Gretchen Wilson Sued by Black Crowes

July 31, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

Being sued for copyright infringement can’t be good for your career. Unfortunately, for country singer, Gretchen Wilson, the Black Crowes have filed suit against her for just that reason.

The Crowes allege that the chorus to Wilson’s single, “Work Hard, Play Harder” is an obvious rip off. A representative from the Black Crowes was quoted saying, “We find the musical verses of Wilson’s song to be such an obvious example of copyright infringement that I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation.”

The law suit also names TNT and Sony BMG, claiming that by using Wilson’s song in a promotional campaign for the TNT series, Saving Grace, the Crowes’ debut single “Jealous Again” was “wrongfully exploited.”

The melody and arrangement of both songs do sound very similar. Similar enough to warrant filing suit? Check out both videos and see what you think:
Gretchen Wilson - “Work Hard, Play Harder”

Black Crowes - “Jealous Again”

Alicia Keys Teams to Team Up With Jack White for New James Bond Theme

July 29, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

Well, it’s official. Someone has been selected to do the theme for the next James Bond movie. After rumors that it was supposed to be Amy Winehouse, and then the speculated Winehouse was being replaced byLeona Lewis we find none of it to be true.

Rolling Stone reported  songstress Alicia Keys and rocker Jack White will be teaming up to sing the theme to Quantum of Solace. That could be a really cool collaboration and obviously those working on the Bond movie soundtrack agree, selecting the Keys/White duo over Winehouse, Duffy, and Lewis.

The soundtrack is not due until October, but I can’t wait to hear the Alicia Keys and Jack White together. This has the has the markings of critical acclaim all over it.

Image via Newscom

Tokio Hotel “Monsoon”

July 28, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

After much blogospher buzz, the German band, Tokio Hotel, has begun to grow on me. Check ‘em out in this video single “Monsoon” from their debut album Scream. The end where, they’re playing on the white stage with the huge speakers reminds me of the U2 “Vertigo” video. I’m just sayin’.

Tokio Hotel begins touring next month. See the website for more information.

Up-And-Coming: Lykke Li

July 28, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

I have to thank my friend Jacob Nicolas for introducing me to Lykke Li a while back. I checked out the video and put her on my list of artists to watch.

Sure enough, shortly thereafter, Lykke Li was burning up the blogosphere as a breaking independent Swedish pop-rocker. With a light, almost ethereal but powerful voice, quirky dance moves, and infectious spunky tunes, it was impossible not to like Lykki Li. From humble indie all-star videos in a bathroom Lykke Li’s “I’m Good I’m Gone” became an underground hit.

Lykke Li’s album, Youth Novels is available now. She is scheduled to tour in the fall, check out her website for more information.

Danity Kane “Bad Girl”

July 25, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

A good old fashioned girl group, that’s what Danity Kane is. Check out the video for the group’s latest single “Bad Girl.” It’s a fun, sexy, egotistical Bad Girl anthem and the video is like something out of a graphic novella; total music lover’s junk food. The kids are going to eat this up.


How Miley Cyrus Can Make the Teen Transition Graciously

July 25, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

The Vanity Fair photos were a disaster; not because anything was wrong with them, but because people were too busy being prudish to see what Miley Cyrus was trying to do.

For child stars, growing up is tricky business. According to NY Daily music critic Jim Farber, there are a few strategic moves that would help usher Miley Cyrus into a more mature image in the eyes of her public. Farber’s suggestions are very good, if Cyrus’ PR people are smart, they’ll try to utilize a couple of them.

Take a small part in a serious indie flick:

Lindsay tried to do this by both acting and singing in Robert Altman’s film version of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Landing the part even put her in savvy proximity to Ms. Respectability herself, Meryl Streep. The problem? The movie was a total turnoff to anyone under 40. What Miley needs is a part in an indie flick that also has youth appeal. Nothing too tawdry, mind you, but it should have some edge and/or quirks. Think: “Juno II.”

Record a duet with a respected country star:

Sure, she could go for an R&B act, but too many of them seem manufactured. Or she could try a rock band, but they can be too skeevy. Country stars, on the other hand, always have solid musical chops and clean images that aren’t too squeaky. Lately, both Jewel and Jessica Simpson have gone country to try to gussy up their images. An ideal hookup for Miley would be with the super-hot Nashville babe Carrie Underwood. Call her people - today.

Author a slim volume of poetry:

This isn’t as hard as it sounds. Jewel did it. And so did Suzanne Somers, and neither one of them is exactly Shakespeare. Better, the copy doesn’t even have to rhyme. It just has to be “sensitive.”

Align yourself with a high-profile - but not too depressing - charity:

Diseases can be such a downer, but aiding starving children, or rescuing animals, is always a smart bet. Here, a more recent Madonna example would be worth following. Of course, she’s got Malawi cornered, while Oprah has already laid claim to South Africa. My suggestion: Get out there and start helping either kids - or wildlife - in some other African nation before they’re all taken.

Date a famous young guy who’s already considered at least semiserious:

Be careful. He can’t be too old for you (meaning over 22). And he can’t be aligned with anybody already. The last thing you want to be known as is a home-wrecker. One ideal choice: a Jonas Brother. They’re already on your label. And they’re sort of respected - at least by the standards of teen pop. Also they’re Mormons. Which makes them both safe and serious. Best of all, since there are three of them, you’re sure to bag one. [source]

Queen Emily Fulfills Her Life Long on Dream America’s Got Talent

July 24, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

I’m not a huge fan of America’s Got Talent but I happened to catch it the other day and was really touched by the story of Emily David (aka “Queen Emily”). She’s a 40-year-old single mother whose dream has always been to be a professional vocalist, now that her children are all grown up, she is pursuing her dream.

Queen Emily had a voice like butter and made singing Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” seem effortless. The judges were blown away, called her a class act and told her she was moving on to the finals.

Check out her performance on the July 22 episode of America’s Got Talent to find out why she’s quickly becoming a fan favorite.

What’s New In Music?

July 24, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

Top of the Charts

Thanks to nearly 200,000 digital sales, Katy Perry maintains her Hot 100 crown for the fifth week in a row. In fact the ladies are making a pretty strong show on the Hot 100 with Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” hanging on to the No. 2 spot, “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis is in at No. 6 and Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine at No. 7.

Not only does Rihanna have two songs in the to 20 on the Hot 100 - “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia” at No. 15 - she is only female artist with an album in the Billboard 200 top ten. Katy Perry’s One of the Boys slid two spots from 12-15, while Leona Lewis’ Spririt and Duffy’s Rockferry come in at 21 and 25 respectively.

News Bites

Fall looks like it’s shaping out to be a great season for new music with Pink scheduled to release a new album October 28th and Jessica Simpson planning to release her debut country album, “Do You Know,” September 9.

I had never heard of Norwegian punk rocker, Ida Maria before she was featured on today’s Hype Monitor at the Rolling Stone Breaking Blog. Her voice has a husky tightness and the single “Oh My God” is unusually acerbic for a Scandinavian artist.

As music evolves, the genres tend to fuse together, with each generation exhibiting their appreciation for a broader spectrum of musical aesthetics. That’s why I like the Diplo/Santagold cover of the Clash’s “Guns of BK.” Santagold’s voice is a little scratchy but the Diplo dub sound give it an epic esoteric feeling. Listen to it here.[source]

Courtney Love Sued Over Nirvana Profits

July 23, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

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Courtney Love was sued for allegedly failing to pay a management firm its share of the proceeds from the sale of part of the Nirvana catalogue.

According to the suit, filed Tuesday, July 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Love made and oral agreement with Los Angeles based London Co. and owes the management company a 5% share of her reported $19.5 million in profits.

Love’s attorney made a statement claiming to be aware of the discrepancy between Love and London Co.; he has not however, seen the lawsuit.

MTV Lets the Fans Nominate their Favorite Videos for VMAs

July 22, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are quickly approaching and this year, MTV is letting the fans select the nominees!

Are awards all about hype? Are album sales and Billboard charts a true reflection of the year’s the best, most popular artists? This year’s viewer’s choice VMAs give you a chance to test this very theory. While the general public will not be deciding who wins for most of the awards, MTV is allowing folks like you and me make the nominations for eight of the most important categories: Best Male Video, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best New Artist, Best Dancing In A Video, Best Rock Video and Video Of The Year.

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The voting for Best Male Video and Best Female Video are already open and two new categories will be open on Fridays during FNMTV and on the VMA website, leading up to the show. The schedule is as follows:

Best Male Video opens for voting
Best Female Video opens for voting

July 25-30:
Best Pop Video opens for voting
Best Hip-Hop Video opens for voting

August 1-6:
Best New Artist opens for voting
Best Dancing In A Video opens for voting

August 8-13:
Best Rock Video opens for voting
Video Of The Year opens for voting


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