Mattel filed a lawsuit against Aqua’s record claiming that their hit song “Barbie Girl” damaged their Barbie brand. After finding MCA Records not guilty, the Judge concluded his opinion by writing “The parties are advised to chill.”
Richard Nixon was a fan of rap music. In a 1990 interview with the New York Times, he said, “I have often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics.”
Vinyl records are making a comeback, with sales up 18% in the last year to 1.4% of the total market, and LP factories are working at capacity.
In 1985 Simple Minds rearranged and recorded “Don’t You Forget about Me” in 3 hours then forgot about it until The Breakfast Club came out and it became a #1 hit.
Two Scottish rappers duped the music industry into thinking they were a Californian hip hop duo, and signed a £75k record deal with Sony Music.
Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70’s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit.
On September 19, 1985, when Frank Zappa famously testified before Congress to protest the PMRC’s attempt to legislate and censor heavy metal music lyrics, Zappa compared the proposed legislation to “treating dandruff by decapitation”.