Random music news for Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy birthday, Elton John. He turns 72 today. As for music news on March 25, 2019.

  1. RIP the mysterious Scott Walker, a songwriter revered by many.
  2. Apple is about to tell us about its new TV, video and news subscription service. They’re holding an event at 1 pm EDT today.
  3. The return of Clippy. Almost.
  4. Beats headphones (owned by Apple, of course) may have a new set of wireless headphones by next month.
  5. First, it was Bohemian Rhapsody. Later this year, we’ll get Rocket Man, the Elton John biopic. After that, the story of The Sex Pistols.
  6. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says it will not cancel Michael Jackson.
  7. Barbra Streisand on Michael Jackson: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs.” Wait–what?
  8. Hang on. She would now like to clarify things.
  9. Meanwhile, Diana Ross has her own opinions about MJ.
  10. Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing company looks to be in deep financial trouble. Does bankruptcy loom? Maybe.
  11. Yeezy’s lemonade stand. No, really.
  12. Warner Music just signed a record deal with…an algorithm. Is this the way of the future? (Via Tom)
  13. Want to buy one of Paul McCartney’s old school notebooks? It’ll cost you. A lot.
  14. A group of Islamic scholars and religious teachers in Singapore have set down some guidelines about black metal.
  15. Even though he’s been gone since 1980, people are still writing about Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.
  16. There’s a shortage of old-school magnetic tape. Blame cassette hipsters. (Via Ed and Eve)
  17. Edmonton Oilers + 80s-era jazzercise = this. (Via Tom)

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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