Chinese Democracy is now listenable at YouTube, album out November 23.
Bono looked a lot younger back in 1982, but the lyrics are timeless:
And so we are told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s day
New chapters of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” are now out, and they are at IFC.com, of all places.
The multilingual Avril Lavigne has been sued for allegedly ripping off a 70s band. The handy song comparison is at YouTube.
Similar as these may be, pop songs sound alike all the time. Whether this meets the legal standard of “substantially similar” I can’t say.
More info here.
Lavigne’s Vancouver-based manager, Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, claims the suit “has no basis. There’s nothing similar (between the two songs),” he says. “Our musicologist says there is no similarities of melody, choral progression or meter.”
McBride, however, may settle the suit out of court if the costs of defending the case start to prove too high. He says, “You are forced to consider doing this because American lawyers can do these cases on contingency. If I defend and win, it costs me $300,000 U.S. If I go to get my costs back, the other party declares bankruptcy. You end up footing the bill.”
McBride adds, “Avril has insurance that covers off these sort of suits that are so prevalent in this business.”
So the lawsuit is probably not going to end up in court.
According to the official web site, you can watch the Live Earth concerts on MSN. Here’s a list of artists playing the various concerts, the first of which is being held in Australia and actually begins at 9pm east coast time in the US tonight.
I am most interested to see Metallica’s performance from London. They apparently have some new material — hopefully it’s different from St. Anger — that they have been performing at concerts the last few months. Some of it has been showing up on YouTube.
And in conclusion, go and save the environment, won’t you?