Category Archives: Music

Court Says Baby Can Bounce to ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ By Prince on YouTube (Watch)


*A YouTube video of a 13-month-old boy happily bouncing up and down to the Prince song, ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ while pushing his little Fisher-Price stroller has caused quite a stir with the Universal Music Group. Though the 30-second-video clip was uploaded by the child’s mom, Stephanie Lenz, in 2007, Universal demanded it be taken down — saying it infringed upon copyright rules. Apparently, they didn’t think the mother had an inkling about ‘fair use’ and used this argument to appeal the ruling.

A court has cleared the way for her Appeal to move forward.

Intellectual Property continues to be a prickly situation because of its intangible nature. And usage of such properties on the Internet seems to have only exacerbated the problem.  Universal Music had demanded YouTube take the video down (they did for a while) and cited copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Continue reading

San Francisco’s Castro Theatre Offers Sing-A-Long Fun For Families


*I may be the only person alive who never understood the whole Rocky Horror Picture Show thing.

You’ve seen or read about these events. For decades now, rabid fans of the movie have been packing theaters around the world, dressed as their favorite characters from the movie, to enjoy a viewing experience that I’m told is quite interactive. To be frank, I never quite got why anyone would waste their time and money.  I was never even much of a Halloween person, so dressing up as a character to watch a movie seemed crazy.

As it turns out, Rocky Horror was just the wrong movie for me. I recently discovered San Francisco’s Castro Theatre’s sing-a-long lineup, and I took my eldest daughter, Janet, to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid. We had an absolute blast.  The theatre enjoyed five sold-out shows last weekend, quite a feat for a movie that’s over 25 years old and has seen at least three releases on home video formats dating back to the Laserdisc. Continue reading

Marina Abramovic Eats Crow and Apologizes to Jay-Z

Jay Z and artist Marina Abramovic
Jay Z and artist Marina Abramovic

*Well, well, well. 

How does someone who so blatantly comes out and publicly discredits a major star eat crow?

The same way we all do. The only difference is its going to be done out loud.

After publicly dissing hip-hop mogul and businessman Jay-Z in an interview with Spike magazine earlier this week, performance artist Marina Abramovic probably feels like a real fool. After all, “I’m sorry” will probably sound awfully weak to the ears of a man after you went out and told the world that he “used you” in a partnership that ended up being a “one-way transaction.”

Not to say your apology won’t be accepted.

Abramovic hooked up with Jay during his 2013 “Picasso Baby” art presentation when she allowed him to include an adaptation of her “The Artist Is Present” exhibition.

What she was set to get out of it was his support of her Marina Abramovic Institute. The problem is that the performance artist went public recently with claims that Jay never held up his part of the bargain.

What she didn’t know, and only learned recently, was that…

He actually did. Continue reading

Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number: Check Out 2-Year-Old South African DJ (Watch)


2-year-old Oratilwe Hlongwane, also known as DJ AJ to his fans, plays with a music system at his home in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
2-year-old Oratilwe Hlongwane, also known as DJ AJ to his fans, plays with a music system at his home in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

*He might not be able to form a coherent sentence yet, but boy can this toddler put together a beat! The boy knows his stuff. Adults didn’t think much of it when the little boy started playing around with the knobs and buttons of a sophisticated music system at first, but after a while, when they noticed him paying attention to song selections and boppin’ his head in rhythm to the base-heavy beats, they knew this was no fluke.

Now, Oratilwe Hlongwane is given much respect as “DJ AJ,” South Africa’s youngest disc jockey.

The DJ does his thing at shopping malls in and around Johannesburg, South Africa; where crowds gather to watch him; whipping out their cellphones to share his talent on social media – where he has become a phenomenon. Continue reading

Charlie Wilson Shows No Signs of Slowing Down in ‘Forever Charlie’ Tour (Video)


credit for the photo is Elpwe Ray / P Music Group
Charlie Wilson definitely felt the love. In this photo, he wants to hear it too! Photo credit: Elpwe Ray / P Music Group


*At some point during a Charlie Wilson show you will no doubt find yourself declaring, “Now this is what showmanship looks like!” And even days later, with the music still in your head, you will be like, “I want to do that again!” Wilson brought his ‘Forever Charlie’ tour to Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater for a 2-night engagement with romantic crooners Joe and KEM and folks are still talking about it

Showing no signs of weary, the 62-year-old former member of The Gap Band struts, jumps, sings and dances during his nearly two-hour performance. It was indeed a sight to behold.

This was a night for lovers. And it started with Joe, the handsome R&B/soul singer who made many women swoon with his hits ‘All the Things  (Your Man Won’t Do’) and ‘I Wanna Know.’ It’s been a while since audiences have seen the singer, and they let him know that he was missed. With no unnecessary flair cluttering his performance, this man, who released his 11th studio album in June of 2014, had the women eating out of his hands. Simply by being him.  Continue reading

Rappers Beware: Mac Phipps’ Rap Lyrics Was Used to Convict Him (Watch)

Mac Phipps

*I’m telling you, if you’re about that life, you might want to look at the case of rapper Mac Phillips, who was convicted of the 2001 murder of a concertgoer and is serving 30 years in prison as a result. Not that the prosecutor had any evidence of a forensic nature against him. No past criminal activity he could put on the rapper. Nuh uh, he went straight for the jugular.

In this case, his music.

Now McKinley “Mac” Phipps has a lot of time on his hands. As a resident at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Tammy Parish, Louisiana, he has plenty of opportunities to recall the words of his best-known song.

Murda, murda (murder, murder)

Kill, kill (kill, kill)

S**t’s real (s**t’s real)

On the battlefield (on the battlefield) Continue reading

Hall & Oates Tells Granola Company, Stop Profiting Off of ‘Haulin Oats’ Name, It Ain’t Yours!

Darryl Hall (L) and John Oates (R)
Darryl Hall (L) and John Oates (R)

Nope, they can’t go for that!

No matter how slick its worded, when the legendary blue-eyed soul duo, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates heard that an artisanal granola company from Brooklyn was calling one of their hipster-friendly products “Haulin’ Oats,” they proved the words of the 1982 mega-hit that was ‘I Can’t Go For That’ (No Can Do).

The legendary duo claim in their Brooklyn federal suit that Red Hook-based Early Bird is profiting off of the brand they built. “The name and mark Haulin’ Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks,” the suit states. Continue reading

Madonna Feels Ageism ‘Is Just Like Racism’ (Singer Says People Can ‘Discriminate’ & ‘Talk Sh*t’) Listen


*Sounds like music legend Madonna is starting to feel her age. Oh not in the way that she’s admitting to any aches and pains associated with getting older; but more like what it feels like to be treated as ‘less than’ or ‘not as good as,’ or ‘not holding the same value as.’ I mean, can you imagine someone referring to Madonna as an ‘old broad?’ She can’t! So she broached the topic of ageism in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and in doing so, compared it to racism and homophobia.

“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody and talk shit,” the 56-year-old pop singer said. “Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect, we still live in a very sexist society.”

Yep, for example, ‘sir’ doesn’t sound nearly as degrading as ‘ma’am.’  Continue reading