Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Surpasses One Billion Streams On Spotify

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has officially surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. This news comes after the music video for the track previously surpassed one billion views on YouTube. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” appears on the band’s 1991 album “Nevermind.”

Courtney Love Issues Apology After Blasting Dave Grohl & Trent Reznor

As previously reported, Courtney Love recently made headlines after blasting Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) on social media. In the post, which has since been deleted, she said that she was planning to dissolve a previous agreement regarding the rights to Nirvana after accusing Grohl of trying to “enrich himself” off of her late husband Kurt Cobain’s fortune. In the same post, she also took aim at Reznor, accusing him of abusing underage fans. However, Love has now issued an apology. According to Loudwire, she said the following:

“I need to apologize for my recent post. It was insensitive and it was wrong. No matter how I feel, there are real people behind my words and I need to learn to be more responsible with my words. I am truly sorry for those I’ve hurt. I will do better.”

Courtney Love Blasts Dave Grohl & Trent Reznor, Says She Plans To Dissolve Nirvana Rights Arrangement

According to The PRP, Courtney Love recently took to Instagram to blast Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). In the post, which appears to have since been deleted, she said that she will be dissolving a previous agreement regarding the rights to Nirvana after accusing Grohl of trying to “enrich himself” off of her late husband Kurt Cobain’s fortune. In the same post, she also took aim at Reznor, accusing him of abusing underage fans.

Love said the following:

“Here’s a few receipts from some mega aggressions I’ve had to deal with, make myself small for, stop righteous lawsuits over, (“we are not doormats“ my sponsor always quotes to me) due to male privilege in all its vile toxicity. When @sharonstone was asked if she had any #metoo’s, she just laughed. 🙋🏽‍♀️. We only get 1 right?

I’ve had enough of this 💩from these clowns leaning into my being scapegoated for breathing, for my husband’s death, for my “overt“ sexuality, because I’m an addict, etc, and a WOMAN, for over 27 years.

3 months before I left LA, I signed a document that effectively gives Dave [Grohl] (and Krist [Novoselic]) my descendants money in perpetuity. I was so broken. So scarred, so exhausted by him, I just fucking signed it. But it’s a lie. So I’m unsigning it.

Because it’s nonsense. The chaos and fury over Kurt’s death being directed at me, deflected by Dave, while he enriched and continues to enrich himself, gorging on Kurt’s fortune and Kurt’s goodwill. 27! Years!!! I’ve had enough.

I’m over being made small. And being “forced“ to “just drop it“ when it affects every generation of my descendants. Nicest guy in Rock ? No.

As for Reznor, At least? HE’S talented but still a creep. I’ve never seen so much systemic abuse of kids, girls as young as 12, by him and his crew, we all (the members of Hole) witnessed it. So while these two jack asses are not my #metoo’s because I’m saving my 1 up (because we only get 1) they’re darn close.

#fuckoff @treznor @nineinchnails @foofighters I really hope my example of standing up to them, putting a stop to them, will prevent any other women (or men) from this soul shattering level of personal and cultural abuse in future . Sexually, spiritually, financially.. #metoo #me3 #me88 etc etc ad nauseam. 💩💩💩🙏#blessed? Yeah to be breathing long enough to tell the tale. I’m cramming as much into every song as I can. ☸️🍄🩰 Nam myoho renge kyo. “We are not doormats“”

Dave Grohl Says He Still Records Music With His Former Nirvana Bandmates During Impromptu Jam Sessions

During an interview on “The Howard Stern Show,” Dave Grohl further discussed the impromptu jam sessions that him and his former Nirvana bandmates, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, have taken part in over the years. According to him, the trio have even “recorded some stuff that’s really cool.”

Grohl said the following [via The PRP]:

“…So Krist Novoselic is a pilot, he flies his own plane… he lives up in the Pacific Northwest and whenever he comes down to Los Angeles, you know, we always love to see each other and we’ll have dinner. Last time he was here I made dinner for us and we hung out. and Pat‘s always around and the three of us, you know we like to just, we like to be together. We like to see each other and if there are instruments around or a studio that’s available, we’ll just get together and kind of jam, you know?

And we don’t like run through a big old Nirvana setlist but we do like to fool around and sometimes as we’re fooling around, songs happen. And you know if we’re in a studio we’ll record them. So we’ve recorded some stuff that’s really cool. But we’ve never done anything with it.

But to us, I think, to us, it’s, it’s more just like friends, jamming around, t doesn’t really seem like any sort of like big official reunion or anything.”

He continued when asked if he sings on the material:

“Well no I’m just playing the drums. We don’t have a singer. So, it’s like we kind of record these instrumentals and, and just mess around. It’s very casual. There’s no pressure on us to do something that the world will have to hear it’s more really just for fun, and a lot of it’s really cool, you know?

It reminds you that, that when the three of us get together in a room and start playing, It sounds like it did. It sounds like it used to. When we put the three of us in a room and it makes that noise, it still does.”

He also added the following when asked if it sounds different from Foo Fighters:

“Absolutely, yeah. I mean when Krist Novoselic and I get together and play and he’s on the bass and I’m on the drums, it sounds like Nirvana. We just make that sound when we play together. It’s really cool.”

Strands Of Late Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain’s Hair Are Apparently Up For Auction

Six strands of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s hair are apparently up for auction as part of Iconic Auctions’ “The Amazing Music Auction.” Bidding is open until May 15.

Iconic Auctions commented:

“This one-of-a-kind artifact is entirely fresh-to-market and is accompanied by an impeccable lineage of provenance including photos of Kurt posing with the woman who cut this hair, scissors in hand, and a fantastic shot of the hair actually being cut! The lucky friend who trimmed the Nirvana front man’s iconic blond locks was an early confidant, Tessa Osbourne, who cut his hair in 1989 — well prior to his ‘Nevermind’ breakthrough — while on the ‘Bleach’ tour. Tessa presented the original lock to Seattle artist Nicole DePolo as a heartfelt gift after Kurt’s passing, and she provided the original bag with handwritten provenance note, ’29/10/89: Tess cut Kurt’s hair in Birmingham, England, 27 Holy Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham B202BU.'”

A two-page provenance affidavit signed by DePolo also said:

“Tessa had known Kurt back in England, and they had hung out during the ‘Bleach’ Tour. Nirvana had broken in England first, and she must have had a sense that Kurt would become a musical force. When it came to Kurt, Tessa was kind of what like Astrid Kirchherr had been to The Beatles — the woman who had given him his iconic haircut. She even had a series of pictures to prove it: a snapshot of her and Kurt with long straggly hair while she held a pair of scissors high, then a shot of the scissors going through about 7″ of hair. The rest was history. Kurt was known for his bleached blond pageboy, and she’d given him his first one back in October of 1989, just before his image began to circulate throughout the world.”

Nirvana Sued For Using Illustration From Translation Of Dante’s “Inferno” On Band Merchandise

A lawsuit has been filed against Nirvana due to the use of an illustration from a translation of Dante’s “Inferno” on various pieces of merchandise. Jocelyn Susan Bundy, the granddaughter of artist C.W. Scott-Giles, filed the suit against Nirvana LLC, Live Nation Merchandise LLC and its Merch Traffic LLC unit, and Silva Artist Management LLC.

According to the lawsuit, the drawing in question has been used since 1997 on pieces of merchandise that were sold in stores such as Walmart, H&M and Hot Topic. Here’s what was said in the complaint [via Blabbermouth]:

“On or about January 20, 2021, Plaintiff discovered that Defendants NIRVANA and Live Nation Merchandise are (and have been) licensing, promoting, selling, manufacturing, and distributing vinyl records, t-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, key fobs, mugs, patches, buttons, and other merchandise items depicting an image virtually identical to the Illustration both in the U.S. and abroad.

On or about March 11, 2021, Plaintiff discovered that, sometime after February 13, 2021, Defendant Merch Traffic also started promoting, licensing, selling, and distributing Infringing Products in the U.S. and abroad.”

“Further research revealed that some of the unauthorized uses of the Illustration on NIRVANA-branded merchandise date as far back as 1989. Further research also revealed that over the years, the band NIRVANA and parties acting on its behalf have routinely made false claims of ownership of the copyright in the Illustration by placing false copyright notices on the Infringing Products in substantially this form ‘© [Year] Nirvana’.

Finally, in documents filed in two other copyright actions before this Court, Defendant NIRVANA has implied that Kurt Cobain created the Illustration or, in the alternative, that the Illustration is in the public domain in the United States, and that, therefore, NIRVANA and its licensees are free to use it without authorization or compensation. NIRVANA and some of the other Defendants have maintained this position in their responses to Plaintiff’s continuing requests to cease their wrongful conduct in the U.S. and abroad.”

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Kurt Cobain’s Final Nirvana Photoshoot To Be Released As NFTs

Photographer Jesse Frohman has announced that he will be releasing pictures from Kurt Cobain’s final photoshoot with Nirvana as NFTs. Bidding will begin on May 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET and it will run until May 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Frohman commented:

“‘The Last Session’ NFT drop is an artistic exploration into the ways evolving forms of media and technology can be used to keep a legend like Cobain alive and celebrate his impact on music and on generations.

‘The Last Session’ Complete Collection is a set of 104 images, polaroids, and contact sheets – some previously never seen or sold – from my photoshoot with Cobain in 1993, the last photoshoot he ever did, and some of the most iconic images ever taken of him.

All 104 images are sold under a single, indivisible 1-of-1 NFT. If ever resold, the collection will stay together as one NFT; a complete hallmark of Cobain’s legacy and impact.”

Listen To “New” Nirvana Song Created With Artificial Intelligence

Lost Tapes Of The 27 Club have created a “new” Nirvana song by utilizing artificial intelligence. That track is titled “Drowned In The Sun“ and it was brought into the world after 30 Nirvana songs were ran through the Google machine learning tool Magenta. The AI made a MIDI composition, which was then completed by other musicians, including vocalist Eric Hogan, who performs in the Nirvana tribute band Nevermind.

[via Rolling Stone]

Nirvana “Nevermind” & “In Utero” Jigsaw Puzzles To Be Released In September

Zee Productions have announced that they will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and “In Utero” on September 4. An additional 1000-piece version of “Nevermind” will also be available on September 18. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Kurt Cobain’s “Nirvana: MTV Unplugged” Guitar Sold For $6 Million At Auction

The guitar Kurt Cobain used during Nirvana’s legendary “MTV Unplugged” performance was recently sold during a “Music Icons” auction from Julien’s Auctions. According to Rolling Stone, the instrument received seven bids and ultimately sold for $6,010,00. In addition to the guitar, the winner also got the original hard-shell case, which Cobain decorated with a flyer for Poison Idea’s “Feel the Darkness,” a half-used pack of Martin guitar strings, three picks, and a suede “stash” bag that was decorated with a miniature spoon, fork, and knife.