Wo(man) Down:

Per backlash from an article comment by Dutch fashion magazine Jackie‘s editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke referring to Rihanna as a ‘n****r b***h’, Hoeke issued her resignation today, claiming her “credibility has been hurt” and the comment was meant to be a joke (via the BBC). 23-year-old Rihanna responding earlier in the week via Twitter: “@evajackie, I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights!,” typed the singer. “I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! Instead, u paid to print one [article] degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world!” The tweets appear to have been deleted since. But once on the internet, always on the internet.

Fight For Your Right To Y.M.C.A.:

All industry eyes are on a legal battle between principle Village People songwriter Victor Willis – a.k.a. the cop and naval officer – and the publishing company that owns the rights to the group’s songs, the New York Times reports. Leading up to the 35-year copyright reversion clause set in 1978, that is about to set a bomb off between artists who had hits in the 70s and said artists’ rights to reclaim full ownership of their songs, Willis is after 32 cuts that he claims he penned, “Y.M.C.A.” of course being one of them. What everyone’s eyes are on, is how the Songwriters Guild of America is defending Willis against the publishers tricky’ “termination rights” argument that revoke the clause if an artist signed a contract ambiguously, i.e. a “work for hire.” While the Songwriters Guild is explaining that it’s a bunch of bullshit, rather publishers’ attempts to take advantage of the costly proceedings of legal battles and delay decisions. Which would be clutch for the rest of the 70s songwriting elite and their attempts to do the same thing come 2013. Macho man on Willis.


Also in once on the internet, always on the internet news, the culprit responsible for leaking Madonna‘s “Give Me All Your Love” from her yet untitled forthcoming 2012 LP, has been arrested in Spain. Dubbed the “Madonnaleaks” investigation by press, Madonna was naturally pissed, Reuters reports, yet hasn’t appeared to make like Ryan Adams and make the situation as dramatic as possible, rather quickly charging the 31-year-old man from Zaragoza, a big Madonna fan according to Spanish police, with the leak and moving on. Should be interesting to see what kind of charges were made, internet piracy-wise.

The Label-less:

Sites like Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Topspin are the new underground for artists looking launch their work into the world sans a proper industry courtship, as one of our Top 100 Albums of 2011 shortlist alum, Youth Lagoon, did initially with the bedroom pop landscapes of The Year of Hibernation. Though traversing said sites can be daunting. NPR’s Bruce Warren has a fine best-of 2011 list going, with the help of a few blogs, of which ya’ll should dig on like a veritable digital record bin.


Police swarmed John W. Gacy Jr.’s house on this day in 1978 in the west Chicago suburbs unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that he later would be convicted of murder for. Sufjan Stevens wrote a song about it 27 years later on his concept album, Illinois, eerily finger-plucking away several creepy yet wistful reminders of one of America’s most infamous serial killers, singing “He put a cloth on their lips/Quiet hands, quiet kiss on the mouth,” alluding to Gacy’s weapon of choice: chloroform.