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Random Music News for Friday, January 29, 2016

On this day in 1984, Michael Jackson’s head caught on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. Some stories suggest that the pain from these injuries were the beginning of a reliance on prescription drugs.

And now, the music news.

  1. Think “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is interesting? Try “6 Degrees of Vince Gill.” Give it a try because it’s pretty cool. (Via Ivar)
  2. Just when you think that Martin Shkreli couldn’t be more of an asshole, he once again outdoes himself.
  3. And he’s also dissing Ghostface Killah. Like I said… (Via Tom)
  4. Anthrax, one of the Big 4 of metal bands, has been profiled by the Smithsonian Institute. (Via Tom)
  5. The Eagles were a billion-dollar road band. A BILLION dollars.
  6. What’s going on with the Guns ‘N Roses reunion lineup?
  7. David Bowie’s son Duncan (formerly known as Zowie) thanks fans for their support.
  8. An interesting interview with Daniel Lanois. (Via Michael)
  9. I stumbled upon the names of Mariah Carey’s eight dogs: Cha Cha, Jackie Lambchops, JJ, Jill E Beans, Squeak E Beans, The Good Reverend Pow Jackson, Pipitty L Jackson, Mutley P Gore and Jackson The Third. Try not to use that information for evil purposes.
  10. Speaking of whom. you know how Brad and Angelina are known as “Brangelina?” Australian writers have come up for a name for Mariah and her finance, James Packer. They’re to be referred to as “Pariah.”
  11. Is Amazon thinking about spinning off Amazon Prime Music into a standalone service?
  12. Sting for the NBA All-Star Game halftime show?

Alan Cross

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