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"Crazy" Covers

A couple of issues ago, Entertainment Weekly did a poll asking readers what they thought would be the biggest summer anthem (or as we like to call it, "the song we'll be sick of by June 25"). Nelly Furtado's "My Humps (Part Deux)" (or whatever it's called) came in first, while Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" finished third. But, judging by the number of covers of "Crazy" popping up, it's Gnarls who's in charge this summer season. Bootlegs and radio sessions featuring covers of the duo's surprise hit (which was the longest-running No. 1 on the English singles chart in over a decade and also the first to hit No. 1 initially based on download sales alone) can be found easily on the Net, including turns by singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne, U.K. Soul singer Terri Walker, British rockers The Kooks, Scottish Pop act Texas, The Twilight Singers (who have been playing the song on their current tour) and even Furtado herself, who did an acoustic version on the BBC. The trend will no doubt end abruptly, though, if the rumors are true that Paris Hilton has delayed the release of her debut "album" to include her own version of the song. That news tidbit could also be part of the reason behind the recent announcement that the single was pulled from chart contention in the U.K. by the duo after nine weeks. The Gnarls MySpace Web site says the withdrawal of "Crazy" was an effort to focus on their new single. Or maybe they're just sick of it too.

WARM
Biting The Lips That Drink?

Like diamond grills, throwing money around and booty-shaking hoochie mamas, the high-end, high-priced champagne Cristal is inexorably linked to tacky Rap stars. But the love is apparently not mutual.

When asked about all of the shout-outs from rappers, the beverage maker's new managing director Frédéric Rouzaud told The Economist magazine, "What can we do? We can't forbid people from buying it." It's kind of like if George Bush said, "Gee, really wish Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood would just back off the 'America ... Fuck Yeah!' bullshit a little."

Just Go With "Winged Rodent Out of Hades"

Besides his kick-ass stage name and a modest acting career, one-time Rock star Meat Loaf doesn't have a lot going for him these days. At least that seems to be the case, given Mr. Loaf's recent lawsuit against collaborator Jim Steinman. Loaf reportedly wants $50 million because Steinman trademarked the phrase "Bat Out of Hell" (the title of Meat Loaf's greatest/only smash hit album, written entirely by Steinman), calling the action "blackmail" to halt Loaf's new album. Loaf's suit says Steinman used his trademark to try and block the release of a planned Bat Out of Hell III (there was a Bat Out of Hell II?) because he was "discharged" as producer of the project. God forbid he make an album not called Bat Out Of Hell something.

COLD
WhoseSpace?

Did conservative gazillionaire Rubert Murdoch buy MySpace in order to take over the music industry in one fell swoop? Last month, feisty British Folk hero Billy Bragg pulled all the music off his MySpace page, having read the fine print of the site's terms of use. On the site, Bragg wrote that, by posting music on MySpace, "They can do what they want with it, throughout the world without paying the artist." Since Bragg's first post, the site has modified the terms to be less overlord-ish, but it still says artists who use the site "grant to MySpace.com a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide license ... to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the Services." A spokesman for the site told the press that the site will not do anything with an artist's music that they don't want. We tried to reach Mr. Murdoch for comment, but he denied our "friend request."

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