Morning Music Notes – Even The Dead Are Dying
The Hologram of Dead Tupac Is Now Dead
Dr. Dre caused a stir at Coachella this year, when Dr. Dre brought Tupac back to life in hologram form. And as he rose, he will fall and seemingly never exist again – the company behind the hologram Tupac has filed for bankruptcy (via Consequence of Sound). The company, Digital Domain Media Group, was around for 20 years and also did special effects for movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Titanic. And here I thought that Titanic was filmed using actual footage from 1912. I guess this means no holograms of Elvis, Freddie Mercury, and John Lennon. Any one else not sad about this?
Woman Beater Chris Brown Gets Tattoo of Beaten Woman
The headline for this story would be poetic if it didn’t involve beating women and woman beater, Chris Brown. The douche bag that is Chris Brown showed up with a fresh new tattoo – on his neck – of what appears to be what Rihanna looked like after he Mike Tyson’ed her while they were dating. WHY?????????????? It’s not exactly a badge of honour. And it won’t exactly endure you to future women who are begging to be the next one beaten by you – or will it?
Chris Brown’s rep has denied the tattoo is of a beaten woman, although it looks eerily like one. “His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw,” Brown’s rep told TMZ. “It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported,” (via MTV). It should be noted that Chris Brown’s rep is Stevie Wonder, and hasn’t actually seen the tattoo.
No Surprises Here – Muse Call Lawsuit ‘Complete Nonsense’
When in the history of law has a defendant said “You know what – your lawsuit makes a helluva lot of sense!” Even OJ Simpson didn’t say that, despite mountains of evidence. Yesterday, we noted that Warner Music are being sued for Muse allegedly ripping off their Exogenesis trio of songs. Muse have released a statement, noting “The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied. It appears to be based on a ‘screenplay’ which the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of. It speaks volumes that the album in question was released a full three years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations,” (via MTV).
Ah, the olde, classic denial of “we don’t know you.” Yup, that hurts.
No Surprises Here Part 2 – Coldplay Re-enters Album Charts After Paralympics Gig
Coldplay played at the Paralympic Closing Ceremonies on Sunday night, bringing along special guests Jay-Z and Rihanna for some songs. Did the exposure help their album sales? OF COURSE IT DID. And actually, a little better than I would’ve expected. According to the UK Official Charts Company, all five of their studio albums are in the top 100 albums, and nine of their songs are in the top 200 singles charts (via Telegraph). Their highest charting song is Princess of China, the song featuring Rihanna, which is at number 29. Just what the band needs – more exposure.
Listen! Ultraista – Smalltalk (Four Tet remix)
The London trio of Laura Bettison, Joey Waronker, and Nigel Godrich are Ultraista, and are about to release their debut album. Joey and Nigel have a secondary gig in Atoms for Peace, with Nigel producing Radiohead albums with exceptional skill. We’ve heard the original Smalltalk, but now listen to the equally good remix by Four Tet, ahead of Ultraista’s album release date on October 2.