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Music News: Got It From Daft Punk, Plus Radiohead, Britney Spears, Morrissey, Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue


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Some of hip-hop's more luminary figures have been sampling French house duo Daft Punk in recent years -- Busta Rhyme's "Touch It" contains a sample of the outfit's "Technologic", while more recently Kanye West wrapped "Stronger" around the melody of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", and took it to #1 in several countries. But the buck apparently stops with

The Black Eyed Peas singer's solo album dropped last week, and a new video for a remix of his latest single, "I Got It From My Mama" (below) -- which is basically a mash-up with Daft Punk's 1997 hit "Around The World", and contains a humorous solo by blonde singer Aria -- has began circulating online. apparently didn't get permission before using the hook, and it seems Daft Punk's lawyers are now involved.

Today, Pitchfork Media posted an interview with the duo's Thomas Bangalter, done over email, and noted that questions regarding the remix were left unanswered by the robotic Frenchman.

Despite all this, and whatever the outcome, it's still a damn catchy mix.

road.jpg As mentioned here yesterday, Radiohead are offering up their new album In Rainbows, available next week, at whatever price buyers wish to pay. British rock journal NME are asking readers to write in and explain how much they plan to plunk down for the record, and they've already begun posting the wide-ranging answers on their website.

road.jpg While country trio Rascal Flatts look set to have the best-selling album on the charts this week, Britney Spears has maintained the top download on iTunes for the past five days with her single, "Gimme More." Depending on the amount of radio airplay it's receiving, "Gimme More" could be a contender for the #1 position on Billboard's Hot 100. The song is currently at #68 on the chart tallied before the single became commercially available.

Morrisseyroad.jpg Morrissey (pictured right) says he'll release his ninth studio album next year: "The plan is to make a new album after this tour. It's absolutely written and completely ready."

road.jpg An "insider" claims Bono has written a new track to be included on the Spice Girls' Greatest Hits, due out in November: "There's been a bit of unease as to how the album will perform, and if there's still a solid Spice Girls fanbase out there. However, Bono's involvement has lifted the whole camp, and he's delighted to have been asked to add this experience."

road.jpg Kylie Minogue has axed a few scenes from White Diamond, the upcoming documentary on her recovery from breast cancer: "In one scene you can see a glimpse of Kylie’s boobs. She wanted to show other cancer survivors there is nothing to be ashamed of. No scarring is visible because she had clever reconstructive surgery after the partial mastectomy to remove her cancer. But she felt it was too much and was extremely unhappy so it got chopped."

Annieroad.jpg TODAY'S NEW RELEASES: New singles from Seal ("Amazing," produced by Madonna's Confessions On A Dancefloor collaborator Stuart Price), Natasha Bedingfield ("Love Like This," also featuring Sean Kingston) and David Gray ("The World To Me").

Bruce Springsteen's Magic, Annie Lennox's Songs Of Mass Destruction, PJ Harvey's White Chalk and Siouxsie Sioux's solo album, Mantaray.

Young R&B singer J. Holiday's Back Of My Lac'.

A ton of hits: Matchbox Twenty's Exile On Mainstream, Amy Grant's Greatest Hits, The Very Best Of Mick Jagger, Faith Hill's The Hits, Elton John's Elton 60 - Live At Madison Square Garden and Frankie Valli's Romancing The 60s.

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  1. Funny they are suing over sample, as that's where all their tunes come from in the first place. (But they probably went to the trouble to clear them.)

    Posted by: Seth | Oct 2, 2007 4:00:01 PM

  2. Thank god that Ami Grant's Greatest Hits came out today. My CD collection is now complete.

    Posted by: SteveH | Oct 2, 2007 4:37:48 PM

  3. Wow, I hadn't read up on Sioux since The Creatures' last album - Hai! I didn't know if Mantaray was just a little independent streak she had, but apparently she and Budgie stopped working together musically and now they're divorced (!)

    Check this out:
    In 2007, she appeared in advertising materials for a line of false lashes from cosmetics company, Shu Uemura. She recently announced on BBC Radio 2's The Weekender that she and Budgie are not musical partners anymore. In an interview with The Sunday Times in August 2007, she clarified that they had divorced.[31] In an interview with The Independent, she said, "I've never particularly said I'm hetero or I'm a lesbian. I know there are people who are definitely one way, but not really me. I suppose if I am attracted to men then they usually have more feminine qualities."[32]

    [32] references: ^ Eyre, Hermione (September 1, 2007), the punk icon, The Independent. Retrieved September 1, 2007 [1].

    Posted by: Rey | Oct 2, 2007 4:50:53 PM

  4. Not true, Seth, not true. Daft Punk create most of their own music using guitars, drum machines, and keyboards including a lot of vintage keyboards like Moog. They use very minimal outside samples... only 4 were used on their album Discovery.

    That hardly compares to what talentless "producers" like Kanye and are doing by just rapping over a whole 'nother song.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 2, 2007 4:51:39 PM

  5. that black eyed peas hacked drivel is cheap juvenile trash... no wonder daft punk are pissed.

    Posted by: A.J | Oct 2, 2007 5:03:19 PM

  6. From this point forward I will only post nice comments about the musical artists featured here on towleroad. In that spirit, A.J. is correct that Black Eyes Peas is nothing but 'hacked drivel' and 'juvenile trash'.

    Hey that WAS nice! You shoulda' seen what I wanted to say!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 2, 2007 5:24:19 PM

  7. Annie Lennox will be performing here in San Francisco on October 10th and I'm looking forward to listening to her in person. She's amazing.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Oct 2, 2007 8:58:34 PM

  8. Well, thank God, Peter!!!! I bet they were worried!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 2, 2007 9:07:57 PM

  9. Kylie.... tut tut she was happy to be photographed topless when younger ( before the boob jobs ) .As for axing bust up spats on phone...what kind of narcissist has her Stylist hanging around with camera filming her on private calls whilst her lover is busy breaking up with her.

    Total waste of camp space she is.I begin to see why all the ex lovers dumped her.

    Posted by: Gutless | Oct 3, 2007 9:20:46 AM

  10. I think the distinction is clear - kanye's song has a little something, this is just a mash up. good on the daft ones

    Further, this video is appears to take a fair share of its visual ideas from Justice's D.A.N.C.E. video.

    p.s. Daft Punk does sample. here's more info:

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 3, 2007 10:17:59 AM

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