It's all over between Hank Williams, Jr. and Monday Night Football. ESPN pulled his opening, which had been a staple of the show for twenty years, from Monday night's game after Williams made a statement that seemed to compare President Obama to Hitler. Now they've made it permanent, with each party saying they pulled the plug first. ESPN said they informed Williams of the cancellation while Williams said he was the one to end the relationship, saying ESPN "stepped on the toes of the First Amendment Freedom of Speech."
Speaking of things being over, Men at Work have lost their final appeal of the ruling that they stole the flute part from their hit Down Under from a 1930's Australian children's campfire song called Kookaburra Sits in an Old Gum Tree. The case has been moving up the courts for over a year.
The lawyer for the group called the decision disappointing.
A remastered version of Steve Perry's solo debut, Street Talk, will be released on November 1 both on CD and 180-gram virgin vinyl. Perry and engineer Robert Hadley meticulously worked on the album for the best sound. Perry said:
I started with a pristine 24bit/96khz transfer of the original stereo mix and went from there. We used Pro Tools to bring out some of the subtle frequencies and moments in the original mixes that, in the old world of live analog hands-on console mixing would get compromised. Now we can take our time and really make the original tracks shine. This hybrid of analog and digital is, in my opinion, the wave of the future. The vinyl pressings also sound fantastic! The RTI pressing plant really knows how to take the lacquers we created and press some amazing audiophile-quality vinyl. I truly feel like this is the way this album was supposed to sound!
Gloria Estefan is celebrating her first number 1 on the Dance/Club Play chart in just over 13 years. Wepa has moved quickly up the chart, making the final jump from 2 to 1 this week. It is her sixth chart topper with her last coming in 1998 with Oye.
In addition, the Bangles have their first album on the chart in 21 years with Sweetheart of the Sun.
In the U.K., the group Primal Scream say that they are "disgusted" by Home Secretary Theresa May's use of the group's song Rocks. As has happened on this side of the pond, the chosen song really wasn't appropriate for the politics for which it was being used.
The group released a statement saying "How inappropriate. Didn't they research the political history of our band? Hasn't she listened to the words? Does she even know what getting your rocks off means? No. She is a (Conservative) Tory; how could she? ... We would like to distance ourselves from this sick association. The Tories are waging a war on the disenfranchised. They are the enemy."
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