Random Music News for Friday, May 1, 2015

On this day in 1930, Pluto was named Pluto. The dwarf planet, I mean.

  1. Matthew Good, Tomi Swick and Madison Violent have been added to the big Unison Jam next week as part of Canadian Music Week. Finger 11, I Mother Earth, Kim Mitchell, Tom Wilson and more are already confirmed.
  2. Spotify and adidas have come up with playlists to match your running speed.
  3. Meanwhile, Rihanna is Puma’s new creative director.
  4. You can start placing your bets on what will be the song of the summer of 2015.
  5. If you’re typical, you’ll stop listening to music at age 33.
  6. KISS thinks rock is doomed. “Here’s the secret to OUR success!”
  7. So is singer Sarah Brightman going to get her trip to space or not?
  8. Is a Faces reunion in the offing?
  9. Everyone wants to give Jay Z advice on what he should do with Tidal. Like this woman.
  10. Meanwhile, you remember that “75% royalty rate” that Tidal said it was paying? About that
  11. Suge Knight will go on trial for murder in July.
  12. Meanwhile, he’s hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao this weekend so Floyd will carry through his promise to pay Suge’s bail.
  13. Russia–yes, Russia–has tightened its anti-piracy laws.
  14. Got an Apple Watch? Got tattoos on your arm? Um…

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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