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Published on February 19th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Thursday, February 19, 2015

On this day in 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent (no, 200,521) for his new talking machine called “the phonograph.” Within a decade, the commercialization of recorded music had begun. Think about that if you listen to any recorded music today.

  1. Nicki Minaj’s tour manager was stabbed to death in a bar fight in Philadelphia.
  2. There are changes afoot with the iTunes Music Store. Record industry execs are not happy.
  3. Here’s some really rare, really cool footage of Bob Marley.
  4. How data will save music. Apparently.
  5. What a waste of eggs: the Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast promo. (Via a bunch of people.)
  6. Tenacious D gets theirs (sort of) from Machine Head.
  7. Vanilla Ice has been arrested for burglary. How’s that for reality TV? (Via Tom)
  8. English song lyrics are amongst the most miserable form of writing in the world. Science says so.
  9. Bloody Fifty Shades of Grey
  10. Well, this will get religious types in Britain all flustered.
  11. Anyone want to see some un-retouched photos of Beyonce?
  12. The frontman for Taking Back Sunday has been arrested on a DUI charge.
  13. Despite being dead for decades, Jimi Hendrix is still putting out albums.
  14. Speaking of dead people, Amy Winehouse is still doing very well on the financial front, thank you.
  15. Weird Al: music trivia champion.
  16. I guess Afroman got high.
  17. There’s a new movie starring Willie Nelson that’s been produced by Bono. No, really. (Via Larry)
  18. The Foo Fighters will headline Friday night at Glastonbury this year.
  19. So what exactly do Apple Stores have in mind for their next incarnation?



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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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