Random Music News for Tuesday, October 20, 2015

So what do you think of your new federal government? Just askin’. And now, the music news.

  1. Speaking of which, at least one former punk rocker survived the Liberals and is still in office.
  2. Taylor Swift is on pace to make $1 million a day in 2015. One million. A day.
  3. Jay Z forgot about Tidal. Under oath, too.
  4. Here comes the Adele tsunami.
  5. There was a bit of Blur vs. Noel Gallagher drama in London last night.
  6. Selena Gomez debuted at the top of the American album charts by selling just 84,000 copies of her Revival album.
  7. These are the six best-performing radio formats in Canada.
  8. A report on the first-ever “global pop-up radio station.” Apparently it was a success.
  9. Simple Plan has released a new Baywatch-themed video. David Hasselhof is here, of course.
  10. Weird photo project: eat a hot pepper and then try to sing a Taylor Swift song. It’s called “chilliOke.”
  11. A New York Ranger became a Faith No More roadie–for a little while, anyway.
  12. So we’re supposed to blame John Hughes for Taylor Swift?
  13. New thing I learned from MIDiA Research today: 13% of consumers regularly use Shazam.
  14. Yeezus gave us two new songs this week.
  15. Remember Madonna’s daughter Lourdes? She’s all growed up.
  16. Fox wants to kill this $10 million lawsuit against Empire.
  17. Want to name a new moth after your favourite artist?
  18. Amy Schumer is now being managed by the same guy who handles the career of U2 and Madonna.
  19. Here’s a great description of the traditional album release cycle–and why it’s old-fashioned thinking in the digital age.
  20. Who’s shopping a reunion of the classic Guns ‘N Roses lineup in Europe?

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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