Random Music News for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I hate April Fool’s Day. Everywhere contained herein is to the best of my knowledge 100% true.

  1. Spotify has struck a deal with Fido (a division of Rogers) to offer mobile customers free 24-month access to the Premium edition of the music subscription service. And before you ask, yes, data charges will apply.
  2. There seems to be some generational disconnects when it comes to the connected car.
  3. China tech giant Alibaba has signed a music deal with BMG.
  4. Today’s conspiracy: Tupac is alive and well and living in Cuba. Probably.
  5. How to put out a fire using nothing but sound.
  6. This is one way to put an end to those lousy college spring breakers.
  7. Can’t make to to Coachella this year? They’ll be streaming it on YouTube again.
  8. Has the Internet decided that the album is a good idea after all?
  9. Silverchair is back on the Australian charts this week with their 20th anniversary release of Frogstomp.
  10. A Muppet Ed Sheeran will host the MuchMusic Video Awards this year.
  11. I don’t understand a word of this song, but it sure is pretty.
  12. Judas Priest is getting into the coffee business. I wonder how much of a jolt we’ll get out of their new British Steel blend? (Via Tom)
  13. And I had no idea that Kate Hudson and her ex(?) Matt Bellamy of Muse were in the wine business.
  14. Incheon Airport outside of Seoul celebrates a big industry award by holding a music concert.
  15. A band from Inner Mongolia has picked Toronto as the place to start their world tour. As you would, of course.

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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