Random Music News for Thursday, February 18, 2016

On this day in 1979, it was so cold that it snowed in southern Sudan. That’s the Sahara Desert. Never happened before, never happened since. And now, some music news.

  1. The members of Viola Beach, that British indie band that was killed in a car accident in Sweden over the weekend, it’s been revealed that their deaths were even more horrible.
  2. Here’s a fun list of one-hit-wonders.
  3. Is Apple about to go shopping for some big companies? Maybe.
  4. Spotify wants to kill one of those big class-action suits against the company. Here’s what they’re doing.
  5. Here’s an interesting behind-the-scenes deal between HBO and Paramount over the series Vinyl.
  6. Why everyone is wrong about Pandora. (Via Bobby)
  7. Why radio people need to pay attention to who is streaming what.
  8. Some old Glenn Miller big band records are being reissued–on 78s.
  9. Uh, Bono?
  10. Vevo, the music industry’s YouTube channel, is planning a subscription tier.
  11. Meanwhile, Spotify is on a mission to get 30 million subscribers.

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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