Random Music News for Saturday, January 16, 2016

Two more sets of shoes ruined by road salt. When will I ever learn? And now, weekend music news.

  1. A day after her husband dies, Celine Dion’s brother also dies of cancer.
  2. There are more calls in the US to activate the FM chip inside cell phones. Meanwhile, things are apparently moving in this direction in Canada, too. This is a good thing.
  3. Things have not gone well for ex-Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter.
  4. Remember the “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit? It’s still going on.
  5. Here’s every Dave Grohl side project ranked.
  6. This is fun: a list of rock and pop stars who have made cameos or appearances in art house movies.
  7. This is good for the Canadian music industry: the temporary foreign worker fee that had been applied to foreign touring musicians has been killed off. Good.
  8. Weezer has announced details of their new album.
  9. Tim Curry has joined the Fox cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Interesting…
  10. How rap culture came to embrace the meme.
  11. Soundtracked books: I think this could be the future.
  12. Mos Def had a passport problem in South Africa. He’s no longer in South Africa.
  13. Mick Jagger was at the industry premiere of the new HBO series called Vinyl. I can’t wait for this one. It debuts February 14.
  14. Here’s why Beyonce and Pit Bull are bad influences on children.
  15. Apple may be liable for a few dollars in tax dollars in Europe. Eight billion of them.
  16. Jurassic Park symphony? No thanks.

 

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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