New music is often just old music put together in different ways. There's only so many notes you can play, tunes you can sing, words you can string, you know? It's just how it works, music sampling happens whether it's acknowledged or not. For an entertaining look at the history of sampling, watch the video above.…
In the early days of electronic music, sampling was considered theft. In this video from 1988, Fresh Prince — sorry, Will Smith — Jazzy Jeff, Cold Cut, De La Soul and even Tom Petty try and get to the bottom of the question "is sampling art or stealing?"
It's not a revolutionary idea. But "Sampled Room," a gorgeous video produced with just a Canon EOS 5D mkII, a Shure SM48 mic, and a room full of stuff, shows that you really don't need instruments to make music. [Vimeo]
"Breaking News," the first single from Michael Jackson's forthcoming posthumous album Michael, is pretty awful. But that might not be Michael's fault! While Sony insists the track's legit, Jackson's nephews say that it actually isn't MJ singing at all. Controversy!