Random Music News for Friday, January 8, 2015

One week of January down, three to go. Hang in there. And now, the music news.

  1. Canada’s only vinyl pressing plant is looking forward to a great 2016.
  2. Syd Barrett was kicked out of Pink Floyd in 1968 and has been dead for ten years, but when his new website was launched on Wednesday, traffic was so great it crashed. Somewhere, a madcap is laughing.
  3. These could be the six biggest music stories of 2016.
  4. Let’s talk about Hi-Res Audio at CES.
  5. Here’s some new technology that will instantly soundproof any room.
  6. This hippie from Portland thinks he can win over ISIS by playing a concert in ISIS-controlled Syria. Um, didn’t ISIS ban music? Yes, they did.
  7. Universal Music and iHeartRadio have this new plan for music and VR. Interesting…
  8. Justin Timberlake is being sued over “Suit and Tie.”
  9. Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall is getting a special reissue.
  10. Yay, Adam Lambert. He made $10 million last year, best ever for an American Idol contestant.
  11. Coldplay and Beyonce are coming together for the Super Bowl halftime show. I have a bad feeling about this.
  12. Radio is seeking to fill on-demand content. Now if we could only get beyond some of the regulatory barriers. Then again, I do have a meeting with the Powers-That-Be next week…

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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