Random Music News for Thursday, October 8, 2015

So the world didn’t end yesterday. I guess that means a VISA payment this month. And now, the music news:

  1. It’s official: the Chinese government isn’t a fan of Megadeth.
  2. Bob Dylan is thinking about writing a song with a computer. He’s talking to IBM.
  3. Deadmau5 has ditched the major label route. He’s now totally indie.
  4. Babies singing. In the womb.
  5. Only Japan would invent a smartphone that looks like a robot.
  6. Terrestrial radio in the era of streaming: what’s going to happen?
  7. Gail Zappa, Frank’s widow is dead at the age of 70.
  8. Massive Attack is about to return after five years with an album and tour.
  9. Yeezus feels he’s being discriminated against because, he says, “I’m not gay.”
  10. A Christian music producer is on trial for murdering his girlfriend’s seven year-old son.
  11. Would you like to buy the rights to some Beatles and Michael Jackson songs? They may be for sale soon.
  12. Ticketmaster competitor Ticketfly has been sold for $450 million USD. Who bought it? Pandora, the streaming radio people.
  13. A joint tour featuring the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys? Could happen.
  14. What if this Russian billionaire actually hears something from space? Then what?
  15. Attention radio nerds: more on Voltair.
  16. Why do we still not have a global rights database for music?
  17. Gawd. A Lil Bub album? [WARNING: Cats on the Internet ahead.]

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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