Random Music News for Friday, January 15, 2016

Super Bowl I was played in Los Angeles on this day in 1967. Green Bay beat Kansas City 35-10. And now, the music news…

  1. Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband, is dead at the age of 73.
  2. The National Music Centre opens in Calgary this year. Here’s an interview with CEO Andrew Mosker. (I’m very excited about this project.)
  3. Guns ‘N Roses are looking at tour fees of $3 million per gig.
  4. How to write a modern hit single, Max Martin style.
  5. The heavy legal hand of Metallica has come down hard on a tribute band. (Via Tom)
  6. Snoop Dogg vs. Bill Gates? Yep.
  7. Anyone into classical music mashups?
  8. I might want to give these earbuds a try for working out.
  9. Here are the 10 richest living musicians.
  10. Apple is said to be looking very carefully at Time Warner.
  11. Oh, Mick Huckabee. Good try, but…
  12. Why did the Internet feel they had to make this supercut movie version of Linkin Park’s “In the End.” (Via Mo)
  13. Eric Clapton is very protective about his hands.
  14. Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnson is the first trans person to be nominated for an Academy Awards.
  15. Adam Lambert has been cast in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  16. The drummer for The Ghost Inside has lost his leg, a result from a bus accident.
  17. Here’s a safety tip: do NOT post your credit card number on Snapchat. (Another one from Tom)
  18. This boy’s David Bowie-themed homework will break your heart.
  19. Metallica apologized for the errant legal action against a Canadian tribute band.

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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