Random Music News for Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer: Yay! Days are now getting shorter: Boo!

  1. Check out these photos of old-school MuchMusic VJs then and now.
  2. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dismissed at least 16 members of the nominating committee.
  3. Eleven stories about the Beatles that–believe it or not–you may not have heard yet.
  4. KISS has invested in mini-golf courses. You read that right. How…rock’n’roll.
  5. Taylor Swift is “shocked and disappointed” by Apple Music…
  6. …but she was more than happy to help this couple announce their pregnancy.
  7. Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard says his cancer is back.
  8. Amy Winehouse’s old boyfriend says he had nothing to do with her OD death.
  9. Remember the old Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Olympic figure skating feud from the 80s? It’s now a musical. (Via Tom)
  10. Nile Rodgers on the difficulty of making disco music.
  11. So what does David Byrne have planned next? This.
  12. Who pays when a band cancels a show and a tour?
  13. Here’s proof that French music doesn’t suck anymore.
  14. Roberta Flack is selling her place in the Dakota in NYC for almost $10 million.
  15. Animals review the new Apple Watch.
  16. We have a federal election this fall. Here’s a brief history of Canadian campaign songs.
  17. Why B-sides should be for everyone.
  18. Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley is back onstage after his health-and-drugs scare.

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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