Random Music News for Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sixty-five years ago today, the Korean War started. And technically, it never ended.

  1. Glastonbury starts tomorrow. Let’s take a look.
  2. Mark Wahlberg got back with New Kids on the Block after 20 years.
  3. The highest-paid music industry executive in the US last year was Eddy Cue, he of Apple and iTunes. He made $24.4 million. In second spot was Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation with $11 million. He’s Canadian, you know. (Via FYI Music News)
  4. Last week’s Charleston shootings have mobilized some areas of the hip hop community regarding the Second Amendment. Kayne has something to say, of course.
  5. More people were thrown out of a single Kenny Chesney concert at Lambeau Field last week than in all eight Green Bay Packers home games last year.
  6. Deja vu all over again: drummer Jimmy Chamberlin rejoins the Smashing Pumpkins. Again.
  7. Now Queen has their own beer.
  8. I wonder how much Sting got paid for this private gig on a yacht? And then he did some shirtless stretching exercises.
  9. There’s a new book on the Beatles and how Allen Klein took over from Brian Epstein. Much intrigue!
  10. Just in case you need an oral history of dubstep… (Via Larry)
  11. Going to a music festival this summer? Here are 14 gadgets that might help out.
  12. And the most tweeted artists of this year’s Glastonbury Festival are…
  13. And there’s been no rain. Yet.
  14. Things continue to deteriorate for Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
  15. Billboard has announced how they’re going to track charts once we move to a global music release date on July 10.
  16. How much can you earn if you work for a streaming music service? This much–maybe.
  17. The guys in 5 Seconds of Summer have rebranded themselves as…dogs?
  18. Louisiana rapper Young Ready has been killed in a shooting.

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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