Jens Lekman contemplates LG lawsuit, preps live DVD/EP
According to Jens Lekman's blog, cell phone giant LG (you know, the phones you get for free when you buy Cingular's cheapest plan) has used a song in their latest ad campaign that sounds curiously similar to Jens's "A Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill". And what does Jens have to say about this?
"If you live in the United States of America you might see a washing machine commercial with a song that apparently sounds a lot like one of my songs. It is not one of my songs but here's the story. I was approached about a month ago by this company , represented by a myriad of producers. They wanted my song, I said no. Yesterday I saw a comment on my Myspace site "Holy crap, this LG commercial just featured a Sweet Summernight on Hammer Hill". I got worried , I contacted my recordlabels. Today I got the verdict: It's not your song, but it's something very similar. I havent heard it yet so I can't tell if I've been totally ripped off or not. If I have then I'm the total loser - my song gets associated with a washing machine and I get paid nothing for it.
Take a listen: LG Washing Machine Commercial Audio
And then this: Jens Lekman - "A Sweet Summer's Night on Hammer Hill"
However, Jens has announced no legislative action in his defense. Come on, it sounds really similar. It even has the clapping and trumpet and everything! Oh well.
Meanwhile, Jens continues to work on the follow up to last year's gorgeous Oh You're So Silent Jens in Goethenburg. As a teaser, Jens is planning to release a DVD/EP entitled Kullaberg, which features five new songs supposedly recorded in a hollowed-out volcano. Right.
There is no confirmed release date, but I have the tracklist for you. Does that help at all?
The Death of My Parents
Happy Birthday to Shame
The Rain Has Got to Fall
Your Arms Around Me
Jens Lekman: Official Website