Now that we’ve had a piece of Lil Wayne cake, grieved over his imminent prison sentence, and jammed out to the No Ceilings mixtape, I thought Weezy would perhaps take a day off from headlines, but it’s mo’ money mo’ problems for Mr. Carter this morning: BBC reports that Wayne and Birdman are being sued by Thomas Marasciullo over the alleged use of his “Italian-style spoken word recordings” without permission. Stugots! In a funny twist, Marasciullo claims he discovered the alleged copyright infringement after overhearing a ringtone of “Respect” that his daughter was trying to buy. For more details go here.
Rivers Cuomo’s blog bait machine has been running on all cylinders of late: a Lil Wayne collaboration, Rainn Wilson bromance, writing songs with Katy Perry, just to name a few. Well, here are today’s Weezer bits:
Pitchfork reports that Rivers co-wrote a song on American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert’s upcoming album For Your Entertainment called “Pick U Up.” Here’s what he tweeted: “This is an amazing song and Adam sang it great. Weezer fans will love.”
But that’s not all: Cuomo and company put on matching tracksuits, threw some cellos and violins into the van and covered Coldplay’s Grammy-winning, lawsuit-causing epic single “Viva La Vida” at a secret show in NYC this weekend (via CoS). Watch it here.
Perhaps I should’ve ended with the Weezer bits, as Sufjan Stevens news of late has been kind of a downer. Sure, he debuted some of the best songs of the year at live gigs, but in his press tour for The BQE: The Motion Picture Soundtrack, Sufjan seems to be very insecure about an upcoming official follow-up to Illinois. Here’s the most recent bit he told Paste: “I no longer really have faith in the album anymore. I no longer have faith in the song.” We better send Tony Robbins or Dr. Phil or somebody out to Brooklyn to get Sufjan fired up for a new album. Poor kid’s probably under a lot of pressure.