Random Music News for Monday, March 30, 2015

Answer: This game show debuted on this date in 1964. Question: What is Jeopardy?

  1. Gene Simmons of KISS wants to start a horror movie studio. Who might he team up with? If you said “The WWE.” you win–as ridiculous as that seems. (Via Tom)
  2. New conspiracy theory: Michael Jackson was responsible for breaking up Guns ‘N Roses. Discuss. (Via Tom again)
  3. Another: Axl vs. the Beastie Boys vs. Led Zeppelin. (Via Tom)
  4. And another conspiracy theory: Why Zayn really went in a different direction from One Direction.
  5. And yet more proof that Jay Z is a member of the Illuminati: He convinced Taylor Swift to stream her entire catalogue on Tidal–the streaming service he owns. Screw you, Spotify.
  6. Remember that alleged assault incident involving Justin Bieber in a Toronto limo? The driver is suing for $850,000.
  7. The day when we switch from Tuesdays to Fridays for coordinated new music releases around the planet has been set: July 10, 2015.
  8. Coachella and Lollapalooza have both banned selfie sticks. (Some good news via Tom.)
  9. So Sacha Baron Cohen will play Freddie Mercury after all in a bio-pic, even though Brian May says “What?” (Still more from Tom, who apparently had lots of time over the weekend.)
  10. Bieber, Bieber, Bieber. Is your mind going? (Via guess who?)
  11. Norman Greenbaum was seriously injured in a California vehicle accident, but it doesn’t look like he’ll meet that spirit in the sky just yet. The guy on the motorcycle, on the other hand…
  12. Willie Nelson is launching his own brand of weed. What a surprise.
  13. Spotify is in talks to be able to launch distribution of podcasts.
  14. Yay, Winnipeg! (Um, Tom.)
  15. Chad Van Gaalen won the 2015 Prism Prize for best Canadian music video.
  16. Rolling Stones concert tour announcement coming this week. No Canadian dates. Yet.

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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