Random Music News for Monday, February 22, 2016

Americans are still talking about the Miracle on Ice that happened on this day in 1980. The Russians wish they’d just shut up about it. And now, the music news…

  1. Over the weekend, the Internet lost its mind over an old passport photo of Prince. (Via Tom)
  2. Goofy conspiracy of the week: Is Katy Perry actually JonBenet Ramsey?
  3. It’s now KING Damon Albarn, by the way.
  4. Fiddy, you idiot. (Tom again)
  5. Why it’s time for Rush Limbaugh to go. (Note: This has nothing to do with his politics, either.)
  6. Speaking of radio, here’s a great article from The New Yorker first published in February 1965. How things have changed…
  7. You may not see it yet, but there’s a big battle going on for dominance in your car’s dashboard. What happens to satellite radio when things really get nuts?
  8. A great interview with Seymour Stein, the founder of Sire Records and the man who signed the Ramones, Madonna and many others.
  9. Rob Thomas’ career revival is off to a rough start in Australia.
  10. NEWS FLASH! Kanye takes a nap! He sleeps at least 50% better than MC Hammer. What an artist!
  11. Speaking of Kanye, we need to thank Deadpool for this
  12. …and Lily Allen for this.
  13. And finally, an explanation of Kanye’s $53 million in debt.
  14. Celeb wedding: Hayley Williams of Paramore and Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.
  15. Streaming doesn’t seem to be killing the music business. Universal Music Group just posted its biggest revenue report in a decade. (Thank you, Taylor Swift.)

 

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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