxed," but as ever before, centered on listening to and enjoying a range of music.

- Lady Gaga is responding to the lawsuit filed against her by ex-boyfriend and producer Rub Fusari. The pop star's lawsuit contends that the contract she signed with Fusari was "an unlawful arrangement" that took advantage of a naive and inexperienced singer. Gaga's suit calls for Fusari's case to be thrown out and demands that he pay damages for leading her into a "predatory and financially abusive" agreement.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 22, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click , SXSW  | Tags: Alex Chilton, Lady Gaga  
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