Random Music News for Saturday, September 19, 2015

Depending on when you’re reading this, I’m either in Shanghai, over the Pacific or flaked out on the couch at home. A truly transpacific edition of music news.

  1. Bandcamp has come up  with their own cool way to connect fans and bands.
  2. Apparently, Apple Music is now bigger than Spotify in both Australia and New Zealand.
  3. Good financial advice from a rapper. You should read this, Fiddy.
  4. NPR has a good interview with Chris Cornell.
  5. Kids these days. When I was younger
  6. Goodbye, Zune. Not the player–that was dead long ago–but the music service.
  7. Creepy Barbie will hold a conversation with you.
  8. Quincy Jones was taken to hospital with chest pains.
  9. Janet Jackson has converted to Islam.
  10. This band crowdsourced the writing of a new song–and it took just three hours.
  11. And now, more direct marketing from Spotify to specific fans.
  12. Speaking of Spotify, they’re experimenting with some kind of “concerts” thing in the back room.
  13. So that’s why The Who are cancelling shows.
  14. Here’s a list of the most powerful TV people in music. (Yes, that sentence makes sense.)

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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