Morning Soul: After All This Time, My Heart Still Feels Pain

  • Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love, stars of Oscar hopeful 20 Feet From Stardom, will sing the national anthem at the 2014 Rose Parade. [VLTR]
  • The IRS slammed MC Hammer with a $798,000 tax lien but currently doesn't face jail time since his earnings "go(es) to the U.S. treasury to pay off his bill." [TMZ]
  • Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and Billy Joel were named Kennedy Center honorees during a ceremony that will air on December 29th. [NYDN]
  • A judge refused to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jay Z, saying the rapper will face further investigation into charges he swiped the hook for "Big Pimpin'" from an Egyptian song. [THR]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White defended Robin Thicke against charges he borrowed "Blurred Lines" from Marvin Gaye, adding "it's bringing in a wave if good soul music."  [BB]

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