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Music News Week in Review: May 19 Edition

In the music industry, this week’s news was obviously dominated by reports about the passing of music legend Donna Summer, after a battle with cancer that many people didn’t even realize she was fighting. However, there were a few other items of moderate interest in music news this week, none of which are probably worth their own separate blog post, but taken together might make for interesting Saturday morning reading. But of course, you can be the judge of that….

 

JACK WHITE’S TICKED OFF AT GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS SNUB—SO HE TRIES FOR A NEW ONE

Apparently, Jack White isn’t satisfied with a top-charting record and all the positive publicity he’s been getting. He wants a world-record nod, too—and he’s pissed he didn’t get it. In 2007, Jack’s band at the time, The White Stripes, played what he claims is the world’s shortest gig, consisting of one note. While the Guinness Book of World Records did publish the feat in their 2009 edition, they removed the entry in subsequent editions, telling NME recently that it provoked a slew of acts attempting to “break” the record in ways that were difficult to measure. In their words, “The nature of competing to make something the ‘shortest’ by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out.” (They say “trivialises” instead of “trivializes,” ‘cuz they’re British and all.)

Anyhow, White doesn’t like it, and doesn’t think he’s got his due. So what’s his response? To try for another record. He announced this week that during his summer tour, he is going to attempt to break the record for most metaphors in a single show. Here’s an excerpt from the statement: “White and Third Man Records are certain that the extremely scientific and intricate analysis of the metaphors that occur will be examined in accordance with Guinness’ usually very thorough methods probably, or at the very least if somebody answers the phone at the pub.” Hmmm…way to score points, dude.

 

VAN HALEN MAY NOT BE “COMING BACK” AFTER ALL??

This week, rock band Van Halen unceremoniously axed over 30 scheduled tour dates in support of their “comeback” release A Different Kind of Truth. Specifically, all tour dates past June 26 have been removed from the band’s itinerary, with no explanation to the public as to the reason—although Rolling Stone reported rumors from unnamed sources that the band members are currently feuding. Perhaps it’s better sometimes if some bands don’t come back–or perhaps the guys just need to man up for the fans. At the very least, guys…what gives? Talk to us.

 

BONO IS NOW THE WORLD’S RICHEST ROCK STAR—OH, WAIT. NO, HE SAYS HE ISN’T…

Amid all the speculation (both financial and verbal) surrounding Facebook going public this week, numerous news sources have reported that Bono’s stake in the company (through his investment company Elevation Partners) would cause his wealth to surpass that of former Beatle Paul McCartney, making him the richest rock star on the planet after Facebook’s first day as a public offering. Bono, however, says it isn’t true. He told Andrea Mitchell on her MSNBC newscast that “contrary to reports, this boy is not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle.” He went on to say that while he does get a cut, Elevation is an investment of “other people’s money.” It remains to be seen whether anyone has actually done the math on this—much less if it actually matters which rock star has the biggest bankroll—but you know, it’s news. I guess.

 

That about covers it for this week. (Aren’t you glad you read down this far?) Have a terrific 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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