Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)

January 26th, 2013

This went up in the iTunes store a lot faster than I expected (nice work there Tunecore), and some of you have already found it:

iTunes: Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)
GooglePlay: Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)
AmazonMP3: Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)

I’ve released this track as a single – it should be on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play eventually if it’s not already. It’s a cover of Glee’s cover of my cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s song, which is to say it’s EXACTLY THE SAME as my original version. I’m releasing this under the same Harry Fox license I used for the 2005 release, so Mix will get all the royalties due to him. I’ll donate the proceeds from all sales that happen between now and the end of February to two charities: The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and The It Gets Better Project. (fine print: iTunes will get their cut first of course, then I’ll deduct enough to cover my licensing fees, and split the rest between the two. iTunes sometimes takes a long time to report sales, sometimes even a couple of months, so I won’t be able to do the math and make the donation until I have the numbers. But I’ll let you know when I’ve gotten the amount and made the donation.)

I’ve been reading your tweets and posts and I’m truly grateful for your support – honestly, this has been a very stressful time, and it means so much to see how many of you are behind me. I’ve been trying to figure out a positive way to channel all this energy. I haven’t asked you guys to take any specific action throughout this thing, but now I am asking: buy the track, give it some stars, leave a comment (please be civil), and tell everyone you can. Call it a form of protest, awareness raising, viral PR hackitude, whatever you like. I don’t know how big this will get, but there’s a potential to make a lot of noise this way – imagine if this thing charts! And failing that, we will create some real world impact by raising a lot of money for two great causes that are directly related to the Glee brand. There’s your win-win.

Maybe this is something that the Glee people would like to give some EXPOSURE. Though, in order to do that they’d have to make some kind of public acknowledgement that I exist. We’ll see! Maybe they’ll even want to match the gesture, and donate all their February proceeds for their version too!

I will have a lot more to say about this situation soon, most likely Monday. Stay tuned…

462 responses to “Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)”

  1. J_Jammer says:

    @Fata Morgana

    They did nothing illegal, which is all that matters.

    @Johnny Octane

    Yeah, no. Disagreeing with what you’re saying isn’t hateful. That’s a pretty pathetic point.

  2. AirCon says:

    “They did nothing illegal, which is all that matters”

    Are you serious? If something isn’t illegal, it’s okay?
    I could post your name and some of your personal info (I’m not actually going to, just using this as an example) right here on this site, and it wouldn’t be illegal. But it would matter and it would be unethical. Oh, wait– but I suppose it’s nothing illegal, so I guess it would be perfectly okay for me to do that.

  3. AirCon says:

    By the way, although it’s pretty obvious, that last comment was directed at J_Jammer.

  4. Johnny Octane says:

    “Yeah, no. Disagreeing with what you’re saying isn’t hateful. That’s a pretty pathetic point.”

    Saying my point is pathetic is just trying to insult me. Congratulations, you just proved my point in a single comment! That’s a new record!

  5. Ridley says:

    Glee jumped the shark well before this. This just cements it. What ginormous f#cktards.

  6. Ridley says:

    @AirCon – Right on bro.

    You know who I’m sick of? People who argue that immoral actions are justified because they may not be explicitly illegal, and who at the same time fight to destroy any laws that actually do protect victims of their depredation.

    What a bunch of fannies. In the Australian sense.

  7. Jesse says:

    Don’t mind J_J, the little darling, he’s just popping in to rock the boat every once in a while.

    Even if he actually thinks that legality is all that matters, he’s perfectly fine with ignoring any evidence that the copyright has actually been violated. He doesn’t want a debate, he just wants to argue about it for some reason.

    I predict that even if Coulton proves Glee used his recording (violating his copyright), takes them to court, and wins, J_J will still be on here arguing about how it still doesn’t matter that Glee stole the song.

  8. Duznot says:

    You’re still arguing with that guy? He hadn’t posted for days until you stirred him up again. Let it go.

  9. jane brown says:

    Get over it dude. I live near oakland & have spent a lot of time in LA & I’d never heard your version of this song. Sir Mixalots version couldn’t have been that great or I would have heard b4. I think Glee cast singing it was so fun. I’m thinking maybe u should be thanking Glee for bringing it back w life. So stop whining!

  10. cgimusic says:

    jane brown, your comment only makes your lack of knowledge about the situation completely apparent. This has nothing to do with Sir Mixalot’s version and I really don’t know what kind of rock you have been living under such that you have never heard it before. I don’t see how Glee brought anything back to life given they made absolutely no modifications. Making an awesome cover like JoCo did is bringing something back to life. Copying a cover exactly without any form of attribution is just scummy.

    You say you have also never heard Coultons version of the song. Does that make it OK. It is fine to rip off other artists so long as jane brown has never heard of them?

    You sound like the exact sort of ass who would steal from a beggar and say it was OK because they weren’t as rich as you.

  11. Orkendark says:

    cgimusic, you’re missing jane brown’s point. She lives near Oakland & LA. Clearly any version of a song referencing those places will be known there. I believe they pipe it through a public address system.

    We may need to rethink this whole support of JoCo thing. I’m beginning to doubt whether he ever put the song out at all.

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