Universal Records: Listen up, execs, because this affects you. Universal is selling DRM-free music. For all that is lucrative and tasteless, we cannot allow this to continue. If Universal makes a dollar on the idea that listeners should do what they want with what they buy, other companies may follow. And if consumers don’t have security-compromising DRM software on their computers, how will W32.Deletemusic be able to get in and delete all their music (thus forcing them to buy more music)?
Al Sharpton: Our country’s loudest advocate of black people stuff is back, and this time he’s fighting words… with words. Al’s scorn is upon the words “Nigga,” “Bitch,” and “Ho.” Al is proposing an official moratorium on the words to replace their current system of control, which is based mainly on white guilt and spell check. In a completely out-of-context statement, Dr. Dre said that some of these words will be easier to subvert than others. “Bitches ain’t shit” Dre remarked, “But hos…” The gangsta rap community, whom the moratorium is passive-aggressively targeted at, seems to be taking it in stride. And since they’re not actually trying to curb misogyny, violence, or self-degrading profanity, I think it’s fair to say it won’t cause too many ripples even if it isn’t ignored.
Bayside: You may know them as that one band whose drummer died, or you may know them… well, okay you probably just know them by the dead drummer. But take it easy on them, their drummer died. Anyways, Dead-drummer band Bayside recently began a fee-based fansite. The yearly fee will allow fans access to all the dead drummer news and message boards they could ever want. If you’re really a fan, or if you’re really sorry about their dead drummer, you’ll fork up the thirty bucks. And if you’re thinking that Bayside has made efforts to capitalize on the tragic death of their drummer, shame on you. Their drummer is dead, show some pity (in money form please).
50 Cent: The vitamin-water magnate/movie star/target dummy is having a hell of a week. He kicked it off by announcing that he would stop making solo albums if he didn’t outsell Kanye on the day their albums both drop. Now, they’re apparently going to debate on television. I think 50 cent should debate himself on whether or not George Bush is a cool guy, since he’s taken both sides in the past. Either way, 50’s resolve appears to be failing after the leak of his new video on YouTube prompted him to storm into Interscope headquarters and throw a very un-gangsta tantrum. Yeah, nobody was injured, 50 just threw his phone and shouted that they were ruining his image. Judy Garland staged nastier outbursts.