Random Music News for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new thing called “videotape” was demonstrated for the first time in Chicago on this day in 1956. And in one of the biggest PR blunders of all time, it was fifteen years ago that Metallica sued Napster. (It’s not like they were wrong in their complaint; it’s how they went about addressing it.)

  1. A woman stabbed her roommate because she wouldn’t stop listening to the Eagles. I totally get it. (Via Tom)
  2. Apple received orders for almost a million Apple Watches on Friday, the first day you could ask for one. Most are going for the black sport band.
  3. There’s a battle over who owns the Temple of the Dog master tapes.
  4. Mumford and Sons don’t like Jay Z’s Tidal at all. “Bad idea,” they say.
  5. Bono is now working with a $3 billion investment operation as an adviser.
  6. On a happier note, Justin Bieber was placed in a chokehold and thrown out of Coachella. (Via Tom)
  7. And the Madonna/Drake memes have begun. (Via Tom)
  8. People love falling asleep to Ed Sheeran. So says Spotify data.
  9. There are some good musical acts coming up through David Letterman’s final days.
  10. This video may have you reconsidering any biases you have against Ariana Grande. (Via Larry)
  11. Streaming music in the US jumped 110% in the first quarter of this year.
  12. It’s about bloody time that US radio stations should pay for the privilege of playing music. Hell, Canada has been doing it for decadces.

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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