Random Music News for Thursday, July 16, 2015

Off to Jamaica for a three-day reggae research excursion. I’ll report back. Meanwhile, here’s your random selection of music news for the day.

  1. ISIS had a chief songwriter for their execution videos. He’s been killed.
  2. Well, this is an interesting wedding band.
  3. And the Black Pearl almost ruined this singing wedding proposal.
  4. If you’re in the Toronto area, this sounds like it might be worth attending on Saturday: “How to Get Gigs That Pay Real Money.”
  5. Duff Beer: It’s really going to be a real thing.
  6. If you’re a metal fan, be careful about riding the bus in Boston.
  7. Here’s more on Fight Club: The Musical with a score by Trent Reznor. And here’s even more.
  8. Rod Stewart has pissed people off by wearing a very expensive seal skin coat while he was in Newfoundland.
  9. Hey, kids. If you’re going to profess your love for someone on Facebook, you might want to look at this first.
  10. Trouble follows Chris Brown everywhere he goes. See?
  11. The next band with a big 50th anniversary? The Jefferson Airplane.
  12. Here’s an update on YouTube’s Music Key and how it’ll be different from Apple Music and Spotify.
  13. Donald Trump has lost the business of some rappers.
  14. Speaking of rapper, here’s a merging of rap and Marvel Comics.
  15. Nick Cave’s son dies when he falls off a cliff.
  16. Neil Young has pulled all his music from streaming music services. Good luck with that.
  17. A Backstreet Boy is now working with zombies. (Wait: Isn’t that what the Backstreet Boys were?)

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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