Courtney Love

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”

Comments (12)
  1. Why do bad things keep happening to me?

  2. “We doing big pimpin’ up in NYC, it’s just that Jigga man, a mulatto, and an albino.”

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  4. So the official release date of his new album is “7/4 via a Samsung Galaxy App”

    I really hope that music publications (including this one) are saying that to poke fun at the whole idea of the biggest rapper in the world using a cell phone company to push his album.

    Because if it’s required copy points…

  5. All that money…and he still can’t spell “nickels.”

  6. I love Nirvana, but this is a non-story to me. Am I supposed to be mad about this? The lyrics to Smells Like Teen Spirit are part of the cultural ether at this point, there’s no reason to consider them untouchable or sacrosanct.

    • A cover or a parody using different lyrics (a la Weird Al) would be fine, but the original lyrics should not be recontextualized. This is the same sort of problem as Kurt’s likeness being used in that stupid video game.

      • Why? Hip hop has a long history of sampling, quoting, repurposing and recontextualizing other people’s words and music. Why should Nirvana be exempt?

        • In the world, there are people who control how and when songs are used. Every day, artists are told, “No, you may not use that song for your purposes.” Just because you don’t hear about it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening, and just because someone wants to do something does not mean that person should be allowed to do it. Art is self-expression, and when you recontextualize all or part of a work, you have the ability to alter the perception of that work’s original intended meaning and by extension the identity from which it sprung. Why do you think a lot of artists don’t want their songs in commercials even though it would mean big bucks for them? Commodification neuters and devalues art and by extension the artist. Kurt no longer has the ability to say “no,” and unfortunately Courtney Love is unconcerned with protecting her husband’s legacy.

  7. It’s probably just going to be like a short line or two, like maybe the one about how it’s hard to barggle nozzle zous.

  8. So she is ok with this and has a problem when Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic get together with other musicans to play non Nirvana’s song??? I just hope Jay Z does not destroy that song .it’s a classic.

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