Random Music News for Friday, April 24, 2015

Twenty-five years ago today, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the space shuttle Discovery.

  1. Indie music festivals are worth £1 billion to the UK economy.
  2. Attention, childhood: Lois of Sharon, Lois & Bram has died.
  3. The mother of Wanting Qu, who is a big pop star in China (and the girlfriend of the mayor of Vancouver) has been arrested for corruption. These things seldom turn out well.
  4. Remembering the New York Dolls.
  5. Remembering the environmental nightmare that was the longbox.  (You have to be of a certain age of music fan to remember these.)
  6. Scott Weiland is in some kind of beef with Richard Patrick of Filter.
  7. Why politicians really should steer clear of music.
  8. Despite what Jay Z and Beyonce might think, this won’t help Tidal.
  9. Speaking of whom, people are really enjoying watching Jay Z fail.
  10. Director Brett Morgan breaks down some of the key scenes in the upcoming documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
  11. Norway FM radio stations to their government: “Please don’t kill us!”
  12. Paul McCartney is still very, very rich. The richest musician in Britain, in fact.
  13. The new Chemical Brothers album will feature contributions from Beck and St. Vincent.
  14. Just so you know, Facebook has ten times the users of Spotify and Pandora combined. But I think we knew that, right?
  15. A researcher in Winnipeg is using sound to make noodles taste better. (Via Tom)

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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