Random Music News for Monday, February 23, 2015

It was on this day in 1903 that Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the US “in perpetuity.” Betcha they want that back.

  1. This isn’t the kind of press Dolly Parton wants–and it has NOTHING to do with her.
  2. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is recovering from a really bad leg injury. The band would like to thank fans for their patience with this free track.
  3. Here’s another argument about Canadian artists being shortchanged under the current copyright law.
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey claims another victim. This time it’s one of the guys from the Welsh band Drowners. Here’s why.
  5. Imagine if you had this Celine Dion fan as your neighbour. There would be blood.
  6. Why the “Blurred Lines” case could change music forever.
  7. Is the random feature of the Spotify music player really random
  8. Is something called “YouTube Radio” in the works? Looks like it.
  9. Here’s an app builder that anyone who runs a festival will like.
  10. The guy who helped Metallica make Some Kind of Monster has died.
  11. Scarlett Johannson is now in a girl group. Seriously.
  12. At home with the world’s most obsessive record collectors.
  13. Check this out: a “trench cello” from WWI. (Via Tom)
  14. Looks like a new Oasis documentary is in the works.
  15. I had no idea that Keira Knightly was married to James Righton of Klaxons. They were at the Oscars together.
  16. Are you a songwriter? Here are some pretty solid tips about how to get better at your craft.
  17. Neil Young would appreciate it if you boycotted Starbucks.
  18. Yeezus is now in the video game business.

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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