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June 11, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A Hollywood Municipal Court judge on Monday recalled an arrest warrant for Robert Pilatus, former member of the disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli, after Pilatus' attorney said his client had left a North Hollywood rehabilitation center only to check into another, authorities said. On Wednesday, Pilatus, 31, walked out the back door of Cri-Help, where he had been staying after pleading no contest to charges stemming from three assaults last winter, authorities said.
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February 11, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Strutting the stage in her white tuxedo jacket, shorts and sparkling top hat, Taylor Swift opened Sunday's Grammy Awards with a live performance of her current hit, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. " Inside Staples Center, the singer's performance earned loud applause. But to the Twitterverse watching at home, the pop and country superstar sang a little bit flat. Swift was dancing in the footsteps of countless artists who have performed live at music's biggest night.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1990
I didn't know that rock stars could sync so low. ANGIE PAPADAKIS Rancho Palos Verdes
SPORTS
October 24, 2009
Now I know why the Dodgers chose to hold their champagne bash after winning the division title, instead of waiting until they achieved something more meaningful. They must have had a gut reaction that this would be their only chance to indulge. Good call, Dodgers. I would really like to root for the Dodgers again, because I've been mad at them since the days of Fred Claire and Kevin Malone and some of their ridiculous trades. At the present time, I can't, however. When Manny's gone, I'll belong!
BUSINESS
August 29, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A circuit court judge in Chicago granted preliminary approval Wednesday to an unprecedented settlement that may resolve 20 class-action fraud lawsuits filed against Milli Vanilli's record company. The settlement was approved by Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas O'Brien, who rejected an Aug. 12 proposal by Arista Records and its parent company, Bertelsmann Music Group, because it required consumers to buy more products to get a refund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1996
Robert Pilatus, onetime member of the disgraced, dreadlocked music duo Milli Vanilli, was arrested Sunday morning in Hollywood on suspicion of attempted auto burglary and threatening harm to the car's owner and his family. Los Angeles police said Pilatus, 31, was taken into custody after being struck in the head with a baseball bat by the owner of a car Pilatus allegedly attempted to burglarize.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT
Growing up black in Germany was often an ego-crushing experience for singer Rob Pilatus, half of Milli Vanilli, the red-hot, European dance-soul duo whose first two singles have been Top 5 hits in the United States. "Imagine being black without a black community--anywhere," said Pilatus, 23, who was raised in Munich and retains a heavy German accent. "If you're grown, (the lack of roots) doesn't matter so much. But when you're young, you need something to identify with and I didn't have it.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1990
Regarding the articles in Calendar on the Milli Vanilli lip-syncing scandal: In this "turn out the videos and hope for a hit record" era, two untalented clowns cheat their way to a Grammy. I don't know who is more shameful--Milli Vanilli or the Grammy committee that votes for junk like this. ERIC BROWN Woodland Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1990 | JEFF MEYER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Radio stations declared themselves "Milli Vanilli Free" and former fans signed petitions denouncing the pop duo Friday after it was learned they didn't really sing on their hit 1988 debut album. "People are mad," said disc jockey Paul J. Roberts of WQQK-FM in Nashville, Tenn. "After we made the announcement we took 120 calls in about an hour and 40 minutes."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
There will be no 1989 Grammy for best new artist. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' board of trustees has voted to leave the Grammy--which was stripped from Milli Vanilli frontmen Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan--unawarded rather than give it to the act that received the second-highest vote total.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Gabriela Montero says she and the other members of the Obama inauguration quartet were not trying to fool anybody by having recorded music played in the biting cold. Shaken by comparisons to lip-syncers Milli Vanilli, the pianist insists she and fellow musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Anthony McGill "did the right thing." "We decided that it would have been a disaster if we went out there with that cold, with the wind, and played our instruments out of tune," the Venezuelan American pianist said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Boston.
SPORTS
June 9, 2007
$2,300 is almost half of what I paid for my first new car, a Corvette. $2,300 is about 5% of what it once cost me to buy a nice house in Laguna Beach, which later belonged to my first ex-wife. According to the Internet, I could fly around the world today for about half that much. So now I'm supposed to pay $2,300 to sit and watch the Lakers get trounced by Phoenix? Jim Buss must be trying to surround himself with his intellectual peers, who are the only people (except for Nicholson)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2007
IT'S surprising to me that a man of Robert Hilburn's judgment should buy into the alleged genius of Clive Davis ["Hands On, Hands Off," Jan. 14]. Yes, Bruce Springsteen, doubtlessly the most important pop-music figure since the Beatles, was signed to Columbia Records by Davis, but it was the important talent scout John Hammond who brought him to the label. Yes, Davis has picked significant material for several important pop artists, but this is forgetting that managers and record producers in many cases had an important say in suggesting material for these artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
POP/ROCK Morvan Mourns Milli Vanilli Partner: Fabrice Morvan said Monday that the death of his former Milli Vanilli lip-syncing partner Rob Pilatus in a German hotel last week is causing him "tremendous pain and sorrow." Pilatus, 33, reportedly died Thursday in Frankfurt, apparently after consuming pills and alcohol. (German authorities investigating the death said Monday that they had found no evidence of suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rob Pilatus, a former model whose career with the pop music duo Milli Vanilli crashed in disgrace and drug addiction after it was revealed that the group lip-synched its songs, has died, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday. He was 32. Pilatus was alone when he died in a Frankfurt hotel room late Thursday after consuming alcohol and pills, the newspaper reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1998 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's tough to think of a fallen pop idol facing a more challenging road to return than Fabrice Morvan, one-half of the disgraced duo Milli Vanilli. Morvan and partner Rob Pilatus secured their pop infamy when they were found to be lip-syncing during their concerts--and to have sung not a note on their hit 1989 album "Girl You Know It's True." Yet less than a decade after giving back his Grammy for best new artist, Morvan has come back to the stage.
NEWS
September 25, 1997 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the tiny space of a Hollywood cantina where he has come to perform, Fabrice Morvan executes a bouncy spin that looks familiar. But where there once were famously false long braids, now there are natural waves. The stylized costume he used to wear has been replaced by a casual shirt and baggy pants, and the relentlessly orchestrated production that was a trademark has been stripped to the basics: an acoustic guitar and a voice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
She has never released a record or performed in concert, but everybody in the music business is talking about an 18-year-old singer named Gina Longo. Longo, whose stage name is simply Gina, is at the center of the latest controversy surrounding Death Row Records, whose owner Marion "Suge" Knight is in County Jail for possible probation violations.
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