The Week in Music Politics:

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The Week in Music Beefs:

The producers of Fifty Shades of Grey have picked up Blond Ambition, a screenplay about the early years of Madonna’s career. Madonna however, has not green-lit such a decision, writing on Instagram:

Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.

She obviously feels very strongly against someone making a movie about her without her consent. It looks as if Blond Ambition should definitely not be made.

Also this week, Sony severed ties with producer Dr. Luke, who has been locked in a sexual assault case with pop-singer Kesha since 2014. While Kesha has been calling Dr. Luke her sexual abuser, Luke has been claiming the suit was just so that she could get out of her contract early. Kesha has suffered many setbacks throughout the case, but Sony dropping Luke is a good sign that things could be looking up from here on out.

The Week in Music #NoRoleModelz:

In reference to J. Cole’s track “No Role Modelz” off the platinum-with-no-features record 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the following is an account of musicians and artists that left us all disappointed with their behavior this week:

Kevin Gates, who might’ve gotten released from prison this year, was sentenced to an additional two years based on felony gun charges. See you in 2019.

Also, Kodak Black’s probation case was ruled guilty, and his sentence hearing is called for next week, May 4th. See you in thirty years.

The Week in Music Business:

One of the largest music-related cases of 2015: Pharrell Willams and Robin Thicke are taking the “Blurred Lines” fight back to the Marvin Gaye family, and the 9th circuit court than ruled against their favor, with a new appeal this week. The brief, posted by Hollywood Reporterstates that their new argument is that a “‘groove’ or ‘feeling’ cannot be copyrighted, and inspiration is not copying,” and they have asked for reconsideration or removal.

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Also this week, every track on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with “HUMBLE.” placed at spot No. 1.

With Kendrick’s track “XXX (feat. U2)” landing in the top 40, it means that U2 has now had a top 40 hit at least once over the past four decades. They are the fourth musical act to ever accomplish it, joining the ranks of Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Weird Al Yankovic.

The Week in Music Merch:

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Kendrick Lamar released his new DAMN. merch this week, with t-shirts, pullovers, and hoodies.

In more strange merch, the new Doritos bags will let you play a song from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack, due out Friday May 5th. It’s pretty strange, but also pretty cool. Unnecessary for sure, but I wouldn’t not go buy a bag of Doritos real soon.

The Week in Music Oddities:

A new ant species has been named after Radiohead. “We wanted to honor their music,” said Ana Ješovnik, who discovered the ants. “But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness.” Named Sericomyrmex radioheadithe discovery follows the shrimp named after Pink Floyd earlier least week.

Rihanna had some fun this week making memes of Queen Elizabeth on her Instagram. See them all here via Vibe. 

In more serious news, Elton John had to cancel his Vegas residency due to an “unusual bacteria infection” that he got returning from his show in Chile. He is now fine and at home resting after he was cured of the infection at the hospital. He’s expected to make a full recovery and play again on June 3rd in England.

The Week in Music Releases:

  • Gorillaz – Humanz
  • Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman
  • Young M.A – Herstory EP
  • Wale – Shine
  • Feist – Pleasure
  • Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell: Live 
  • John Mellencamp – Sad Clowns and Hillbillies
  • Mew – Visuals

Lastly, watch Karlie Kloss teach Desiigner all about climate change for Bill Nye the Science Guy’s new Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World: