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The Black Widow Effect

This is not about music. At least not directly.

It is about performance, pay and distribution. All things that are absolutely germane to those who make a living via musical performances.

The first goes to the lawsuit filed by Scarlett Johansson (or precisely, Periwinkle Entertainment, Inc., F/S/O [which means “for services of”] Scarlett Johansson) against the Walt Disney Company.

Quick: Where is the Walt Disney Company as a legal entity located?

1. California
2. Florida
3. Delaware

Yes, Delaware. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the entertainment business is big business so Disney, like a majority of Fortune 500 companies, incorporate in Delaware, largely because Delaware legislatively keeps its corporation statutes up-to-date regarding the world as it exists today, not at some hoary point in the past; it also operates a special court, the Court of Chancery, that rules on corporate law disputes sans juries.

(That said, the suit was filed in L.A.)

The opening line of the suit is worth pondering: “Over the past decade, Scarlett Johansson’s work has generated billions of dollars for Marvel Studios, and, by extension, its parent company, Disney.”

Billions of dollars over the past decade.

The lawsuit contends that her latest, Black Widow, would provide Johansson with money that would be based, in part, on box office receipts but the amount of those receipts was reduced because Disney didn’t just make Black Widow a “theatrical release” (i.e., in move theaters), but, on the day that it opened in theaters, made it available to subscribers of Disney+ (for $30).

Back in 2017 Johansson and Marvel Studios entered into an agreement in which “that guaranteed her a share of ‘box office receipts’” and “To protect her financial interests in these box office receipts, Ms. Johansson obtained from Marvel a valuable contractual promise that the release of the Picture would be a ‘wide theatrical release.’” The idea–remember, this is 2017–is that Black Widow would play in a whole bunch of cineplexes for what was an industry standard of 90 to 120 days, after which there could be other outlets.

In other words, she would make bank primarily during the time it was in theaters.

But because it was released on Disney+ as well, the number of people who would pay at the box office was reduced.

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New Scarlett Johansson video: Relator (with Pete Yorn)

Video: Pete Yorn – “Relator” ft. Scarlett Johansson

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson - "Relator" music video

This song is a lot better than anything on her dreary album of Tom Waits covers. Perhaps she’s been listening to She & Him (compare), but this kind of material actually suits Johansson’s voice. And she looks fantastic as a brunette. An album, Break Up, is due September 15 on Atco/Rhino.

Previously: Scarlett Johansson doing Tom Waits live (2008).

Scarlett Johansson: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki, MySpace, web.

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Scarlett Johansson doing Tom Waits live

You know, I wasn’t very impressed by the studio versions of the songs she was streaming off of her Tom Waits cover album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, but these live sessions are actually pretty cool. You’ve got to give her credit for pulling this off live. No AutoTune, right? Obviously not, ha ha.

Video: Scarlett Johansson – “Falling Down” (Sessions)

Scarlett Johansson - Falling down AOL sessions

Maybe I’m just being tricked by her cool, distant, Nico-esque stage presence, or maybe it’s the adorable tank top, but I’m kind of digging these videos. I like the fact that her voice is far from perfect. If she had a traditionally good voice, this would just seem like another celebrity vanity project. This is something much weirder.

It’s ScarJo Day on Glorious Noise! Also see today’s Friday Facial review of the album.

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Stream Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits cover album

Scarlett Johansson - Anywhere I Lay My Head

Ever since Ghost World, we’ve had a soft spot in our hearts for Scarlett Johansson. She just seems like she might actually be a cool person. Well, at least she likes Tom Waits. In fact, she likes him enough to cover ten of his songs (plus one original) on her debut album, Anywhere I Lay My Head.

Rhino has set up a “listening party” stream of six songs off the album: QT, Win, Real. Unfortunately, it’s not very good. Has sort of a Concrete Blonde vibe. Maybe. Or maybe early Sinead O’Connor. Or something.

The stream lasts about 26 minutes and features the following songs: 1. Fawn; 2. Town with No Cheer; 3. Falling Down; 4. Anywhere I Lay My Head; 5. Fannin Street; 6. Song for Jo.

Anywhere I Lay My Head: Official Site, MySpace, Amazon, iTunes.

Full press release and photos after the jump…

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Teenagers – Starlett Johansson

MP3: The Teenagers – “Starlett Johansson” from Reality Check, due March 18 on XL.

I’ll admit the song is kinda dumb, but you’ve gotta love smarmy French dudes lusting after Hollywood hotties. And if you can’t understand the lyrics because of the silly accents, the chorus goes, “You don’t believe in monogamy / I’m not jealous, Scarlett, will you marry me?” Bonne chance.

Speaking of Ms. Johansson, her Tom Waits covers album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, is due May 20 on Atco/Rhino. Quelle horreur!

Videos after the jump…

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