As is our custom, we’ve scoured the interwebs just for you to find music news stories from the past week that you might have missed, but are worth a Saturday morning read. We then work our magic to combine these stories into our amazing weekly Music News Week in Review feature.
Actually, it’s not all that dramatic. Anyhow, here are a few of the more interesting headlines from this week. You’re welcome.
ERYKAH BADU VS. THE FLAMING LIPS: THE CASE OF THE MISSING CLOTHING
So, here’s the story, as best we can tell from all the buzz: 1) Erykah Badu (and her sister) agree to be in the Flaming Lips’ new video “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” 2) In the course of shooting the video, both ladies manage to get filmed without being properly clothed. 3) The Flaming Lips release the NSFW video, which goes viral. 4) Erykah Badu goes off on Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips via a Twitter rant for posting an “unapproved” version of the video, claiming she was misled and betrayed. The gist of the looong Twitter rant was, “I still sort of like you, but you’re an a**hole.” 5) Said video is removed, and a formal apology is issued by Coyne for mistakenly releasing an “unedited,” “unapproved” video.
Interestingly, all the negative attention has gone to Coyne and his band for the apparent irresponsible use of the footage (and certainly that argument has merit). But just as interestingly, Badu has managed to spin this so that no one is asking what the CRAP she and her sis were doing with their clothes off in the first place. Moral of the story: if you don’t want to appear naked on a video (accidentally or otherwise), keep your friggin’ drawers on during the shoot. It’s really that simple: just say no.
LAST.FM SECURITY BREACH?
If you’re a subscriber to Last.fm, the website has a message for you: change your password. Immediately.
The music-related site, which tracks all the listening activity of its users in order to recommend new music, issued a statement this week that they were investigating a possible leak of user passwords, an indication that the site may have been hacked. “As a precautionary measure, we’re asking all our users to change their passwords immediately,” says the statement. Last.fm indicates their investigation is ongoing to “get to the bottom of this,” and have certainly acted quickly to try and protect their user’s information. However, given the privacy controversies surrounding larger social sites like Facebook, this event is certain to add fuel to the already growing debate about the question of allowing social networks to retrieve private information, and how secure that information is once it is on their databases.
ROBIN GIBB LAID TO REST
On a more serious note, on June 8, hundreds of people lined the streets of the small town of Thame, Oxfordshire to pay their respects to the late Robin Gibb, who died of cancer on May 20. The Bee Gees singer’s coffin was conveyed through town via a horse-drawn carriage, with a bagpiper leading the procession, to St. Mary’s Church, where a private funeral was held. A public memorial service for Gibb is also planned for September in London.
That’s it for this week’s edition. Enjoy your weekend!