Random Music News for Monday, September 21, 2015

Back in the hemisphere, although it may be a few days before my soul catches up with my body. As for Monday music news…

  1. The Smashing Pumpkins have signed a new management deal which may help Billy Corgan with his outside interests in fine art, literary and theatre ventures.
  2. Of Mice and Men frontman sent to hospital after being electrocuted by faulty mic.
  3. AC/DC was too loud for Chicago.
  4. The Weeknd—a good Toronto lad—has the #1 album in the US for the third week in a row with Beauty Behind the Madness.
  5. This Spotify tool uses selfies to make playlists.
  6. Musicians who have played gigs in some very weird places.
  7. If you read this story, you will cry. I just want you to know that upfront.
  8. Beyonce, under water. Sort of.
  9. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan says that Beyonce should “cover up.”
  10. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Beth Ditto and The Gossip. I met her a couple of years ago and she was a lot of fun.
  11. Wait: they’re remaking Mary Poppins? Is that wise?
  12. Bob Geldof is being rather vocal about the European refugee crisis.
  13. Are protest songs finally bound to make a big comeback?
  14. Remember this name: South Korean rapper CL. The next big thing?
  15. Scientists discover what sound waves can do to the brain of a worm. (Via Tom)
  16. He’s an ultra rich rock star, but Queen bass player John Deacon just doesn’t show it.
  17. Sean Penn went to a Madonna show. Current squeeze Charlize Theron isn’t happy.
  18. A George Harrison comic book? Yep.
  19. The new Lady Gaga video is INTENSE. It deals with rape on college campuses.
  20. Paul McCartney is defending is post-Beatles work. Again.

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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