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50 Cent ordered to pay

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Federal court records show that rapper 50 Cent has been ordered to pay a Bradenton, Fla., earphone manufacturer more than $16 million in connection with a failed partnership to produce the entertainer’s line of headphones.

The Bradenton Herald reports that 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, was ordered to pay Sleek Audio nearly $4.5 million in attorney fees and $11.7 million in damages.

Records allege that Jackson, a Sleek partner, stole the designs of over-the-ear headphones that he asked the company to conceptualize and manufacture.

Billboard nods

Newcomers Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders at next month’s Billboard Music Awards.

The breakthrough acts are finalists in 12 categories, thanks to Lorde’s hit “Royals” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” Those smashes are nominated for top Hot 100 song against Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”

Imagine Dragons is also up for top artist and will battle Cyrus, Perry, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, who is nominated for 11 awards.

Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” will compete against efforts from Beyoncé, Eminem, Drake and Luke Bryan for top Billboard 200 album.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live May 18 on ABC

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Max von Sydow is 85. Sportscaster John Madden is 78. Actor Steven Seagal is 63. Actor Peter MacNicol is 60. Singer-producer Babyface is 56. Musician Brian Setzer is 55. Singer-actress Mandy Moore is 30. Actor Barkhad Abdi is 29. Actor Haley Joel Osment is 26.

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