Radiohead Breaks Out the Big Lego Box; Naked Photos of Rihanna, Cassie Don't Lift Music Sales


Headlines: Radiohead has returned to the studio to begin work on a new album. Only, the beloved British rock band doesn't have any actual, you know -- songs. "We're at the stage where we've got the big Lego box out and we've tipped it out on the floor and we're looking at all the bits and thinking, what next?" bassist Colin Greenwood says. ... Cassie is flat? That's cold. Actually, Billboard's story is about what impact the nude Cassie and Rihanna photos that leaked online had on the two singers' sales. Rihanna's sales actually sagged slightly, while Cassie's didn't move one way or the other. "The adage is all publicity is good publicity, and publicity equates to sales. But according to Billboard data, this isn't necessarily the case." ... Nothing says "thank you" in corporate America quite like a free Gin Blossoms concert! ... Michael Jackson's "people" have denied a published report that said the erstwhile king of pop has skin cancer. But Jackson does, apparently, have a rep named Dr. Tohme Tohme! "He doesn't have any diseases whatsoever," Tohme-squared said. ... The Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse collaboration, "Dark Night of the Soul," has been shelved by EMI. "Unspecified legal issues." But shelved simply means you can't buy it. The album already leaked on the internets and is streaming in its entirety on NPR's site. ... Los Van Van and scores of other Cuban musicians may be headed to the States, what with the Obama administration looking to thaw relations with Cuba. Not that tons of folks here are necessarily waiting with baited breath: The story notes that "even Los Van Van, Cuba's most popular band of the last four decades, has failed to gain more than a cult following in the States," with the band's latest album selling only 1,000 U.S. copies. ... T.I. will be in prison before month's end. ... File-sharing helps big acts more than small ones, at least in terms of getting people to listen to their proffer. (The rich don't actually get richer when people steal their music. Duh.)

Video(s) of the Day
A "20/20" hip-hop special, from 1981. Split into two def parts. "It's all beat and all talk. It tells you a story and makes you want to dance." (Hat tip: The Daily Swarm.)

Part I:

Part II:

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  May 18, 2009; 7:29 AM ET Morning Mix
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