Random Music News for Thursday, July 9, 2015

Donkey Kong first showed up on this day in 1981. It featured a character named Mario, of course.

  1. Interesting theory: You know why Britain loved the Beatles so much? Because they sang about the weather.
  2. Who has (had) the most iconic hairstyles in music?
  3. Car dashboards: technological boon or driving menace?
  4. The “no sex” video is causing something of a stir.
  5. The weird, subversive fiction of hip hop. This is a good read.
  6. Why films about musicians leave so much out.
  7. How tiny, tiny music royalties can really add up.
  8. Taylor Swift’s 1989 is the fastest-selling album in ten years.
  9. Disaster in Haiti has spawned a unique music scene.
  10. Interesting stat: 95% of music fans don’t pay for music streaming.
  11. But college students say they’d be willing to pay.
  12. Another stat: iTunes downloads are below 2008 levels.
  13. Here’s why you don’t go out for donuts with Ariana Grande.
  14. Some never-before-heard James Brown masters are up for sale.
  15. Is your Apple Watch giving you a rash?
  16. Here’s some insight into the equity deal Sony has with Spotify.
  17. Peter Gabriel is working on a new album.
  18. A former member of The Eagles is not well and apparently suicidal.
  19. Interesting: music for masterpiece paintings.

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.

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