Minimum Gauge: Ready for some CryptocurrencyPop?

Digital currency craze leads to music careers for Virtual Currency Girls and CoinDaddy; who had "buying a monkey" in the "Why will Chris Brown go to jail" office pool?; Kid Rock still facing trademark violation case for swiping a circus motto.

Jan 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

click to enlarge Kasotsuka Shojo (aka Virtual Currency Girls) - Photo: Cinderella Academy
Photo: Cinderella Academy
Kasotsuka Shojo (aka Virtual Currency Girls)
HOT: Cryptocurrency Inspires Cryptomusic

When the Euro began circulating in several European countries in 1999 as a new form of currency, it had an immediate effect. But did it spawn new musical acts? The recent digital-currency wave is something few people understand (or use), but it has established a kind of nerd-hipster-y reputation (“Oh, you still use dollars? I’ve only used bitcoin since, like, 2010”) and its skyrocketing value led to early adapters ceaselessly mocking those who’ve dismissed it. It has also led to the creation of at least two musical entities. Reuters recently reported on the debut of Japanese Pop group Kasotsuka Shojo (“Virtual Currency Girls”), whose members wear masks and maid’s outfits (?) while singing about the monetary unit’s greatness. More recently, a New York Times story on those getting rich off of the currency mentioned that one such person was a former real estate agent who is now a cryptocurrency-themed rapper named CoinDaddy.

WARM: Monkey Crimes

Of the things one might predict would lead to R&B singer Chris Brown going to jail, “pet monkey” likely isn’t in the Top 100. Brown purchased a capuchin monkey late last year for his 3-year-old daughter, but after posting a photo of the monkey on Instagram, outrage ensued because the animals have special needs and aren’t kept as domestic pets. It’s also illegal in California, where Brown resides, unless a special permit is granted. Despite getting rid of the monkey, a recent report said that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the matter and Brown still faces charges. Brown’s lawyer said it was a waste of taxpayer money, but also made a “monkey business” reference, which if the world was just means he should also be jailed.

COLD: ‘Show’ Stopping

A lawsuit against our next president, Kid Rock, filed by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ owners Feld Entertainment is moving forward. Feld filed suit in December after Rock announced the name of his upcoming tour, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” a phrase long trademarked by the circus, which stopped operations in 2017 after 146 years in business. Even though Rock changed the tour’s name (to the super-generic “The American Rock N Roll Tour”), Feld’s request for a preliminary injunction is headed before a judge because Rock is allegedly still selling tour merch using the phrase.