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  1. #151

    Re: Weird Al

    i don't know but there's a lot of news on his site...

    especially about the fact that all his songs are available on iTunes:

    Do you hate owning CDs? Are they just too round and three-dimensional for you? Well, good news! Al's complete catalog is now available for the first time ever as digital downloads exclusively at iTunes! That's right, every last stinking one of Al's albums can now be downloaded (LEGALLY, you hooligans!!) right to your computer. How about that.
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  2. #152
    Since Al news seems to come s..l...o...w...l...y these days:


    Holy cow... really? You mean the entire 13-episode run of Al's 1997-98 CBS Saturday Morning kids' show, in a spiffy DVD package with commentaries and junk?? Yes, that's exactly what we mean. The good folks at Shout! Factory will be releasing it later this year... stay tuned!

    I have few memories of that show, and most of what I do recall were related to Harvey the WH or videos of his songs that had not yet been made into videos. Odd... but very Al-esque.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  3. #153
    Al's been working on 10 new songs for the upcoming album.

    Has anybody heard this yet???
    No matter how I die, even if there is a suicide note; it was murder. Cheers!

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  5. #155
    My wife said he was on that Extreme Makeover show last weekend. I was wondering if he had a new album coming out or something.
    Yo momma. That's right, I said "yo momma".

  6. #156
    Quote Originally Posted by scruffziller
    Al's been working on 10 new songs for the upcoming album.

    Has anybody heard this yet???
    There could be a new Al/Coolio type feud between he and James Blount. Blount's label doesn't want him to release "You're Pitiful" while James said it's fine. So Al put it as a downloadable song online.

    BTW, Vegas has 3-1 odds on a Weird Al/James Blount celebrity boxing match.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  7. #157
    That's a bit too easy for Al. James Blunt's already pititful, so it's too obvious.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  8. #158
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter
    That's a bit too easy for Al. James Blunt's already pititful, so it's too obvious.
    And "Ricky," "Like a Surgeon," or "I Lost on Jeopardy" weren't? Occam's Razor, my friends, Occam's Razor.

    BTW, I agree about Mr. Blunt's pitifulity.
    "That's what Sheev said."

  9. #159
    Quote Originally Posted by Bel-Cam Jos

    BTW, I agree about Mr. Blunt's pitifulity.
    Actually Blunt is not to blame at all. Blunt has no problem with him releasing the song. It's the suits at the label to blame. Read below.

    In a career spanning more than 25 years, pop-music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic hasn't exactly ranked among the music business' fiercest iconoclasts: He doesn't release his song parodies without the consent of the artists being parodied, and he's rarely used the Internet as more than a tool to promote his projects and connect with his fans. But a music label's efforts to block a (relatively tame) parody of James Blunt's ubiquitous hit "You're Beautiful" has Yankovic fighting back publicly, and using his Web site as a tool to do so.

    According to Yankovic, Blunt himself gave his blessing to a song called "You're Pitiful" (audio), which was to appear on Yankovic's now-finished but as-yet-unreleased new album. But after Yankovic finished recording the parody, Atlantic Records, Blunt's label, told Yankovic that he couldn't release "You're Pitiful." Though Yankovic has encountered resistance from artists before -- after a miscommunication involving permissions, Coolio publicly objected to a released parody of "Gangsta's Paradise," while Prince has always turned down Yankovic's requests to parody his hits -- he says this is the first time a label has stepped in to squash the release of one of his parodies. (Quoth an Atlantic representative: "We have no comment on this matter.")

    So how, exactly, does a music label have a say in whether one of its artists can be parodied?

    "The legality in this case is somewhat moot," Yankovic writes when contacted via e-mail. "James Blunt could still let me put it on my album if he really wanted to, but he obviously doesn't want to alienate his own record company... and my label could release the parody without Atlantic's blessing, but they don't really want to go to war with another label over this. So really, it's more of a political matter than a legal matter."

    Of course, it's not hard to circulate a song these days, and Yankovic has helped that process along by making an MP3 of the track available for free download on his Web site. It may not appear on Yankovic's new album, but "You're Pitiful" will still swirl around in cyberspace long after Blunt's original recedes from memory.

    "I have a long-standing history of respecting artists' wishes," Yankovic writes. "So if James Blunt himself were objecting, I wouldn't even offer my parody for free on my Web site. But since it's a bunch of suits -- who are actually going against their own artist's wishes -- I have absolutely no problem with it."
    No matter how I die, even if there is a suicide note; it was murder. Cheers!

  10. #160
    No, when I said Blunt was pitiful, I was referring to the fact that he's whiny and annoying. I'd rather listen to my own feet in a trash compactor than his music.
    Tommy, close your eyes.


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