Random Music News for Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Did you make it through Blue Monday? Good. Things can only improve from here. Spring is on the way! The orbital mechanics of the solar system make it inevitable.

  1. In addition to the Eagles’ Glenn Frey dying yesterday, so did Mott the Hoople drummer, Dale Griffin. He was 67.
  2. No, celebrities don’t die in threes.
  3. Great question: When was the last time you listened to a full album front to back? Grazing is the new norm.
  4. Iron Maiden has just launched their new Legacy of the Beast video game. (Via Tom)
  5. Don McLean, the guy who sang “American Pie,” has himself in some legal trouble.
  6. A great story on how The Weeknd went from nowhere to everywhere in a flash. Dreams can come true.
  7. So Adam Sandler runs into Justin Bieber on the street. No, that’s not a setup to a joke.
  8. Donald Trump says he’ll force Apple to return its manufacturing to the US.
  9. Was Madonna drunk onstage? Judge for yourself.
  10. Sting and Peter Gabriel are going back on tour. They will open The Festival d’été de Québec on July 7 on the Plains of Abraham.
  11. This “white Oscars” controversy is getting bigger and bigger.
  12. Why does the sound of water help you fall asleep? Here’s the latest explanation.
  13. The story of the Now That’s What I Call Music compilation series.
  14. Canadian artists brought in a record amount of performance royalty income in 2015. What with Drake, Bieber, The Weeknd, et al, are you surprised?
  15. The CRTC has denied proposed changes to the licenses of MuchMusic and MTV Canada.

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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