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Music News Week In Review: June 30 Edition

Aaand it’s that time again. Time to shine a Saturday morning light on music news headlines you might have missed that may or may not be worth your attention, but nonetheless, here they are. If this were a newspaper, you could wrap your fish in it, but since its online, we hope you’ll just read it.

 

ADELE SAYS SHE’S PREGNANT WITH FIRST CHILD

The nagging question, “What is Adele up to during her musical hiatus?” has been answered. Adele announced on her blog this week that she and boyfriend Simon Konecki are expecting their first child together. “Obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time,” she wrote to fans. Meanwhile, her album 21 continues to coast comfortably in the Billboard 200 Top Ten, having sold a whopping 9 million copies to date—so Konecki probably doesn’t have to worry about getting that second job to support the baby.

 

FLAMING LIPS VS. ERYKAH BADU: THE SAGA CONTINUES

We talked about this before, but apparently the story is not over. Here’s the scenario as we know it:

  1. Off-center rock band Flaming Lips does music video.
  2. Rock band invites female musical artist Erykah Badu to be in video, along with her sister.
  3. Female musical artist and sister remove clothing for video.
  4. Rock band releases video.
  5. Female musical artist gets pissed at rock band because video was allegedly released without her approval of final edit. Rants online at frontman Wayne Coyne.
  6. Rock band removes video and apologizes.

Now, apparently, we’re at number 7:

  1. Rock band says, “Fine. We’ll just get another girl willing to get naked for the video.”

To be specific, MTV reports this week that the band is in discussions to re-shoot the controversial scenes with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, as well as have Palmer re-record the parts Badu sang. (“The same Amanda Palmer who just raised over $1 million on Kickstarter for her album?” you ask. “Yes, that one,” we reply.)

In unrelated news about the Flaming Lips, this week the band broke the Guinness World Record for the most live shows played in a 24-hour period, performing 8 different times in that time frame. Jay-Z previously held the record with seven shows. (Let’s hope Jack White doesn’t hear about this and try to shatter the record with a bajillion one-note gigs or something.)

 

THE BLACK KEYS DON’T WANT TO SELL PIZZA. OR POWER TOOLS. OR HAVE THEIR MUSIC PLAYED WITHOUT PERMISSION.

Last week, rock duo The Black Keys filed two copyright lawsuits in federal court—one against Pizza Hut for misusing elements of their song “Lonely Boy” in a commercial, and one against Home Depot for misusing “Gold On the Ceiling” in a similar manner. The band is asking for $75,000 for each of the two violations, plus a barring of the two companies from using the songs in the future. How the songs made their way into these commercials is a mystery, since we would assume both corporations know better. Perhaps they thought nobody would notice the presence of a top-selling Black Keys hit in their commercial?

That’s it for this week’s music news edition. Stay safe!

 


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on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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