Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Turns out the "first legal Beatle sample", reported earlier this week, is nothing of the sort. The Wu-Tang Clan apologized on their MySpace page with the headline "We didn't sample the Beatles". George's son, Dhani Harrison, who is friends with the RZA and contributed a guitar part to the song, apparently authorized the use of the composition, not the recording. The guitar parts are replayed and the vocals are sang by Erykah Badu. Sinead O'Connor, of all people, actually used a similar tactic with her 1995 'rap' song "Famine", in which she re-sang the line "All the lonely people" from the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby".
And it's no hoax - Radiohead are indeed letting fans determine the price they will pay for the legal download of their new album "In Rainbows" (though not above 99 pounds, as one eager British fan learned). However, the record will still be released the traditional way, on CD, in time for Christmas and by the band's old label, EMI.
So neither item is the radical shake-up it was initially reported as, but rather publicity stunts for business as usual.
Update to the update (Oct 4th): It turns out EMI and Radiohead are still in negotiations, and the disc may not be ready by December 3rd as previously reported. I am now officially bored of following this story.