Where’s Girl Talk?

He’s still playing live shows, but people have been wondering about his next release for years now. Gillis has commented on the focus of his next album a few times, mentioning several things that we should all be excited about. For one, he’s thinking about moving away from the free-flowing album style towards traditional song production:

I’m experimenting with different structures and different ideas. I’m interested in working on individual songs — king of in the style I’ve been doing, but with actual repetiton as opposed to linear structure and stuff like that, some elements with a verse-and-chorus sort of structure as opposed to going through 50 minutes of change-ups the entire time. (Interview with Billboard.com, April 23rd, 2009)

I know that after Feed the Animals, record labels started to look further into Girl Talk’s “fair use” argument, the argument that makes Girl Talk’s music possible. The New York Times described this well in their article on GT in August, 2008, “Steal This Hook? D.J. Skirts Copyright Law”:

Mr. Gillis says his samples fall under fair use, which provides an exemption to copyright law under certain circumstances. Fair use allows book reviewers to quote from novels or online music reviewers to use short clips of songs. Because his samples are short, and his music sounds so little like the songs he takes from that it is unlikely to affect their sales, Mr. Gillis contends he should be covered under fair use.

If this argument were to no longer carry weight, Girl Talk would not legally be able to create music in the same way he’s been doing. For one, he’d have to get permission for each sample. Considering he sampled over 200 artists on Night Ripper, this is essentially impossible. I know he’s already been in the middle of much legal controversy…I just hope it’s not the cause of the long hiatus between albums.

I did hear that back in July he wrote on Facebook saying that a new album will be out by the end of 2010. In the mean time, all we can do is listen to Night Ripper and Feed the Animals while we cry ourselves to sleep every night.

Night Ripper

Feed the Animals

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