Random Music News for August 11, 2014

This is the start of Elvis Week in Memphis. Details here.

  1. There’s a new book on the making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory album.
  2. Here’s an interesting feature on thirty years of hip hop advertising.
  3. We found Lewis. He’s okay. (Here’s the full back story on this weird search.)
  4. Why are music industry jobs getting trounced by tech? Is it because the music biz has lost all its glamour?
  5. Black Sheep Records has launched a project designed to help indie artists become familiar with the business end of the music business. Everyone could benefit from something like this. Give it a look.
  6. Morrissey has been dropped by another record label. That didn’t take long, did it? And even with a critically-lauded album, too.
  7. Michael Jackson’s maids reveal that the King of Pop was disgusting.
  8. Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill was injured in tour bus.  The driver had to hit the breaks when a fan got in the way.  Nathan fell over and broke a couple of ribs.
  9. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons tries his hand at EDM with David Guetta.  Wait–what? (Via Tom.)
  10. Heard of that Calgary radio station that plays nothing but songs edited down to their essence?  Jann Arden hates it and wants nothing to do with it.

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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