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Baby DJs, Kanye's Fluke and a Costly DJ Request

By Mike Breen · October 16th, 2013 · Minimum Gauge
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Start ’Em Young

Forcing music lessons on your kids is a good way to turn them off of music forever. But babies can’t say no (well, they can, but it means nothing). Still, a baby is going to have a hard time learning piano or guitar with their little fingers and tiny brains, so why not get them started with DJ lessons? A Brooklyn, N.Y., (of course) DJ and composer has been getting press recently for running a “Baby DJ School” out of a thrift store, schooling toddlers under 3 years old on how to mix and match tracks, push play and politely decline outlandish requests for bad Bon Jovi songs (see below).


Welcome to the New Music Industry

After months of promoting Yeezus, Kanye West finally scored a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

But it wasn’t a track from Yeezus. Instead, it was a song from 2005’s Late Registration. West’s track “Gone” reached No. 18 based exclusively on its inclusion in a YouTube video a young woman made as a “take this job and shove it” message to her employer that went viral. West can thank Billboard’s updated formula for charting, which now factors in things like YouTube streams. Just think — someday soon, a video of your cat getting his head stuck in a box or your dad getting kicked in the balls might just earn your favorite Pop star an unexpected hit single!


Expensive Request

The backstory behind some ongoing lawsuits with ties to mouse head-wearing Electronic superstar Deadmau5 and Jersey-bred rockers Bon Jovi could be the source of another sequel to The Hangover, if it wasn’t so unbelievable. In 2011, Deadmau5 was DJing at a Vegas club when he got an offer he couldn’t refuse — a rich businessman/big-time gambler offered him $200,000 to play Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” (not normally in the Deadmau5 repertoire). The song was played, the high-roller came on stage uninvited (his name in flashing lights, thanks to the accommodating hotel/casino the nightclub is in) and, when the DJ’s agent approached him later to pay up, he angrily refused. Deadmau5 got his money from his agents, but a string of lawsuits ensued (a settlement was reached, but has not yet been finalized). And now heckler shouts of “‘Livin’ on a Prayer’!!!” will be commonplace at every Deadmau5 show for the foreseeable future.

Read about the whole, convoluted saga here.



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