Random Music News for Thursday, January 21, 2016

On this day in 1981, the DeLorean sports car–the DMC-12–went into production in Ireland. While it was good for Back to the Future, it was a truly awful sports car.

  1. Here’s a great story connecting the Beatles, Sgt. Pepper and Ontario.
  2. Musicians: Apple has a new app that helps you capture that song when it suddenly appears in your head. It’s called Music Memos.
  3. Retrofitting old iPods. It’s officially A Thing. (Via Tom)
  4. Apple Music is now in Russia.
  5. There was a rare sighting of all four members of ABBA together.
  6. One of the most closely-watched elections this year has been what happened in Taiwan. Did a pop star help determine the outcome?
  7. Darlene Love has sued Google for using her voice without her permission.
  8. What effect will the low loonie have on tours through Canada? At the moment, very little.
  9. Adele has been nominated for a Shorty Award. Wait. What’s that?
  10. Who the hell are Semi Precious Weapons and why are they doing so well?
  11. If vinyl has been revived and cassettes are a thing with some people, can the return of reel-to-reel be far behind? Maybe not.
  12. Has anything like this ever happened on any flights you’ve taken?
  13. Some Grammy performers have been announced.
  14. The Missin has announced their 30th anniversary tour.
  15. Is Elvis Presley’s granddaughter about to have a breakout year?
  16. The guy who did all the artwork for The The’s albums has died. (Via Mark)
  17. Yesterday was declared David Bowie Day in New York.
  18. Here’s a great tribute to Bowie from Vevo.

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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