Music News: Teen doesn't know how CD-Rs work, makes everyone 20+ instantly feel old


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"...Baby One More Time" turns 20
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17-year-old Baltimore resident Alyssa Lucas is making millennials, let alone gen-Xers and baby boomers, feel old. She's gone viral with a tweet asking, "Maybe its just the generation z in me but how did people burn CDs? Like how did you just get a blank CD and put songs on it?"

The tweet, which features a GIF of Beyoncé (who certainly knows how to burn a CD), has nearly 2,000 retweets and has been covered on BuzzFeed. Just to clarify, she's not saying she doesn't know how compact discs in general work, but still, given how CD-R mixes dominated stereos in the Napster era, people are shook that a new generation knows nothing of them.

For the record, BuzzFeed explains, "blank CDs have blank grooves as well as a thin layer of dye. Song data is written onto the CD when a laser in a CD drive pulsates at an incredibly high power to "burn" marks into the dye and grooves."

Canadian rapper dies in music video accident

Canadian-American rapper Jon James has died after falling from an airplane during a music video shoot. James was walking on the wing of a Cessna as a stunt during a video shoot apparently for his song "The Man," a collaboration with Riff Raff.

"He had trained intensely for the stunt," wrote James's management in a statement. "However, as Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn't correct. Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn't have time to pull his chute."

James, who was previously a pro skier, often performed at sports events and did stunts as part of his music career. The below video previews "The Man" video shoot. (Spin)

Whitney Houston, Steve Aoki getting museum treatment

Whitney Houston and Steve Aoki are both making headlines with new museum exhibits.

The Houston exhibit is now open at the Grammy Museum in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. According to the New York Times, "the show, Whitney!, features personal artifacts, photographs and footage provided by the singer's family. Items on view include dazzling outfits Houston wore over the years, her own faded Bible and several awards." It will all be on display until June 30, 2019.

Meanwhile, Steve Aoki has become the first EDM artist to have his gear added to the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. An array of Aoki's touring performance equipment is now on display as part of a music-themed exhibit that also includes turntables from '50s DJ Bob Casey, who pioneered two-deck continuous play; and from hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash. (Billboard)

"...Baby One More Time" turns 20

Britney Spears's breakout hit "...Baby One More Time" was released 20 years ago today (Tuesday).

As NME notes, the song marked the end of the '90s era when alternative rockers and big ballads dominated the charts, ushering in the dominance of provocative dance-pop and the rise of super-producer Max Martin — as well as Spears herself, a sassy young star for a new century.

The Independent reports that Martin first offered the song to TLC, who turned it down because they thought it evoked domestic violence. In fact, the Sweden native simply meant to use slang for "call me," and while Spears's take doesn't suggest abuse, her assertive flirtation suggests that she's not just sitting around waiting for her phone to ring either.

The Economist goes so far as to call the single "the greatest debut in the world of pop music [...] After a decade of rap, rave and alternative rock, here was something that cut straight to the heart and emotional angst of teenagers, offered by an approachable young singer."

Tracy Chapman reportedly sues Nicki Minaj

Back before Nicki Minaj released her latest album Queen, she was tweeting at Tracy Chapman, trying to get a hold of her to clear a sample. The album dropped without the song "Sorry." That track samples Foxy Brown's song "Sorry," a reggae-tinged cover of Chapman's 1988 song "Baby Can I Hold You." (It's a different Foxy Brown.) Minaj acknowledged the sample wasn't cleared: "Sis said no," the rapper tweeted.

Still, Minaj shared her track with DJ Funkmaster Flex, who played it on his show, and now TMZ reports that Chapman is suing Minaj seeking statutory damages and an agreement never to release the song again. Initially, Minaj said she had no idea the song sampled Chapman, so she might have been bummed to hold the track back. (Consequence of Sound)

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