EN LA VIDA
||NET WORLD Madonna's American Strife
by Andrew Davis
This article shared 5175 times since Tue Jul 1, 2003
Madonna just can't seem to find peace on the Net. After releasing the first single from her American Life album online, the Material Girl saw her Web site hacked, with links to pirated versions of her full album replacing the site's content.
The hacker's attack appeared to be in response to Madonna's most recent response to file-swappers seeking free copies of her music. The singer put files that appear to be versions of her new songs onto networks that actually contain recordings of her saying, 'What the fuck do you think you're doing?'
The hacked page read, 'This is what the fuck I think I'm doing.' It also contained what appeared to be links to the album's songs.
Madonna's war with hackers isn't unique, but it has been one of the consistent threads of the battles over online music during the past few years. Several other artists and groups that have complained about file swapping and have seen similar attacks.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)has been the target of repeated hack attacks during the past year. Metallica, the band that proved to be one of Napster's chief antagonists, had its site hacked at the peak of that controversy.
Madonna's release of fake files into file-swapping networks is an increasingly common way of combating Net piracy. Her own twist on the tactic, of course, earned her more attention ... and, in light of artists' sagging CD sales (including hers), attention is a desperately needed commodity.
Source: CNET News.com
Sites of the Month:
1. 205 Flava (www.205flava.com/): If you're still riding the Ruben Studdard Express, you might want to check out this site featuring tops with '205'— although the enterprising vendors here have expanded to include every area code in that nation.
2. Project VIDA (www.projectvida.org/): This site focuses on the Chicago group that seeks to '[p]rotect our community's [minority] youth and young adults from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.' See how you can donate time and other resources.
3. Eduardo Verastegui—The Official Site (www.eduardoverastegui.com/index.htm): The incredibly luscious actor (who's probably best known as J. Lo's dancing partner in the original 'Ain't It Funny' video) has his own site. Fortunately, it's filled with photos of him in various stages of dress ... and undress.
4. The Unofficial Esther Cañadas Web Site (usuarios.lycos.es/esthercanadas/EstherCanadas.html):
Now here's something for the ladies (and the supermodel-worshipping gay men) to see. Read about the Spanish poser, get in touch with her fans, and (of course) gawk at tons of photos of her. If you want to see even more pictures of her, go to www.atpictures.com/esther/ .
I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This article shared 5175 times since Tue Jul 1, 2003
| ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE|
|Jerry Mitchell bops into Boop! |
Director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell is bringing black-and-white Boop! The Betty Boop Musical into a world of color at the CIBC Theatre this winter. It's a pre-Broadway world premiere for the musical starring Jasmine Amy Rogers ...
|SHOWBIZ Billy Porter, queer novel, 'Tammy Faye,' queer DJ, Bella Ramsey|
Billy Porter released his long-awaited new album, Black Mona Lisa, via Island Records UK/Republic Records, and it's executive-produced by Justin Tranter, a press release noted. Porter said, "So many of the songs on my album have ...
|Photographer Irene Young launches book with stellar concerts|
"Something About the Women" was appropriately the closing song for two sold-out, stellar concerts at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage November 19, in celebration of the new book of the same name by Irene Young, the legendary ...
|SAVOR Fairmont Lodge, the MCA's newest sandwich and Krispy Kreme|
Owning it: As I have mentioned, The Ramova Theatre will officially reopen this fall in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, at 3520 S. Halsted St., as a live music venue, craft brewery, beer garden and grill. However, news ...
|SHOWBIZ Music awards, military film, Tom of Finland, Yo-Yo Ma, 'Harley Quinn'|
Video below - Brothers Osborne—a duo that includes gay brother TJ Osborne—won Vocal Duo of the Year for the sixth time at the recent CMA Awards, per a media release. Backstage, TJ told reporters, "I did not expect us ...
|'Jersey Boys' stars reunite as Midtown Men on Dec. 2 in Glen Ellyn|
The original stars of the Broadway hit Jersey BoysChristian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencerwill reunite as Midtown Men on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at McAninch Arts Center's Belushi Performance Hall ...
|SHOWBIZ Kaytranada, NFL star, Alexandra Billings, video game, George Michael |
Out Montreal DJ/producer Kaytranada teased his latest single, "Out of Luck," with Mariah the Scientist, on Twitter, Complex noted. "THIS IS THE ANTHEM!" Kaytra wrote in his quote-tweet of the song playing at a release party. ...
|Chicago Gay Men's Chorus celebrates 40 years of holiday music in 'The Big 4-0, ho, ho'|
--From a press release - CHICAGO, November 1, 2023 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 40th Anniversary with The Big 4-0, ho, ho!, a celebration of CGMC's holiday favorites over the last 40 years. Featuring festive arrangements from current Artistic ...
|Billy Masters: Britney spills the tea|
"Brad Pitt, I think, in 'Troy'. That's a beautiful man. There's no denying it."Jacob Elordi tells Jimmy Fallon his first celebrity crush. (If you can't place Jacob, you'll soon see him playing Elvis Presley in Sofia ...
|In Praise of Sondheim: Theo dedicates the rest of its season to a legendary composer|
Evanston’s Theo theater company didn't originally set out to devote the majority of its 2023-24 season to the late gay composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. But then the company's artistic leadership saw a creative Sondheim offer ...
|CABARET Karen Mason celebrating Davenport's 25th anniversary on Nov. 10-12 |
On Nov. 10-12, award-winning vocalist, Broadway star, actress and recording artist Karen Mason will return in concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chicago cabaret venue Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Mason was the first performer ...
|SHOWBIZ 'Queer Eye,' queer films, 'Gen V,' Christian musicians, soap actor|
Video below - The original cast of the groundbreaking TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will reunite after 20 years, per a press release. Carson Kressley, Thom Filicia, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas and Jai Rodriguez are coming ...
|UPDATE: Illinois school district approves LGBTQ+ musical 'The Prom'|
After reconsidering a decision to postpone the event, Community Unit School District 300 will allow Hampshire High School to run its spring musical—The Prom, which is about ...
|Broadway's Andy Mientus lugs his Jug-Band to Chicago for the holidays|
Prepare to reconnect with your inner child through puppetry this holiday season with Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Puppets will play onstage Nov. 15-Dec. 31 at the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan Ave., ...
|UPDATE: Suspect arrested for arson at San Diego queer women's bar|
San Diego resident Ryan Habrel has been arrested for committing arson at Gossip Grill, a queer women's bar in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood, according to LGBTQ San Diego County News. ...