All the Young Dudes Will Vote for Bez

There's just one problem with the candidacy of Bez for the English parliament.

The only people who are really going to vote for him are exactly as he is--someone who has never voted before. Why would you run for parliament thinking that the people who have never voted will suddenly start voting for you?

It makes no sense, but the NME has to publish something.

This is What You Have to Say

The best pun I could come up with is any way you slice it, the guy's crazy:

Wu-Tang Clan have denied any affiliation with the rapper who recently cut off his own penis.

Andre Johnson, otherwise known as Christ Bearer, is a member of the hip hop group Northstar. In the early hours of yesterday (April 16) morning he cut off his penis and then jumped from a second floor balcony in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. He was found in a critical state on the pavement and was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center hospital. The rapper was said to be affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan as his group was discovered by RZA in 1998 and in 2004 released 'Bobby Digital Presents Northstar', which was produced by RZA under an alias.
I think it would be safe to say that this young man was crazy when he cut off his own penis and tried to jump to his death from the second floor. And, I think that if you're Wu-Tang Clan, you automatically have to distance yourself from such a person, unless, of course, you think he could have gotten away with it.

The rap game is hard on a person. Christ Bearer was probably facing eviction from his crib and he was likely having to find a good lawyer to get himself paid because royalties being what they are, you just can't live on what they pay a rapper nowadays.

A Long, Proud History of Stealing From Artists

This was buried in a story about legal settlements and Hollywood:
In October 2011, the estate of Rick Nelson sued Capitol Records for allegedly underreporting royalties. Among the allegations was the claim that the record label was in possession of up to $250 million in "unmatched income," money that Capitol claimed it couldn't link to any particular artist. The heirs of the author of songs including "Travelin' Man" and "Poor Little Fool" have now reached a deal. Neville Johnson, the attorney for the plaintiff, said the issue was "amicably resolved." [emphasis, mine]

A quarter of a billion dollars is in the hands of one record company, and they don't have any idea how they made that money or which artist(s) made it for them? And so they cannot pay it out?

If that's not evidence of fraud, corruption, and outright theft, then what the hell is? Jeebus.

The Nelson estate was paid off, so go away now while we rake in the bucks and stiff the people who don't have lawyers to come after us. Is that basically how Capitol Records still operates? Good for them. Nice work if you can get it.

How to be Inspired

Lorde has said she was looking through a National Geographic magazine and saw a photo of the baseball star smiling and signing autographs for fans.
“He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals,’” Lorde told VH1. “It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

Who knew? And does George Brett have on more makeup than she does?