Sinéad O’Connor has announced that she will no longer perform “Nothing Compares 2 U,” her chart-topping hit from 1990. “After 25 years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it,” the Irish singer wrote on Facebook. (Billboard) Though O’Connor didn’t mention it in her post, it can’t help matters that she thinks the song’s author Prince is possessed by demons.
Double biopic drama: Sam Cooke‘s family have denied involvement in a planned film about the singer that will focus on his tragic 1964 death, disputing media reports that the project was authorized by them. (Rolling Stones) Meanwhile, a planned Janis Joplin biopic with Amy Adams attached to star is in jeopardy due to a lawsuit among the film’s producers, who are in financial dispute. (Billboard)
In concert film news, Drake is now being sued by the distributor of a Drake concert film after Drake said that the Drake film was not authorized by Drake. You would think Drake would be the one to know, but the film’s distributor says that Drake signed an agreement authorizing the release of 2009 concert footage—now being released as Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage. The lawsuit contends that for Drake to say the film is “unauthorized” constitutes libel against those involved with it. (Rolling Stone)
The late Ian McLagen was the subject of an hourlong tribute at Wednesday night’s Austin Music Awards. Steven Van Zandt, Patty Griffin, Charlie Sexton, and others honored McLagen, who was an Austin resident. (Billboard)
The new Noah Baumbach movie While We’re Young feature a score by James Murphy, including a delicate instrumental cover of David Bowie‘s “Golden Years.” While We’re Young comes out March 27. (Pitchfork)
If you buy a song on iTunes, are you “buying” the song or “licensing” it? That sounds like a purely semantic question, but it has major implications for the artists—who make over three times as much if the transaction is considered a “license.” Universal Music Group is reportedly ready to settle a class-action lawsuit over the matter, filed by artists including Chuck D, Whitesnake, and the estate of Rick James. It seems likely that future transactions will be considered “licenses,” though the question will be of decreasing importance as streaming continues to displace download sales. (Billboard)
Online music retailer Insound is shutting down after 16 years in business. (Pitchfork)
As Marvin Gaye‘s family continues its quest to block sale or distribution of “Blurred Lines,” the late soul icon’s children have released a statement defending their controversial lawsuit against its writers. “If Mr. Thicke and Mr. Williams had tried to create a new song and coincidentally infused ‘Got to Give It Up’ into their work, instead of deliberately undertaking to ‘write a song with the same groove,’ we would probably be having a different conversation.” (Pitchfork)