New Jay-Z Song To Use Nirvana Lyrics, Says Courtney

By Liz Pelly / June 22, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Surrounding a quick tour she’s currently on, Courtney Love recently did an interview with the Huffington Post discussing her new music, a forthcoming autobiography, why she’s not doing a reality a show, and more. Most interestingly, she talked about how Jay-Z is planning to cover Nirvana at some point.

From the HuffPop piece:

Love, who owns the Nirvana catalog following her husband Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, just granted Hova permission to use lyrics off of the Seattle band’s iconic, game-changing single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” That move comes after she covered Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” at a Sundance Film Festival gig in January. “I’m letting Jay-Z use lyrics – Francis would freak [if she knew this.] Jay-Z’s huge and we’re friends. I mean we’re not besties or anything….”

True to form, Love ends the conversation with this: “They [used it] without asking, which is kind of nervy but the business side has been taken care of so it’s fine.”

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is out 7/4 via a Samsung Galaxy app. Here’s the tracklist:

01 “Picasso Baby”
02 “Heaven”
03 “Versus”
04 “Tom Ford”
05 “Beach Is Better”
06 “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”
07 “Oceans”
08 “F.U.T.W.”
09 “Part II (On The Run)”
10 “BBC”
11 “La Familia”
12 “Jay-Z Blue”
13 “Nickles & Dimes”