We've all thought about sampling the audio from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, but Beyonce finally did it on the song XO from her "Surprise, my new album drops right now on ITunes!" NASA officials stepped in after the family members of the fallen astronauts became aware of the song, saying the event "should never be trivialised."
Beyonce said XO is about a failing relationship and making sure you take the time to appreciate what you have in the moment because life changes. You know...I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance. Garth's back y'all! Kanye West took the heat of boo when he claimed to better then the NASA program and most galaxies.
Katy Perry is an outed Sara Bareilles fan according to her twitter. Roar and Brave are essentially the same song. They have the same backbeat and tune for vocals, and a prepared piano track poppin' on the four count, which in itself is a ripoff of Jay Z's Hard Knock Life and many other hip hop songs of that era. The songs even have the same message about being strong and hangin' tuff (you gotta be). Finally, both are also nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance. Maybe they can share it? Maybe John Mayer will get confused and his head will explode. According to press reports, Perry and Bareilles are besties and don't care about this hullabaloo.
Robin Skouteris took a shot at merging Miley's Wrecking Ball with O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U and totally wrecked it (in a good way.) It's called Nothing Compares to Wrecking Ball. I knew these two could get along. I thought we might have to involve Prince, who included Nothing Compares 2 U as part of his set at Paisley Park this past Saturday.
Brand Mash Up!Nirvana in a Cup! Dairy Queen presents Cobain, Grohl, and Novoselic. The promotion for the 20th anniversary of In Utero: Super Deluxe is getting out of hand, and very similar to the Mr. Misty/Mr. Mister campaign disaster from the mid eighties. They're also offering Nirvana Blizzards with pieces of flannel and chocolate rain.
Depeche Mode seemed like an unlikely choice bringing its Delta Machine tour to the random Minnesota State Fair Grandstand lineup in 2013. Health-conscious Dave Gahan was seen walking the fairgrounds preaching "Curds are very unnecessary. They can only do harm." Just kidding. He's not health-conscious.
Miley Cyrus went cray cray at the 2013 MTV VMAs and Robin Thicke dressed up like Beetlejuice. Why didn't they cover Harry Belafonte? Oh well, at least they freaked out the squares and made Drake sad. This enhanced photo tells the story. Don't overlook Winona Ryder in the crowd.
Alan Thicke (Show me that smile again) must have been blastin' the BBD in the early nineties because his boy Robin Thicke straight up jacked the chorus of Bell Biv Devoe's Poison for his song Blurred Lines. Now ya know. Spiderman and Freeze in full effect. Also, Marvin Gaye's son is pretty upset that it sounds a lot like his daddy's Got to Give it Up. If only Marvin was still here (cue Nightshift by The Commodores) and we could have Marvin Gaye and Alan Thicke duke it out.
DJ Starski made a cool mash up you can preview and purchase here.
I think Lady Gaga is paying homage to Madonna in this one since it's so close in the verse and chorus. Don't be a drag, just lift a catchy melody from the queen of pop. Born This Way is the title track from Gaga's 2011 album, and Express Yourself was released on Madonna's Like A Prayer in 1989. Madonna supports the song and is not lawyering up. However, Gaga is facing other plagiarism allegations from production duo E-Tribe who claim the song is a ripoff to a track called Be Happy, which they wrote for pop group SNSD.
Crikey! In June 2009, Larrikin Music sued Men At Work for copyright infringement, alleging that part of the flute riff of "Down Under" was copied from a children's rhyme "Kookaburra", written by Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides competition in 1935. The counsel for the band's record label and publishing company claimed that, based on the agreement under which the song was written, the copyright was actually held by the Girl Guides Association. Justice Jacobson ruled that the copyright had been infringed because "Down Under" used "a substantial part" of Kookaburra, and handed down a decision that Larrikin receive 5% of royalties from 2002. That's a lot of Vegemite sandwiches!