Random Music News for Saturday, September 12, 2015

Wait. Are the leaves on that maple tree outside my office window starting to turn?  In non-arboreal developments, here’s some music news.

  1. Wanna know why Serena Williams bombed out of the US Open? Drake.
  2. Here are all the commemorative posters for this year’s Polaris Music Prize. Just nine more sleeps.
  3. Pete Doherty is safe following some kind of “medical emergency.”
  4. Remember Lady Gaga’s meat dress? It still exists. In fact, it’s on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now.
  5. Are you fascinated by musical plagiarism cases? Me, too. Here’s seven of the most contentious.
  6. Simon Cowell: still a dick.
  7. How about a full album of mashups featuring D’Angelo and Radiohead?
  8. Looking to declutter before fall hits? You might want to get into eBay with your vinyl records.
  9. If you’re a musician or songwriter, you need to read this: how deals with record labels and publishers are made. (Via Todd)
  10. Looking back on all the music in Grey’s Anatomy.
  11. Indie labels are going after the whole notion of playlists.
  12. Looking back on Big Shiny Tunes. What do you remember?
  13. Steve Mackey of The Stooges in hospital in critical condition.
  14. A “sexist” music syllabus forced to change by a teenage composer.
  15. This may be one of the prettiest Bluetooth speakers you’ll ever see.

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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