Courtney Love gave Jay-Z permission to use “Smells Like Teen Spirit” lyrics for new album

on June 21, 2013, 3:25pm

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Few details are known about Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail — well, aside from the fact it hasn’t yet gone platinum. But in a new interview with The Huffington Post, Courney Love may have dropped a big nugget regarding the album’s lyrical content.

Love said she gave Jay-Z permission to use lyrics from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, adding that “they [used it] without asking, which is kind of nervy but the business side has been taken care of so it’s fine.” She went on to describe her and Jay-Z as “friends.”

Jay-Z has long touted himself as a fan of Nirvana and wrote about “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in Pharrell Williams’ 2012 book Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been. He said of the song’s impact on hip-hop: ”It was weird because hip-hop was becoming this force, then grunge music stopped it for one second, ya know? Those ‘hair bands’ were too easy for us to take out; when Kurt Cobain came with that statement it was like, ‘We got to wait awhile.’”

Love also gave The Huffington Post an update on her own career, revealing that her new solo album will be arrive by Christmas to coincide with the release of her autobiography. She hopes to release the album through an independent label, explaining, ”Look at Queens of the Stone Age and Matador…If you were to tell me in the past that Matador would have a Number 1 record, I would’ve laughed.”

Here’s Jay-Z covering another classic rock song at Glastonbury in 2008:


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Izzy E Cole
June 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

This pissed me off as soon as I saw the headline. I gotta say, however, Kurt himself said he was a fan of the 90′s hip-hop genre and as much as it pisses me off what this bitch continues to do to Nirvana’s name and legacy, I gotta wonder if maybe Kurt would have been okay with this after all.

June 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

WTF?is all I can say about this crazy BITCH!The members of Nirvana would never agree to this!Kurt would never have let it happen!

June 22, 2013 at 4:36 am

smells like teen spirit doesnt belongs to you!!! dave grholl and chris can decide!

June 22, 2013 at 4:35 am

what the fuck are you into Courtney???????????????

June 22, 2013 at 12:21 am

#1 grunge page on fb, im ur admin, join us if you love grunge :)

Jay Cunningham
June 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm

What is wrong with this girl.

June 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

still waiting for that “Ray Bans” song with Jack White… Hopefully it’ll be on this album.

Ben Rosner
June 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm

But did she give him permission, or only permision? ;)


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