A Cover Band Rushes In To Where Kid Rock Refuses To Tread

noah | August 21, 2008 2:00 am

Kid Rock has refused to put his Warren Zevon/Lynyrd Skynyrd homage “All Summer Long” on the iTunes Store as an a la carte download, and it’s paid off for him in a few ways: This week, his album Rock N Roll Jesus (which features the track) hit the double-platinum mark, and he’s gotten a ton of promotional mileage out of being a nearly-lone holdout from Steve Jobs’ empire. But an act who’s profited even more from Kid Rock’s tantrum is the fairly anonymous act Hit Masters, who specialize in karaoke and “party” versions of old and new hits. (I can find no other information on this act; if you know of any, feel free to send your tips along.) The band rush-released a version of the song (in straightforward and “karaoke” versions) to the iTunes store and other digital outlets, and it’s currently at No. 5 on iTunes’ single-song chart. Whether this speaks to the fact that people like Kid Rock’s song more than his “artistry” or not, one thing’s for sure: the guy who puts together Kidz Bop is kicking himself for not having thought of this first. [via Lefsetz’s latest mailbag]

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