Houston, We Have A Music Business:
Hours into the wake of Whitney Houston‘s death, U.K. iTunes prices of the late singer’s albums jumped on Sunday from $7.85 to $12.50 on The Ultimate Collection comp and from $12.50 to $15.67 on The Greatest Hits collection, the New York Times reports. The immediate responsible party, Houston’s current imprint Sony Music, responded claiming “Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mispriced” in a recent apology, saying “When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologize for any offense caused.” Meanwhile a Guardian report is detailing the hike as a decision made by the label to raise the wholesale price it charges to digital retailers. Because that would make it more legit, right?
NYC’s flexing its arts arm again with a momentous eight-day run from German krautrock gods, Kraftwerk, as the city’s Museum of Modern Art prepares to support the band on a career-spanning eight-album run from April 10-17. That is, das Kraftwerk plays das albums in full, each consecutive das-ing day from 1974’s Autobahn through 2003’s Tour de France. Dubbed “Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8,” MoMA promises “each evening consists of a live performance and 3-D visualization,” whereas we can promise your brain will melt in one gorgeous crystalline electronic note by the machine if you make it to all eight shows.
Cheekily timed on Valentine’s Day, Madge apparently teased fans to a pre-MDNA fix before its late March release with an official remix of single “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” a package of four, actually, Pop On And On is exclusively reporting. No word straight from Madonna, yet, but should you want to preview all club-banger takes by Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Oliver Twizt and Sultan + Ned Shephard, you can do so now. In other Madonna news, Brazilian artist Joao Brasil is claiming “Give Me All Your Luvin'” is a ripoff of his track “L.O.V.E. Banana.” And that might be the best sentence ever. Also, she called M.I.A.‘s Super Bowl antics “teenage.”
Kanye’s Odd Future:
Following a wave of hype spewed forth in tweets from the return of estranged OFWGKTA member Earl Sweatshirt, the contentious hip-hop collective have been visually confirmed to be possibly collaborating with Kanye West via a stream of photos – chiefly a West vocal-take snapshot – on their Tumblr blog, GOLF WANG. Or they could just be having some lunch and messing with studio equipment. Social media-land will just have to wait and see.
Back in 1998 on this day, the Japanese pop-rock powerhouse Glay had fans so hungry for tour tickets the Tokyo-area phone system crashed from the audio purchase slam. In case you’re not up on your Glay knowledge, they’ve sold close to 40-million records since their inception in 1988 in Japan. Put into perspective, that’s more than Bob Dylan in his respective U.S. market. Glay once wrote an aggressive string ballad called “Say Your Dream.” We’d like to know what the rest of the song means, but since those little translator machines aren’t helping, we’re going to fixate on some dreams.