Hey, Rush: There'll be no court fight over Hey Paula. Even though he's a Rush Limbaugh fan, songwriter Ray Hildebrand wasn't happy when the conservative talk show host changed the lyrics of his oldies hit to mock the dispute between Paula Corbin Jones and President Clinton. Hildebrand filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in October, but he dropped it Friday, saying he couldn't afford a long legal battle. Hildebrand said Limbaugh never asked permission to use Hey Paula, a song he wrote when he was one-half of the pop duo Paul & Paula. It was No. 1 on Billboard's pop chart for three weeks in 1963. Jones has accused Clinton of sexual harassment when he was Arkansas governor.
Oscars to honor Quincy Jones
Record producer Quincy Jones will be honored at the Oscars for his work with inner-city youths and African famine relief. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced Jones will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the March 27 ceremony in Los Angeles. "It is a very special feeling to know that the board of governors of the Academy feel that I have contributed in some small way, particularly when so many work so diligently to better our world," Jones said in a statement. He is the founder and chairman of the Listen Up Foundation, a non-profit group that motivates inner-city youths to get an education.
Pitt just out for a "good time'
What is Brad Pitt's ideal movie role? Pretty much what you'd expect from a guy named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. "Right now I'd like to play a guy who just wants to (make love to) everybody so I can have a damn good time," he told People in its Jan. 30 issue. The 31-year-old Pitt, who stars in the box-office hit Legends of the Fall, has dated such actors as Robin Givens and Juliette Lewis but he doesn't have a current leading lady, according to People. Says ex-manager Phil Lobel: "Brad has intense passion for women."
Ex-Beatle sues business manager
George Harrison is suing his longtime business manager for $25-million, accusing him of living the high life at the ex-Beatles' expense. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles claims Denis O'Brien "enriched himself and lived on a lavish scale at Harrison's expense, buying yachts and villas in various parts of the world, while Harrison suffered enormous losses." The suit said O'Brien subjected Harrison to "massive economic risks and losses" during their 20-year partnership. "They most certainly were friends," said Bertram Fields, Harrison's lawyer. "But most entertainers rely totally on their managers. They don't check up on them. They simply trust them, and that was the case here." O'Brien could not be reached for comment.
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TV Guide, the largest weekly magazine in the country, says it will raise its cover price by 10 cents in February because of rising expenses. The 11-percent increase will be effective with the Feb. 4 issue and raises the magazine's price to 99 cents. The decision was due in part to rising paper prices and postal expenses and other costs associated with improvements in the magazine, TV Guide said in a statement.
Conan O'Brien beat Tom Snyder in the first matchup of the late, late-night hosts. NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien averaged a 1.9 Nielsen rating and 9 percent audience share, while CBS' Late, Late Show With Tom Snyder had a 1.5 rating, 8 share in its premiere week. NBC said its research showed O'Brien's show winning in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Tampa, and tying in Miami and Minneapolis.
In an unusual move, PolyGram has bought out the remaining album Elton John owed on his MCA Records contract so that John can come over early to his new domestic home at PolyGram. PolyGram would not disclose how much they paid for the rest of John's MCA contract, but insiders say it was in the millions, with some additional future payments to MCA possible if the record becomes a big hit. The move paves the way for John and his manager, John Reid, to start a revitalized Rocket Records imprint at PolyGram with John's new album, Made in England, as the first release, but with three to five other artists on its roster as well.
A SOAP CELEBRATION: Three of the original cast members of the ABC daytime drama All My Children _ Ray McDonnell, left, Ruth Warrick, and Susan Lucci, second from right _ join creator Agnes Nixon, center, and producer Felicia Behr for the 25th anniversary party Friday night at The Pierre Hotel in New York.