Morning Music Notes – Backtracking On Your Past
Psy Apologies for Prior Anti-American Comments, Then Plays at White House
If you were to ask Psy in 2004, when he was saying lyrics such as “Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives”, if he thought he’d have a billion YouTube views and be playing in Washington for the President of the United States in 2012, he’d probably respond “What the fuck is YouTube?” But immediately after that, he would definitely not see Washington in his future. The big story that emerged over the weekend is Psy sang a few anti-American songs at rallies in South Korea back in 2002 and 2004 (via Digital Music News).
The lyrics are:
“Kill those f—ing Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f—ing Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
Psy would’ve liked that little incident to stay buried. His handlers are saying the lyrics were lost in translation. Were they about loving puppies and messed up entirely?! The singer naturally issued an apology to Americans and American soldiers, which still hasn’t won him back all of his fans. Psy performed as scheduled last night at the Christmas concert, alongside President Obama, host Conan O’Brien, Diana Ross, and others.
Notorious B.I.G.’s Autopsy Revealed to Public Despite No Warning to His Family
Biggie was tragically gunned down in 1997. The Los Angeles police released the autopsy this weekend of Chris “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, who was shot 4 times in March 1997. Apparently it was released early due to an “administrative error” (via Guardian). I won’t link to you to the autopsy sketch, but it shows where the bullets entered and travelled through Biggie’s body.
“Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family (Friday) night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release” said LAPD’s homicide officer, Billy Hayes. “Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case.”
Hologram Tupac is a suspect, right?
Album Sales in the U.S. Down ‘Only’ 4%
As piracy runs rampant, some Americans are still legally purchasing albums. Early figures for 2012 from Neilsen Soundscan show that album sales have dropped yet again, but only by 4% from 2011, and less than that when compared to 2010 (via Digital Music News). Digital music downloads for single tracks (not albums) went up once again, up 6% from 2011. So everyone – stop making albums, and just release the odd, single track and the music industry will be saved.
This is Creepy: Buy the Album John Lennon Signed for Killer Mark David Chapman
Mark David Chapman gunned down John Lennon 32 years ago this past weekend. As you may know, Mark David Chapman had met Lennon earlier in the day and even got him to sign his Double Fantasy album. The album was found outside Lennon’s apartment, auctioned off in 1999, and is now being sold by the company Moments in Time. Just in time for Christmas, too!
Watch Gwen Stefani Join Gavin Rossdale for Glycerine
Despite running a primarily indie music blog, I still have a soft spot for 90s music. Bush (who are still around) played at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles. Singer Gavin Rossdale met his wife, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani, there 17 years ago (via Rolling Stone). Gwen suggested that she join Bush for the song Glycerine, and Gavin was all for it. Check out a fan-video of the 90s track below.
Bush and Gwen Stefani – Glycerine (Live)