Random Music News for Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Are the Oscars over yet?

  1. The Irish are looking longingly at Canada and how we support and fund our musicians through various government and cultural channels.
  2. Speaking of Ireland, U2’s pastor has died. (Via Larry)
  3. I love me a good Noel Gallagher interview where he disses Beyonce.
  4. The original original lineup of Iron Maiden got together for the first time in 37 years. (Via Tom)
  5. And your host for the 2015 Junos will be Hedley lead singer, Jack Hoggard. The broadcast is set for CTV at 7pm on Sunday, March 15.
  6. Speaking of awards programs, the Brits are coming up. There’s…tension and disagreement.
  7. Which Lady Gaga are you?
  8. Here’s something that may intrigue you: why do robins sing at night?
  9. If you’re keeping score, Taylor Swift’s 1989 album has sold about 8.6 million copies globally since it was released on October 27. (Via FYIMusicNews)
  10. There was a big drop in ratings for the Oscars: 36.6 million this year vs. 43 million last year. Is anyone really surprised? (FYI again)
  11. HMV Canada is almost ready to launch a brand new version of their website. I’m having dinner with some of the top people next week, so maybe I’ll hear more.
  12. Looking for desktop speakers for your laptop? These look extra-interesting.
  13. I gotta get me this autobiography by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. You know she went to York University in Toronto, right?
  14. More music festivals are banning selfie sticks. Good.
  15. AMEX is now offering free music at YYZ.

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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