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Music News Week in Review: May 12 Edition

It’s been a few weeks since we posted a music news “week in review;” this feature basically covers music news headlines we find interesting and worth your attention, but not necessarily significant enough for their own posts. In other words—drivel. Something to wake up to while drinking your orange juice on a Saturday morning. :)

Anyhow, here’s some stuff you might find interesting about the past week.

 

LAWSUITS, AND MORE LAWSUITS

A number of musician types got slapped with lawsuits recently; several of them made the headlines this week, and they range from the rather unfortunate to the seemingly ridiculous:

  • Madonna is being sued for her use of the letter “M.” (Really?) Apparently she’s using a font of the letter “M” as a logo on her new Truth or Dare perfume line that some artist in Australia says he designed and has been using on his own clothing line for a number of years now. (oookayyy…)
  • Beyonce is getting slapped with a $100 million lawsuit over allegedly pulling out of a deal with Gate Five, a video game company that was to develop a new game featuring Beyonce. Her people say the paperwork wasn’t finalized; their people say they had to let 70 employees go because of it. We’ll see.
  • And here’s perhaps the most unfortunate: The Beastie Boys, still reeling from the loss of Adam “MCA” Yauch to cancer last week, is getting sued for copyright infringement on samples that appeared on music released over 20 years ago. The plaintiff (record label Tuf America) actually filed the suit the day before Yauch’s passing, so some of it is just bad timing. But the thing is, the records in question (Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique) were released before the copyright laws on the use of samples were tightened, which means Tuf America is trying to get money for samples that weren’t necessarily illegal when they were used, but would be illegal today. This essentially moves the lawsuit from the status of bad timing to simply bad taste.

 

ZOOEY DESCHANEL TO CHANNEL LORETTA LYNN

Apparently, it pays to be both an actress and a singer—especially if your voice has a retro quality to it. Zooey Deschanel (star of the Fox sitcom New Girl, and the “she” in the indie band She & Him) has been tapped by Loretta Lynn herself to play part of the country music legend in a new Broadway adaptation of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Lynn made the announcement during a performance this week at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, then called Deschanel onto the stage to sing a duet with her. Pretty classy way to break the news, if you ask me. Would you pay to see Deschanel play Loretta Lynn? I would…

 

CBGB REINCARNATION?

CBGB, a punk rock club in New York City legendary for helping launch the careers of The Ramones, Blondie and The Talking Heads (among others), closed its doors in 2006. This past week, it was announced that a group of investors has purchased the CBGB name and are planning to revive it as a brand—starting with a CBGB Music Festival in multiple venues in New York in July. The inaugural festival is expected to last four days starting July 5, and will feature around 300 different acts.

Finished with your orange juice yet? Good. Have a great weekend!


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About the Author

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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