This Week: Miley Does Art, J. Lo Does Acting (Again), and U2 Does Invasion

“If you have ever wondered what the hell to do with a bunch leftover ecstasy and Halloween candy and a few coupons for free arts and crafts kits from the Iowa State 4-H fair, look no further than the “art” of Miley Cyrus, displayed during this show.”
Miley Cyrus had an art show. Jezebel didn't think much of it. 

“The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement. Disney vigorously protects its trademark rights, and we oppose Mr Zimmerman's attempt to register a logo that is nearly identical to our trademarks for his commercial exploitation.”
The Disney vs. Deadmau5 legal battle is heating up. (Billboard)

[jump] “The videos speak for themselves, and you can draw your own conclusions… You could imagine circumstances where there’s a legal claim here, although I think it’s unlikely to succeed. That said, from a PR perspective, I’d say it wasn’t a smart move by Apple.”
OK Go's manager Andy Gershon speaking about the fact that the band feels their video for 'The Writing's On The Wall' was plagiarized by Apple, in their marketing for the iPhone6. (Bloomberg Business Week)

“It feels good to be back in London. When we released our first album back in 2001 and first crossed the Atlantic, this was the first place to embrace us. You're gonna like this shit we're gonna release…”
Shay Haley joined Pharrell on stage in London this week and hinted that new material from NERD is imminent.

J. Lo is acting again… And it looks pretty awesome:

“I'm still in shock and in disbelief to have confirmed the death of my childhood friend @SimoneBattle. Her heart was pure gold and her star power limitless. Rest in sweet peace Angel.”
Derek Butler, old friend of the singer, announces the suicide-related death of ex-X Factor contestant and G.R.L. member, Simone Battle. RIP. (Instagram)

“Don't quit your day job is a good piece of advice. When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support… There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters… it's finally dead. Rock is finally dead.”
Gene Simmons has declared that rock music is deceased. (Esquire)

“We seek a Department-wide culture of gender dignity and respect where sexual assault is completely eliminated and never tolerated, where sexual assault victims receive compassionate and coordinated support, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable.”
The United States Navy-sponsored Freedom Live concert has dropped CeeLo Green from its bill,following his crazy-balls comments about rape on Twitter. (Facebook)

“Is that who we are now? Blind, unquestioning, warlike? Are we that violent, that childish, that silly, that shallow? Are we that afraid of others? Of ourselves? Of the possibility of genuine change? Are we that easily swayed, that capable of defending “American interests”, whatever “American interests” means? Are we that racist, that terrified, that protective of an idea that we don’t even question what the idea has come to represent?!”
Michael Stipe wrote a stark contemplation on what it means to be an American, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks. (The Guardian)

“U2's new album, “Songs of Innocence,” shows up in iTunes libraries as purchased, whether users have chosen to buy it or not. That has made a lot of people angry, as it's nearly impossible to get rid of the album.”
U2 just forced their new album on millions of people via their pals at iTunes. Gross. (MSN)

“We were attacked by an ancient beacon of establishment-rock, an institution that figured the best way to prevent a vast collective shrug at their new album was to force that album upon the world.”
Stereogum just pretty much nailed it.

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