Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Jonathan Coulton Is Taking Revenge on 'Glee' by Beating Them on the Charts

After the show Glee ripped off the arrangement and melody for Jonathan Coulton's cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" and refused to credit or pay him in any way, Coulton has taken to the internet to release a cover of Glee's cover of his cover. Titled "Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)" and complete with a photo of him making the "L for loser" gesture used in Glee's marketing, Jonathan Coulton has released the song on iTunes, Google Play, and AmazonMP3. The single is tearing up the iTunes charts, currently at #95, higher than any song from Glee is right now. Coulton is donating all proceeds to The It Gets Better Project and The VH1 Save the Music Foundation and has challenged Glee to do the same thing for their songs too, which is totally not a thing that will ever happen.

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  • http://twitter.com/doggans doggans

    Sir Mix-A-Lot finally weighed in on this topic on the Seattle NPR station KUOW. He said his managers have forbidden him from explicitly taking a side due to his continued arrangements with both JoCo and Fox, but he warned Fox not to underestimate the power of Coulton and his rabid fanbase.

  • V

    Article about someone using another person's work without giving credit uses another person's work without giving credit.

    • Kyle Eldridge

      Jonathan Coulton paid Mix-a-Lot for the rights.

    • hahawhat

      You are aware that Coulton paid Sir Mix-a-Lot for the rights to use his lyrics in the arrangement he wrote, and has been paying him royalties for ages, right? I mean, surely you would made sure that this was actually a thing before opening your mouth and–

      Wait, this is the internet. Carry on, then.

    • Cuvis

      Mix-A-Lot is credited as writer on Coulton's cover, and receives a royalty from it. I'm not sure where you got the idea he used the song without credit.

    • http://twitter.com/risawolf risa

      I think V is talking about the uncredited photograph.