Music News

Random music news for Thursday, January 31, 2019

Still brutally cold over much of North America. At my parents’ place in Manitoba, it reached -50 C with the windchill. Yikes. Now, music news for January 31, 2019.

  1. Is Brian Johnson back singing for AC/DC? He just might be.
  2. Canadian Indie Week is coming up Nov 13-17 in Toronto. If you want to register your band, go here.
  3. Taylor Swift a “cybersecurity icon?” Appparently.
  4. Peter Jackson, the guy behind all the Lord of the Rings movies, is set to direct a documentary on the Beatles’ Let It Be sessions.
  5. Aliens. Gotta be aliens.
  6. If you’re looking for something different the next time you’re in LA, try Hello Kitty Karaoke.
  7. The average Spotify user pays $5.50 a month (i.e. the average between all the money from paying subscribers diluted by the those using the free tier). Record labels want more.
  8. Apple Music is doing its best to bring back the concept of the album to its former glory.
  9. Looking for something different to listen to? Try online independent radio.
  10. Samsung looks to be getting deeper into the wireless earbuds game.
  11. Video game stores are the new record stores.
  12. DJ Paul van Dyk has been awarded $10 million in damages after he fell through a hole on a stage at a gig in 2016.
  13. Despite being disgraced and fired from the project, director Bryan Singer stands to make $40 million from Bohemian Rhapsody.
  14. Another plea for people to proofread your tattoos. Right, Ariana Grande?
  15. Interesting: American Airlines will soon allow passengers to access Apple Music for free on domestic flights.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

Alan Cross has 38045 posts and counting. See all posts by Alan Cross

Let us know what you think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.