HOT: Whole Foods Party Platters
As sales of vinyl albums, against all odds, continue to increase, specialty “natural foods” store Whole Foods is testing the waters to see if their customers would like to buy, say, a 12-inch of Bob Marley’s Legend to take home with their healthy edibles. The chain, according to Time, is now selling vinyl records in five stores in California, hoping to possibly join Urban Outfitters as one of the country’s biggest vinyl sellers. The stores are also selling LSTN Headphones, from the folks who work on TOMS shoes; for each pair sold, according to its site, the company “helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.”
WARM: In the Thicke of It
One of the “songs of the summer” looks like it will soon be the source of one of the “music lawsuits of the summer.” R&B/Pop phenom Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” borrows heavily from late Soul legend Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,” so much so that Thicke admitted it was the “inspiration” and, weirdly, launched a pre-emptive lawsuit asking a judge to rule that it was not an infringement of the Gaye estate’s copyright.
Covering all the bases, Thicke’s people, according to Billboard, also offered the Gaye family a six-figure settlement to stave off a lawsuit, but the family said, “Hell no!” Maybe Marvin Gaye III is just angling for a better offer — like, say, the father role in a possible Growing Pains remake?
COLD: Dr. Teeth and the Eccentric Mayhem
Ten years ago, if you’d been told that concerts would feature holograms of dead performers in a decade’s time, you would have laughed your ass off. Now, since Hologram Tupac and similar “re-creations,” a half-Beatles Hologram concert would barely raise a smirk. So don’t be too quick to brush off the plans of a Canadian dentist who bought a rotten John Lennon tooth for $30,000 … and hopes to use the DNA to clone Lennon back to life. In a press release, Dr. Michael Zuk said, “To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of Rock’s greatest stars would be mind-blowing.” Yes, but how about starting with that dead guy from Milli Vanilli first, on the outside chance that it all goes horribly wrong.