Random Music News for Thursday, January 28, 2016

It was 30 years ago today that the space shuttle Challenger blew up. I remember watching it on TV and thinking “This can’t be happening.)

  1. The previews of this Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger HBO show Vinyl have been uniformly excellent. It debuts February 14.
  2. Apparently, pop videos need more nude men. Here’s why.
  3. Vampire Weekend has lost one of its founding members.
  4. Monkeys actually talk. Seriously.
  5. Longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti will deliver the keynote address at SXSW. That should be good.
  6. Bowie fans are paying tribute at the site of the Ziggy Stardust album cover shoot.
  7. Someone is suing Jay Z for $18 million over his…cologne?
  8. Michael Buble was on The X-Files? Yup.
  9. Ever wonder what people are listening to on SoundCloud? The service is now publishing a chart of the most popular songs. Hip hop and R&B dominate.
  10. Spotify is trying to raise $1 BILLION in a single year.
  11. Kanye is being…Kanye again.
  12. Wait a second: a WHITE actor is going to play Michael Jackson in a new movie? People won’t have trouble with that. Nope. They’ll be fine.
  13. Digital tracks were the only format to show sales growth in Canada in 2015. But wait: where’s vinyl on this chart? (Via Brigitte)
  14. The Courtney-killed-Kurt thing just won’t go away. I really, really wish it would.

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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