Random Music News for Saturday, February 20, 2016

I finally got my car back after a week. Fuel pump. Thankfully it died down the block and not on a freeway. And now, music news…

  1. Check out the results of The Music Express Awards for Canadian bands. More than 49,000 people participated in the online vote.
  2. Here’s how you can start your own illegal streaming service for just $38.
  3. A British publication says that the UK music industry is averaging 12 new arena acts a year. Really? That many?
  4. Eurovision is changing the voting rules for this year.
  5. Live concert streaming is really turning into a thing in China.
  6. Is Spotify fighting an unwinnable war?
  7. Wait: Geddy Lee is on the new Wintersleep album? Yep.
  8. Nickelback lost the Worst Band in the World category to 5 Seconds of Summer at the NME Awards.
  9. Justin Bieber has adopted another monkey. Poor thing. The monkey, I mean.
  10. Is this hot runway model rock’s Next Big Thing?
  11. The Drip, an interesting music subscription service, is shutting down. (Via Tom)
  12. A Korn book? Head is writing a memoir.
  13. The Dr. Luke-Kesha battle isn’t going to end anytime soon.
  14. Need a recording mastered? Then check out Landr. (Via Pete)
  15. If you listen to the streaming service 8 Tracks and you’re in Canada or the US, you’re fine. Everywhere else, though

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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