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Jack White Apologizes to The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Meg White, Basically Everyone

20140520-jackwhite-x600-1400602440Musician Jack White has recently had fans of Meg White, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Adele, and Duffy up in arms because of a recent interview with Rolling Stone in which White seemed to be picking on each of them for one thing or another. While he seemed to present his White Stripes counterpart Meg White as an unsupportive recluse, he also claimed that The Black Keys were effectively ripping off his sound and seemed to be insinuating that artists like Adele, Duffy and Lana Del Rey have only found success because of the door opened by Amy Winehouse and the gap left by her untimely passing.

This past Saturday, in an effort to explain himself and apologize to his fellow musicians, White posted a lengthy letter on his website. He opens this way:

It seems like it’s becoming obvious that to continue the activities I have planned for the rest of my year as a musician, and not be hounded by nonsense throughout those experiences, I should make a statement to clear up a lot of the negativity surrounding things I’ve said or written, despite the fact that I loathe to bring more attention to these things.

White then addresses his feelings about the interview itself, and how he felt the need to discuss very personal topics after his personal letters were leaked to the public last year. Read more

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The Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox Settle Their Differences

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The biggest pop culture intellectual property story of late 2013 is over: GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys have settled.

A company spokesperson explained the details to Rolling Stone. The settlement includes:

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Drake Fires PR Firm for ‘YOLO’ Mistakes

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On his way to the club to make it rain with $73. YOLO, indeed.

Being the publicist of an idiot celebrity is nothing more than a logo and cash grab. Where’s the fulfillment in constantly being pressured to cover someone’s tracks because he or she can’t cover his or her mouth?

Take this fool, Drake.

Reports have come out via Billboard that Drake and ID-PR have parted ways because of the now infamous (and all-too-classy-response) Rolling Stone cover story that was to feature the doltish “singer/rapper” but instead this Philip Seymour Hoffman had to go take heroin and die. Hoffman gets the cover. Drake thought he was snubbed.

And the rest is after the jump (and there’s more where that came from)…

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Drake ‘Disgusted’ at Rolling Stone, Which Dropped His Cover Shot for Philip Seymour Hoffman

Last Friday Rolling Stone told Drake and his media team that it would pull his planned cover for one featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The corresponding interview/profile, posted today after a teaser, also included some negative comments Drake made about friend and collaborator Kanye West‘s most recent album—quotes he apparently meant to be off the record.

For some reason, however, the rapper didn’t get pissed about it until this morning.

This tweet followed two since-deleted messages:

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Improvised Songs ‘Sex Dolphin’ and ‘Italian Hero Sandwich of Love’ Prove R. Kelly is a Powerhouse Brand

R. Kelly improvised sex songs about dolphins and sandwiches. Now DJ ANGO has set them to music.You know you’ve been a staple of the R&B scene long enough to call yourself a bonafide brand when you can improvise slow jams about inanimate objects and aquatic mammals, and people not only want to hear them, but buy them (and maybe even use them as a potentially successful method of seduction).

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone decided to test R. Kelly‘s improv skills by asking him to instantly turn a few random phrases like “Sex Dolphin” and “Italian Hero Sandwich of Love” into seductive hits. The results were spectacularly amusing (and undeniably smooth).

“I know how to put it into a melody and make it comical, but sexual at the same time,” the singer-songwriter told Rolling Stone. “With my gift, I can pretty much write a song out of anything.”

Humility? No. Undeniable talent and staying-power? Yes.

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Second Serving: Serena Williams Shows Paula Deen How to Apologize

REUTERS/Sergio MoraesThe entire country watched in horror this month as Paula Deen’s deep-fried, butter-soaked career came crashing down in a mess of outrageous statements and one of the most painful non-apologies we’ve ever had the misfortune to witness.

Mrs. Deen’s fall was so epic, in fact, that it distracted us from another perfectly served case study in poor media relations. This one came courtesy of clay court champ Serena Williams, who ruined what should have been a complimentary Rolling Stone profile with a few ill-advised comments and a passive-aggressive “apology.”

While visiting a nail salon with reporter Stephen Rodrick, Williams saw a news report about the Steubenville, Ohio rape case that sent two high school football stars to jail and led to a PR fail for CNN when anchors Poppy Harlow and Candy Crowley appeared to express more sympathy for the rapists than their victim.

Serena said of the perpetrators: “Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know.” Beyond classifying the rape of a 16-year-old girl as “something stupid” and wondering whether the offenders were punished too harshly, Williams also had some less-than-flattering words for the victim:

“I’m not blaming the girl, but…why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? She’s lucky… she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”

Did she really need to throw a “but” in there?

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Goldman Sachs Will Address The Court of Public Opinion Now

Today marks a Very Serious Literary Event: the release of Wall Street turncoat/general sad sack Greg Smith’s highly anticipated non-fiction debut, Why I Left Goldman Sachs.

Smith’s book expands upon an op-ed he wrote for The New York Times back in March in which he decried his former employer’s once-noble culture as “toxic and destructive” while claiming to be shocked at “how callously people talk about ripping their clients off”. The article’s best-known revelation was the fact that managers referred to their clients as “muppets”—and not in an endearing Fozzie Bear kind of way.

First the obvious: Most Americans don’t think too highly of Goldman Sachs right now, no matter what Mr. Smith says. When Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone referred to the company as a “great vampire squid”, he wasn’t just engaging in colorful hyperbole: According to the widely cited YouGov Brand Index, GS remains engaged in a bad-PR battle with JPMorgan Chase to determine which financial organization Americans hate most.

Politicians may have plenty of love for Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein, but the average “man on the street” feels differently. So how will the biggest name in investment banking deal with its most visible enemy? Until now, the organization has largely ignored Mr. Smith, but a curious internal memo reveals that this is no longer the case.

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Bad PR: Clinton Rep Tells Buzzfeed Reporter to ‘F**k Off’

Today in Bad Media Relations News, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s well-named spokesman Philippe Reines—who has served as a State Department official under Clinton since her 2009 appointment–recently told Buzzfeed political reporter and Rolling Stone veteran Michael Hastings to “f**k off” and “have a good life” via email.

What led to this unbecoming outburst? It all began with a series of sharp questions regarding the State Department’s behavior following the recent tragedy at Benghazi and its response to the scandal in which CNN admitted to removing the deceased US Ambassador’s diary from the scene of the crime and using its contents in a later report without the permission of the man’s surviving family members.

The entire exchange was extremely antagonistic on both sides, and it makes for a fascinating mini-case study in media relations. Hastings begins by calling Reines’s public condemnation of CNN “offensive” and unashamedly blames lax State Department security measures for the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. So yeah, the tension was quite obvious, even over email, and we weren’t surprised when Hastings described Reines’s official explanations of the Benghazi situation as “bullshit.”

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Rage Against the Machine Rags on Ryan

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According to Rolling Stone , Mitt Romney‘s arch-conservative running-mate Paul Ryan has cited Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands. Yet the discrepancy between the band’s messages and Ryan’s political ideals is glaringly obvious to anyone with more than a passing knowledge of their music. More specifically, the group has a history of vocal opposition to the Republican party — they staged a protest concert on the lawn of the Minnesota State Capitol during the Republican National Convention in 2008. The sheer irony of Ryan’s fandom hasn’t escaped the band’s notice: In an exclusive op-ed in Rolling Stone, guitarist Tom Morello expresses his amusement at Ryan’s musical choices as well as his own, well, rage at virtually everything the Wisconsin Rep. stands for. Read more