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by The Concordian September 25, 2012
Music in the News

Beating a dead Beatle

Last week, Chris Brown albums at a London, UK store were affixed with stickers reading “WARNING: do not buy this album! This man beats women” by British feminist group Abuse Sticks Out. Now the group has a new target: John Lennon. Copies of the Beatles’ 1970  album John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band have been spotted with the yellow and black warning labels in the UK, surprising many who were not aware of the music icon’s less than stellar history with women. In a 1980 interview with playboy, Lennon discussed the inspiration to his song “Getting Better”, saying: “I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically — any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women.” In a much more recent statement issued to Spin magazine, Abuse Sticks Out vowed to continue their stickering protests. “With one in four women experiencing domestic violence and, on average, two women being killed in the UK by abuse each week we want to make these abusers stick out. Society ignores their abuse. We won’t. We are going to sticker every album and film made by abusers that we can.”


Party’s over

Lovers of infectious beats and party rocking will be disappointed to hear that LMFAO have officially called it quits. In an interview with news.com.au, vocalist Redfoo explained the reason for the split. “I feel like we’ve been doing this for so long, five or six years. And we’re kind of like saying, well, let’s just do what’s natural and just kind of explore that, instead of like forcing it all the time.” He reassured fans that the LMFAO style will still be around in his solo endeavors and that he plans to continue his own brand of upbeat party music well into the future. “All the music that I’m going to make is always going to be LMFAO-ish … I love all the topics that we talk about. I was really passionate about bringing party music to the world, so I will always be making some kind of party music.”



“Thank you, [insert city here]!”

Reggae rap artist Matisyahu was really feeling the energy at his Sept. 18 show, so much so he called out the city of Telluride, Colorado to show appreciation for his fans. This would have been a much more meaningful moment had he not been in Flagstaff, Arizona at the time.  “Last night I hit an all-time low when I called out to Telluride … only we were in Flagstaff. Three times,” wrote the Hasidic rapper in a road report for spinner.ca. “Chris, the front of house sound engineer, texted Harv, the tour manager, in the middle of the show to relay the message. By the last time the crowd seemed not to care and cheered along anyhow. ”

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