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Published on February 5th, 2016 | by Alan Cross


Random Music News for Friday, February 5, 2016

Today is all about the Zika virus. Forty years ago today, we heard about the swine flu epidemic.

  1. The most complained-about video of all time is by…Justin Bieber?
  2. Has EDM jumped the shark? There are signs it has.
  3. Chris Martin says he “feels like Donald Trump” regarding Coldplay’s Super Bowl appearance.
  4. U2 in Lego here, here and here. Just because. (Via Aaron)
  5. More evidence that Martin Shkreli is a douchebag.
  6. And still more.
  7. A Taylor Swift video game? Yep.
  8. Friday timesuck a recreation of MTV’s 120 Minutes. (Greggory)
  9. You may have heard that Alanis Morissette is writing an advice column for The Guardian. So what kind of advice is she giving out? Here’s a sample.
  10. This ex-Marilyn Manson employee isn’t bitter about his old boss. Not at all.
  11. Why are YouTube stars so popular? This may answer that question.
  12. Record mogul David Geffen is apparently selling his house for $100 million USD.
  13. If you’re looking for something a little on the heavy side, can I recommend Graf Gorlock? This grindcore artist has a new record that details the adventures of Canadian assassin who goes back in time to kill key American figures.
  14. Jackie Chan is into K-Pop?
  15. Has anyone got one of these Amazon Echo things?
  16. The “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial–and it’s Led Zeppelin that’s on trial–has entered its next phase.
  17. If I had seen Zoolander outside of Abbey Road, I would have run him down.

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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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