It turns out Universal Music thinks Bank of America violated Universal’s copyright of the song, because a lawyer for Universal posted a cease-and-desist letter on a site hosting the video. (NYT story here)
WFMU's Blog has a good entry about the story, along with information about the singer, whose name is Ethan Chandler. The best part is the way WFMU runs the lyrics to the U2 song side-by-side with the the Bank of America version.
For a darker reading of the BoA song, I recommend reading the lyrics side-by-side with U2's, which helps bring out some of the subtext.Link
It is even better ... Is it getting better?
Now that we’re the same ... Or do you feel the same?
Two great companies come together ... Will it make it easier on you now?
Now, MBNA is B of A ... You got someone to blame
PhoneCam video of Johhny Marr and David Cross covering Ethan Chandlers rendition of "One." The video is interrupted after a few minutes by security goons, because... well, because that's what security goons do. Link
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