Quick Hits: Beastie Boys, Ryan Tedder, Metallica, Zac Brown Band & Dave Grohl, Lostprophets
November 27, 2013
The saga of the Beastie Boys and toymaker GoldieBlox continues, as the company's founders have written an open letter to the B-Boys' camp. In the letter, GoldieBlox says it was "completely unaware" that Adam "MCA" Yauch's will had prohibited their music to be used in commercials and "although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours." The song has been removed from their ad, and the company also said that "we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team." The letter concludes, "We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends." As previously reported, GoldieBlox created a take on the Beasties' song "Girls," flipping the song to encourage young girls to play with science and engineering toys instead of dolls, but released the ad featuring the tune without permission.
Producer and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder has joined NBC's The Voice as the show's first-ever in-house producer and songwriter. Tedder, who already appeared as an adviser this season, will work with the final three contestants as they prepare for performances for the finale. He also will write a song for the three finalists to perform at the conclusion of the season on December 17. The artists' singles will be available on iTunes immediately following the telecast, marking the first time Voice contestants premiere an original song on the show.
Metallica will play a handful in shows in Europe this summer where fans will get to vote on the set list. As the band explains on their website, "As we embark on two short treks through Europe, we're going to give you, the ticket holders, the chance to vote on what songs you would like to hear at the show(s) that you attend... Pick up your ticket(s) online and you'll receive an e-mail shortly after with a code and a link to a site on which you may cast your ballot. We normally play around 18 songs a night, and since we didn't want to be left out of the fun, the band also gets to vote, and we vote for a NEW SONG! That leaves the other 17 slots for you to choose, so vote for all your favorites from the close to 140 songs we've recorded in our career and to make it more fun along the way, you'll be able to follow what you and your fellow fans are selecting by watching the site for continuous results." So far, the band has announced only three June dates in Germany. Metallica currently is working on a new album, which presumably will feature the new song that they plan to play live.
On December 10, Zac Brown Band will release The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 on Zac's own Southern Ground Artists label via iTunes. The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 features the first studio recording of "Day for the Dead," the song which the band performed with drummer Dave Grohl on this year's CMAs. Other songs on the release include "The Muse," a song written by The Wood Brothers, as well as "All Alright" and "Let It Rain."
The former lead singer of Lostprophets has pleaded guilty in a Welsh court to a series of sex crimes. Ian Watkins was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offenses, including rape, conspiring to sexually assault a child and making indecent images. He had denied the charges, but changed his plea Tuesday and admitted to 11 offenses, though he maintained that he was not guilty of the rape charge. According to the BBC, prosecuting barrister Chris Clee told the court: "Ian Watkins was the lead singer in a successful band called the Lostprophets. He accepts he was a determined and committed pedophile." Sentencing will take place on December 18.