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The Sad Death of Whitney Houston

February 12th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I remember the first time I heard about Whitney Houston.  It was deep in the winter of February 1985, back when I was working at Q94FM, a "lite-rock/more-music-less-talk" station in Winnipeg.  The program director--my boss--was quite excited about that first record.

"Listen to that voice!" he kept saying over and over as he made use listen to "You Give Good Love" for a half-hour straight.

I didn't get it--it wasn't my kind of music at all--but I did agree that she had a great voice.  No wonder that record went on to sell more than 25 million copies.  And the standard estimate of her career sales stands at around 200 million.

The rest of the 80s were very good to Whitney, but sometime in the 90s, she became the punchline to jokes.

Facebook’s Most Popular Love Songs and Break-Up Songs, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I hate Valentine's Day.  It's a conspiracy created by greeting card companies, florists, lingerie stores, sex shops and restaurants to make dudes feel bad about not being loving enough the other 364 days a year.  

Still, there's no escaping it.  Besides what else are people going to talk about in the middle of a dreary February. So here we go.

Prefix magazine has thoughtfully collected together a playlist of love songs and break-up songs from Facebook. Let's start with those lovely, naive "new relationship" songs.

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 10 February 2012

February 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

So I'm in New York this weekend, guiding a friend through a milestone birthday.  Actually, my real job is to act as a sherpa for my wife and my friend as they add to the American GDP by buying up all the shoes they can find. Perfect.

But I left, though, I was able to come up with another Top 11 playlist (a full accounting of the songs after the jump.)  You can listen right now through the player below or anytime by using the link on the right-hand side of the page.  And yes, all past playlists are archived.  Thanks, as always, to Mediazoic for the assistance.

Now THIS Is How You Do Online Music and Video!

February 10th, 2012 | by Alan Cross


There's no shortage of places to find music video on the web:  YouTube, Vimeo, AOL and a host of other sites.  The problem is that this music video is on YouTube, Vimeo, AOL and a host of other sites. 

What if there was one place you could go to find all the Internet's music videos in one place?  What if that place allowed searching for video by artist, source and even date?  And what if it offered additional artist-specific material like a compendum of news involving that performer?

Yesterday, I got a demonstration of an absolutely freakin' remarkable site called RockPeaks.  The tag line is "Music Video Done Right"--and believe me, they've got it right.

Is This the Anti-iTunes?

February 10th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Browsing through iTunes can be a pretty intimidating thing, especially when it comes to trying to discover new music.  I

Canadians Rule the International Concert Industry

February 10th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Yes, Americans know that we export a lot of comedians.  They're also familiar with our musical exports (Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Nickelback, Justin Bieber--OKAY!  WE'RE SORRY!).  But they probably have no idea that Canadians pretty much run the global touring business.

There's Arthur Foegel, a former manager of Martha and the Muffins.  In his role at Live Nation, he was instrumental in planning, constructing and executing U2's 360 Tour as well as world jaunts by the Police, Neil Young, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

There's Michael Rapino, a Thunder Bay boy, who has risen to the postion of president and CEO of Live Nation.  Also in his office is Joey Vendetta, whom Toronto fans will remember from Q107 in Toronto.

And then there's Elliott Lefko, a guy who spent countless hours in dark smokey Toronto clubs shepherding gigs by indie bands.  

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