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Weird Al Says "Twitter Saved My Album"

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the 142-notes-or-less dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 160

nudnik72 writes "Weird Al's latest album, Alpocalypse, was released today, but might not have if his fans hadn't taken his cause to twitter Al says. Yankovic had a well publicized disagreement with Lady Gaga's management over his parody of her song Born This Way. Within 24 hours of his fans spreading the word on the internet, Gaga's people reversed course and approved the parody, saying the whole thing was just a mix-up. The King of Pop Parodies explains that this wasn't the first time a music label and the parodied artist didn't see eye-to-eye."

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Publicity Stunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534134)

There is no such thing as bad publicity.

Re:Publicity Stunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534178)

Exactly, see what that whole publicity stunt in the 90s did for OJ Simpson's career!

Re:Publicity Stunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534276)

You're right. It's always good. BTW, you owe me $699.

Darl McBride.

Satire is Free Speech (2)

ideonexus (1257332) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534776)

It could be argued that this was something of a publicity stunt. The song parody was protected free speech. Weird Al didn't have to ask Lady Gaga for permission to satirize her work. He was just being polite.

A recent example of satirical free speech was Al Franken's book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right" was sued for infringement of Fox New's trademark "Fair and Balanced" [wikipedia.org] but the court ruled that because Franken's title was a parody of the trademark it was protected free speech.

I love that his album got so much more exposure from the conflict, but let's not forget that parody and satire are constitutionally protected forms of speech. Lady Gaga and the Record Labels lacked a legal foot to stand on in preventing the release of this album.

Re:Satire is Free Speech (5, Informative)

SkimTony (245337) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534942)

Legally, you are correct. However, Weird Al has always had permissions to release parodies. It's not a question of legality, it's a question of being a nice guy.

Re:Satire is Free Speech (2)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535360)

Legally, you are correct. However, Weird Al has always had permissions to release parodies. It's not a question of legality, it's a question of being a nice guy.

Additionally (as Al pointed out in TFA) he needs to consider what kind of relationship he's creating between himself, his label, the other artist, and their label. If releasing a particular song would make an enemy of another label, his label might prefer not to release it.

Re:Satire is Free Speech (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536128)

He also mentions that he had reservations about parodying a gay rights anthem already (which is why he's donating the proceeds to charity). That plus wanting to avoid drama might have pushed him away from doing it anyway.

Also sounds like it was only an issue for a few hours, it may have been resolved before he came to a final decision to release it without permission.

Re:Satire is Free Speech (2)

node 3 (115640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534970)

Except Weird Al goes beyond what the law requires, and actually asks for permission.

Re:Satire is Free Speech (1)

crossmr (957846) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536440)

The song parody was protected free speech.

This is a common misconception. While some of his songs are parody, many are not. Under US law, parody requires that it be used to comment on the original. While Weird Al sometimes comments on the original, many times he just adds funny new lyrics to the song without making any direct comment on the original song or artist. As an example, see his big hit off his last song "White & Nerdy", unless I missed it there is absolutely no commentary on the original song or the artists, so it is not actually parody. Even then, the use of the content shouldn't really exceed what is required to make the comment.
The song "You're pitiful" was another example. There was no comment on either James Blunt or the original song made through that use.

However, I have heard some of his songs where he does use them to comment on the original artist, or the song itself.

You can't just take something, make it funny and claim it's a parody, the threshold is higher than that.

Re:Satire is Free Speech (1)

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536728)

Under US law, parody requires that it be used to comment on the original.

Under US law, "comment" does not mean "make an explicit statement" just like "freedom of speech" does not mean "freedom to speak". The fact that a song is even being parodied is a comment regarding its popularity, and most of his songs do subtly (and gently) mock the original style by doing crazy things with it. That is sufficient commentary.

The article fails to mention (3, Informative)

DontLickJesus (1141027) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534164)

A little show / podcast known as "Pop Culture Happy Hour" played a huge part in this as well.

Re:The article fails to mention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534940)

Maybe for you...I learned of it from Metafilter.

Re:The article fails to mention (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535972)

I have no idea what you are talking about. I learned about this from Weird Al himself, via Twitter.

I can assure you I wasn't the only guy to retweet it all day long.

Legally stream the entire album for free! (5, Informative)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534208)

Al released the entire Alpocalypse album for free legal streaming [exclaim.ca] if you want to hear it before you buy. It's a great album!

I preordered it (got the album a few days ago) and we're seeing a show in Toronto in July. Believe me, he and the band put on a hell of a performance.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (3, Informative)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534346)

Also he recently released the video for Perform This Way [vevo.ly] (his Gaga parody) although fair warning, it's one of the more disturbing music videos I've seen. ;^)

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (3, Interesting)

Orgasmatron (8103) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534514)

Holy crap. I'm going to have nightmares from that. Disturbing doesn't even come close.

Still, Al is God. I hope she fire the tool that said no to Al without asking her.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534674)

Oh.
My.
Jebus.

I fell off the damn chair laughing. Now I gotta find a ticket for that Toronto concert! EPIC!

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535982)

Is there a link to that video that can be watched from outside the US?

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536066)

Also he recently released the video for Perform This Way [vevo.ly] (his Gaga parody) although fair warning, it's one of the more disturbing music videos I've seen. ;^)

Well to be fair, that just means that the video is faithful to the original source material. ;)

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

mlawrence (1094477) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534524)

I went to a concert around 10 years ago, when I was about 30. I was the oldest person there. :)

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

Wandering Voice (2267950) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534636)

I saw Weird Al in I think it was '91 at the Waukesha County Fair in WI. Don't let the county fair part color your impression, it was a great show. The music was good and the on stage performance was a lot of fun.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534992)

I loved Weird Al back in the day. But you kind of have to keep up on popular music to appreciate it. Does he still play his classic stuff? Eat it? Another one rides the bus? Amish Paradise?

I guess it's doesnt' matter either way. He's not coming anywhere near Omaha.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (4, Informative)

Dorkmaster Flek (1013045) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535190)

I saw him a few years ago in Toronto for the Straight Outta Lynwood tour, and he did play all his classic hits. I specifically remember Eat It and Amish Paradise both, and the encore was Albuquerque which was incredible to see performed live in its entirety. He opened the show with White & Nerdy and came out on stage riding a Segway. The show was fantastic, one of the best I've ever seen. There were costume changes between almost every song, and videos playing while they changed sets. It was a full-on multimedia show, not just a concert. If you get the chance to see him, do it. I'm seeing him again in a few weeks for the new tour. I'm really hoping he opens with the Gaga track and comes out of a chicken egg or something.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535380)

I'd love to. Don't think there's much chance of him visiting the plains states though.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

scifigod (272546) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536804)

Don't lose hope, he's been through the wastelands of Iowa in the past (Sioux City during the Bad Hair Day tour in mid the 90's and played the Spencer County Fair back in '02 or '03). I'm sure he'd brave it again someday.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535550)

Current concert setlist includes Amish Paradise, and I believe he has a medley some classic stuff which includes part of Eat It, dunno about Another One Rides The Bus. It's worth seeing, I'll tell you that much, and you don't have to worry about it being all new stuff, he knows what his fans want to hear.

Re:Legally stream the entire album for free! (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536324)

Weird Al albums are about the only music I ever pay for. I don't care if he streams it or not. I'm happy to buy it.

huh? (4, Interesting)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534212)

I can't believe a person as big of a publicity hound as Lady Gaga would every have a problem with a Weird Al parody. It means at the very least you've done a track that has hit the public consciousness and that you're famous. Plus she's been on shows like Graham Norton where you're sure to get made fun of in a good natured way.

Probably a goon in the entourage taking upon him/herself to make a decision.

That's what she said (3, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534254)

No, not the joke, literally.

LG said that her publicist had never actually sent her the song and just said no. Obviously full of himself unlike Lady GaGa, whom I admire because she is definitely doing this all from the understanding the whole thing is kind of a laugh...

You don't start an email in the subject field (2, Informative)

BarryJacobsen (526926) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534404)

so don't do it on slashdot, either.

This is worse (0)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534460)

This is worse

What do you expect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534608)

What do you expect? Slashdot FORCES you to put something in the subject, even though most people don't even read them unless the commenter does something stupid like start their comment in the subject.

Re:What do you expect? (0)

Kalriath (849904) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535264)

When you reply, Slashdot sets the subject to "Re: ". The GGP is complaining that the GGGP consciously changed the subject to the first part of their post, despite the fact they were not forced to do so.

Re:huh? (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534264)

She's like twelve years old, right? What the hell doe she know about "Weird Al"? I doubt she's ever even heard of him.

Anyway, this isn't really news. This was all reported in the press weeks ago. Actually, it might have been months ago.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534538)

i believe she's 25, same age as me - and one of the first cassettes i ever had was Alapalooza!

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534782)

The last cassette I ever bought was Alapalooza. Now I feel old.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534300)

Probably a goon in the entourage taking upon him/herself to make a decision.

On Reddit I think the prevailing line of thinking was that it was probably Gaga's agent who initially nixed the parody, what with agents being accustomed to protecting their client's image.

Re:huh? (4, Interesting)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534400)

The Internet rumor is that Lady Gaga herself loved the track but was not consulted. She was in the middle of a tour and her management made the decision for her.

Re:huh? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534578)

That's my understanding, and it wouldn't be the first time that the people in charge of licensing got it wrong. I remember Coolio being somewhat pissed about Amish Paradise, but his people signed off on it. Rick James was annoyed about his guys licensing to MC Hammer until he saw the check.

It's one of the things which happens when you allow somebody else to make decisions for you.

Re:huh? (2)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534738)

IIRC Al shares the song writing credit on everything he does, which means they also get a nice check for doing nothing. Only someone with no sense of humor or has an inflated ego says no.

Re:huh? (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536034)

IIRC Al shares the song writing credit on everything he does, which means they also get a nice check for doing nothing. Only someone with no sense of humor or has an inflated ego says no.

Like Prince?

Re:huh? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36535874)

The most pathetic thing about Coolio being pissed about "Amish Paradise" is that "Gangsta Paradise" is just a rip off of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" - all the music but the drum beat and all but one word of the chorus (IIRC) are identical. He was pissed about a parody of a song that he himself had basically parodied.

Re:huh? (1)

waveclaw (43274) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534516)

I can't believe a person as big of a publicity hound as Lady Gaga would every have a problem with a Weird Al parody.

Perhaps her PR agents know about the Streisand effect [wikipedia.org] and are meta-meme hacking the culture for a little publicity? Certainly wouldn't be the first time someone started a fight just to get a little bit more famous.

Re:huh? (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536734)

Because no one would care if Weird Al just silently released a record. By making a fuss and then "capitulating" they both get positive hype that amounts to free advertising.

I don't care who you are (5, Insightful)

cozzbp (1845636) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534220)

Weird Al is a genius. A hilarious, fucking genius.

Re:I don't care who you are (4, Interesting)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534266)

His career and new music is still just as relevant (whatever level you deem that to be) after 30 years. Not too many artists performing today can say that.

Re:I don't care who you are (2)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534672)

What I am continually amazed by is just how large a range he and his band have. They do tons of different styles when parodying songs and do them extremely well.

Particularly impressive are the style parodies, because they are always so dead on. They really can capture the style of a band and create a new tune that sounds just right.

All in all not an easy thing to do, and no small part of the reason he can keep relevant. If he and his band only had one or two styles they could do, the parodies would work so well. That they can take on more or less any band's style and pull it off to near perfection is why a parody he does today can be just as funny as one he did 30 years ago.

Re:I don't care who you are (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535488)

What I am continually amazed by is just how large a range he and his band have. They do tons of different styles when parodying songs and do them extremely well.

Particularly impressive are the style parodies, because they are always so dead on. They really can capture the style of a band and create a new tune that sounds just right.

Actually I think Weird Al is in kind of a unique and special place as a musician. Apart from the matter of being technically able to perform different styles, his niche in the musical world gives him the fairly unique opportunity to try different styles freely. Other musicians, once they're popular, may get boxed in by their past hits - fans will expect them to do similar work in the future. Al can do just about anything (at least within the realm of "popular music"). The fact that "Smells Like Nirvana" was a big hit for him doesn't mean he's forever a grunge artist.

Re:I don't care who you are (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536836)

I think you'll find that he does, in fact, have a style that he weaves into every song he plays. Weird Al is, first and foremost, a polka artist.

Re:I don't care who you are (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536326)

What I am continually amazed by is just how large a range he and his band have. They do tons of different styles when parodying songs and do them extremely well.

I have lost count of the times I've been listening to a radio station and heard what I thought was a Weird Al song playing, then thinking "those aren't the right words", only to realize I was hearing the original artist doing their less-than-impressive original version.

And hearing an original song and thinking "that sounds so much better when sung to a polka beat..." "Black hole sun ...", for example.

Re:I don't care who you are (2)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534450)

I've also heard that he is a Class A nice guy in real life, too. He's like a hero to nerds/geeks/accordion players everywhere.

I'm not a Weird Al fan but... (2)

east coast (590680) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534242)

Coolio's a bitch. Straight up!

Re:I'm not a Weird Al fan but... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535452)

The funny thing is, that's how Coolio is going to be remembered. Not as one of the most popular rappers of the mid 90s, but as the guy who said no to Weird Al.

Re:I'm not a Weird Al fan but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36536086)

heh yea, one of the most popular rappers of the mid 90's, I remember buying one album and it was embarrassingly bad (which is why it was on discount), that one track on dangerous minds, and BAM he's on Nickelodeon, but only to host lame award shows

Weird Al's Lady Gaga Music Video Spoof/Parody (0, Redundant)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534312)

Re:Weird Al's Lady Gaga Music Video Spoof/Parody (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36535062)

Here's Lady GaGa's reaction:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1PBptSDIh8

Re:Weird Al's Lady Gaga Music Video Spoof/Parody (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36535382)

Not in my country, I don't.

GigaGaga (5, Insightful)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534322)

From what I have seen in interviews, etc. Lady Gaga seems to have her head screwed on straight, a lot moreso than self-obsessed legal departments and Elvis-hip-gyration-fearing for-profit TV preachers. She's messing with the social meme-scape (there, I invented a word!) and doing so with intelligence. No surprise at all that she adores Weird Al and would think that being included in a Weird Al album is a high honor for a pop singer.

And, no surprise at all that her label's lawyer-trash didn't bother to talk to her first. From my second-hand experience with label legaloids, they hold the performers in barely-concealed contempt, the fans in fully unconcealed contempt. Dante is not my model of theological thought, but I can agree with him on one thing: Bolgia Nine must be packed with RIAA lawyers and the legal departments that try to chain down the performers.

Re:GigaGaga (1)

thule (9041) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536914)

I dunno, to me she seems incredibly thin skinned. I found a thoughtful essay critiquing Gaga. Check it out for a different perspective: The Case Against Lady Gaga [wordpress.com]. One of the more interesting parts of the critique is that *she* named her fans "little monsters". Odd. Another point is her subtle slam at Madonna because many people (including me) felt her new single was very similar to Madonna's "Express Yourself" in both theme and sound. She took that pretty personally. If she was true to her character I don't think she'd care what people thought.

I look at most of her stuff and It seems to me that she isn't doing anything new. Michael Jackson created new ways to dance. Gaga's stuff just seems like a bad imitation, but that is just my impression, I don't really follow pop music. When I'm listening to music it is usually 80's alternative. :)

Too Bad the Lady Gaga Parody Video is Creepy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36534324)

It is, watch the darn thing. Al jumped the shark on this one. The Sloppy looking cut and paste of his face makes it really creepy. Can't even get into the parody because of it.

Re:Too Bad the Lady Gaga Parody Video is Creepy. (1)

Boronx (228853) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534378)

Weird Al's career started on the shark's downslope, he's got nothing to worry about.

First album I ever bought was Weird Al. (1)

softWare3ngineer (2007302) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534360)

I cant ever listen to Lola or Girls Just Want to Have Fun with out hearing the Weird Al versions in my head.

Re:First album I ever bought was Weird Al. (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535124)

The thing is, I always like the Weird Al versions better.

Re:First album I ever bought was Weird Al. (2)

scifigod (272546) | more than 2 years ago | (#36536842)

And I'd much rather sit through his recap of Episode 1 then to try and watch it again.

Re:First album I ever bought was Weird Al. (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535594)

I cant ever listen to Lola or Girls Just Want to Have Fun with out hearing the Weird Al versions in my head.

Ugh, "Girls Just Want to have Lunch" was terrible... Al just made that one 'cause his record label told him to.

Is there still a place for Al? (4, Interesting)

jfengel (409917) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534506)

I was an immense fan of "In 3D", and one of the most notable things about it is the polka versions of classics (Hey Jude, My Generation, etc.) Some of the parodies were pending classics, like Eat It, Rye or the Kaiser, and King of Suede.

But we've run out of classics. Can you really parody Lady Gaga, herself essentially a parody of the music industry today?

Al is a gifted musician; his grasp of style and ability to mimic it are extraordinary: Songs like Mr. Popeil and Dog Eat Dog show a tremendous grasp of what makes the B-52s and the Talking Heads distinctive. Often his original works are funnier than the parodies, especially since parody so often relies on the meat of source material. Today's source material doesn't seem to HAVE any meat.

I looked at the video of his Lady Gaga parody. It's obviously a huge amount of work, and it's funny for that. That kind of effort is what Lady Gaga brings to the table, when the song material is forgettable.

This is not a dig on Al; it's a dig on the music industry, which as we've often noted here is dying, and with good reason. I'm thrilled that Al is still applying his tremendous gifts. I just wish he had better stuff to work with.

Re:Is there still a place for Al? (3, Funny)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534546)

...especially since parody so often relies on the meat of source material.

And no matter what you say about Lady Gaga, she had some meat for source material.

Re:Is there still a place for Al? (2)

smbarbour (893880) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534768)

I was an immense fan of "In 3D", and one of the most notable things about it is the polka versions of classics (Hey Jude, My Generation, etc.)

On a tangent, now that 3D is popular in movies again, would you agree that it's time for "Nature Trail to Hell" to actually be made?

Re:Is there still a place for Al? (1)

OS24Ever (245667) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535042)

it sure made me feel weird to be listening to his new album only to find that except for 'Perform This Way' I'd never heard the other songs he was parodying before.

Re:Is there still a place for Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36535286)

I grew up on Weird Al so it's been that way for most of my life. The last two albums were the first ones where I had half a clue about a few of the songs. It's been interesting hearing the Weird Al versions first and then years later hearing the original. Lump was probably one of the biggest surprises.

Yes this means I was in my 20s before I realized Weird Al covered Hey Jude.

Re:Is there still a place for Al? (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535628)

it sure made me feel weird to be listening to his new album only to find that except for 'Perform This Way' I'd never heard the other songs he was parodying before.

Heh, me too. Actually I don't listen to Gaga, either, so I don't know any of the originals he parodied for this album, or any of the songs from the polka medley... Well, except "Poker Face".

Old(er) guy likes old(er) music, film at 11. (1, Insightful)

pathological liar (659969) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535454)

If you don't like Lady Gaga (and neither do I) just say it and move on. You don't need to justify it, if it doesn't float your boat, it doesn't float your boat.

The music industry is dying, but that has nothing to do with what it puts out. Slashdot was wrong then, and it's still wrong now.

We haven't run out of classic music, we're making new classic music all the time. "Classic" is about attachments or memories you form with music, and often during formative years. Did you happen to listen to the B-52s or the Talking Heads growing up? It's also about taste, for example I find most stuff that gets labelled "Classic Rock" relentlessly boring. Merzbow has fans. Noise rock has fans. It's rarely about objective quality, and even if it were, who decides what's quality?

You may not like or feel any attachment to modern music, but let's not pretend nobody does.

Love it! (1)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534634)

I think Perform This Way is a hoot. The video is weird, but it is Weird Al.

If you didn't know which was the original and which was the parody, it might be hard to tell which was which.

...laura, Lady Gaga fan

Al is just a really cool guy (1)

KiltedKnight (171132) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534820)

I've had the opportunity to meet him at a concert when I was one of his extras. He is a good man and has a wonderful family. He treats people with respect it's difficult to not give it back to him... especially when he requests permission to do all of the spoofs even though he doesn't legally need to do so.

And I can't listen to several songs without the Weird Al spoof popping into my head either.

Best wishes to you, Weird Al!

bad fonts (1)

callmebill (1917294) | more than 2 years ago | (#36534846)

I hate Arial or whatever this font is, because everything about "Al is great" translates to "Artificial Intelligence is great" by my brain's first filter. It's almost as bad as 1 vs. l in Courier.

The official story from Al's Blog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36535426)

Summary isn't quite right. Gaga herself approved it. Here's the official story:

Part 1: http://alyankovic.wordpress.com/the-gaga-saga/
Part 2: http://alyankovic.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/gaga-update/

Saved? (1)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 2 years ago | (#36535770)

I hardly think his album would have been in trouble had that single song not made the cut. As worst, they would have had to remove the track from the album. He went through a similar situation with James Blunt's "You're Beautiful." In the end, the song ("You're Pitiful") didn't make the album but Weird Al released it for free download on his website.

Re:Saved? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36536792)

As worst, they would have had to remove the track from the album.

I doubt that. Although Wierd Al likes to get permission for parodies, parodies are Fair Use. So long as he paid the compulsory royalty for covering the melody, I believe he'd be in the clear, whether the mechanical copyright holder, the recording copyright holder, and those involved with the original work liked it, or not.

Couldn't buy legally, warez3d it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36536988)

Sadly, went to buy the MP3s online and they won't let me give them money for them because I live in NZ. Second stop was the TPB, where it was easy as to get.

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