Jill Sobule vs. Katy Perry
I was kind of waiting for Jill Sobule to have something to say about Katy Perry. After all, "I Kissed a Girl" is a pretty distinct song title for the two different hits that both women rode to fame. When I saw Sobule's expletive-laced tirade of an answer to rumpus.net, I read it as something of a joke - perhaps with a few grains of truth. But Katy Perry fans aren't laughing. Or so Tweets Sobule today: " Oh my, I am getting hate mail from Katy Perry fans now. Pretty funny. Surprised people took it so serious. What can you do?"
Perry, meanwhile, has remained mum. My favorite tweet of hers today? A choice between her lamenting how rough it is to get stuck in a three-hour, impromptu meet-and-greet at an airport or messaging @perezhilton various shopping tips.
On a separate note, All Time Low - truly one of the best pop-punk band ever to emerge from Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland - says they surprised even themselves with the sales of their recent release, "Nothing Personal." The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 4 three weeks ago selling more than 60,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The band should get used to such surprises, I suspect. Sources are telling me that DGC/Interscope has picked up the band and will be going to radio with the excellent first single, "Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't )" on August 17.
The song actually already charted on the Hot 100 prior to the album's release, largely on the strength of digital sales. Hopeless Records, the Cali-based indie label that helped to break ATL will own this album; moving forward, I'm told, future ATL releases will be pretty much DGC/Interscope's domain.
This isn't the first time Hopeless has launched a major label career - you may have heard of a band called Avenged Sevenfold. They broke pretty big on Hopeless before Warner Bros. Records' took them to even bigger places on subsequent releases.